News for Sunday, October 10, 2010



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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Routt County Spotlight: Ann Brenner

Occupation: Steamboat Springs High School athletic secretary

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.