Stories for October 2010

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Sunday, October 31

Steamboat resident Brooks Kellogg hearing set for today in Denver

Steamboat Springs homeowner and real estate developer Brooks Kellogg is scheduled for a detention hearing and preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. today in U.S. District Court in Denver. Kellogg was arrested Oct. 19 at Denver International Airport on allegations that he tried to pay for the murder of a Florida man.

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Steamboat, Hayden runners shine at state cross-country

Zirkle and Burger crack top 20 in massive 4A race

Steamboat Springs High School cross-country athletes Jack Burger and Asher Rohde came away from Saturday’s state championship meet pleased. Hayden athlete Chris Zirkle, running for Moffat County High School, meanwhile, placed at third.

Hayden football draws Monte Vista

Tigers likely to play on road Saturday

As of Sunday afternoon, Hayden High School football coach Shawn Baumgartner didn’t know much that couldn’t be gleaned from a quick Google search. He knew the important part, though: His Tigers were officially in the Class 1A playoffs.

Today's Halloween events in Steamboat Springs

Halloween events today include a Stagecoach Halloween Walk, an end of downtown highway construction party on the Routt County Courthouse lawn, and Steamboat's annual Downtown Halloween Stroll. Click here for these and other events.

Our View: Keep Steamboat's wheels turning

Bike movement has gained impressive momentum — let’s keep it going through winter

The enthusiasm for a coming ski season aside, this community can’t afford to let winter slow the tremendous momentum achieved this year for cycling initiatives.

Routt County real estate transactions for Oct. 22 to 28, 2010

Routt County real estate transactions for Oct. 22 to 28, 2010

Roger Burton: The Steamboat Institute’s 5 basic principles

I enjoyed reading your letter and appreciate your concern and questions to Rick Akin and The Steamboat Institute. It is important for all of us to be active and involved in the issues that concern us. We all have issues of local importance far removed from the federal government.

On the Market: Colorado Group Realty adds a new associate

Mike Pivarnik comes with a background of 20 years as a commercial banker with PNC Financial and S&T Bank and five years as the chief financial officer of a privately held oil and gas company. He currently is the managing trustee of the Richard E. Fox Charitable Foundation, which gives scholarships to students of free market economics. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mineral economics and an MBA, both from Penn State.

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Routt County sees sales of 78 million-dollar homes in 2010

Homes priced at $300,000 to $500,000 ruled the transaction volume at the end of the third quarter in the Routt County real estate market, but homes priced at $1 million to $1.5 million could lay claim to the biggest slice of the money pie.

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Yampa Valley land desirable again

Lots moving at Barn Village, in Hayden, along Yampa River

After languishing all summer, land deals are coming to the fore in the Yampa Valley during the fourth quarter of 2010. Realtor Chris Wittemyer said the developers of Barn Village closed the sale of four single-family lots last week — all four to a longtime Steamboat resident.

Jean-Ann Cooper: Helping with ballot troubles

After reading Thursday’s article (“Ballot problem arises,” Oct. 21 Steamboat Today) about the technical problems with the mail-in ballots for the upcoming election, I called Kay Weinland, Routt County clerk and recorder, and offered to help out.

Katie Seifert: A wonderful visit to Steamboat

I have just returned from a week in your gentle care. In all my travels, I have never experienced a more consistent commitment to helping visitors experience their highest joy, their broadest experience, their deepest meaning.

Dylan Roberts: Collapse backward or continue forward?

In 2008, I took a semester off college in order to work as the Northwest Colorado Field Organ­­izer for Barack Obama’s Cam­­paign for Change. I was proud and humbled then to work with the enthusiastic and dedicated Routt County citizens who put in hours of time and effort for that campaign. I am proud now of the progress that President Obama and his team have made.

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Telemark training intensifies at Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

The melting snow from the most recent storms left trails of water streaking across the asphalt, and in the distance, the snow-covered slopes of Mount Wer­­ner reminded Mc­­Kinstry, and the other members of the Steam­­­­boat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Telemark program, that the start of the racing season is quickly approaching.

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October snow a delight to eager powderhounds in Steamboat Springs

Reports and rumors of snowfall totals flew around Steamboat Springs through last week. Some said 47 inches on Buffalo Pass, others three feet on Mount Werner. Plenty didn’t just listen; they went out and checked for themselves.

Joel Reichenberger: Learning Colorado’s lessons

So, my pumpkin didn’t even last until this weekend. By Saturday afternoon, my carefully carved “masterpiece” had collapsed into an orange blob of sludge. More so, though, the loss of my pumpkin was entirely preventable, if only I’d known the rules. Yes, nearly three years after moving to Steamboat Springs, I’m still learning the region’s rules.

John F. Russell: Not your typical wrestler

Kelly Chambers wasn’t your typical high school wrestler. He didn’t win a lot of matches, he didn’t throw his opponents to the floor with crazy moves, and he didn’t bring home any state championship titles. As a wrestler at Steam­boat Springs High School, Kelly tried, but he never qualified for the state finals.

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Steamboat lab incentive could be model

City’s $40K to ACZ might guide efforts to promote job creation

A $40,000 incentive from the city of Steamboat Springs for the potential expansion of ACZ Laboratories could shape the city’s future promotion of economic development, in a spirit reminiscent of the former enterprise zone on Steamboat Springs’ west side.

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Craig-Scheckman foundation helps fund a brighter future

Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation to celebrate 5 years of giving to youth programs

The Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation has grown out of its infancy, Executive Director Sara Craig-Scheckman said. Entering what she calls its adolescent years at age 5, the foundation has been focusing on thoughtful and creative approaches to supporting at-risk and low-income youths across Routt County.

Candidates get ready for election night

With just two days left until the election, candidates are going out of their way to be seen in public in the wrapup of the 2010 campaign. Democrat Steve Ivancie and Republican Randy Baumgard­­ner have the most area to cover locally as the two men finish the race for House District 57.

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Steamboat mom sees results from giving autistic son medical marijuana

A Steamboat Springs parent uses medical marijuana to treat her 13-year-old son’s autism. Babette Dickson said she’s seen positive results since she started giving James medical marijuana. When Dickson gives it to him — in the form of edibles or tinctures — she said he’s less prone to outbursts.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Oct. 31

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Oct. 31

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Oct. 31

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Oct. 31

Steamboat briefs: Travel company Orbits includes Steamboat in top 10 early ski spots list

Travel company Orbitz has released its top 10 early ski destinations, “offering pre-season snow seekers the insight they need to book the best destinations before peak season begins,” according to a news release.

The Jail Report for Oct. 23 to 29

The Jail Report for Oct. 23 to 29

Saturday, October 30

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Soroco, Hayden volleyball teams miss chances to advance

Saturday was a day of confusion in Rangely, and Soroco and Hayden high school volleyball players, coaches, parents and fans spent much of their time at the four-team district tournament considering records, points and tiebreakers.

Soroco football loses to Dayspring Christian, 67-14

The team lost today in Greeley in a cross-conference game, its first postseason appearance since dropping to 8-man, against one of the state’s most consistent powers, Dayspring Christian Academy in Greeley. The score was 67-14.

Steamboat volleyball falls in districts

The Sailors beat Palmer Ridge but lost a tiebreaker game to them later in the tournament. The district tournament in Eagle Valley marked the end of the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team's season.

Soroco football set for playoffs

Tough matchup today in Greeley

The Rams travel for a 1 p.m. game today at Dayspring Chris­tian in Greeley. “The kids are super excited,” Soroco coach David Bruner said. “We had a great week of practice. Wednesday was the best practice we’ve had all year."

Tom Ross: The politics of Halloween

Downtown Steamboat Springs could be turned into one giant tea party this weekend if Halloween revelers settle in on a political theme. How hard would it be to make a costume resembling a giant Lipton tea bag? Local politics also are ripe pickings for couples in search of a last-minute costume idea. How about polar-opposite sheriff’s candidates?

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Bat conservation expert Rob Mies to present Sunday in Steamboat

Rob Mies hopes to dispel fears of winged mammals

As the Land Trust works tow­­­ard historical restoration of structures at the historic Rehder Ranch, it’ll heavily weigh conservation of the diverse and largely beneficial bats that make their home there. But they’re not the only ones challenging the traditional eerie stigma of bats.

Halloween events in Routt County this weekend

Halloween events this weekend include pumpkin carving at Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym, Halloween Carnival at South Routt Elementary School and the Halloween Stroll in downtown Steamboat Springs. Click here for more events today and Sunday.

The Record for Oct. 28

12:27 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a trespasser in the 3100 block of Burgess Creek Road. A person reportedly was driving on Mount Werner access roads without permission.

Routt County school lunch menus for Nov. 1 to 5

Lunch menus for schools within Routt County.

Busy Halloween weekend expected for Steamboat police officers, taxis

For the taxi drivers in Steam­boat Springs, Halloween ranks up with New Year’s Eve and Fourth of July as one of the busiest nights of the year. “We pick up gorillas at Fifth and Lincoln and Superman at the Ghost Ranch,” Go Alpine dispatcher Sherryl Brown said. Brown said Go Alpine, the town’s only taxi service, planned to have 10 drivers Friday night, 15 tonight and 10 on Sunday.

Friday, October 29

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Hayden football routs Lake County, playoff berth uncertain

The Tigers' senior shone on Senior Night, leading Hayden to a dominating 58-13 win. But their postseason future won't be known until the Class 1A seeding committee determines the playoff brackets Sunday. Tigers coach Shawn Baumgartner thinks his Tigers have a pretty good chance.

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Steamboat Springs football falls to Battle Mountain, 12-7

The Sailors dropped to 0-9 overall following Friday night's defeat at Gardner Field. Up next for the Sailors is the season finale at rival Moffat County next week.

Minor injuries in head-on crash at Anglers Drive

A Ford Crown Victoria and a Volvo SUV collided after the driver of the Volvo attempted to turn left on a yellow light. Traffic was reduced to one lane on westbound U.S. Highway 40 for about 30 minutes Friday night.

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Steidtmann: Routt County's economy has hit steep drops

Economist speaks as part of annual Chamber meeting

The economist offered businesspeople the prospect of a thaw in consumer spending in time for the holidays. However, he likened the steepness of the hits the local economy has taken during the past 30 months to a double black diamond ski run.

Oak Creek to hire life coach

Town Board votes for counselor, against medical marijuana grow operation

Oak Creek Town Board members voted unanimously Thursday night to set aside up to $5,000 to hire a life coach for town employees. The person will provide counseling and advice for communication and interpersonal relationships to town employees.

Raffle tickets available 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.

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Snow sport storytelling tonight at Steamboat Mountain Film Festival

Tonight at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort is an opportunity to catch up with the rest of the skiing and snowboarding community, from an acquaintance from the chairlift last year in the crowd to some of the biggest names and personalities in the industry on the big screen.

Steamboat briefs: LiveWell provides grant for sidewalk construction

LiveWell Colorado has given $15,000 to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Assoc­iation and the city of Steamboat Springs for the recently completed construction of a sidewalk next to the bus stop at Dream Island in Steamboat Springs, according to a news release.

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Hayden, Soroco volleyball teams to square off

2 teams will advance from district volleyball tournament

The message from the Class 2A high school volleyball teams staked out on opposite ends of the county is the same. Hayden and Soroco, headed Saturday to play in the district volleyball tournament in Rangely, see an opening — a chance to advance to the regional tournament.

Hayden football eyeing playoff berth

Tigers set to face Lake County Panthers today

Only one Western Slope League team gets an automatic bid to the 16-team Class 1A playoffs, and, thanks to a big win against the Hayden High School football team this month, Hotchkiss has that spot locked up.

Steamboat football to take on Battle Mountain

Sailors football looks for 1st season win against Huskies today

Searching for significance in today’s Battle Mountain and Steamboat Springs football game is tough. There are no playoff implications and no deep-seated rivals, and the two teams share one win in 16 tries.

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Steamboat's Yampa Valley Bank named 2010 Business of the Year

Amid an economic recession that’s spelled trouble for banks and their customers across the country, Yampa Valley Bank has done more than stay afloat in 2010. The bank was presented with a Navigator Award for Business of the Year during the Chamber’s 103rd annual event.

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Steamboat's Freshies to get a fresh new look

Restaurant plans November opening with expanded waiting area, new roof

Freshies’ owners Kristy and Scott Fox are planning to reopen the restaurant just before Thanks­­giving with modifications including a new roof and an expanded waiting area. The Foxes said the restaurant will celebrate its eighth birthday in June.

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Steamboat's String Board Theory returns to Old Town Pub tonight

Band encourages fans to 'Express your inner freakiness'

In the basement of their Steamboat home, Tyler Kim­ball, Jeff Barlow and Jeff Hayes made the walls vibrate with the heavy funk beat and floating guitar riffs of a new tune. Even though they sometimes have only a few hours each week to play together, the trio still is pushing its jam rock sound forward, molding old jams into new songs and even playing with a fourth band member, guitarist Andrew Ed­­mondson, for part of summer.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Importance of environmental issues

Migrate, adapt and hibernate. These are the rules of the day for our area’s wildlife. As a community, we value observing wildlife in our backyards. Community reports such as Vision 2030 document the importance we place on a clean environment, a healthy river system and vast open spaces.

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Steamboat architect Marsden named Young Professional of the Year

Outside the professional realm, Ryan Marsden has taken his creativity into the community, using his passion for his hometown of Steamboat Springs as the motivation for significant involvement in drafting its future. Marsden will be presented today with the Navigator Award for Young Professional of the Year.

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Steamboat resident Nagel receives Navigator honor

Steamboat Springs attorney named Businessperson of Year

David Nagel has had a busy year. The 42-year-old Steamboat Springs resident is a husband, father and partner in the law firm of Feldmann Nagel, LLC. Nagel is this year’s recipient of the Navigator Award for Businessperson of the Year, which will be presented to him during the 103rd annual meeting and luncheon today.

The Record for Oct. 27

The Record for Oct. 27

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Steamboat volleyball opens district pool play Saturday

With postseason play set to begin this weekend, there’s one lingering question for the Steamboat Springs volleyball team. Which Sailors team will show up? Steamboat opens up the Class 4A District 7 volleyball tournament against Palmer Ridge on Saturday.

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What to do in Steamboat for Halloween weekend

Steamboat Springs will play host to several Halloween events this weekend, including Colorado Mountain College's Screamboat Chamber of Horror and Haunted Forest, where participants will walk along a spooky path in the woods with visits from zombies and ghouls. Both events take place today through Sunday.

Thursday, October 28

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Steamboat Ski Area snowmaking system gets added horsepower

Ski area crews won’t start piling up the powder until next month

Ski Area spokesman Mike Lane said a new snowmaking pump house is being completed opposite Casey’s Pond, but snowmaking isn't expected to start until November. Construction crews are also picking up the pace on turning the deck at the Bear River Bar & Grill into a glass-enclosed umbrella bar.

Routt County caught up on ballot copying

Weinland: Judges have hand-copied all 1,775 mailed ballots

Bipartisan teams of election judges have worked a succession of four-hour shifts this week, hand-copying unreadable ballots onto new ballots in conference rooms on the third floor of the Routt County Courthouse. They had completed 1,775 as of Wednesday night.

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Steamboat library to offer support during National Novel Writing Month

The time for excuses is over. National Novel Writing Month starts Nov. 1, challenging writers across the country to attempt to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. And for the first time, Bud Werner Memorial Library will offer support to local writers who are looking for a jovial, collaborative atmosphere and a tight deadline for their writing projects.

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Pair of Steamboat runners set for state cross-country meet

Jack Burger and Asher Rohde, the two Steamboat Springs High School cross-country athletes who qualified for this year’s state cross-country meet, said the season-ending meet takes a little getting used to. The Class 4A state cross-country meet is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora.

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DOW captures young bobcat in Steamboat

A young bobcat that crossed U.S. Highway 40 at midday Wednesday in search of a chicken dinner was caught and released back into the wild by a Colorado Division of Wildlife officer. The bobcat attracted curious onlookers when it first was spied perched in an aspen tree next to Russell’s Auto Salon just after noon.

Steamboat, Routt County history preservation leaders shift

Officials say commitment to maintaining history remains

Towny Anderson, executive director of Historic Routt County, left to become Color­ado Mountain College’s director of historic preservation based at the Lead­­ville campus. And the city of Steamboat Springs recently eliminated the historic preservation coordinator position as part of $700,000 in personnel cuts for the 2011 budget.

The Record for Oct. 26

12:28 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Steamboat briefs: Horse neglect cases again postponed in Routt County

The animal cruelty cases against Sandy Wisecup and Cynthia Hatlee-Morgan were postponed again Wednesday as lawyers continue to negotiate a potential plea deal. Wisecup faces 80 charges of neglecting horses under her care near mile marker 54 on Colorado Highway 131. Hatlee-Morgan was charged with one count.

Hayden’s Chris Zirkle in title hunt at state cross-country meet

A state championship may be out of reach for Steamboat’s two athletes, but it isn’t for a Hayden runner. Chris Zirkle, competing on the Moffat County High School cross-country team, could have a crack at individual and team titles.

Location sought for batting cage in Steamboat

Local man wants to provide training area

Somewhere on the Front Range, baseball players are taking rep after rep in a batting cage, even though the weather outside says it’s a different season. Local baseball enthusiast Harvey Lyon is trying his best to give ballplayers in Steamboat Springs a similar setup.

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Students embrace a new language in Steamboat

Program allows students to learn, enhance Spanish skills

A group of eight kindergartners slithered across the tile floor Wednesday afternoon at Strawberry Park Elementary School, hissing as they imitated snakes. James Austin, the Spanish teacher at The Lowell Whiteman School, repeatedly asked, “What are you?” “Culebra, culebra, culebra,” the kindergartners answered.

Routt County Jail works toward solar water heater

Commissioners waiting for written approval on federal grant

Work to install new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment at the Routt County Jail is well under way, but a federal grant that would subsidize a solar domestic hot water system is temporarily on hold. County Purchasing Director Tim Winter told the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that new boilers are in place at the jail and have been tested.

Wednesday, October 27

Hunters in Flat Tops found in good shape

Men spent 5 days stranded in Flat Tops Wilderness Area

Three hunters who had been stranded in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area were rescued by helicopter this morning and escaped with no major injuries. Routt County Search and Rescue helped with the effort in Garfield County.

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Icy roads cause slide-offs, crashes

Weather resulted in slides and road closure but no serious injuries

Icy conditions east of Hayden caused several drivers to slide off U.S. Highway 40 and forced a closure of the road from about 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday. As of Wednesday evening, there were no serious injuries reported for a few of crashes across the county.

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Bruce's Trail fully open to skiers on Rabbit Ears Pass near Steamboat

The Steamboat Springs Nordic Council reported Wednesday morning that all 5 kilometers of cross-country skiing on Bruce’s Trail have opened thanks to 24 inches of accumulated snow above 9,300 feet on Rabbit Ears Pass. Two feet of snow is sufficient to cover all hazards, but the groomed tracks remain soft.

Steamboat Briefs: LIFT-UP is still accepting gently used coat donations

Gently used coats can still be donated to LIFT-UP of Routt County through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ski Town Cleaners at Curve Plaza and Central Park Plaza.

The Record for Oct. 25, 2010

Monday, Oct. 25

Greg Forney: Where's the other side?

I have been surprised that your reporting on the tax relief ballot issues continues without balanced input from its proponents. Really? You can’t find anyone to represent these ideas?

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Early intervention improves lives of people with Down syndrome

We celebrated recently when my youngest son, Lewis, got his first tooth. The celebration was sweeter because, like most of Lewis’s milestones, we’ve had to wait longer for it. Lewis has Down syndrome. Among the many surprising facts we have learned since his birth is that teething is often delayed in babies with Down syndrome.

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Engineers fine-tuning traffic lights in Steamboat

City, state engineers create temporary traffic patterns downtown

When the project is complete, the downtown Steamboat traffic lights are designed to work like one connected computer, with fiber optic cables running from intersection to intersection. Until those cables are in­­stalled in the spring, however, city and state engineers will continue to fine-tune the lights.

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Joanne Palmer: Victory at birthday rehab

Hello, my name is Joanne Palmer, and I have a problem with birthdays. Yes, today is my birthday, and I have been admitted into an AARP-sponsored Birthday Rehab program.

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Local haunts, trick-or-treating events kick off Halloween in Steamboat

The Western heritage of Steamboat Springs’ history isn’t complete without ghastly tales of mysterious events and hauntings. Tread of Pioneers Museum is offering haunted tours Thursday for the second year in a row; however, the program has been moved from the museum to the historic Crawford House.

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Steamboat city official: Bump-outs not an issue

Public Works director says plows should be able to avoid destroying new curbs

Steamboat Springs Public Works Director Philo Shelton said he doesn’t expect anything to change for his snowplow drivers with the new bump-outs along Lincoln Avenue. Shelton said green fiberglass posts were installed to help snowplow drivers navigate around the bump-outs.

Coaches shuffle spots at Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

Current instructors filling vacated coaching positions

The departure of longtime Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Spencer Tamblyn in the spring has resulted in a lot of changes in the snowboarding program this winter.

Steamboat begins Iron Horse Inn audit

Next City Council discussion of proposed new lease is Tuesday

Steamboat Springs finance staff members have begun an audit of the Iron Horse Inn while a proposed new lease agreement awaits potential action Tuesday. Boulder-based New West Inns, which has operated the Iron Horse since November 2009, is proposing a new rent structure of $10,000 per month, plus 10 percent of net profits from the preceding month.

Steamboat resident circulates petitions supporting CMC expansion

About 30 people have signed a petition at Ciao Gelato supporting the expansion of Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus and encouraging the city to endorse the proposal to construct a secondary access road at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue. It’s one of 50 petitions placed at downtown businesses about two weeks ago.

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Jimmy Westlake: The fireballs of fall

Don’t be surprised if you see a blazing fireball or two streaking across the heavens while you are out trick-or-treating this weekend. There’s no reason for alarm. It’s just the annual Taurid meteor showers reaching their peak of activity.

STARS hires Craig Kennedy as its 1st program director

Steamboat Adaptive Rec­reational Sports has hired Craig Kennedy, formerly of Access Anything, as its first program director to oversee the STARS winter operations. Kennedy has been active with STARS this past year in a contracted position overseeing all camps with his wife, Andy.

Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, Steamboat Springs chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association, SSHS Parent Information Committee and YVMC: Learn all you can

Proposition 101 and Amend­ments 60 and 61 may push our community into a deeper long-term recession. Why would our community want to vote in favor of a recession?

Routt County OKs oil well west of Hayden

Wyoming company gets permit for oil, gas exploration

The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a permit for a wildcat oil well on state trust lands three miles west of Hayden.

Adult coed fall volleyball league standings for Oct. 25

2010 Adult coed fall volleyball league standings

Our View: Expecting more of our students

A committee at Steamboat Springs High School has proposed raising the bar for students, and that’s a great idea.

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Hayden volleyball team takes down Vail Mountain School, 3-1

It took four games Tuesday night inside the Hayden High School gymnasium for the Tigers girls volleyball team to secure a spot in the next round of the district playoffs, which will take place this weekend in Rangely.

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Soroco volleyball tops West Grand in 5

Rams set to square off with Hayden Tigers in district tournament

The Soroco High School volleyball team’s checklist keeps getting smaller. Playing in the opening round of the district tournament Tuesday, Soroco survived a pesky West Grand team, winning in five games, 25-16, 22-25, 25-17, 23-25 and 15-4.

Tuesday, October 26

Searchers looking for 3 hunters lost in Flat Tops

A search for three hunters in the Flat Tops Wilderness area is entering its second day after they did not return to their camp Saturday night, the Garfield County Sheriff's Office told The Denver Post today. The hunters, who were out in a group of five, are from the Denver area.

Forest Service won't charge Buff Pass users

Fee plan on hold, partly because of beetle-kill work

A proposed user fee for Buffalo Pass area will not go into effect this winter. Kent Foster, the recreation program manager for the Hahn’s Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, originally had hoped a day fee or season pass would be implemented by this winter. But Foster said that, right now, implementing the fees isn’t at the top of his list, for several reasons.

Steamboat briefs: DOW looking for Emerald Mountain deer poachers

Colorado Division of Wildlife officers are looking for help in identifying suspects thought to be responsible for killing two deer and leaving them to waste on Emerald Mountain late last week.

Steamboat Springs School District laptop recovered

Computer stolen in February 2009; SSN information not accessed

The laptop containing 1,351 Social Security numbers that was stolen from the Steamboat Springs School District in a February 2009 burglary was recovered late last week, and detectives said they think the personal information on the computer never was accessed.

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Ballot copying under way in Routt County

Groups replicating more than 1,400 ballots after coding error

Four-person teams of sworn-in, paid election judges continued Monday the arduous work of hand-copying scores of ballots — filling in rectangles, one quadruple-checked vote at a time — after a coding error announced last week.

The Record for Oct. 24

The Record for Oct. 24

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Wintry weather causes wrecks in Routt County

Routt County drivers still may have been adjusting to the first major snowfall of the year Monday as a few cars slid off roads across the area. But despite the multiple accidents, emergency responders reported no related injuries as of Monday evening.

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Tom Ross: Orange Crush makes fans blush

Orange you glad the Broncos are fleeing the country this week? It makes it easier to pretend the Oakland Raiders’ historic win against the pride of Denver never happened. And there’s always the possibility that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents will refuse to allow some members of the Broncos entourage to return to the U.S.

Rock through woman’s windshield reported on U.S. Highway 40

A boulder about 8 to 10 inches in diameter fell Sunday into the windshield of a Craig woman driving the same stretch of U.S. Highway 40 where Karen Lynn Evanoff was killed in March by a falling rock.

Steamboat committee proposes new graduation requirements

Steamboat Springs High School students would have to complete two more credits in their four years in school under new graduation requirements being proposed to the School Board. The change would increase the number of credits from 23 to 25.

Monday, October 25

Steamboat businessman Kellogg remains in custody

Hearing date postponed; Steamboat businessman held at federal facility in Englewood

Steamboat Springs homeowner and real estate developer Brooks Kellogg remains in custody, at a federal detention facility in Englewood, after his arrest last week on suspicion of trying to pay for murder. His rescheduled court date is 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at U.S. District Court in Denver.

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Storm drops snow in Steamboat, leaves ski area with 14-inch base

Put down your leaf rake and pick up your ski poles. Another winter storm blew through Steamboat overnight Sunday and Monday, leaving Steamboat Ski Area with a mid-mountain base of 14 inches of October snow as of 10 a.m. Monday.

Steamboat briefs: Brooks Kellogg hearing set for today in Denver

Steamboat Springs homeowner and real estate developer Brooks Kellogg is scheduled for a detention and preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. today in Denver.

The Record for Oct. 23

The Record for Oct. 23

Teacher workshop in Steamboat to address environmental literacy

Steamboat Springs is poised to be a statewide leader in environmental literacy, Sonja Macys said. Macys is the executive director of Yampatika, which provides environmental education to youths and adults. This week’s workshop is intended to get educators up to speed about how environmental education fits into Colorado’s new K-12 academic standards.

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Completion of Yampa Valley Regional Airport project a year away

Improvements slated for completion in 12 months; winter preparations under way

In about a year, Dean Smith said, Yampa Valley Regional Airport will look very different than it does now. It’ll look very different in a few weeks, too, when winter travel season is in full swing and crowds throng the Hayden airport’s terminal.

Monday Medical: Behind the scenes

Reflecting on a year of digital mammography at YVMC

One year ago, Yampa Valley Medical Center was proudly announcing the arrival of digital mammography service and holding an open house to show off the equipment and a brand-new suite.

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Luke Graham: Western Slope realities

Now this, from the head-scratching and hair-pulling department. The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team won’t make the Class 4A state playoffs despite finishing with nine wins and in third place overall in the Western Slope League.

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Steamboat greets governor hopeful Hickenlooper

Denver Mayor draws cheers on brief campaign stop

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, the Democratic candidate for governor, got a warm reception on a chilly day during a brief visit to Steamboat on Sunday.

City of Steamboat reshaping medical marijuana regulations

Marijuana-infused products, off-premises cultivation enter license discussions

Colorado’s booming medical marijuana industry is presenting regulatory challenges at the state and municipal levels, and Steamboat Springs is no exception.

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Steamboat a good fit for 2 men with Down syndrome

Kelly Chambers has been to some beautiful places. He has traveled to Belize with his parents and to Jamaica for his brother’s wedding. He also has accompanied his family on camping and boating trips to places such as Montrose and Flaming Gorge. Still, he thinks Steamboat Springs is a pretty good place to be.

Aging Well: CDC: Nearly everyone should get flu vaccine

Last year, flu vaccination guidelines were muddled and confusing. This year, the process is much clearer. There is just one vaccine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges everyone ages 6 months and older to get it.

Jane McLeod: The versatile chive

One of the most popular and widespread culinary flavorings comes from the onion, or allium, family. Within this larger family of onions, garlic, leeks and shallots, is found the delicate chive (allium schoenoprasum) herb. Chives are nicknamed “the little brothers of the onion” and that, essentially, is what they are.

County Agenda for Oct. 25 and 26

County Agenda for Oct. 25 and 26

Sunday, October 24

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Steamboat’s big bike plans thrill local industry pioneer Kent Eriksen

For 35 years, Kent Eriksen has waged war for bicycles in Steamboat. Now, things just might be happening, and he’s awfully excited. Eriksen’s efforts to grow cycling in Steamboat were recognized Thursday night during the first events of the three-day Steamboat Bike Summit that highlighted the plans others with similar big dreams have envisioned.

Joel Reichenberger: Time to step up

The city of Steamboat Springs gave $14,000 to the Steamboat Springs Bike Town USA Initiative to help fund the three-day Steamboat Bike Summit, which wrapped up Saturday.

Tax lien numbers down, values up in Routt County

As many as 300 properties could be up for bid Nov. 4; officials confident about collecting past-due bills

Routt County officials will be intent on recovering about $1.3 million in delinquent 2009 taxes Nov. 4 when they prepare to auction off as many as 300 properties for the amount of the taxes. Despite the rough economy, officials at the Treasurer’s Office are confident the overdue 2009 property tax bills won’t dent the county coffers.

Routt County real estate transactions for Oct. 14 to 21, 2010

Routt County real estate transactions for Oct. 14 to 21, 2010

Exonerated death row inmate to speak Monday in Steamboat

After 17 years, Juan Melendez found freedom

After 17 years, eight months and one day, Juan Melendez was free. He had served the time on Flor­­ida’s death row for a crime he didn’t commit, against a person he said he never met. At 7 p.m. Mon­­day at Steaming Bean Coffee Co., the local chapter of Amnesty International has invited Melendez to speak.

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Colorado's Salazar, Tipton sharply differ about earmarks

Western Colorado’s front-running candidates for Con­gress have black-and-white differences about federal earmarks that could have significant effects on the region’s future. Early voting is under way across the Third Con­gress­­ional District, which covers western Colorado.

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Steamboat's Chris Stillwell recovering, inspiring others after brain injury

On a rainy Friday afternoon at the Steamboat Springs Com­munity Center, Chris Still­­well’s fingers deftly flipped the numbers on his two bingo boards. A lifelong athlete, Stillwell, a 52-year-old Steamboat resident, now celebrates the ability to play bingo with eight older women, and he reveres the small movements in his hands that represent tiny victories against the effects of a 2003 traumatic brain injury.

Tom Tancredo: Getting Colorado on a new path

For the past four years, Democrats in Denver have chased businesses out of this state, raised our taxes, made a mess of the state’s finances, and rolled out the welcome mat for illegal aliens. I’m sick of it. I’m running for governor to put our state back on the path of economic growth and fiscal restraint.

Dan Maes: A record of hard work, leadership

I have a track record of hard work and leadership. I was Student Council president, Senior Class president, and captain of my football team during high school. I went on to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I graduated in just four years with a Bachelors of Arts in sociology and criminal justice.

John Hickenlooper: The right business and government experience

The next governor of Colorado’s No. 1 responsibility will be bringing jobs and economic recovery back to our state. My experience running a successful business, creating jobs and balancing tough budgets for Colorado’s largest city makes me uniquely qualified to get Colorado back on its feet. I am running for governor because I think I can turn this state around faster than anyone else.

Chris Kipfer: Appealing to fear

Richard Rickerson’s appeal to fear and anger (“Immigration and the ballot initiatives,” Oct. 20 Steamboat Today) is emblematic of this political season in America, and reminiscent of the 1930s.

Diane Moore: Teen dating violence in Steamboat

As an executive director, I am deeply concerned about teen dating violence and the impact it has on our daughters and sons. Teen dating violence is alarmingly prevalent in teen relationships; approximately one in five girls in high school report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.

Our View: Setback at ballot box

Routt County voters should expect more from election officials in the preparation of ballots

We were greatly disappointed last week to learn that an innocent, but crucial mistake on the mail-in election ballots at the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office could cost the county $25,000 to fix. A coding error in the clerk’s office rendered 5,773 ballots already mailed to voters unreadable by election databases. Routt County voters should expect more from election officials in the preparation of ballots.

John F. Russell: Cheering to leave an impression

We preach to our children and hope they listen to the words. We tell them that winning is not the most important thing. We tell them it is how you play the game that really matters, and we tell them that years from now, the score will be forgotten and it’s their actions that will leave a lasting memory.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Oct. 24

Happy birthday wishes to Jayce Kelton, Darian Murphy, Judy D. Hockett, Dennis Hallen­­beck, Cody Hoffman, Matthew Heaney and Kristy Prewitt.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Oct. 24

Sympathy to the family and friends of Barbara MacMillan, who passed away at the Doak Walker Care Center on Oct. 19.

The Record for Oct. 22

12:59 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 1300 block of Blue Sage Drive.

The Jail Report for Oct. 16 to 22

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

Steamboat briefs: Foundation to match contributions to Yampa Valley Partners

Yampa Valley Partners has announced a challenge grant opportunity provided by the Anschutz Family Foundation. The foundation will match contributions made to Yampa Valley Partners from regional businesses and individuals to a total of $5,000.

On the Market: Real Estate Roundup planned for Nov. 11

Karen Mayfield, senior vice president and national sales manager for the mortgage banking division at Bank of the West, will be the guest speaker from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11 when Colorado Group Realty will host the Real Estate Roundup and Expo in The Steamboat Grand ballroom.

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Old Town Steamboat still home to $1-million-plus asking prices

Some noteworthy real estate activity has taken place in Old Town Steam­boat Springs this month, but there is still only a relative trickle of buyers looking for values. A custom-designed home at the far east end of Spruce Street was just beginning framing Wednesday close to where Butcherknife Creek flows against the hill.

Saturday, October 23

Steamboat volleyball falls to Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley

Steamboat wraps up the regular season 9-9 overall and 5-7 in the league. The Sailors are the No. 4 seed out of the league and will return to Eagle Valley on Oct. 30 for the district tournament.

Soroco football smashes North Park

The Rams played without five starters today and still left the field with a 48-14 victory. The 8-man team will now prepare for the playoffs; it is scheduled to play next weekend at Dayspring Christian Academy in Greeley.

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Soroco volleyball beats Hayden

Rams get payback after losing to Tigers this month

Soroco, on the heels of getting swept in three games by Hayden two weeks ago, put on a clinic today, downing Hayden 3-1. Both teams will have home games in the district tournament that starts Tuesday.

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Steamboat Bike Summit ends with hopes for action

Wet, snowy weather canceled some events

Ian Andress, 7, mostly just rides his bike around his Old Town Steamboat Springs block, and frequently does so with his parents. Still, on Sat­­ur­­day morning, he soaked up bike safety lessons, taking everything he could from what amounted to the tail end of the inaugural Steam­­boat Bike Summit.

Steamboat cross-country qualifies 2 for state

Asher Rohde, Jack Burger will compete next weekend in Denver

The Steamboat Springs High School cross-country team had a pair of runners finish in the top 15 Saturday at the regional meet in Montezuma-Cortez. Jack Burger finished fifth, and Asher Rohde finished 13th today at regionals in Montezuma-Cortez. The two will compete Oct. 30 in Denver.

Hayden football wins against Meeker, 48-16

The Hayden football team beat Meeker on the road Friday, winning, 48-16.

Hayden volleyball team mashes Meeker, 3-0

The Hayden volleyball team got it’s own nice start to the weekend, shutting down Meeker on the road in three games. The Tigers won, 25-22, 25-23, 25-20, and they, too, are eager to lock up second place against a rival.

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Steamboat cross-country preps for regionals

If running among 100 or so people battling for few spots to state isn’t challenging enough, consider that no member of the Steamboat Springs High School cross-country team has ever tackled today’s course in Montezuma-Cortez.

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Optimism reigns at Steamboat Bike Summit's 2nd day

3-day event wraps up today at The Steamboat Grand

Much of the most exciting and flashy potential developments presented Friday, the second day of the three-day Steamboat Bike Summit, involved singletrack trails and a downhill park proposed for Steamboat Ski Area.

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Tom Ross: Orphaned as a boy in Steamboat, he found lasting love

Lloyd Lockhart shared his remarkable outlook on war, love and life, and his story had a profound effect on me. Imagine a 12-year-old boy, orphaned in early 1930s and left to fend for himself. Imagine that boy working hard and and finding love again only to have the attack on Pearl Harbor take place weeks after he married his sweetheart.

Drug disposal day in Steamboat a success

35 pounds of prescriptions collected

There are 35 fewer pounds of prescription drugs out in the Steamboat Springs community after a national campaign to collect unused and expired medications took place Sept. 25. The event was intended to decrease the access of prescription drugs to teens and adults to help prevent drug abuse.

Steamboat briefs: 2 Oak Creek men arrested on suspicion of menacing after possible road rage

A possible road rage incident led to the arrest of two Oak Creek men Thursday afternoon. Lance Dunaway, Oak Creek Police Department chief administrative officer, said two males reported that they had been the victims of threats by two other men in a vehicle. Dunaway said the men reported being threatened with weapons, but he would not say what kind of weapon.

Routt County school lunch menus for Oct. 25 to 29

School lunches for this week for Steamboat Springs High School, Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools, Steamboat Springs Middle School, Hayden schools, South Routt schools and Christian Heritage School.

The Record for Oct. 21

12:08 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Yampa Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to a vehicle fire at Forest Road 126 and Colorado Highway 134. No injuries were reported.

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Rocky Mountain Youth Corps to close on Steamboat home

13th Street house requires remodeling; closing expected Monday

The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is set to close Monday on its $675,000 purchase of the historic Eckstein Ranch. The purchase would allow the group to move from its rented quarters and consolidate in a permanent home on the western edge of the city, at 1705 13th St.

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Jimmy Westlake: In 3 billion years, our home could be 'Milkdromeda'

The stars of Andromeda twinkle brightly in our October sky, high in the east after darkness falls. One corner of the Great Square of Pegasus marks the princess’ head, a star named Alpheratz. From there, two diverging streams of stars to the north trace out her body and legs. Almach, her left foot, is a beautiful telescopic binary star, one golden and one blue.

Friday, October 22

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Soroco volleyball beats North Park, prepares for Hayden

The Rams are eager to get another shot at the Tigers, who beat them earlier this month. Soroco won in four games tonight against North Park in Oak Creek, bouncing back from spotty play to take the win.

Costs of Oak Creek power outage being tallied

Power restored in town thanks to extra transformer

Oak Creek Public Works Director Bob Redding said it was lucky that he had a spare transformer available Tuesday night, or five locations would have been out of power well into Wednesday. He has ordered a new transformer.

Steamboat acquaintance: Kellogg was helpful with club

Man accused of trying to hire hit man to kill former business partner

Rotary club President Jane Denning said part-time Steamboat resident Brooks Kellogg was always willing to help with Rotary events. FBI agents arrested Kellogg this week on allegations that he was trying to hire a man to kill a former business partner who had twice sued him.

Routt County unemployment 8.5 percent in September

Number is 0.1 percent increase from August

Routt County's jobless rate reflects a decrease in the number of people who were unemployed, from 1,200 in August to 1,154 in September. The number of jobs also decreased, however. In August, 13,122 people had jobs. In September, that number decreased to 12,496 — 626 fewer jobs.

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Russell Walsh remembered during balloon vigil at MCHS football field

Students, faculty and family members gathered on the Moffat County High School football field Thursday night as the sun was setting. People stood together at the 50-yard line, each person holding a balloon aloft. From the stadium loudspeaker, an announcer’s voice silenced the din of the crowd. “We share this day to honor that smile that we so love. Today is the day to remember, to remember those corny jokes that only he got. To remember his goofy laugh, and the eyes that never had an ounce of hate within.

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New Fort Collins-based band plays 1st shows in Steamboat

Better Than Bacon plays today and Saturday at The Tugboat Grill & Pub

Better Than Bacon throwback spirit, coupled with driving guitars and a clear enjoyment of playing music, brings all types of people out to Bacon shows. The band will play at 9:30 p.m. today and Saturday at The Tugboat Grill & Pub in its first Steamboat appearance. Tickets are $5 at the door.

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Screamboat Chamber of Horror returns to Steamboat for 12th year

This year’s Screamboat Chamber of Horror will treat those brave enough to blasts from the past and new thrills and chills, organizer Jimmy Westlake said. Screamboat will run from 6 to 10 p.m. today and Saturday at Monson Hall and during Halloween weekend, Oct. 29 to 31.

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What to do in Steamboat for Oct. 22 to 28

Level 1 Productions presents its 11th feature ski film, "Eye Trip," with gravity-defying antics over the largest gap jump ever built and dreamy powder sequences. The film was shot on location all across the world, from Colorado and Utah to Finland and Switzerland. The film will show at 7 and 9 p.m. today at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

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Perry Burgess book authors make appearances in Routt County

Travis Thompson, who lives in Missouri, and Windsor-based writer Rebecca Valentine compiled a 500-page book of Perry A. Burgess’ written recollections, extensively detailed diaries and historical information, called “Beyond The Land of Gold: The Life and Times of Perry A. Burgess.”

Ken Buck: Reining in government

Principles are the most important thing to me. One of the things my dad taught me is that there are people who accept the world they live in and there are people who change the world they live in. I am in this race because I want to change what is happening to our country.

The Record for Oct. 20

5:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders and Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a request for an ambulance in the first block of Anglers Drive for a man with chest pain.

Steamboat briefs: Man arrested in connection with shooting in Dinosaur

A 63-year-old Dinosaur man turned himself in Thursday morning at the Moffat County Jail in connection to an accidental shooting earlier this month in the town 90 miles west of Craig. A warrant was issued Wednes­­day for Terry Warren Billings, the grandfather and guardian of a 4-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl. On Oct. 4, authorities say, the boy shot the girl in the arm with Billings’ handgun.

Mammoth puts Snowmass in spotlight

A hairy, prehistoric elephant brought the circus to Snowmass Village on Wednesday. A Snowmass Water and Sanitation board meeting drew a packed crowd to a room at the Snowmass Club, where a selection of bones from a prehistoric mammoth were put on display for curious onlookers.

Vail tracking concerns skiers

Computer chips have some passholders worried about privacy

Going skiing? You may be tracked. Resort operators have impl­anted tiny radio-frequency computer chips with antennas in lift tickets and season passes. They’re installing more scanners on mountain slopes.

John Twitchell: Cooperation key in fighting wildland fires

Colorado recently has experienced a series of significant late-season fires. These include the Four Mile Canyon Fire, the Reservoir Road Fire and most recently, the Church Park fire. We thought residents of Routt County might be interested to know how the Colorado State Forest Service works with local Routt County fire agencies and other partners in responding to the threat of wildland fire.

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LIFT-UP of Routt County's winter coat drive starts today

There’s never been a greater need for LIFT-UP of Routt County’s annual coat drive. LIFT-UP Executive Director David Freseman said because of the economic recession, he expects there to be greater demand for coats this winter. The annual coat drive will be held today and Sat­ur­­day.

Palisade routs Steamboat football, 46-0

Sailors football drops to 0-8 on season with loss

The Steamboat Springs High School football team is going to see this 2010 season as a big learning process. On Thursday night at Stock­er Stadium, the Sailors (0-8, 0-4 Western Slope Conference) managed only 43 yards of total offense in a 46-0 loss to Palisade.

Punt, Pass and Kick results

Punt, Pass and Kick results

Hayden football team to face difficult road test

Tigers need win to keep playoff spot

The Class 1A high school football playoffs still are officially two weeks away, but the “win-or-go-home” phase of the season for the Hayden football team started the moment last week’s game against Western Slope League-lead­­ing Hotch­kiss end­ed. The Tigers (3-4) play at 7:30 p.m. today at Meeker (5-2).

Lowell Whiteman Primary School scholarship auction is Saturday

Lowell Whiteman Primary School provided more financial aid this year than ever before. The K-8 school gave $153,000 in scholarships to students for 2010-11. That’s a 51 percent increase from the $101,000 the school gave last year. The 18th annual Whiteman Pri­­mary scholarship auction is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Sweet­water Grill.

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Art, music highlight weekend at Harwigs in Steamboat

Coupled with two music events this weekend, Harwigs/L’Apogee restaurant in downtown Steamboat Springs will act as a full-fledged feast for the senses. In addition to Gregory Block’s art on display upstairs for two weeks, the artist will join local jazz pianist Lee Parker in a performance tonight.

Michael Bennet: Keeping a promise

For the past 20 months, I have traveled 30,000 miles across the state. I’ve met with Coloradans in blue parts of our state and red parts of our state to hear their thoughts and their ideas on how we can build a brighter future for our kids and our grandkids.

Thursday, October 21

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Steamboat Bike Summit kicks off with speakers

Kent Eriksen gets lifetime achievement award from Routt County Riders

The inaugural summit began tonight at The Steamboat Grand. About 120 members of the cycling community attended to hear speakers including Tim Blumenthal, president of the Bikes Belong Coalition, who said he could see the local ambition and commitment behind Steamboat's push to become Bike Town USA.

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Steamboat volleyball beats Moffat in 3

Steamboat picked up its first sweep of the season tonight against Moffat County, downing its U.S. Highway 40 rival 25-15, 25-18 and 25-17.

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Moffat County soccer team beats Steamboat, 3-1

Sailors eliminated from playoff contention after loss

The Steamboat Springs High School boys varsity soccer team finished its season with an overall record of 9-5-1, 6-4 in the Western Slope League, after a 3-1 loss Thursday against the Moffat County High School Bulldogs (11-4, 7-4) at Craig’s Loudy-Simpson Park.

Charges filed against Dinosaur man in accidental shooting

Terry Billings faces charges stemming from leaving handgun accessible

A 63-year-old Dinosaur man turned himself in this morning at the Moffat County Jail in connection to an accidental shooting earlier this month in the town 90 miles west of Craig. A warrant was issued Wednesday for Terry Warren Billings, the grandfather and guardian of a 4-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl. On Oct. 4, the boy allegedly shot the girl in the arm with Billings’ handgun, according to authorities.

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FBI: Steamboat businessman Brooks Kellogg sought hit

Developer accused of trying to have man in $2.5M lawsuit killed

Steamboat Springs real estate developer Brooks Kellogg was arrested Tuesday at DIA after giving $2,000 to an undercover FBI agent posing as a hit man, according to court documents. The money allegedly was a payment for expenses to kill a Florida man who settled for $2.5 million in a lawsuit against business entities owned by Kellogg and Richard Friedman, also of Steamboat. Friedman denied Thursday any knowledge of the circumstances that led to Kellogg's arrest.

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Fiddling poet travels to Steamboat for performance, school visit

Ken Waldman didn’t pick up a fiddle until he was 20. He hadn’t picked up a pencil to write a poem until he was 30. Neither of the two skills he now performs for a living came naturally to the one-time tennis fanatic from Pennsylvania.

Bikes take center stage in Steamboat

Cycling summit aims to inspire, educate

The inaugural Steamboat Bike Summit, which starts at 6 p.m. today at The Steamboat Grand with a pair of keynote presentations and runs through Saturday, isn’t about presenting ideas or fielding opinions.

Adult coed fall volleyball league standings for Oct. 18

2010 adult coed fall volleyball league standings

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Steamboat students accept Rachel's Challenge

Middle and high schoolers encouraged to start chain reaction of kindness

Each Steamboat Springs student took something different away from the Rachel’s Challenge presentation Wed­nesday. “I just think it opened up a lot of our eyes that a little bit goes a long way,” junior Lexie Baden said. Rachel’s Challenge was created in honor of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim during the Columbine High School shooting.

Steamboat, Moffat County volleyball teams to square off

Sailors set to take on rival Bulldogs

These are the types of games that make 45-mile rivalries fun. The Steamboat Springs volleyball team faces off against the Moffat County girls at 6:30 p.m. in a game that features playoff implications.

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Steamboat-based filmmaker to show Africa documentary Friday

Within a month of returning after filming her feature-length documentary in Uganda in 2005, Steamboat Springs resident Shane Gilbert had packed her bags to head across the ocean once more. The finished documentary, called “Mzungu,” which means “white wanderer” in Swahili, will premiere at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Strings Music Pavilion to a sold-out crowd.

Steamboat football faces toughest test of the year

Sailors head to Palisade today to take on 1-loss Bulldogs

It’s tough to find something new to say about the Palisade High School football team. The Bulldogs have been the preeminent team on the Western Slope for two decades. Their season always starts and stops with talks of a state title.

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Hayden's Donna Hellyer, Steamboat's John Fetcher earn awards

Tread of Pioneers honors county residents for contributions

When Hayden’s Donna Hellyer stood up Tuesday night to receive the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Stanley L. Larson Award for service to the Yampa Valley, she had four generations waiting to hug her. Also honored Tuesday with the Leckenby Pioneer Award was the late ski area pioneer, engineer turned rancher, ski jump advocate and dam builder John Fetcher.

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Steamboat, Moffat County soccer teams to battle for playoff spot

There’s no great rivalry between the Steamboat Springs and Moffat County high school boys soccer teams. Steamboat, a regular near the top of the Western Slope League standings and in the postseason in recent years, has had the better hand in the series, winning three of four heading into this season.

Oak Creek power eventually restored

A power outage that left an unknown number of Oak Creek homes without electricity Tuesday night and into Wednesday was the result of an allegedly drunken driver who ran into a utility pole.

Hayden extends job offer to county manager finalist

Council interviewed 5 town manager finalists for position

Hayden has extended an offer to its town manager favorite. Interim Town Manager Lance Stewart said Wednesday that the Hayden Town Council this past weekend interviewed five finalists.

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Pizza Hut closes its doors in Steamboat

Restaurant shuts doors Tuesday, was at Sundance Plaza for more than 25 years

Options for pizza in Steam­boat Springs just decreased by one. Pizza Hut, located off U.S. Highway 40 in Sundance Plaza, closed its doors at 9 p.m. Tuesday, ending more than 25 years of business at the location.

Routt County voters express trust after ballot error

Local voters expressed confidence in Routt County’s election integrity Wednesday, while a nonprofit voter advocacy group advised voters to use new ballots after a coding error rendered unreadable all 5,773 ballots mailed across the county.

Steamboat briefs: Registration is open for low-cost blood tests at fair

Pre-registration is open for low-cost blood tests at Saturday’s Community Health Fair, which is from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Online registration is being taken through noon today.

The Record for Oct. 19

3:52 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to a noise complaint in the 1500 block of Shadow Run Court where there was loud music and dancing in a third-floor unit. Officers asked the occupants to quiet down.

Wednesday, October 20

Police arrest Craig man suspected of arson

Police arrest 18-year-old Craig man suspected of second-degree arson

A Craig man was booked into Moffat County Jail early Wednesday morning on suspicion of three counts of second-degree arson. Craig Police Department Sgt. John Forgay said Cody Custer, 18, is suspected to have started three Dumpster fires beginning at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in Craig.

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Routt County must copy mailed ballots after error

Teams of bipartisan election judges will have to replicate mail ballots that already have been cast, Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said Wednesday. Other options exist for voters who haven't yet cast their mail ballot.

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Hayden rail spur shaping up

Section of project complete; work on US 40 portion continues

The project to reconstruct an existing rail spur to Xcel Energy’s Hayden Station power plant is taking shape. A portion of the project, realigning Routt County Road 27 and building a bridge over it, has been completed, said Heather McLaughlin, senior engineer for the Routt County Road and Bridge Department.

One Book Steamboat welcomes author and documentary filmmaker

As a part of One Book Steam­boat, a local community reading of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” documentary filmmaker and writer Mary Mc­­Donagh Murphy will offer a special screening of her new documentary, “Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird.” The event is at 6:30 p.m. today at Bud Werner Memorial Library Hall and is free and open to the public.

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Joanne Palmer: When sharing fails

He’s done it again. In a futile attempt to keep me away from his Halloween candy, my son has issued a restraining order against me. Boo-ya! It’s an annual event. As if the threat of jail time is going to keep me away from his Reese’s.

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State House hopefuls talk budget, ‘personhood’ in Steamboat

In the final scheduled forum of the local election season, Colo­rado State House District 57 candidates Randy Baum­gardner, Steve Ivancie and Mike Kien found something they could agree on: It comes down to dollars.

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Routt County sheriff candidates debate tolerance

Wall seeks to define difference; Wiggins says approaches similar

Sheriff Gary Wall said the difference between him and Republican opponent Garrett Wig­­gins is Wall’s commitment to encouraging officer discretion and rejecting a zero-tolerance approach to law enforcement. Wig­gins said that difference doesn’t really exist. The two candidates squared off Tues­day.

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Del’s Triangle Three protected in Routt County

The Routt County Board of Com­­missioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the expenditure of $513,000 in dedicated property taxes to help conserve the 245-acre ranch near Clark. The expenditure is done through the county’s Purchase of Dev­elop­ment Rights program, which is funded by a 1.5-mill property tax.

Chuck McConnell: Illegal immigration trash trails

I attended a “meet and greet” last week for state Rep. Randy Baum­­gardner. One of the subjects discussed at the meeting was Baum­gardner’s personally funded trip last August to the border of Arizona and Mexico. Baumgardner showed a video depicting several of the trails used by illegal immigrants within the boundary of the United States. A large number of those trails were within state and federal park systems.

Kevin Gilman: Why we should repeal FASTER

The problem with FASTER, and the main reason it should be repealed by Proposition 101, is that there is no correlation between the number of vehicles someone owns and registers, and the need for highway maintenance. There is a direct correlation between the amount of gas consumed and the amount of wear on our roads and bridges.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden School Board to hear update about Referendum 3B

Hayden School District Super­intendent Mike Luppes will provide the School Board with a presentation tonight about the campaign efforts of Citizens for Ref­erendum 3B, a committee created to promote the district’s proposed property tax increase.

Richard Rickerson: Immigration and the ballot initiatives

With the scare tactics portrayed by the opponents to constitutional Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101, it would seem that Colorado will fall into total financial ruin. However, the Federation for American Immigration Reform in Washington, D.C., is a national, nonprofit, public-interest membership organization of concerned citizens who share a common belief that our nation’s immigration policies must be reformed to serve the national interest.

Spoke Talk: What’s your vision for cycling?

We’ve had a long, lovely extended fall this year, but it’s bound to end soon. Most of the cycling season is behind us. So why have the inaugural Steamboat Springs Bike Summit in late October? Because in cycling, momentum is everything.

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Steamboat soccer wins, 2-0, eliminates Eagle Valley from playoffs

After Tuesday’s soccer game, Eagle Valley soccer coach Jason Rittmiller wished the Sailors well during the rest of their season. The Sailors picked up a huge 2-0 win Tuesday against Eagle Valley at Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum, setting up a showdown for a playoff spot Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Moffat County.

Steamboat students to hear presentation about treating others with respect

If Steamboat Springs High School senior Katie Lettunich has anything to do with it, students will put into practice what they learn today during the Rachel’s Challenge presentation. The program aims to end bullying and school violence by encouraging students to treat one another with respect.

Ads for western Colorado candidates stir election debate

Claims in commercials draw fire from Salazar, Tipton camps

Local TV watchers and radio listeners have been assaulted lately with a variety of claims about candidates in western Colorado’s race for Congress.

Babette Dickson: Vote 'no' on 60, 61, 101

Election Day is around the corner, and I am very worried: Vote “no” on Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101. I am a mother, a faculty member at the high school, an adjunct at Colorado Mountain College, president of the Steamboat Springs Education Association, and a member of the Collaborative Bargaining Team for the school district.

Our View: Vote 'no' on state amendments

After careful consideration of the nine statewide ballot questions being put before voters this fall, we once again have reached the conclusion that proposed amendments to Colorado’s constitution too often are being used to effect changes in public policy that are better left to the legislative branch and the courts.

The Record for Oct. 18

3:19 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to a report of a water-flow alarm in the 1500 block of Eagle Glen Drive. The alarm was false.

Tuesday, October 19

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Steamboat's Emerald land deal still alive

City Council approves contract for purchase; final go-ahead pending GOCo funding

The potential for a city purchase of 586 acres on the north side of Emerald Mountain stayed alive Tuesday night amid a wealth of public support, if not a wealth of city funding. A packed Centennial Hall broke into cheers and applause after the Steamboat Springs City Council voted 6-1 to approve the revised purchase contract for the site owned by Lyman Orton.

Driver knocks out Oak Creek power line

About one-third of Oak Creek was without power Tuesday night after a man drove into a utility pole on Grand Street about 9:15 p.m.

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State Supreme Court denies city of Steamboat Springs' request

Humble Ranch ruling stands, brings end to part of lengthy litigation process

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday denied the city of Steamboat Springs’ request that it review a ruling involving public access on Humble Ranch. The decision ends one aspect of a lengthy litigation process.

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Steamboat's EcoSak snags a TV spot

Steamboat beanbag chair business featured on home makeover show

Many people who start their own business do so after a quirky idea. The Gardels took a much more pragmatic approach. When looking for a business idea, Brian Gardel said, he and business partner Barry Bowman were led to the online beanbag chair business after a Google search turned up few results.

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Tom Ross: When fate catches a wave at Big Sur

I always knew in my heart that I was meant to be a surfer boy, or maybe the captain of the junior varsity water polo team. At age 13, I could play the drum solo from “Wipeout” on the edge of a school cafeteria table. Pretty cool, I know. But I was hopelessly landlocked in the Midwest.

YVRA airline landing fees edging upward

Yampa Valley Regional Air­port will charge some of the highest landing fees in Colorado this ski season, but the airlines are on board. Airport Manager Dave Ruppel said Monday that landing fees charged to the five commercial airlines serving the airport west of Steamboat Springs will go up 5.5 percent beginning Dec. 1.

Steamboat man steals truck, tries to break into house

Ira Scott arrested on suspicion of multiple charges, remains in jail

Ira Craig Scott, a 57-year-old Ste­amboat Springs-area resident, was arrested on suspicion of multiple charges after he allegedly tried to get inside a pickup driven by Tim and Jennifer Boyer, later stole the pickup, and then tried to get inside the house where Jennifer Boyer was hiding with her mother and three children.

Steamboat Pilot & Today's Meg Boyer named advertising director

Suzanne Becker takes over creative services at Pilot & Today

Meg Boyer has been promoted to the role of advertising director for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Suzanne Becker also has been named the newspaper’s creative services manager.

CMC moves to drop agreement with Steamboat

Elimination of arrangement with city would remove extra review requirements

The Colorado Mountain College board of trustees has given President Stan Jensen the go-ahead to propose the dissolution of an intergovernmental agreement between the city of Steamboat Springs and the college.

Stan Garnett: Always on the people's side

Coloradans will face an extremely important decision when they cast their ballot for Colorado’s next attorney general. I welcome the opportunity to offer some thoughts as to why I think I deserve their vote.

The Record for Oct. 17

The Record for Oct. 17

Steamboat briefs: Library card holders can download books from site

Digital natives with a Windows 7, 32-bit or 64-bit computer now can download audio books through the Bud Werner Memorial Library’s new audio book platform, NetLibrary.

Monday, October 18

Hayden volleyball team falls in 5 against West Grand

Hayden High School girls volleyball coach Greg Johnson said at its best, his team can play toe to toe with any opponent in the Western Slope League. At its worst, it can lose to any team, as well, and that’s what he said happened Saturday when an unfocused effort resulted in a five-game loss on the road at West Grand.

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Luke Graham: Making Division II sports a goal

At least in American culture, high school athletes are taught to strive for the Division I scholarship. It’s a great goal to have, but for most, it doesn’t apply. Honestly, knowing your own ability is sometimes a tough thing to decipher.

County Agenda for Oct. 18 and 19

County Agenda for Oct. 18 and 19

The Record for Oct. 16

The Record for Oct. 16

Craig teen dies after crash

A one-vehicle wreck Saturday resulted in the death of a 16-year-old from Craig, according to a news release from the Colorado State Patrol. Just before noon Saturday, a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Samuel Jesse Sheridan, 18, rolled on Moffat County Road 10 about 20 miles northwest of Maybell.

High-interest topics on agenda for Steamboat City Council

Emerald Mountain, dog parks will be part of Tuesday's meeting

Tuesday’s Steamboat Springs City Council agenda will include more discussion of the possible purchase of 586 acres on Emerald Mountain as well as an ordinance establishing off-leash dog parks. The issues have attracted public interest and comments, and at least one City Council member expected a fair amount of discussion.

Aging Well: Program provides free help with Medicare

If Betsy Packer wore a Halloween costume, it might be that of a super hero with a large “M” emblazoned on the cape. Packer is the Northwest Colorado coordinator for SHIP — the Colorado Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program. She provides free counseling to older adults overwhelmed and confused by Medicare.

Scott Tipton: Common sense approach

I’m Scott Tipton, and I would be honored to have your vote Nov. 2. I’m running for Congress because I want to do all I can to preserve the American dream for my children and yours.

Monday Medical: Guide to Community Health Fair

For attendees looking for the best way to get the most out of the Fall Into Health Community Health Fair at Yampa Valley Medical Center and its adjoining campus Saturday, here are a few hints.

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Down syndrome brings Steamboat family closer together

For Steamboat Springs residents Nick and Tracy Metzler, the news that their second daughter, Christa, had Down syndrome was devastating. Her arrival nearly 12 years ago should have been a cause for celebration, but it became a traumatic, sorrowful event. With time, the Metzlers said they have come to view Christa’s arrival as a blessing

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Dozens of children corral, paint pumpkins at Steamboat event

Children take to pools at Old Town Hot Springs, paint pumpkins

Children bobbed in the water at the Old Town Hot Springs on Sunday afternoon, ready and waiting with numbers printed in marker on the backs of their hands. When they got the go-ahead, they set off on their mission: Find the pumpkin whose number matched their own so they could snag it, dry it, paint it and take it home.

Team Lightning swim results from 2010 Yellow Leaf Invite

2010 Yellow Leaf Invite results

Deb Babcock: Design basics for your garden

Landscape your exterior to complement your interior

Have you ever seen that funny sign that reads “Plan Ahea,” where there wasn’t enough room at the end to include the “D”? Organizing a garden is kind of like that. If it isn’t planned, it’s going to look a little off. Even rustic, native and natural gardens will benefit from landscape design.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Today reporter arrested on suspicion of DUI

Steamboat Springs police arrested Mike Lawrence, of Steamboat Springs, early Sunday, on suspicion of weaving and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Lunch menus for Routt County school districts for Oct. 18 to 22

Lunch menus for Routt County school districts for Oct. 18 to 22

John Salazar: Fighting for others

I am seeking re-election as your Representative in Congress because the rural Colorado values we all share must have a seat at the table when important issues are debated.

Sunday, October 17

Craig teen dies after one-car wreck

Russell Walsh, 16, was ejected from a pickup during a crash Saturday about 20 miles northwest of Maybell. The driver sustained moderate injuries in the crash, according to a news release from the Colorado State Patrol.

Election Guide: Soroco schools ask for OK on property tax

The South Routt School District needs its residents to approve a property tax increase Nov. 2, Russ Garrity said. Garrity, chairman of the Improve Soroco Schools committee, said that the state cut the district’s funding and that the district expects additional cuts in future years.

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CSU student experiments with oil seed crops in Routt County

CSU graduate student Navid Sediqi wanted to study whether certain oil seed crops would grow at elevations similar to his native Afghanistan. In addition to the benefits Sediqi’s research could yield for his native country, there also are many applications for the U.S.

Election Guide: Buescher, Gessler in race for secretary of state

From the Secretary of State website, www.sos.state.co.us: The secretary of state is an elected member of the Executive Branch of Colorado’s state government.

Election Guide: Incumbent regent Bosley faces Hart

From the CU Board of Regents website, www.cu.edu/regents: The Board of Regents consists of nine members serving staggered six-year terms, one elected from each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts and two from the state at-large. The members select their own chair and vice chair. The board is charged constitutionally with the general supervision of the university and the exclusive control and direction of all funds of and appropriations to the university, unless otherwise provided by law.

Election Guide: Kennedy, Stapleton face off for state treasurer

From the state treasurer website, www.colorado.gov/treasury: The Colorado State Treasury is the constitutional custodian of the public’s funds. It is the Treasury’s duty to manage and account for the citizens’ tax dollars from the time they are received until the time they are disbursed.

Election Guide: 2 challenge Routt County coroner

Darrel Levingston and Kevin Nerney hope to take seat from incumbent Rob Ryg

For seven years, Rob Ryg has been unchallenged as the Routt County coroner. This year, two locals are posting their experience and new ideas in a bid to take over the job.

Election Guide: Garnett, Suthers vie for attorney general

From the attorney general website, www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov: The attorney general and the Depart­ment of Law (collectively referred to as the Colo­rado Attorney General’s Office) represents and defends the legal interests of the people of the state of Colorado and its sovereignty.

Election Guide: State governor's race is 1 for the ages

Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter opted to not seek re-election, leaving the field wide open. What has resulted appears to be a three-way race between Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat; Evergreen businessman Dan Maes, a Republican; and former state and U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, who formerly was aligned with the Republicans and now is carrying the banner of the American Constitution Party.

Election Guide: Buck faces Bennet in US Senate race

Incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet faces Republican Ken Buck in U.S. Senate race.

Election Guide: Nation’s divides visible in race for Congress

Salazar, Tipton play out national debates in battle for 3rd Congressional District

Health care, jobs, the economy and the national deficit have been center stage in the back-and-forth between U.S. Rep. John Salazar, a Democrat from the San Luis Valley, and Republican state Rep. Scott Tipton, of Cortez, as they campaign to represent Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District in a rematch of their contest four years ago.

Election Guide: Hayden seeks tax increase for schools

A committee in Hayden is urging residents to vote ‘yes’ on a property tax increase that would generate $321,473 for the school district. Citizens for Referendum 3B, the committee promoting the ballot measure Hayden voters will consider Nov. 2, has been meeting with local community groups, said Mike Luppes, Hayden School District superintendent and a committee member.

Election Guide: 7 vie for Hayden council; mayor unopposed

The Hayden Town Council has five seats up for election — four council seats and mayor — instead of the usual four. Coun­­cil member Tim Redmond was appointed in February 2009 to fill the seat vacated by Trace Mus­­grave, whose four-year term began in April 2008. Hayden’s charter requires that any vacated seat filled by appointment or special election come up for vote during the next regular election, and Redmond’s seat will be up for election again in November 2012, restoring the four-year term.

Election Guide: Clear differences appear in House race

House District 57 covers the state’s northwest corner and stretches to Rangely, Battlement Mesa and Rifle in the west and, with jagged borders, almost to Estes Park in the east. The district includes all or part of Routt, Moffat, Grand, Garfield, Jackson and Rio Blanco counties. It includes tourism, energy development, ranches, ski resorts and coal mines, highways and back roads, the very rich and the very poor, reflecting a diverse array of economic needs and conditions.

Election Guide: Sheriff candidates bring out fireworks

Gary Wall, Garrett Wiggins compete in spirited, high-stakes race in Routt County

The election for Routt County sheriff is a repeat of the race from four years ago, and both men are drawing on their experiences since 2006 to prop up their own candidacies while attacking that of their counterpart.

Election Guide: Taxes, spending at heart of ballot initiatives

November questions also deal with health care, definition of a person

Amendment P (constitutional) Ballot text: Shall there be an amendment to Section 2 of Article XVIII of the constitution of the state of Colorado, concerning the regulation of games of chance by an authority specified by the general assembly?

Election Guide: Early voting begins Oct. 18

Registered voters also can cast a mail-in ballot, vote in person Nov. 2

Election Day is Nov. 2, but voters have a couple of options if they prefer to weigh in before that date: early voting and mail-in ballots. Early voting runs from Oct. 18 through Oct. 29 at the Routt County Courthouse, Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs.

Routt County real estate transactions for Oct. 8 to 14, 2010

Routt County real estate transactions for Oct. 8 to 14, 2010

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Routt County buyers’ interests growing in bank-owned properties

Foreclosures could be slowing down in Routt County, but interest in them is growing. There are 38 single-family residential properties in foreclosure across the county. In September, there were 12 closings on foreclosed properties. In October, 18 are under contract and three have closed.

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Forums intensify state House District 57 race

Baumgardner, Ivancie address questions about their political histories

The relatively quiet race for state House District 57 saw sparse crowds at two forums last week. That was despite the fact that for two nights in a row, Republican state Rep. Randy Baumgardner, Democratic challenger Steve Ivancie and Oak Creek Libertarian Mike Kien, formed the only complete slate of candidates that was present just days before voting begins.

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Steamboat's Tara King finishes stellar senior season at Mesa State

The competitor in Tara King tells her that as an individual player, she hasn’t improved all that much. There isn’t a person, however, associated with the 2006 Steamboat Springs High School graduate and redshirt senior at Mesa State College in Grand Junction that would agree.

Soroco volleyball easily topples North Park

The Soroco High School volleyball team showed no ill effects from losing to cross-county rival Hayden, easily dispensing of North Park, 3-0, on Friday. The Rams won, 25-22, 25-20 and 25-21.

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Big bucks said to be prowling high country in Northwest Colorado

Hunters were cautiously optimistic late last week as they prepared for the first of the four elk-hunting rifle windows that will represent the bulk of the big-game animal hunting season in Northwest Colorado. The first three-day season opened with Saturday morning’s sunlight and hunters already were eyeing their first prey.

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Hayden’s Treyben Letlow has dreams of Division I football

The first one was sweet, Trey­ben Letlow said, and now he watches his mail every day. The Hayden High School senior remembers when he got his first recruiting letter from a NCAA Division I football program. That served as the first proof that all his work was paying off and he might be able to realize his dreams.

John F. Russell: Learning for high school sports

Sometimes sports are about playing a game, the final score and whether you win or lose the big game. But I have to think that sports not always are about winning. Maybe it’s because I’m a longtime fan of the Denver Broncos, or maybe I just want to think we play sports for more than just the final score.

Bob Semro: 'No’ on 63: It won’t hold down costs

Improving health care in Colorado will require us to find ways to hold down costs while making sure more people have health insurance. Amendment 63 will do neither. In fact, it will do the opposite.

Amy Oliver Cooke: Facts versus fear about local debt

Opponents of a debt-restricting ballot measure are hoping they can scare Coloradans into voting “no” in November. “Amendment 61 will collapse Colorado’s economy, robbing us of any chance of economic recovery,” warns one group.

Steve Lewis: Steamboat Institute

I’m trying to understand the relevance of your views to issues within Routt County. During the past year or so, you folks have had a lot to say about conservative values on government, taxes and fiscal policy at the national level. Do these same principles translate to the issues of Steamboat Springs and Routt County?

Our View: Yes on Referendums 3A and 3B

The thought of a tax increase during our current economic struggles might seem like an impossibility for some local families. But so, too, does the dire fiscal situation facing our public school districts, including those serving South Routt and Hayden children.

Steamboat Pilot & Today changes to 2 sections

Please note that your Sunday newspaper includes just two newspaper sections, along with our standard inserts such as American Profile and Prudential Properties.

Steamboat briefs: Lowell Whiteman auction set for Saturday

The Lowell Whiteman Pri­­mary School’s annual Scholar­ship Auction will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Sweet­water Grill. Wine, beer and appetizers will be served and items will be offered for auction.

Joel Reichenberger: Speak now, Steamboat

Steamboat Springs is a community that’s not afraid to share its views, and certainly there have been plenty of opinions passed about town as to what Steamboat’s grand summer of biking development really has meant.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Oct. 17

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Oct. 17

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Oct. 17

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Oct. 17

The Jail Report for Oct. 9 to 15

The Jail Report for Oct. 9 to 15

The Record for Oct. 15

The Record for Oct. 15

Election Guide: Voters consider range of issues

Routt County residents tout voter education for November election

Routt County voters have a multitude of issues facing them on this November’s ballot, from heated local races to state ballot measures that reflect a wide spectrum of political views.

Election Guide: Judge retention recommendations

Every year, the Colorado Commissions on Judicial Performance evaluate district and county judges, Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges on criteria including integrity, legal knowledge, communication skills, judicial temperament, administrative performance and service to the legal profession and the public, according to the website of the Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation.

Election Guide: Unopposed candidates describe goals

Several candidates for Routt County office are running unopposed. Here are their responses to a survey sent by the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Saturday, October 16

Steamboat soccer beats Colorado Academy

The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team kept its playoff life in its hands Saturday, beating Colorado Academy, 3-0. The win improves Steamboat to 8-4-1 overall and 5-3 in the Western Slope League. It also means Steamboat controls its own destiny entering the final week of the regular season.

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Sisters in Steamboat draws more than 100

Sisters, literal or figurative, join for second annual event

More than 100 “sisters” joined together this weekend for Sisters in Steamboat, which featured parties, enrichment workshops and discounts at restaurants and shops in Steamboat.

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Steamboat's Burger brothers 4th at state tennis

Jack and Keegan lost today in their third-place matches

Keegan and Jack Burger lost this morning in the third-place matches, bringing the Sailors’ season to an end at the 4A Colorado State High School Tennis Championships. Both wound up with fourth-place medals. The Steamboat team finished in sixth place.

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Christian Heritage School students get involved with projects

Paige Eivins was one of 70 Christian Heritage School students who were not in class Fri­day morning. Instead, she sat with the rest of her eighth-grade class in the Sunshine Room at the Doak Wal­­ker Care Center, helping the seniors place bingo markers on their numbered cards.

Hayden football blown out against Hotchkiss, falling 52-21

Tigers have repeat of last year’s performance against Hotchkiss

It was like déjà vu for the Hayden High School football team. A year after hanging with Hotch­­kiss for a half in a game where the Hayden offense couldn’t get anything going, the Tigers again struggled in the second half Friday, falling 52-21.

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West Grand gallops past Soroco for title

Mustangs give Rams football 2nd loss of the season with 46-6 beating

In front of screaming fans and with an offense the Soroco High School football team just couldn’t stop, a group of West Grand players brought championship football back to Kremmling. The Mustangs, behind the outstanding two-way play of junior Travis Gore, gave Soroco its second loss of the season, beating the Rams, 46-6.

CNCC to play Steamboat Springs in Sunday game

The soccer team of Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus will travel Sunday to Steamboat Springs for a game. The team will face off against the Coed Adult Town League All-Stars in their third game of the season. The CNCC Craig team has defeated CNCC’s Rangely branch twice.

‘Remembering Mount Harris’ now available in area museums

A book by a late local author is now available for purchase at area museums. “Remembering Mount Harris,” written by former Saturday Morning Press columnist Chuck Mack, chronicles the history of Mount Harris, its coal mines and Mack’s recollections of growing up in the coal mining town.

Events in Routt County this weekend

Home ReSource at Milner Landfill is hosting the third annual Creative Community Open House and Art Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. The event will feature new sculptures and artwork made from materials someone else threw away. Check out more weekend events in Routt County.

Steamboat Springs City Council to tackle off-leash ordinance

Rita Valentine and Spring Creek parks are one step closer to going to the dogs as the Steam­­boat Springs City Council will take up an ordinance that would allow off-leash areas at both parks. The Parks and Recreation Com­­mission is asking for community input at Tuesday’s meeting with the City Council, which starts at 5 p.m.

The Record for Oct. 14

12:23 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Depart­­ment officers were called to a report of a person who didn’t pay for gas worth about $8 in the 500 block of South Lincoln Avenue.

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Steamboat football falls to Glenwood Springs, 39-14

Improving Sailors keep Demons from running away with game

The Glenwood Springs High School football team landed its first shots at the beginning of the first half and finished Friday’s Western Slope League game in Steamboat Springs with haymakers at the beginning of the second half. The Demons used huge outbursts in the first and third quarters Friday to run away with a 39-14 win.

Steamboat Pilot & Today's Schlicht, Stanford take on new roles

Longtime Steamboat Pilot & Today Publisher Suzanne Schlicht has been named the new chief operating officer of The World Company, the Lawrence, Kan., company that owns the newspaper. As part of the transition, Scott Stanford has been named general manager of the Pilot & Today and will assume day-to-day operations of the newspaper.

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Country songwriters to bring a taste of Nashville to Steamboat

Musicians will have conversation in song Tuesday at First String Music

The music of Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Mark San­­ders has floated through the airwaves around the world. But their voices rarely are heard, except through the carefully crafted songs they write for other artists to sing. On Tuesday, Sanders, Clark and Mc­­Anally will perform at First String Music.

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Routt Sheriff Wall asked to move truck

Sheriff told to avoid perception of using county resources

Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan has asked Sheriff Gary Wall to remove his pickup, with a large plywood campaign sign in the back, from the parking lot at the Routt County Sheriff’s Office to remove any perception that he is using county resources in his campaign against All Crimes Enforcement Team Cmdr. Gar­rett Wiggins.

Friday, October 15

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Steamboat tennis team's state title hopes end

Burger brothers to be back on court today playing for 3rd

Keegan and Jack Burger will not be playing for titles in Saturday’s final round of the 2010 State 4A Boys’ Tennis Championship at Pueblo City Park, but the two Steamboat Springs athletes still have a shot at bringing home a third-place medal.

Routt sheriff remains in Denver hospital

Wall says blood leaking in the brain to blame

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall revealed Friday that he actually was taken to a Denver-area hospital after doctors discovered blood leaking in his brain, and not just because of the flu, as he had earlier reported. He remained in the hospital Friday, and his wife, Jenny Wall, said she didn’t know when he would return to Steamboat Springs.

Rodents blamed for cabin fire near McCoy

Routt County Sheriff’s Office investigator Mike Curzon said the results are preliminary, but it appears that pack rats started the fire that burned down a hunting cabin between Bond and McCoy.

Hayden football eyes upset

Win against Hotchkiss could put team in line for title

The Hotchkiss High School football team hasn’t lost a Western Slope Conference game since joining the conference’s Class 1A division more than two years ago. In today’s 7 p.m. game at Hotchkiss, Hayden High School football hopes to deliver the Bulldogs’ first blemish.

Soroco football to battle for 1st

Football team faces West Grand at 7 p.m. today in Kremmling

The Soroco High School foot­ball team’s biggest enemy this season has been the one looking back in the mirror every morning, turnovers and mistakes having doomed the team in its only loss. When the Rams travel for a 7 p.m. game today against West Grand High School in Krem­­mling, they’ll find a team eerily reminiscent of the one they fielded in the past two years.

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Battle Mountain gets goal in overtime, downs Steamboat soccer

Battle Moun­tain (10-3 overall, 8-1 in the Western Slope League) got a goal from Heivan Garcia in the last minute of overtime Thursday against Steamboat, propelling the Huskies to a 3-2 win and league title.

Steamboat football to face tough game

Sailors hosts Glenwood Springs at 7 p.m. today

At least on paper, the Steamboat Springs High School football team begins its toughest stretch of Western Slope League games today with Glenwood Springs. The two tea­ms play at 7 p.m. at Gardner Field.

The Record for Oct. 13

The Record for Oct. 13

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Today seeking an editorial cartoonist

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is seeking an editorial cartoonist who could provide a one-panel editorial cartoon on pertinent local topics twice a week.

Sheriff candidates even in spending

Wiggins out-raises Wall in final campaign finance reporting period

Routt County Republican sheriff candidate Garrett Wig­gins out-raised incumbent Sheriff Gary Wall in the past month, yet each candidate spent about the same amount of money during the final reporting period before the election.

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Community Art Project on display at Milner Landfill

The third annual showcase event, Creative Community Open House and Art Show, takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Home ReSource, and it will feature kinetic art and sculptures built from the thousands of castaway items that fill the yard. Two sculptures will be on display during Saturday’s event.

Home prices in Moffat County declining

Chuck Cobb, president of the Craig Association of Realtors, said there is “no doubt” the current economic climate has been tough on the local real estate industry. But, Cobb said he doesn’t think housing prices have dropped as low as national averages. “However, we certainly have seen some softening of prices in our area, for sure,” he said. “We do have at, or near, record numbers of product on the market.”

Forest rangers find medley of trash at sites near Routt County

Officials warn that wilderness litterbugs can be fined

If you can pack it in, you should be able to pack it out. That’s the message regional forest rangers are sending to hikers and hunters after spending two days packing piles of trash out of two campsites. Blanco District Ranger Ken Coffin said crews used pack animals to haul pieces of a partially built log cabin, a tarp, chairs, a wood stove, toilet seats and other debris left behind.

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House District 57 candidates discuss medical marijuana at Steamboat forum

Trio differs about medical marijuana, other issues

The three candidates for state House District 57 gave their opinions about the booming industry and the controversies surrounding it during a Thursday night forum at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

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What to do this week in Steamboat for Oct. 15 to 21, 2010

The Avey Brothers, an energetic blues-rock band with a Cajun twist from Davenport, Iowa, play a free show at the Ghost Ranch Saloon at 9 p.m. Saturday. The group was named one of 11 finalists at the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn.

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Bike counters collect data in Steamboat at CR 129, Yampa River Core Trail

A new, in-pavement bicycle counter was installed in late September just north of U.S. Highway 40 on both shoulders of C.R. 129, or Elk River Road. A second bicycle counter is on the west end of the Yampa River Core Trail, near River­­front Park.

Bernie Buescher: Bringing business experience

Doing more with less. My widowed mother was an expert. I am running for election this November to continue as Colorado’s secretary of state.

Paul Stettner: Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley seeks to represent citizens

The Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley is a local nonprofit organization supported only by member contributions and is self-staffed. The CAYV monitors those issues that would affect our community; informs our members and the public; and, when appropriate, takes action to influence governmental decisions.

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Snowboard movie premiere couples with reggae band at Ghost Ranch in Steamboat

Mark Sullivan found something in Alaska he wants to share with the world: deep, untouched snow; jagged, imposing peaks; vast wilderness and a deeply entrenched skiing and snowboarding culture. Now, he wants the lower 48 to have a glimpse into the lifestyle.

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Band brings music straight from the Belly to Steamboat

Boulder’s Full Belly plays tonight, Saturday at The Tugboat Grill & Pub in Steamboat

Guitarist Stephen Herring­ton and his band, Full Belly, didn’t think much of it when the cast of “The Real World: Denver” walked into a bar they were playing four years ago. But being in the right place at the right time paid off for the Boulder-based five-piece band.

Scott E. Gessler: Bringing practical election law experience

The secretary of state’s main job is to make sure Colorado has fair and open elections. The office also handles business registrations and a few other reporting functions. This election presents a clear choice between candidates –—a choice between backgrounds, policies and approaches.

Thursday, October 14

Steamboat brothers push each other to excel at tennis

Keegan and Jack Burger have supportive relationship, mom says

Twins Jack and Keegan Burger excelled in the first day of the state tennis tournament in Pueblo, and both return for semifinal action Friday. The brothers have made appearances at the state tournament the past four years, and they played together as freshmen. Although they can be competitive, their mother says they have grown to support each other.

Steamboat volleyball wins in Glenwood

Sailors face another big game next week against Moffat

The Sailors won in four on the road. The game was all the more important because Steamboat, Glenwood and Moffat County were tied for fourth place in the Western Slope League, with one of those teams likely to not make the district tournament.

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Steamboat's Burger brothers advance at state tennis

Doubles teams hoping for chance at playback round

Jack and Keegan Burger won twice today and will compete in the semifinals Friday in Pueblo. Doubles teams Kyle Rogers and Luke Farny and Gabri Erspamer and Colin Green will be looking for their second opponents of the day to advance so they can nab a shot at the playback round.

Sheriff airlifted to Denver hospital

Gary Wall is hospitalized in Denver with what he said were complications from the flu. He and his wife plan to return to Steamboat Springs on Friday, and Wall won't appear at tonight's candidate forum.

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Hayden elementary students to perform stories, play, songs tonight

Several budding stars will take to the stage tonight in Hayden. Eight Hayden Valley Ele­mentary School second- through fifth-grade students will tell stories, either solo or with a partner, at 6:30 p.m. today during an all-school performance in the Hayden High School auditorium.

2 exposure cases involving Steamboat restaurant owner assigned trial dates

Steamboat Springs restaurateur Marco Pauvert, 55, has been scheduled for two separate trials in the two accusations of indecent exposure leveled against him. Pauvert was ar­­rested Aug. 25 after a woman accused him of exposing himself to her in his downtown Steam­­­­boat Sp­­­rings res­­taurant.

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Forum in Steamboat focuses on House race

Candidates field questions from community during event

Randy Baumgardner had heard the question so often that he began answering before he reached the lectern Wednesday night at the Steamboat Springs Community Cen­ter. “I did not vote against autistic children," state Rep. Baumgardner said.

Steamboat group collecting storybooks for African Library Project

Halfway across the world, there’s a small school in Lesotho filled with more than 150 children in preschool to fourth grade. They have joyous smiles and an eagerness to learn, said Steamboat Homeschool Group mother Laurin Cook, but they are missing vital tools. Donation bins are set up to collect children's book at Bud Werner Memorial Library in the Story-time Room and in the lobby of Excel Gymnastics.

Steve Bosley: Experience matters for regents

I am frequently asked why, with the financial crisis at the University of Colorado, I would choose to serve another six years. My honest and heartfelt response — people who truly care and have the real life background and the proven experience to help are needed now more than ever to address CU’s No. 1 priority, the most challenging budget crisis in our 134-year history.

Melissa Hart: A professor’s perspective

The University of Colorado is facing serious challenges in the coming years: to maintain the strong research and academic programs that make the school an economic driver for our state while ensuring affordable and accessible education for Colorado’s students.

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Steamboat Springs Transit drivers gear up for winter

SST training crews, expects stable numbers

Things are looking up for Steamboat Springs Transit as the busy winter season approaches. The city bus service has three hybrid buses in its fleet — two were added in August — and is driving on a newly resurfaced Lincoln Avenue with longer bus stops that are downstream of traffic lights.

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Soccer rivals Steamboat, Battle Mountain face off tonight

Given their long history of highly contentious games, a late-season matchup between rival Western Slope League high school soccer powers Steamboat Springs and Bat­­­­tle Moun­tain likely would prove bit­­­­ter even if nothing were on the line. But something is on the line, ensuring that today’s top-of-the-league clash between the two is a game both teams have been waiting for.

The Record for Oct. 12

9:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to help another agency serve a notice in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Steamboat briefs: Oak Creek Town Board to begin budget process today

The Oak Creek Town Board will start the town’s budgeting process at today’s meeting at 7 p.m. at the Oak Creek Town Hall on Nancy Crawford Boulevard.

Wednesday, October 13

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Steamboat forum addresses ballot measures

Bell Policy Center representative speaks about possible impacts

About 20 members of the community attended a forum Wednesday night where Rich Jones, director of policy and research for the Denver-based Bell Policy Center, gave a presentation about the statewide and local impacts of three measures on the November ballot.

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Steamboat tennis heads to state tournament

Nine members of squad will compete in Pueblo starting Thursday

The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team is headed to Pueblo, hoping for a top-five finish at state. Coach John Aragon said with a little bit of luck and strong play, he thinks it's possible that all nine players could medal.

Moffat County resident supporting ballot measures

Rick Barnes: Amendments 60, 61 and Prop 101 would limit government control

Moffat County resident Rick Barnes contends government is expanding dramatically in size and scope, and is close to controlling “everything.” “They run our lives now, to the point where we have no control over what we do,” he said. For that reason, Barnes is supporting Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101 — three measures he said would limit government control and spending.

Hayden Town Council race crowded

It’s a bit of an unusual election year for Hayden Town Council. Hayden will host its first November municipal election after local voters approved the town becoming a home-rule municipality in July 2009, which shifted elections from April, Town Clerk Susan Irvine said.The Town Council has five seats up for election — four council seats and mayor —instead of the usual four.

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Joanne Palmer: Phones to make your pet proud

Today, Apple executives announced a new product line for pets. iPaw and iMeow, revolutionary new cell phones for pets, will be released Nov. 1, in time for holiday shopping. Here is a sneak preview of the first two phones in the animal lineup.

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Youth football leagues spark excitement in Steamboat

The youth tackle football league in Steamboat Springs continued to grow in 2010, and not just the size of young players on the field. Paul Draper, who acts as a league coordinator and referee, said this year the tackle league has six teams and 72 players. That’s up from four teams and 60 players a year ago.

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CMC, Steamboat Springs discuss dissolving intergovernmental accord

Colorado Mountain College and the city of Steamboat Springs have discussed dissolving the intergovernmental agreement that was signed between the entities in 1997, CMC and city officials said Tuesday. The agreement requires that CMC build a secondary access road for fire and emergency services if the college wants to expand or renovate.

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Spoke Talk: Look ahead! Pedal! Pedal!

Everyone needs a little coaching now and then to help improve biking performance. Whether you follow someone with more advanced technique or you spend money to take a performance camp, there is always something to learn.

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Fourmile Canyon Revival concert offered up big names for a cause

At times, it felt like a Phish show. At times, it was a String Cheese Incident show. But despite the reasons behind the sold-out attendance at the Fourmile Canyon Revival fundraiser, there was no shortage of reminders of why the gathering of legendary jam acts had come to pass.

Steamboat briefs: Whistler Blackcomb moves to go public and sell stock

The Whistler Blackcomb ski resort in British Columbia plans to go public and sell stock in an upcoming initial public offering. In a brief e-mail sent Tuesday afternoon, Ski Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said the Whistler Blackcomb public offering has nothing to do with Steamboat Ski Area.

Wiggins’ campaign yard signs stolen in Steamboat

Some taken to opponent’s lawn, taped over Gary Wall’s campaign signs

Routt County sheriff candidate Garrett Wiggins reported that 50 to 100 of his campaign yard signs, including nearly all his signs in Old Town, were stolen during the weekend. A number of Wiggins’ signs also appeared in his opponent Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall’s yard, where someone taped Wiggins’ signs over Wall’s.

Oak Creek fire station plans dropped

Decision resulted from public feedback, closer look at budget

The Oak Creek Fire Protection District board scrapped plans to overhaul the downtown Oak Creek fire station after public feedback and a budget reassessment pointed against it. District President Chris Zusch­lag said the board voted unanimously to put off the renovation project indefinitely during a Monday evening meeting.

Bill Roberts: A warning

At 6:17 p.m. Feb. 5, 2010, Routt County resident Nancy Graves was driving west on U.S. Highway 40 to attend the send-off for our U.S. Olympic Nordic ski team when she struck Steamboat Springs resident William “Rick” Hagberg at the intersection of Walton Creek Road.

Hud, Jean, Blair, Lora, Mihdi and Lindsay Labaree Cedaredge: Thanks, Steamboat

The Labaree family would like to thank all the people who volunteered or donated to the Laps for Lindsay benefit.

Our View: The property tax question

The city of Steamboat Springs is revisiting the question of whether the city needs a property tax to create a more stable revenue stream. The city has had to tighten its belt considerably as a result of shrinking sales tax revenues.

Robert Sharpe: Changing policies

Regarding your Oct. 6 editorial (“Medical marijuana series aims to educate”), not only should medical marijuana be made available to patients in need, but adult recreational use should be regulated.

The Record for Oct. 11

6:39 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Colorado State Patrol troopers were called to a report of a car off of the road on Routt County Road 14F that went into the Chuck Lewis Wildlife Area. There were no injuries.

Steamboat Springs High School Parent Information Committee: Educate yourself

The Steamboat Springs High School Parent Information Committee met Oct. 6 with more than 25 parents in attendance. Dale Mellor, the director of finance for the Steamboat Springs School District, presented information about the projected financial impact of Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61 if they are approved by voters Nov. 2.

Tuesday, October 12

Hayden volleyball defeats Soroco

Tigers roll in Oak Creek with three-game win

For the Hayden High School volleyball team, Tuesday’s performance at cross-county rival Soroco proved the Tigers are good at a little bit of everything. Hayden easily beat Soroco, 3-0, on Tuesday, winning by scores of 25-13, 25-18 and 25-14.

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Routt County coroner candidates tout experience

Levingston, Nerney speak at Rotary forum; Ryg unable to attend

The two challengers taking on Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said the emergency response and medical experience they each have would add a new dimension to the coroner’s office. Darrel Levingston and Kevin Nerney spoke to the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs at a forum Tuesday.

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Candidate stops in Craig

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo said he has heard many voters are opposed to electing candidates they consider “career politicians.” However, Tancredo, an American Constitution Party candidate, said just because a person has been involved in public policy for a long time, doesn’t mean he or she fits that description. “The best way to tell what anyone is going to do in the job they are seeking is to see what they’ve done in the jobs they’ve had of a similar nature — elected office,” said Tancredo during a Sunday stop in Craig for a visit with the Craig Daily Press. “In my case, it has been a pretty consistent pattern of behavior, and that is conservative.”

Cary Kennedy: A proven track record

Four years ago, voters gave me a wonderful opportunity to serve as Colorado state treasurer. In doing so, they entrusted me with the responsibility of keeping our investments safe, of finding ways to save for the future and of making our state finances more transparent than ever before.

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American Legion in Routt County voicing concerns about Amendment P

Sen. White says Legion concerns about Amendment P are unwarranted

The local organizer of the American Legion is sounding alarm bells about an amendment on this year’s ballot that he said could lead to the end of small-game fundraisers such as bingo and quilt raffles. State Sen. Al White said those concerns are overblown.

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Mail ballots go out today in Routt County

Voters still can request ballots for Nov. 2 election

Mail ballots for the Nov. 2 election started going out today, but there’s still time to request one for Routt County voters not on the list. Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said voters have until Oct. 26 to request a mail ballot be sent to them.

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Jimmy Westlake: Capricornus or Catapus?

What is a constellation, really? The stars that form a constellation can be weighed and measured, their magnitudes and distances determined. But when you get right down to it, our constellations are just figments of our imaginations, dot-to-dot drawings in the sky formed from unrelated stars.

The Record for Oct. 10

The Record for Oct. 10

Steamboat briefs: Low-cost adult vaccinations are being offered by VNA

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering $14 adult immunizations for a limited time for MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), HPV, Varicella (Chicken Pox), Pneumococcal (Pnemonia), Meningococcal (Meningitis), Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertusis) and Hepatitis A and B (Hepatitis vaccines are for people with risk factors).

Emerald action in limbo in Steamboat

Steamboat awaiting response from Orton about changes to contract

Progress on the city’s potential purchase of an Emerald Mountain parcel remained in limbo Monday as city officials awaited a formal response to contract changes requested last week by the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Hayden group wants tax increase

Hayden committee urges residents to vote yes on Referendum 3B

A committee in Hayden is urging residents to vote yes on a property tax increase that would generate $321,473 for the school district. Citizens for Referendum 3B, the committee promoting the ballot measure Hayden School District voters will consider next month, has been meeting with local community groups in town.

Walker Stapleton: Time for serious change

The choice for voters in this year’s state treasurer race couldn’t be clearer. And given the state of the economy and the direction in which government incumbents have been taking us, the choice couldn’t be more important.

Monday, October 11

Steamboat lays off 7 city employees

Cuts primarily to administrative positions effective today amid tight 2011 budget

The axe finally fell Monday morning in City Hall and Centennial Hall. Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts said seven full-time city employees were laid off Monday, the latest outcome in a two-year work force reduction that has included hiring freezes, furloughs and pay reductions for city staff.

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Thunder Rolls raises money for military vets at Saturday event

The sounds of rolling balls, falling pins and Guns ‘n’ Roses filled the air at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center Saturday night in Craig. More than 20 area residents visited the bowling alley to try their luck at strike contests, door prize giveaways and a high-score competition that took place during a fundraiser to benefit the Bowlers to Veterans Link, a national nonprofit organization that supports veterans and active-duty servicemen and women. Absolute Drains, an area drain cleaning company, hosted the event, which raised $462.

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Hayden history buff Jan Leslie dies at age 72

Historical author leaves behind what she thought shouldn’t be forgotten

Jan Leslie lives on through her contributions to Hayden. Her legacy is the three books she wrote and the nearly 25 three-ring binders of newspaper clippings and photos she compiled to make sure the history of the small west Routt County town wasn’t forgotten.

The Record for Oct. 9, 2010

Saturday, Oct. 9

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Steamboat’s Bird, Cannon earn 2nd-place finishes in Moab

His first go at competing in the 24 Hours of Moab in Utah as a member of a two-person team didn’t provide any great surprises to Steamboat Springs mountain biker Nate Bird. Bird teamed with Boulder friend Dax Massey for a second-place finish in the Pro Duo division. Steamboat’s top solo artist, Kris Cannon, was also second.

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Jane McLeod: Add some lemony zest with sorrell

It seems there is always room for just one more plant in the herb garden, and while poking through catalogs I was reminded of an old favorite — sorrel. Sorrel is a hardy perennial that appears early in spring and lasts to fall. It has tangy, lemon-flavored leaves that add zest to a salad or any dish, for that matter. These leaves — raw or cooked — can bring a fresh lemon flavor to a meal.

Steamboat Briefs: Man identified after Friday death in Steamboat Springs

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg identified Ryan Dobbs, 25, as the man found dead in his residence Friday night on Val d’Isere Circle. Ryg said Dobbs was found by his girlfriend and that his death appears to be from natural causes.

Steve Ivancie: Focused on solutions

My name is Steve Ivancie, and I am a candidate for Colorado House District 57. For 30 years, I have called this beautiful valley my home. My wife, Diana, and I raised our daughter, Rachel, here. She graduated from Steamboat Springs High School and is now a junior in college.

Randy Baumgardner: An honor to serve

For the past two years, it has been my honor to serve you as your representative in Denver. The 57th District has experienced many changes in that short time. Like most of the country, families in our communities are feeling the financial pressure of this recession.

Workshop aims to boost small businesses in Steamboat

SCORE, CMC event to discuss topics for entrepreneurs

Throw an October snowball in downtown Steamboat Springs or on Copper Ridge Drive, and it’s hard not to hit someone running their own business or taking a stab at something new.

South Routt School District looks for help

Officials will ask residents to approve property tax increase

The South Routt School District needs its residents to approve a property tax increase next month, Russ Garrity said. Garrity, chairman of the Improve Soroco Schools committee, said the state cut the district’s funding and expects additional cuts in future years.

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CMC students host sustainability event in Steamboat

Event in conjunction with international Climate Action Day effort

The local Students for Sus­tainability was among more than 7,300 groups in 188 countries hosting a Global Work Party on Sunday in conjunction with www.350.org.

Monday Medical: Free test can discover lung issues

Breathe in, breathe out. It’s something that a healthy person does about 12 to 18 times per minute each day. But most of us do not notice our breathing patterns unless we are exercising or suffering from a cold.

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Luke Graham: Soroco football tough to beat

It had been multiple years since I’d covered a Soroco High School football game. If memory serves, it was an 11-man game against Eagle Valley’s junior varsity three years ago. But Friday, after three years away, I was able to get down to Soroco to see the team’s 49-12 homecoming win against Gilpin County.

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Aging Well: Health fair offers array of services

So you forgot to sign up for the early blood draw and can’t make it to the Community Health Fair later this month. Or you prefer to avoid crowds. Whatever the reason, if you’re 60 or older, there is another opportunity for you to take advantage of low cost blood tests and other services and information for older adults.

Sunday, October 10

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As the winter looms in Steamboat, locals look to get ski fit

With a flurry of snow on the top of Mount Werner, the ensuing ski and snowboard season seemed a little more real to Routt Countians on Friday. Many already have been working their way toward the slopes, trying to get in the right kind of physical shape for Day 1 at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Joel Reichenberger: Ski fit not seasonal for Spillane

For us mere mortals, getting in ski shape can be a sweaty affair with enough lunges and box jumps to make any flatlander sick. It’s a difficult affair for man-among-Steamboat’s-boys Johnny Spillane, too, though his attempts to recover from a mid-summer knee injury that required surgery and months with a brace and crutches might not look too familiar to those of us bobbing up and down across parks or hammering a workout to a Lady Gaga album on an elliptical.

Steamboat Springs Running Series Soda Creek Sneak results

Steamboat Springs Running Series Soda Creek Sneak results

The Jail Report for Oct. 2 to 8

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

The Record for Oct. 8

6:50 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of identity theft in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue. A person reported that someone had charged a $1,000 airfare to his or her credit card.

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Group takes educational tour to visit Steamboat gardens in action

Though the chill of a looming winter blanketed the Yampa Valley on Saturday morning, remnants of the summer gardening and produce season still hide away in several urban gardens in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Health ballot issues 62, 63 grab few headlines

Amendments would define ‘personhood,’ challenge federal health care requirement

With the attention the three proposed fiscal amendments have received, two other potentially important amendments have so far slid by with little comment. Amendment 62 is a reprisal of the “personhood” amendment, and 63 is an attempt to stop federal intervention in state health care law.

Steamboat Springs City Council discusses property tax in budget session

Officials consider revenue stability in down economy

The volatile nature of city revenue streams is reviving conversations about the potential stability of property taxes, and a local fire district is exploring a tax proposal that could come before city voters next spring.

Steamboat briefs: Local groups reach out to returning military veterans

The Routt County Veter­ans Affairs, Veterans of For­eign Wars Post No. 4264 in Steam­boat Springs and American Legion Post No. 44 in Steam­boat would like to meet and greet local sons and daughters returning from military service.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden news for Oct. 10

Happy birthday wishes to Trenten Mitchell, Gina Dorr, Herb Montieth, Ethan Yoast, Zach Hoffman, Brian Hoza, Liam Delaney, Fred Hughes and Barry Klotz.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Oct. 10

Thanks to everyone who has been bringing in things for our weekly bingo games, but we can use more.

Class notes: E-mail, yoga classes upcoming in Hayden

Colorado Northwest Com­munity College is offering an e-mail workshop. The workshop, for beginners or experienced e-mail users, will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Routt County school district lunch menus for the week of Oct. 11

Routt County school district lunch menus for the week of Oct. 11

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New coach Bridgewater settles into Steamboat Winter Sports Club role

When Scott Ptach learned coach Peter Ander­son was leaving the Winter Sports Club, the Alpine skier questioned his future in Steamboat. But in August, all the questions were answered when Gene Bridge­water assumed Ander­son’s position.

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Steamboat seniors named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

Students in top 1 percent in nationwide National Merit program

Steamboat Springs High School seniors Jeff Sperry and Kayla Stack were among the 1.5 million students entered in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. They now are among the top 1 percent, of the country’s high school students and were named semifinalists.

Our View: Community funding still key

City Council navigating difficult balance between funding essential and nonessential services

In a daylong budget hearing that included the grim reality of $700,000 in city personnel cuts, the Steamboat Springs City Council correctly voted to keep community support funding at existing levels. It’s precisely times like these that we should expect our local government to operate like a private business and be only as big as necessary to accomplish the essential services for which it exists.

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Steamboat property management company ResortQuest purchased

One of Steamboat Springs’ resort property management companies, ResortQuest Steamboat, has aligned with the vacation exchange and rental division of global vacation giant Wyndham Worldwide Corp., raising the potential for tapping into a new well of vacationers.

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Soda Creek Sneak run Saturday rakes in funds for Steamboat school

More than 200 runners showed up early Saturday for the Soda Creek Sneak, an event that lured legions of children and many Running Series regulars out on a chilly morning and one that raised thousands of dollars for Soda Creek Elementary School.

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Enrique Lopez finds his home away from home with Steamboat soccer

As Steamboat Springs High School junior En­­rique Lopez sat at Gard­­ner Field on Thursday juggling a soccer ball on his feet and head, a horde of teammates sat in the background cheering, ribbing him and encouraging him to dance.

John F. Russell: Coming face to face with cancer

Bryan Fletcher knows what it’s like to come face to face with cancer. He understands the fear it can cause, he understands the threat it presents and he understands that despite beating acute lymphoblastic leukemia, his battle with cancer is far from over.

Jon Caldara and Linda Gorman: Stop DC; ‘yes’ on Amendment 63

Washington went too far when it passed health care reform this year. Passing Amendment 63 — the health care choice amendment — will prevent state officials from requiring you to buy health insurance you do not want, from a corporation you do not like, at a price you cannot afford.

James Winter: ‘Green Rush’ article shows Pilot’s anything-goes attitude

“Green Rush,” your preceding editorial (it is an editorial) to the series tells a lot about the philosophy of the Steamboat Pilot & Today. An honest headline such as “The Pilot & Today endorses and supports the use of recreational marijuana” would have been appropriate.

Tread of Pioneers Museum Board of Directors: Vote 'no’ on 60, 61, 101

The Board of Directors of Tread of Pioneers Museum asks the voters of Routt County to vote “no” on Amend­­ments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101.

Dale and Judy Coyner: Our heartfelt thanks

To all of our family and friends, Judy and I wanted to express our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you for your unbelievable support and participation in the benefit fundraiser Oct. 2 at Old Town Pub.

Laura A. Case: Why I left the GOP

I recently wrote a letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. It was written with a long overdue sense of encouragement, brought on by recent events nationally.

Deb Babcock: Thanks for support of Soup Bowl Supper

A big thank you to the Steamboat Pilot & Today for the wonderful publicity it provided to our Soup Bowl Supper.

Lyman Orton: A letter to the City Council

I am disappointed that you resist matching funds raised by Howelsen Emerald Mountain Park for development of Emerald Mountain Park.

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Moots Cycles adds solar panels to Steamboat office

Alternative energy expands to commercial buildings; BAP not far behind

Some unions seem so natural the only surprise is they hadn’t happened already. Like extra seat padding and marathon bike races, like a need for durability and titanium frames, Moots Cycles now has 42 solar panels atop its roof on Copper Ridge Drive.

Business file: MyWireless receives an award for local business

The U.S. Commerce Association has selected Steamboat Springs-based MyWireless for the 2010 Best of Farmington Award in the cellular telephone services category, according to a news release.

On the Market: 23 county units bought for less than $500,000

Routt County saw the sale of 38 residential units in August, and of the total, 23 sold for less than $500,000. Fifteen of those sold for less than $300,000, with eight of that 15 selling for less than $200,000.

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3 Stonewood sales close in rapid succession in Steamboat

Base area townhomes priced at pre-construction levels

The newest phase of the Eagle­ridge neighborhood, Stone­­wood Townhomes, made headway during the summep with three homes selling at prices that closely approximate pre-construction Phase 1 pricing in early summer 2006.

Routt County real estate transactions for Oct. 1 to 7, 2010

Routt County real estate transactions for Oct. 1 to 7, 2010

Routt County Spotlight: Ann Brenner

Occupation: Steamboat Springs High School athletic secretary

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Evangelical Free Church welcomes new pastor into Steamboat community

David Tyree moved to Steamboat Springs three weeks ago from a small Eastern Colorado town of 150 people called Crook. Today will be his third sermon at Christian Heritage School, where he leads a congregation of about 40 people.

Rams survive 5 tough games against Vail Mountain

It took five tough games and a number of gutty comebacks, but the Soroco High School girls volleyball team started what it hopes is a mid-season turnaround Saturday, outlasting Vail Mountain in a five-game match for a crucial road victory.

Looking Back for Oct. 8, 1936

The state highway department has called for bids on two projects in Moffat County west of Maybell on U.S. Highway 40. It is the link between Maybell and Cross Mountain and will be let in two contracts, one for seven and nine-tenths miles, extending eastward from Cross Mountain. The other project extends from Maybell west. Construction work on project No. 2 will be lighter than on No. 1. Bids are to be opened Oct. 8. It is believed that some work can be done on both projects before cold weather interferes.

Saturday, October 9

25-year-old man found dead in Steamboat home

A 25-year-old man was found dead in his room Friday night. Authorities haven't released his name. An autopsy was planned for Sunday, and Coroner Rob Ryg said the man appears to have died from natural causes.

Rangely sweeps Hayden girls volleyball

Panthers overpower Tigers in 3-game win Friday night

Less than two weeks ago, the Hayden High School volleyball team pushed a talented Rangely squad to five games before losing. On Friday, Rangely stole the Tigers’ homecoming thunder with a quick three-set victory. Rangely won, 25-21, 25-14, 25-13.

Steamboat's Burger races to 7th at Northglenn cross-country meet

Jack Burger started the day in Grand Junction where he qualified for the state high school tennis tournament, then he made the drive to Northglenn, where he raced to a seventh-place finish in a field of 170 boys at the Northglenn Invitational.

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Steamboat volleyball holds off Delta in win

Sailors pull off win after Panthers fight back to take 2 games

After the Sailors won the first two games of Friday night’s match against Delta, it looked like it was going to be an early night for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team. But during the next three games, the Sailors learned not everything comes easy.

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Soroco football celebrates homecoming with 49-12 win

Lombardi leads Rams to victory against Gilpin County

The Soroco High School football team took a moment Friday amidst the rain to celebrate — it was homecoming, after all. But on the heels of Friday’s 49-12 thrashing of Gilpin County, the talk and focus quickly shifted to next week's matchup against West Grand.

Steamboat football falls, 26-7, to Rifle after early lead

Steamboat jumped out to an early lead Friday against Rifle, before struggles in the second quarter left Steamboat in a hole that resulted in a 26-7 loss.

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Hayden football crushes Rangely, 47-14, in homecoming game

Tigers charge through winless Panthers, 47-14, in homecoming game

The Rangely High School football squad came into the game 0-4 and with only 14 players. The Tigers quickly took their opponents out of the proverbial hole and set them in a real one, rattling off 33 first-quarter points to set up a huge homecoming victory.

Steamboat's Burger 7th at cross-country meet

Jack Burger qualified for the state tennis tournament at regionals Friday morning before heading to Northglenn for the cross-country meet. Skylar Weir led the girls cross-country team, finishing 65th.

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Candidate forum season heats up across Routt County

The candidates are shaking hands and filling their calendars with scheduled appearances as several major groups across Routt County host election forums. A chance to grab hands and pat backs, each of the forums offers if not something different, at least a chance for a different audience leading up to the Nov. 2 election.

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Tom Ross: Riding a chairlift back in time

Burgess book details life of pioneer

I always knew that Burgess Creek was named after a pioneer family. But I never appreciated the historical symbolism of my old blue steel chair from the original Burgess Creek double chairlift until a fat new soft-cover book landed with a thump on my desk this week.

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Steamboat ski bookings up in air as consumer confidence dips

Sheraton optimistic about winter season with return of conferences

With the opening day of ski season 47 days away, snow finally fell on Storm Peak overnight Thursday. But as snow is falling, so is consumer confidence. Ski area officials long have said that in terms of driving ski season reservations, rising consumer confidence trumps falling snow every time.

DOW to buy Routt County land for easement

4,282 acres could be used to preserve wildlife

If a Colorado Division of Wild­­life deal goes through, there will be 4,282 more acres of preserved wildlife area in South Routt County in a prime location for elk, pronghorn, deer and — importantly — sage grouse.

Soroco volleyball falls to Vail Christian at home

Give the Soroco High School girls volleyball team this: The Rams rarely quit and certainly make their opponent work for it.

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Routt County Habitat’s Brush With Kindness campaign continues

Friday morning, as a storm loomed in the sky over Yampa, Jody Patten and two volunteers stood on the roof of a trailer, rushing to beat the weather. By the end of today, Routt County Habitat for Hum­anity expects to have finished at least six projects in its campaign that started last week, according to Patten, Habitat’s executive director.

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Weekend events across Routt County

Tomorrows Bad Seeds, a reggae-rock band that’s shared stages with the likes of 311 and Slightly Stoopid, combines soul, pop, punk and hip-hop and released its sophomore album, “Sacred for Sale.” The group plays at 9 p.m. today at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

Steamboat briefs: Junior Storytellers events planned at Bud Werner Memorial Library

Bud Werner Memorial Library introduces Junior Storytellers for children ages 9 and older. Learn to tell folktales and stories in the oral tradition (without reading from a book).

The Record for Oct. 7

12:56 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to help an older man in the 500 block of Rollingstone Drive.

Friday, October 8

Steamboat boys tennis earns 13th consecutive regional title

Sailors to send 6 teams to state tournament next week

Steamboat qualified all of its singles players and three doubles teams for the state tournament in Pueblo, ending Friday’s play in Grand Junction with a 13th consecutive regional title.

Steamboat soccer beats Palisade, 4-2

Second-half goal gives Sailors steam to win on the road

Steamboat fell behind early after the hometown Bulldogs scored less than five minutes into the game. But the Sailors didn't panic, coming back to take the lead and ultimately a 4-2 win. The team is now one game behind league-leading Battle Mountain.

AGNC files testimony against Xcel plans

Doug Monger, a Routt County commissioner and Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado board chairman, said he has little faith in the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. He said he doubts the PUC will take into serious consideration the numerous public comments and testimonies provided by residents and agencies of Northwest Colorado in regards to Xcel Energy’s emission reduction plans required by Colorado House Bill 10-1365. “They have to listen, (but) they don’t have to do anything,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, with the way this operation has been going forward so far, I don’t think they (will) do anything.”

Thursday, October 7

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Steamboat to face Rifle at 7 p.m. today

Sailors looking for 1st win on the road against Bears tonight

In a way, the Steamboat Springs and Rifle high school football teams came into the season facing similar situations. But each team’s success through the first half of the season couldn’t have been much different. Steamboat travels for a 7 p.m. game today at Rifle.

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Final tweaks under way on US 40 construction project in Steamboat

End of paving brings relief to businesses

Joe Kboudi isn’t ready to give a final verdict on the major U.S. Highway 40 construction project through downtown Steam­­­­boat Springs, but he’s sure happy it’s done. Kboudi, the longtime owner of All That Jazz, has been a Lincoln Avenue retailer for 33 years.

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Growing Pains: Spotlight lands on Colorado, the medical marijuana leader

At the Medical Marijuana Business Alliance’s August networking meeting, Kush Magazine Publisher Michael Lerner said, "Colorado is so far ahead of the rest of the country in this industry, there is no second.” In Steamboat Springs, upcoming changes to the city's ordinance could allow more medical marijuana centers in town.

Colorado municipalities choose their own medical marijuana destinies

Want a feel for the varied response to Colorado’s booming medical marijuana industry? Here in Northwest Colorado, the city of Steamboat Springs allowed three medical marijuana centers to operate after creating an ordinance to regulate them. Two dozen miles west, the town of Hayden approved an ordinance prohibiting them.

Yampa residents to vote about medical marijuana laws next year

The Town of Yampa will take the issue of medical marijuana to voters, possibly as soon as January. Yampa Town Board members made the decision during their meeting Wednesday night. Town Clerk Janet Ray said Thurs­­day that Town Board members still want to check on law enforcement issues and potential liability for the town before the election is official.

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Steamboat Ski Area drops from SKI Magazine’s top 10 resorts

Steamboat ranked 14th for this winter in reader poll

Steamboat Ski Area has slipped out of the top 10 in SKI Magazine’s annual reader poll of the top resorts in North America. Steamboat is ranked 14th for the 2010-11 winter. There are seven Colorado resorts that ranked higher than Steamboat.

Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley refocuses mission

Group adds board members, plans marketing efforts

The Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley has added new board members and plans to increase its marketing in coming weeks in an effort to boost membership.

Steamboat briefs: Next Steps workshops are at CMC for business owners

For four evenings in October, SCORE and Colorado Moun­tain College will host a workshop for small-business owners and prospective entrepreneurs on the CMC Alpine campus. Called Next Steps, this program offers education by experience to business professionals about the diverse skills required to run a small business.

The Record for Oct. 6

12:46 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint in the 3000 block of Village Drive. Officers issued a warning.

Soroco hopes to rebound against Gilpin County

Quarterback questions loom for Soroco as team readies for homecoming

Soroco High School football head coach David Bruner said his team took its first defeat, sustained last weekend in overtime at home against Justice, well. The Rams will look to get back on track at 7 tonight during their homecoming game against the Gilpin County Eagles.

Libbie Miller: Chronic wasting disease cases remain low

Eight years ago, news of the discovery of chronic wasting disease in Northwest Colorado arrived like a thunderclap, with many communities expressing concern about the impact it would have on hunting in one of the state’s best big-game regions. Fortunately, the worst fears have not come to pass.

Hayden football looks for 2nd straight win

Tigers to face Panthers in homecoming football showdown today

Last weekend’s tight win against Paonia may have been a season-saving endeavor, Hayden High School football coach Shawn Baumgartner said. The benefits will be felt only if the Tigers can hold serve at 7:30 p.m. today at home against Rangely, however.

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Tread of Pioneers exhibit explores Steamboat through Allen family lens

Thursday in the Tread of Pioneers Museum, Phyllis Allen was surrounded by history and family melted into one. Her children Lon Allen and Gina Walker walked their mother around, showing her the elements of a new exhibit telling the story of the longtime local family.

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Ultraviolet Hippopotamus set to return to Steamboat on Saturday

Michigan jam rockers to play at 9 p.m. at Tugboat

The band from Grand Rapids, Mich., affectionately known as UV Hippo, will return to Steamboat Springs for the second time Saturday when it plays The Tugboat Gill & Pub. Tickets are $5 at the door, and the show starts at about 9:30 p.m.

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What to do this week in Steamboat for Oct. 8 to 14

Tomorrows Bad Seeds, a reggae-rock band that’s shared stages with the likes of 311 and Slightly Stoopid, combines soul, pop, punk and hip-hop and released its sophomore album, “Sacred for Sale.” The group plays at 9 p.m. Saturday at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

Steamboat tennis faces delays at regionals

Despite rain issues, team places 3 singles, 2 doubles in finals

With Class 5A and 4A regionals occurring simultaneously, and afternoon rain showers delaying play in Grand Junction, the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team remains in a great position to win its 13th straight regional title.

Steamboat shooting case goes to district court

Robert Cash scheduled to appear Nov. 2 on attempted murder charge

Robert Cash is scheduled to appear Nov. 2 in district court on an attempted murder charge. Lawyers called several Steamboat Springs Police De­­part­­ment detectives as witnesses during the preliminary hearing on Thursday, and a recording of a hospital-room interview with Rhonda Cash brought Robert Cash to tears.

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Candidates forum draws 60 in Hayden

County sheriff hopefuls again trade jabs

About 60 people attended a forum Wednesday night at the Routt County Fairgrounds Ex­­hibit Hall in Hayden at which 15 candidates spoke. Like other forums this election season, Routt County sheriff candidates Democrat Gary Wall and Republican Garrett Wiggins traded a few jabs.

DA seeking replacement investigator

Elizabeth Oldham, 14th Judicial District Attorney, is looking to replace the office’s chief investigator, but said she will take her time with the decision. Oldham will soon begin the process of replacing Joe DeAngelo, former chief investigator for the three-county district, who left for a position with Colorado State Attorney General’s office in Denver. DeAngelo’s last day with the DA’s office was Friday, and he begins work in his new position on Oct. 15.

Routt County medical marijuana timeline

August 2009: Rocky Mountain Remedies and D and C Medical Marijuana and Therapeutic Massage open and agree to follow Steamboat Springs Police Department guidelines.

Colorado House Bill 1284 highlights

Colorado House Bill 1284 was created to regulate the business side of Colorado’s medical marijuana industry.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden invites alumni to stop by during homecoming week

The Hayden High School cheerleaders would like to invite all Hayden High School and Hayden Union High School alumni to stop by the high school lobby during regular school hours or any evening event times this week and “sign your decade” poster.

Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board discussion focuses on process

Group members agree that collaboration, detailed information key to effective granting

The Steamboat Springs Edu­cation Fund Board spent an hour and a half of its monthly meeting Wednesday in an ongoing conversation with Routt County school district officials about the mechanics of its granting process. The goal of the workshop was to streamline the grant application and review process for projects in the Hayden, Steamboat Springs and South Routt school districts.

Colorado medical marijuana centers capitalize on a variety of products

Smoking marijuana isn’t the only way to consume it. Colorado’s medical marijuana centers typically offer a variety of infused products, from baked goods to tinctures and just about everything in between.

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Growing Pains: Entrepreneurs cash in on medical marijuana

Kevin Fisher and Ryan Fisher are building a medical marijuana empire, though it may not be obvious from their unassuming warehouse office in the industrial area west of downtown Steamboat Springs. The thirtysomethings have made Rocky Mountain Remedies one of the largest medical marijuana centers in Colorado.

Ignite Steamboat reigniting

Idea-driven group for techies, entrepreneurs meets tonight

Ignite Steamboat is lighting the fire again after a summer break. Now more than a year old, the Ignite Steamboat networking group has grown to 115 members who like to share ideas about technology, entrepreneurship and more in a social setting.

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Hayden homecoming events not just for students

School staff, faculty also enjoy interaction of planning activities during celebratory week

The entrance to Hayden High School looks like an advertisement for homecoming week. Painted in black, orange and white are the week’s activities and events. Student Council President Delanie VeDepo said homecoming is about more than the students. She said it’s for the entire community.

Community Cinema in Steamboat opens 2nd year tonight

Through the lens of Routt County organizations and a small, community atmosphere, the Community Cinema series presented by the Bud Werner Memorial Library will examine a large-scale issue each month with the screening of a documentary. The first film of the 2010-11 series, called “Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian,” screens at 6:30 p.m. today in Library Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Baumgardner leads House District 57 race in funds

GOP incumbent has balance about $9K greater than Ivancie’s

Republican state Rep. Ran­dy Baumgardner maintained a strong fundraising lead through September in his race for re-election against Democratic challenger Steve Ivancie.

The Record for Oct. 5

12:07 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to help with cattle on state wildlife land near mile marker 101 of U.S. Highway 40. Deputies were trying to contact the owner of the cows.

Tentative plea deal set for Steamboat Loggers Lane’s More

Guilty plea will ensure public record of deferred judgment

The key part of a plea deal that Kati More and the Routt County District Attorney’s Office will take before a judge at the end of the month is a charge that isn’t even related to the theft she is accused of committing. Instead, the charge of disorderly conduct is a way to guarantee that the rest of the case can never be sealed entirely.

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Steamboat graduate writes, publishes gluten-free cookbook

Torie Christensen’s intolerance to gluten and dairy had all but eliminated her ability to eat the sumptuous baked goods she created alongside her mother and grandmother. But it wasn’t long before the perseverant teenager rose above her limitations. In May, her experiments came to fruition in a cookbook she self-published.

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Steamboat cyclists gear up for 24 Hours of Moab

Riders set to take on endurance event

Kris Cannon went into her first solo 24 Hours of Moab mountain bike race two years ago without expectations, and she insisted she was doing so again this year as she prepared Wednesday for her second solo ride in one of endurance mountain bike racing’s biggest events.

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Hayden walks to school

Town’s students take advantage of new sidewalks

In years past, Hayden Valley Elementary School students walked or rode their bikes on U.S. Highway 40, Poplar Street or Third Street on their way to school. Not anymore. The addition of sidewalks along those thoroughfares to the school means students can more safely get to school.

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Ski and snowboard flicks to whet Steamboat’s appetite

The official start of the ski and snowboard season may still be nearly two months — or four merchant pass payroll deductions — away, but for many, at least a taste of the sweet white stuff is coming much sooner.

Steamboat tennis squad prepares for regional meet

It’s pretty easy to find the driving force of the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team. For a team that’s dominated the Western Slope tennis scene for more than a decade, it’s that fear of being the team that doesn’t win a regional title.

Wednesday, October 6

Fire marshal: Fumes fed Steamboat duplex fire

A bucket of solvents used to clean car parts is partly to blame

Steamboat Springs Fire Marshal Jay Muhme said a plastic bucket with a solvent or gasoline on the porch likely caused fumes that fed the fire at Fourth and Oak streets in August. The blaze displaced 18 people.

Under Armour to bolster Steamboat retail scene

Realtor Jim Cook confirmed Wednesday that Lincoln Avenue is set to see an Under Armour-branded retail store. Cook, who represented the lease offering at 729 Lincoln, said the landlord is Aspen Realtor Ernie Fyrwald.

Steamboat Mountain Film Festival accepting submissions

Film submissions are due Oct. 25 and must have been completed after Sept. 1, 2009.

2-year-old shot by sibling in Dinosaur

Sheriff’s office investigating how juvenile came in possession of firearm

Two Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an alleged shooting in Dinosaur Monday night. Jeremy Ashton, a sheriff’s office investigator, said a 2-year-old female was allegedly shot by a 4-year-old sibling in what appears to be an accident.

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Steamboat U10 boys soccer team captures top spot at Front Range tournament

Bo Stempel knew there were a lot of good players on the U10 team he was coaching at last weekend’s Colorado Youth Soccer Cup at the Gates Soccer Complex, but he said he still was a little surprised when the team advanced to Sunday’s championship game. The Steamboat team finished pool play with a 2-1 record and went on to win a thrilling 4-3 contest in the semifinals against Wheat Ridge to advance to the finals late Sunday afternoon.

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Growing Pains: Colorado's medical marijuana industry ignites

Colorado scrambles to manage an industry some say is rife with abuse

Kara Rosen is among the more than 100,000 Colorado residents who have become legal users of marijuana since 2009. The 32-year-old Hayden resident and cancer survivor has used medical marijuana every day for about a year. It’s the only remedy she’s found to treat pain, digestion problems, nausea, loss of appetite and insomnia. Rosen is happy she had that option when confronting her post-cancer pain.

Many Steamboat employers say there is no need for marijuana-specific policies

Many of Steamboat Springs’ larger employers don’t have policies related specifically to medical marijuana. Many of them said they’ve yet to deal with issues related to employees who have been authorized to use marijuana for medicinal purposes.

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Soroco prepares for Homecoming festivities

Students work to get school ready for Homecoming activities

Students in the Soroco High School leadership class said Tuesday’s dance rehearsal wasn’t indicative of what the performance will be like during the Thursday afternoon Homecoming pep rally. Soroco is in the midst of its Homecoming Week with events scheduled for today, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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Trio of events in Steamboat focus on homegrown food

Even if there isn’t an economic collapse, or even if the local grocery stores don’t run out of food, there are many reasons why a self-sustaining economy in Steamboat Springs is desirable, Transition Steamboat organizer Paul Potyen said. The group, along with Deep Roots, will host a series of events at the end of the week to promote economic and ecologically sustainable cultures in Steamboat.

Winter running series in Steamboat kicks off Saturday

Summer is over, but Lisa Barbour can’t think of a good reason to stop running in Steamboat Springs. Barbour is the director of the new Steamboat Springs Winter Running Series, which kicks off Saturday with the Soda Creek Sneak — the first event of the four-race series.

Aspen takes up 2011 budget

City officials begin financial discussion on optimistic note

City department leaders, hinting that an upswing in Aspen’s economy may be on tap, and the City Council on Monday night began discussing the proposed 2011 budget, which, if approved, would mean the first pay raises in two years for staff.

Spoke Talk: 2010: A Year to Remember

As the sun begins to set on another great bike season, I have to look back in awe at all the excitement we generated on two wheels during the past five months.

Biological, kindred sisters welcome at 2nd annual Sisters in Steamboat

This year, when a group of women gathers for the second annual Sisters in Steam­boat Weekend on Oct. 15, 16, and 17, their involvement in a series of sister bonding events, get-togethers and workshops will also go toward a good cause.

Karl Gills: YVMC opposes ballot initiatives

Yampa Valley Medical Center has joined most community organizations and public bodies in adopting a resolution in opposition to ballot initiatives known as Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101. These pose significant and negative impacts on our community and the state if passed.

Our View: Medical marijuana series aims to educate

Today through Friday, you’ll find a three-part series about medical marijuana in the Steamboat Today. The series, “Growing Pains,” is an examination of the explosion of the industry in the state and Routt County, as well as Colorado lawmakers’ attempt to manage it.

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Prep work starts for Steamboat senior campus

Buildings demolished at Casey’s Pond to make room for senior campus

A track hoe and a shredder made quick work this week of four white structures, including two homes, some of which have stood on the east side of Casey’s Pond since 1938.

Cell phone users must register for Routt County emergency notification system

When Oak Creek’s water system failed Sept. 26 and town officials needed to warn residents to boil their water, it was a chance for the county’s new CodeRED emergency notification system to take an inaugural run. The notification system performed well, Routt County Com­­munications Director Tim Mc­­Men­­amin said, but only for those people who actually could be contacted.

Steamboat briefs: Oak Creek Town Board to discuss fire station’s future

The Oak Creek Town Board and the Oak Creek Planning Com­­­­mission will have a meeting Oct. 11 to decide the future of the downtown fire station. The town owns the station, at 131 E. Main St., but leases it to the Oak Creek Fire Protection District for $1 per year.

The Record for Oct. 4

5:43 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of headlights shining into an older woman’s home in the 25000 block of Routt County Road 33A.

Medical marijuana debate rages between ardent critics and supporters

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not studied marijuana because it is an illegal drug at the federal level. Across the country, the medical marijuana debate rages between ardent critics and supporters.

Federal and Colorado medical marijuana timeline

1937: The U.S. Congress passes the Marihuana Tax Act making it illegal to possess or transfer cannabis, except for medical or industrial uses, which were subject to an excise tax.

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City of Steamboat staff cuts loom; community support funding remains the same

About $700K in personnel could be sliced from 2011 budget

Steamboat Springs’ proposed 2011 budget includes $700,000 in cuts to city personnel costs. City Manager Jon Roberts said that equates to about a 5 percent reduction of total personnel costs for the city, which has a staff equivalent to 270 full-time employees.

Tuesday night's adult coed fall volleyball scores

Adult coed fall volleyball scores from Tuesday.

Results from the 2010 CHSAA Class 4A boys state golf championships

Boys state golf tournament results from Oct. 4 and 5 at The Club at Flying Horse in Colorado Springs.

Tuesday, October 5

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Errors doom Steamboat volleyball in loss to Palisade

Sailors faces a real possibility of missing the district tournament

Backed into a corner, the next two weeks will be very telling for the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team. On the heels of a 3-1 loss to Palisade at home Tuesday — the Bulldogs won 18-25, 25-16, 25-18 and 25-21 — Steamboat faces a real possibility of missing the district tournament.

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Steamboat's capital projects budget faces steep cliff

There was an ominous undertone to Tuesday's all-day city budget retreat. The City Council chopped a number of capital projects out of the 2011 budget, but future projects are very much in the air because of dwindling revenues.

Emerald Mountain deal looks less certain for Steamboat

After a day of crunching grim budget scenarios for 2011, Steamboat Springs City Council members backed off a proposal to purchase 586 acres of land owned by Lyman Orton.

Steamboat golfer wraps up at state

Skyler Martin ties for 56th in Colorado Springs

Skyler Martin shot a respectable 85 on the second day of the tournament, coupling with Monday’s 80 for a score of 165, good enough for a tie for 56th place. The senior was the only Sailors golfer to compete at the state tournament.

Steamboat's Martin looks to rebound at state golf tourney

The story has been the same for Steamboat Springs senior Skyler Martin for most of the season. “I was having a pretty good round until I took an eight on No. 6,” Martin said after the opening round of the state tournament Monday at The Club at Flying Horse in Colorado Springs.

Candidate forums on tap in Routt County

South Routt and Hayden hosting events tonight, Wednesday

The local election season is heating up, with candidate forums scheduled for South Routt and Hayden during the next two nights. Both forums will provide the opportunity for candidates to introduce themselves and their stance on a variety of issues.

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Jimmy Westlake: ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Demon’ stars

Most stars shine with a constant brightness throughout the course of centuries, millennia and even eons. But a few do not. These are the variable stars whose light output can change in a matter of minutes or months. Our fall sky holds two of the most spectacular variable stars known to astronomers.

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Routt County commissioners discuss 2011 budget

The increasing cost of health care benefits for Routt County employees hit the county commissioners like a defensive end going unblocked to a quarterback’s blind side Friday. By Monday, the commissioners had begun to adjust to the news of a 47 percent increase in premiums as they tackled a budget overview with Finance Director Dan Strnad.

Taxes stir state House race

Ivancie: Baumgardner’s position on ballot measures like ‘Jekyll and Hyde’

Oak Creek Libertarian Mike Kien expressed strong support Monday for three controversial ballot initiatives that have drawn unified opposition from his Democratic and Republican opponents in the race for a state House seat. Proposition 101 and Amend­ments 60 and 61 would reduce various taxes and fees and limit governments’ ability to borrow.

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Tom Ross: My phone is smarter than I am

My smart phone is smarter than your smart phone. Nah, nah. Of course, it’s smarter than I am, too. During the weekend, I finally opened Pandora’s box and discovered the wonder of the Music Genome Project. And now, thanks to a free app, Pandora is streaming customized music stations directly into my new phone.

Monday, October 4

4A State High School Golf Championships Day 1 results

4A State High School Golf Championships results for Monday

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Dinner, silent auction, car show benefit crash survivor in Craig

Maria Ellis can’t recall the Aug. 29 car accident that nearly killed her. “I don’t remember anything from (before the accident) until the last week I was in the hospital,” Ellis said. “I lost three weeks.” Ellis, who lives in Rock Springs, Wyo., broke her neck, back, both collarbones and her right hand in the accident. She was flown from Baggs, Wyo., to Casper, Wyo., then from Casper to Salt Lake City where she spent a month in the hospital.

Steamboat's Martin tees off at state today

Sailors golfer ready to take on best in state

Skyler Martin said he’s nervous, but he’s trying to set that aside today when he tees off in the state golf tournament at the Flying Horse Country Club. Martin is the only member of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team who qualified for this week’s high school state golf tournament.

Deb Babcock: Bulbs add early color, texture and variety

The bulb catalogs are filling our mailboxes and our imaginations with enticing possibilities for our gardens next spring. Now is the time to plant bulbs for spring flowering.

Routt County to begin formal budget talks today

Variables include health care costs, sales tax revenues

Routt County commissioners will take their first formal look at 2011 budget numbers today amid variables including employee health care costs and fluctuating sales tax projections. Commissioners have been having informal budget talks with county department directors and finance officials for weeks to get early looks at revenue and expense numbers.

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Luke Graham: The ideal program

High school sports are cyclical. Teams often make several-year runs and playoff appearances, then have to rebuild. Take any program in the area, and it’s almost certain to go through a string of good years, followed by several of rebuilding.

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Soup Bowl Supper to benefit Botanic Park in Steamboat

Annual event is Wednesday at Community Center

The Steamboat Clay Artisans are doing things differently for this year’s Soup Bowl Supper. Instead of getting together to work on the ceramic bowls in an almost assembly-line style, a dozen potters are making about 30 bowls each, of various colors, shapes and sizes.

Lincoln Avenue open in downtown Steamboat

CDOT: Project could be complete Friday, weather permitting

All four lanes of Lincoln Avenue were open Sunday evening in both directions. On Sept. 29, the Colo­­­rado De­­partment of Transpor­tation released information stating that the $5.6 million project could be completed by Oct. 8, weather permitting.

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Monday Medical: Blood testing 101

“Take it to the lab.” When you read those words, what image comes to mind? People in white coats? CSI? Television has made laboratories into sexy places where crime scene investigators gather the evidence to put away the criminal of the day.

County Agenda for Oct. 4 and 5

County Agenda for Oct. 4 and 5

The Record for Oct. 2

The Record for Oct. 2

Steamboat briefs: Registration deadline for November election is today

Today is the deadline to register to vote in November’s election. Stop by the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s office in the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs, or visit the Routt County website at www.co.routt.co.us and click the “register to vote online” link. Registered voters can change their information up to Nov. 2.

Aging Well: Programs help pay for mammograms, treatment costs

Most of us are guilty of putting off important health screenings or procedures. Often, that resistance has more to do with cost than laziness.

Soroco drops 3-game match during weekend

Rams volleyball team hopes to recover Friday at home

A mid-season skid continued for the Soroco High School girls volleyball team Saturday, as the Rams dropped a three-game match at Rangely. The loss was the team’s third in four matches and second on the weekend, but coach Kim Reeves said the team improved even as the games went on Saturday.

Sunday, October 3

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Cloud particle experiment in Steamboat could assist with weather forecasting

Clouds filled the sky Sept. 23 above the Yampa Valley and rested atop Mount Werner, obscuring the view of Thunderhead Lodge from the ground below. It was the first cloudy day in some time, and it was exactly what the scientists for the Storm Peak Lab Cloud Property Validation Experiment being conducted in Steamboat Springs were hoping to see.

Class Notes: CNCC announces October classes in Hayden area

Colorado Northwestern Community College is offering technology for teachers, which will provide instruction about SMART Boards, projectors and teacher-oriented websites.

Local Spotlight: Mark Kershner

Age: 25 Occupation: Fly-fishing guide Place of birth: Hartford, Conn.

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Phippsburg Community Club thrift store pays for streetlights and more

The ladies at the Phippsburg Community Club are the light of the town. Or at least they’re paying the bills for it. The thrift store and community center at the old church at the end of Third Avenue has just about everything. In fact, the center turns only a few items away during its weekly Thursday operations, and the store regularly pulls in $150 to $400 per week in revenue.

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Analysis shows tax measures’ effects on Steamboat, schools

Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan, Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts, Steamboat Springs School Dis­trict Superintendent Shalee Cun­­ning­­ham and South Routt School District Super­­intendent Scott Mader all said their entities would lose revenue if three ballot measures are approved.

2 condo projects in Steamboat land 1st contracts of season

Realtors see turnaround in prospective sales for September

After a summer-long drought in the resort condominium market, Steamboat Realtors are seeing the modest beginnings of a change. Beth Bishop, of Prudential Steamboat Realty, said she and Lisa Olson have put two condominiums in The Terraces at EagleRidge under contract this week (to different buyers), marking the first two prospective sales there since 2008.

Real Estate transactions for Sept. 24 to 30

Real Estate transactions for Sept. 24 to 30

On the Market: Ulrich Salzgeber given Realtor of Year award

Ulrich Salzgeber, of Buyer’s Resource Real Estate, received the Realtor of the Year award at the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors annual luncheon Sept. 17 at Catamount Ranch & Club. Lori Thompson, last year’s recipient, presented the award to Salzgeber.

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Steamboat's Literary Sojourn brings readers into author's minds

Over coffee cake and tea, the conversations turned to life, children, and politics. Personal issues and moral observations drifted to the ceiling tiles of the Mount Werner room in the Shera­­ton Steam­­boat Resort. It was the first coffee break during the 18th annual Literary Sojourn conference, and the words of world-renowned authors had shaken loose deep-seated stories among the 500 guests.

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Hayden blocked by Vail Mountain defense

Tigers volleyball loses at home in 4

The games were close Saturday as the Hayden High School volleyball team battled Vail Mountain at home. Still, the Tigers said their four-game loss wasn’t a fluke, and they saw in their opponent many of the qualities they hope to develop as the season wears on.

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Steamboat riverfront commercial tracts sell for almost $5 million

When three separate pieces of Riverfront Park sold for nearly $5 million this month, it was a combination of well-established tenants and dev­­­elopment potential that sealed the deal. The light industrial/commercial park on Steamboat’s west side sold for $4.95 million.

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Steamboat Springs City Council to address 2011 budget Tuesday

City administrators aren’t ruling out the possibility of job cuts in a proposed 2011 budget that again projects decreased sales tax revenues and largely is balanced by debt incurred for water and wastewater projects that will be paid for by higher rates for city customers, beginning next year.

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Steamboat community volunteers for a vision

Rotary Trail’s designer promises unique experience

Aryeh Copa’s creation, the Rotary Trail project on the back side of Emerald Mountain, is only half finished, and Friday morning, he didn’t have a bike. Still, when he showed off his pride and joy to visitors, he couldn’t help but ride it. Or at least pretend.

Joel Reichenberger: Soaking in the sunshine

Seriously, this warm streak has been awesome and terrible, but bizarrely astonishing. I checked the Weather Channel app on my phone Friday to see just what lies ahead of us.

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Tony Roberts brings knowledge to Steamboat soccer

There are those people who can hold a room. Then, there are those who can hold an entire soccer field of seventh-grade girls. On a late September day that felt more like mid-July, Tony Roberts and all of his 40-plus years of soccer knowledge were on display at Emerald Field.

John F. Russell: Johnny’s biggest fan

Seven weeks ago, Olympic skier Johnny Spillane had his first face-to-face meeting with his biggest fan.

The Record for Oct. 1

The Record for Oct. 1

The Jail Report for Sept. 25 to Oct. 1

The Jail Report for Sept. 25 to Oct. 1

Steve Ivancie: Initiatives would cut funds for services

Colorado voters are about to be exposed to a ballot box virus masquerading as Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101. Within each of these initiatives is a virus that will permanently cripple local and state governments’ ability to finance and invest in critical services such as road maintenance, education and municipal infrastructure.

Randy Baumgardner: Ballot initiatives misguided

These voter-sponsored initiatives were written and submitted by citizen activist groups as is their right in the state of Colorado. Although I understand the frustration at government that these initiatives were conceived in, I think they are misguided in their ability to bring fiscal responsibility to the state.

Joe Meglen: 1913 a horrific year

There has been some chatter in recent political advertising in Colorado about repealing the 17th Amendment. The 17th Amendment was a federal government attack on state’s rights.

Betty Leipold: US 40 construction

I am impressed with how quickly the Lincoln Avenue construction is going, especially since the weather is cooperating. Just as impressive is how cleanly Scott Contracting works — no debris or rubbish left behind.

Our View: Donor shows amazing generosity

Extraordinary things can happen in a small town. Neighbors reach out to help neighbors, as well as strangers. Good Samaritans return cash found on the ski slopes or wallets left at restaurants. Just look at the events around Routt County — someone always is putting on a benefit for someone somewhere.

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Women’s group in Steamboat starts strong

W.I.N. draws about 30 for lunchtime networking; events continue monthly

Kate Znamenacek quickly realized at The Egg & I last week that she would need more chairs. The first meeting of Women in Networking drew about 30 people for lunch Wednesday — far more than Znamenacek thought would show up to her initial attempt to increase connections between local businesswomen.

Business File: Steamboat Chamber hires new PR manager

Michelle Krasilinec is the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s new public relations manager. Krasilinec is a Colorado native and has lived in Steamboat Springs for more than four years. She replaces Molly Killien, who is moving closer to family in the Northwest.

Steamboat Briefs: Nominees sought for Navigator Awards

The Navigator Awards, presented by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and the Steam­boat Pilot & Today, will be presented Oct. 29. The awards are designed to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding Chamber members and are presented annually to one local business and a person who stand out as leaders in the business community.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Oct. 3

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Oct. 3

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Oct. 3

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Oct. 3

Lunch menus for Routt County school districts for Oct. 4 to 8

Lunch menus for Routt County school districts for Oct. 4 to 8

Saturday, October 2

Steamboat tennis drops 3 tough matches

The Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team struggled through the weekend in a trio of duals against some of the best competition in their classification. The Sailors lost six of seven matches both against Colorado Academy and against Cheyenne Mountain on Saturday, and four of seven Friday against Mullen.

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Steamboat soccer downs Eagle Valley

Today’s game was key for both teams looking to get into the thick of things in the league race. Both are chasing Battle Mountain and are in a group along with Moffat County and Glenwood Springs of likely playoff teams.

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Steamboat Springs volleyball splits matches Saturday

Sailors beat Battle Mountain before falling to Eagle Valley

The Sailors' season appears to be back on track as the team beat Moffat earlier this week and went 1-1 today against Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley. Steamboat beat Battle Mountain, 3-1, on Saturday morning before losing to Eagle Valley, 3-2.

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Soroco football loses to Justice in overtime, 12-6

‘Wild night’ ends in disappointment for Rams football team Friday

The Soroco football team’s bid for a perfect season ended Friday with a two-hour delay, five turnovers, a long list of missed opportunities and a 10-yard touchdown run in overtime by Justice’s Iaian McGhee. Soroco lost, 12-6, in overtime.

Hayden volleyball spikers down Paonia in 3-2 win

The Hayden High School volleyball team picked up a 3-2 win Friday at Paonia, continuing its streak of sterling district play. The win improved the Tigers to 7-5 overall and 6-1 in the district.

Hayden football downs Paonia, 27-21

Hayden High School football coach Shawn Baumgartner was thinking, “Not again.” After multiple weeks of seeing victory in their arms, the Tigers kept falling short. But Friday, in Paonia, Hayden finally won that close game, 27-21.

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5th-set errors do in Soroco volleyball

Cowboys beats Rams volleyball

The Soroco High School volleyball team’s Friday night showdown against Plateau Valley was an up-and-down ride. When the Rams finally got off of it after five grueling games, they felt sick. In a game of rallies, Plateau Valley came up with the final one, dispatching Soroco in the fifth.

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Steamboat Springs football falls to Delta, 10-7

For a while, it looked like no one wanted it. The game was played between the 20-yard lines, neither team could ever get into a rhythm, and there was no score through three-plus quarters. But finally, Delta High School football team did just enough Friday at Gardner Field, downing Steamboat, 10-7.

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DA investigator leaving for position with Attorney General

Joe DeAngelo doesn’t own a television, but that hasn’t prevented him from catching glimpses of crime dramas like “Law & Order.” He said he doesn’t quite understand what he sees.

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Tom Ross: Uncovering true stories of the West

If you’ve always wanted to be a cowgirl, but your parents never bought you a pony, you really ought to stop by the Lockharts’ combination yard and Western collectibles sale at Eleventh and Yampa streets this weekend. Cookie and Jo have some surprises in store for you.

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Singer Brenn Hill returns to Steamboat as part of 4-H fundraisers

For the sixth year, Cowboy singer and songwriter Brenn Hill will return to Steamboat Springs for two fundraisers for the Routt County 4-H Scholarship Foundation. Today at Vista Verde Ranch, Hill will join several guests on a trail ride.

What to do in Steamboat for the weekend of Oct. 2 and 3

Kick off your weekend right by getting ready for Halloween at the Steamboat Dance Theatre costume sale. If you've got a pup to take outside to enjoy the great fall weather, stop by the Mutt Stut along the Yampa River Core Trail this morning at 9 a.m.

Story-time for Grownups in Steamboat to feature renowned author

Frank Delaney, who is visiting Ste­­amboat Springs this weekend for the 18th annual Literary Sojourn, will be featured as a guest reader at the inaugural Story-time for Grownups on Monday. The Irish writer, reader and interviewer will read excerpts of his works and short stories he’s written and will tell stories he has yet to put on paper.

Steamboat briefs: Rex’s American Grill & Bar chef wins lamb cook-off

Chef Vicki Connacher, of Rex’s American Grill & Bar, took first place at the Oktober­West lamb cook-off Sept. 18. Connacher made Cafe Malay Lamb in butter cashew sauce.

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Yampa River group in Steamboat plunges on

Friends of the Yampa gets organized, plans to become nonprofit

River advocacy group Fri­­ends of the Yampa jumped in with both feet Thursday and formally declared its plans to establish itself as a nonprofit organization under Colorado law. Former City Council Presi­­dent Ken Brenner is the new president of the board of the river group.

The Record for Sept. 30

2:47 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint about a barking dog on Buena Vista Court.

Friday, October 1

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Man gets probation for obstructing paramedics

Doctors' reports suggest Stephen Thomas might have survived otherwise

The man, who was 17 at the time and is now 19, had pleaded guilty to obstructing emergency medical personnel as they tried to help Stephen Thomas after he stopped breathing at a North Routt County party in 2009. Thomas later died. Visiting Judge Thomas Ossola accepted a plea agreement and sentenced the defendant to 18 months of supervised probation, to 64 hours of public service and to write an apology note to Thomas’ mother, Jackie Saari.

Continental Cup returning to Steamboat

Fundraising efforts have been successful so far, Todd Wilson says

The Nordic combined skiing meet will be Dec. 4 and 5 at Howelsen Hill. Organizers expect to need about $50,000 to put on the event and have raised $30,000 in money and pledges.

Steamboat sales tax collections down 1 percent in August

City sales tax collections were about $1.29 million in August, down from about $1.3 million in August 2009. Collections year-to-date are down 2.9 percent; the city has budgeted for a 10 percent decrease in 2010.

Steamboat Ski Swap set for Oct. 15, 16

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will host the 2010 Ski & Sport Swap on Oct. 15 and 16 at Steamboat Springs Middle School. Consignment tags can be picked up at the SSWSC offices Monday through Oct. 14.

Wheels in motion for Aspen bike-sharing

WE-Cycle, a local start-up business aiming to create communal kiosks for bicycles in Aspen, is moving closer to its goal. During a second round of talks at a work session Tuesday with the Aspen City Council, WE-Cycle officials received encouragement for the effort, which mirrors several other bicycle-sharing programs across the world.

Tri State Care lands in Eagle County

Air ambulance stationed at Eagle County Regional Airport would service Steamboat

Kellye Simpson is ready to roll at any time during her 48-hour shifts. And there’s nothing else she’d rather do. Simpson is a flight nurse for Tri State Care’s helicopter stationed at the Eagle County Regional Airport. When an emergency call comes, she, a pilot and a paramedic can be in the air in minutes.

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Steamboat's STARS hires executive director

Julie Taulman will serve in organization’s 1st paid position

Steamboat Adaptive Recre­ational Sports has hired its first executive director, Julie Taulman. She started her position Sept. 15 and said the move is a sign of progress for the 4-year-old nonprofit organization, which runs camps for adaptive athletes in Steamboat.

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Leckenby, Larson award winners to be announced this month

The list of past award winners reads like a who’s who of Routt County history. But make no mistake: Each of the five dozen past and present Routt County residents who have been chosen as recipients of the Leckenby and Larson awards has made tremendous contributions to the community.

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Steamboat planning director taking stock of Steamboat

Tyler Gibbs does more listening than talking in 1st month on job

In the months before starting work in Steamboat Springs on Sept. 7, Tyler Gibbs worked in a planning capacity for Denver for about 18 years. He’s Steamboat’s new director of planning and community development.

Phil Cruz to oversee Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests

Phil Cruz already is gazing out beyond winter to the day in 2011 when the forests of Northern Colorado and Southern Wyo­ming are dry enough for crews to resume the work of removing beetle-killed timber.

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Steamboat's Artist Mentoring Program expands in 2nd year

Abraham Rodriguez stood in the Steamboat Art Museum on Thursday in quiet awe. The high school senior, on a field trip with his Advanced Placement art class, was tracing his finger along the pattern of the stitches of one of David Taylor’s art quilts on display at the museum.

Steamboat Briefs: Routt County GOP to host noon pig roast next week

The Routt County Repub­lican Party’s barbecue pig roast luncheon for senior citizens is at noon Oct. 8 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The luncheon is not Oct.1 as originally planned.

The Record for Sept. 29, 2010

Wednesday, Sept. 29

Steamboat football set for Delta

Sailors hope for a happy homecoming

Finding comfort in the canals of losing can be tough. But finding motivation to get out of that could be a little easier this week for the Steamboat Springs High School football team as it takes on Delta during its homecoming game.

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Steamboat's DeLine shines at CSU

Former Sailors kicker boots game winner, set for No. 5 TCU

Steamboat Springs High School alumnus Ben DeLine said it was the best moment of his college career. It was a pretty sweet one for Colorado State University, too. DeLine booted a 35-yard field goal for CSU as time expired Saturday to give the Rams a 36-34 win.

Hayden tries to ground Paonia

Tigers look to slow down Eagles' potent air attack

After three weeks of grinding battles against determined rushing attacks, the Hayden High School football team’s defense will face an entirely different kind of test today.

Soroco football set to battle for top 8-man spot

Rams face off with Justice Phoenix for opportunity to separate from division

The Soroco High School football team has an opportunity to separate itself as the division favorite and get a jump-start on hosting a playoff game when the regular season ends.

Complete listings for today's First Friday Artwalk in downtown Steamboat

A complete list of galleries and other businesses participating in the October First Friday Artwalk happening today.

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Steamboat volleyball scores win against Moffat County

Sailors team defeats rival Bulldogs squad, 3-2

Volleyball coach Wendy Hall was one of many people on the edge of her seat in the Mof­fat County High School gym Thurs­day night. But, unlike the residents, she walked out with a smile. The Steamboat Springs High School varsity volleyball team defeated rivals MCHS, 3-2, in the Thursday night game in Craig.

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Steamboat artist of brush and harp opens her 1st show tonight

Teri Rose is not shy about performing. The professional harpist plays at weddings, memorial services and alongside symphony orchestras. But never before has her other passion, watercolor painting, been displayed to the public. Recent Steamboat Springs transplant Rose will show her art at Spill the Beans on 13th Street across from the Depot Art Center.

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Sculptors of sound to play tonight in Steamboat

Electronic artists talk laptops, evolution and a growing scene

Jamie Watts has stood behind his laptop on countless stages. Glowing in the dark, the screen in front of him is a colorful exhibit of equalizers, sine waves, grids and digital dials. The artist is one of three musicians using electronic production methods playing a show at 9 p.m. today at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

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What to do in Steamboat for Oct. 1 to 7

This week's events in Routt County include the First Friday Artwalk today in downtown Steamboat Springs. Are concerts more your style? Imagine the music of the Fab Four shaken up with infusions of bluegrass and jazz and topped with a classical twist. Catch Beatlegras at 9 p.m. today at Old Town Pub.