Stories for August 2011


Wednesday, August 31

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Future of downtown Steamboat icon All That Jazz is up in the air

Owner to retire, sell downtown record store after 34 years

Joe Kboudi, who has owned the music store and gift shop for 34 years, announced Wednesday that he's putting it on the market.

Jail fight charges dropped against Huber, Ellifritz

The altercation took place July 30, but conflicting statements from witnesses led to a dismissal of charges by the Routt County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday.

Augusts one of driest on record in Steamboat

One month after a near record-setting July in terms of moisture in Steamboat, August was dry as a bone.

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders notch top finishes in New Zealand

At the Burton Global Open Series on Aug. 15, Arielle Gold was 14th, and Benji Farrow was sixth.

Sailors golf team wraps trip with loss, win

After slogging its way through Monday’s round at Redlands Mesa, where the team shot a 259, Steamboat turned around Tuesday at Tiara Rado and tied for second place with a 235.

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Steamboat Springs Stage Race returns Friday

Annual road cycling event gets started Friday with prologue

A week after some of the world’s best cyclists took to the roads of downtown Steamboat, the city’s own stage race takes the spotlight. The third annual Steamboat Springs Stage Race begins Friday and continues through Monday. Registration ends at noon Wednesday.

Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series ends Wednesday

Season wraps with Slash and Burn ride on Emerald

Wednesday’s race, the Emerald Slash and Burn cross-country, is the last of the season, and most of the season standings will be decided by Wednesday's performances.

Bears active in Colorado high country as hibernation time nears

Four bears died the same mid-August day in Summit County, all victims of coming into town for an easy meal, Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife district wildlife manager Shannon Schwab said.

Yampa Valley data indicate improving economy

Report: Number of jobs, size of workforce becoming balanced

The number of jobs and the size of the workforce in Routt County are becoming balanced, a possible indication that the local economy is improving.

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Joanne Palmer: It’s time to pucker up

In my next life, I want to come back as a Pearl Izumi girl. How do you get such a job? What do you put on your resume to land a job such as this? “Career objective: professional smoocher."

Firefighters on high alert after lightning

Fire officials in Northwest Colorado have been on high alert since 5,000 lightning strikes were reported Sunday night in Rio Blanco, Moffat, Jackson, Grand and Routt counties.

Labor Day events start Friday in Oak Creek

The annual celebration kicks off Friday, and the parade is at 11 a.m. on Labor Day. Anyone can enter by simply lining up at Soroco High School at 10 a.m. Monday morning.

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Strawberry Park seeks new Montessori teacher

Strawberry Park Elementary School is looking for a new upper-elementary Montessori teacher after the school learned last week that longtime teacher Linda Stansbery would not be returning.

The Record for Aug. 29

12:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of yelling and a woman crying. Everything was fine.

Police: Teen arrested after panty incident

A Texas woman staying at a Steamboat Springs resort told police she walked into her room and found a teenage maid fondling himself and playing with her panties.

No leads in Pro Challenge motorcycle theft on Friday

A $3,500 motorcycle containing $16,500 in camera gear and personal belongings was stolen Friday after the downtown finish of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge race.

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Tread of Pioneers Museum explores $1M building project

The board of directors for Tread of Pioneers Museum has entered a preliminary city planning process to explore building a new home for a portion of the museum’s collection that is outside the public view but no less important.

Lisa Brown: VNA report available

When you think of being healthy, do you think about what you put in your grocery cart? Do you think about taking the stairs instead of the elevator? Do you think about the importance of sitting down for dinner with your family and talking about your day instead of turning on the TV? We do.

William Harned: Protect workers’ rights

2011 marks a tumultuous year for workers’ rights. With millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet, leaders should be protecting workplace rights that make our communities and our economy strong, not tearing them down.

Our View: Riding the wheels of success

If we learned anything from the USA Pro Cycling Challenge’s stop here last week, it’s this: Steamboat needs to make every effort to be a long-term partner with the wildly successful event.

CDOT to tackle rockfall issues in Mount Harris Canyon

Regional director: Work could begin in US 40 problem area in fall

The Colorado Department of Transportation will spend $600,000 to $700,000 in the next 10 months to stabilize dangerous rockfall areas along U.S. Highway 40 between Steamboat Springs and Hayden.

Steamboat's Chief Plaza Theater under contract

Friends of the Chief must raise $50K in earnest money by Sept. 15

The Friends of the Chief has reached an agreement to buy the Chief Plaza Theater, but the deal is contingent on raising $50,000 in earnest money by Sept. 15.

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Lambert Orton a modern-day Doc Willett

Steamboat resident hailed as a personable country doctor

Lambert Orton, an internist and emergency physician with Yampa Valley Medical Associates, is a 2011 Doc Willett Award winner. Jan Fritz is the other recipient of the prestigious award given by the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley. Orton and Fritz will be honored at 7 p.m. Thursday at Strings Music Pavilion.

Monday, August 29

Adult league volleyball championship scores

BSS wins volleyball A League championship

Adult league soccer championship scores

Medical wins adult league soccer championship

Adult league softball men's A League championship scores

Steamboat Blue wins men’s A League Division I championship

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Winter Sports Club's Hannah to train with US Ski Team

Emily Hannah’s mix of uphill power blended with a sprinter’s speed has helped her earn a trip to Lake Placid, N.Y., next month to train with the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team.

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Jimmy Westlake: Waiting for the big 1

An exploding star in a galaxy far, far away has created quite a stir in the astronomical community this week. The exploding star, or supernova, could become the brightest such explosion in a generation.

Steamboat Springs City Council forum to decide ballot order

City officials also will speak at candidate meeting

The order Steamboat Springs City Council candidates will appear on the November ballot will be determined Thursday during an informational meeting.

The Record for Aug. 28

12:04 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department Officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 800 block of Yampa Street. No other information was available.

Steamboat briefs: Rocky Mountain Youth Corps hosts open house

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps hosts an open house from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at its new location, 1705 13th St. The public is invited to come learn what the group does and who it serves as well as tour the newly renovated offices and property. For more information, call 970-879-2135.

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4-year degree programs begin at Steamboat's Colorado Mountain College

Fall semester at Alpine Campus started Monday

This semester marks the launch of CMC’s new bachelor’s degree program that offers students the chance to earn a Bachelor of Arts in sustainability studies or a Bachelor of Science in business administration.

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Jack Finney, known for bronzes of community personalities, dies at 78

Noted Steamboat Springs Sculptor Jack Finney, who created enduring bronze monuments to several of the community’s best-loved personalities, died at age 78.

Weekend receipts end mixed for Steamboat businesses

Owners, managers report little impact from Pro Cycling Challenge, praise event

Not all Steamboat Springs businesses had a busier weekend as a result of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, but many cited positives from the professional bicycle race that spent parts of Friday and Saturday here.

Economic impact of Pro Cycling Challenge weighed

Resort officials say event payoff is in the form of international TV exposure

The USA Pro Cycling challenge offered mixed results for most Steamboat businesses, but the enduring benefits may come from TV exposure on five continents.

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Tom Ross: Black Beauty took me everywhere

I should be the last one to write a sanctimonious piece about the importance of bicycle commuting. I’ve done a miserable job in that department this summer. And I make no excuses.

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Levi Leipheimer wins USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Strategically pedaling toward the front of the field to avoid crashes, American Levi Leipheimer won the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and his third stage race title this year with a seventh-place finish in Sunday’s sixth stage.

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Luke Graham: Future of the Pro Cycling Challenge

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge didn’t seem like a big deal a year ago. At the time of its announcement by Gov. Bill Ritter and cycling icon Lance Armstrong, it was probably hard for a lot of non-hardcore fans to get excited.

County Agenda for Aug. 29 and 30

County Agenda for Aug. 29 and 30

The Record for Aug. 27

The Record for Aug. 27

Steamboat briefs: VNA offers handbook in English and Spanish

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has free copies of Healthwise Handbooks available in English and Spanish.

Road rage report leads to arrests of 20-year-olds

A reported road rage incident at Tamarack Drive and Hilltop Parkway resulted in the arrests of two 20-year-olds from Steamboat Springs early Sunday morning after they led police on a short car chase.

Deb Babcock: Leave berries for the wildlife

As with all the berries you see in the wild, unless you’re absolutely sure what they are and that they are safe to consume, don’t ingest them.

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Boy Scouts help prepare for Steamboat event

Troop 194 spends day setting up for Stock Dog Challenge

After spending more than three hours batting away weeds and hammering on t-poles at the Stanko Ranch on Sunday afternoon, Boy Scout Christian Paulus said what many of his fellow scouts already had declared earlier in the day.

Steamboat School Board race contested

2 experienced educators vie for Steamboat’s District 5 seat

Former Steamboat Springs High School business teacher Rebecca Williams filed for the District 5 seat hours before Friday’s afternoon petition deadline, and she now will face Colorado Mountain College adjunct professor Sharon Sharp in the November election.

Monday Medical: Why we care about Doc Willett

On Thursday, the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley will host the third annual Doc Willett Health Care Heritage Awards Night. Our 2011 honorees are Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Cancer Care Services Director Jan Fritz, and longtime internal medicine specialist Dr. Lambert Orton.

Sunday, August 28

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Welcome to Colorado Hunter

Welcome to the 2011 issue of Colorado Hunter, the premier guide to big-game hunting in this beautiful place we call Northwest Colorado. There’s a reason the hunters among us call the region home. Come fall, it offers some of the best deer and elk hunting in the world, whether you’re pulling back a bow or sighting in a scope.

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Northwest Colorado: The state's premier hunting destination

If Colorado has a hunting hotspot, it’s likely Northwest Colorado. Open up any map and set your sights over the upper left corner. Your scope lines cross on one of the truly great regions in the country for outdoorsmen, and the ideal destination for your next hunting adventure.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife: Common hunting violations can be costly

Every hunting season, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers issue thousands of tickets for violations that can result in steep fines for the offenders. “While some of those tickets are for flagrant violations of wildlife regulations and hunting laws, many more are for minor violations that could have been avoided,” Parks and Wildlife reports in a recent news release.

Safety, safety, safety

While hunting accidents have declined since the passage of two laws in 1970 — one requiring hunter education training and another requiring wearing at least 500 square inches of fluorescent orange clothing — accidents still happen. “Hunting is safe and getting safer all the time,” says Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunter education coordinator Mark Cousins, adding that the state sells more than 560,000 hunting licenses every year, resulting in several million hunter recreation days.

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Weather watch

High temperatures can delay herd migrations

As everyone gears up for this year’s hunting season, most preparation involves deciding where to hunt, which season and how to approach it. But there’s another consideration to take into account. A few environmental factors have changed in the past few years that have affected big-game movement patterns. Until about six years ago, many elk hunters could count on elk migrating to lower elevations into their winter range during rifle season. This allowed for seeing herds moving across the landscape, providing the possibility for a harvest.

2011 Colorado fees & seasons

DEER: • Resident — $34 • Youth resident — $13.75 • Nonresident — $334 • Youth nonresident — $103.75

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Northwest Colorado offers a slew of game species, from pronghorn to grouse

Elk and deer aren’t the only things on hunters menus in Northwest Colorado. The region is also known for a variety of other species luring outdoorsmen to Moffat and Routt counties every year. Aside from antlered game — elk, deer and moose — the next most popular species on hunters’ lists is likely the pronghorn antelope. Rifle bearers far and wide descend upon the region’s sage-covered plains and rolling hills for long-range, open-country hunts far different than the tactics used for other game. And this year should prove especially fruitful pronghorn.

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Declining White River deer herd a concern for wildlife officials, hunters, business community

The decline in the White River mule deer herd has been a focal point of concern in Rio Blanco County as hunting season approaches and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife has taken notice. Biologist Darby Finley, mammals researcher Chuck Anderson and Division of Parks and Wildlife managers Bill de Vergie and Bailey Franklin have ideas about how to improve the herd numbers and want the community’s thoughts.

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A banner bowhunting year

Local Rick Sanny bags cat, bear and elk, putting two in the record books

Local hunter Rick Sanny, who in 2006 moved to Steamboat Springs from Fremont, Neb.,“in pursuit of big game,” had a heck of a hunting year. The property manager for Old West Management bagged a bear, mountain lion and elk last season, two of which garnered state honors. “Last year was amazing,” says Sanny, also a ranch manager at Coal View Ghost Ranch. “Two of my three animals made it into the record book. Hard work, scouting and persistence paid off.”

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Towns in the great outdoors

Northwest Colorado towns offer nationally ranked options for outdoor activities

While hunters travel all across Colorado each year to bag big game, Craig offers one thing other towns don’t. “We have big-game hunting and a large population of other wildlife,” says Rob Schmitzer, the sportsman information specialist for the Craig Chamber of Commerce. “But we also have hundreds of thousands of acres of public land that aren’t over utilized. Craig offers solitude.” In Outdoor Life magazine’s fourth annual rankings of the top 200 towns for sportsmen, Craig ranked 77th, dropping nine spots from last year. But that’s fine with locals, who like to keep the outdoor gem to themselves.

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Forest for the trees

Father-daughter hunting team gear-up for a special season

Eight-year-old Tiana Nichols had an early introduction to hunting. Very early. “Four days after she was born, I took her up to where my tree stand was,” father Gary Nichols says. “That kind of gives you an idea.” Gary, 56, is a deputy sheriff with the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office. He hunts exclusively with a recurve bow and has been hunting in the area since 1989. He’s involved his daughter in hunts as much as possible since her birth in September 2002.

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Game management units

In this area, 9,700-foot Diamond Mountain is the highest point, dropping to 5,100 feet in elevation at the White River. Sage and sage-grassland dominate, with the typical vegetation groups as the elevation increases. Weather is generally mild through the later seasons, though the higher elevations can have significant snow accumulation. Public land accounts for more than 85 percent of GMU 201.

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Survival skills 101

The Boy Scouts have it right: Be prepared

With most trophy animals off the beaten track, inherent risks come with chasing record-book racks. When hunting, you’ll often be far from help in unfamiliar terrain, and oftentimes you’ll be alone. Knowing basic survival techniques and packing appropriately for mishaps is essential. Just ask Steamboat Springs’ Darrel Levingston, a member of the Routt County Search and Rescue team who has spent many a cold night locating lost hunters.

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10 essentials for backcountry safety

As a checklist of what to take, Routt County search and rescue member Darrel Levingston cites the “Ten Essentials” from the Mountain Rescue Association’s General Backcountry Safety Workbook, with the ability to make fire, stay dry and orient oneself as principal packing priorities:

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Tips for hunting elk

Hunting magazines often display colorful photographs of huge bull elk standing in open meadows presenting easy targets. The reality in the mountains of Colorado, however, is far different. Stalking these animals is challenging and you likely won’t get an easy shot.

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Drop a line after dropping your game

Quality fishing can complement any elk outing

Done dressing your elk? With the Yampa River flowing through the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Craig, the Elk and White rivers nearby, and countless smaller streams, lakes and reservoirs in the surrounding hillsides, Routt and Moffat counties are the perfect places to complement your hunt with trout fishing. “Fishing is the perfect companion activity to hunting,” says Brett Lee, a veteran hunter and co-owner of Straightline Sporting Goods in Steamboat Springs. “And Northwest Colorado offers some great options.”

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Practice makes perfect

NW Colo. home to numerous talented taxidermists

You’re in good hands if you’re looking to preserve your animal in Craig. The town’s taxidermists are in a league of their own, head and shoulders above those found elsewhere in the field. Want proof? In early June, two local taxidermists accomplished something that would have been unthinkable 20 years ago. Scott Moore and Leland Reinier submitted a collaborative piece to a taxidermy competition and won.

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From the Olympic games to big game

Local Nordic Olympians Johnny Spillane, Todd Lodwick as solid with bow as they are on skis

While Northwest Colorado is home to trophy elk and deer, it’s also home to hunters who brought home trophies from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Nordic combined skiers with ties to Steamboat Springs brought home seven silver medals from last year’s Games — enough to hang from every point of a Routt or Moffat county bull. And come hunting and fishing season, two of them — Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane — take a break from hunting world titles to set their sights on bow-hunting big game.

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Craig Thrasher: The Hunt of My Life

Olympic downhiller relishes his favorite hunt in Routt County

A member of the U.S. Ski team from 1987 to 2006, including making the Olympic downhill team in 1994, Steamboat-raised Craig Thrasher likes sighting big game as much as he does skiing. “I started hunting the first year I was old enough to hunt grouse, with a single shot .22,” he says. “And we normally got our birds.” He started bow hunting in the late ‘80s with fellow ski team member Lonny Vanatta, and claims he was the 70th person in Colorado to kill eight big game species with a bow.

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Moose on the loose

Want to bag the largest deer in the world? In Northwest Colorado, it’s entirely possible. Since being reintroduced to the region — North Park, specifically — by the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife in 1978, moose have thrived in an environment seeming tailor-made for them. Valleys thick with willows, streams, ponds and marshes provide food and shelter for moose, considered by biologists to be the world’s largest deer.

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All in the family

Hunting is a way of life in Northwest Colorado for Lawton family

Up at 3 a.m. Getting acclimated with horses. Heading out before the sun rises. After 15 years, the process is still fairly new to Carrie Lawton, who married into one of the most ardent hunting families in Northwest Colorado. But to her credit, she didn’t grow up with the same routine as the rest of her family. As part of the Lawton clan, Carrie has grown to appreciate the early morning timelessness of hunting as a result of spending time with family patriarch LeRoy Lawton.

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The Curious Case of Richard Kendall

Craig resident’s trophy bear kill erupts into statewide controversy

It was a shot that reverberated around the state and beyond. In November 2010, Craig resident Richard Kendall crawled to the mouth of a dark cave with a .45-70 caliber lever-action rifle. Inside lurked a 703-pound male black bear. Adrenaline pumping, Kendall glimpsed into the cave with a flashlight and briefly made eye contact with the animal.

Hunting business directory

Guided archery, muzzle-loading and rifle hunts for deer and elk from Horse Mountain in the Flat Tops area or for antelope from a desert ranch north of Craig.

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Nailing the Shot

Improved rangefinders, rifles, arrows all help today’s hunters

While people have been hunting big game for centuries, advances in equipment keep making it easier. Foremost on the list, says Rifle’s Kevin Rider, owner of Timberline Sporting Goods, are rangefinders, which help hunters discover exactly how far away a target is and the path their bullet or arrow will take.

Steamboat Springs Triathlon results

Steamboat Springs Triathlon results from Aug. 28, 2011, at Lake Catamount

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Longer Steamboat Triathlon attracts same enthusiasm

In its seven years, the Steamboat Springs Triathlon has acquired plenty of admirers, dedicated fans who’ve swollen the ranks of the annual Lake Catamount-centered event. Many did so again Sunday as the race entered a new era as an Olympic-distance event.

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Saturday, August 27

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Pro Cycling Challenge brings out best dressed to Steamboat

Costume-clad fans cheer on cyclists

Most of the fans — many of whom were clad in costumes dusted off from Halloweens past — were from Steamboat or other areas of Colorado. They lined Rabbit Ears from bottom to top to get a better glimpse of some of the top cyclists in the world.

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Montiel dominates Rabbit Ears Pass climb in Steamboat

It’s safe to say no cyclist has ever done it like Rafael Montiel did it Saturday during Stage 5 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. If you live in or around Steamboat Springs, you know the climb to the west summit of Rabbit Ears Pass along U.S. Highway 40. The ascent even has its own place in local athletic lore.

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BOCES grant brings more audio, e-books to Routt County schools

Routt County has benefited from the arrival of new audiobooks and MP3 players in school libraries. The tech tools were obtained as part of a $9,000 grant secured by the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services last year.

All quiet on pot debate in Steamboat Springs

Groups report little activity before election

The medical marijuana debate in Steamboat Springs, which earlier this summer grew to a seemingly fever pitch, has been quiet lately. Steamboat voters will consider Nov. 1 whether to ban medical marijuana businesses within city limits.

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge crews keep cyclists rolling

Throwing jelly beans from a moving van to children lining a race course isn’t as easy as it might appear, and Friday morning, that seemed to be all that troubled the men in Team Jelly Belly’s soigneur van. With six on-course racers to feed and a hectic post-race procedure to organize, plenty rode on their minds.

Joel Reichenberger: Pictures perfect?

A lot stuck out to me from Thursday, when I traveled to Vail to get my first live taste of the thrilling USA Pro Cycling Challenge. There was seemingly an endless supply of people with cameras, small and large, cheap and expensive, desperate to document the moment.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Aug. 28

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Aug. 28

The Record for Aug. 26

The Record for Aug. 26

The Jail Report for Aug. 20 to 26

The Jail Report for Aug. 20 to 26

Barb Parnell: Obesity on the rise

LiveWell Northwest Colorado, a project of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, is introducing Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0, a program aimed at increasing healthy eating and physical activity.

Jennifer Schubert-Akin: Lack of coverage

The Steamboat Institute’s third annual Freedom Conference was held last Friday and Saturday and included speakers and registrants from all across the U.S. —three state attorneys general, congressmen, Pulitzer-nominated authors and pundits of national prominence.

Ken Collins: Obama track record

Not a single GOP hopeful gave a nod to President Barack Obama and his Libyan policy. Fox News and friends could only pick at it for taking so long. Six months, but not a single American hurt. About $1 billion in cost for a favorable outcome. I guess they prefer the $4 billion a month and 4,000-plus American deaths that President George W. Bush got us into.

Jim Chappell: Energy response

There are many manufacturers that are coming out with various versions of LED (light emitting diode) bulbs, ranging from awful to good. Yampa Valley Electric Association and its suppliers are watching and evaluating these bulbs carefully. There are several excellent designs now offered for 60-watt equivalent directional A-lamps, but they are very expensive.

Our View: Plastic bag fee won’t work

Placing a fee on disposable bags used at large retailers like grocery stores and Walmart will only hurt Steamboat Springs residents. A better strategy would be to work with those large retailers to make more reusable bags available to residents free of charge.

John F. Russell: Now that’s amazing

There are only a few things that truly amaze me when it comes to sports.Then last week I reported on a handful of Steamboat Springs athletes who left me in awe. Michael Hlavacek, Allen Belshaw and John Williams ran in the Leadville 100 Trail Run, and I’m still blown away.

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Craig competition brings good eats, good times

Cooks of all stripes were at work at the park Saturday, the second day of the Colorado State BBQ Championship at Craig. A total of 29 teams, local and from out-of-state, turned out for the second annual event.

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Steamboat crowds get up close and personal with riders

The Stage 5 expo and Athletes Alley gave spectators and cycling fans a chance to mingle with USA Pro Cycling Challenge riders and get autographs.

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Peloton, Stage 5 leave Steamboat Springs behind

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge left Steamboat after a ceremonial lap around the mountain area and a grueling climb up Rabbit Ears Pass. The finish in Breckenridge resembled Friday's finish in Steamboat, with Italian sprinter Elia Viviani taking his second stage win.

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Steamboat is Schleck's home away from home

Luxembourg racer excited to return after training

Even as Schleck has remained outside the top 10 in this week’s inaugural event, there probably weren’t any cheers louder Friday as riders rolled into Steamboat than the ones for the Luxembourg-born rider.

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Saturday could be last chance for contenders

Rabbit Ears climb might be only shot to overtake Leipheimer at USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Asked of the dangers that await in the final stages of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, the yellow jersey-clad Levi Leipheimer says all the right things. After capturing the lead in the event Thursday in Vail, he spoke of the hills that remain, of crashes and mechanical breakdowns.

Adult league soccer playoffs results for Aug. 23

Adult league soccer playoffs results for Aug. 23

Steamboat community impresses at the highest levels

USA Pro Cycling Challenge official calls crowd electrifying

On Friday, USA Pro Cycling Challenge CEO and Co-Chairman Shawn Hunter called Steamboat "the most energetic stage" and said the community has earned a place at the table to possibly host the event in the future.

Steamboat football drops season opener to Olathe

The Steamboat Springs High School football team lost its opening game of the season Friday in Olathe, a 43-13 blowout.

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Expo gets cycling spectators geared up in Steamboat Springs

Thousands pack downtown for vendors, music and people-watching

Starting at Ninth Street, where a stage was set up and local band Loose Change rocked Jimmy Buffett tunes, the expo ran up until the finish line at Sixth Street, featuring 60 booths from national cycling and apparel companies and 25 local businesses.

Steamboat boys tennis splits against Boulder and Kent Denver

The Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team split a pair of matches Friday, beating Boulder in the morning before falling to Kent Denver in the afternoon. Steamboat beat Boulder, 4-3, on the heels of wins from three of its four doubles teams.

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Luke Graham: A big day for Steamboat

We know how Stage 4 into downtown Steamboat Springs turned out. Or perhaps more important, how many people turned out. The streets were packed and downtown was loud. Really loud. But it didn’t compare to Friday.

Stepping out in Routt: The dam hike

Stagecoach Reservoir, built in the 1980s, captures snowmelt and releases it into the Yampa River to provide a year-round water supply for agriculture, municipalities, industry and hydropower generation. In addition to serving as a water storage facility, it is a state park enjoyed by boaters, hunters and hikers

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Downtown Steamboat businesses pleased with crowds

Restaurants report busy afternoon, not so much at retail stores

With a full bar and dining room early Friday afternoon, Old Town Pub general manager Kurt Vordermeier wasn’t complaining about the extra business as a result of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

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Tom Ross: You never forget your 1st bike

Most of us would never dream of racing our bicycles 500 miles over some of the highest passes in Colorado. But all of us can remember the first bike that really meant something to us as if it were a first love.

The Record for Aug. 25

The Record for Aug. 25

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Steamboat shows up in force for Stage 4 of Pro Cycling Challenge

Never have so many people partied so politely for so long on Lincoln Avenue just to experience six-tenths of a second of pure adrenaline. But when it finally arrived, it was intense. A few motorcycles streaked down the street and suddenly the lead pack, including dozens of tightly bunched cyclists, flashed by with a single figure in lime green pulling ahead. And then it was over.

Oak Creek Town Board OKs Mary’s license

Marijuana shop can operate if it moves plants, gets inspection

The town of Oak Creek will allow Mary’s Medical to continue to operate on the condition that the marijuana dispensary move about 25 plants from its premises to comply with land-use codes.

Friday, August 26

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Video offers birds-eye view of finish

Steamboat Springs resident Cedar Beauregard, who runs Steamboat Aerials, took this video during Friday's USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage finish in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat briefs: City's Pee-wee program registration has begun

Registration has begun for the city of Steamboat Springs’ Pee-wee Adventures fall program.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Consumers and producers join

Producers in Northwest Colorado face a challenge confronting every family farmer and rancher. When the producer gets only $2 for a pound of steak that the consumer buys for $8, or 35 cents of the $3 or more for a pound of tomatoes, it’s time to find ways to bring a larger share of the consumer’s food dollar home.

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Pro Cycling Challenge riders wow Oak Creek

Pro Cycling Challenge gives town a couple seconds of glory

Jacey Schlegel and Katie Parker had never seen anything like it. From their vantage point on the hillside near Soroco High School, the friends watched as some of the most famous cyclists in the world approached their usually sleepy hometown of Oak Creek during Stage 4 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

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The Lodge, First Tracks at Wildhorse define mid-level ski condo niche

Among the most self-evident trends in the Steamboat Springs real estate market this summer has been the downward arc of prices and, as a result, transaction amounts that reflect lower prices per square foot and are often significantly below either their last sale price or their valuation for 2011 taxes.

Despite mortgage rates, refinancing in Steamboat stays low

National home mortgage applications fell to a 15-year low this week in spite of the fact that mortgage interest rates are at unprecedented lows. At least on a national basis, the math works well for refinancing. But that’s not what is happening in Steamboat Springs.

On the Market: Clubhouse home sells for $1.4M on Thursday

Near the end of the business day Thursday, a four-bedroom home overlooking The Sanctuary from Clubhouse Drive sold for $1.45 million. It was the first re-sale of the 4,757-square-foot home that was built in 2007.

Real estate transactions for Aug. 19 to 25

Real estate transactions for Aug. 19 to 25

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Italian wins sprint finish into downtown Steamboat Springs

American Leipheimer retains yellow jersey heading into today’s Stage 5

The general classification standings may have remained the same, but a thrilling sprint from Elia Viviani, an Italian from team Liquigas-Cannondale, roiled the thousands of spectators who gathered at the downtown Steamboat finish.

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Routt County events calendar for Aug. 26 to Sept. 1

Hot Buttered Rum returns to Steamboat with its progressive acoustic sound. The band plays at 10 p.m. today at Ghost Ranch Saloon. Check out the rest of our Explore Steamboat calendar for more Routt County events.

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‘Horse Whisperer’ Buck Brannaman returns to Steamboat

Documentary film 'Buck' coincides with horse clinics

Buck Brannaman has been traveling the world for 29 years, giving clinics on natural horsemanship, teaching others to connect with their animals through kindness, compassion and understanding, and recognizing the horse as a mirror to one’s soul.

Stuart Handloff: ‘Dirty Deeds’ a theatrical success

Last weekend’s Steamboat All Arts Festival included a Steamboat Spring Arts Council production of “Dirty Deeds at the Depot,” a cleverly written and adapted melodrama.

Art that moves on display in Vail

‘Art of Motion,’ an Art in Public Places exhibit, celebrates the bicycle

Visitors might notice a large bronze wheel standing in Vail Village and ask themselves: What is that? “Time Trial Wheel 001” is inspired by the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and illustrates the artist’s idea of “Art of Motion.”

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3 Twins to rock Steamboat for final free summer concert of season

After the USA Pro Cycling Challenge racers finish Stage 4, John Magnie and his seven-piece band will take the stage at Howelsen Hill in front of what should be one of the largest Free Summer Concert Series crowds ever.

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Top-of-the-line bike setups are expensive but available

The bikes used in Friday’s race are the products of decades of development, space-age metals and intricate design. Most of them also are available at local bike shops.

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Steamboat resident Win Park gets up close at cycling event

Having tuned skis at five Olympics for the U.S. Ski Team, Steamboat Springs resident Win Park knows what goes into an elite-level sporting event. So when he learned Wednesday that he’d have the opportunity to be a mechanic for the HTC-Highroad cycling team during Stage 3 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Park jumped at the chance.

Where to watch the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Where to watch the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Steamboat Springs and surrounding area Saturday.

Adult league softball Coed C Division 2 playoffs Aug. 25

ACZ SOP’s win, Horizons Grimaces forfeit

Adult league softball Coed C Division 1 playoffs Aug. 25

Vista Verde 5, Beef Curtains 4

Learn the lingo: Cycling terms to help you follow the action

■ Attack: A sudden attempt to get away from another rider.

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Leipheimer’s crushes Vail time trial to take back yellow jersey

The look on Levi Leipheimer’s face as he crossed the finish of Stage 3 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Thursday said everything. Barring an unforeseen collapse, mechanical problem or crash, Leipheimer looks on his way to winning the inaugural event after a pounding performance in Vail on Thursday.

Barbecue contest starts Friday in Craig

They go by many names, like Swinestone Cowboys and We Cook Butt, and they’re coming to Craig this weekend with one thing on their minds: barbecue.

Stage 3 results for USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Thursday's Stage 3 results for USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Forecast for Friday race day shows chance of rain

Friday will be warm with storms possible in Steamboat

Friday’s forecast for the finish of Stage 4 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge calls for slightly cooler temperatures, but there’s still a chance for afternoon thunderstorms while the racers make their way from Avon to downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Paracycling races Friday and Saturday

Adaptive cycling races highlighted during Pro Cycling Challenge

Before the USA Pro Cycling Challenge pedals into Steamboat this afternoon, the U.S. Paracycling Challenge race will feature about 40 athletes, many of whom are training for the 2012 London Olympics.

Steamboat Springs events provide pre-finish fun

Lifestyle Expo and beer garden is today

The Lifestyle Expo & Sierra Nevada Beer Garden runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday on Lincoln Avenue.

Saturday road closures, detours in and around Steamboat

Travelers expecting to use U.S. Highway 40 and Colorado Highway 9 between here and Silverthorne during the fifth stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will encounter road closures and can consider a couple of alternative routes or watch their timetables closely.

The Record for Aug. 24

12:17 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a car in a ditch at Village Drive and Walton Creek Road. The car was not there when officers arrived.

Steamboat briefs: STARS adaptive rides take place Friday and Saturday

The Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports Bikin’ the Boat charity ride is Saturday. Participants can ride in the 5-mile all-abilities ride or the 26-mile challenge ride. Registration is open at and the STARS booth at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge finish and start expos today and Saturday. The charity ride begins at 11:45 a.m. Saturday from Meadows Parking Lot after the Pro Cycling Challenge riders leave town. The cost is $25 for the all-abilities ride and $50 for the challenge ride. Registration includes food, drinks and music. Call 970-819-1548.

Hayden man arrested on indecent exposure charge

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 34-year-old Hayden man Wednesday on suspicion of exposing himself along the Yampa River Core Trail.

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Friday’s closures, detours during USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Steamboat

The eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 40 will be closed to traffic beginning at 11:45 a.m. Friday from South Pine Grove Road (at the Mountain Fire Station and Ski Town Fields) to Third Street.

Candidates emerge for Routt County school boards

Sandra Sharp and Wayne Lemley are the latest entrants into a Steamboat Springs School Board race that had no candidates until Monday.

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Steamboat Springs businesses expect boon

Local store, restaurant owners prepare for busy weekend

Zirkel Trading owner Steve Hitchcock hopes for a busy weekend beginning Friday when the USA Pro Cycling Challenge arrives in Steamboat. Hitchcock is one of many local business owners preparing for as many as 10,000 visitors in town to see the Stage 4 finish and Stage 5 start of the professional cycling race.

USA Pro Cycling Challenge events schedule

A complete rundown of Stage 5-related events in Steamboat Springs.

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South Routt schools welcome students

Summer vacations come to an end as classes get back in session

At a pep rally that kicked off Soroco High School’s first day of classes Thursday, Principal Dennis Alt made a bold prediction. “This is going to be the best school year ever,” he told his students.

Basalt approves bag fee at public’s urging

The Basalt Town Council received strong urging from the public Tuesday night to pass a fee for each plastic and paper bag used at the town’s grocery stores.

Eagle company represented on tour

D2Shoe gets attention during USA Pro Cycling Challenge

If there was a “red carpet” portion of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, the “Who are you wearing?” question would draw mostly familiar names: Cannondale, Pearl Izumi, Shimano and others. But a few riders would have a different answers: “I’m wearing D2.”

Breckenridge resort officials: Peak 6 to ease issues

Officials say Breckenridge proposal would help with crowding

When Breckenridge Ski Resort officials drafted the Peak 6 expansion proposal, they said, it was the best way to help mitigate two of the resort’s biggest problems: crowding and a shortage of intermediate ski terrain.

Fans jam Independence Pass for Pro Cycling Challenge

Aspen fans come out to take part in Pro Cycling Challenge

Spectators jammed Independence Pass on Wednesday to take part in a spectacle that impressed the riders in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and left bike race fans hoping the inaugural event won’t be the last for Colorado.

Alternative transportation and parking options for Pro Cycling Challenge

Road closures and detours mean hopping on the free Steamboat Springs Transit bus system or riding your bike can save time and stress during Saturday's USA Pro Cycling Challenge start in Steamboat.

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Fans dress to impress at Pro Cycling Challenge

Those gorilla suits and flag-draped fanatics aren't unique to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge; they're part of professional bicycle racing culture. Expect to see it firsthand in Steamboat duringthe next couple of days.

Thursday, August 25

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Prepare for a blinding finish during Stage 4 in Steamboat

The leading riders could reach speeds in excess of 40 mph as they race toward the finish line at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue on Friday.

Congressman discusses water at Steamboat Springs event

Rep. Cory Gardner: Water key to economic vitality

Even if Colorado could afford to build every water project on the books today, funds still would fall well short of future water needs. That was one of the points raised Wednesday by Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., during his keynote address at the Colorado Water Congress gathering in Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat riders get top results at 24 Hours in the Sage

A slew of Steamboat Springs riders tackled the 24 Hours in the Sage mountain bike race during the weekend, registering multiple top finishes. The race features 13-mile laps that began at noon Saturday and ended at noon Sunday.

Revamped Steamboat Springs Triathlon returns Sunday

7th annual event adds distance

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge will roar out of town Saturday morning, and a day later nearly 450 athletes from around the region will dive into a redesigned Steamboat Triathlon. This year’s race will be stretched to the full Olympic classification.

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Candidate Sal Pace speaks in Steamboat Springs

House Minority Leader to oppose Rep. Scott Tipton

State Rep. Sal Pace wants to return the U.S. House of Representatives’ 3rd Congressional District seat to the Democrats. To do that, the state House Minority Leader said that he would work to solve the country’s economic problems by putting people back to work.

USA Pro Cycling Challenge schedule, traffic and parking information

USA Pro Cycling Challenge schedule, traffic and parking information

Steamboat Springs sees surge in bookings

More overnight visitors predicted in time for Pro Cycling Challenge

Resort officials now predict that tourism will swell dramatically to between 9,000 and 10,000 overnight visitors Friday as cycling fans scramble to see the USA Pro Cycling Challenge finish Stage 4 in downtown Steamboat and start Stage 5 the next morning from the mountain area.

Speaker to warn of debt crisis at Seminars at Steamboat

David Walker will be the speaker for the final Seminars in Steamboat lecture series. The free seminar starts at 5 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion.

Wednesday, August 24

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Steamboat Springs goes back to school

1st day of classes marked by excitement, higher enrollment numbers

The voices of more than 500 children and parents echoed loudly in the atrium outside of Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal Celia Dunham's office Wednesday morning as teachers guided students into the classrooms where they spent much of the day getting to know one another, their new teachers and in some cases, their classroom’s pet turtle.

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Boa Technology named to Outside magazine’s ‘Best Places to Work’

Boa Technology CEO Gary Hammerslag said his company always has worked hard to create a good work environment for its employees. It’s now being recognized nationally for those efforts.

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Steamboat Springs art teacher a semifinalist for award

Oddo to interview for Colorado Teacher of the Year award

Susanmarie Oddo, who was named the Steamboat Springs School District teacher of the year for 2010-11, will interview Sept. 8 in Denver with the Colorado Department of Education as a semifinalist for the Colorado Teacher of the Year award.

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Head for the Hills closes Strings Music Festival season in Steamboat

In the past seven years, Head for the Hills has proved there’s no formula for acoustic music, and that growing beyond the boundaries of traditional bluegrass can turn a Colorado mountain band into an act blossoming on national stages.

The Record for Aug. 23

The Record for Aug. 23

Mary’s license renewal is back on table in Oak Creek

Oak Creek to discuss license for dispensary

The Oak Creek Town Board today will revisit the license renewal of Mary’s Medical, a marijuana dispensary in Oak Creek. The renewal was tabled two months ago. The board meets at 7 p.m. today at Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd.

Texas twang returning to Steamboat in January

The annual destination Americana music festival called MusicFest will come to the ski area Jan. 5-10, 2012. Read the story to see which music acts are coming.

Adult league B and D softball standings and results for Aug. 23

Adult league B and D softball standings and results for Aug. 23

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Hayden grad serving country in Afghanistan

After rejections from military recruiters, John Yager finally realizes his goal

Army 2nd Lt. John Yager, of Hayden, had to persevere more than most to realize his goal of serving his country.

Steamboat organization hosts barbecue to raise money for programs

Ronna Autrey isn’t the only one who hopes this year is better than the last. From the families of those lost to suicide to the first responders at each suicide attempt, no one wants to see a year like 2010, when Routt County’s suicide rate hit a 10-year high, with 11 deaths and 95 documented attempts.

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Steamboat officials, organizers bank on time, money investment paying off

Local USA Pro Cycling Challenge organizers and city of Steamboat Springs officials say hosting the race’s Stage 4 finish and Stage 5 start will cost as much as $175,000, not to mention the help of as many as 300 volunteers. It’s an investment City Manager Jon Roberts is confident will benefit the entire community.

Dry weather increases danger for wildfires in Routt County

Officials say dry weather is leading to an increased fire danger in Northwest Colorado. “We are getting into the fire season in the high country,” said Mark Cahur, zone fire management officer for the Routt National Forest.

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Steamboat Springs' Brodie impressive at meet

Steamboat swimmer has good showing in California

Amy Brodie surprised even herself. Brodie competed at the 2011 Western Zone Age Group Swimming Championship on Aug. 9 to 13, which featured some of the best swimmers in the Western U.S., most of whom swim year-round. Brodie proved to be more than worthy of her attendance.

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Steamboat Springs football kicks off season, fresh start Friday

Last season hasn’t been forgotten by the Steamboat Springs High School football team. But the great thing about high school football is it starts fresh each summer. So while the Sailors were a dismal 0-10 last year, they can still be upbeat about this year’s chances.

Districts now taking free and reduced lunch applications

The number of students who enrolled in the free and reduced-lunch program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch Program steadily has grown in Hayden, South Routt and Steamboat during the past two years. Many educators predict that trend will continue.

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Jimmy Westlake: Spot Sagitta in the Colorado night sky

The stars of Sagitta so convincingly suggest the shape of an arrow that virtually all of the ancient civilizations recognized it as such. It dates back to at least the 4th century B.C., yet no one can agree on who launched this arrow on its celestial flight.

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Business activity continues in Steamboat Springs

Nutrition club, salon among new services opening

Annie Tisch has been looking for the right place to move Annie’s Home Consignments. Tisch thinks she’s found it. Tisch opened her second store about a month ago in Central Park Plaza. But the new Annie’s isn’t the only local business to open its doors this summer.

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Steamboat affordable housing gets a face lift

As Kent Hornor carefully cut wood beams Tuesday morning for a new 20-foot community deck at the Hillside Village apartment complex, he continued to put the Yampa Valley Housing Authority’s mark on the property they’ve been updating since 2007.

Shell Energy seeks permit for oil rig in Routt County

Well would be 2 miles south of YVRA

Shell Energy has a Sept. 13 date with the Routt County Board of Commissioners to seek a permit to drill an oil and gas well on State Land Board holdings about two miles south of Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden.

The Record for Aug. 22

The Record for Aug. 22

Steamboat briefs: Oak Creek is looking for volunteers to build track

The town of Oak Creek’s Public Works Department is looking for volunteers Sept. 2 to 4 to build a new bicycle pump track at the town’s newest park on the corner of Williams Street and Arthur Avenue.

Paul Potyen: Energy saving at home

In December 2007, the federal government enacted the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which requires all general-purpose light bulbs that produce 310 to 2,600 lumens of light be 30 percent more energy efficient than then-current incandescent bulbs.

Chuck McConnell: Freedom Conference coverage

I attended the third annual Freedom Conference this past weekend sponsored by the Steamboat Institute and was very impressed. Given the quality of the event and nationwide exposure provided to Steamboat Springs, I was surprised at the lack of coverage by the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Our View: Ready for prime time

It should be quite the spectacle when 130 or so of the best cyclists in the world sprint into downtown Steamboat Springs on Friday to close out Stage 4 of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

Tuesday, August 23

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Chip-and-seal makes for a bumpy ride for cyclists coming to Steamboat

Road project shouldn’t affect USA Pro Cycling Challenge racers this week

A 2.35-mile stretch of Routt County Road 14 is riding a little rough for area cyclists because of a recent resurfacing project, but it should have little affect on the USA Pro Cycling Challenge racers arriving in Steamboat Springs on Friday afternoon.

No serious injuries in Tuesday car fire

Routt County Road 14 near the entrance to Stagecoach Lake State Park was closed early Tuesday evening after a car went off the road and crashed into the ditch.

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Moffat County grad returning to school as new boys varsity hoops coach

Craig resident Eric Hamilton is returning to the hardwood he once played on to lead his alma mater. Hamilton, a 1986 Moffat County High School graduate, accepted the MCHS boys varsity basketball coaching position Aug. 15. He is expected to be officially hired at Thursday night’s Moffat County School Board meeting.

Steamboat runners shine in Leadville

Since the race’s inception in 1983, the Leadville Trail 100 Run has become a benchmark among ultra endurance athletes with Hope Pass serving as the measuring stick.

The Record for Aug. 21

6:26 a.m. Deputies and Routt County Search and Rescue personnel were called to a request for a rescue in the Hahn’s Peak drainage near Clark. A man who walked away from a concert was reported lost. He was later found by deputies, and he was OK.

Monday, August 22

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Oak Creek musher motivates South Routt School District faculty

South Routt School District teachers learned Monday that preparing their students for the next chapter of their academic careers is a lot like preparing a pack of Alaskan huskies for the 1,100-plus mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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Tom Ross: Catch a chill in Steamboat

When I stood up from the campfire Saturday night it was to dig a fleece vest out of my pack so I could put it on over my fleece turtleneck. The waning half moon hadn’t come over the horizon, but the sky was bright and a chill breeze was pouring off the top of the Flat Tops.

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School Board President Robin Crossan plans to run for 2nd term

Just four days before the Aug. 26 filing deadline, the Steamboat Springs School District finally has its first candidate for the November school board election.

Steamboat Springs City Council race is finalized

The field for November’s Steamboat Springs City Council election is complete. City Clerk Julie Franklin accepted candidate petitions until 5:30 p.m. Monday, but there were no last-minute surprises. Even so, three of the four races this year are contested, and one of them features three candidates.

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Steamboat, Routt County pedal full steam ahead for USA Pro Cycling Challenge arrival

If you were hoping to pick up a marriage license at the Routt County Courthouse on Friday, you’re out of luck. But there’s time to invest in a bicycle built for two.

Crossan is first official Steamboat School Board candidate

Several other residents picked up candidate packets Monday from the Steamboat Springs School District office. The deadline to apply is Friday.

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Steamboat freshman Firestone leads Sailors golf team

Andrew Firestone shot a 79 in Rifle and Steamboat finished fifth as a team. The golfers play in a tournament in Meeker on Tuesday.

Steamboat briefs: Registration due Tuesday for women’s outdoor soccer

Registration is due Tuesday for the city of Steamboat Springs’ 2011 women’s outdoor soccer league. The league is open to all women 16 and older. Games will be played at 6 p.m. Tuesdays from Aug. 30 to Oct. 11.

It's official: Steamboat City Council candidate field is set

Three of the four open seats will be contested in the fall election. The at-large seat pits three opponents against each other.

Warm weather continues to hammer away at high country snowpack

Daily high temperatures in the mid-80s and overnight lows in the mid-40s will carry through this week in Steamboat Springs, peaking with a high of 85 on Wednesday.

Sunday, August 21

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Routt County Fair comes to a close

Tuf Garcia only needed one word to describe what it was like to clutch the reigns of his quarter horse as it thundered across a freshly groomed oval track Sunday in Hayden. “Fast,” said the first-place open sprint finisher after he was handed a belt buckle.

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Old Town Hot Springs hosts appreciation day in Steamboat

Recognizing that he had only three full days until he’d be back in a classroom in Steamboat Springs, Jack Strotbeck wasted no time going down waterslides and eating free food at Old Town Hot Springs on Sunday.

$675 stolen from Holy Name Catholic Church

A Holy Name Catholic Church staff member called police Friday to report that $675 had been stolen from a church safe sometime between Aug. 14 and 16.

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series results for Aug. 19 and 20

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series results for Aug. 19 and 20

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Luke Graham: The future of NCAA football

It has had to be harder for the University of Miami to stomach. Opposed to Ohio State University or the University of Southern California, Miami’s latest transgressions seem more critical to the fabric of the NCAA.

County Agenda for Aug. 23 and 23

County Agenda for Aug. 23 and 23

Monday Medical: Team up to manage concussions

The school year is about to start in Routt County. For many students, this means playing fall sports.

Deb Babcock: Bring garden colors indoors

Vegetable and fruit gardeners have learned how to preserve their garden bounty beyond the short harvest season through canning, freezing and other methods. Flower gardeners can do the same thing, too, for their colorful flowers, grasses, seed heads and foliage.

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge starts Monday

Deep field to race across Colorado in inaugural event

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge field, widely viewed as the deepest and most talented field to compete on U.S. soil, begins Monday and for the next seven days will travel along some of Colorado’s most scenic roads.

Running Series: Continental Divide Trail Run results

Steamboat Springs Running Series race Sunday

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Sunseri shines in crowded Running Series race in Steamboat

16-mile Divide trail run brings out top performances

Steamboat Springs athlete Nicholas Sunseri proved yet again that he’s tops in town this summer, blasting the 16-mile Continental Divide Trail Run to the tune of a course record and another first-place finish.

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Cowgirl steals hearts, wins buckle at final rodeo of Steamboat season

Five-year old Katie Jo Knez has spent the summer flying up and down Brent Romick Rodeo Arena on her trusty steed Duke, and on Saturday she locked down a season championship in pee-wee barrel racing.

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Steamboat celebrates completion of Beall Trail on Emerald Mountain

A group of those who helped guide the project gathered Saturday to dedicate the trail, to toast the hard work they’d invested in it and to celebrate bicycling.

Brian T. Kelly: Join School Board

We are fortunate to live in a community that values and supports education. However, we now find ourselves in a situation where 9 days before petitions must be submitted to the district election official, not one interested party has come forward.

John F. Russell: Facing life's challenges, 1 climb at a time

Fabio Calabria started racing bicycles when he was 12 years old, just more than a year before he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The athlete will be racing in this week’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

Dave Carley: Chemical troubles

Perhaps with the extent of the beetle-kill our eyes have become immune to what otherwise would be an obvious defoliation of the landscape.

Joel Reichenberger: Dismal future for college sports

I’ve been a passionate fan of college sports for each of my 29 years, and it’s been the rivalries that have made my experiences so great. Conference realignment has and will destroy that passion.

Hope Cook: A practical health care approach

Whether you agree with the Affordable Health Reform Act, there is a part of it that has finally put common sense into how we as a society look at our present and future health care approach.

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Altitude could be determining factor in Pro Cycling Challenge

Everyone from high-altitude doctors to the race favorites is sure of one thing: while France’s may remain the world’s best major cycling race, Colorado’s is the highest, and that will figure greatly into everything that happens.

Our View: Step forward and join School Board

With less than one week until the deadline, the Steamboat School Board doesn’t have any declared candidates for three open seats.

The Record for Aug. 19

12:09 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies talked with someone at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue.

The Jail Report for Aug. 13 to 19

Heidi Christine Blackmar, 29, Steamboat Springs — Driving under the influence, expired plates, no valid drivers license, no proof of insurance, defective headlamps (Colorado State Patrol)

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Steamboat ice cream options abound

A city that experiences six months of winter has a steadily increasing number of places that serve up dishes of an ice cold dessert, and the newest member of the ice cream club could be rolling around your Routt County neighborhood.

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Yampa Valley College alumni attend Steamboat reunion

More than 60 Yampa Valley College graduates were in Steamboat this week to reflect on their college experience at the campus that predated Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden news for Aug. 21

Get well wishes to Lori Laird’s mother, Carolyn Miller, who is in the hospital in Denver.







Yampa Valley Steam Improvement Charitable Trust

Yampa Valley Steam Improvement Charitable Trust requests proposals for Design for the Chuck Lewis SWA Phase III River Restoration project.




Notice is hereby given of the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of The Routt County Foundation for Senior Citizens, Inc. to be held Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at the Scott Community Center.


ROUTT COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT Amend and restate Routt County Zoning and Subdivision Regulations in their entirety

Town of Oak Creek

Town of Oak Creek Accounts Payable - July, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICE -- Seneca Coal Mine

PUBLIC NOTICE Seneca Coal Company LLC, 37796 CR 53, Hayden, CO 81639






NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of ROSE MARY WRIGHT, Deceased. Case No.: 2011PR39



Request-proposals-West Area Water Tank - Engineering Services

City of Steamboat Springs Request For Proposals West Area Water Tank - Engineering Services Proposal Deadline - September 16, 2011

Notice That David Dooley is applying for the title of a 1996 Tem Trailer with no VIN number.

Notice That David Dooley is applying for the title of a 1996 Tem Trailer with no VIN number.

Petition for Change of Name


Saturday, August 20

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Routt County 4-H members raise animals with hard work

Youngsters show off talents at Routt County Fair

It may only be his second year raising market swine to sell at the Routt County Fair, but Tanner now has a Reserve Grand Champion ribbon to prove that Mr. Porkchop is what he calls a “really nice pig.”

Steamboat boys tennis downs Aspen, 5-2

After two wins Friday, Steamboat cruised past regional foe Aspen on Saturday in Grand Junction, picking up a 5-2 win. The team next plays Friday against Boulder.

Request For Proposals West Area Water Tank

City of Steamboat Springs Request For Proposals West Area Water Tank - Engineering Services Proposal Deadline - September 16, 2011 The City of Steamboat Springs is soliciting proposals from qualified professional consultants to provide surveying, land and easement descriptions, geotechnical investigation, engineering design and construction administration services necessary for the West Area Water Storage Tank and associated connector piping and control systems.


REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL #235 ONE (1) MID-SPEED DIGITAL COPIER ROUTT COUNTY, COLORADO The Routt County Board of County Commissioners is soliciting offers to one (1) network connectable, digital mid-speed copier.


REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL #233 COURTHOUSE AND JUSTICE CENTER ELEVATOR MAINTENANCE SERVICE ROUTT COUNTY, COLORADO The Routt County Board of County Commissioners is soliciting offers to provide elevator preventative maintenance and routine maintenance on the elevators located at the Routt County Justice Center and Courthouse

application (RN-06) for renewal of the current Seneca II Mining Permit No. C-80-005

Seneca Coal Company LLC, 37796 CR 53, Hayden, CO 81639, has filed with the Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology, an application (RN-06) for renewal of the current Seneca II Mining Permit No. C-80-005 pursuant to the Colorado Surface Coal Mining Act 34-33-101 et. seq. and the rules and regulations of the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board. The permit renewal shall be for a term of five (5) years.

Oak Creek Accounts Payable - July, 2011

Town of Oak Creek Accounts Payable - July, 2011

annual meeting of the Board of Directors of The Routt County Foundation for Senior Citizens

TO: The Board of Directors of the Routt County Foundation for Senior Citizens, Inc. Notice is hereby given of the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of The Routt County Foundation for Senior Citizens, Inc. to be held Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at the Scott Community Center.



Amend and restate Routt County Zoning and Subdivision Regulations

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE ROUTT COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT Amend and restate Routt County Zoning and Subdivision Regulations in their entirety The above matter will go to the Routt County Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners on the following dates:


REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL #232 APPRSISAL SERVICES FOR YAMPA VALLEY REGIONAL AIRPORT (YVRA) HANGER LEASE RATES ROUTT COUNTY, COLORADO The Routt County Board of County Commissioners is soliciting offers to provide appraisals for the prevailing market rent for three steel hanger buildings located on the east side of Yampa Valley Regional Airport.


COMBINED NOTICE - COURT ORDER - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-109(2)(d) FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-082 Original Grantor(s): Michelle J. Dover Original Beneficiary(ies): Mountain Valley Bank

proposals for Design for the Chuck Lewis SWA Phase III River Restoration project

Yampa Valley Steam Improvement Charitable Trust requests proposals for Design for the Chuck Lewis SWA Phase III River Restoration project. The project is a design of 3,300 feet of river habitat restoration on the Yampa River.

Request For Proposal- Construction Manager/General Contractor

City of Steamboat Springs Request For Proposal- Construction Manager/General Contractor Airport Fixed Based Operation (FBO) Facility Proposal Deadline - August 25, 2011


DISTRICT COURT, WATER DIVISION 6, COLORADO TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN WATER APPLICATIONS IN WATER DIVISION 6 Pursuant to C.R.S. 37-92-302, you are hereby notified that the following pages comprise a resume of Applications and Amended Applications filed in the office of Water Division 6, during the month of JULY, 2011. 11CW1 ROUTT COUNTY, APPLICATION FOR WATER RIGHTS (SURFACE) Applicant: Kathleen Fitzsimmons, P.O. Box 1228, Clark, CO 80428, 970-871-1324, Name of structure: Fitzsimmons Spring. Legal Description: SE/4 NW/4 Sec. 6, T7N, R85W of the 6th P.M, 2000 ft. from N and 2000 ft. from W Sec. Line.



Steamboat Lake Water District meeting, August 26, 2011

Steamboat Lake Water and Sanitation District will hold a public meeting, August 26, 2011 starting at 7 PM in the North Routt Fire Station # 2 conference room.

Goldberg delivers keynote at Freedom Conference in Steamboat

The Steamboat Institute co-founder Rick Akin called the first day of this year’s Freedom Conference, capped by keynote speaker Jonah Goldberg, a home run.

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Dancer to open local chapter of Bennett School of Irish Dance in Steamboat

Thea Dardanis was breathing heavily as she walked over to the barre and took a long sip of water. “I’m exhausted,” the 8-year-old announced. Behind her, high school freshman McKendrey McGown and dance teacher Nora Parker were practicing a complex jig in front of the mirror at Elevation Dance Studio.

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Yampa River Art Stroll continues Saturday in Steamboat

Noah Woodford, 6, gazed around the booth, playing with a homemade necklace that he had just made while his younger brother, Liam, 5, asked a flurry of questions of local sculpture artist Sandy Graves.

Amount of gas leaked at Steamboat station still unknown

The amount of gasoline that leaked from a pump at Western Convenience still hasn’t been determined, said Zach Hope, an environmental specialist for the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety.

The Record for Aug. 18

12:12 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of men talking about explosives at a bar in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Steamboat briefs: CDOT to patch sections of US 40 at Rabbit Ears Pass

Colorado Department of Transportation crews will patch sections of U.S. Highway 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass on Tuesday and Thursday. The Tuesday work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. between mile markers 143 and 144 on the west side of the pass.

Friday, August 19

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Youngsters compete for beef showmanship at Routt County Fair

Aleigh Aurin won the first-place ribbon in senior beef showmanship at the Routt County Fair on Friday. Beef showmanship might sound like an out-of-the-ordinary competition to city folk, but it’s mandatory for 4-H youngsters showing animals in the market classes at the fair.

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Steamboat toddler who fell into creek progressing nicely

Edwin Rodriguez, the toddler who spent more than a month in a Denver hospital after falling into Butcherknife Creek in June, was all smiles as he walked around his parents’ living room and played with toys Thursday afternoon.

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Tom Ross: Courtship, cowboy style

Museum volunteer tells story of early Steamboat ranchers

The first time Mary Officer set eyes on her future husband, Val Brunner, on Lincoln Avenue in late 1920 or early 1921, he cut quite a figure. A working cowboy, he wore chaps, spurs and leather cuffs. A black cowboy hat topped it all off.

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Continental Divide Trail Run proves its popularity in Steamboat

The 2011 Ski Haus Continental Divide Trail Run takes place Sunday, but if you haven’t signed up yet, don’t plan on participating. The sold-out race will send runners about 16 miles from Fish Creek Falls over the Continental Divide to Thunderhead at Steamboat Ski Area.

Routt County real estate transactions for Aug. 11 to 18, 2011

Total sales — $12,199,900

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Unique circumstances lead to Routt County conservation easement

Purchase of development rights program helps preserve ranch

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust and the Routt County purchase of development rights program collaborated this summer on a one-of-a-kind land conservation project.

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July closings in Routt County lowest in 7 years

Summer month sees 79 transactions with total sales of $31.6 million

July, which saw 79 transactions, was a tough month for real estate closings. Despite the low unit volume, dollar volume reached $31.6 million for the month.

On the Market: Fryer tops Colorado Prudential agents

Prudential Steamboat Realty agent Darrin Fryer recently was ranked first in Colorado for “residential units sold” for Prudential in the second quarter of 2011.

Sailors boys tennis opens season with win

The Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team opened the 2011 season Friday with a pair of wins in Grand Junction. Steamboat beat Montrose, 6-1, and Durango, 5-2.

Steamboat Ski Area downhill trails get started

Initial phase of project could be ready next summer

Work began in earnest last week on the downhill mountain bike park at Steamboat Ski Area, and officials hope to have at least one trail ready by next summer.

Adult C League softball standings for Aug. 18

C League Standings and Game Results

Adult league soccer results for Aug. 17

Steamboat Medical 4, Surf Monkeys 0

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series prepares for final ride of season

It’s luck and it’s not, a good cowboy will say. It takes some luck to win a rodeo event — be it luck in the form of a cooperative calf, a high-point bucking horse or a quick-to-surrender steer.

Arnie’s Army hits Steamboat golf course

More than 40 golfers at the Steamboat Golf Club joined Arnie’s Army on Wednesday afternoon to help in the battle against prostate cancer.

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Steamboat Springs boys tennis squad starts season Friday

The Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team is hoping it can bridge a generation gap this year and maintain the high standards set in recent seasons. The team is confident a new group of core players is ready to step up.

Fall Classic on tap for Haymaker on Sept. 10

Haymaker Golf Course is accepting players for its Fall Classic golf tournament. The tournament is Sept. 10 and 11. Tee times both days begin at 9 a.m.

Women’s fall soccer league seeking players for season

Registration is open for a women’s fall soccer league. The league, in its fifth year, will be run by the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department for the first time.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Tribute to Made in the USA

The call came this morning. It was about my old seed drill. A relic from the past when most ranches grew winter wheat and had one of these drills covered, like mine, with a torn hay tarp.

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CMC breaks ground on new facility at Alpine Campus

The loud construction booms that echoed across Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus on Thursday night didn’t seem to bother anyone who attended the groundbreaking ceremony for a new academic facility in front of Bristol Hall.

Steamboat hotels have empty rooms during USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Steamboat’s inn keepers are generally enthusiastic about the exposure the resort will receive from next week’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge, but they aren’t counting on a bonanza at check-in time.

Thursday, August 18

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Routt County events calendar for Aug. 19 to 25

Barrage’s new high-energy, fiddle-fest is an entertainment extravaganza — like Riverdance and Stomp combined with a world music flare. These young musicians perform a jaw-dropping eclectic mix of music, song and dance. The group plays at 8 p.m. Saturday at Strings Music Pavilion.

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Bobby C Sound TV returns to Steamboat with audio/visual set

Not only does “Bobby C” perform live remixes and original electronic tracks rife with scratching and rapid-fire mashups, he projects onto a big screen TV complementary video clips, remixed to add a multi-sensory flavor to his dance beats.

The Record for Aug. 17

The Record for Aug. 17

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Adam Stern returns to Steamboat with jam jazz quartet

Eight years and 1,200 gigs after his first show, Denver musician Adam Stern is hitting his stride as a guitarist in a few Denver bands and his own project, Adam Stern and High Country Gentlemen. He will be in Steamboat playing a free show at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Old Town Pub.

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Nerves turn into relief at Routt County Fair

4-H members prepare and present animals at annual event

The children are not the only ones feeling the pressure during 4-H livestock judging competitions at the Routt County Fair in Hayden. Nerves also get to the parents, who have watched their children raise and care for the goats, sheep, chickens, steers and other livestock shown each summer at the Routt County Fair.

Money needed to secure flights in Vail

The Eagle Air Alliance wants a $30,000 pledge from the town of Vail in order to secure flight programs at the airport next year, but some Vail Town Council members want more proof in the numbers that the return on investment would be worth it.

Stepping out in Routt: Walton Creek ramble

This popular mountain area commuter route is a delightful option for fitness walks. The trail weaves along Walton Creek and through residential neighborhoods from River Creek Park to Whistler Park.

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Private school year approaches in Steamboat Springs

Lowell Whiteman faculty brush up on outdoor first aid at biannual training

Magazines, sweatshirts and other items were being fashioned into splints and slings to treat imaginary injuries in The Lowell Whiteman School’s gymnasium Wednesday as faculty members learned the best ways to help a student who is injured miles away from a classroom.

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Milk Run Donut Cafe, Carl’s Tavern among new Steamboat businesses

Less than two weeks after opening Milk Run Donut Cafe, co-owner Aaron Fulbright said he can’t believe the response. Fulbright opened the cafe in The Victoria at 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue with girlfriend Lindsey Smith on Aug. 6.

Teen arrested after crashing car Wednesday night

An 18-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces misdemeanor charges after police say he crashed his car while driving drunk Wednesday and then spit in a firefighter’s face.

Steamboat man accused of indecent exposure

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 39-year-old Steamboat Springs man Wednesday after a juvenile girl told officers the man was playing with himself and showed his genitals to her.

Town Challenge Dog Days of Summer results

Wednesday at Emerald Mountain

Routt County Fair schedule for Thursday, Aug. 18

The 97th annual Routt County Fair officially kicks off today.

Routt County events calendar for July 18 to 20

Missed the Boat returns to Music on the Green with its special brand of foot-stomping, rocking folk bluegrass with a splash of reggae.

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Jelly Belly team tastes USA Pro Cycling Challenge course

Ken Hanson, fresh off three top-20 stage finishes at the Tour of California, was taking a rest day Wednesday. As the rest of his Jelly Belly cycling team geared up for its third day of USA Pro Cycling Challenge reconnaissance, Hanson pecked at his bowl of cereals with a spoon.

South Routt School Board considers tax measure

The South Routt School Board will vote Thursday whether to endorse a proposed state tax increase to help fund Colorado’s public schools.

The Record for Aug. 16

6:20 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to an animal complaint in the 39600 block of Amethyst Drive.

Steamboat briefs: Correct South Routt school supplies list is now online

The South Routt School District’s back to school newsletter included an incorrect school supply list for fifth- and sixth-graders.

All Arts Festival starts Thursday in Steamboat

On Friday, Mountain Traditions gallery owner Kenton Stratton will take bronze sculptor Mark Hopkins’ work for the first time into the open air at the All Arts Festival.

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Summer Art tradition continues this month at Depot in Steamboat

Facing Mount Werner at sunrise, local painter Sharon Pace was met with a view of the pink sky and two aspen trees, standing close and in stark contrast to the beetle-kill pines that dotted the horizon.

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Condemned Hayden gym coming down

Construction workers razing Hayden’s condemned middle school gymnasium this week are finding things deep inside its walls that are more telling of its age than the cracks and asbestos that plagued the building.

Routt County building department eyes permit process

City and county officials agreed Wednesday that a sluggish construction industry might present the best opportunity to streamline a building permit process that often leaves contractors and do-it-yourselfers waiting weeks to hear the word “go.”

Wednesday, August 17

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Town Challenge series championships come down to the wire

There are certainly bigger race series — ones that draw bigger names and more riders from outside the area. But after Wednesday’s Dog Days of Summer Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series race on Emerald Mountain, it would be hard to argue that in two weeks there will be better end-of-season racing anywhere else. 

Roadside camping, parking OK'd for USA Pro Cycling Challenge

A few Colorado highways, including U.S. Highway 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass outside Steamboat Springs, will take on a new look during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge later this month.

Camping, parking along roadside to be allowed during Pro Cycling Challenge

U.S. Highway 40 could take on a whole new look when professional cyclists take on Rabbit Ears Pass later this month.

Tacks, glass found along Colorado bike race routes

Officials say the items are being purposely placed on trails and roads. The USA Pro Cycling Challenge takes to Colorado highways next week, and will be in Steamboat on Aug. 26 and 27.

Routt County Fair schedule

■ Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon Steer, sheep and goat weigh-in (MPB)

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Fall semester gets started next week for Routt County students

Freshly printed student ID cards were being handed to Steamboat Springs High School seniors Tuesday morning as the Class of 2012 returned to campus to prepare for the start of classes Aug. 24.

Steamboat June sales tax figures up 7.45 percent compared with 2010

The final city of Steamboat Springs sales tax figures for June show a 7.5 percent increase since the same month last year.

Steamboat adult league softball results for Aug. 16

Steamboat adult league softball results for Aug. 16

Steamboat adult league volleyball results for Aug. 16

Steamboat adult league volleyball results for Aug. 16

Steamboat Springs Team Lightning Summer Seasonal State Meet results

Steamboat Springs Team Lightning Summer Seasonal State Meet results

6 locals finish Leadville Trail 100 race

Tammy Jacques started the beginning of the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race Saturday unsure whether she would make it through the first 15 miles.

Steamboat golf squad starts season

With a young team and tempered expectations, it came as no surprise that a freshman led the way in the first tournament of the year for the Steamboat Springs High School golf team Monday.

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Steamboat Honey Stinger team 4th at 231-mile TransRockies race

The end result wasn’t the desired one, but Honey Stinger riders Nate Bird and Dax Massey spent their drive back from Canada on Tuesday reflecting on a successful 2011 TransRockies race.

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Emerald City Opera presents ‘Die Fledermaus’

As the rain cascaded down on the Louis Horst studio at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp on Tuesday, a host of operatic voices trilled with comedic inflection, drowning out the weather with waltz-themed drinking songs and lofty arias.

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Jimmy Westlake: Delphinus the Dolphin

The late-summer sky is dominated by several giant constellations that eat up a lot of territory: Hercules the Strong Man, Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer and Ursa Major, the Great Bear, to name a few. Tucked in between these sky-hogs are a few tiny constellations that are a snap to locate because they are so small.

Freedom Conference kicks off Friday

As keynote speaker for this year’s Freedom Conference, Jonah Goldberg will describe how the country got to where it is today in “Cheer Up, for the Worst is Yet to Come!” But the conservative pundit said he wouldn’t deny the audience what it wants.

The Record for Aug. 15

1:16 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious vehicle at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Steamboat briefs: Take our reader survey for a chance to win $500

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is conducting its annual reader survey through Friday. The reader survey is used to shape future newspaper content and information and is designed to help us better serve the community.

Bob Semro: We’re better off thanks to Medicare, Medicaid

July 30, 1965, was a milestone date in American history. On that day 46 years ago, the Social Security Act of 1965 was signed into law. That legislation introduced two new programs, Medicare and Medicaid.

Our View: Reconsider Casey’s Pond restriction

We share the enthusiasm the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission showed last week for the proposed Casey’s Pond senior living community on the south side of the city, but we think one of the restrictions placed on the conditions for approval ought to be re-examined by City Council.

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Joanne Palmer: Things that make me go ‘hmm’

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: When did everything get so complicated? For example, remote controls. I think there are at least five remotes to our TV. They work for other members of my household but not for me

Northwest Colorado water, coal conference set for next week

Next week’s combination of the Colorado Coal Power Generation Conference and Colorado Water Congress in Steamboat Springs is expected to draw more than 200 attendees, an organizer said Tuesday. “We’re hoping to have quite a few state legislators,” said Gena Hinkemeyer, coal conference event planner and a Craig resident. “We’re hoping to get them over to Craig so they can see for themselves what clean energy is all about.”

Tuesday, August 16

Twentymile Coal buys 6,300 acres in Routt County for $10M

The owners of the 30,700-acre Cross Mountain Ranch about 22 miles southwest of Steamboat Springs sold 6,335 acres of the sprawling cattle, sheep and big-game operation to Twentymile Coal on Monday for $10.13 million.

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Gas leak detected at Steamboat station

Crews working to clean and determine extent of spill

Efforts to mitigate a gasoline leak from an underground tank at Western Convenience in Steamboat Springs continue for the second week as crews work to determine the extent of the leak and the timetable for completing the cleanup.

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Town Challenge race set for Wednesday in Steamboat

Dog Days of Summer competitors to race on Emerald

The race begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday with children’s events. Pro and expert divisions begin at 6 p.m. with subsequent classes going off in waves.

Thunderstorms possible this afternoon, high of 80

Expect dry weather for the remainder of the week, with daytime highs remaining in the low to mid-80s.

Monday, August 15

Steamboat Springs School Board still without candidates

Application deadline is Aug. 26

Less than two weeks before the Aug. 26 election filing deadline there are no declared candidates to fill the three board seats that are up for re-election.

Seminars in Steamboat speaker calls for increase in diplomacy

Khalilzad speaks at Steamboat Springs event Monday

Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, told a Steamboat audience Monday evening that he thinks there still is time in 2011 for the U.S. to initiate a multinational effort to improve relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan as it prepares for large troop withdrawals from the latter.

The Record for Aug. 14

The Record for Aug. 14

Steamboat briefs: Take our reader survey for a chance to win $500

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is conducting its annual reader survey through Friday. The reader survey is used to shape future newspaper content and information and is designed to help us better serve the community.

Candidates emerge for Steamboat Springs City Council's District 3 seat

Yampatika Executive Director Sonja Macys and Prudential Steamboat Realty Broker Associate Dave Moloney confirmed Monday they would seek the four-year seat.

Steamboat gets ready for cycling spotlight

Meeting discusses what to expect for USA Pro Cycling Challenge

More than 50 community members attended a meeting at Centennial Hall that outlined the logistics of the upcoming USA Pro Cycling Challenge race and how it will affect Steamboat Springs.

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City releases Steamboat Springs Airport plans

New facility would allow SmartWool to add space

The city of Steamboat Springs released plans Monday for the new fixed-base operator facility at Steamboat Springs Airport. The 2,700-square-foot, single-floor facility will include offices, a pilot’s lounge and restrooms accessible after the building closes for the night.

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Tom Ross: Where the snow lives in August

Never Summer Wilderness true to name

I’ve always thought the Never Summer mountain range was tagged with one of the most romantic names in the Colorado Rockies. But I never took it as literally as I do now, after last weekend’s hike into the southern edge of the Never Summer Wilderness Area.

Meeting about Pro Cycling Challenge impact Monday

Steamboat residents who want to know how the Pro Cycling Challenge will affect the Steamboat area are invited to attend a community open house at 6 p.m. Monday at Centennial Hall.

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About 150 ride with Andy Schleck in Steamboat

Pro cyclist leads popular community ride Monday

More than 100 cyclists of all ages showed up to ride with Tour de France podium finisher Andy Schleck on Monday. Schleck, a pro cyclist from Luxembourg, is in town ahead of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, which will roll through town Aug. 26 and 27.

Sunday, August 14

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Luke Graham: Cycling Challenge quite the coup

These types of races are something towns always will welcome. They draw people in from outside the area. They help local businesses. But with races like this, the long-term benefits are what communities are after.

Schleck to lead community bike ride Monday in Steamboat

Community has chance to ride with high-profile cyclist

Andy Schleck, a pro cyclist from Luxembourg, will lead a community bike ride starting at 10 a.m. from Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare to Hilton Gulch on Routt County Road 35.

Middle East topic of Monday's Seminars at Steamboat

Former ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq to speak today

As former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad saw the effects of war, the results of invading each country and the thing he is most proud of: assisting with constitutions.

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series results from Aug. 12 and 13

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series results from Aug. 12 and 13

Steamboat NTRP Championships results for Aug. 12 to 14

Steamboat NTRP Championships results

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97th annual Routt County Fair kicks off Thursday

The 97th annual Routt County Fair will revive an event that once lured contestants to the Yampa Valley from as far away as Alabama but hasn’t filled the fairground’s grand stands for more than a decade. On Sunday, horses once again will race on the oval track in Hayden.

Monday Medical: Tips to avoid dehydration

Hydration is key to your health during the dog days of summer

A combination of our altitude, strong sunshine and time spent outdoors still can create a risk of becoming dehydrated. As the dog days of summer continue, are you sure you are drinking enough water?

Deb Babcock: A garden is where I want to bee

Whether or not it’s doctored up with a little additional flavor or aroma like the lavender honey I enjoy, all honey will take on the aroma and flavor of the plant on which the bees feed.

The Record for Aug. 13

12:11 a.m. Oak Creek Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to a report of a structure fire in the 100 block of East Oak Street. No other information was available.

Steamboat briefs: Take our reader survey for a chance to win $500

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is conducting its annual reader survey through Friday. The reader survey is used to shape future newspaper content and information and is designed to help us better serve the community.

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Cristin Frey: Spice up your routine with Strings in Steamboat

Get your Strings Music Festival tickets before it’s too late

We are on the final leg of our season at Strings Music Festival. If you haven’t set foot inside the pavilion this year, it’s time to check your calendar, book the baby sitter and add something new to the routine.

County Agenda for Aug. 15 and 16

County Agenda for Aug. 15 and 16

Early Steamboat Ski Area ski pass deadline Monday

Prices increase starting Tuesday

Monday is the last day to purchase a 2011-12 season pass to Steamboat Ski Area at early season prices. Starting Tuesday, season pass prices increase $210 for adults.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING Steamboat Lake Water and Sanitation District will hold a public meeting, August 26, 2011 starting at 7 PM in the North Routt Fire Station # 2 conference room.



Saturday, August 13

John F. Russell: Driving for a new season

Steamboat Springs High School golfer Sam Samlowski hit a few last balls on the Haymaker Golf Course driving range Wednesday morning before picking up his bag and walking toward the No. 1 tee to play a round.

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Steamboat brothers aim for London Olympics

The words Olympic year make any high level athlete’s ears perk up. But the words mean something different in the Worsley household. Blake and Cole are both hoping to make the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge could leave lasting impact in Steamboat

With the USA Pro Cycling Challenge set to make its debut on Colorado soil in less than two weeks, the experiences of other stateside pro races like the Tour of California and the Tour of Utah provide a link to what can be expected here in Steamboat.

Dagny McKinley: No to bike park

The 2 acres of land in question is an area that is a critical water and flora resource for wild animals such as bear, elk, moose, fox, birds and more, especially in years of early winters or late springs with high precipitation that force animals to lower elevations to find food.

Wayne Lemley: Why you should read with your kids

My kids and I do a lot of reading at home, and I think there are many benefits to it. Reading helps kids understand people and things around them much better.

Greg Zoeller: The genius of federalism

This year marks my 10th year of service for the people of Indiana working in the office of the Attorney General. But my career in service began much earlier, in 1982, working for then-Sen. Dan Quayle in Washington and later in the Bush-Quayle White House as an assistant to the vice president.

Our View: So long, CSAPs

Last week the state released what should be the final Colorado Student Assessment Program test results. Count us among those who look forward to the promise of an improved standardized test that could help guide meaningful education reform. But please forgive us for being skeptical.

The Record for Aug. 12

The Record for Aug. 12

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Steamboat fly-fishing starts to pick up

Steamboat’s belated summer wrecked havoc on local commercial river tubing operations and changed everything for river rafters. It had an effect on the fishing industry as well, and just what that means, good or bad, depends on who you ask.

The Jail Report for Aug. 6 to 12

The Jail Report for Aug. 6 to 12

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Aug. 14

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Aug. 14

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Steamboat Art Museum expanding within Rehder building

In about three weeks, the Steamboat Art Museum will add another layer to the back half of the Rehder building’s complex history. The museum will expand into the back portion of the building with a new exhibit, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Artists.

Joel Reichenberger: Change vantage point

My favorite thing about skiing — after good powder days and post-skiing appetizers, of course — is standing at the bottom of a steep run and looking up.

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Bag fee proposal coming to Steamboat Springs

Yampa Valley Recycles to recommend that city requires fees for disposable bags

A variety of Colorado communities will soon consider ordinances that would require grocery stores to charge customers for using disposable plastic bags. Count Steamboat Springs among them.

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Routt County educators prepares for new testing

TCAP testing system to replace CSAPs

Routt County educators said this week that although the test may be changing, the process will largely remain the same. This year was the last for the Colorado Student Assessment Program, the standardized test taken by third- through 10th-graders.

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Steamboat ski area logging continues

US Forest Service to do majority of work in the next 6 weeks

At times the task seemed daunting, but tree by tree, acre by acre, a new forest is emerging at Steamboat Ski Area. Last week, the ski area embarked on its largest logging operation yet to clear out beetle-killed lodgepole pines.

Request For Proposal Airport Fixed Based Operation (FBO) Facility

City of Steamboat Springs Request For Proposal- Construction Manager/General Contractor Airport Fixed Based Operation (FBO) Facility Proposal Deadline - August 25, 2011 The City of Steamboat Springs is soliciting proposals from qualified Contractors to supply a turn-key building (modular or stick built) to be used for public Fixed Base Operations (FBO) at the Steamboat Springs Airport in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The building will be approximately 3,000 sq. ft.and shall be turnkey including interior and exterior finishes.


COMBINED NOTICE CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-148 Original Grantor(s): David J Andrea and Jeanette L Andrea Original Beneficiary(ies): Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-150 Original Grantor(s): Kari Rae Doerr and Thomas J. Doerr Original Beneficiary(ies): Option One Mortgage Corporation


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-147 Original Grantor(s): Gary Wayne Otis Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for GMAC Mortgage Corporation


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-149 Original Grantor(s): Farhod T Khabibullaev and Narghiza A Mikhmanova Original Beneficiary(ies): Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-146 Original Grantor(s): Burgess Creek Partners, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company Original Beneficiary(ies): Wachovia Mortgage Corporation

ORDINANCE: 2400-2402

NOTICE IS HEREBY, GIVEN that the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, adopted the following ordinances on second and final reading: ORDINANCE: 2400- ORDINANCE: 2402

Revision Application No. 75 (TR-75) for the Seneca II-W Mine (Permit No. C-1982-057),

The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety proposes to Approve Technical Revision Application No. 75 (TR-75) for the Seneca II-W Mine (Permit No. C-1982-057), submitted by Seneca Coal Company, LLC. This revision is required to abate Notice of Violation No. CV 2011-001, and provides design details for the lower portion of 006 Gulch to repair channel damage caused by the Mine Entrance Haul Road landslide.

Hayden Public Library is accepting bids for a cedar privacy fence

Hayden Public Library is accepting bids for a cedar privacy fence, approximately 180 ' long, 6' high. Please contact the library for more information. 970-276-3777.








STEAMBOAT SPRINGS BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT MEETING AGENDA CITIZENS' MEETING ROOM, CENTENNIAL HALL, 124 10TH STREET THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2011, 5:00 P.M. 1. Project: Parkes-Forbes Subdivision, Lot 1 #VAR-11-02 Applicant: Pinnacle Peak Investors, LLC, 9023 West 139th Terrace, Overland Park, KS 66221; Local Contacts: Kevin Dyche (970) 846-5632 or Randy Lentz (970) 846-0511 Location: 2400 Lincoln Ave

Two taken to hospital after head-on collision Saturday

The crash occurred around 8:30 a.m. when the man, driving an SUV pulling a boat, suffered a seizure while heading north on Fish Creek Falls Road.

10th annual Regatta is Saturday at Steamboat Lake

The 10th annual Steamboat Scowboys MC Scow Sailing Regatta begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Steamboat Lake.

Swiggart wins in doubles and grabs 2nd in singles

Rising Steamboat Springs High School senior Jamey Swiggart made it to the finals in singles play and won the doubles championship at the USTA Intermountain Tennis Association’s Summer Sizzler Sectional Championship last weekend.

Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs to host tournament

The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs is host 258 players from 12 states this weekend during the 2011 Steamboat NTRP Tennis Championships.

Wild West Relay rolls through Steamboat on Saturday

The eighth annual Wild West Relay began Friday in Fort Collins and will see runners trickle into Steamboat Springs throughout the day Saturday.

Friday, August 12

Steamboat Springs riders to tackle Leadville Trail 100

Some 2,000 riders, including at least eight from Steamboat Springs, are expected to take off at 6:30 a.m. Saturday and tackle the Leadvill Trail 100 race that begins at 10,200 feet and reaches a high point of 12,500 feet.

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Steamboat painter makes Pro Cycling Challenge art

Chula Beauregard was riding her bike on an all-too-familiar route. “I saw the big sky and the road going through the fields they are going to race on,” Beauregard said. “I thought it would be a good idea for a painting.” So did the organizing committee for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

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North Routt Music Festival takes on cause in 2nd year

Yes, there will be bands — four this year — drinks and dancing at the North Routt Music Festival. But there also will be a fundraising element to this year’s second annual event at Glen Eden Resort on Sunday.

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G. Love and Special Sauce plays Free Summer Concert Saturday

All Garett Dutton wanted was to make one record. And almost 20 years ago, while playing a weekly gig for $125 at an Irish pub in Boston, Dutton felt that G. Love and Special Sauce had what it took to get there.

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Tom Ross: Lithia water mellows the man

If I had a time machine, I’d eagerly go back to the days of the Great Depression in Steamboat. Not because I think the economy was better back then than it is now. I’ll take a double dip of recession in 2011 over the economic hardship of the early 1930s.

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Tourism outlook unclear in Steamboat Springs

The city of Steamboat Springs is keeping a close eye on the economy given its possible impact on summer and winter tourism. Kim Weber, Steamboat’s budget and tax manager, said the city is beginning to plan its budget for 2012, with an eye toward the conservative.

Real estate transactions for Aug. 5 to 11

Real estate transactions for Aug. 5 to 11

Diverse buyers are back in Steamboat Springs

Despite dicey economic news, clients still are seeking real estate in area

Joy Rasmussen, of Colorado Group Realty, said clients still are arriving for their combined August vacations and property searches. She has been showing property this summer to a diverse group of clients.

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Steamboat senior community offers promise, poses challenges

The business model for Casey’s Pond calls for Pearl Senior Living, the development and management entity for the continual care community, to rent its mix of independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing residences.

On the Market: Bank of the West names McCollum as manager

John McCollum, a longtime South Routt resident, has been promoted to Branch Manager for Bank of the West in Steamboat Springs. In his new role, McCollum is responsible for maintaining and developing the bank’s vision of a community bank.

Steamboat briefs: Classical radio station seeks funding support

The cost of bringing classical music programming to the Yampa Valley on FM radio has not gone down and the board of the nonprofit West Slope FM is asking for help to shore up its balance sheet.

Woman improving after ATV accident on Tuesday

A Facebook page as been set up for the 44-year-old woman involved in an all-terrain vehicle accident Tuesday near Hahn’s Peak.

The Record for Aug. 11

The Record for Aug. 11

Lawsuit filed against Steamboat dog shooter

The owners of the black Labrador retriever who was shot and killed in Steamboat this spring have filed a lawsuit seeking at least $15,000 from the man who admitted to the shooting.

Adult softball C League standings and game results for Aug. 11

C League standings and game results for Aug. 11.

Steamboat briefs: Building Green seminar registration due today

Registration due today for Green Building seminar to be held next week at The Steamboat Grand. Built Green University in conjunction with HBA Steamboat, the city of Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council are holding a building science and green building seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Record for Aug. 10

9 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a car broken down on Routt County Road 21 in Yampa.

Steamboat Springs School Board grants access for bike park

A group proposing a bicycle park on land between Whistler Park and Walton Creek cleared a big hurdle Thursday night.

Oak Creek Town Board votes no on secret ballots

Future votes on Oak Creek Town Board vacancies will now be conducted by paper ballot with board members required to sign their names at the top of the ballot.

Thursday, August 11

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Routt County events calendar for Aug. 12 to 18

Jed Clampit will return to the North Routt Music Festival on Sunday at the Glen Eden Resort in Clark. Tickets are $25 for the afternoon of live, outdoor sets including Missed the Boat, Red Eye and Jesse Christensen and Jon Gibbs.

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Planning commissioners put limit on developments at senior center

10-year limit disappoints Casey’s Pond team

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the 121,000-square-foot Casey’s Pond, limiting the period in which developers could build additions to a decade.

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Stemaboat racing family heads to Chile

Zehners to train next month with US Ski Team

Even in a town with its fair share of medal-winning Olympians, the Zehner family has distinguished itself in ski racing. That prowess and passion now has earned two Zehners a chance to push even further in their sport.

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Bella’s Wine Bar in Steamboat features house band, special guests for Jazz Night

In the cozy cellar room of Bella’s Wine Bar, a trio of Steamboat musicians jammed with a sophisticated ease, as only musicians who have played jazz together for decades can do. The musical bond of guitarist Randy Kelley, bassist Chris Koebnick and drummer Ron Wheeler clearly had held fast throughout the years as they traded nods, smiles and small gestures in their almost-indecipherable language of collective improvisation.

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Steamboat Springs golf team readies for season tee off

Gone is the experience and depth that have been a trademark of the Steve Dodson-led Steamboat Springs High School golf team. In their place is a new era of young golfers.

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John Jorgenson Quintet returns to Steamboat for show Friday

John Jorgenson gives an American voice to the European tradition of gypsy jazz music. Ever since he first heard the worldly genre from the fingertips of French gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, it became his passion.

Stepping out in Routt: Serene creek-side loop

This hidden gem provides a mix of creek-side singletrack and urban sidewalks. From the parking area, walk toward the creek, and you will see the singletrack trail.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Be ‘Colorado Proud’ this month

According to Colorado’s agricultural commissioner, August is the perfect month in which to showcase Colorado’s diverse bounty. Here in Steamboat Springs, Safeway and City Market are advertising two different Colorado Proud items — Olathe corn grown here on the Western Slope and Sakata corn grown in Weld County.

Mary Walker: At the expense of the people

With pressure mounting on the government to do something concrete about the latest in a long line of mishandling of public funds, officials announced that indeed they could release money to schools to supplement their food stocks until the normal closing date.

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Steamboat group hooks up with Trout Unlimited

Yampa Valley Fly Fishers now Chapter 929 of Trout Unlimited

The valley’s 28-year-old fly fishing club, with a long tradition of helping to complete habitat improvement projects, has allied itself with a national organization. The Yampa Valley Fly Fishers are now the Yampa Valley Fly Fishers Chapter 929 of Trout Unlimited.

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Expert addresses immigration reform at Seminars at Steamboat

Immigration policy expert and activist Tamar Jacoby said the United States is witnessing a huge wave of immigration that rivals the iconic wave from the 1880s to 1920s.

Routt County commissioners OK gravel pit

Business expected to produce 30 to 40 tons of gravel annually

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a gravel pit southwest of Hayden that would be well-situated to supply gravel to the oil and gas drilling pads that are expected to pop up in Routt County.

Phippsburg man arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two girls in 2009

Police say they learned of the alleged assaults when one of the girls and her father came forward late last month. The man is facing Class 4 felony charges.

Medical marijuana dispensary owner to run for Steamboat City Council

D and C Medical Marijuana and Therapeutic Massage co-owner Daryl Levin will seek the two-year, at-large seat. The Old Town resident will oppose residents John Fielding and Kevin Kaminski.

Police say 3 cars stolen in Steamboat since July 30

One of the vehicles, a Toyota Tacoma pickup, was recovered by police in Salina, Kan., on Tuesday. The suspect in that case has been arrested.

Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series results: Storm Peak Challenge

Wednesday at Steamboat Ski Area

Steamboat School Board to decide today on bike park access issue

Board members have said their responsibility isn't to decide whether the park is appropriate, but to rule on whether it's in the school district's best interest to allow temporary use of an access trail during a three-week construction period.

Steamboat briefs: Oak Creek Town Board to hold its biweekly meeting

The Oak Creek Town Board hosts its biweekly meeting at 7 p.m.Thursday at Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd. First, the board will consider appointing Jeff Graber to the Oak Creek Planning Commission. Graber submitted a letter of interest for the vacant position.

Wednesday, August 10

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Town challenged in Steamboat summer cycling series

Wednesday’s Storm Peak Challenge, the toughest race in the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series, pushed riders like no other event does, driving them up slopes so steep that many in the usually iron-willed field were reduced to hopping off their bikes like mere mortals.

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No injuries in small kitchen fire Wednesday night

Residents at Dream Island Mobile Home Park put out the small fire with a fire extinguisher before firefighters arrived.

The Record for Aug. 9

1:16 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an abandoned car at a gas station in the first block of Anglers Drive.

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Advocates Building Peaceful Communities to host annual fundraiser

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities' annual fundraiser is Saturday in its traditional format of food, drinks and chocolate. The 26th annual Decadent Desserts is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Steamboat Grand.

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Dave Gerard makes annual pilgrimage for Steamboat shows

As Dave Gerard drove into the Rocky Mountains for five live performances this weekend, the New England native had a new addition riding in the backseat. Two-year-old Ada, his first child, is joining him on tour for the first time.

Logging resumes at Steamboat Ski Area

Beetle-killed tree-removal operation is largest to date

During the next two months, logging crews will be removing an estimated 100 acres of trees, and numerous hiking and biking trails will be closed below Thunderhead Peak.

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2 men charged with harassment after jail fight in Steamboat

Man who stabbed teen at library, victim's brother charged with harassment

Adam Huber, the man serving a six-month sentence for stabbing a 14-year-old boy in the hand at Bud Werner Memorial Library in April, was involved in an altercation July 30 with the boy’s older brother, William Ellifritz.

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Steamboat senior-living facility hits $40 million

Developers seek permit for care center along Walton Creek Road

The developers of a more than $40 million senior-living facility off Walton Creek Road enter the city approval process in earnest Thursday night when they go before the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission seeking a development permit.

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Crews reach 85-percent containment on Cedar Fire

Fire crews have achieved 85-percent containment on the Cedar Fire, a blaze near Cedar Mountain, five miles northwest of Craig, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported late Wednesday. The fire began about 11 a.m. Tuesday on Bureau of Land Management public land at the base of Cedar Mountain on Moffat County Road 7. It’s been described as a “wildland urban interface fire.” “Fire crews made good progress with mop-up and fireline reinforcement today,” according to fire authorities. “However access to parts of the fire was hampered by steep, rough terrain. No support with retardant was necessary and there has been no fire growth.”

Woman taken to hospital after ATV rollover

A 44-year-old woman was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center with injuries not considered to be life-threatening after she rolled her all-terrain vehicle Tuesday in North Routt County.

USA Pro Cycling Challenge field finalized

136 riders to come through Steamboat Springs on Aug. 26 and 27

The 136-rider field for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge was finalized Wednesday morning in anticipation of the Aug. 22 to 28 race, which will be in Steamboat on Aug. 26 and 27.

Adult league softball standing for Aug. 9

Standings and results for Steamboat Springs adult league softball.

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Town Challenge makeup race set for Wednesday at Steamboat Ski Area

Just because it took a week longer doesn’t mean the Storm Peak Challenge hill climb will get any easier. Originally scheduled for last week but washed away because of rain, the fifth of seven Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series events is rescheduled for Wednesday.

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Joanne Palmer: New rules for an uncool mom

I have my life back, and I don’t want it. Let me explain. My son, the child formerly known as Peter, has morphed into a teenager and doesn’t need me anymore. He prefers hanging out with his peeps instead of me.

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Jimmy Westlake: Perseids compete with Fruit Moon

Two of my favorite things happen in early August: The serviceberries ripen, and the Perseid meteors shoot across the sky. I spend my waking hours scanning the high branches for the sweet Rocky Mountain berries and what should be my sleeping hours scanning the skies for shooting stars.

Seminars at Steamboat returns Thursday with Tamar Jacoby

Tamar Jacoby will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday at Strings Music Pavilion. Tickets are free and available for pickup at 4:15 p.m. at the pavilion.

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Steamboat youths work through grief with photography projects

Under her photograph of a paint-splattered flowerpot, 13-year-old Rachael Green had printed the words “Free. Imagination. Joy.” On Friday, Rachael admired that photo on the wall of Kneading Hands massage studio, where it hung along with about 20 other photographs by her and several peers.

The band plays on at Hahn's Peak Ranch

The Routt County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to let the band play a little later at Hahn’s Peak Ranch wedding receptions but also set limits on when to get the party started.

Steamboat briefs: Defensive driving class for new motorists is offered

Steamboat Springs High School students who want to park a vehicle on campus or apply for open campus privileges in the 2011-12 school year are required to take a 4.5-hour Alive at 25 defensive driving course.

Barb Parnell: Fight obesity

Colorado is officially the leanest state in the nation, with a 19.8 percent adult obesity rate, according to the “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future” report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health released in July.

Our View: Officials must stand for transparency

The principle of open government took a blow last week from a disturbing Colorado Court of Appeals ruling that opens the door for public bodies like school boards and city councils to conduct secret ballots to make decisions that impact the people they were elected to serve.

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Tests in store for Steamboat bike course

A 2-acre parcel of vacant grassland between Whistler Park and Walton Creek was empty Tuesday afternoon, with the exception of an occasional neighborhood resident walking a dog along a singletrack trail.

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Moonhill Dairy is reviving a Routt County tradition

Out of sight, in a remote corner of the Elk River Valley, 13 new arrivals from Missouri and Idaho are making a daily contribution to reviving Routt County’s dormant dairy industry. John Weibel, who raises grass-fed beef under the Rockin J Pastures brand has added dairy cows to his operation at Moonhill Dairy.

Tuesday, August 9

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Town Challenge makeup race is Wednesday

Originally scheduled for last week but washed away because of rain, the fifth of seven Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series events is rescheduled for Wednesday.

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Crews battle Cedar Mountain blaze

Officials working to determine cause of 75-acre fire

Northwest Colorado agencies are working to contain what authorities described as a “wildland urban interface fire” near Cedar Mountain. The Cedar Fire, as named by the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit, began about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday on Bureau of Land Management public land. It is burning at the base of Cedar Mountain, off Moffat County Road 7, five miles northwest of Craig.

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Hunting Survival 101

With most trophy animals located off the beaten track, inherent risks come with chasing record-book racks. When hunting you’ll often be far from help in unfamiliar terrain, and oftentimes you’ll be alone.

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Great Hunting Areas

Deer, elk, and antelope live here in numbers not seen in other parts of the country. Add to that large tracts of public land — both national forest and BLM with reasonable access — and we have a recipe for success that’s hard to match.

Boy released from hospital after Yampa River rescue

A 2-year-old boy rescued from the Yampa River on Sunday night was released from a Denver hospital Tuesday morning and is on his way back home, police said.

Kevin Kaminski confirms Steamboat City Council run

The co-owner of B&K Distributing previously served on the council in 2005 and 2006. He'll run for the at-large seat and likely will face Rich Levy or John Fielding.

Circus has performances today and Wednesday in downtown Steamboat

The four-show run at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena begins with performances at 5 and 7 p.m. today. Children are admitted free with a paying adult.

Steamboat prepares for Pro Cycling Challenge parking, traffic issues

The professional cyclists racing into and out of Steamboat Springs later this month may not have to use their brakes, but motorists here won’t have much of a choice. Read on for detailed road closure and detour information as well as maps of stage start and finish areas.

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Community members, elected officials help CNCC commemorate new Craig campus

A community college can’t thrive without a supportive community around it. “It’s truly the thing that makes us go,” said Gene Bilodeau, vice president of administration at Colorado Northwestern Community College, a school with campuses in Craig and Rangely. Evidence of a supportive community, as well as appreciation for that support, surrounded Monday afternoon’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at CNCC’s new Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St. The campus includes a new academic building and career technical center.

Monday, August 8

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat high school offers Alive at 25 class

Steamboat Springs High School students who want to park a vehicle on campus or apply for open campus privileges in the 2011-12 school year are required to take a 4.5-hour Alive at 25 defensive driving course.

The Record for Aug. 7

The Record for Aug. 7

Routt County officials weigh secret ballot ruling

Colorado Court of Appeals rules public bodies can vote in secret

A week after the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that public boards can vote in secret, Oak Creek’s Town Board will continue to discuss whether they should vote to fill board vacancies using a secret ballot — a practice the town has employed for much of the past three decades.

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Tom Ross: Cancer survivor shares her ‘gift’ with Steamboat cyclists

I expected to enjoy a special evening Friday night when I knotted a neck tie for the first time in months to head out to the Ride 4 Yellow ball at Marabou. Everything at the event, however, was overshadowed by the keynote address by Amy Dodson.

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Ranch issue makes noise in Routt County

Commissioners asked to decide on permitting specifics for events

The Routt County Board of Commissioners at a Tuesday meeting is expected to decide how late a wedding party can celebrate the new union and still remain compatible with nearby campgrounds in Steamboat Lake State Park.

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Colorado Division of Wildlife and Parks agencies merge

Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife aims for smooth transition

Combining the Division of Wildlife and State Parks was first-year Gov. John Hickenlooper’s idea and serves as an example of the administration’s effort to restructure and modernize government agencies, director Rick Cables said.

Nevada man hits deer on motorcycle

A 58-year-old man from Reno, Nev., was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries Sunday after his motorcycle collided with a deer on U.S. Highway 40 near mile marker 153 in Grand County, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

2-year-old rescued from Yampa River on Sunday afternoon

The boy was with his parents and a large group of swimmers when he fell in. A group of tubers and rafters found the boy unconscious and face down in the water about 150 yards downriver, police said.

The week ahead in Steamboat: Groundhog Day

A high-pressure system camping out over much of western Colorado will bring sunny skies and dry weather to Steamboat Springs this week. Expect each day to look much like the next.

Sunday, August 7

Steamboat briefs: The 3rd annual Freedom Conference is Aug. 19, 20

The Steamboat Institute’s third annual Freedom Conference is Aug. 19 and 20 at The Steamboat Grand. The institute is an organization that lists its core values as limited government, lower taxes, free markets, strong national defense, and individual rights and responsibilities.

Routt County educators weigh support of state tax increase

Initiative 25 would raise sales and income tax rates to increase funding for public schools by millions

If passed in November, state Sen. Rollie Heath’s Initiative 25 temporarily would increase the state’s income tax rate from 4.63 percent to 5 percent and increase the sales tax from 2.9 percent to 3 percent.

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Luke Graham: What went wrong with the Rockies

Prior to the start of the baseball season, the Colorado Rockies were a plush pick to win the National League West Division. If nothing else, the team would compete for the wild card. As it stands now, the team is closer to enjoying fall on the couch than anything resembling baseball.

Aging Well: Aging Well says goodbye to page

Today is the final day the Aging Well page will appear in the Steamboat Today. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association introduced the page five years ago to promote its new Aging Well program, developed to improve the health of adults 50 and older in our region.

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Valerie Powell: Fun week ahead at Strings

Strings Music Festival’s concerts this week can be summed up in one word: fun. From a comical youth and family concert, to lively gypsy jazz, to music from popular movies, everyone will enjoy this week’s music. To close out the classical season, two full-scale orchestra concerts are Wednesday and Saturday nights.

The Record for Aug. 6

The Record for Aug. 6

Jane McLeod: Fennel: A case of mistaken identity

In all categories — appearance, cultivation, medicinal properties, culinary — but taste, fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) closely resembles dill and is often mistaken for it. It too is stately and graceful with finely divided feathery green leaves, grows on tall hollow stalks, produces clusters of tiny yellow umbel flowers.

Monday Medical: Man vs. beast: Wildlife encounters

Intuitively, one might think our biggest threat comes from the biggest carnivores: mountain lions and bears. After all, they are just that — the biggest. But in this case, the risk seems more theoretical than real, as we haven’t seen an injury from these animals in living memory. The recent bear-related fatalities in other states involved grizzlies, which are not native to our region.

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Ride 4 Yellow event evolves in 2nd year in Steamboat

The second annual Ride 4 Yellow in Steamboat Springs pushed the two-year total earnings well beyond $500,000, half of which will go to support the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and half of which will be kept in Northwest Colorado for local cancer-fighting efforts.

The Record for Aug. 5

12:27 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to a fire alarm in the 2600 block of Ski Trail Lane. Everything was fine.

Jail Report for July 30 to Aug. 5

Sterlon Blanchard Mayo III, 43, Steamboat Springs — Larceny, forgery, theft (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

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Economy sets back Hayden Public Works projects

Hayden’s Public Works warehouse has all the signs of regular use; the break room floor is covered with dusty boot prints, and shelves that line the walls of a large garage are stocked with the countless nuts and bolts that help keep the town — or at least its equipment — running.

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Steamboat grad promoted to head of Navy destroyer

As Cmdr. Nicole Shue drove on Friday, she waited anxiously for the Yampa Valley to open up before her. “It’s breathtaking, and I feel like I’m home, even though there’s no ocean,” Shue said about pulling into Steamboat. “This was where I grew up, this was my foundation.” Upon that foundation, Shue has built a successful career in the Navy.

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Steamboat companies use trade show to boost international appeal

Outdoor Retailer attracts nearly 2,000 companies for an audience of global purchasers and members of the media. About 40,000 people attend the shows in Salt Lake City. And this year, Big Agnes, Honey Stinger, Point6 and SmartWool showed off their products to potential buyers.

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Racing gets down, dirty and fun at Steamboat BMX track

New course in Steamboat is a hit with riders new and old

Only the largest hill gave Kade Lawton trouble. Little more than a bump to most riders, a tabletop feature midway through the still-new Steamboat Springs BMX course loomed as a mighty mountain to Kade as he prepared for his second run in Thursday night’s Team Flying Wheels BMX race series at the Howelsen Hill.

Joel Reichenberger: Surprise benefits of running

When I ran my first Steamboat Springs Running Series race two weeks ago, I was aware of some of the benefits before I even left the starting line. Running that 5-kilometer race came with one perk I didn’t expect. however. Finishing the course that day has allowed me to forever talk about my accomplishment.

Saturday, August 6

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Steamboat grad DeLine a Ram for life

2008 Steamboat graduate proving to be 1 of best kickers in CSU history

Ben DeLine’s earliest memory of Colorado State University football was prophetic. "Man, my earliest memory is (former coach) Sonny Lubick told me he had a spot on the team for me,” DeLine said. So even though the comment was probably made in jest, it set the groundwork for what’s evolving into one of the greatest careers for a place kicker in Rams history.

John F. Russell: It’s time to rebuild

It may seem like summer has just begun in the Rocky Mountains, but football fans know a more important time of year is upon us. It’s time to dig into the back of our closets for the blue-and-orange sweatshirts with the words “Denver Broncos” printed above a snorting horse head.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Aug. 7

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Aug. 7

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat School District seeks board candidates

The Steamboat Springs School District is issuing a call for nominations for School Board candidates. School district directors will be elected in districts 2, 4 and 5 in the Nov. 1 general election.

Murray Tucker: Hooverian economics

Like our current president, Herbert Hoover knew little to nothing about economics. This truly great man had one big flaw. He listened to monetarist professor Irving Fisher, of Harvard, rather than employment economist John Maynard Keynes.

Bob E. Sherman: No dogs allowed

I’m halfway through my three-week visit to Steamboat. While I am enjoying my stay, I seem to be the only person traveling without a dog.

Sen. Mark Udall: Back to jobs

Last week, the Senate reached a compromise to narrowly avoid the nation’s first-ever default. Although the deal we got is less than I had hoped for, I voted for it because one goal overrode all others: preventing a default on our debt obligations, which could have pushed our fragile economy into a double-dip recession.

Our View: No need for goat ordinance

Residential demand for keeping goats as pets simply isn’t significant enough to warrant changing existing law, especially if the new law invites future nuisance disputes between neighbors.

a Permit Revision (No.06) to the Seneca II-W Mine, Permit C-82-057.

Seneca Coal Company, 37796 Routt County Road 53, P.O. Box 670, Hayden, Colorado 81639, has filed with the Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology, a Permit Revision (No.06) to the Seneca II-W Mine, Permit C-82-057. This permit revision removes the Tie-Across Haul Road from the II-W permit area. The Tie-Across Haul Road will be transferred to the Hayden Gulch Loadout permit area (Permit No C-1992-081).


NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO C.R.S. 38-21.5 - 101 TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Notice is given that on the 20th of August, 2011 at 10:00 AM, the property described below will be sold by private sale at Milner Mini-Storage, 21485 W. Hwy 40, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, to pay delinquent rent and late charges incurred by Anthony Bartl (tenant), whose last known address is General Delivery, Boulder, CO 80302, for unit # 47 at Milner Mini-Storage.




COMBINED NOTICE - RESTART - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-109(2)(b)(II) FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-295 Original Grantor(s): Daniel R. Storry, II and Johrene Meyers Story Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for GMAC Mortgage, LLC f/k/a GMAC Mortgage Corporation


Separate sealed BIDS for the 13th Street/Depot Water Main Replacement Project will be received by the OWNER at the CITY OF STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, 137 10th Street, P.O. Box 775088, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, (970) 879-2060, until 1:00 PM prevailing time on August 25, 2011 and then publicly read aloud. Bids received after the deadline will be returned to the Bidder unopened.




COMBINED NOTICE - AMENDED - PUBLICATION FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-142 Original Grantor(s): David J Andrea and Jeanette L Andrea Original Beneficiary(ies): Wells Fargo Bank, NA


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-145 Original Grantor(s): Timothy A Boehm and Bridget Boehm Original Beneficiary(ies): Bank Of America, N.A

BIDS for the construction of YAMPA RIVER TRAIL

Separate sealed BIDS for the construction of "YAMPA RIVER TRAIL - West Lincoln Park Improvements", will be received by the OWNER at the office of the OWNER, City of Steamboat Springs, P.O. Box 775088, 137 10th Street, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, Attention: Anne Small until 2:00 P.M. prevailing time on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, and then at said location publicly opened and read aloud. Late bids and bids delivered to the wrong address will be returned to the bidder unopened.


Peabody Sage Creek Mining, LLC. NOTICE OF BLASTING SCHEDULE The Colorado Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Act of 1979 (34-33-101 et seq.) and the Rules and Regulations of the Colorado Mined Reclamation Board for Coal Mining, and in particular Rule 4.08.3, requires that, "Each person who conducts surface blasting incident to surface mining activities to publish a blasting schedule at least 10 days, but no more than 20 days, before beginning a blasting program in which blasts that use more than 5 pounds of explosives or blasting agent are detonated."


On May 2, 2011, the All Crimes Enforcement Team (ACET) seized the property described below from 1300 Athens Plaza, Building Epsilon, Unit 11, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487 on May 2, 2011. The property was subsequently turned over to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The property is subject to administrative forfeiture under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. § 981 U.S.C (a)(1)(A) and 18 U.S.C. § 981(a)(1)(C) due to the property's involvement in a transaction, or attempted transaction, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1956. This property is also subject to forfeiture under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. § 981(a)(1)(C) as the proceeds of specified unlawful activity.

ACTIVITY #: PV2011-003

CONSIDERATION FOR APPROVAL Board of Adjustment Meeting: March 14, 2011 OF MINUTES: Board of Adjustment Meeting: June 13, 2011 APPELLANT: JOHN & JONI STICE ACTIVITY #: PV2011-003 REQUEST: 10' Front Setback Variance for the construction of a roof to cover the existing front deck LOCATION: 26755 Little Hawk Lane Replat of Lots 26, 27 & 41-43, Steamboat Lake, Filing 5

Call for Nominations for School Directors South Routt

Call for Nominations for School Directors South Routt School District Routt County, Colorado The Board of Education of South Routt School District in the County of Routt, State of Colorado, calls for nomination of candidates for school directors to be placed on the ballot for the regular biennial school election to be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-141 Original Grantor(s): Darrin Fryer Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as nominee for Countrywide Bank, FSB


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-144 Original Grantor(s): Kale Hart and Susan L Hart Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as nominee for CWB MORTGAGE VENTURES, LLC dba FNBR Mortgage



Steamboat Running Series' Mount Werner 5- and 12-mile race results

Steamboat Running Series' Mount Werner 5- and 12-mile race results

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Racers flock to challenging Mount Werner Classic course

A record field of 125 runners tackled Saturday’s two races, the 5-mile run and a 12-mile run at Mount Werner on Saturday. Nick Sunseri grabbed control of the season-long Steamboat Springs Running Series points contest by winning his fourth race of the summer.

Friday, August 5

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Steamboat Springs Team Lightning swim team members compete at state

Nine Steamboat Springs Team Lightning swim team members competed at the Colorado Swimming Long Course State Championships from July 29 to 31.

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Tom Ross: Mesa Club calls trump for 80 years

There’s a posse of card sharks that’s been operating in Steamboat for 80 years and I dare say very few people are aware of the activities of the Mesa Club. They play a friendly game of 500 every Wednesday afternoon in the breakfast room of the historic Rabbit Ears Motel

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Ride 4 Yellow set to roll in Steamboat

It’s the stories, Ride 4 Yellow’s Kerry Shea explained. The cancer fundraiser returns for its second year this weekend and Shea said it’s the stories from those who’ve had their lives touched by cancer that keep him and the rest of the event organizers going.

Wildlife Federation to discuss deer decline in Steamboat, Craig

A team of wildlife biologists hired by the National Wildlife Federation doesn’t know exactly why populations of pronghorn and mule deer are declining in our area. However, they are concerned enough that they are coming to Steamboat and Craig on Thursday and Friday to host public meetings.

Real estate transactions for July 29 to Aug. 4

Real estate transactions for July 29 to Aug. 4

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One Steamboat Place debuts new pricing

After announcing July 7 that they had successfully restructured nearly $100 million in original construction debt, the developers of One Steamboat Place have unveiled a new price list detailing reductions on the remaining 24 whole-ownership units. The price reductions range from $600,000 to just more than $1 million.

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Commercial momentum builds in Steamboat

Established businesses taking advantage of price reductions, low interest rates

Commercial real estate has been a tough sale in the midst of the construction drought, but commercial brokers say fall will bring a burst of activity, particularly on Lincoln Avenue. Additionally, there are signs that well-established businesses in Routt County are getting ready to take advantage of 50 percent price reductions and low interest rates to move into new spaces.

On the Market: Alpine Mountain Ranch’s Daly picks up Powderhorn

Andy Daly, co-developer of Alpine Mountain Ranch just outside Steamboat hasn’t lost his appetite for undeveloped land near ski areas.

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Alice comes to life for Strings performance in Steamboat

In a whirlwind of modern instrumental music, wild costumes, physical character acting and post-modern dance, the dark fantasy of “Alice in Wonderland” will come to life with a new edge Saturday night at Strings Music Festival.

The Record for Aug. 4

The Record for Aug. 4

Steamboat briefs: Hayden Town Council names Byrne-Erickson as top choice

The Hayden Town Council named Steamboat Springs municipal court prosecutor Colette Byrne-Erickson as its top choice to fill Hayden’s part-time municipal court judge position. Byrne-Erickson has served as Steamboat’s municipal court prosecutor since 1993 and will replace municipal court Judge Steve Frasier, who retired in April after serving in Hayden for 14 years.

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Front Range jam band Ground Up makes 1st stop in Steamboat

Guitarist Dave Halchak has always felt at home in crowds of tens of thousands of concertgoers. That sense of community he feels at Phish and String Cheese Incident shows is what he hopes to achieve with his new band, Ground Up. Ground Up plays its first show in Steamboat on Friday.

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Routt County Search and Rescue takes new approach to fundraising

Routt County Search and Rescue is using an innovative fundraising approach to target locals, who have proven to be the most frequent users of their services. The organization’s big fundraising drive launched Friday, when marketing materials were delivered to 10 local businesses and restaurants.

First Friday Artwalk listings in Steamboat for Aug. 5

First Friday Artwalk listings in Steamboat for Aug. 5

Adult C League softball standings for Aug. 4

Adult C League softball standings for Aug. 4

2011 summer league youth lacrosse Week 6 results

Week 6 results for the 2011 youth lacrosse summer league.

Hayden Town Council votes to move forward with airport ticket change

The Hayden Town Council is moving forward with plans to increase parking fines at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. If passed, the ordinance would increase the rate of parking tickets at the airport from $20 to at least $85.

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Routt District Attorney's Office fills position

A University of Notre Dame Law School graduate from Denver hopes to gain courtroom experience in her new role as a Routt County deputy district attorney. Erica Longnecker, 30, started her new job Thursday, which included being sworn in by Judge James Garrecht.

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Steamboat Ski Area promenade taking shape, but 6 weeks behind schedule

Construction on the public promenade at the base of Steamboat Ski Area is about six weeks behind schedule, but work is progressing to the point that passers-by can begin to visualize how the reconstructed Burgess Creek may look in June 2012 when the three-year project winds up.

Thursday, August 4

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Routt County events calendar for Aug. 5 to 11

Fat Man and Little Boy: The Atomic Duo, are an acoustic pair from Austin with a gritty and lyrical approach to modern-day protest folk music. The boys aren’t afraid to delve into politics, the recession and the gloomy scape of the American dream. They play a free show at 10 p.m. Saturday at The Boathouse Pub.

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Kaeshammer returns to Strings in Steamboat

Boogie-woogie pianist, singer brings a backing big band

Last year, boogie-woogie pianist and jazz singer Michael Kaeshammer spent half the year on the road. The highlight, he said, was playing Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat surfboard maker puts boards on display during Artwalk

Hundreds of miles from an ocean and in the midst of Steamboat Springs winters, Paul Hobson spends his evenings grinding and sanding away at his line of custom-built wooden surfboards, imagining the waves underneath them when they finally see salt water.

Aspen, other towns take on grocery bag fees

City councils consider charging for each plastic and paper bag used by consumers

The governments of Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale intend to take a coordinated approach on implementing a fee on disposable grocery bags, officials said Wednesday.

Silverthorne man indicted for wife’s murder

A grand jury Wednesday indicted Silverthorne photographer Dale Bruner for the brutal murder of his wife Stephanie Roller Bruner last November.

District Attorney's Office denies Steamboat man’s request

Huber denied reduced sentencing

A request for a reduced jail sentence for Adam Huber was denied by the Routt County District Attorney’s Office this week.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Routt County Fair is 97 years young

Entering its 97th year, the Routt County Fair is an event so rich with heritage and local lore that we like to say, “You can’t call yourself a local until you’ve experienced the Routt County Fair.” The Routt County Fair Advisory Board cordially invites all locals, neighbors and visitors to one of Routt County’s longest running traditions, which this year runs from Aug. 18 to 21 at the fairgrounds in Hayden.

Stepping out in Routt: Butcherknife Trail

This route makes a great lunch loop from downtown and away from the bustle of Lincoln Avenue. Skirting along Butcherknife Creek from Stehley Park to the Strawberry Park schools, the trail passes through woods and rocky outcroppings and to a meadow at the school athletic fields.

The Record for Aug. 3

The Record for Aug. 3

Steamboat briefs: Lama Karma Namgyel to perform ceremonies

As a precursor to the Sept. 30 visit of Holiness Ngawang Tenzin Rinpoche, the Venerable Lama Karma Namgyel will visit Steamboat Springs this weekend to bless the valley for Rinpoche’s visit.

Weekend's occupancy forecast in Steamboat down from last year

A sterling weather forecast and events like the Steamboat Wine Festival and Ride 4 Yellow highlight the coming weekend in Steamboat Springs, but local lodging properties and businesses should expect fewer overnight visitors than the corresponding weekend from last year.

Steamboat Springs Running Series returns to Mount Werner

The Steamboat Springs Running Series returns Saturday with what’s long been one of its most popular races.

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Sporting clay shoot fundraiser to aid Olympic hopes

The Colorado Gold Medal Initiative and the Rocky Mountain Division of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association are putting on a sporting clay shoot starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Three Quarter Circles ranch west of Steamboat.

Steamboat youth lacrosse Week 6 results

Results for Steamboat youth lacrosse for Week 6.

Steamboat Winter Sports Club team registers top finishes in New Zealand

In anticipation of the biggest summer competition of the year, a handful of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders fine-tuned their skills at the Electric Quarter Pipe Battle in Snow Park, New Zealand.

Steamboat Legion team wraps up season

The Steamboat Springs American Legion Post 44 baseball team went 1-2 at the state legion baseball tournament, placing fifth out of eight teams.

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2 Steamboat golfers net aces

Charlotte Fleming knows nothing about the game of golf, but if her mom has anything to say about it she will spend plenty of time on the course. Charlotte has not made her first trip to Las Vegas, but she has been a regular at the Steamboat Golf Club, and her presence has been lucky for her mom, who netted her first hole-in-one Monday on the No. 3 hole at the course.

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Jimmy Westlake: Moons, asteroids and comets

Moons, asteroids and comets may be the little guys in our solar system, but they’ve been making some big news lately. By the latest reckoning, there are 13 planets and dwarf planets in our solar system and between them they own 171 moons.

The Record for Aug. 2

12:46 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a couple arguing in Steamboat.

Steamboat briefs: Registration for city youth flag, tackle football to close

Registration for the city of Steamboat Springs’ 2011 youth flag and tackle football program closes at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Young actors to unveil production in Steamboat

“Hèrcule’s Labours of Love,” is one of six pieces making its world premiere during today's and Friday’s Youth Festival, which culminates the month-long Youth Artist Intensive for eighth- through 10th-graders.

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Sheriff investigates fight at Routt County Jail

Adam Huber, the man serving a six-month sentence for stabbing a 14-year-old boy in the hand at Bud Werner Memorial Library in April, was involved in an altercation Saturday with the boy’s older brother, William Ellifritz, who has pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and second-degree theft related to six burglaries at downtown businesses May 4.

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Buffalo Pass open to summit, but not for long

For people who have been waiting for the unrelenting snow banks to allow the Buffalo Pass road to open up access to the Continental Divide north of Steamboat, it’s time to make plans. Forest Road 60 is open to Summit Lake, but it’s likely to close down again.

Steamboat City Council passes 1st reading of goat ordinance

City Council President Cari Hermacinski couldn’t quite control her giggling, and Councilman Walter Magill wouldn’t be goaded into voting “yes,” but the council passed the first reading of a new goat ordinance Tuesday night that would allow more city residents to keep domestic goats in their backyards.

Wednesday, August 3

Colorado Student Assessment Program test results are mixed bag

The 2011 Colorado Student Assessment Program test scores released Tuesday show Steamboat Springs School District scored above the state average in every subject, but South Routt and Hayden are still working to clear that benchmark at some grade levels.

Tuesday, August 2

Flight tax to go to Steamboat voters

City voters will be asked Nov. 1 to consider adding a 0.25 percent sales tax to their shopping bills in order to bolster the ski season airline flight program that delivers some of Steamboat Springs highest-spending tourists and second-home owners to the resort.

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Steamboat Springs School Board weighs easement

Planners of bicycle training track near Whistler Park want permission to access district property

During Steamboat Springs School Board Superintendent Brad Meeks’ first meeting, the board outlined the district’s back to school schedule and discussed whether to grant planners of a proposed bicycle training track near Steamboat’s Whistler Park access to a dirt trail on district-owned land during the park’s construction phase.

Adult league A and B volleyball standings and results for Aug. 1

Adult league A and B volleyball standings and results for Aug. 1

Adult league soccer results for July 26 and 28

Adult league soccer results for July 26 and 28

Haymaker Junior Championship results in Steamboat

Haymaker Junior Championship results in Steamboat

More top names announced for this month’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Top U.S. riders Tom Danielson and Levi Leipheimer will join the Tour de France’s top three finishers for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage race. Italian Ivan Basso, a two-time Giro d’Italia winner, also will be part of the 128-rider field.

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Steamboat men's lacrosse team 2nd in Breckenridge

The Steamboat Bonesaws men’s lacrosse team came up just short at the Breckenridge QuickStart Lacrosse Tournament last weekend, falling in the championship game for the second straight year.

Lindquist, Eriksen lead Steamboat contingent at Laramie Enduro

Local biking couple Katie Lindquist and Kent Eriksen finished Saturday's Laramie Enduro mountain bike race's 70.5-mile course on a tandem bike in a record time of 6 hours, 4 minutes and 12 seconds.

Hersh to speak on Middle East policy at Seminars at Steamboat

When it comes to the Middle East, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh admits he’s no ray of sunshine. “It’s a mess,” he said. “I just have the usual dark view of the world.”

8th annual Steamboat Wine Festival returns this weekend

A scenic hike matched with a crisp sauvignon blanc. A fly-fishing excursion on private waters with renown winemakers. A grueling mountain bike ride with a refreshing flight of Belgium beers. It might not seem like the most intuitive way to sample wines from across the world, but that’s how Steamboat hosts a wine festival.

Rowena Decker: Observe the rules

Recently I visited your town, as I have many times in the past 10-plus years. I am quite shocked at the liberties being taken by cyclists and pedestrians, especially in town. Whoever painted the biking signage on the roads needs a bit more direction.

Our View: Kern’s hiring holds great promise

Thomas J. Kern won’t be a complete stranger when he arrives in Steamboat Springs next month to become the Chamber Resort Association’s new chief executive officer. Kern and his family have long visited here, even owning a mountain condominium for a time. But this will be no vacation.

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Steamboat Boys & Girls Club staffers honored

6 Boys & Girls Club members head to college with scholarships

Steamboat Springs junior staff members Laura Bradfield, Isiah Mendoza-Forsyth, Kimberly Heald, Jessica Mader, Lizzie Schurman and Laina Weinman are heading off to college with $3,000 scholarships from the Boys & Girls Club of America. This year marks the first year the local chapter was established enough for its members to apply for the Darden Scholarships.

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Mowing season for hay extended in Routt County

The hay harvest is late this summer thanks to abundant moisture, and Routt County Extension Office Director CJ Mucklow and his staff are making house calls. Or make that farm calls. Mucklow said Monday that the rules of the Routt County Fair Contest have changed to make it more convenient for hay growers to enter.

Routt County planners favor community plan checkups

Officials aim to monitor progress of community plan

Steamboat Springs Planning Director Tyler Gibbs told a joint meeting of the City Council and the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Monday that the next Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan should pay particular attention to the links between goals like achieving build-out within city limits and expanding mass transit.

The Record for Aug. 1

The Record for Aug. 1

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Joanne Palmer: Debt ceiling and other confusions

Raise your hand if you understood the debt ceiling debacle. Me neither. Oh my goodness. What a long, drawn-out process.

Steamboat's June sales tax collections up 7 percent

The strong showing pushes Steamboat's year-to-date collections up 3 percent over 2010. The city had budgeted for a 10 percent decrease in sales tax collection this year.

Wyndham group buys The Resort Company in Steamboat

The Resort Company President Bob Milne confirmed late Monday afternoon that one of Steamboat’s largest homegrown vacation rental management companies has been sold to Wyndham Vacation Rentals. Wyndham claims to be the world’s largest vacation rental business.

Steamboat City Council, commissioners leave post open

Officials decide to not fill economic development job

County and city officials agreed on Monday that they are content to leave the vacant position of county Business Resource Development director open indefinitely until a specific new vision for economic development throughout Routt County is put in place. The move potentially saves $50,000 in salary and operating costs (split evenly between city and county) in 2012 budgets.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat orchestra seeks volunteers for fall program

The nonprofit Steamboat Symphony Orchestra is looking for a volunteer to help with its education program this fall. The volunteer position includes enrolling students, coordinating marketing activities, participating in rehearsals, organizing two annual concerts and overseeing other volunteers.

The Record for July 31

The Record for July 31

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Tom Ross: Mica Basin puts on a snowy show

The good news is that icy Mica Creek has dropped sufficiently to permit a safe crossing into Mica Basin and some of the most dramatic scenery in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area. The surprising news is that large snow banks still run right to the edge of Mica Lake itself.

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Elissa Greene: Mixing it up at Strings

The Modern Storytelling performances Wednesday and Saturday bring contemporary music, dance, song, narration and a multimedia presentation you won’t want to miss. Michael Kaeshammer also returns to Strings for a popular boogie-woogie piano concert.

Flying Wheels to host BMX event in Steamboat

The excitement of BMX racing will return to Howelsen Hill on Thursday night as the Team Flying Wheels BMX Race Series hosts its fifth event of the season.

Monday, August 1

Illinois man in rollover crash discharged from hospital Monday

A 50-year-old man injured Saturday in a rollover crash on Forest Service Road 400 near Clark was discharged from a Denver hospital Monday afternoon.

Storm Peak awaits Town Challenge riders in Steamboat

Town Challenge race starts at base of the Thunderhead Express chairlift

After years of organizing local mountain bike races, Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series Director Gretchen Sehler knows a good challenge, and this week will present one for local riders. Wednesday’s Storm Peak Challenge Hill Climb will test competitors with more than 3,000 vertical feet in seven miles of riding from the bottom of Mount Werner to its top.

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Wet July in Steamboat gives way to a wet August

Month finishes with 3.68 inches of rain

The trace of rain that fell on Steamboat Springs on Sunday night and into Monday morning will be recorded on Aug. 1 precipitation log, meaning the second wettest July on record in Steamboat finished with 3.68 inches of rain.

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New Lowell Whiteman Primary head of school ready for classes

New Lowell Whiteman Primary Head of School Sharon Mensing learned quickly that there are a few sacred cows at the downtown Steamboat Springs private school where she’s preparing to welcome 66 students back to classes this month.

Steamboat briefs: Bust of Steamboat looking for local sponsors, artists

The Bust of Steamboat is looking for sponsors and artists for the 10th annual event taking place from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at Three Peaks Grill. Sponsorships are available at all levels and may include tickets to the auction, and your business featured on the event poster, in the evening’s auction program and in display advertising.

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Luke Graham: An NFL hoax?

The NFL lockout coming to an end is a good thing. America’s favorite sport will again be played Sundays in the fall and the big kingpin known as professional football will be all you hear about for the next several months. But how will that be any different?

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Steamboat's Kelly Boniface fits in podium finishes while juggling motherhood

Kelly Boniface, who year in and out is one of the queens of competitive cycling in Steamboat Springs, refers to herself as a professional mountain biker. Others do, too. But that’s not Kelly Boniface. Mountain biking is simply her hobby. Yet the mother of two is still a pro, by her definition and others. And she defines what that means in her own way.

The Record for July 30

The Record for July 30

County Agenda for Aug. 1 and 2

County Agenda for Aug. 1 and 2

Hayden Reader of the Week: PiperJo Jones

Seven-year-old PiperJo “PJ” Jones is the Hayden Public Library’s eighth and final Reader of the Week for the 2011 Summer Reading Program.

Monday Medical: Back-to-back events for back pain

It can come in the form of a dull ache or a sharp pain. It may last for a few days, a few months or even a few years if left untreated. But there is one constant about back pain — it doesn’t play favorites.

Deb Babcock: Know berries before you eat them

Now that some shrubs and perennials are done blooming, many plants will soon be producing gorgeous berries in hues of white, orange, red, purple, blue and black. The beautiful berries on the shrubs we see on hiking trails and in gardens and parks around the Steamboat area are some of the most delicious you’ll ever taste, but beware: some are also the most deadly.

Steamboat woman to participate in bike ride to raise funds

For years, Sheila Wright has donated her time and energy to philanthropic causes close to her home in the Yampa Valley. But next month, she’s taking her bicycle to New York City to ride for people who live far, far away. Wright is embarking on a 270-mile journey from New York to Boston that she hopes will help widows in Afghanistan.

New superintendent Meeks to attend 1st Steamboat School Board meeting

Steamboat’s newly appointed superintendent will preside over his first School Board meeting Tuesday night. Dr. Brad Meeks started as superintendent of the Steamboat Springs School District on July 15, and he said Sunday that he spent his first two weeks in the Yampa Valley reaching out to board members and touring the district.