News for Thursday, April 14, 2011

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Oak Creek Town Board repeals electric bill ordinance

Oak Creek votes, 3-2, against placing liens on properties

Although several audience members at a full Oak Creek Town Board meeting Thursday night had other issues to discuss, the main focus of the meeting was, as expected, Ordinance 609. The board voted, 3-2, to repeal the ordinance, with the intention to revisit the issue.

Bunkhouse Bull Session tonight at Routt County Fairgrounds

Local 4-H and National FFA Organization members will vie for two $500 scholarships tonight during the third annual Bunkhouse Bull Session at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. The winners also will have something to take with them this year, organizer Don Hayes said. He said they would take home custom-made trophy buckles in addition to the scholarships, instead of just a pat on the back.

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Routt County events calendar for April 15 to 21

Janelle Shuler’s paintings will be on display through April at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. The store also is hosting a writing workshop at 5 p.m. Tuesday and a Poetry Slam at 6 p.m. Thursday.

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Steamboat firefighters hold training session

Steamboat department prepares for annual training course

Burning pressurized gas sent flames 20 feet into the air Wednesday night at the Steamboat Springs School District bus barn, but the fire was no accident. About 20 firefighters with Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue were practicing how to extinguish fires fueled by gas such as propane and natural gas.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Long road leads to governor’s desk

Livestock producers now have more protection for data

On Feb. 11, we wrote about a bill to protect confidential information collected by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The bill (HB11-1111) would protect livestock producer information collected by the Colorado Department of Agriculture from being shared with any other state, federal or foreign government, industry partner or other database.

The Record for April 13

The Record for April 13

May 16 jury trial set for Robert Cash postponed

The May 16 jury trial for Robert Cash has been postponed. Attorneys met with 14th Judicial District Judge Shelley Hill on Wednesday to discuss the case and decided to delay it because it was unclear whether Cash’s competency evaluation would be completed in time. A new trial date has not been set.

Steaboat woman accused of theft pleads not guilty Thursday

Kayla Dawn Barker, the woman who police say stole nearly $70,000 from her employer in 2009, pleaded not guilty Thursday in District Court.

Steamboat briefs: 8th Penguin Plunge event raises $75,000 for hospital

A record number of teams participated in the eighth annual Penguin Plunge on March 19, according to a news release, and still more participants raised money but opted not to jump. The participant fundraisers brought in more than $40,000 this year for the plunge at Catamount Ranch and Club. The overall event raised more than $75,000.

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Suspect in Steamboat library stabbing case speaks from jail

Adam Huber says he has no animosity toward teens involved

Speaking at the Routt County Jail on Wednesday evening, Adam Huber expressed remorse for the April 4 incident that sent a local teenage boy to the hospital with stab wounds to his hands. Huber, 40, has been jailed in lieu of $30,000 bail since he was arrested April 4.

State funding could benefit Steamboat youth corps

$1M GOCo grant announced by governor

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps expects to see a portion of the $1 million in Great Outdoors Colorado funds set aside by Gov. John Hickenlooper, Executive Director Gretchen Van De Carr said. The dollars will be allocated through the Colorado Youth Corps Association.

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Routt County bank officials report positive outlook

After loan, market challenges and low ratings several institutions say worst is behind them

Leaders of several banks with Routt County branches said this week that despite troubling ratings from two financial research companies, the worst is behind them and profits are returning.

The Excel gymnastics team scored top-10 spots at the regional championships in Colorado Springs

The Excel gymnastics boys team wrapped up its season during the weekend, competing at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs at the regional championships.

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Winter Sports Club skiers finish season at Copper Mountain

The grueling sports of halfpipe, slopestyle and ski cross have a way of separating out the best. The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club again proved its worth, wrapping up the 2010-11 season at the United States of America Snowboard Association National Championships at Copper Mountain with multiple top finishes.

Cody Heartz: ‘Horses’ a good primer for McCarthy novels

When I say that Cormac McCarthy is America’s greatest living author, I know, I’m making a divisive statement. His detractors can be as venomous as his fans are messianic. I am a card-carrying member of the latter group. “All the Pretty Horses” is a good primer for McCarthy’s other novels, and it’s the first novel of three that compose McCarthy’s magnum opus, the Border Trilogy.

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Free Summer Concert Series announces 2 bands

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Freddy Jones Band to play free shows

The latest addition to the Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series’ 2011 lineup was announced Thursday. Vermont-born blues rock singer Grace Potter and her band, the Nocturnals, will play the second concert in the series on July 14. The Freddy Jones Band, this summer’s only returning act, also will play July 22.

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Steamboat store to participate in 3rd annual Record Store Day

All That Jazz to participate in event Saturday

Everyone who walks in the door of All That Jazz has a musical story to tell. Store owner Joe Kboudi never gets tired of them. Independent music stores across the world are places where people go to engage in a conversation about music, Kboudi said. That’s enough reason to celebrate the third annual Record Store Day.

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Kayakers expect big spring on Yampa River

They’re not getting greedy. Sure, a blast of hot weather could greatly speed along the snowmelt process, sending a wall of water down the Yampa River to the great delight of Steamboat Springs’ already active kayaking community.

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Friends race for Whistler cup

Chandler Sedberry and Serina Kidd spent the week in Whistler, British Columbia, at the 19th annual Whistler Cup much the same way the two Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine skiers had spent the entire season: Inseparable.

The Record for April 12, 2011

12:23 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a mother bear and her cub in a trash bin in the 1900 block of Cornice Road. The bear was gone when police arrived.

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Colorado Rural Schools Caucus paints grim picture of education cuts

Local education officials heard grim predictions about the future of statewide education funding during a forum Wednesday afternoon at the Steamboat Springs School District’s administrative offices.

Steamboat Briefs: Success Steps luncheon for small businesses today

A Success Steps Luncheon for small-business owners is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Steamboat Smokehouse. The topic is “Health Care Reform: Where are we Now?”

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High schoolers get creative with financial literacy videos

Instead of taking high school juniors off campus to listen to financial professionals speak about a variety of topics, students were challenged to create educational videos. The videos were shown Wednesday.