News for Sunday, October 24, 2010



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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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