Thursday, September 30
Fire officials not anticipating problems in containing 100-acre burn
An unexpected wind gust pushed the Bureau of Land Management’s Jack Springs II prescribed burn outside the identified boundary shortly after ignition Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. The fire crossed Moffat County Road 56 and spread to about 150 acres, fire officials reported. Ground and air resources were ordered to suppress the fire.
John Salazar and Scott Tipton strongly support an extension of Bush-era tax cuts but differ on how long the extension should last. The candidates for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District downplayed potential impacts of continued tax cuts on the national deficit, saying an extension is necessary to boost state and national economies.
Proceedings for the city’s potential purchase of 586 acres on the north side of Emerald Mountain likely will extend into 2011. Great Outdoors Colorado asked the city of Steamboat Springs on Wednesday to modify its application for a $600,000 grant related to the parcel owned by Lyman Orton, citing changes to the original grant proposal.
K. Saari, Arts Council collaborate on event featuring Ann B. Murphy
Ann Murphy uses the interplay between the peaks and valleys of life to express her lively thoughtfulness through her art. It’s the rise and fall, the moments of fire, passion, heat, and the power of sweetness and beauty that cast light on the darkness everyone experiences. “This is one person’s explorations through life,” Murphy said, gesturing at her recently hung art pieces Wednesday at the Depot Art Center.
The water levels may have dropped, but several men fishing from the boat ramp at Stagecoach Reservoir reported good results Wednesday afternoon. Workers have decreased water levels at the reservoir in stages this summer to allow for construction on the dam.
A four-week Yoga for Athletes class starts Friday with a session from noon to 1 p.m. at the Yoga Center of Steamboat, 701 Yampa St. Reserve a space by e-mailing now@SusanEMead.com.
12:24 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Hayden Police Department officers were called to a report of an argument between a man and a woman in the Hayden area. Deputies determined everything was fine.
Don Toy and Larry Handing are small-town guys with small-town values. Neither likes much attention, both enjoying the subtleties of the community they live in. But it’s hard to not recognize them both at this point, especially when something like this happens. The two are scheduled to go into surgery early today at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, where Handing will donate one of his kidneys to Toy.
On Friday, Routt County Habitat for Humanity is launching A Brush With Kindness, a five-day volunteer effort to help community members with exterior home repairs they cannot afford or perform themselves. The program still is looking for volunteers.
Friday’s parade heads from Steamboat Springs High School to Lincoln Avenue
Students wore straw hats, pearl-snap shirts, belt buckles and cowboy boots Wednesday at Steamboat Springs High School. It’s Homecoming Week. This year’s theme is “Music Meltdown” and each day students dressed to reflect a different music genre.
Wednesday, September 29
The Coulton Creek fire in North Routt County is contained and likely will be controlled today as a small crew continues to fight hot spots. Diann Ritschard, Routt-Medicine Bow National Forest spokeswoman, said the fire was contained at 8 acres.
Crews are scheduled to work through the night tonight and Thursday, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. They'll also work through the weekend.
Tuesday’s high temperature in Steamboat Springs tied a record Tuesday when the official National Weather Service climate station here recorded a temperature of 83 degrees, which tied the standing record. The record high temperature for Sept. 28 originally was set in 2001.
The registration deadline has been extended to today for the Adult Coed Fall Volleyball League. The league plays Monday evenings at Steamboat Springs Middle School next week through late December.
Benefit is Saturday for Dale Coyner
Sitting in the home his father built on River Road, police Sgt. Dale Coyner said there are some things he doesn’t want to know. He recalled a time he was talking to a doctor, not long after he was diagnosed with widespread cancer, when his wife Judy asked how long he would live. He threw up a time-out sign with his hands. “I don’t want to know because it’s not relevant to me,” he said. “I’m not anybody else, and nobody else has my body.”
Steamboat finishes behind Fossil Ridge, Broomfield
The Steamboat Springs High School junior varsity tennis team placed third out of 14 teams Saturday at the junior varsity Niwot tournament. Fossil Ridge was first, and Broomfield was second.
The Steamboat Springs Young Professionals Network is offering the opportunity for anyone to enjoy tasty local fare at discounted prices while benefiting youths in Routt County during its second annual Tour de Forks fundraiser.
Ballots will go in mail Oct. 12; several candidate forums in coming weeks
A slew of political forums will take place across Routt County in the next two weeks, as candidates make their voices heard before early voting begins Oct. 18. Monday is the last day to register to vote in the election that culminates Nov. 2.
There’s a comet coming! Right now, Comet Hartley 2 is an unimpressive green blob in the constellation of Cassiopeia, but in the weeks ahead, it could blossom into the best little comet of 2010. It might reach fifth magnitude in mid- to late October, making it faintly visible to the unaided eye from dark sky locations.
Parents of the world, unite against slug-bug slugging. I have had it. Every time I drive in the car with my son, I am beaten up whenever we see a Volkswagen bug. A yellow slug bug counts for two punches; every other color mercifully warrants only one punch. It was funny at the beginning. Now, it just hurts.
Sheriff finds no takers in complicated claim with Routt County
Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall might have to represent himself in a civil suit with a law firm and the county commissioners after the sheriff found that no law firms were willing to represent him, he said in court Tuesday.
Have you ever done a double take when you saw something that didn’t make sense? It happened to me the other morning as I was riding into town in the wide shoulder along U.S. Highway 40. I looked ahead and could not believe what I was seeing.
We’re not blaming the commissioners, who have had to make unenviable fiscal decisions in a recessionary economy, but we do acknowledge that an important safety net for local parents is getting increasingly thinner.
12:01 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint about a suspicious car at Rotary Park. Officers gave the person a warning against camping overnight.
Tuesday, September 28
Steamboat soccer team blasts Palisade, 8-2, at Gardner Field
After weeks of trudging through the cluttered Western Slope League, Steamboat finally was able to take a little break today, cruising by Palisade, 8-2, at Gardner Field.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has declared the water of Oak Creek safe after five tests showed that it was free of E. coli bacteria.
Commissioners vote, 2-1, to give recycling center another chance
The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted, 2-1, Tuesday to give Kelly and Dixie Lipsie a reprieve and extend the deadline for them to make progress on improving the South Routt site of their industrial recycling facility until 3 p.m. Oct. 15.
Monday’s high temperature of 81 degrees was within two degrees of the record for Sept. 27 set in 2001, when the high temperature was 83 degrees Fahrenheit.
Commissioners address 2011 proposal
Nine county commissioners from three counties eyeballed the preliminary budget of 14th Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham on Monday and signaled their tentative accord to a 2011 spending plan that holds the line on personnel expenses. The personnel budget for the three offices is expected to be about $1,468,180.
Sunday, Sept. 26
Former Colorado State University and NFL offensive lineman Anthony Cesario died of an apparent heart attack Saturday night after hunting in Northwest Colorado, according to a CSU news release.
A distinctive truck with room for 20 dogs was reported missing from the Oak Creek Canyon on Saturday morning. Tami Thurston said she last saw the green Dodge pickup with the carrier on Friday evening, near the end of the driveway on part of their property.
Medical crews took two men to Yampa Valley Medical Center after a two-car crash on Routt County Road 129 at Downhill Drive. One man was later taken by air ambulance to the Front Range. Steamboat Springs Police said a juvenile girl in a sedan pulled out in front of a van, driven by a man in his 40s, heading north on C.R. 129.
Rotary Barn Dance fundraiser delights 500 for a nice cause
I went to sleep Saturday night dreaming of a trip for two to Alaska and boating through the fjords to spot grizzly bears, but I awoke Sunday morning to find I didn’t have any phone messages from the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs, and now, it’s late Monday afternoon, and they still haven’t called.
South Routt salvager Lipsie Recycling Center faces possible permit revocation
Kelly Lipsie told Routt County planner Jake Rosenberg on Monday that he had cleaned up scattered materials waiting to be recycled from his property south of Oak Creek, but Routt County commissioners will proceed with a hearing today that could result in changes to, or even revocation of, Lipsie’s special-use permit.
Oak Creek will have water test results at 3 this afternoon
Oak Creek residents can again drink the town's water after a series of state-required tests showed no E. coli.
A three-pronged attack this week is intended to promote education, awareness and programming of local sustainability efforts. Highlighted by the inaugural Taste of Sustainability Fun-Raiser on Friday night, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s eventful week also includes Talking Green tonight and a Green Building Tour on Saturday.
Monday, September 27
Fire crews in North Routt County on Monday continued fighting a blaze that spread from a campfire. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Diann Ritschard said crews expected to have the 8-acre Coulton Creek fire contained by 6 p.m. Monday.
Seats into YVRA declining as lodging revenues decline
Declining lodging tax revenues has Local Marketing District funds in “a downward spiral,” Steve Dawes said, that will mean not only fewer airplane seats into the Yampa Valley this winter, but also a potential for fewer seats in years to come. Fewer airline seats funded by the district could mean fewer visitors to the Yampa Valley, which means less revenue for the district.
My girl is done. After months of my roller-coaster baseball relationship with the Colorado Rockies, it’s time to concede that October will in fact not be Rocktober. It’s been tough. In April, I committed a grand failure in my uneasy relationship with baseball. I cursed the Rockies again.
After a few missed shots, Christian Heritage School student Lilli Turton used a .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol to knock down five consecutive Diet Pepsi cans perched atop stands of various heights about 50 feet away on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Club Alpine racers turn to dance floor to improve results
There wasn’t much in the Depot Art Center on Thursday afternoon that said “skiing.” Brilliant fall colors shouted from the one photo displayed in the Depot’s largest room, and eight girls danced across the wood floors in T-shirts and shorts.
The Record for Sept. 25
The Colorado Department of Transportation said Sunday that a delay in equipment arrival will stall the restoration of some turning lanes on U.S. Highway 40 through downtown Steamboat Springs. Striping work on the highway will occur mid-week, CDOT said, as opposed to today as originally planned.
Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications greatly can improve a person’s quality of life, but misuse quickly can blur the line between feeling better and feeling worse.
Spring and early summer blooming plants should be divided in early fall so roots have a chance to grow some before winter. This only needs to be done if perennials have stopped flowering and crowded themselves into an unruly mass of leaves and roots.
September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month. When is the last time you had your cholesterol levels checked?
Sunday, September 26
Wildland crew, national forest personnel work to extinguish blaze
Wildland firefighters are working to contain an eight-acre blaze burning in the Routt National Forest west of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, North Routt Fire Protection District Chief Bob Reilley said. Reilley said North Routt crews responded to the blaze about 3 p.m. Sunday. According to Routt County dispatchers, the first call went out at 12:46 p.m. Sunday.
Leaking valve fixed Saturday night after four-hour shortage in town
Residents are advised to boil all town water used for drinking and cooking after a leaking valve left the town without water for about four hours Saturday night. Service has been restored to the entire town, Oak Creek Fire Chief Chuck Wisecup said today.
While the unassuming Jack Burger — rarely without a smile — doesn’t do so under the bright lights of a football field or inside the bleachers of a gymnasium, his iron-man-esque performances are a testament to his sheer athletic prowess.
Even when the trout in the Green River act like the fussiest eaters in preschool, the seven-mile stretch of stream from Flaming Gorge Dam to Little Hole, where John Wesley Powell’s expedition camped in spring 1869, always gives up a memorable wildlife experience.
The Record for Sept. 24
Child care assistance program eligibility reduced because of limited resources
It’s now more difficult to get child care assistance in Routt County. The Routt County Board of Commissioners last week approved lowering eligibility for the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program to 130 percent of the federal poverty level, from 225 percent. The change takes effect Oct. 1.
All-age access, cabins, trails among ideas
The Steamboat Springs City Council will discuss the city’s potential purchase of 586 acres owned by Lyman Orton during a daylong budget hearing Oct. 5 in Centennial Hall. The purchase is pending public hearings, City Council approval and other factors.
Jail Report for Sept. 18 to 24
Now residing in a condo near Steamboat Ski Area, longtime Routt County residents Betty and Lewis Kemry know they have a lot to celebrate. This year, Betty turned 80, Lewis turned 90 and their marriage turned 60, but the two haven’t slowed their attention to various hobbies and their attachment to their ever-growing family.
On Nov. 2, I ask that South Routt residents please vote yes on ballot issue 3A. The state of Colorado has reduced Soroco’s school funding level by 7.75 percent (about $354,000) for the 2010-11 school year.
This letter is in response to Chuck McConnell’s letter to the editor “Arizona trip” in the Sept. 22 Steamboat Today. I am a resident of southern Arizona who is spending a month here in “The ’Boat.” I first visited in 1965 and have never felt I should speak out about matters that longtime residents know much more about than I do, but I now feel compelled to write.
Gals with guns always seem to turn heads. Lorna Farrow was one classy gal with lots of guns. And she did not just catch your eye and turn your head, even all geared up in her signature purples. What Lorna did was turn your attention to the fun, the skill and the positive experience of shooting.
The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is hosting its first Taste of Sustainability Fun-Raiser at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, followed by the Green Building and Solar Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. That event also starts at the Community Center.
The Hungry Dog to open Saturday in Old Town Square with eating contest
There’s no doubt that Steamboat Springs is a dog town. Brad Somers hopes to make it a hot dog town, too. Somers plans to open The Hungry Dog — a walk-up food stand serving hot dogs, nachos, chili and more — Saturday in Old Town Square, at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat.
Routt County School District lunch menus for the week of Sept. 27
Andy Mucklow was named to the Colorado State University College of Engineering dean’s list for spring 2010. The dean’s list comprises CSU undergraduates in engineering who earn a 3.8 or higher grade-point average with a minimum of 14 credits for the semester.
We want to thank everybody who has been bringing in jewelry to the Doak Walker Care Center’s weekly bingo games. Keep up the good work, it’s nice to have some new stuff to work with.
Army 2nd Lt. John E. Yager, a 2006 graduate of Hayden High School, recently graduated from the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox, Ky. Yager is the son of Monica A. Yager, of Hayden.
South Routt business owners report strong returns, hope trend continues
Business owner after business owner in Yampa reported that the economy of the South Routt town is on the mend this year after several tougher years. Even so, the overall success of the season before winter hits hinges on the second rifle-hunting season.
Occupation: Eligibility technician at Routt County Department of Human Services
Happy birthday wishes to Nick Williams, Coy Letlow, Dougg Prewitt and Buddy Reiser.
Lots near Critter Court off 13th Street were platted in 1905
Mike Kortas has found a way to resurrect a 105-year-old Steamboat Springs light industrial subdivision that has been largely forgotten where it sits in the tall grass west of Critter Court. Technically, it is the original Block 10 of the Miller-Frazier Addition platted in 1905.
Pair has walked about 200 miles, raised about $25,000
Carolyn Corogin first met her friend of five years at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in 2006 in Denver. Five years later, the two have banded together to raise about $25,000, and they have traveled more than 200 miles on foot in cities across the country.
When she returned home to Oak Creek on Aug. 29, Sarah Hamilton knew she’d had a uniquely good weekend. The kayaker, a fixture in local creeks and now a three-time competitor in Steamboat Springs’ Memorial Day Paddling Life Pro Kayaking Invitational, had scored big again.
Dakota Ridge home listed at $4.1 million aims for new top-of-market standard
The top end of the luxury home market continues to sort itself out after a season that saw a home on Anglers Drive sell in April for $4 million, down from an original asking price of $6.7. The transaction at once affirmed the desirability of the market and the need to reset prices.
The Carpenter Ranch house backs up to several acres of straw-colored dead grass and dirt, the blank canvas on which two artists are building their vision to re-create human ties to the history and landscape of the Yampa Valley. Susan Tweit and her husband, Richard Cabe, are part-time artists-in-residence at the ranch.
I have to wonder whether John Ward was having any second thoughts as he stood on the edge of a ferryboat anchored just a few hundred yards from Alcatraz Island, preparing to jump into the cold waters of San Francisco Bay.
The U.S. Forest Service released for public comment Steamboat Ski Area’s reworked summer trails master plan last week. As a certified member of the public, I’d hate to miss the opportunity.
Integrated Community is looking for French-speaking volunteers and interpreters to help work with the West African community in Steamboat Springs. Call 970-620-1513 if you can help.
There was a time six months ago when surveying city voters about their specific reasons for voting no on the annexation of Steamboat 700 could have served as a valuable tool for growth planning and discussions. Unfortunately, that time has passed.
A tentative budget for the county now is on file for public inspection and will be acted upon by the county commissioners at a special meeting on Oct. 21.
Routt County real estate transactions for Sept. 17 to 23, 2010
You’ve got to love the address at Vista Verde Guest Ranch in North Routt: 58000 Cowboy Way.
Boys, girls cross-country each take home 3rd place from Moffat County Invitational
For Steamboat Springs High School runner Jack Burger, being on a flat course is advantageous. However, he said there’s another element that helps in a cross-country meet.
Last week, six months since Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama was celebrating the signature achievement of his administration.
Saturday, September 25
Rams fall Friday night to Vail Christian before beating Meeker today
The Soroco High School girls volleyball team faltered for the first time in its regular season Friday night when it dropped a four-game contest against Vail Christian. The Rams were right back to taking care of business Saturday afternoon as they defended their home court with a four-game victory against league foe Meeker.
Sailors lose 4-2 at home to Centaurus
Play consistent, and good things usually happen on the soccer field. But as the Steamboat Springs High School soccer team learned Saturday — and throughout much of the season in losses — one half of soccer doesn’t constitute that consistency.
The Soroco football team took down Vail Christian on Friday, 41-7. A focus on the running game paid off for the Rams.
Middle Park’s slow style eats away Hayden’s big gains
Seasons change with more urgency than the Middle Park High School football team’s offense operates. And like the cold creeps into Routt County — slowly and depressingly surely — the Panthers overpowered Hayden on Friday night, knocking the Tigers off at home, 28-21.
The Hayden girls volleyball team again came out on fire. It again let its intensity dip the middle of a match, and it again walked away victorious. The Tigers bounced back from a second-game defeat to beat West Grand on Friday night, 25-17, 25-22, 25-14, 25-20.
Paul Collins and Devon Enochs reached a significant milestone in their lives earlier this month — they went up a mountain as recruits and came down as U.S. Marines. “The Reaper is the last challenge (of boot camp),” Enochs said of the 700-foot mountain near Camp Pendleton in Southern California. “It’s the defining moment of becoming a Marine,” Collins said.
Free Summer Concert Series fundraiser brings in $17,000
It may seem like a lot of money, but the $17,000 raised at a Free Summer Concert Series fundraiser Sept. 12 at Sweetwater Grill is only a small percentage of the series’ annual budget.
Take part in a unique art-posium with six artists who have been in residence at Carpenter Ranch this month. The artists, inspired by the surrounding landscapes, will share their personal connections to the Yampa Valley along with broad-spectrum philosophies and ideas about how people relate to the space around them.
The Record for Sept. 23
Local children can start their own book clubs with Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Book Buzz Kits.
The city and the residents of West Acres Mobile Home Park seem destined for a 2011 district court date in their dispute about whether the mobile-home owners are entitled to compensation for reduced property values stemming from the loss of a greenbelt for the construction of Gloria Gossard Parkway.
Remember when servers at Dairy King delivered shakes on skates?
The big buzz in the newsroom at 7:30 p.m. Thursday was the impending arrival of a new hot dog kiosk on Lincoln Avenue. Why such a fuss? Some of my younger colleagues were excited at the prospect of devouring late-night dawgs. I was preoccupied when the friendly banter first broke out, but after a few minutes, I caught up with them.
Since leaving the Sleeping Giant Gallery in early August, local artist Cully Kistler is looking forward to where her life’s passion will go and where it will take her. The plein-air oil painter is showing her art at a nontraditional venue, The Cutting Room, a hair salon on Weiss Drive.
Downhill-only and beginner paths in Forest Service plan
A summer of planning and discussing is starting to turn into action for Steamboat Ski Area, much to the excitement of local downhill mountain bikers. The ski area had a professional trail-building team scouring Mount Werner’s slopes through the latter half of the summer and submitted all of its plans to the U.S. Forest Service.
US Highway 40 to be closed 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday to Tuesday
U.S. Highway 40 in downtown Steamboat will be closed from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights to allow construction crews to grind for inlaid pavement markings.
Friday, September 24
Eagle Valley takes down Sailors with big second quarter
When opportunity knocked, the Eagle Valley High School football team was at the door while Steamboat Springs was nowhere to be found. That one glaring reason was why Eagle Valley walked away from Gardner Field on Friday night with a 21-12 triumph in the Western Slope League opener for both schools.
The Beaver Flat Fire burning about 20 miles south of Hayden is not expected to be fully contained until midday Monday. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Diann Ritschard said this afternoon that the fire near Stinsby Reservoir remains 53 acres large.
In an improbable comeback, one where Glenwood Springs High School started like a junior varsity team and finished like a varsity one, the Demons came away Thursday with a 3-2 win against the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball. Glenwood won, 17-25, 11-25, 26-24, 25-23,15-10.
Steamboat Springs High School team benefits from 6 coaches
Steamboat cross-country coach Andy Reust admits that his position is more of an administrative one. Reust took the job last year with several goals in mind. He wanted the cross-country and track and field teams to have some continuity from season to season, something he thought could be accomplished with a team of volunteer coaches.
Organizers say support for inaugural event strong
Steamboat Springs Bike Town USA Initiative members are hoping nearly a year’s worth of hard work and big progress can be put on display and offered up for public comment at next month’s free three-day Steamboat Springs Bike Summit at The Steamboat Grand. The event is planned for Oct. 21 to 23.
In some ways, the Soroco High School football team’s season doesn’t seem much different from last year’s. Heading into the fourth week of the season, the Rams are looking to go 4-0 for the second consecutive year.
Tigers face Middle Park Panthers at 7 p.m.
If the Hayden football team is to avoid its third consecutive loss, it must figure out how to put the brakes on an opponent’s running backs. The Tigers, 1-2, will tackle that task today in a 7 p.m. home game against Middle Park.
Sailors face Eagle Valley at Gardner Field at 7 p.m.
After three tough nonleague contests, the Steamboat Springs High School football team opens up its Western Slope League schedule today against Eagle Valley. The Sailors (0-3) welcome the Devils (1-1) for a 7 p.m. game at Gardner Field today.
Whether getting ready to adjourn to warmer weather or chopping firewood for the long winter ahead, how could you not enjoy the past few weeks in Routt County and nature’s magnificent display of fall colors in our valley?
Rotary Trail workday coincides with National Public Lands Day
More than 170,000 volunteers nationwide are expected to participate in Saturday’s National Public Lands Day. Grant Fenton hopes Routt County residents answer the call to action here.
When the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs opened its doors in June 2009, no one expected its membership to be more than 900 children strong a little more than a year later. In an effort to invest in those citizens of the future, the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs chose the club as the beneficiary of this year’s Community Barn Dance and Barbecue.
City discusses lease terms with New West Inns; RFP work progresses
Steamboat Springs officials are continuing talks with operators of the Iron Horse Inn, but definitive answers about what happens next for the troubled city-owned motel likely won’t be clear until Oct. 5.
Howelsen Hill plans include new plastic-covered jump
Linda Laughlin was surprised by what she heard Tuesday night from the members of the Howelsen Hill Centennial Committee when they updated the Steamboat Springs City Council on the group’s efforts to fund improvements at Howelsen Hill. She is backing the Centennial Committee’s drive to raise $2.3 million for improvements at the downtown ski area.
One Book Steamboat picks ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’
Atticus, Scout and Boo are so much like neighbors that they could live down the road in Steamboat Springs. And starting today, there are 10 Scouts, Atticuses and Boos scattered through downtown businesses as part of Bud Werner Memorial Library’s new One Book Steamboat program.
In the midst of a state budget crisis and with the recent news that slightly more than half of Colorado’s main highways are in poor shape and deteriorating further, Routt County residents can count themselves relatively fortunate.
Yampa Valley Medical Center, based in Steamboat Springs, launched a new medical clinic May 4 in Craig, and spent the summer enhancing services and adding physicians. The clinic, which occupies 6,378 square feet at 651 Yampa Ave., in downtown Craig, now includes five doctors and laboratory services.
Colorado Art Ranch’s artist-in-residence program members to present work
For the past month, artist Paul Wood has worked on a video animation project that has literally been influenced by the Yampa Valley’s elements. He and five other artists have inhabited Carpenter Ranch and allowed those forces to affect their projects. They will give presentations of their work in a mini art symposium, called Artposita, Saturday.
7:41 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a two-car, noninjury crash at Whistler and Walton Creek roads.
Harmonica player still inspired by city of New Orleans
It was in New Orleans where Rockin’ Jake was first introduced to the myriad regional music dialects, from foot-stomping Cajun to the Creole version of roots folk — zydeco — to straight up blues. He plays weekend shows Hahn's Peak Cafe and Ghost Ranch Saloon.
Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s offices in Steamboat and Craig will be closed today for a staff meeting. The offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday.
Krista Homiak and Sarah Russell are traveling to Steamboat Springs this weekend with their interactive urban art installation, the Gutter Bunny Project. The installation can be viewed at 9 p.m. Saturday at Old Town Pub for $5 or from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the library.
Thursday, September 23
Firefighters battling a wildfire south of Hayden got an assist from a rainstorm Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The fire is expected to be fully contained today, officials said.
Craig resident Geoffrey Mansfield finished a job interview Wednesday morning at the Centennial Mall, and was smiling as he walked out. “I think he hired me,” Mansfield said of his interviewer. “He told me to come back on (Sept. 29) for orientation, so that’s a good deal.” Mansfield was among numerous local residents who attended a hiring event for Dollar Tree, a new local business opening Oct. 12 inside the mall at 1111 W. Victory Way.
The 90-minute First Impressions Candidate and Issues Forum on Wednesday was mostly tame, with unanimous consent among attendees that ballot initiatives Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61 would hurt local governments and schools. But sparks flew near the end of the forum between the candidates for Routt County sheriff.
Colorado firm gets top rankings from US News and World Report
From the $5 million settlement for victims in the Good News building explosion to the high-profile case against Fen-Phen, the attorneys with Purvis Gray have earned a place in the spotlight. The firm was named in the top tier at the state and national level in several categories of a report by U.S. News and World Report.
The original intent of the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan likely is to be up for debate tonight when the Routt County Board of Commissioners hosts the last in a series of community meetings on its draft transfer of development rights regulations.
Steve “Lightnin’” Malcolm might be one of the last of his kind. In 1990, a 15-year-old boy from rural Missouri left home with his guitar on his back, hitchhiking his way across the South, playing a little roots blues here and there for a hearty meal and some good company. Few young musicians understand the old ways of the blues man, he said.
Jake Flax will be the first to admit his shortcomings. He was a 105-pound Steamboat Springs High School freshman in 2003 when he started for the varsity lacrosse team. Flax, a fifth-year senior for the Rams, recently was named a captain of the Colorado State lacrosse team.
Fire Marshal Jay Muhme said a cause determination in the Aug. 14 downtown Steamboat Springs fire likely will be announced next week after insurance and city fire investigators finish their reports.
Nate Gould and Jordan Worden were badly burned when fumes from primer they were using in the crawl space of a downtown Kremmling home ignited and caused an explosion at about 3 p.m. Aug. 24. Friends of men are hosting a fundraiser to help with medical expenses.
Educational event starts in Baggs, Wyo., and ends in Hayden
The Little Snake River Valley Museum’s 16th annual historical and educational fall trek focuses this year on trailing livestock from Baggs, Wyo., to rail yards in Hayden. The event is co-hosted by the Savery, Wyo., museum and the Carbon County Higher Education Center in Baggs.
12:57 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint about a loud party at Village and Medicine Springs drives. Officers issued a warning.
Wednesday, September 22
Vehicle hit, killed 2 cows Tuesday night
Isaiah Farnsworth, 31, hit two cows in his Subaru outside the Hogue Ranch, near Steamboat II, shortly after 8:30 p.m. Maureen Hogue confirmed that the cows belonged to her family and said it appears a “fencing issue” allowed the cows onto the highway.
Two Hot Shot firefighting crews and local firefighters will resume efforts this morning to extinguish a 32-acre fire about 20 miles south of Hayden. The Beaver Flat Fire near Stinsby Reservoir was 25 percent contained by Wednesday evening, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Diann Ritschard said. She said crews expect to have the fire fully contained by Friday.
When singer-songwriters Patty Larkin and Lucy Kaplansky share a bill, the conversation backstage is just as exciting as the musical exchange onstage, Larkin said. Tonight, they will share the stage at Strings Music Pavilion.
It’s time to clean out the bathroom cabinets where unused and expired medications hover for months and possibly years, posing a temptation for Routt County teens.
Colorado Mountain College’s Board of Trustees heard a presentation Monday about affects on the college should voters approve Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61 in November.
The bread is made with wheat from a farm near Hayden and baked in Oak Creek. The roast comes fresh from South Routt County. And the eggs for the quiche? The chickens are clucking out back.
Oak Creek Canyon resident Sandy Wisecup had her case continued until Oct. 27 during a brief hearing Tuesday morning. Wisecup faces 80 charges of neglecting horses under her care near mile marker 54 on Colorado Highway 131.
I visited Steamboat Springs on Sept. 11 for the Emerald Mountain Trail Run. I want to thank the police officers directing traffic downtown for doing a great job. It would be chaos without you.
To all of the open border advocates, I have a couple of simple questions: ■ 1. What part of the sign erected in Arizona by our federal government that reads, (among other dire proclamations): “Visitors May Encounter Armed Criminals and Smuggling Vehicles Traveling at High Rates of Speed,” does not warn of a clear and present danger to Arizona citizens? ■ 2. How is a state law designed to protect Arizona citizens against kidnapping, home invasion, burglary and murder — especially a law written to mirror federal law — twisted to be unconstitutional or bad?
In Gary Hofmeister’s column (“Clueless in DC,” Sept. 12 Steamboat Pilot & Today), he mentions President Barack Obama’s lack of business experience. Let’s talk business experience and presidents.
12:51 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an open door or window in Riverside Plaza. Everything was fine.
The city of Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space & Recreational Services Department NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition results.
To the great folks in Steamboat Springs: For the past two summers, we have made the trip to your town for my husband and his two dogs Moss and Nan to participate in the Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge. Your town has greeted us all with open arms and made us feel so welcome.
Colorado Mountain College wants to expand and upgrade its Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs, but it has encountered a Steamboat Springs City Council that college officials diplomatically call “lukewarm” regarding the proposal.
New rates set for Jan. 1; council OKs $21M base area refinancing
City officials approved a refinancing package of up to $21 million for base area redevelopment and also gave the final nod to water and wastewater rate increases for city customers next year.
Steamboat uses fast starts in each half to take down Glenwood Springs
A couple of fast starts led to a happy finish for Steamboat Springs’ boys soccer team. Kicking off each half with quick scores, the Sailors held on for a 3-2 win at Glenwood Springs on Tuesday.
Spreading time between family, work, recreation and friends can leave little room for volunteering. I used to be a classic example of someone who never seemed able to carve out an ounce of spare time to “give back.”
I am OK until I find the teeth. A clear box, about the size of a thimble, nested among old bank statements in the back of her desk drawer holds an assortment of baby teeth. That’s when the tears begin.
Tuesday, September 21
Economic factors were at the heart of much of Tuesday night’s Steamboat Springs City Council conversation about a potential Emerald Mountain land purchase, as supporters said the site could become a huge economic draw while city officials urged caution amid an excruciatingly tight budget.
Craig man Isaiah Farnsworth was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center, although law enforcement officers do not think he suffered significant injuries. A second car also was involved in the accident.
Skyler Martin was the only Sailor to make it through regionals
Skyler Martin didn’t even see the putt go in. But that sweet, sweet sound of a golf ball going to its home let the Steamboat Springs High School senior know he’d done enough at the regional tournament Tuesday at Cobble Creek in Montrose to qualify for the state golf tournament.
Stephanie Martin, First Impressions’ Early Childhood Council program supervisor, said all three candidates for Routt County coroner said they would participate in a forum at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Martin said Steve Ivancie, running for Colorado House District 57 seat, and Garrett Wiggins, who is running for county sheriff, also will attend.
Routt County’s unemployment rate was down 0.2 percentage points to 8.3 percent in August, according to figures released today by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The numbers reflect a smaller labor force and fewer jobs compared with July. In August 2009, unemployment was 6.5 percent in Routt.
Mainstreet Steamboat Springs announced today that Towny Anderson has been chosen as the 2010 Governor’s Award recipient of the Downtowner of the Year Award. He'll receive it at Downtown Colorado Inc.’s annual conference this week.
Local team races in downhill event
Keith Derrickson and Bret Quigley thought racing in the Red Bull Final Descent 12 Hours of Downhill in Winter Park sounded like a good time when they picked up a flier earlier this summer. But until Saturday, they never dreamed they might actually win the event.
In a season-long search for consistency, the Steamboat Springs High School golf team hopes to finally find it today. In some ways, however, today just isn’t fair for high school golfers. It’s the one and only chance they have to qualify for the state golf tournament.
The Record for Sept. 19
The Steamboat Springs Boys & Girls Club is looking for bike helmets for children ages 6 to 12 years. The club also is looking for a retail display case and adult-size stacking chairs. Call Bonnie at 970-819-4797.
At 9:09 p.m. Wednesday the sun crosses the celestial equator on its way south for six months. This marks the moment of the autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere, but for the southern hemisphere, it marks the spring equinox.
Two volunteer organizations in Routt County are taking a cue from the Front Range’s pet-friendly bonanza Furry Scurry to host the county’s first dog walk. The Mutt Strut, a fundraiser for the Animal Assistance League of Northwest Colorado and Heeling Friends, is Oct. 2 with a walk from Howelsen Hill.
Board of Trustees takes no action on proposed new campus, secondary road
The Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees took no action Monday regarding the stalled $23 million proposal to build a new geoexchange facility and secondary access road at Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs, but system officials are pressing forward regardless.
All state parks, including those in Routt County, will see fee increases next year
Being one of the most popular parks in the state comes with its perks, and its problems. As the Colorado State Parks system moves to increase fees next year to combat falling revenue, Steamboat Lake and Pearl Lake state parks have been chosen for an additional $2 per day camping increase, beyond the other fee increases that parks are facing.
City Council could give final OK to increases through 2013
Steamboat Springs City Council could give final approval tonight to increased water and wastewater rates for city customers from Jan. 1, 2011, through 2013. City Council gave unanimous support Sept. 7 for rate increases.
Monday, September 20
586-acre land deal contingent on factors including GOCo grant, council approval
City officials have reached a signed contract with landowner Lyman Orton that represents a significant step toward Steamboat Springs’ purchase of 586 acres on Emerald Mountain’s north side. Orton said Monday that the contract includes a $1.3 million upfront purchase price for the land.
County Agenda for Sept. 20
About $3,000 has been raised to assist Steamboat native
On Sunday, 26 people swam 1,200 laps — the equivalent of 60,000 yards — during Laps for Lindsay, an event to benefit Lindsay Labaree Bathke. Labaree Bathke, a 1998 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, is recovering from a swollen blood vessel in her brain.
The message from health organizations about eating fruits and vegetables is straightforward: more, more, more. Americans are not getting enough nutrient and fiber-rich produce, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A native Minnesotan who grew up slapping pucks around frozen ponds, Brent Tollar said he came to miss the fun and competitive spirit he found in hockey after a move to Colorado. Those attributes got him back on the ice coaching and playing in Steamboat Springs five years ago, and it’s those attributes that he hopes to bring to Yampa Valley hockey now.
Saturday, Sept. 18
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is offering a hunter safety class at Hayden High School. The class is from 6 to 9 p.m. today through Friday. The time is to be announced for a Saturday class.
A Congressional battle brewing in Washington, D.C., this week is raising the hopes of a Steamboat Springs family trying to boost support for the DREAM Act.
Candidates to attend event, discuss early childhood education
The 2010 First Impressions of Routt County Candidates and Issues Forum is more than an opportunity for candidates in local races to introduce themselves and answer questions. The forum also is intended to provide information about how three ballot measures voters will consider in November could affect county revenues and funding for local public education.
Run, Rabbit Run 50-mile trail run
The Steamboat Springs High School golf team has played in eight tournaments this season, leading up to Tuesday’s regional tournament. Most of the state has done the same. But essentially, none of those eight tournaments mean anything at this point.
Kids say the funniest things. In making conversation with elementary school students, I ask the obligatory question, “What is your favorite subject?” Much to my amusement, many respond, “Lunch.”
Even though our gardens seem to be going into hibernation for the coming winter, they still may need watering before the snow covers them. Several factors determine how much, if any, water gardeners should give their plants in fall.
Sunday, September 19
Numbers down at most other county public and private schools
To the surprise of the Steamboat Springs School District and despite a lagging economy and fewer jobs, student enrollment is up this year. According to a Sept. 9 student enrollment summary report, the district’s enrollment has grown by 64 students, or about 3 percent, from last year to 2,236.
Sailors boys soccer falls, 3-0, to Huskies
The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team capped a forgettable week Saturday, falling 3-0 to rival Battle Mountain. The Huskies got their vengeance against one of the squads that deprived them of a league title last fall.
The Hayden High School volleyball team split a pair of games Saturday, beating Meeker in four games before falling to Vail Christian in three. Hayden beat Meeker, 25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23, in the morning before losing to Vail Christian, 25-20, 25-20, 25-13.
It seemed fitting that the podium for the inaugural Creekside downhill mountain bike race happened to be a chair, a sandbag and the ground. After years without a race or a voice, the downhill mountain biking community turned out Saturday, risking limbs for a five-minute rush, most blazing the 1.7-mile Creekside Trail in less than five minutes.
As the wind gently pushed across Gardner Field on Wednesday afternoon, serving as an alarm clock of change for the leaves and trees adjacent to the field, Tim Krumrie found himself in the place he’s been for the past 27 years. The cadence of claps and cheers all around, Krumrie bore a grin. Fall time is football time, and Krumrie is all football.
At this point in the year, the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team finds itself in unfamiliar territory. Coupling Friday’s loss to Delta with a four-set loss to Palisade on Saturday, Steamboat is facing an uphill battle in the early part of the Western Slope League schedule.
Fred Abramowitz, one of the organizers of Saturday’s Run, Rabbit Run 50-mile trail ultramarathon in Steamboat Springs, said if the sport were tennis, Geoff Roes would be Roger Federer. Tennis isn’t ultramarathon trail running, however, and that much was obvious Friday morning as Roes and Joelle Vaught introduced themselves to a group ahead of Saturday’s big race.
Area GOP leaders lack unity about Proposition 101 and proposed state constitutional Amendments 60 and 61
State Republican politicians are coming down hard against Proposition 101 and proposed state constitutional Amendments 60 and 61, but most of Routt County’s GOP leaders are taking a more nuanced stance, or no stance at all. The three proposals would drastically reduce the amount of taxes the state government can collect, and requires voter approval for fees as well as taxes.
Festivites continue today at Gondola Transit Center
As the noon sun baked the concrete at the Gondola Transit Center, self-proclaimed beer hound Linda Sasenick was just getting warmed up, too. With a 2010 OktoberWest commemorative beer stein in her hand, the woman from Golden sipped on the dark Powdercats Porter, brewed locally at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill.
The Record for Sept. 17
The Jail Report for Sept. 11 to 16
Occupation: Steamboat Springs Arts Council program manager
Thanks to everyone who has donated jewelry to the weekly bingo games. We appreciate it, and it’s nice to have something new to work with each week. Thanks also to the ladies who come and help us with our Tuesday games.
Routt County School District lunch menus for the week of Sept. 20
The Steamboat Springs Middle School Parent Information Committee meets at noon Tuesday at the school. A sex education parent meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
One of the largest homes in Catamount Ranch was sold in foreclosure Thursday by the Bank of New York Mellon. The 8,192-square-foot home was valued for taxes by Routt County at $6.7 million.
Nancy Spillane, 58, the founder of Lowell Whiteman Primary School and its leader since it opened 18 years ago, is retiring at the end of this school year. She told the school’s students, parents, staff and board of directors about her decision in November 2009.
This is a matter that should be a significant concern to the citizens of our community. CMC has made an unequivocal expression of commitment to the growth of the college at the existing site by the decision to invest more than $20 million in an expansion that is “by far” the largest CMC has undertaken.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners, acting as the local Board of Health, made a difficult but justifiable decision last week when it revoked the business license of Sweet Pea Market and Cafe for at least 60 days.
Happy birthday wishes to Darrell Hockett, Sharon Booco, Yvonne McAnally, Kevin Montgomery, Cydne Bell, Nick Peters, Dal Leck, Vonnie Frentress, Michaela and Danielle Hallenbeck, and Emily and Richard Hallenbeck.
Three dozers and over 80 volunteers took part in the Ski Club workday at the ski hill Sunday.
A recessionary economy sometimes is no match for youthful optimism and energy. Stephanie Mayle, 19, of the Runs with Scissors hair salon, and Noah Wetzel, 23, of Lightpole Clothing, are stepping into the business world amid more than two years of national and global economic turmoil, rising unemployment and shrinking job markets.
Ask a Steamboat Springs Realtor and they are likely to tell you that they are very busy this month, they just aren’t writing many contracts. “A lot of people are looking, they’re just not buying,” said Loui Antonucci, of Old Town Realty. “I’m busy showing property, but it’s hard to get people to write an offer.”
Real Estate transactions for Sept. 10 to 16
It’s fourth down, time is about to expire and the game is on the line. Ever stop and wonder what it would be like to be a kicker for a professional, college or even high school football team? Ever wonder why anyone would want that job?
Robin Craigen’s newest quest — at the tail end of a summer that saw he and Routt County Riders at the front of unfathomable development in Steamboat cycling — involves being able to ride a bike through the drive-through lanes at the Wells Fargo bank in downtown Steamboat.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and the Truffle Pig restaurant are hosting a speed-networking event from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Truffle Pig in One Steamboat Place.
Tickets are on sale for the annual Ducks Unlimited banquet and auction, which starts at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.
The Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley commends the Routt County Board of Commissioners for soliciting local input on Transfer of Development Rights regulations that govern how rural landowners, as individuals or entities, send or trade development rights to a receiving owner of land adjacent to or in a municipality.
The Labor Department’s recent announcement that there were 500,000 unemployment claims last week alone sends a clear signal that our economy remains in deep trouble. Our nation’s unemployment rate remains stuck near 10 percent, and some estimates suggest that the real unemployment rate — which counts discouraged workers who have given up looking for work — is above 16 percent.
Group takes on project in Steamboat’s Boulder Ridge subdivision
David Josfan broke ground on a new spec home in Boulder Ridge this week and he already can visualize the car the likely buyers will drive up in. Josfan isn’t psychic. He just has a finely tuned sense of the Steamboat market for a $1.695 million home in late 2010 and 2011.
Alex Pallut has been a travel guide throughout the world. She’s hiked the Alps and explored Patagonia. And there’s always been one constant in her backpack: a yoga mat. On her next adventure, she’ll unroll her mat in her own backyard of Steamboat Springs.
Saturday, September 18
Steamboat's 4th annual Run, Rabbit Run 50-mile ultramarathon had a field of 150 runners. The race started at 6 a.m. at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, in which runners climbed 6.5 miles up Mount Werner and traversed the Continental Divide with a turnaround at Dumont Lake on Rabbit Ears Pass.
The demise of the Hayden girls volleyball team was shortlived. After dominating the first two games of a Friday night home match against North Park, the Tigers fell asleep in the third. They roared back to life in the fourth, however, once again quickly dispatching the Wildcats.
The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team dropped its Western Slope League opener Friday, falling in four games to Delta. Delta beat Steamboat, 25-14, 25-23, 17-25 and 25-20.
The Steamboat Springs High School cross-country team saw several runners post personal bests in the team’s second meet of the year Friday, the Liberty Bell at Heritage High School in Littleton.
Rams pull away from Cowboys
The Soroco High School football team picked up its third win of the season Friday night thanks to a hard-hitting defensive performance and 21 points in the final 18 minutes of play from the offense. The Rams topped the Plateau Valley Cowboys, 27-6, in a game that was much closer than the final score indicated.
Grand Valley Cardinals’ turnovers not enough to lift Tigers in 17-12 loss at home Friday
A tireless defense that recovered five fumbles wasn’t enough to make up for a lackluster offense Friday night as the Hayden High School football team dropped to 1-2 on the season. The Tigers lost at home to Grand Valley, 17-12.
Steamboat Springs Police Department detectives are investigating three reported sexual assaults in Steamboat Springs in the past week. Two roommates reported two sexual assaults Tuesday and another woman reported an assault Wednesday. “We are still trying to substantiate the allegations,” Detective Nick Bosick said Friday.
12:21 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious car in the 700 block of Marketplace Plaza. Officers checked the car, and everything was fine.
Parts of Lincoln Avenue could open by 1st week of October
From Jules Poma’s view from Backcountry Provisions in Old Town Square, U.S. Highway 40 construction through downtown Steamboat Springs is moving along much faster than it did in the spring. “It’s exponentially faster,” said Poma, a shift manager at the popular sandwich shop. Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nancy Shanks said parts of Lincoln Avenue could open by 1st week of October.
An exciting weekend in Steamboat begins with the chance to meet local author Jorge Avila and talk to him about his new book, “La Marcha de los Rosados,” which documents racial discrimination against Latinos in Maricopa County, Ariz.
I poked my head out the back door of the newsroom at about 4 p.m. and was startled by the view of the aspens in Shadows high up in Priest Creek at Steamboat Ski Area. Fall color seems to be advancing ahead of schedule this year.
City's purchase could include Nordic center cost-share aspect
City officials said Friday that they expect to have a purchase agreement for the 580-acre Orton parcel on the table for signatures by Monday, but the deal might involve more than simply a land transaction. City Manager Jon Roberts said City Attorney Tony Lettunich had told him to expect the nonbinding deal Monday in time to make the deadline for a $600,000 grant application with Great Outdoors Colorado.
When the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra piloted its new teen and adult string ensemble in the spring, an overwhelming number of tall six-stringed instruments appeared out of the woodwork. Of the 25 students, nine were cellists — most of whom Bruce Dean never even knew played the instrument. Led by Dean, the group will branch off and form its own new cello choir as a part of the orchestra’s revamped community outreach effort.
Friday, September 17
Montrose blows game open in second half
The Steamboat Springs High School football team found its groove for a half Friday night against Montrose. The Sailors (0-3 overall) held their first lead of the year and trailed by only one possession at half, but the Indians proved too much. Montrose exited Gardner Field with a 40-7 win.
A fight at Ghost Ranch Saloon early Friday morning ended with 25 stitches for one person and second-degree assault charges for the other. Police arrested Steamboat resident Stephan Harrington, 42, on suspicion of second-degree assault after he reportedly hit Jordan Worden, 23, with a bar glass.
Sanitation, food storage conditions influence county’s decision to revoke license
County officials’ decision Tuesday to close Sweet Pea Market and Cafe, the first license revocation of its kind in Routt County in at least 30 years, involved issues that go beyond the popular downtown eatery’s seating capacity and restrooms.
A Friends of the Yampa cleanup day on the Yampa River is at 10 a.m. today. Meet at Backdoor Sports on Yampa Street.
Hayden welcomes Grand Valley to town at 7:30 p.m. today for the Tigers’ first home game of the season, the second part of a volleyball-football doubleheader. The volleyball team plays North Park starting at 6:30 p.m.
The Soroco High School football also hopes to capitalize on last week’s game. The Rams, though, will be pushing to keep their record perfect. The Rams will play host to 0-2 Plateau Valley at 7 p.m. today.
Denver-based blues rock outfit The Johnny O. Band will bring its funky grooves and high-energy jams to The Tugboat Grill & Pub tonight and Saturday. The band plays many originals, as well as some great songs by blues masters of the past.
Steamboat Springs Junior Golf Association's primary fundraiser, Steamboat Shootout Golf Tournament, takes place at noon Monday at Catamount Ranch & Club. Teams of four players will compete in a modified shamble. All players will tee off and then play their own ball from the location of the best tee shot.
Jorge Gonzalez Avila, who moved to Steamboat Springs in 2003 and to the United States from Mexicali, Mexico, in 1995, will host a book signing at 11 a.m. Saturday at Steaming Bean Coffee Shop for the release of “La Marcha de los Rosados.” Avila's book is written in Spanish.
Sailors look to get 1st win of season at home versus ranked 4A team
The Steamboat Springs High School football team — last season’s state championship runner-up — is 0-2, having been outscored 73-6 in its first two games. The slow start isn’t causing panic in the Sailors locker room. Steamboat plays against Montrose at 7 p.m. today.
Computer program is spotlight of Sheriff’s Office showcase
Tucked among the fire engines and the police cruisers parked along Sixth Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street tonight, a computer will be the key display from the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.
Wednesday, Sept. 15
Sen. Al White painted a grim picture for K-12 education in the 2011-12 state budget. White, a Hayden Republican, told the South Routt School Board on Thursday night that the Colorado General Assembly is estimating a $900 million shortfall in next year’s state budget based on losing one-time funding, such as federal stimulus dollars, and transfers.
Strong winds and dry vegetation have prompted local officials to raise the fire danger level in Routt County to high, mirroring similar moves this week by Front Range officials in the wake of two significant fires there. The Fourmile Canyone wildfire in the Boulder foothills burned 169 structures and 6,200 acres before it was contained early this week.
Are you starting to think fall thoughts and planning for the local harvest, weatherproofing and other sustainable practices before the snow flies? If so, October is the month for you.
Number of arriving passengers during summer months decreases 2.3 percent
The number of arriving passengers at Yampa Valley Regional Airport during the three months of summer was down 2.3 percent this year to 12,350 in spite of strong load factors. However, the month of July — with 4,744 inbound travelers — saw an increase of 335 passengers, offsetting a weaker June.
Saturday’s Run, Rabbit Run race to attract some of nation’s premier talent
The fourth-annual Run, Rabbit Run ultramarathon will be a new experience for a lot people. The race hit its cap of 150 in the middle of July, the most interest it has received in its short life. The race will start at 6 a.m. at Steamboat Ski Area, and the leaders should be back to the base-area finish line starting at about 1 p.m.
Adam Sweet had never before played in a band that his mom liked until Forever Growing formed in 2006. With a band comprising three musicians younger than 25, the recent college graduate knows his music appeals to the young jam band, electronic and improvisational fans who frequent their shows in Oregon and Colorado.
Thursday, September 16
It wasn’t powerful swings and big blocks that made the difference Thursday night as the Soroco High School volleyball team beat West Grand for the second time in less than a week. Instead of power, the Rams relied on patience, and instead of force, they were powered by finesse.
Introducing the newest contender into the foray known as Western Slope League soccer. Although it’s still early, Moffat County made a league-wide statement Thursday in Steamboat Springs, downing its U.S. Highway 40 rival, 5-1.
Area officials and users haven’t been able to agree on whether the Creekside Trail at Steamboat Ski Area is best as a downhill-only or multidirectional trail. One thing will be for sure this Saturday, however: traveling up the controversial singletrack would be a tremendously bad idea. Creekside might officially be two-way, but for a few hours starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, it will host Steamboat’s best bombers in a downhill mountain bike race.
Sen. Al White, a Hayden Republican, is scheduled to meet with the South Routt School Board at 5:45 p.m. before tonight’s meeting.
The search for a water storage facility in the neighboring Yellow Jacket Water Conservation District will be among the topics of discussion Sept. 24 when the Community Agriculture Alliance, the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Yampa-White-Green River Basin Roundtable hosts a water forum in Craig.
Money will help pay for fresh gravel on lower section of road
The Hahn’s Peak Ranger District of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest received a $100,000 jump-start this week on its plans to make improvements to Buffalo Pass Road/Forest Road 60. The federal funds will pay for fresh gravel on 2.5 miles along the lower section of the road, which already was worked on in 2007-08.
The Hayden Town Council is scheduled to consider accepting a grant tonight that would restore a Hayden Police Department officer position to almost full time. The department was awarded a $60,000 Justice Assistance Grant from the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, Chief Ray Birch said. Birch said one of his part-time officers would be able to work about 33 or 34 hours per week, up from eight to 10, with the funding.
Every year, Megan Morgan translates the beauty of the female form and breast cancer awareness into works of art for the Bust of Steamboat fundraiser for the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project. This year’s ninth annual fundraiser is from 5 to 8 p.m. October 29 at Three Peaks Grill.
Only 2 routes still closed as loggers finish work
A summer of making do has come to an end for area mountain bikers as most of Emerald Mountain’s singletrack trails are open again. Logging operations on the popular downtown Steamboat Springs mountain are winding down, and all but two of the trails closed for much of summer are open and ready for riders.
Tuesday, Sept. 14
Live music, family fun and brews on tap for event’s 2nd year
Inventing captivating musical jams and brewing handcrafted beer share an inseparable bond for String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth. His passion has taken him through musical heights with SCI, like a sold out three-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, but also to the stage of the second annual Steamboat OktoberWest this weekend at Steamboat Ski Area.
It’s not necessarily a week where the Western Slope League will be won. But it’s certainly one where the Steamboat Springs High School soccer team could either announce itself as the early favorite or fall into the chase pack. Steamboat (3-0-1 overall and 1-0 in league) plays at 6 p.m. today against Moffat County before traveling for a game against Battle Mountain at noon Saturday.
Wednesday, September 15
South Routt residents turn out to voice marijuana opinions
The town of Yampa is divided on medical marijuana. More than 30 people attended a special meeting of the Yampa Town Board on Wednesday night intended to engage residents on their opinion of the controversial treatment approved by Colorado voters a decade ago.
Five Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers helped a 77-year-old mountain biker find his way down the trail at Fish Creek Falls late Wednesday night.
Pertussis, otherwise known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. The adult who sustained the infection is expected to fully recover, according to the VNA, and vaccinations are available.
Moffat County High School senior Lauren Roberts knows volleyball is a balancing act. From riding too high or too low, a volleyball team can fall behind and a balance is needed, Roberts said. On Tuesday night, that’s exactly what MCHS varsity volleyball did at home against Hayden High School.
The goal of TDR is theoretically a good one — to keep rural areas rural. The effect on the “receiving” city is not so good, however. It will lead to many problems for the receiving city for years to come.
12:10 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a suspicious car on Routt County Road 14.
Help wanted: Hardworking couple in search of an old-fashioned ’50s-style husband. Must have a sincere, serious work ethic and happily bring home the bacon in the form of a large paycheck. That way, we can stay home and greet you warmly at the end of the day. We will be so rested and happy to meet you at the door with a martini and your slippers.
One Wednesday a few weeks ago, I was one of 40 or so women who met for an evening mountain bike ride at Marabou Ranch. It was a rare opportunity to ride these private trails. It was a rare treat to share them with so many women who have learned to embrace this sport on their own terms.
Sheriff says finance issues a result of confusion with new law
The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office hit Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall with two fines in late August for failing to report major campaign contributions in a new electronic reporting format. Wall has appealed both fines.
City, Orton talk about purchase as GOCo grants time extension
There’s no news on a land buy yet, but city staff said Tuesday they’ve bought a little time in their negotiations with Lyman Orton about the potential purchase of 580 acres he owns on the north side of Emerald Mountain.
More than turns, leaps and leotards, dance is just good for the soul, said Traci Cameron, Steamboat Dance Theatre president. The auditions for the 38th annual Steamboat Dance Theatre Annual Concert will take place Sunday and are open to anyone in the community with any level of dance experience.
The continued investment from the city and county doesn’t make sense in today’s market reality.
Although Routt County residents often have rated affordable housing among their top concerns, the Yampa Valley Housing Authority received a negative reaction when it surveyed the community in 2007 about passing a tax to fund housing programs. So if the community agrees there’s a need to deal with affordable housing, how can local municipalities continue to fund YVHA during a budget crunch? Maybe they can’t. And maybe they shouldn’t.
In the last preparation before the regional golf tournament, Steamboat Springs High School ran into many of the same problems the team has faced all season. But like most of the season, the Sailors’ finish suggests there are small beacons of hope for qualifying the team for the state tournament. Steamboat finished fourth Tuesday in Aspen, carding a team score of 243.
Yampa town leaders will gauge residents’ tolerance for medical marijuana during a special meeting tonight at Town Hall. The feedback could help determine what, if any, action the town should take related to the hot-button issue. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Yampa Town Hall. There are no other items on the agenda.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously delayed a request for advance payment of property taxes from the South Routt School District. South Routt requested an advance from the county of $436,500, less than 10 percent of the property taxes it collects annually.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to override the recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve a conceptual plan to add seven building lots to the existing Heritage Park subdivision.
A special thanks goes out to all of the sponsors, volunteers, riders, donors, and most especially, the Ride 4 Yellow committee. I had the honor and privilege of working with these true heroes that produced the Ride 4 Yellow outcome.
About 5 percent of Partners in Routt County’s 2010 budget was provided through a grant from Routt County United Way’s annual giving campaign. The 28th annual campaign, which will provide funding for local health and human services agencies in 2011, kicks off Thursday with the 10K Day for United Way event at City Market.
The Hayden School Board will consider tonight whether to approve a resolution opposing ballot measures Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61. The Steamboat Springs and South Routt school districts and the Education Fund Board, among other local entities, have approved resolutions opposing the ballot measures that would negatively affect local school funding.
Tuesday, September 14
County Board of Health revokes market and cafe’s license until Nov. 15
County officials revoked the retail food establishment license for Sweet Pea Market and Cafe on Tuesday, closing the popular downtown business until at least Nov. 15 after repeated inspections, warnings and fines for health code violations this summer.
Sunday, Sept. 12
The city of Steamboat Springs’ finalized sales tax report for July shows a revenue increase that is slightly larger than initially reported. The final numbers, released Monday, show total July sales tax revenues of $1,445,934, representing an increase of 1.9 percent from July 2009.
Building a fence business
Things changed this summer for local fence builder Rob Brouillette. After owning Country Fence for 15 years, working out of the Denver area before returning about three years ago to his native Steamboat Springs, Brouillette sold his business July 1 to Guier Fence, a large company with several warehouses and showrooms.
Developer seeks to replat areas near entrance to Heritage Park
The Routt County Board of Commissioners meets today to discuss Ty Lockhart’s request to add seven new building lots to the existing Heritage Park subdivision just west of the city limits. Lockhart is seeking conceptual approval to amend his planned unit development and replat some existing open space parcels on either side of the U.S. Highway 40 entrance to Heritage Park.
Hello, sports fans! Did you know that there’s a baseball game tonight up in the stars? It’s true. The first pitch is at 9 p.m. You can catch all of the action by facing the eastern sky and looking for the star pattern called the Great Square of Pegasus, which tonight will be transformed from a square into a diamond — a baseball diamond.
Concrete pours could begin this morning from 9th to 7th streets
Construction crews are a week ahead of schedule on the second and final phase of downtown Steamboat Springs’ major road improvement project, Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nancy Shanks said Monday. The first concrete pour, between Ninth and Seventh streets, is scheduled to begin this morning.
CHS incorporates new computers into classroom, with help
Christian Heritage School fifth- and sixth-graders worked together Monday during computer class to create a PowerPoint presentation about technology. It was an exercise fifth-grader Silas Boatwright said would have been difficult last year. Things are better thanks in part to TIC, which donated 30 refurbished laptops to CHS.
I thought Cutthroat Trout was a great name for a fantasy football team. It sounds vicious and earth-friendly at the same time. Environmentalists can’t object, and no one calls a cutthroat a wussie. Imagine all of the team merchandise I could sell with a logo of an angry fish on it. The cutthroat headgear should sell dozens of units.
Monday, September 13
Town of Oak Creek mostly removed from suit stemming from 2008 Taser incident
A U.S. District Court judge dismissed most of the claims made against the town of Oak Creek by former mayor Kathy “Cargo” Rodeman in an ongoing civil case stemming from Rodeman’s controversial July 2008 arrest.
Sparks already have flown in the race for Routt County sheriff, but Sunday’s North Routt Candidate Forum provided few fireworks. The candidates in that race, Democratic incumbent Sheriff Gary Wall and Republican All Crimes Enforcement Team Commander Garrett Wiggins, along with candidates in other local and regional races, spoke about themselves to a group that included about 10 residents in Clark.
Trio of Honey Stinger entries earn podium spots
If Saturday’s 12 Hours of Snowmass mountain bike race is any indication of the kind of effort that will be expected and pain endured at October’s 24 Hours of Moab, Nate Bird could be in for an agonizing weekend at the famous endurance race next month.
2010 Fall Classic
The Record for Sept. 11
Work is progressing rapidly on the final stretch of work to complete concrete resurfacing on the south side of Lincoln Avenue from Ninth Street to just east of Third Street, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Helping families cope with feelings during and after addiction
Chemical dependency and addiction have been around for as long as mind-altering substances have been available.
Local senior citizens are exploring further education as colleges offer discounts, partnerships
Bill and Karen Lawrence’s retirement years have been anything but boring. Bill, a former attorney, and Karen, a former teacher, have filled their schedules and minds pursuing interests at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig.
Aid programs offer hope as Kenya struggles despite new constitution
The new constitution for Kenya was promulgated a couple of weeks ago. The new constitution, supported by more than two thirds of the voters, has become law. The event included the signing of the new constitution by President Mwai Kibaki and some minor gaffes.
County Agenda for Sept. 13 and 14
YVHA seeks funding for new position amid tight local budgets
As budget season revs up in Steamboat Springs, where city officials are analyzing 2011 finances from the ground up, Yampa Valley Housing Authority officials are receiving tentative reactions to a request for a funding boost. Rich Lowe, president of the Housing Authority’s board of directors, told the Steamboat Springs City Council last week that the Housing Authority is asking for $140,000 from Steamboat in 2011.
This time last year, Keegan Burger’s emotions on the tennis court were like one of those cans of fake snakes, just waiting to explode. Unopened, not much happened and Burger usually would win. But when the top came open, everything — the racquet throws, the tantrums and the losses — would pour out.
If you haven’t yet gotten out in the garden to clean up before the coming frost and (yikes) snow, now is a good time to do so in order to avoid a huge, messy cleanup project next spring.
It’s another record enrollment year for the Steamboat Springs School District. When the Steamboat Springs School Board meets tonight, Superintendent Shalee Cunningham will present the results from a Sept. 9 student enrollment summary. According to the numbers, which are unofficial, 2,236 students are enrolled this school year.
Sunday, September 12
Steamboat Springs’ newest gift to the outdoor-minded was unwrapped Friday afternoon to the soundtrack of a rumbling dump truck and the back-up alarm on a roaring front loader. Gina Grether hopped on a BMX bike and cruised to the top of a large dirt mound, then rocketed down on the brand-new, once-ridden Steamboat Springs BMX track.
It’s starting to seem like every morning in Steamboat Springs is Christmas morning, and that’s not a reference to the cold temperatures. From the Steamboat Spring Running Series to the Town Challenge Mountain Bike series, from skateboarders to BMXers and downhill mountain bike racers, everyone’s cashed in big in 2010.
The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team finished fourth Saturday at the Bishop Machebeuf tournament in Denver. Steamboat finished the day, 3-2, just missing the championship game.
The Record for Sept. 10
Everyone loves a good rivalry, and these two teams are symbolic of this: the rich vs. the not so rich, the elite vs. the redneck and on and on. But as the mother of a son who now has played for both teams, it has become clear to me, there might be a few differences, but they are more alike than you would think.
To begin, I would like to thank the Steamboat community for making me feel so welcomed since I moved here in May. Having seen the town adapt and change throughout the seasons and cycles has been an exciting and rewarding experience.
The Jail Report for Sept. 4 to 10
Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Sept. 12
Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Sept. 12
Lunch menus for Routt County school districts for Sept. 13 to 17
Occupation: Property management, vice president of Routt County Riders
Routt County real estate transactions for Sept. 3 to 9, 2010
Fundraising group has given $49K to Routt County nonprofits in 4 years
During the past four years, Impact 100, a local philanthropy program run by Yampa Valley Community Foundation, has given local nonprofit groups $49,000 dollars in grants paid for by individual $150 donations from local community members.
Most people think of Jim Dudley as a friendly hometown doctor. He’s a guy we trust with our children when they are sick. He’s the guy we turn to in an effort to make sure our families are in good health, and in a way, he’s partly responsible for the well-being of our whole community. But one of my fondest memories of the doctor came in May 1998 under the bright lights that shined on a soccer field in Englewood.
Bust of Steamboat is looking for sponsors and artists for the ninth annual Bust of Steamboat, which is from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Three Peaks Grill.
Council’s concerns about intersection, hillside throw wrench into proposal
Two days after a bruising public hearing in Centennial Hall last week, Colorado Mountain College President Stan Jensen was uncertain about the future of a massive project proposed for CMC’s Steamboat Springs campus. Jensen said the City Council’s response to the presentation of roadway plans has delayed progress.
Even people who voted for President Barack Obama concede this was a very thin résumé for a man to ascend to the pinnacle of power in the entire world. And if they took the time to research anything other than his speechifying and charisma, they certainly knew he had zero business experience.
The Emerald Mountain land up for purchase by the city of Steamboat Springs certainly looks tempting. The 580-acre parcel owned by Lyman Orton is under a conservation easement, and Orton long generously has allowed public use of it for year-round recreation. But any purchase conversation presents complications, not the least of which is the economy.
The Tigers were involved in their third three-game sweep in as many matches Saturday afternoon, and they proved to be on the positive side for the second time in that span. Playing at home, Hayden dispatched Plateau Valley in three games, 25-22, 25-14 and 25-19, improving to 2-1.
Thousands of miles from where the World Trade Center twin towers once stood, a dozen people were reassured that there were others out there who, like them, still felt the losses of Sept. 11, 2001. The small group that gathered Saturday at the Yampa River Botanic Park all felt some sort of connection to the momentous and tragic terrorist attacks that occurred nine years ago.
Missteps play into campaigns for sheriff
Since the last election for Routt County sheriff, the two candidates who faced each other in 2006 have done good works and bad and had their names tarnished by missteps. They now prepare to face each other once again in November. Gary Wall and Garrett Wiggins will stand on their accomplishments as they try to woo voters, but their public mistakes also will play into the election.
Much of the living room floor of John Gontkof’s Steamboat II home was covered Wednesday with items including an inflatable space shuttle toy, Honey Stinger protein bars and playing cards. Gontkof left Thursday for a month in Calcutta, India, where he’ll work with a social services organization called Iswar Sankalpa.
Inc. Magazine has announced its fourth annual Inc. 5000 list, a ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The magazine included Steamboat Springs-based MyWireless in the list for the second year in a row.
Seasonal Oak Creek officer ready to leave for winter
Through his first summer in Oak Creek, officer Lance Dunaway has been learning the ropes of the town and the 800-some personalities within it from officer Eileen Rossi. Come October, Dunaway will be on his own as Rossi makes her seasonal migration to Arizona. Rossi said the summer training with Dunaway was a success.
Routt County Extension Agent CJ Mucklow confirmed that there is an abundance of hay for sale with a good supply left over from 2009, when yields were up 100 percent. As of Sept. 2, hay prices are steady, trade activity is slow, and demand for all classes of hay is light.
Company accounts for $45 million in real estate transactions through August
Routt County residents who don’t follow the valley’s real estate market closely might be surprised to find out who is selling the most vacation homes here in 2010. Wyndham Vacation Ownership has sold more than 650 timeshares totaling more than $45 million in 2010.
Lee and Elaine Emery’s home near Steamboat Lake might be as close as one could hope to come to living in a state park without the crowds. But the Emerys managed to create a four-lot subdivision of their own that is removed from the campground at the other end of the lake.
Eliese Pivarnik, of Colorado Group Realty, relayed data from the Steamboat Multiple Listings researched by Colorado Group Chief Operating Officer Bart Kounovsky. He recently researched actual sale prices relative to asking prices.
On the evening of Sept. 1, hundreds gathered in the Strings Music Pavilion for the celebration of the legacy and future of health care in the Yampa Valley. Dr. Jim Dudley and Steve Dawes were honored during the Doc Willett Awards ceremony.
Saturday, September 11
Racers participated Saturday in the first Steamboat Velo Cross cyclocross event
The bikes and jerseys are the same, as are the fans lining the course, but the first and last lap of a cyclocross event don’t always look like the same race. They sure didn’t Saturday afternoon. The top men’s competitors tore out from the starting gate raring to go and excited. An hour later, the same cyclists lost most of their enthusiasm.
Keegan Burger placed second, and all of his teammates were in the top eight on the second day of the Western Slope Open.
The Soroco High School volleyball team picked up a pair of wins during the weekend, downing district opponents West Grand and Paonia in four games each. Soroco beat West Grand on Friday, 25-23, 22-25, 26-24 and 25-21, before downing Paonia, 25-18, 25-19, 17-25 and 25-21, on Saturday.
The Hayden High School football team was out to prove to itself that it could play with the top teams in Class 1A. For 41 minutes Saturday, No. 10 Hayden was every bit the team top-ranked Yuma was. But the Indians, winners of last year’s state championship, scored two late touchdowns in the last seven minutes to walk out of Idaho Springs with a 21-14 win against the Tigers.
Sailors look to next week after 6-1 win at home
The Steamboat Springs soccer team, with a dominating 6-1 home victory against Salida on Saturday, preps for the first big stretch of games this season. Steamboat (3-0-1 overall, 1-0 in the Western Slope League) plays two rivals this week in Moffat County and Battle Mountain. Considering how the league has been, where parity is the key word, this week is instrumental in the run for a league championship.
Mary Schuette, Derek Leidigh win season titles
Mary Schuette and Derek Leidigh won overall Steamboat Springs Running Series season titles after this morning's Emerald Mountain Trail Run. The event was also a fundraiser for the Yampa Valley Autism Foundation in honor of Jenna Gruben Morrill.
Smoke has been reported in downtown Oak Creek, but it's a result of fire training.
Steamboat Springs High School graduate Lindsay Bathke is recovering from a swollen blood vessel the size of a golf ball in her brain and is finally out of intensive care. Laps for Lindsay fundraiser will be from noon to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Old Town Hot Springs to help offset medical costs.
The Record for Sept. 9
The first Steamboat Springs Mutt Strut is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 2 along the Yampa River Core Trail.
Peter and Patty Duke hope the reception SmartWool received in the marketplace is similar with Point6, the new company they started in February 2008, a month after their five-year noncompete agreement with SmartWool expired.
Bow season under way as big-game season progresses
Muzzleloading rifle hunters join bow hunters in the field today in pursuit of deer, elk, pronghorn, bear and a limited number of moose. The second milestone in the 2010 Colorado big-game hunting season is crossed as mule deer shed their antler velvet and elk begin the rut in earnest.
Tough game an enormous opportunity for the Tigers
It’s games like these when coaches look for any sort of small advantage. Tasked with playing Class 1A’s No. 1 team, Yuma, at 1 p.m. today in Idaho Springs, Hayden High School football coach Shawn Baumgartner may not have to look far to find those.
Picking the decisive play during Friday night’s high school football showdown between Soroco and South Park could have made a fool out of a man like a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas. Even after Soroco pulled off a stunning come-from-behind 34-27 victory, no one was sure what the big play had been.
An ambitious trek across Western roadways reveals the values and culture of a Steamboat success story
With one day left, the cycling portion of SmartWool’s ride to Salt Lake City is winding down. After 260 miles of pedaling, only 100 miles and Wolf Creek Pass stand between the 34 riders and their destination — the annual Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show.
On Sept. 11, 2001, everyone capable of awareness, living in this nation and in many places elsewhere on earth, experienced the one thing that all living creatures share. Death did not come naturally or accidentally. Rather, an intentional, violent act ended life for 2,981 human beings.
Group offers free tips during tough economic climate
Business counselors in Steamboat Springs continue to advise potential entrepreneurs about the viability of starting their own businesses in the Yampa Valley despite a lower success rate of new companies during a recession.
Buck Brannaman has devoted his life to his passion for horsemanship, not because of the qualities the animal possesses, but because of those it doesn’t. He said horses don’t express greed, spite or hate. Brannaman is teaching clinics today through Monday at the rodeo arena.
Owners of faulty systems get August reprieve from nuisance law
Now that the grace period has ended for faulty alarms, fire and police forces can begin issuing fines, starting at $200 and increasing by $100 for each subsequent offense.
A lap around the world reveals secret of happiness to resident
Jamie Curcio’s career path was on a traditionally upward trajectory when a pause in the construction industry allowed him the option of taking a sabbatical to travel. Six months, 26 countries, 18 flights, 10,000 miles of train travel and one circumnavigation of the globe later, Curcio is a changed man.
Friday, September 10
Steamboat Springs High School senior Keegan Burger won a tight match against a Denver East rival at today's Western Slope Open Tournament. Burger advanced to Saturday’s finals, and his teammates all remained alive as well.
Graves and Atkinson sentenced this week
Nancy Graves, the Routt County woman who pleaded no contest after she struck Steamboat Springs resident William “Rick” Hagberg with her car in February, was sentenced Friday morning to 60 days in jail.
Sailors finish 2nd, and varsity takes 6th in Craig on Thursday
With winds blowing upward of 40 mph, just about every golfer struggled to score low. But the real story for the Sailors was who was actually able to shoot low. Steamboat’s junior varsity shot a team score of 245 and finished second place overall.
Little Snake River defense stunts Hayden as team falls to 1-1 on the season
There were things the Hayden High School girls volleyball team needed to work on Thursday night as the Tigers opened their home schedule against Little Snake River Valley High School, from Baggs, Wyo. Hayden lost Thursday in three games, 25-18, 25-19 and 25-17.
The Creekside hiking and biking trail at Steamboat Ski Area generated bitterness early in the summer as users and officials clashed concerning the trail’s use. Now, organizers of a downhill mountain bike race hope the same trail can signify the community’s togetherness.
SoulSpark Journeys will host an inaugural Yoga Retreat in Steamboat on Oct. 9 and 10. The retreat will feature two days of yoga and workshops taught by professionals.
The Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team will begin a big, important tournament today that could go a long way toward showing the team exactly where it ranks in Colorado.
A celebration of the life of Andy Caress will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.
Organizers of Saturday event hope to attract more than 100
Football may be the way much of the United States defines the fall sports calendar, but the word is cyclocross to many dedicated bikers unwilling to start thinking snow. That niche cycling community will get the chance to show off to Steamboat Springs for the first time in years Saturday.
Defensively, the Soroco High School football team seems to have little to worry about. The maturation of the offense continues at 7 p.m. today when Soroco hosts South Park for its home opener.
The Record for Sept. 8
Aside from two boat inspectors on duty, Elkhead State Park was nearly empty Thursday afternoon. The inspectors had good ideas as to why. “It’s too windy for boats today,” inspector Maureen Underhill said of the strong autumn winds that pushed through the Yampa Valley. “September (attendance) always drops off because of school and hunting,” inspector Stacy Kapferer added.
Highest number ever. That’s the sobering reality Jarrod Hindman is faced with. Hindman, program manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Office of Suicide Prevention, announced Tuesday that in 2009, Colorado saw its highest number of suicide deaths in history.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is offering a hunter safety class at Hayden High School. The class is from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 to 24, and the time is to be announced for a Sept. 25 class.
In a quest to meet his goal of biking to work 200 days this year, Mark Satkiewicz often could be found blazing down Fish Creek Falls Road in February on his bike wearing a snowboard helmet and goggles.
For five nights, Craig Horlacher was propped with his torso on a rock and his legs in the shallow water on the banks of a North Routt County creek. His lower leg broken, Horlacher decided his best odds for survival rested on a plan to stay near enough to the creek to drink water and catch fish. Horlacher, 57, broke his leg when he lost his footing on the rough bed of the stream as he was unhooking a fish Aug. 7.
Sometimes, opportunity presents itself in the most unexpected ways. Historic Routt County had been working with Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus to develop a historic preservation program.
As a wildfire continues to burn in Fourmile Canyon near Boulder, the fire danger in Routt County remains moderate. Recent increases in precipitation in the county, as well as cooler temperatures, have contributed to the lower fire danger.
After being matched by Partners in Routt County’s one-on-one mentoring program, Susan Johnston and her junior partner, Bethany, spent several hours a week together.
City, landowner in negotiations for deal as GOCo deadline looms
The city likely has just days to reach a deal with landowner Lyman Orton if it wants to put $600,000 in grant funds toward a massive land purchase on the north side of Emerald Mountain. Orton is offering to sell 580 acres appraised at about $2 million to the city.
Visitors occupy 70 percent of lodging Saturday
Labor Day weekend was a busy time for Steamboat Springs as lodges in the area filled up with more visitors than expected. According to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer, 70 percent of the town’s available lodging was occupied Saturday.
During last month’s Mile High Music Festival, Denver-based The Knew’s courtesy trailer was stocked with fresh fruit and liquor, a small taste of the rock star heights many bands yearn to achieve. But The Knew guitarist Tyler Breuer said the term “rock star” doesn’t, and won’t ever, apply to the indie rockers.
The ride reveals the values and culture of a Steamboat success story
For some SmartWool employees it will be one of the greatest athletic achievements of their lives. For the “Little Guy” embroidered on their socks, the 360-mile bike ride to Utah is just another leg in a 16-year journey as the icon for the Steamboat Springs merino wool apparel company.
The Fling, an indie-pop outfit from Long Beach, Calif., plays with Denver-based indie pop punk artists The Knew. An emerging rock act in the indie scene, The Knew is fresh off an appearance at the Mile High Music Festival and the Monolith Festival.
History doesn’t bode well for inn management interest
Recent history suggests the city might not be flooded with proposals from potential new managers of the Iron Horse Inn. Steamboat Springs City Council voted Tuesday night to accept requests for proposals for management of the much-maligned inn.
Thursday, September 9
After two draws last season, the Steamboat Springs High School Sailors took down the Glenwood Springs Demons on Thursday evening with two goals from Steamboat junior Enrique Lopez. Steamboat assumes control in the Western Slope League with the win at home.
Last event will benefit Yampa Valley Autism Program
The final event of the season that counts toward points standings is the Emerald Mountain Trail Run. This year's event will benefit the Yampa Valley Autism Program in honor of Jenna Gruben Morrill, a local runner who died this year.
There were mistakes Tuesday when the Hayden High School girls volleyball team took on Rifle. “I even had some,” third-year coach Greg Johnson said. “But besides those, we played well. Our girls showed as much hustle as I’ve seen from a team I’ve coached, and that’s an encouraging thing.” That hustle paid off in a three-game sweep as the Tigers thumped Rifle, 25-21, 25-15, 25-22.
Steamboat Springs High School volleyball coach Wendy Hall wasn’t too thrilled Wednesday evening. And that’s a little strange given that Hall’s Sailors defeated Mike Garvery’s Vail Mountain Gore Rangers, 21-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-17, in nonconference action Thursday night in East Vail.
Results from the Steamboat Invitational Golf Tournament on Wednesday at Haymaker Golf Course.
Rylan Wright recovering after brush with Wall Street
Last weekend, Utah cowboy Rylan Wright found out just how hard Wall Street is to ride, and how painful it can be when it knocks you down. And it had nothing to do with the stock market. The 23-year-old took a nasty hit during the first part of Sunday’s Rocky Mountain Bull Bash at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in Steamboat Springs.
The Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team was disappointed to not get the win Tuesday in a showdown against Summit High School, but coach Rob Bohlmann said there was a lot to like in the 2-2 tie.
There are a few things Donnie Pearce wants people to know about him. He’s a big wrestling fan, he said, and he loves the blues. But Pearce, who is a client with Horizons Specialized Services, doesn’t often get to meet people out in the community, something he hopes to change Friday during the 35th anniversary party for the nonprofit organization.
Results from Wednesday's championship game for men's A League softball.
Howelsen Parkway installation of longtime tradition slated for fall
A new noon whistle will begin daily blasts across Steamboat Springs later in the fall, resuming a longtime city tradition that’s been silent for about two years. The Steamboat Springs City Council unanimously approved Tuesday night the installation of a new noon whistle on the roof of the city’s Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department building on Howelsen Parkway.
Levels vary as Stagecoach Reservoir releases taper off
Water levels in the Yampa River went through some dramatic fluctuations this week, dropping to ankle deep Tuesday and soaring to above average Wednesday. The Yampa had been running well above normal flows through late summer, but it began a steep decline Sept. 2 as unusually generous releases from Stagecoach Reservoir were tapered.
Last week’s announcement that U.S. combat operations in Iraq officially have ended has been met with a wide range of emotions from Routt County families who currently have or have had loved ones serve overseas. Several Routt County families now turn their attention to Afghanistan.
1:01 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint about construction noise in the Whistler Village area. Officers told the construction workers to stop working.
Dispensary owner asks to open pot facility on Moffat Avenue
Jacob Wise and his medical marijuana dispensary will go before the Oak Creek Town Board tonight in an attempt to get approval for an 1,800-square-foot grow space in downtown Oak Creek. Wise, the owner of Mary’s dispensary, said the grow space is a potential boon to his business — the only marijuana dispensary in Oak Creek.
Officials say the city is financially stuck with the property for 7 years
City officials are seeking new management, not a new owner, for the Iron Horse Inn. Those officials say Steamboat Springs is financially saddled with the property for the next seven years. The Steamboat Springs City Council voted Tuesday night to open the inn to requests for proposals from interested parties that would like to take over management of the two-building facility.
Alan Capistron shot one of the best tournament rounds of his career Wednesday at Haymaker Golf Course to win the individual title and help his Sailors to a second-place team finish. Capistron finished the day with a 1-over par 73 to lead the field at the Steamboat Invitational. He topped Battle Mountain’s Mike Jones by a single stroke.
Wednesday, September 8
Randy Hampton, a Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman, said it is important for residents to attend Thursday’s Colorado Wildlife Commission meeting in Craig. “The wildlife commission doesn’t want to be a manage-from-Denver kind of commission, and that is the reason that they move these meetings around the state,” he said. “It gives people in outlying areas, especially in areas that are affected by wildlife management, an opportunity to participate and understand how that wildlife management takes place.” The meeting, which the wildlife commission hosts monthly in different locations, will focus on a wide variety of topics, according to a news release.
Restaurant to reopen today after more than a month
Veteran employees of Winona’s Restaurant & Bakery — like day kitchen manager Doree Waters and dining room manager Georgie Weber — have been waiting for more than a month to see customers coming through the front door of the popular little dining room at 617 Lincoln Ave. Today, they get their wish.
While Routt County is seeking input to formulate an improved plan for the Transfer of Development Rights, it should begin by considering public concerns about the sprawling territory it has already mapped out for such transfers, and the obvious inadequacies of the regulations.
Bud Werner Memorial Library would like to thank everyone in the community who helped make the Drepung Loseling monks’ visit to Library Hall such an overwhelming success.
South Routt residents to pay $500 for information about crime
The owners of two goats that were shot to death outside Toponas are offering a $500 reward for information leading to a break in the investigation. As it stands, law enforcement agencies have no leads in the August crime.
Wheels turning for path extension; city gives water rates initial OK
Conceptual discussions about extending the Yampa River Core Trail west of city limits drew a crowd of about 30 supporters to a meeting between the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Routt County Board of Commissioners in Centennial Hall on Tuesday night.
Brad Bingham and Kelly Boniface went the distance for a couple of top results in a pair of endurance races during the weekend, and several other Steamboat Springs riders found success at the Mountain States Cup stop in Winter Park.
It was a broiling fall evening in this southern Afghan battlezone, and U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Reed, of Steamboat Springs, wanted to celebrate his birthday in style — at T.G.I. Friday’s on the boardwalk.
Routt County road funding is limited, local roads are narrow, shoulders are inconsistent and adjacent steep slopes restrict economic options for widening. That sounds somewhat dire, but there is a group exploring how to get the most out of our roads by encouraging all user groups to work together.
Busy holiday weekend yields few incidents for law enforcement
A holiday weekend full of activities spread across the county was relatively incident-free, local law enforcement agencies reported Tuesday. A total of six people, all men, were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Routt County roads during the Labor Day weekend.
Monday, Sept. 6
Hospice of Northwest Colorado, a division of Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, and the Steamboat Springs Arts Council will offer Creative Expressions: Exploring Life in the Midst of Change.
Since last spring, I have been increasingly concerned about young cyclists choosing to use a private but heavily traveled access to cross Fish Creek Falls Road on their ride to school. The blind curve is intensified by the 7:45 a.m. sun that continues to blind a driver even on the straightaway toward Tamarack Drive.
Teachers, students look forward to new year in the classroom
Wearing a tie-dye T-shirt and a wig lined with fake dreadlocks Tuesday, Hayden High School science teacher Dean Massey promised his biology students that they would rarely see him in costume again.
A little more than a month ago, Gov. Bill Ritter and cycling legend Lance Armstrong stood together on a Denver stage to announce the creation of the Quiznos Pro Challenge cycling stage race.
Help Wanted: 1950s-style wife. Cheery, hardworking individual needed immediately to take over domestic duties for hardworking couple and one teenager. Must be disciplined, focused and highly organized.
Tuesday, September 7
Garfield County Search and Rescue teams are taking the lead in helping a 30-year-old Denver man who had sudden difficulty breathing while hunting southwest of Stillwater Reservoir on Tuesday night.
Steamboat Springs City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to seek a new property manager for the troubled inn after it came to light that the current Boulder-based operator hadn't paid its lease for a six-month period from December 2009 to May 2010.
2010 Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge Day 2 results
Sunday, Sept. 5
Youth scholarship applications for the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra’s Education Programs are due Friday.
Criterium marks the end of 4-day cycling event
Some last-minute studying of criteriums on YouTube last week paid off Monday for Steamboat Springs cyclist Amy Charity, as she crossed the finish line downtown with a strong time at her inaugural criterium on the final day of the Steamboat Springs Stage Race.
All 2,500 tickets sold at hospital auxiliary fundraiser last year
At 10 a.m. Saturday, 2,500 yellow rubber ducks will tumble from barrels into the Yampa River at the Brooklyn Bridge. They’ll bob along, most likely helped by hordes of children and other onlookers, the unwitting participants in a race from Fifth Street to the Depot Art Center.
After the lovely “evening star,” Venus, follows the sun down to the western horizon on cool September evenings, another dazzling planet rises in the east to take her place. It is the giant planet Jupiter, largest of the planets in our solar system and second only to Venus in dazzling brightness.
City officials to discuss proposed rate increases; Kounovsky to be sworn in
Proposed increases to city water and sewer rates are among many issues the Steamboat Springs City Council will address tonight in its first meeting in more than a month.
As they sat on a bench along Main Street before the Labor Day parade Monday morning in Oak Creek, lifelong Phippsburg residents Clyde and Louise Iacovetto couldn’t exactly pinpoint when they started attending the annual event.
Monday, September 6
It’s difficult to talk about cardiovascular disease without talking about cholesterol. Cholesterol is a major controllable risk factor of heart disease, the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S.
Construction zone likely to stretch from 3rd Street to 11th Street
Get ready, Steamboat Springs: Construction is back. Barriers and orange cones return today to Lincoln Avenue downtown as the Colorado Department of Transportation continues the $5.6 million road upgrade project.
An equine first aid certification course is Oct. 15 to 17 at The Steamboat Grand and Sidney Peak Ranch. Dr. Ruth Sorenson will focus on practical knowledge and skills that horse owners, riders, wranglers and trainers can use every day.
2010 Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge results from Sunday
10K at 10,000 Feet race results
Stage Race closes with downtown criterium today
With the Steamboat Springs Stage Race entering its final day, there are signs the event has reached what Corey Piscopo calls a certain level of legitimacy. It goes beyond the increase in the number of cyclists participating in the second annual event — there are 355 this year compared with 302 in 2009.
There’s always a surprise team in the NFL, that's for sure. But the only certainty I have this year is that that team won’t be my Buffalo Bills. Here’s how I think the season will play out.
I’m surprised beets need some public relations assistance, but they don’t appear to enjoy the popularity they deserve. From a health point of view, they have been described as nutritional powerhouses, so, not a vegetable one should ignore.
Workplace accidents occur. It’s a fact. They range from minor incidents that cause small cuts and bruises to serious accidents that could result in disability or death. However, many accidents can be avoided.
Event featured 43 cowboys competing for $15K in prize money
Despite all the technique and resolve required to stay on a bucking bull as it thrashes around the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, bull rider Tony Mendes knows the stakes of the competition are simple.
Saturday, Sept. 4
Many of the spectators who attended the Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge were impressed with the border collies’ ability to navigate sheep through several obstacles by listening to commands from their handlers in the field below. The event continues today.
Sunday, September 5
The wreck occurred on Grand County Road 25 about seven miles north of Kremmling, near Wolford Mountain Reservoir. Nicholas Dean Oaks, 20, was ejected and died from his injuries at the scene. Two passengers sustained minor injuries.
Mainstreet Steamboat Springs scrambled to meet tasting demand
Mainstreet Steamboat Springs had to pull together extra tasting kits Sunday after selling out of the first 1,000. Yampa chili master George Trujillo again walked away with the green chili honors and the people's choice title.
Event took participants up trail near Rabbit Ears Pass
More than 200 runners from 14 states participated in the 5-kilometer or 10-kilometer version of the race, which is one of the last events in this year’s Steamboat Springs Running Series.
Jail Report for Aug. 38 to Sept. 3
If conventional can equate to boring, the Soroco High School football team’s opening game of the season Friday at Springer, N.M., was anything but. The Rams, postseason eligible in 8-man football this season for the first time, used a late special teams touchdown Friday to come away with a 16-12 win.
The Soroco High School volleyball team finished third Saturday in a tournament in Leadville. Soroco lost, 2-1, to James Irwin, before beating Palmer and Lake County, 2-0. The tournament was best of three games instead of the usual best of five.
The Hayden High School football team opened the 2010 season with a 30-8 win against Holyoke on Saturday in Idaho Springs. Hayden (1-0) rode its defense and the ability of quarterback Graig Medvesk to a win.
At church last Sunday, a second collection was taken for the victims of the fire at the Fourth Street duplexes. I saw many people contribute. I dropped a few bucks in myself. But I kept thinking that as this community continues to support those in need, where is Bank of America?
With lots of inexperience, the Steamboat Springs High School cross-country team was sure to have its share of struggles. But considering the field, more than 300 runners dotted each the boys and girls field Saturday at the pre-state meet at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, and the heat, temperatures were in the high 80s, coach Andy Reust came away from the first meet of the year pleased.
September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month. Here’s why it matters: High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
The Record for Sept. 3
We’re especially looking for long necklaces for our weekly bingo games. We have lots of stuffed animals, and we appreciate the continued contributions.
Happy birthday wishes to Seth Copeland, Whitney Bell, T-Lane Mazzola, Olivia Svoboda, Cassidy Crawford, Jayden Kelton, Kristen Hockaday and Glenn Kelley.
Occupation: Construction manager
Little interest in primary election Tuesday
Lyman Orton offers 580 acres appraised at $2M; site popular for hikes, bikes
Landowner and philanthropist Lyman Orton is offering to sell 580 acres appraised at about $2 million on Emerald Mountain’s north side to the city, in a potential sale that would permanently allow public use of the popular hiking and mountain biking area but comes at a time of an extremely tight city budget.
On the first day of the sixth annual Wild West Air Fest, hundreds swarmed through the gates at the Steamboat Springs Airport. Some were prompted to reminisce at the sight of the vintage aircraft. Others made new memories as they climbed on the planes and learned about their history.
Adventurers scale 1 of 2 South American goals
There’s one common thread that goes with climbing mountains, whether those mountains are 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado, 29,000-foot monsters in the Himalayas or the 20,000-foot South American mountains a pair of Steamboat Springs residents recently assaulted.
Cord McCoy is just what reality television needs. He’s a quick-witted bull rider who managed to spread his cowboy character across 40,000 miles and five continents. He also managed to remind millions of viewers why, when we were children, we always wanted to grow up to be cowboys and cowgirls. He’s also pretty darn entertaining.
Something special happened in Steamboat Springs last weekend when more than 300 registrants and world-renowned speakers gathered at the Steamboat Institute’s Freedom Conference to re-examine the founding principles of this nation and their application to our world today.
It will be interesting to see if the political leaders who are making hay about illegal immigration actually take the issue seriously come Nov. 3 — the day after the midterm elections. I ask this not because I think there is nothing wrong with the current system; there certainly is, and we need to take serious steps soon.
On Saturday, at Decker Park in Oak Creek, children enjoyed face-painting, a bouncy castle, a water slide and a petting zoo as a part of the Oak Creek’s annual Labor Day weekend celebration. An obstacle course set up by the Oak Creek Fire Department also was a popular attraction at the park. The festivities continue today and Monday.
You almost can hear the collective groan to be let out by Routt County residents Tuesday morning when they realize downtown U.S. Highway 40 construction has begun anew. After enjoying two months of construction-free travel, it’ll be hard to blame them. But as we did during the height of Phase 1 of the project in the spring, it’s worth reminding residents of the long-term benefits of the $5.6 million job.
Tim Selby’s path to that ministry began at an early age and led him to Steamboat. He also had lived in town before heading to California. On July 1, Selby was appointed pastor of the United Methodist Church in Steamboat, where he has worked for 18 years.
This week, I uncovered elements of the mountain biking trails on Howelsen Hill and Emerald Mountain that I didn’t know existed. This surprised me because I considered myself pretty well acquainted with Steamboat’s most popular summer hangout for locals. I
After a July and August that appeared to be positive for many Steamboat Springs businesses, some local business owners are feeling trepidation about the twin specters of shoulder season and the return of the repaving project on Lincoln Avenue through downtown.
Routt County School District lunch menus for the week of Sept. 6
Colorado Mountain College’s Small Business Resource Center, SCORE and the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative present a Success Steps lunch seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Smokehouse, 912 Lincoln Ave. The seminar is titled No Cost/Low Cost Tech Tools You Can Put to Work. The event’s focus is to help people, entrepreneurs and business owners identify Web-based tools that can improve commerce, productivity, security and organization, according to a news release. The $15 cost includes a buffet lunch. CDs with access to Web-based tools will be distributed. Scott Ford, of the economic cooperative, and Roger Good, of SCORE, will lead the discussion. Call Randy Rudasics at 970-870-4491 to register.
Justin Hayes, a 29-year-old Hayden native, is painting a mural of a steam-powered wheat thresher from a 1913 picture he found in “Hayden,” part of the Images of America series. He's painting the image on the side of the granary warehouse at Yampa Valley Feeds.
Replacement above town could increase supply to 24 hours
Oak Creek town, with a federal grant through the Department of Local Affairs, is in the first stages of more than doubling its water supply in a project that could be finished by the end of next year. The old 200,000-gallon tank can nearly empty at the highest point of demand.
Project granted permit as promenade moves forward
The Torian Plum Homeowners Association has been granted a building permit to undertake expensive repairs to the roof of its parking garage, but the repair work could be just a precursor to future improvements that would make the garage roof more of a public gathering space.
The market for seven-figure homes has not pulled a disappearing act in the recessionary economy. So far this year, 33 single-family homes priced at more than $1 million have sold — albeit with six-figure discounts and in the case of some bank-owned homes, at multimillion-dollar price drops.
Timbers Resorts, developer of One Steamboat Place in Steamboat Springs, among other resorts, has announced a partnership with Kiawah Development Partners, master developer of Kiawah Island and other golf course communities.
Real estate transactions for Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, 2010
Saturday, September 4
The Steamboat Springs High School football team couldn’t overcome a big second half by Holy Family on Saturday in Broomfield, eventually falling, 37-6. Steamboat (now 0-2) trailed Holy Family (now 1-0) 12-0 at halftime, before the Tigers scored two touchdowns to open the third quarter to take a commanding 27-0 lead.
Sailors jumped out 4-0 in the first half on 2 Christopher Holmquist goals
Steamboat Springs High School soccer coach Rob Bohlmann was the first to admit that Steamboat got some breaks in its opening game of the season against Grand Junction Central. But for a team that came into the year unsure of what it would be, and that wouldn’t publicly put out its goals, Saturday’s 6-0 home win has to feel pretty darn good.
Riders known for their work on the mountain take to the roads
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s elite cycling program participated in the second stage of the second annual Steamboat Springs Stage Race today, the Marabou Ranch Circuit Race that took junior riders four laps and 18 miles around a loop.
Watch as almost 100 dogs compete by chasing, herding and cutting flocks of sheep in an open field at the Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. There will be educational activities for children demonstrating the rich heritage of the sheep industry in Northwest Colorado.
The city of Steamboat Springs will host a men’s 12-inch double elimination softball tournament Sept. 18 and 19. Registration forms are available at www.steamboatsprings.net, or contact Colleen O’Gorman at firstname.lastname@example.org and 970-846-4481. The cost is $195 per team, and the registration deadline is Thursday.
A year ago at this time, Austin Hinder couldn’t go anywhere without getting attention. But now, after his first fall camp with University of California-Berkeley, Hinder is basking in a little anonymity.
Results from Sept. 2, 2010. Boathouse Shockers won the C league championship game, 5-3, against the Routt County All Stars.
State parks workers say campsites are full and fishing is picking up
Forecasters predict nice weather until Sunday afternoon, when clouds and wind will roll into the Yampa Valley. State parks workers also report that nearly every space at Stagecoach, Steamboat Lake and Yampa River state parks is booked for the weekend for camping.
None of the residents of Steamboat Springs ever dreamed of driving their automobiles in the winter until after George Allen was elected mayor. There was a perfectly good reason why folks didn’t take their cars out of the garage during winters here in the 1920s: Horses powered all of the Public Works Department’s equipment.
Even in lean times, the food bank and thrift store at LIFT-UP of Routt County need to fatten up for the coming winter. With children who need clothes to keep them warm and workers and families who need food to fuel their bodies, LIFT-UP officials say now is a particularly important time to keep the organization in mind.
Sailors ready for Holy Family at 3 p.m. today
Steamboat Springs High School football (0-1) prepares to meet Holy Family (0-0) at 3 p.m. today in Broomfield.
It’s been more than 20 years since Vince Herman played his first show with Leftover Salmon, a band that would go on to become a jam-grass legend of the 1990s. Now, back on the road with his band of five years, Great American Taxi, guitarist and singer Herman admitted that he’s an “old curmudgeon” in the Colorado music scene.
5:23 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a burglary alarm in the 500 block of South Lincoln Avenue. An employee accidentally set off the alarm.
Friday, September 3
Second annual event started with a time trial today, continues all weekend
Riders blazed through the first day of the four-part race, a time trial in eastern Steamboat Springs. About 350 cyclists are participating in the second annual event, which continues today with the Marabou Ranch Circuit Race. Races begin at 8 a.m.
Race is one of final three of Steamboat Springs Running Series
Organizers expect about 200 people to show up at the top of Rabbit Ears Pass on Sunday to compete in 10K and 5K races. The total elevation gain of the 10-kilometer run is about 1,200 feet. Three years ago the race drew 70 runners, and last year more than 170 came out.
Annual event is Saturday and Sunday at Steamboat Springs Airport
Vintage and modern machines will be on display at the sixth annual festival this weekend at Steamboat Springs Airport. Airplane and helicopter rides will be available for purchase for those who want to experience the aircraft in action and get a bird's-eye view of the Yampa Valley.
Here's a full list of September's First Friday Artwalk locations in Steamboat Springs.
The movement toward growing more food at home has gradually been taking hold in Routt County this summer. Locovores have a chance to share the bounty Sept. 10 when Deep Roots, Yampatika and Transition Steamboat host a potluck dinner during the Harvest Social at Library Hall.
The truck finally arrived at 6:30 a.m. Thursday. After it was unloaded, crews at Los Angeles Fibers, a carpet recycling plant in Vernon, Calif., fed more than 20,000 pounds of worn carpeting taken out of Steamboat Springs Middle School and Strawberry Park Elementary School into a carpet-recycling machine.
Town can issue certificates of occupancy for Lake Village homes
The Hayden Town Council approved preliminary acceptance of road improvements Thursday for the Lake Village subdivision by a 5-0 vote.
It’s time for fall traffic jams in Routt County, but not the kind many of you might be accustomed to. Beginning now and persisting through late October or early November, area ranchers will gather cattle from their summer pastures and bring them home. Often, the route home is along our county roads.
Oak Creek celebration dates back to town’s mining heyday
Since at least 1913, Oak Creek has attracted throngs of people, residents and visitors, for the annual Labor Day festivities along the streets of the town. Oak Creek will be hosting several events for Labor Day weekend.
Labor Day weekend is a time to bid goodbye to the warm days of summer. On Sunday, at Eighth and Oak streets, the annual Chuck Wagon Chili Challenge will be the event to help transition locals and visitors into Steamboat’s fall season.
Ceremony for restored pioneer home at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Hahn’s Peak Village
A ribbon-cutting is planned for about 2:30 p.m. Sunday to celebrate the restoration of the historic Wither cabin. The event will be during the Arts, Crafts and Collectibles Fair on Main Street in Hahn’s Peak Village.
Health care providers across Steamboat prepare vaccinations
Flu season is here, and local health care providers are prepping their syringes. The percentage of visits for flu-like illnesses typically begins a steep climb beginning in September and doesn’t calm down until December, according to statistics from the state health office.
The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra’s opening concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Strings Music Pavilion. For details and tickets, visit www.steamboatorchestra.org or call 970-870-3223.
No one on the Soroco girls volleyball team is suggesting anything crazy. It’s just that when the girls look over their team, see who’s back from last year and compare their own efforts with those of the past couple of years, well, they get a little excited.
12:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious car in the 1500 block of Lincoln Avenue.
Tigers face Dragons at 1 p.m. Saturday
With most of their skill position players returning this season, the Tigers certainly have a chance to be a top team in Class 1A’s Western Slope League. Hayden opens its season at 1 p.m. Saturday against Holyoke. Because of the distance between the two schools, the teams will play in neutral Idaho Springs.
Greensky Bluegrass hones in on the live experience
Throughout the past few days, the mandolin player for Michigan-based Greensky Bluegrass has been tinkering with the Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal," syncopating its beats and transposing it into a new genre. If he and his band play the song tonight at Ghost Ranch Saloon, it might be etched into music history.
Bill Sanders' “Equus Terra,” or Horses of the Earth, will be on display today at the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat during First Friday Artwalk, featuring several ceramic horses, as well as plates and other sculptures. Artists' Gallery of Steamboat will be hosting work from watercolor artist Greg Effinger and fabric artist Sue Gallion along with Sanders during the Friday event.
Monroe Hodder’s abstract paintings are strictly horizontal in a visual sense. But the orientation of the colors, textures and emotions creates waves in the rigidity of her signature stripes. Hodder’s work will be on display at K. Saari Gallery starting during the First Friday Artwalk tonight.
Megan Burtt with Tim Blane Band will be playing at 10 p.m. at The Boathouse Pub on Saturday. The Denver-based vocalist plays folk pop rock with an edge. The event is free. Check out what else is happening this weekend in Steamboat Springs.
Soroco’s 1st game is tonight in New Mexico
Finally in a conference and now eligible for postseason play, the Soroco High School football team officially has arrived on the Colorado 8-man football scene. The first test comes at 7 p.m. today at Springer, N.M. — widely regarded in New Mexico as a top-five program with chances at a state title.
Thursday, September 2
Sailors rallied back after a couple of tough games
After dominating a scrimmage Saturday, Middle Park looked like it might run away with a quick three-game match Thursday. But the Sailors fought back from a two-game deficit and gave the Panthers a run for their money.
The Hayden Town Council is scheduled to consider accepting roadway improvements at the Lake Village subdivision tonight. Approving a resolution to accept the improvements, which have been completed, would allow to town to issue certificates of occupancy on the completed homes.
Ian Prichard, of Black Tie Ski Rentals, confirmed Wednesday that he and partner Joe Sternberg have purchased a commercial condominium adjacent to the upper terminal of the Wildhorse Gondola in One Steamboat Place. They purchased the 750-square-foot retail space for $337,500 from SV Timbers LLC through a business entity called Pittsford Partners.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association expects a slew of events to attract tourists who will stay in more than half the city’s available beds during the last big summer tourism weekend, according to the lodging barometer forecast released Wednesday. The barometer projects 56 percent of lodging will be occupied Saturday night.
In a stock dog competition, success depends on the actions of more than just the dog, said Mariane Sasak, a local dog trainer and event organizer for this weekend’s seventh annual Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge. In this weekend’s event at Stanko Ranch, almost 100 canines will compete in a contest chasing, herding and cutting a flock of sheep.
The Steamboat Springs High School golf team struggled Wednesday at a tough Devil’s Thumb course in Delta, finishing well behind the pack with a team score of 251. “For some reason, this course gives us fits,” Steamboat coach Steve Dodson said. “I don’t know why. We’ll talk about it.”
Rod Hanna announced the release of his second book of nature and landscape photography, “Colorado’s Seasons of Gold." A 220-page study in autumnal hues, the book consists of 172 digital photographs taken throughout six years during the brief peak in the aspen and cottonwood trees’ annual transition to winter.
2010 Men’s A league playoffs results for Sept. 1, 2010.
1:22 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious car in the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue. People in a black Subaru were reportedly in the area earlier trying to start a fight, and the car had returned. Police talked to the people and took one person from the Subaru to detox.
The second annual Steamboat Springs Stage Race registration ended early Wednesday with more racers than the inaugural event, including multiple high-level racers. Race promoter Corey Piscopo said Wednesday that 350 riders had registered for the four-day stage event that begins Friday and ends Monday. Last year, the event featured 302 riders.
Wednesday, September 1
City sales tax collections increased 1.7 percent in July compared with July 2009, marking the city’s first such increase — meaning, a positive change compared to the corresponding month a year earlier — since August 2008.
Hayden High School volleyball coach Greg Johnson has been on both ends of the spectrum in his two years at the helm. Now in his third year, expectations are tempered with only two starters returning. But that doesn’t mean Johnson doesn’t expect to win.
Top-level talent expected at weekend Professional Bull Riders competition
Promoters of this weekend’s Rocky Mountain Bull Bash aren’t kidding when they say spectators can expect to see top-level talent inside the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in downtown Steamboat Springs. The annual event will feature some of the sport’s top cowboys.
The Steamboat Golf Club plans to show its support for U.S. servicemen and servicewomen this weekend by participating in Patriot Golf Day.
Ted Serafy and Dennis Podzemny took top honors last weekend in the Steamboat Golf Club’s second annual Break the Boat Skills Challenge.
Steamboat Youth Lacrosse is introducing a new program for girls in first through fifth grades.
Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said he has a clear idea of how the efforts of local entities that developed the 1-percent drilling plan for Vermillion Basin should be viewed. Gray contends they are on the “moral high ground” for reaching a “balanced approach” to managing drilling in the area. But, several months after the Bureau of Land Management proposed keeping Vermillion closed to natural gas drilling in its resource management plan, Gray said many have raised eyebrows at the integrity of the decision.
Like the taste of a good barbecue sauce, the first Colorado State BBQ Championship in Craig continues to resonate. St. Michael’s Kitchen was the recent recipient of “hundreds of pounds” of barbecued pork, brisket, ribs and chicken donated by teams from Friday and Saturday’s championship at the Wyman Museum. The kitchen, a non-denominational charitable organization of St. Michael Catholic Church, serves free food to the community from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays in the church basement, 678 School St.
Tausha Merwin to serve 30 days in Moffat County Jail
Judge Shelley Hill had stern words for Craig resident Tausha Merwin before sentencing Tuesday afternoon in Moffat County District Court. “I do not hesitate in telling you, do not come before me or Judge (Michael) O’Hara again, because you will not like it,” she said. Hill sentenced Merwin to serve 30 days in Moffat County Jail. Merwin was convicted July 14 of attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony, after a three-day jury trial. She pleaded not guilty to the charge Feb. 17.
The investigation into the case of two goats reportedly shot to death near Toponas has stalled. Routt County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Mellisa Baumgartner said there were no shell casings recovered and no obvious tracks on the ranch of Lara Jackson and Dave Cabell, where the goats were found shot Friday.
Yampa Street cafe gets building permit for bathroom expansion
Sweet Pea Market and Cafe is taking steps toward compliance with state and county building regulations. The business has more customer seating than regulations allow for a food establishment with only one bathroom.
When Steamboat Springs resident Phil White lived in Fraser, he thought the steep dirt road outside his home wasn’t the ideal place to teach his 7-year-old daughter how to ride a bike. But on Tuesday, Simone smiled as she pedaled along the concrete paths of Strawberry Park Elementary School with her classmates.
The Steamboat Institute would like to thank the more than 300 people from all across the nation who attended our sold out second annual Freedom Conference this past weekend. It is extremely gratifying and encouraging to see the high level of interest in people who want to learn more about lower taxes, limited government, individual rights and responsibilities, free market capitalism and strong national defense.
We, the board of directors for the Seminars at Steamboat, were delighted with the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s editorial Aug. 29 (“A summer of opportunity”) recognizing the seminars as one of the outstanding events of this summer of opportunity in Steamboat.
I spend half of my year in Arizona, so I read with interest the article about Rep. Randy Baumgardner’s recent visit to Arizona (“Border trip spurs debate,” Aug. 27, 2010, Steamboat Today). The new law in Arizona is not going to accomplish what many across the U.S. think it will. Nor will it do anything for the real problem with security at the border. I hope Mr. Baumgardner learned that.
Competitive cycling can be an intimidating sport to enter, but the camaraderie, travel, participation in the outdoors, and high level of endurance training have kept me at it for the past 15 years despite numerous crashes along the way.
A reported sexual assault against a teenage visitor to Steamboat Springs earlier in the summer was unfounded, police say, after the girl reportedly said that the incident didn’t happen.
Western Convenience Stores is taking over the Sinclair gas station and convenience store at Hilltop Parkway and U.S. Highway 40, the site’s owner said Tuesday. Local developer Jon Peddie, who owns the site with Jim Woods, said Centennial-based Western will become the new operators of the gas station and convenience store.
On Friday, the Friends of the Chief group announced that it placed the downtown Steamboat Springs movie theater under a purchase contract with plans to make it a performing arts venue. As the Friends of the Chief makes plans, we want to make sure the group has plenty of time to answer questions central to making this venue a success.
County officials immersed themselves in the lingo of road paving Tuesday — double chip-and-seals and wheel rutting — as they surveyed a preliminary Road and Bridge Department budget of about $9.6 million in hopes of finding a way to create room in the overall budget.
4:33 a.m. A restraining order violation was reported to Steamboat Springs Police Department officers at the police station in the 800 block of Yampa Street.
Last visit from strong weather pattern left ski area with 489 inches at mid-mountain
“We’re expecting a strong La Niña, and the last strong La Niña treated Steamboat pretty well,” meteorologist Joe Ramey said Tuesday. That was the winter of 2007-08, when the Steamboat Ski Area recorded 489 inches of snow at mid-mountain.
In a moment of temporary insanity, I decided my morning routine needed a change, a shakeup, an about-face. I decided to redouble my efforts to break my morning computer habit. I stumble out of bed and there she is waiting for me — Miss Mac, my pretty white MacBook on the dining room table. Overnight she has learned to speak.
The county coroner is not required to carry a gun, wear flashy sunglasses and make pithy one-liners at crime scenes like in popular TV shows. What the Routt County coroner does requires a lighter touch and more empathy as he notifies the families of car crash victims and suicides and makes determinations on the cause of 40 or so unattended or suspicious deaths each year.