Stories for December 2011


Saturday, December 31

Jimmy Westlake's 2012 Cosmic Calendar of Celestial Events

Jimmy Westlake's 2012 Cosmic Calendar of Celestial Events

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Open season, open water for Steamboat swimmers

Trying to push the sport of swimming even further here, Jill Ruppel is starting something new. She recently organized an Open Water Swim Series at Bald Eagle Lake.

The Record for Dec. 30

Midnight: Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a loud party in the 1700 block of Saddle Creek Court. Officers gave a verbal warning.

The Jail Report for Dec. 24 to 30

The Jail Report for Dec. 24 to 30

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Tackle the slopes with Cliffs Notes for skiing Steamboat this month

It’s no secret that subpar snowfall has spelled a mountain that’s skiing a tad differently than it did at the same time a year ago. But how is it really skiing these days? To find out, we sent a crack investigative team onto the slopes.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Jan. 1

Happy birthday wishes to Gene Leck, Barbara Bessette, Shannon Gore, Sherry Dunckley, Laurie Hallenbeck, Janna Hoza, Tyler Hockaday, Barbara Kelton, Laura Johnson, Zach Barnes and Bobby Jo Barnes.

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Hayden wrestlers Chad Terry, Nick Williams bounce back from injury

Hayden High School seniors Chad Terry and Nick Williams have had a rough go at it. But as the two mingled in the Hayden wrestling room earlier this week, both declared themselves 100 percent.

John F. Russell: In a place frozen in time

Here in the middle of the Steamboat II neighborhood, you will find children playing a game without a score, and on weekends, the sounds of laughter and joyful shrieks can be heard echoing through the streets.

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Steamboat museum opens 10th Mountain Division exhibit

Before they were put under glass at the Tread of Pioneers Museum last month, many of the artifacts installed in the exhibit that tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division were displayed proudly in Nancy Kramer’s home.

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Fire, emergency services on tap for Steamboat City Council meeting

Issues identified as a priority this year for Steamboat City Council

A discussion of Steamboat Springs’ fire and emergency services will resume Tuesday with a presentation from a consultant the city hired this year to evaluate them.

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Top stories of 2011 in Steamboat Springs

Pilot & Today readers captivated by animals, weather, crime

Routt County has seen it all in the past 365 days, from record snowpack in the spring to a phenomenally dry start to winter, from horses and riders hoofing through bars to tragedies and stories of survival.

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Celestial fireworks headed this way for 2012

This year promises to be one of the most exciting years in recent memory for sky watchers. There are solar and lunar eclipses, a rare transit of Venus, conjunctions of bright planets and showers of falling stars to keep us looking up all year long.

Tom Ross: When oil bubbled to surface

It goes without saying that a great number of changes have taken place in Routt County in the past 110 years. But you might be surprised at what hasn’t changed since 1902, when ambitious people were investing a fortune in the quest for oil beneath the ground in South Routt and west of Steamboat Springs.

Allison Whitney: Count on our help

Planned Parenthood strongly supports parents in their efforts to protect their teens’ sexual health, and we work with teens to encourage responsible decisions and help them delay sex until they are ready for it.

Virginia Shannon: Our prized rivers

Peering over the bridge and down into the clear water of the Yampa River, countless memories flood my mind: tubing with friends, catching my first trout and basking on warm rocks on Colorado river banks.

Wendy Smith Mikelsons: Words of thanks

On Dec. 3, the 13th annual Backcountry Ball was held at the Depot Art Center. Always a wonderful event for Friends of the Routt Backcountry, it was even more special this year as friends also came together in support of Jim Linville.

Outdoors briefs: Snowmobilers reminded of wilderness restriction

Regional U.S. Forest Service officials are reminding snowmobilers that motorized equipment of any kind is illegal in wilderness areas.

Our View: Good start under circumstances

Snow is perhaps our most precious commodity. So hats off to the entire community for getting the 2011-12 ski season off to a strong start without the benefit of the powder levels we’ve grown accustomed to.

Local Realtors make more 2011 sales gains that statistics reveal

Condos were up from 120 sales to 130; townhomes stayed flat at 65 transactions; and single-family homes were at nearly 161 percent of 2010.

On the Market: Colorado Group names its outstanding brokers

Four Colorado Group Realty brokers were honored this week for demonstrating leadership and strength within the firm and the community.

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Steamboat’s Alan Krause named top executive for international engineering firm

The ambitious construction project now under way to expand the Panama Canal has the potential to shrink the globe and change Panama's economic fortunes. And Steamboat resident Alan J. Krause is in the thick of it.

Friday, December 30

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Steamboat hockey's Matt Hale impressing as sophomore

It wasn’t long ago that Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Matt Hale found himself on the fourth line of the hockey team, battling for playing time. But now, Hale is a fixture on the top line.

The Record for Dec. 29

3:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called by a city bus driver who reported a suspicious person with an injury to his hand in the 1500 block of Lincoln Ave. Officers did not find anything suspicious in the area.

Steamboat briefs: Library seeking Bust of Steamboat art pieces

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project are seeking bust art pieces that have been purchased during the past 10 years of Bust of Steamboat events.

Nicole Inglis: 2012 events shaping up

Routt County has several events to get excited about for the start of 2012. Here's a list of some to check out.

Tread of Pioneers in Steamboat puts 6,000 historic photos on Web

Thousands of images of Steamboat’s past that most people have never glimpsed now are easy to search and study at a Tread of Pioneers Museum Web page.

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Clark Store to end fuel service

Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse will become North Routt’s only full service gas station

Clark Store manager Casey Bork said Thursday that her market could no longer afford to run its pumps that customers use as an emergency source of fuel when their vehicles run low on gas somewhere along picturesque Routt County Road 129 between Steamboat and Hahn’s Peak.

Slick trails at Steamboat Ski Area get ‘renovated’

Steamboat Ski Area resort officials have taken an old ally out of semi-retirement this week. The “Renovator” is back to work, rejuvenating the mix of manmade and natural snow that has taken on a sun-baked, slick surface on some ski trails at Mount Werner.

Thursday, December 29

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Chance of snow returns to Steamboat on Saturday

The inch of snow that fell on Mount Werner early Thursday might not seem like much, but you won’t hear many complaints during a December that has brought little of the natural white stuff to Steamboat Springs or any other mountain resort in the central and northern Rockies.

Routt County OKs plan to meet YVRA's increased water needs

Unable to reach another solution with the town of Hayden about the increased water needs of the expanded passenger terminal at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, the Routt County Board of Commissioners has decided to spend $500,000 to build twin 15,000-gallon tanks at the airport this winter.

Law enforcement patrols set to increase during holiday weekend

Local law enforcement agencies are planning extra patrols on New Year’s Eve, when there will be not shortage of alternate transportation options for holiday revelers.

Eugene Buchanan: Mom for the holidays

She’s gone. There, I said it. While we all have moms and other relatives who visit for the holidays, staying in tight quarters often can be taxing. Especially if your mom is more eccentric than most.

The Record for Dec. 28

2:35 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a burglary alarm in the 2200 block of Downhill Drive. It was a false alarm.

Steamboat briefs: CMC campus will be closed to vehicles Saturday

Community members who have come to rely on Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus as a prime viewing location for Steamboat Springs’ New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and fireworks display will have to find other spots Saturday night, unless they don’t mind walking up Bob Adams Drive.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club girls get boost with event

Eliza Outtrim, the second-ranked women’s freestyle moguls skier in the world, will lead Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club girls between the ages of 8 and 14 for a day of skiing.

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Routt County events calendar for Dec. 30 to Jan. 5

Don’t miss the trail of torches lighting up the mountain as members of the Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School parade down the mountain, followed by a fireworks display. Find other events here.

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Live music, fireworks, Champagne toasts line New Year's weekend

A fortuitous calendar lands New Year’s Eve on a Saturday night this year, meaning all three nights this weekend boast a full schedule of entertainment events and a variety of festive activities for tourists and locals alike.

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Fijian singer-songwriter makes 1st trip to Steamboat

In Wise Katubadrau’s native language of Fijian, his last name means “100 doors.” The doors signify opportunity, like the door he walked through when he moved to Vermont and had to adjust to a new culture and a new climate.

Routt County oil, gas group reviews conditions of approval

Routt County’s oil and gas working group used its first meeting Wednesday to make a significant dent in the review of 61 conditions of approval for oil and gas permits.

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MusicFest to deliver 2nd wave of Steamboat tourism next week

The week between Christmas and New Year’s has earned a reputation as the busiest week of the ski season, but with the arrival of 2012, the Saturday of the Steamboat MusicFest is on track to produce greater tourism numbers. The same was true last year.

South Routt launches education endowment

The South Routt School District last week officially launched its first private endowment fund, and district officials now are ready to tackle an ambitious $1 million fundraising goal.

Local marijuana dispensary owners not worried about federal action

Local medical marijuana dispensary owners aren’t concerned about a recent report that the federal government might begin targeting their industry in Colorado.

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12 Steamboat artists showcase perspectives on the seasons

Grace Curé was painting long before she picked up a paintbrush or mixed watercolors. As an esthetician, Curé said her canvas has always been the eyelids, brows and skin of her clients.

Steamboat briefs: Top local women skiers to host a Girls Freeski Day

U.S. Freestyle Ski Team member Eliza Outtrim and other top local women skiers will host a Girls Freeski Day from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday at Steamboat Ski Area.

The Record for Dec. 27

1:54 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a burglary alarm in the 600 block of Marketplace Plaza. The building was secure.

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Craig couple who perished in Christmas Day fire fondly remembered

Charles Hurtt had a way of coaxing a smile out of other people. You just couldn’t help it, his daughters Jeannetta Baird and Jennifer Boston said. His untiring sense of humor could defuse a conflict, soothe an aching heart, or just make another person laugh. “He liked to make people smile and feel good,” said Baird, 31. “You couldn’t be mad for more than two minutes around my daddy.”

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Sailors’ Bauknecht finding her rhythm on the court

Sydney Bauknecht often played basketball at a frenetic pace last season. Her athletic ability has never been questioned, but whether she could rein in her game was one of the biggest questions marks for the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team entering this season.

Wednesday, December 28

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Steamboat man arrested after driving Jeep into Burgess Creek

The 45-year-old man was booked on charges of DUi, DUI per se, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. No one was injured in the crash.

Tuesday, December 27

Steamboat briefs: Ski area to open its lifts early Wednesday through Friday

Steamboat Ski Area will open its gondola to skiers and riders beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 30 minutes before its usual opening.

The Record for Dec. 26

12:15 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a man and a woman yelling at each other in the 2800 block of Chinook Lane. A warning was given.

TIGER grant road funding eludes Routt County

Monies would have allowed redesign of part of County Road 14

For the third and possibly final time, Routt County has been passed over for a $13.5 million federal highway grant that would have funded a redesign of a 5.2-mile portion of County Road 14.

Routt County oil, gas group to meet for 1st time

The new Routt County oil and gas working group will review the county’s proposed 61 conditions of approval for oil and gas permits at Wednesday night's meeting.

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Sears closures won't affect Steamboat franchise

The Steamboat Sears owners said their franchise will not be affected by the closure of 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart locations nationwide from poor holiday sales.

Omar M. Campbell: Ship of state

Our national ship of state is rudderless and bound to go aground sooner or later. The current captain, and also the previous two, have set a treacherous course through domestic and foreign shoals and reefs.

Our View: Reasons for optimism

As our community readies to close the books on 2011, there are reasons for optimism that 2012 will be a better year for us all.

Former Steamboat resident 'Sparky’ Truax dies in Denver accident

Sparky Truax, a firefighter and EMT, died Friday in Denver in a traffic-related accident. He was 50.

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Routt County Search and Rescue seeks committed volunteers

The group requires its members to participate in 25 percent of missions, and they must be available Tuesday evenings for training.

Broncos defensive players going to Pro Bowl

The Broncos defense will be well represented in Hawaii. Cornerback Champ Bailey, linebacker Von Miller and defensive end Elvis Dumervil have all been voted to the Pro Bowl. Bailey and Miller both made the team as starters, with Dumervil as a reserve.

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Jeff Walton to help lead Sailors baseball in new direction

Lonely spring evenings spent inside a gymnasium fielding ground balls and hitting inside a batting cage won’t be anything new to Jeff Walton.

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Department of Revenue shuts down Hayden's HiWay Bar

Officials said the bar's owner owes nine months of sales taxes. The bar was scheduled to close Saturday, but instead, an asset auction is scheduled for Jan. 5.

More arrests made in connection to downtown Steamboat fight

Two men turned themselves in at the Routt County Jail Tuesday on charges of second-degree assault. A total of four men have been arrested in connection with the Dec. 11 incident that hospitalized a man.

Steamboat briefs: Rotary seeks beneficiary for Barn Dance fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that would like to be the beneficiary of the club’s 2012 Barn Dance fundraiser.

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Steamboat skiers make most of sun

Is powder overrated? It sounds like sacrilege. But an unscientific sampling of holiday skiers basking in the sun at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area on Monday met with general approval for current ski conditions.

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Steamboat businesses report strong Christmas sales

Not many downtown businesses were open Christmas Day, but the ones that were reported strong sales.

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Steamboat base area promenade an early hit

In spite of the lack of snow so far this year, the new public promenade ringing the base of the Steamboat Ski Area is getting a lot of use in its inaugural season.

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Tom Ross: Let them eat oysters

Fresh oysters are a treat I usually associate with semi-annual trips to the coast of Oregon. But this year, I anticipated the oysters coming to me for a splendid Christmas Eve feast.

Jimmy Westlake: Quadrantid meteors to light sky

On any given night of the year, a single observer can expect to see about five or six shooting stars, or meteors, every hour of the night.

The Record for Dec. 25

12:10 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 2100 block of Curve Plaza.

Monday, December 26

Steamboat Ski Area to open lifts early beginning Wednesday

Regular season passes or daily lift tickets are all that's needed to hit the slopes beginning at 8 a.m. later this week and into the weekend.

Sunday, December 25

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Moffat County juniors choose Steamboat hockey team

Last hockey season, Michael Samuelson, Jarrett Walt and Colin Walt played on both the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team and the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team. This season they made a choice.

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Americana rock band The Congress comes back to Steamboat

Scott Lane went home to Richmond, Va., for the Christmas holiday, taking an eight-day break from touring with his Denver-based, roots-rock band The Congress. It was the longest break the band has taken in its two-year history.

Monday Medical: Safe skiing requires personal choices

With ramped-up mountain activity comes the risk of accident and injury. Few things can stick a pin in your holiday balloon faster than an on-slope mishap.

Deb Babcock: Caring for your holiday plants

Don’t you love the beautiful colors, shapes and aromas of plants that seem to be available just during the holidays? The fast-growing, spectacular amaryllis plants that grow about an inch per day and the beautiful white, reds, pinks and now plum-colored poinsettias are so decorative.

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Community rallies to help Crawford family

Asking for help just isn’t their nature. Maybe that’s why Kim and Gary Crawford have struggled with Kim’s health problems for more than two years on their own.

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Steamboat Realtors' Christmas dinner garners overwhelming support

There was so much support for the 20th annual Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Community Christmas Dinner that some of the volunteers didn’t even get to work.

County agenda for Dec. 26 and 27

County agenda for Dec. 26 and 27

Steamboat Pilot & Today to be closed Monday

The Steamboat Pilot & Today will be closed Monday in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Steamboat briefs: Stocking drawing tickets still available at library

The eighth annual “Sock it to Me” holiday stocking drawing program for teens is ongoing through December at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

The Record for Dec. 24

1:33 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to check the welfare of a person on Ski Time Square Drive. Officers were unable to locate anyone.

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Luke Graham: Schaffrick living up to hype

Sports vernacular is full of weightless words. It’s also full of unfair monikers like “The Next Big Thing.” But that’s what happens in sports now. Athletes in just about every sport are picked out at a young age and deemed stars, most before they even hit their teenage years.

Craig couple held in theft from Grand County murder-suicide

A couple from Craig suspected of pilfering the crime scene of the murder-suicide of a Denver father and son were arrested in Spokane Valley, Wash., hotel Friday night.

Saturday, December 24

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Boys & Girls Club stays open during holiday season in Steamboat, Craig

Because of a one-week fundraising drive spearheaded by Yampa Valley Bank, the Boys & Girls clubs of Steamboat Springs and Craig are able to stay open for seven weekdays this holiday season.

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Tom Ross: Quills stick in my teeth

There was a time in Routt County when the amount of gold dust in a fellow’s poke determined how merry his Christmas might be, and holiday dinners revolved around something pricklier than a Christmas goose.

The Record for Dec. 23

12:02 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of domestic violence in Yampa.

The Jail Report for Dec. 17 to 23

The Jail Report for Dec. 17 to 23

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Linville returns to Steamboat after traumatic brain injury

The Lowell Whiteman School teacher and Routt County Search and Rescue member Jim Linville may be home for Christmas, but that doesn’t mean he won’t try to spend as much time as he can outside the house.

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Steamboat single-day lift tickets stay below $100 mark

Prices of lift tickets during the holiday season at several major Colorado ski resorts have breezed past the $100-a-day mark, with Steamboat Ski Area coming in just lower at $99 per day.

Steamboat athletes find homes for the holidays

As many of Steamboat’s greatest World Cup skiers and Olympians said this week, missing Christmas was sometimes a part of the job, and they loved their job.

John F. Russell: Producing top skiers keeps club busy

The only people working harder than Santa’s elves last week may have been the staff, coaches and volunteers of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Dec. 25

The Hayden Congregational Church traveled across town last Sunday singing Christmas carols. Everybody had a good time.

Christmas Day services across Routt County

Christmas Day services across Routt County

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Steamboat’s famous ambassador Billy Kidd still loving Mount Werner

For 41 years, Billy Kidd been guiding a daily clinic that starts at 1 p.m. on Mount Werner. Now 68, he’s as big a fan of Steamboat and Mount Werner as he’s ever been, and he said he’s hoping he’s only halfway through his skiing career.

Joel Reichenberger: Let Kidd show the way

Billy Kidd is a great storyteller. In a Thursday interview for this week’s Outdoors Q-and-A and during a Friday tagalong with his 1 p.m. daily free clinic, I heard several of what I’m sure are thousands of stories.

Mark Udall: Common-sense approach to budget

The recent failure of the “super-committee” to reach a deal on federal spending cuts is just the latest example of how ill-equipped Congress is to address our nation’s gravest challenge: our ballooning $15 trillion national debt. Democrats and Republicans still are stuck in the same rhetorical trenches. Democrats are reluctant to cut entitlements while Republicans claim we can cut taxes and balance our books.

Sam Jones: Teachers deserve raise

Praise to the Steamboat Springs School Board for its recent decision to increase teacher salaries by 2 percent. Of course, it was a difficult decision to make considering the financial constraints of the past four years. Our state’s financial shortfalls are no secret, nor will our economic problems be easily solved.

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Downtown Steamboat businesses seize holiday opportunity

About 25 retail stores, ski shops and restaurants in the downtown shopping district plan to be open Sunday for Christmas Day in an effort to capitalize on the tourist season.

Our View: Go ahead with trail project

The Routt County Board of Commissioners were wrong for being so quick to dismiss collaborating with the city on a project to extend the Yampa River Core Trail west of Steamboat Springs.

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Back from injury, Steamboat's Schaffrick shows the sky’s the limit

Maddy Schaffrick looks poised to be America’s next great female halfpipe snowboarder, if she isn’t already there with her finishes at the U.S. Grand Prix and Dew Tour.

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders find success at Copper Mountain

Several Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders notched top finishes before the holidays at a USSA Revolutions Tour halfpipe event in Copper Mountain.

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Hayden girls hoops’ Erin Koehler racks up impressive stats

Hayden High School senior Erin Koehler was part of the team that qualified for the state tournament a year ago, a scoring and rebounding threat on par with the best in the region.

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Yampa Valley Regional Airport manages holiday crowds with improvements

With about 90 percent of incoming airline seats full, Saturday could prove to be the busiest day of the ski season at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Friday, December 23

Real estate transactions for Dec. 16 to 22

Real estate transactions for Dec. 16 to 22

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs contemplates district property tax

Mainstreet Steamboat Spr­­ings is likely to go back to property owners, business owners and residents of the downtown commercial district to ask for a new property tax to help fund its operations.

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Trailhead Lodge notches 1st sale under new ownership

Encouraged by a rapid response from the market to their initial offering of repriced luxury condos, the new owners of Trailhead Lodge in Wildhorse Meadows have put the most desirable of the remaining unsold units on the market in a move they acknowledge could influence the price of the remaining inventory.

On the Market: 8 million-dollar homes sell during November

November was a strong month for million-dollar-home sales in Routt County, with eight closing in the month for an aggregate value of $11.8 mil­­lion. Of the eight, six sold for $1 million to $1.5 million.

Food donations still needed for Community Christmas Dinner in Steamboat

Organizers of this year’s Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Community Christmas Dinner are just about ready to go, but they could use a couple of last-minute items.

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Holy Name Catholic Church in Steamboat nears fundraising goal

Expansion could start as early as spring

Holy Name Catholic Church officials announced that the church has raised more than 90 percent of the $6 million needed to double the worship capacity of the church.

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Donations fulfill Holiday Wishes for 1,089 Routt County residents

It was the generosity of a single “angel donor” as well as hundreds of others that is making a big difference for dozens of Routt County families this Christmas.

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2 new shops opening in Hayden

Businesses opening include barber shop and natural gift store

Two longtime businesses are closing at the end of this month in Hayden, but there are at least two more — a barber shop and a natural gift store — just getting started.

Steamboat students get ready for finals week

Mixed reviews on Steamboat Springs High School schedule

Students at Steamboat Spr­­ings High School now are halfway through their holiday break, and there’s one thing in particular that many aren’t looking forward to upon their return to school Jan. 3 — first-semester finals.

Routt County's labor force increases in November

Unemployment rate goes up with number of residents with jobs

Routt County still has far fewer workers than it did at its peak in January 2008, when the labor force climbed to 17,116.

Steamboat authors explore fulfilled living

The other evening as I pulled out of the parking lot at Bud Werner Memorial Library having just attended author Mary Kurtz’s book-signing event, I spied a bumper sticker that read “Live the Life You Love.” How appropriate, I thought.

The Record for Dec. 22

12:30 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a large snowball fight involving about 15 men at Steamboat Ski Area. Officers showed up and determined that no laws were being broken.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Pilot & Today closed Monday for holiday

The Steamboat Pilot & Today will be closed Monday in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Illinois man hurt in fight released from hospital

Thomas P. Murphy, the 27-year-old Illinois man who suffered a head injury after a fight Dec. 11 in downtown Steamboat Springs, was released from a Denver hospital.

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Steamboat Ski Area launches valet service

Guests can have their car parked for them in Knoll Parking Lot

Guests at the Steamboat Ski Area now have the option of valeting their car during the holiday season. For $25, guests can pull up to the passenger unloading zone in the Gondola Transit Center and leave their car with a valet, who will park it in the lower Knoll Parking Lot.

Thursday, December 22

Routt County Christmas services

Routt County Christmas services

Jack Weinstein: Irish pub opens Friday

Steamboat’s newest bar will open Friday. McKnights Irish Pub & Loft is scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m., co-owner Kerry Shea said.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Pilot & Today will close at 3 p.m. Friday

The Steamboat Pilot & Today will close its office at 3 p.m. Friday in observance of the Christmas holiday. The office also will be closed Monday and will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

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Moose prowl streets of Steamboat Springs

A moose and her two calves appear to have found a good source of mineral nutrients while wandering the residential streets of Steamboat Springs.

Eugene Buchanan: Tebowing for snow

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Puh-lease. This might hold true for the Routt County Courthouse lawn, the lights hanging over Lincoln Avenue and the bell-clangers outside City Market, but not in the most traditional sense of having a very white Christmas.

Summit County residents mixed on possible Olympics bid

Former Breckenridge Mayor Ernie Blake will join public and private sector leaders from across the state on the newly formed Olympic exploratory committee, which will decide whether Denver should bid to host the 2022 Olympic games.

Holiday bookings are strong in Vail Valley

Local lodges are gearing up for a busy holiday season, but there still are some rooms available.

Post office, banks in Steamboat to be closed on Monday

There’s still time to make it to the bank and post office before Christmas, but time quickly is running out.

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Routt County events calendar for Dec. 23 to 29

Steamboat’s acoustic bluegrass quartet Old Town Pickers will play two nights at The Tugboat Grill & Pub. The band takes the stage at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Be prepared for emergencies during holiday season

The Routt County Office of Emergency Management can offer a wealth of knowledge to help people be safe and prepared during the holiday season and throughout the winter.

Steamboat Ski Area could open Morningside Park on Saturday

With seven inches of fresh snow, Steamboat Ski Area officials announced Thursday plans to open Morningside Park this weekend.

Yampa Valley snowstorm brings mixed reviews

The wind and snow event that roared through the Yampa Valley early Thursday morning didn’t do much to help people who enjoy playing in the snow outside the boundaries of the ski area.

The Record for Dec. 21

12:30 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a male and female arguing at the Sunray Meadows bus stop. They were gone when officers arrived.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Making dreams come true

Everyone is busy making plans for the holiday season, and this time of year can be hectic to say the least. So once it calms down, think about next year.

Nicole Inglis: Entertainment memories of 2011

Off the mountain, the past year's live-music culture flourished late into summer and is coming to life again as the winter season picks up.

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World Citizens brings hip-hop to Steamboat on Friday

Projecting himself through his distinctively deep voice, Jeff Price will perform as an MC with World Citizens at a special free hip-hop show Friday night at Sweetwater Grill.

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Inaugural Stars at Night fundraiser to benefit Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Foundation

The Stars at Night fundraiser Thursday will feature a celebrity fashion show, live auction, music, a Champagne toast and dancing.

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Steamboat skiers just short as Selections wraps up

High winds blew away Thursday’s planned dual moguls competition, which was to wrap up the U.S. Freestyle Team selections event. That did little to disappoint the athletes, who again were at their best in a shorter single moguls event.

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Steamboat graduate Hostetter wins slalom race

Mary Rachel Hostetter has finally found her comfort zone. The 2009 Steamboat Springs High School graduate wrapped up a brilliant week of slalom skiing Thursday by picking up a win at Howelsen Hill.

Lifts now running at Steamboat Ski Area after windy morning

Lifts now are running at Steamboat Ski Area after high winds forced the resort's closure Thursday morning. The ski area picked up 7 inches of snow in the past 24 hours.

Wednesday, December 21

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Surefoot Holiday Classic continues at Howelsen Hill

Like most of the skiers who descended on Steamboat for the Surefoot Holiday Classic, Macarena Simari Birkner has been chasing snow. “Every year for 23 years now,” Birkner said. “I mean every year.”

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World Cup slots decided at freestyle event in Steamboat

For the four American men and women who emerged atop the U.S. Freestyle Selections single moguls events, which wrapped up Wednesday at Steamboat Ski Area, their stories were far different.

Steamboat briefs: West Lincoln Park pedestrian bridge to open Thursday

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the West Lincoln Park pedestrian bridge over the Yampa River is at 3 p.m. Thursday.

The Record for Dec. 20

2:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted two men in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue who were seen throwing around newspaper stands. The men were asked to clean up the newspapers. When asked for identification, police said the men ran away. Police chased the men and arrested a 25-year-old Steamboat man and a 22-year-old Steamboat man on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer.

Steamboat police chief set to retire

Steamboat Springs Police Chief JD Hays has announced his plans to retire from police work Jan. 6.

Routt County educators praise budget proposal

Steamboat Springs School Board President Brian Kelly hailed the governor’s proposal to scale back proposed cuts to Colorado public schools as "good news."

Steamboat holiday crowds to peak next week

The city of Steamboat Springs’ population is set to more than double Wednesday as holiday skiers continue to stream into the resort.

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Tom Ross: Solstice springs into ski season

Who says Thursday marks the first day of winter? As far as I’m concerned, the winter solstice marks the first day of spring, and Hayden couple Tammie and Patrick Delaney agree wholeheartedly.

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Hayden's HiWay Bar set to close

Since the mid-1930s, the bar inside 136 E. Jefferson Ave. has served as a gathering place for many western Routt County residents. Throngs of men and women in their 20s brushed shoulders and swapped countless stories in the venue years ago when business there was more frequent and parties inside more common, according to longtime patrons.

Colorado lawmakers mull unexpected revenue

Legislators debate governor’s proposal to restore education funding

Colorado lawmakers Tuesday morning heard revised budget forecasts that Gov. John Hickenlooper thinks will allow $89 million to be restored to the state’s beleaguered education funding.

Steamboat delays Bear River bike park

Instead of moving ahead to permit a bike skills park at the Bear River Parcel, City Council members decided to wait until they could see all related financial data.

White, Baumgardner both seek Senate District 8 seat

White, a Hayden Republican, was appointed a year ago to fill the vacancy left by her husband's departure. Baumgardner, the House District 57 Republican representative, was left with few other options after redistricting.

Tuesday, December 20

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Snow begins to fall in Steamboat

The mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs could get a fresh powder dust-up of as much as 12 inches. Between 4 and 8 inches are expected in the city by midday Thursday.

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Har Mishpacha to host Steamboat community celebration of Hanukkah

’Tis the season for tradition, and whether it’s decorating a coniferous tree or lighting eight symbolic candles, it’s the rituals that are at the heart of the holidays.

Community support questioned at Steamboat City Council meeting

Arts Council leader makes conflict-of-interest accusation Tuesday

What was intended to be a simple report about community-support funding turned into a lengthy discussion about the process of allocating $330,000 for 35 organizations next year.

Our View: Board decision calls into question funding needs

Last week’s decision by the Steamboat Springs School Board to approve pay raises for district teachers and staff sends a conflicting message to taxpayers about the state of school funding.

Jim Linville: A heartfelt thanks

I am writing this to say thank you to the many friends who helped me following my recent fall and traumatic brain injury.

Karen Burley: Donation thanks

This year, The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden is thrilled to be the recipient of many pounds of meat from 4-H Livestock Sale buyers.

Steamboat briefs: Still time to enter Hayden Tour of Lights on Thursday

Judging for the annual Hayden Tour of Lights will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Record for Dec. 19

2:40 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bike stolen in the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue. It was found and returned to the owner.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country skiers place well in Crested Butte

Despite racing on a challenging course at an elevation of 9,000 feet, multiple Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes notched top finishes.

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Surefoot Holiday Classic brings slalom back to Steamboat

Anna Kocken, Christopher Acosta pick up wins in Tuesday's races

With the Surefoot Holiday Classic in town, Steamboat Ski Area played host to an FIS slalom race for the first time since 1993. The racing continues Wednesday at Howelsen.

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Steamboat gymnast places 1st at state championship meet

Girls from Steamboat’s Excel Gymnastics finished third as a team in session D of the Level 4 state championship meet Dec. 17 to 18. Whitney Couchoud took home the all-around state title.

2 oil, gas permits pending near Hayden

2nd drilling application submitted to Routt County for Wolf Mountain

Of six oil and gas drilling applications pending at the Routt County Planning Department, two are located in ranch country southeast of Hayden.

More given jail time for theft cases

Kati More, the woman accused of stealing as much as $25,000 in cash from an ex-boyfriend in March, was sentenced to three months in Routt County Jail.

2 investigators leave Routt County Sheriff’s Office

Two longtime Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies who made up the investigations division have left the department.

Strings Music Festival's opening winter performances sell out

The two opening dates of Strings Music Festival’s winter series have sold out.

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Hayden Artisans Marketplace to close

What started as a cooperative effort to showcase the work of 30 Northwest Colorado artisans in Hayden four years ago will come to an end Dec. 31 when the Hayden Artisans Marketplace closes its doors.

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Joanne Palmer: Giving season extends past holidays

Isn’t the spirit of Christmas about lifting our heads up from the computer screen and away from the smartphone and giving whatever we can?

Illinois man remains hospitalized after fight

Police pursuing additional suspects involved in altercation

Thomas P. Murphy, the 27-year-old Illinois man who suffered a head injury after a fight Dec. 11 in downtown Steamboat Springs, remains in a Denver hospital in fair condition.

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A family Yule Log tradition carries on

Alan Selch and his extended family now have solved the annual treasure hunt in Steamboat Springs 14 times. The Steamboat resident found the log Monday.

More than 800 expected to arrive at airport Tuesday

The 812 arriving passengers are enough to produce a 75 percent occupancy of the aggregate inbound airline seats into Steamboat on Tuesday.

Bike frame drawing to benefit Jim Linville

Kent Eriksen Cycles has donated a custom titanium road bike frame for a drawing to benefit Jim Linville, who suffered a traumatic brain injury after a fall Oct. 27.

Snow is back in the forecast for Steamboat Springs

A storm system entering the region late Wednesday could bring 4 to 10 inches of snow to the mountains of western Colorado by midday Thursday.

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Freestyle events kick off at Steamboat Ski Area

Panther, Cox win on opening day of Freestyle Selections in Steamboat

Utah skier Jay Panther and Australian Britteny Cox topped the field on the opening day of the 2011 U.S. Freestyle Selections at Steamboat Ski Area on Monday. Events will continue Wednesday and Thursday.

Jimmy Westlake: The longest night

The winter solstice, marking the moment that fall ends and winter begins in the northern hemisphere, is at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. The winter solstice is a very happy day and a very sad day.

Familiar Steamboat hunter finds Yule Log

Lifelong Steamboat Springs resident Alan Selch solved the Yule Log hunt by finding it Monday afternoon, said Tread of Pioneers Museum Director Candice Bannister. She said Selch found the 50-pound log under trees on the berm between Casey’s Pond and the Mountain Fire Station.

Steamboat City Council, commissioners disagree on trail extension

Commissioners say they have higher priorities than extending the Core Trail

Steamboat Springs City Council is interested in teaming with Routt County to build a trail to the Steamboat II and Silver Spur neighborhoods west of city limits. However, the county commissioners made clear Monday that they won’t supply matching funds.

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Tom Ross: Yuletide in a 1-room log cabin

When Steamboat Springs’ first European settlers gathered to celebrate the Yuletide for the first time here, most of the gifts were handmade. But thanks to a very determined letter carrier, there also were some books under the tree.

Monday, December 19

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Colorado Mountain College construction soldiers on in Steamboat

Crews work to button up and close in new building

The crews who are installing steel beams on the Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus’ new academic center this week now have three stories to walk on. Alpine Campus Chief Executive Officer Peter Perhac said the project remains on schedule, with the 60,000-square-foot building and its accompanying auditorium expected to open in July.

The Record for Dec. 18

12:14 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department Officers were called to a report of a disturbance in the first block of Eighth Street. An intoxicated person was taken to detox.

Steamboat briefs: Habitat for Humanity’s Restore is expanding

Routt County Habitat for Humanity’s nonprofit appliance store, ReStore, is expanding its hours and space.

2 Seminars in Steamboat speakers announced

Season to feature David Leonhardt and Richard Murray

The New York Times’ Washington bureau chief and a political science professor from the University of Houston are the first confirmed speakers for Seminars at Steamboat’s upcoming 10th season.

Steamboat City Council to hear about funding at meeting

Foundation to report on how $330,000 was allocated for groups

The Steamboat Springs City Council set the funding amount that would be available for the three community support coalitions in October, but they will hear Tuesday night exactly how local organizations will be supported.

Yule Log Clue No. 8

Swiss chalet hidden from you. With shutter and lens, Gill captured the view. Once was green, is green once more. Can you decipher our historic lore?

Sunday, December 18

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Freestyle, slalom events start Monday at Steamboat Ski Area

The weather might have made for a few long nights, but the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club crew along with a dedicated effort of the snowmaking crew at Steamboat Ski Area got the moguls course done just in time for an exciting week of ski competition.

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Luke Graham: The NHL needs to ban fights

For the first time in my life, seeing a hockey fight on television the other night left an empty, empty feeling in my stomach.

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Hayden Elementary students make fleece blankets for Steamboat seniors

Members of the Hayden Elementary School’s Student Council received a memorable and warm welcome in every room they stopped at in the Doak Walker Care Center on Thursday afternoon.

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Soroco wrestling shows well at West Grand tournament Saturday

The Soroco High School wrestling team picked up a trio of top finishes Saturday at a tournament in West Grand.

Steamboat snowboarders grab 4 1st-place finishes

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders raked in high finishes on Saturday at a USASA half pipe event at Copper Mountain.

Steamboat briefs: Phippsburg lighting contest is set for Monday

A Phippsburg lighting contest is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Entry forms are at the Phippsburg Post Office. Registration closes at noon Monday.

The Record for Dec. 17

2:08 a.m. Officers were called to a complaint about people yelling at Sixth and Oak streets. Police were unable to locate anyone yelling.

County Agenda for Dec. 19 and 20

County Agenda for Dec. 19 and 20

Deb Babcock: Colorful Christmas cactus makes its debut

One of the most striking plants that we see during the holidays is the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera Buckleyi).

Monday Medical: Give the gift of health

Holiday stress and winter’s short days and low temperatures can be tough on our bodies and states of mind. Luckily, many community resources are available to help us and those we love make positive changes and live healthier. The following are just a few ways to get 2012 off to a good start.

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Light fixture blamed for fire at Strawberry Park Elementary School

Burning ivy plant filled school atrium with smoke

A sparking light fixture ignited a large ivy plant in the atrium of Strawberry Park Elementary School on Saturday night and filled the lobby of the school with smoke, Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said Sunday. Fortunately, the blaze did not spread.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Dec. 18

Happy birthday wishes to Steve Johnson, Barbara Brazelton, Lori Laird, Judy Green, Iva Dorr and Carrie Scura.

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Intensity of Hayden boys hoops not enough in 66-53 loss

The squad found some hope in the latest setback, a 66-53 loss at the hands of Little Snake River, one of Wyoming’s best teams.

Colorado agency expands probe of safety of school buildings

The agency that oversees school construction in Colorado will expand its investigation of structural engineering on past projects beyond schools built by one company, the division’s head said Friday.

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Hayden girls basketball falls in overtime loss

An easy layup here or a rebound there, any of it could have made the difference. Any of it could have given the squad its biggest win of the young season.

Saturday, December 17

Hayden wrestling leaves West Grand with pile of wins

The Hayden High School wrestling team picked up a pile of top finishes Saturday at a tournament in West Grand.

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Soroco girls basketball falls short in 41-38 loss

As disappointed as the Soroco girls team was when a potentially tying 3-point shot glanced off the rim in the closing seconds of Saturday’s 41-38 home loss to Gilpin County, coach David Bruner couldn’t be overly disappointed.

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Soroco boys hoops hangs on for overtime win

It was a day of discovery for the Soroco High School boys basketball team Saturday as it outlasted Gilpin County, 78-70, in overtime. The Rams realized that they can play defense and shoot well enough to rack up a 20-point lead on a quality opponent.

Steamboat wrestling shows well in West Grand

Just a week after placing three wrestlers at the highly competitive Wheat Ridge meet, Steamboat saw seven wrestlers place Saturday in West Grand.

Steamboat briefs: Volunteers needed for dog sled race in Stagecoach

Stagecoach State Park hosts a dog sled race, sponsored by the Stagecoach Property Owner’s Association and the Colorado Mountain Mushers, on Jan. 7 and 8.

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Council aims to strengthen relationship with rural schools

Hoping to strengthen the support they receive from the Colorado Department of Education, a group of educators from rural public school districts across the state met Thursday in Denver for the first time as a newly formed Rural Education Council.

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Steamboat Springs Airport construction on schedule

New fixed-base operator facility to better serve pilots in Steamboat

Local pilot and former Steamboat Springs Airport Commission Chairman Mike Forney said the new fixed-base operator facility that the city expects to complete in March will better serve an already significant economic driver for the community.

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Tom Ross: Send yourself a postmark

Trip to post office was something to look forward to

We have arrived at the happ, happ, happiest time of the year. Our days are supposed to be merry and bright, but I find myself missing my post office box.

The Record for Dec. 16

The Record for Dec. 16

The Jail Report for Dec. 10 to 16

The Jail Report for Dec. 10 to 16

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Regis Jesuit skates past Steamboat hockey to 5-1 win

The gap between the Steamboat Springs hockey team and the elite of the state has been defined. Saturday’s 5-1 loss to Regis Jesuit showed just how far Steamboat has to go to compete with the best.

Steamboat's Schaffrick 4th at Dew Tour

A week after finishing second at the Grand Prix, Steamboat’s Maddy Schaffrick followed it up Saturday with a fourth-place finish at the Winter Dew Tour in Breckenridge.

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Steamboat Winter Sports Club ski cross coaches bring racing experience

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has two new coaches leading the ski cross program, and snowboarding director Jon Casson thinks they'll be a perfect fit.

Joel Reichenberger: Best part of Tebow mania

I was a Denver Broncos fan pre-Tim Tebow, but my favorite part of the Tebow mania that’s swept the nation isn’t what it has done for Denver’s record. It’s not even that Tebow got mentioned in a Rick Perry debate speech.

Georgia McWhorter: Lack in coverage

My goodness, you certainly gave a comprehensive report on the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out basketball tournament on Dec. 9 and 10. No schedules printed, no blips about who won — except for Steamboat Springs High School.

Skidge Moon: The rogue gang

Kudos to Mike and friends for their horse adventure (“Ride spurs nostalgia,” Dec. 13 Steamboat Today). Everyone that I’ve spoken with has been full of laughter, something much needed during our time of high unemployment, foreclosures and many businesses struggling to survive.

Our View: County better served by new house district

Partisan politics may have led to the recently approved redistricting maps of Colorado’s house districts, but the end result is a new district that better fits Routt County interests.

Steamboat girls basketball drops final game at Wyoming tourney

The Steamboat girls basketball team couldn’t overcome slow starts in both halves Saturday, falling 57-26 to Cheyenne Central.

Steamboat boys basketball loses 5th in a row

Steamboat (3-6) lost its third straight game of the Flaming Gorge Classic tournament and fifth in a row Saturday, falling in its final game before the New Year, 52-32, to Evanston.

John F. Russell: Coke or Pepsi?

Truth is, there isn’t really a right answer. But the question that should be on everyone’s mind is who is more popular, Hall of Famer John Elway or newcomer Tim Tebow?

On the Market: Trailhead Lodge lands 2 contracts at Wildhorse in Steamboat

Kerry Shea, broker/owner of Wildhorse Meadows real estate and representing sales of Trailhead Lodge, reported this week that a pair of three-bedroom luxury condominiums is under contract.

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Edgemont begins pre-sales for new Steamboat townhomes

The Atira Group will launch the sales effort for the second phase of its luxury project adjacent to the Steamboat Ski Area slopes with the intent of beginning construction on four $2 million-plus townhomes in 2012.

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Hahn's Peak Roadhouse brings new energy to North Routt

The North Routt community received a fresh jolt of enthusiasm this weekend with the opening of Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse, owned by Carroll and Darren Zamzow, formerly of Steamboat Springs.

Hayden boys basketball team set for big matchup

The Hayden High School boys basketball team beat North Park, 59-41, on Friday night to even its record at 2-2. But today is when the Tigers will find out what they’re made of.

Hayden girls basketball rolls in Walden on Friday

The Hayden High School girls basketball team set the stage Friday for a huge early-season showdown at 4 p.m. today against Little Snake River High School out of Baggs, Wyo. The Tigers downed North Park, 65-26, to ensure both squads would enter the game undefeated.

Friday, December 16

Steamboat Winter Sports Club boarders score high at World Cup

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders recorded a number of top finishes Friday at a World Cup event in Telluride.

Steamboat freestyle skier Dyer out with injury

Ryan Dyer finally managed to piece together an injury-free season last winter and realize his dream of making the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.

Steamboat boys fall in 2nd straight game

For the second straight game in the Flaming Gorge Classic, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team was undone by its lack of offensive production.

Denver committee to ponder future Olympic bid in Colorado

An exploratory committee of business and civic leaders has been formed to consider the potential benefits, ramifications and costs involved in bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Jack Weinstein: Updates on what’s happening with Steamboat businesses

Carl’s Tavern is going to expand sooner than owner Collin Kelley had anticipated. The Routt County Regional Building Department recently issued a $25,000 building permit for the project. Kelley said in addition to a 300-square-foot addition to the restaurant’s refrigeration space for beer, Carl’s is adding The Antler Room.

The Record for Dec. 15

12:41 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and mental health professionals were called to a disturbance in the 2900 block of Alpenglow Way. Officers took a person to detox.

Steamboat briefs: Attorneys to serve on Supreme Court board

Steamboat Springs attorneys Ralph A. Cantafio and Ron Smith unanimously were selected Nov. 3 to serve on the Colorado Supreme Court hearing board, according to a news release. The 139-member hearing board is responsible for cases involving alleged unethical conduct by Colorado attorneys.

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Eugene Buchanan: The return of the daffy

Why is the daffy — that glorious, crotch-ripping badge of courage involving one or more midair splits — tainted with dorkdom? Pop a daffy under the lift today and you’re considered an ironic hipster or a loser.

'Messiah' performance a Steamboat community effort

This year’s Yampa Valley Singers performance of Handel’s “Messiah” was truly a singular Steamboat Springs effort.

Routt County quickly forms oil, gas working group

Routt County’s new 18-member oil and gas working group includes well-informed property owners, county officials and oil industry professionals — some actively looking for oil here and some not.

Steamboat boys basketball falls in 2nd straight game

Steamboat couldn’t seem to make any shots and had too many turnovers, losing 42-26 to Star Valley on Friday.

Steamboat girls basketball racks up wins

Steamboat opened the Flaming Gorge Classic in Green River, Wyo., with a pair of wins, using its athleticism and defense to defeat Kemmerer, 35-25, on Thursday and Jackson, 48-27, on Friday.

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Steamboat Ski Area charts additional terrain openings into next week

The Elkhead lift opened Friday, and on Monday the Sundown Express lift will begin serving the east side of the ski area. Sunshine Express is expected to open Wednesday.

Soroco, Hayden and Steamboat teams head to West Grand

All three local high school wrestling programs are making efforts to wrestle more often in the region, making the season easier for fans.

Hayden girls basketball takes on North Park, Little Snake River

The Hayden girls basketball team has recorded some spectacular statistics in its first four games, most at the hands of forward Erin Koehler, who’s averaging 25 points per game.

Hayden boys basketball faces busy weekend

The Hayden boys basketball team learned at last weekend’s Cowboy Shootout in Meeker that replacing a slew of stars from a year ago wouldn’t be a seamless transition. The Tigers fell to fourth in that tournament, losing their final two games.

Soroco girls basketball readies for Gilpin County

The Soroco girl will have their hands full Saturday, and they’ll be looking for a more consistent performance than they displayed in their season-opening win against North Park.

Soroco boys basketball eyes improvement

Rams take on Gilpin County on Saturday

Wins against the North Park High School boys basketball team haven’t exactly proven to be a bellwether when it comes to Soroco’s season.

Thursday, December 15

Craig officials consider options for middle school

Moffat County School Board members listened Tuesday night as they tried to grasp the finer details surrounding a structural problem plaguing Craig Middle School.

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Snowmobilers get reminders about regulations, restrictions

With measurable snow at higher elevations across Northwest Colorado, regional U.S. Forest Service officials are reminding snowmobilers to keep out of designated wilderness areas, among other regulations.

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Steamboat students learn the basics of Hanukkah

Between lunch and a reading hour at Soda Creek Elementary School on Thursday, Jill Waldman placed two menorahs at the front of Beth Leech’s kindergarten classroom. Almost immediately, a group of students stepped forward to take a closer look.

Toys for Tots is still seeking gifts

Two years ago, Toys For Tots Routt County Assistant Coordinator Teri Wall and her husband, Gary L. Wall, took over the local Toys for Tots campaign, a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve program that helps provide gifts to needy families.

Steamboat briefs: Salvation Army in need of volunteer bell ringers

The local Salvation Army Extension Committee is looking for volunteer bell ringers for one-hour shifts through Christmas Eve.

The Record for Dec. 14

The Record for Dec. 14

Steamboat boys basketball falls to Riverton, 42-39

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team found more ways to lose rather than win Thursday in the opening game of the Flaming Gorge Classic in Green River, Wyo.

Man involved in Sunday fight taken to hospital

The 27-year-old Illinois man who had been released from a Denver hospital after a fight early Sunday morning in downtown Steamboat Springs was taken to YVMC about 2 p.m. Thursday.

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Routt County events calendar for Dec. 16 to 22

Denver-based jam rockers Dorian Vibe incorporate dance rhythms with strong rock roots. With floating vocals and Colorado-influenced songwriting, Dorian Vibe’s goal is to fill the dance floor.

Routt County foreclosure filings match 2010 numbers

The number of foreclosure filings in Routt County in 2011 suggests the real estate market will be feeling the impacts of distressed properties on pricing for some time to come.

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RED Contemporary Gallery opens for winter season with new artists

All seven artists featured at RED Contemporary Gallery for its season opening exhibit have something in common, but it’s not a brushstroke, style or medium.

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Yampa Valley Regional Airport welcomes 1st passengers of 2011-12 winter air program

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Airline Program Manager Janet Fischer said inbound flights were 79 percent full, bringing 669 passengers to the Yampa Valley on Thursday, the first day of the 2011-12 winter air service program.

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CMC photo class postcards offer alternative view of Steamboat

In between the summer and winter seasons, downtown Steamboat Springs is a montage of fall leaves on empty streets, snow-hungry locals and the quiet buzz of a town waiting to swell with winter’s arrival.

Steamboat swimmers compete in Fort Collins

Three members of the Old Town Hot Springs Tridents swim club competed in Fort Collins during the weekend.

Steamboat NorAm skiers notch top finishes

Competing at one of the first events of the season, Steamboat’s NorAm team picked up seven podium finishes Dec. 10 and 11 in Winter Park.

Banks, police battle foreclosure ‘squatters’ in Grand County

A man arrested in Denver for rental and real-estate fraud has been under investigation in Grand County. Alfonso Carrillo, 50, who in October was charged with filing phony deeds on houses vacated through foreclosure and posing as the owner, is suspected of having at least three similar dealings in the Winter Park area.

School cuts loom in Summit

School Board faces ‘tough conversations’ in budget talks

With the possibility of a nearly $500,000 state budget shortfall looming over the Summit School District, the Summit School Board had a talk Tuesday night about the future of its funds.

Dew Tour draws world’s best to Breckenridge

Between the U.S. Grand Prix and the Dew Tour’s Nike Open, which kicked off Thursday, Summit County has been packed with freeskiing and snowboarding superstars during the past couple weeks.

Vail murder trial to move to Clear Creek

A little more than a week after defense attorneys requested a change of venue for the Richard “Rossi” Moreau first-degree murder trial, District Court Judge R. Thomas Moorhead ruled Wednesday that the trial now will take place in March at the Clear Creek County Courthouse.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Giving winter a 2nd chance

I’ll be honest. I haven’t always been a big fan of winter. I find colorful wildflowers to be much more interesting than an all-white landscape. But the snowshoe tours I lead for Yampatika have turned around my attitude. Let me take you down memory lane.

Final report shows 2.4 percent increase in October sales tax revenue

October collections were $991,021, up from $967,676 in October 2010, according to the report. The final figure increased less than $5,000, or 0.4 percent, from the preliminary report released Dec. 1.

Wednesday, December 14

Adult coed volleyball results for Dec. 12

Adult coed volleyball results for Dec. 12

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Steamboat secondary schools recognized for excellence by state

The Department of Education this week presented Steamboat Springs High School and Steamboat Springs Middle School with John Irwin Schools of Excellence awards for academic performance in the 2010-11 school year.

Brent Boyer: Making a list ...

On Thursday, the Best of the Boat reader survey is back and will be available online for one month. We invite you to make your vote count.

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Yampa Valley Sustainability Council launches Zero Waste Party Packs

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is continuing its zero-waste efforts with a program to sell Zero Waste Party Packs, kits that allow people to host zero-waste parties during the holidays.

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Former Wells Fargo marquee could go up in Oak Creek

The community event marquee that hung in downtown Steamboat Springs for more than 40 years may have ended its reign in Ski Town USA, but it could be reincarnated 25 miles away in Oak Creek.

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Fletcher, local athletes show well in Nordic combined event

A Wednesday race in Park City, Utah, closed out a rousingly successful week of competition for United States skiers in Continental Cup Nordic combined competition, and it often was Steamboat Springs’ Taylor Fletcher leading the way.

Steamboat briefs: Local's ski design seeking votes in national contest

A pair of K2 skis featuring an aspen-inspired design by Noah Wetzel is in the semifinal round of a design contest sponsored by Freeskier magazine.

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Sailors' Jake Miller practices solid fundamentals

Jake Miller is a tip of the cap to a bygone basketball era. The 6-foot-2 Steamboat Springs High School senior forward admits he isn’t as tall or athletically gifted as just about any opponent he goes up against.

The Record for Dec. 13

1:48 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 32-year-old Steamboat man on suspicion of driving under the influence and failing to signal after being called to a suspicious incident in the 200 block of Howelsen Parkway.

Judge dismisses medical marijuana case against Aurora doctor

For the second time this year, a judge has tossed out a criminal case against a doctor accused of writing bad medical marijuana recommendations to undercover police officers.

Portion of Craig Middle School closes

A portion of Craig Middle School is off limits to students after a structural engineering firm found areas of the building are not up to code.

South Routt School Board to discuss endowment

South Routt School District officials announced that they have collected the $10,000 they need to launch a private endowment fund the district hopes will grow to $1 million by the end of next year.

New details emerge about downtown Steamboat fight

Police said Wednesday that a conversation between two groups of men early Sunday in downtown Steamboat Springs led to a fight that put one in the hospital and another in jail.

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CDOT adds snowcat to Rabbit Ears fleet

The snowcat will be used in places where traditional snowplows and truck-mounted snowblowers used by CDOT can’t move the snow far enough from the highway to prevent it from building up.

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Offense-minded Steamboat hockey downs Aspen Skiers

Steamboat erupted for three goals in the final six minutes of the first period and three more in the early stages of the third to quash the Skiers’ momentum and secure a 7-4 victory.

Opposition causes Hayden to reconsider utility rate increase

The Hayden Town Council on Tuesday night significantly dampened the 71 percent base water rate hike it passed on first reading earlier this month.

Tuesday, December 13

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Steamboat cheerleading caps off season with 11th-place finish at state

The Steamboat Springs High School cheerleading team capped off its first year as a coed team by qualifying for nationals and registering an 11th-place finish at the state meet.

Registration opens for 21st Steamboat Pentathlon

The Steamboat staple, which takes place March 10, features two distances and a slew of categories for people to take part in.

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Steamboat 7th-graders win hoops tourney

The Steamboat Springs seventh-grade basketball team closed out its season by doing something it hadn’t done all year: beat Moffat County. The loss was Moffat’s first of the year.

Routt County approves 2012 budget

Individual property taxpayers shouldn’t feel much pain next month when their bills arrive in the mail, at least in terms of the Routt County portion of their overall tax burden.

Colorado's new fracking rules lauded

Local and regional advocates of more stringent oil and gas industry regulations called Tuesday’s announcement about new Colorado rules a step in the right direction but not the answer to all of their concerns.

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New House District 26 doesn’t include Grand or Jackson counties

Once again, a change to the Colorado House of Representatives map is impacting Rep. Randy Baumgardner.

Our View: Helmet policy is a wise move

It’s important that skiers and riders of all ages see the mainstream use of helmets while they’re on the mountain in Steamboat.

The Lowell Whiteman School honor roll for 1st trimester

The following students at The Lowell Whiteman School earned academic distinction for their first trimester.

Lowell Whiteman Primary School honor roll for 1st trimester

The following Lowell Whiteman Primary School students earned academic honors for their first trimester academic performance by earning straight A’s in all classes.

Steamboat briefs: Winter bus service starts Wednesday in Steamboat

The 2011-12 season at Steamboat Ski Area already has been under way, but the Steamboat Springs Transit winter schedule doesn’t start until Wednesday.

The Record for Dec. 12

4 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a disturbance in the 1700 block of Ski Time Square Drive. An intoxicated man tried to drive a taxi. Officers gave him a courtesy ride home.

Nicole Inglis: With new party planners, classy is Key

It’s not quite enough to say that Alana Yankowitz and Katie West finish each other’s sentences. The fresh-faced, well-dressed and bubbly Steamboat residents laugh in what sounds like perfect major third harmony.

Jack Weinstein: Business changes afoot across Routt County

A couple of new stores have opened in downtown Steamboat Springs, and Sweet Pea Market and Cafe now is serving dinner, according to Mainstreet Steamboat Springs’ Tracy Barnett.

Steamboat School Board approves salary increases

Steamboat Springs School District’s 286 employees can expect to see a 2 percent base salary increase on their January paychecks.

Police release few details about downtown Steamboat fight

Police released few additional details Tuesday about the Sunday morning fight that sent one man to a Denver hospital.

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Leadership change in store for Routt County nonprofit

In Routt County, a group of immigrants from West Africa have made their new home. At Integrated Community, program director Sheila Henderson helps the men break through the language and cultural barriers to help them access their most basic needs.

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Joanne Palmer: Creative caroling

Finished with your holiday shopping, gifts all wrapped and nothing to do? Get creative and challenge friends and family to rewrite the lyrics to a Christmas carol with a Steamboat twist.

US Postal Service delays closures until May 15

Phippsburg and Toponas are just two of more than 80 post offices statewide and 3,700 across the country that are facing closure as the Postal Service looks to make up for a $10 billion deficit.

Convicted Steamboat murderer featured in TV program

Convicted Steamboat Springs murderer Jill Coit, infamous for the "Black Widow" killing, is back in the limelight as part of an Investigation Discovery series.

Colorado approves fracking disclosure rules

Energy companies will now have to publicly disclose the chemicals used in fracking, but they still can protect trade secrets and must give only 48 hours notice before pumping chemicals underground.

Steamboat girls basketball runs to victory in Aspen

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team got out and ran Monday at Aspen, coming away with a 56-39 win.

Steamboat boys basketball loses in Aspen

Steamboat started poorly Monday at Aspen and allowed a 3-pointer with five seconds remaining to lose 48-47.

Chance of snow, but sun more likely through weekend in Steamboat

While Southwest Colorado gets pounded by a winter storm Tuesday and Wednesday, Steamboat Springs isn't likely to see much accumulation, if any.

Breckenridge considers lift ticket tax

A proposal to tax lift tickets to finance mass transit improvements, made by some Breckenridge Town Council members, is drawing fire from the business community.

Monday, December 12

Mary Walker: Helping 1 girl at a time

Whenever I get home from my trips to Kenya, one of the toughest things I encounter is trying to keep on top of news from Kenya.

Steamboat briefs: Community Holiday Party is Tuesday at Howelsen Hill

The 34th annual free Community Holiday Party is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Howelsen Hill.

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Jimmy Westlake: Look out for Geminid meteor shower

Shower appears to be getting stronger, better each year

The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks this week, but it will be competing against the bright December moonlight. You can see some Geminid meteors several days before the shower actually peaks Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, and for several days thereafter.

The Record for Dec. 11

12:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a theft in the 2200 block of Après Ski Way. Police said an unknown number of items was reported stolen from a vehicle.

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Forest Service warns that voluntary trail closures might not be enough to protect big game

As development and recreation creeps farther into traditional big-game wildlife habitat, Forest Service officials worry that more mandatory closures might be necessary to protect animals like elk and deer.

Soroco boys basketball bests Moffat junior varsity

The Soroco High School boys basketball team will only get three games in before the long winter break, and they won the second of those Monday night, beat the Moffat County High School junior varsity squad, 78-57.

Man airlifted to Denver after downtown Steamboat fight

Police say the injured man is expected to be OK. A 21-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of assault. Officers are continuing to investigate.

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Changes in store for Routt County

The Colorado Supreme Court approved Monday Democratic-drawn maps of new state legislative districts. Routt and Eagle counties will make up the new House District 26.

Ride through Steamboat a nostalgic 1 for some

Michael Joseph Miller’s trot to the railroad tracks where Steamboat Springs Police Department officers said he was subdued by a Taser at 10:30 p.m. Sunday and then arrested began more than 10 hours earlier atop Emerald Mountain.

Sunday, December 11

Hayden boys basketball falls to Grand Valley

The Hayden High School boys basketball protected the ball better in the first three games of this season than it has in a long time.

Steamboat hockey slips against Resurrection Christian

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team (2-3) struck early, but it couldn’t make a first-period lead last Saturday night in a game on the road against Resurrection Christian, falling 3-2.

Demong, Lodwick are tops for Nordic combined team

Billy Demong led the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team on Saturday, and Todd Lodwick, in his first weekend of World Cup competition, led the squad Sunday.

Steamboat freestyle skier takes 2nd in World Cup event

United States freestyle skiers threw down a string of great performances Saturday as the moguls World Cup season kicked off in Ruke, Finland.

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Luke Graham: Welcome back prep sports

It’s been awhile. Fall high school sports teams went through their struggles. The season ended quick, and the teams’ struggles almost made it a year without any postseason games.

Brett Barkey to seek district attorney position

There will be a shakeup next year in the tri-county 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, encompassing Moffat, Routt and Grand counties.

County Agenda for Dec. 12 and 13

County Agenda for Dec. 12 and 13

The Record for Dec. 10

1:06 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a fight in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue. Police were unable to locate anyone who might have been fighting.

Steamboat briefs: Quarterly oil, gas lease sale is planned for Feb. 9

The next quarterly oil and gas lease sale in Colorado is Feb. 9, according to a Bureau of Land Management news release.

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Monday Medical: Lymphedema treatment is vital

Almost 12 years after being diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, Craig resident Bonnie Curtis is beaming. The cause of her celebratory smile is something most of us take for granted. She can reach above her shoulder and bend her right arm.

Deb Babcock: Decking the halls with holly boughs

When the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock on the day after Christmas in 1620, one of the plants that pilgrims certainly were happy to see was American holly (Ilex opaca), which no doubt reminded them of the popular holiday plant from home.

Hayden to consider scaling back utility rate hike

The Hayden Town Council on Tuesday night will consider dampening the 71 percent base water rate hike they passed during a first reading earlier this month.

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United Way holiday event benefits 48 Routt County families

Hundreds of community members brought more than 400 gifts that ranged from Hot Wheels to winter clothes to the United Way Holiday Wishes fundraising party that will benefit 48 families who needed help securing presents this holiday season.

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Steamboat U16 girls hockey team skates to 3rd in tourney

Girls win Sunday to wrap up weekend tournament

The Steamboat Springs U16 girls hockey squad finished the weekend with some of its best hockey, locking up third place in the tournament.

3rd arrest made in Subway safe theft in Steamboat

A third Steamboat Springs resident thought to have been involved in a Saturday morning burglary at the Subway sandwich shop in Curve Plaza turned herself in Saturday afternoon, police said Sunday.

Saturday, December 10

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Carolina racers head to Steamboat to fill need for speed

It was all there. From the tuck to the turn, everything screamed “elite ski racer.” It was the twang, however, that signaled this was something a bit different.

Joel Reichenberger: Flaws ruin system

I spent all of last Sunday glued to my laptop, patrolling message boards, Twitter and blogs for every scrap of information about the final Bowl Championship Series poll, which at that point was due out in a few hours.

The Record for Dec. 9

6:34 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a verbal dispute in Steamboat. Officers separated the parties.

The Jail Report for Dec. 3 to 9

The following is a list of people booked into Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

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Yampatika introduces environmental literacy program to Hayden, South Routt

Makenna Knez and her fifth-grade classmates returned Wednesday from a hike along the snow-packed banks of a frozen Yampa River to a warm ranch house where Makenna summed up her first excursion with Yampatika.

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Steamboat Ski Area implements new helmet rule

Steamboat Ski Area, along with Intrawest’s five other ski resorts, has joined a industry-wide movement that requires its employees to wear helmets. The helmet policy affects about 1,400 employees, who are required to ski or snowboard as part of their jobs.

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Tom Ross: Can’t take the heat?

How often do you dine out and actually lay eyes on the person who prepared your meal?

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Steamboat micro-grant program gives businesses major boosts

A small grant from the city of Steamboat Springs helped Chocolate Soup Pastry Cafe’s wholesale operation get over a hurdle. A separate city grant allowed Sober Guys to begin operating its service and a third grant made Mountain Brew’s transition into a new location a bit less costly.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Dec. 11

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Dec. 11

Our View: This old house

There’s more than a little irony in the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s plans to demolish a 100-year-old building and replace it with a new structure to house its historic collections.

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Race to the Cup wraps up in Steamboat

Alpine snowboarding event gets racers ready for World Cup on Wednesday

Canadian national snowboard team member Ekaterina Zavialova had no problem weaving through the gates on the face of Howelsen Hill on Saturday.

Wrestling meet at Soroco offers needed home event

It wasn’t long ago that tournaments like Saturday’s were the norm on the Western Slope. But those days have largely disappeared. Bringing them back could be key to the sport’s local future.

John F. Russell: Hanging on to the past

I came across an old pair of softball cleats the other day while cleaning out my garage. Just the sight of the well-worn shoes brought back memories of the days when I used to play in Steamboat Springs’ adult recreational league.

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Merry Mainstreet draws crowds to downtown Steamboat

As she walked with her “snowman swagger” down Lincoln Avenue on Saturday evening, Kyle Paolantonio saw children’s faces light up as she passed and watched them stumble over one another to get a glimpse of the life-sized Frosty the Snowman.

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Steamboat's Maddy Schaffrick goes big in halfpipe to get 2nd

Steamboat snowboarder places 2nd at Grand Prix event at Copper Mountain

Maddy Schaffrick never fails to surprise. The 17-year-old Steamboat Springs snowboarder hadn’t competed in 18 months, and on Saturday — in her first competition back from injury — she registered the biggest finish of her young and promising career.

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Steamboat boys basketball falls short at tournament

Even after a 62-46 loss to Montrose on Saturday to finish fourth in their home tournament, Steamboat boys basketball coach Luke DeWolfe came away from the Steamboat Shootout knowing his team is better than it was at the start of the week.

Arrests made in theft of safe in Steamboat Springs

Two Steamboat Springs residents were arrested Saturday for what police say was their involvement in a burglary at the Subway sandwich shop in Curve Plaza. Police still are looking for a third person thought to be involved in the incident.

Steamboat girls rebound for win Saturday morning

After losing their Steamboat Shootout games Thursday and Friday, the Sailors found an offensive rhythm in a 47-36 win over Green River, Wyo.

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Steamboat boys hoops loses to D'Evelyn in tourney, 93-52

The Sailors’ hopes of playing in the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out championship were dashed by a D’Evelyn team that was on an entirely different level.

Hayden boys basketball tumbles after ugly start

The Hayden High School boys basketball team had one of the worst starts to a game any hoops fan is likely to see, falling behind against Meeker in the semifinal round of the Cowboy Shootout, 26-0.

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Steamboat girls basketball falls to Montrose, 47-29

Through two games of the 2011 Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out, Steamboat girls basketball has let porous starts and the lack of a go-to scorer relegate it to the seventh- and eighth-place game.

Friday, December 9

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PDR group looks at balancing conservation easements, oil and gas exploration

Leaders of Routt County’s Purchase of Development Rights program plan to ask county residents how they feel about pursuing conservation easements on properties that have the potential to become the site of new oil and gas wells.

Steamboat Springs High School clubs make local, global difference

A trio of clubs at Steamboat Springs High School are making a difference in their school, community and world.

Yampa Town Board to vote on 2012 budget Wednesday

The Yampa Town Board will vote on the 2012 proposed budget at a special meeting Wednesday at Yampa Town Hall. Decreasing town revenues could cause Yampa to dip into reserves.

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Indie ski shops flourish in downtown Steamboat Springs

Steamboat’s ski and snowboard retail scene runs the gamut from one of the nation’s largest sporting goods chains in Sports Authority to the truest of mom and pop shops — or, in the case of Straightline Sporting Goods, a bro and bro shop.

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Professional dancer takes on smaller stage in Yampa Valley

Today, Solange Guenier's stage no longer is a packed arena; it’s singing Afro-Cuban music in the corner of Bella’s Wine Bar, where she’ll perform Saturday night and Wednesdays from now on.

Officials optimistic USA Pro Cycling Challenge will return to Steamboat

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is bringing back six of its 2011 host cities for next year’s race, but Steamboat Springs isn’t among them.

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. names new vice president of resort services

Ski industry veteran and hospitality executive James Snyder has been named Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s new resort services executive.

Denver court decision in education suit says state is underfunding schools by billions

In a ruling that could have multibillion-dollar consequences, a Denver judge ruled Colorado’s school funding system is not “thorough and uniform” as mandated by the state constitution.

Steamboat’s Jed May achieves naval distinction

Chief petty officer earns command of landing craft

Chief Naval Petty Officer Jed May recently achieved a rare distinction when he was appointed to be a Navy Craftmaster and given command of his own boat.

On the Market: Parent company of Prudential gets a change

Prudential Steamboat broker and co-owner Cam Boyd said the parent company of his real estate brokerage has changed hands, but he and Pam Vanatta continue to own Prudential Steamboat and its name will not change in the foreseeable future.

Real estate transactions for Dec. 2 to 8

Real estate transactions for Dec. 2 to 8

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council announces winners

The Sustainability Award winners were announced Wednesday by the nonprofit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. The second annual awards honor individuals, businesses and organizations that have shown exceptional dedication to sustainability in the Yampa Valley during the past year, according to a news release.

Steamboat briefs: United Way Holiday Wishes campaign now under way

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue members will be at Walmart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday letting shoppers know what items are needed as part of the 9th annual United Way Holiday Wishes campaign.

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Dec. 12

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Dec. 12

Lincoln Avenue to be closed during Merry Mainstreet in Steamboat

Lincoln Avenue will be closed from Fifth to 11th streets at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday for the fourth annual Merry Mainstreet celebration, which starts at 5 p.m. The event starts with a parade at 5:30 and is followed by caroling and a Santa-themed pub crawl.

Peter Van De Carr: It doesn’t make sense

It’s been a busy year for many of us, trying to keep our businesses going in these tough economic times. I own a mountaineering, ski and kayak shop and have run a river outfitting business here in Steamboat Springs since 1986. Although I’ve been involved in my own world of business and family life, I have also watched the events in Congress this past summer and fall with a mix of disgust and alarm.

The Record for Dec. 8

The Record for Dec. 8

Denver man arrested on felony marijuana charges

A 29-year-old Denver man was arrested on four felonies Thursday night after a traffic stop in the 3200 block of South Lincoln Avenue.

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Look for gift wrap around Saturday's newspaper

The Steamboat Today newspaper will come gift-wrapped Saturday in paper that readers can use to wrap holiday gifts.

Hydraulic fracking tied to groundwater pollution

The Denver Post reports that a new finding by the EPA links groundwater pollution to the controversial oil and gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Koehler goes big for Hayden girls hoops in win

Almost always good last season as a junior, Hayden’s Erin Koehler is well on her way to making her senior season great.

Hayden boys hoops roll in opener

The Hayden High School boys basketball team returns just three varsity players from a year ago and just had two in uniform Thursday night as it opened its season at the annual Cowboy Shootout tournament in Meeker.

Thursday, December 8

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Slow start dooms Steamboat girls in basketball tourney

Thursday night’s game certainly is not the way the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team wanted to start out.

Oak Creek Town Board approves budget

Town officials comfortable with general fund deficit

The Oak Creek Town Board felt comfortable passing the town’s 2012 budget at its last meeting of the year Thursday night.

Steamboat Springs Planning Commission approves museum project

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission, by a 6-0 vote, approved the final development plan for the Tread of Pioneers Museum to construct a new collections building on its site at Eighth and Oak streets.

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Steamboat boys basketball advances to tourney semifinals

Boys roll over Conifer for Shoot-Out victory

Steamboat got up big in the second quarter playing at home against Conifer, and it expanded that lead in the second half, waltzing to a 64-41 victory in the opening round of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out.

Soroco eager to play host to rare local wrestling tournament Saturday

Routt County high school wrestling teams often are forced to roam the entire state looking for tournaments, which throughout the years have morphed from small eight- or 10-team affairs to massive events like last weekend’s 32-team extravaganza in Middle Park.

Petition asks Routt County commissioners to stay oil, gas permits

Kyle Elston said Thursday that he was convinced he needed to inject himself into Routt County’s oil and gas debate shortly after he finished building fences last summer on a ranch south of Stagecoach.

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Steamboat Ski Area warns skiers to beware of winch cats

With a seemingly larger number of people hiking up Steamboat Ski Area at night, snowcat operators are asking people to stay clear of the winch cat.

Jack Weinstein: News and notes from the city and business beat

An interesting discussion concerning conflicts of interest came up near the end of Tuesday’s Steamboat Springs City Council meeting.

Merry Mainstreet to light up downtown Steamboat

The fourth annual Merry Mainstreet celebration takes place at 5 p.m. Saturday, lighting up the dark, December evening sky with the lights and holiday cheer of downtown Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat briefs: Boy Scouts to hold personal items, food drive Saturday

Boy Scout Troop 194, of Steamboat, will hold a food and personal items drive for LIFT-UP of Routt County from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Safeway, City Market and Walmart.

The Record for Dec. 7

6:57 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a driver who was driving badly on Routt County Road 14. The driver could not be found.

Doctor pleads guilty to privacy law violation

A doctor who lives in Steamboat Springs but does not practice medicine here pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to unlawfully obtaining the private medical information of another person.

Sports broadcaster, Steamboat resident Verne Lundquist receives award

Steamboat Springs resident and sports broadcaster Verne Lundquist was recognized by the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday for his contributions to the sport.

Competency evaluation ordered for accused Steamboat church vandal

The 27-year-old Steamboat Springs man accused of breaking church windows and threatening public officials has been ordered to undergo a competency evaluation.

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Stagecoach musician records, produces second album in her home

At midday Wednesday the sunlight that streams through Heather Ross’ window is muted and soft with a purple tinge. This is the light under which Ross, 49, composes, records and produces her calming and serene new-age music.

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Lowell Whiteman Primary students win radon poster contest

In their science class at Lowell Whiteman Primary School, Drew Williamson and Madeline Craig-Scheckman used their artistic talent to put on paper an important message: Radon kills.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Conservation by Christmas tree

As you enjoy the awesome tree skiing, decorated trees in your home or just the magnificent landscape viewing this holiday season, perhaps you’ll find yourself thinking about the facts behind Christmas’s favorite decor.

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Routt County events calendar for Dec. 9 to 15

Vocalist and guitarist Jerry Joseph and percussionist Wally Ingram perform their lyrical, folksy jams at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Old Town Pub.

3rd GOP candidate joins race for Routt County commissioner seat

Ten-year Stagecoach resident and retired industrial sales executive Tony Stich has joined an increasingly crowded Republican field for the District 1 Routt County commissioner seat.

Denver Post: Steamboat left off 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge route

The Denver Post reported Thursday that a dozen Colorado towns won a stage for the second annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Steamboat is not on the list.

Paul Hands: Dear City Council

I suffered a chimney fire Nov. 28 at my house on Routt County Road 38A. Thanks to your expert, professional fire department’s prompt actions, the fire, although on the roof, did not penetrate the interior of the home.

Diane Mitsch Bush: Clarifying my position

Following is how the first paragraph of Wednesday’s front-page story in the Steamboat Today should have read: “Two of the three members of the Board of County commissioners sent a strong signal that they oppose a moratorium on new oil and gas drilling permits. Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush, however, directed staff to investigate the legal issues regarding a moratorium, as well as Special Area designation under COGCC rules.”

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Steamboat bank staff to remain after merger

Millennium Bank set to change to Centennial as parent companies join forces

Millennium Bank’s parent company, Edwards-based Millennium Bancorp, announced Thursday that it had agreed to merge with CIC Bancshares, which owns and operates Centennial Bank.

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Steamboat Ski Area to drop ropes on additional terrain Friday

More trails on Storm Peak, Thunderhead Peak and Christie Peak will be available to skiers and riders beginning Friday morning.

Steamboat lodging occupancy continues upward seasonal trend

The weekly lodging barometer forecasts 38 percent occupancy Saturday night, or about 5,600 guests, which is on par with the forecast for the corresponding Saturday in December 2010.

Wednesday, December 7

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'Honeymoon at Graveside Manor' premieres Friday at Hayden High School

Hayden High School teacher Sonia Salberg chose “Honeymoon at Graveside Manor,” a farcical mystery-comedy play that premieres Friday, to fit the wild personalities of the young cast.

Steamboat Nordic skiers place well at local event

Steamboat Springs Nordic skiers logged high finishes last weekend, taking advantage of a last-second switch that left them racing on home snow.

Howelsen Hill to host Race to the Cup snowboarding events

Jon Casson, of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, is hoping for great snow and a good vibe as his program prepares to host a pair of NorAm Race to the Cup events at Howelsen Hill.

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Steamboat Shoot-Out basketball tourney starts Thursday

There’s no denying that the tournament is tough. Three of the eight teams on the boys side of the bracket received votes in the Denver Post’s preseason rankings, while five on the girls side were listed.

Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board discusses accountability

The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board on Wednesday discussed its effort to communicate the outcomes of the grants distributed each year to Routt County school districts.

Steamboat Chamber hosts seminar on event sponsorships

When reviewing sponsorships for Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s events, new CEO Tom Kern realized a change was needed. Kern, who took the reins at the Chamber in September, said many organizations host events that are intended to generate revenue not only for the themselves but also for the sponsors. It doesn’t always work out that way.

Routt County United Way Holiday Wishes campaign still needs gifts

A record 344 households have signed up to receive assistance from the Routt County United Way’s annual Holiday Wishes campaign, Executive Director Kelly Stanford said.

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Plan to tear down building in Old Town Steamboat splits preservation community

Plans to tear down a 1900-era building in Old Town Steamboat and replace it with a modern facility better capable of storing the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s collections have created a schism in the local historic preservation community.

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Christian Heritage School students bring Christmas Alive in Steamboat

Christian Heritage School students on Friday and Saturday nights will transform an ordinary slab of pavement in front of their campus into a living, drive-thru nativity story.

Oak Creek Town Board to vote on budget for 2012

Facing declining tax revenues, Oak Creek’s 2012 proposed budget includes a wide array of minor cuts to overcome a property tax revenue decrease of 31 percent and a sales tax revenue decrease of 4 percent.

1 Steamboat business fails alcohol compliance check

Of the 25 businesses checked Friday night, only the Kum & Go on Anglers Drive failed an alcohol compliance check.

Steamboat briefs: Applications accepted for 2012 summer event funds

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is accepting applications for summer 2012 special event funding.

The Record for Dec. 6

9:52 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a car that almost sideswiped another car at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue. It could not be found.

Adult coed volleyball results for Dec. 5

Adult coed volleyball results for Dec. 5

Tuesday, December 6

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World War II veterans in Routt County recall Pearl Harbor attack on 70th anniversary

Only a few World War II veterans still live in Routt County, and although none of them were serving at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked 70 years ago Wednesday, they all said the event impacted their lives.

2 of 3 Routt County commissioners don’t see need for oil well moratorium

The Routt County Board of Commissioners heard strong public sentiment Tuesday night for a moratorium on new permits for oil and gas wells.

Economic development tops list of Steamboat City Council's 2012 goals

After a more than hourlong discussion Tuesday night, the Steamboat Springs City Council whittled a list of potential 2012 goals to five.

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Fundraiser for Nordic combined athletes considered a success

A group of local Nordic combined athletes who aspire to someday be Olympians inched closer Friday night to raising the money that could help them realize their dreams.

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New program helps Steamboat students improve ACT scores

Some Steamboat students are crediting an online program with a boost in their scores on the ACT college entrance exam.

Steamboat briefs: Public school art programs get boost with fundraiser

A local fundraiser for elementary and middle school art programs in Steamboat Springs netted more than $1,200 in November.

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Steamboat artisans craft 'family boutique' for Holidays in the Rockies

This year’s craft show is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Depot Art Center, bringing the event back to downtown Steamboat.

Our View: Keep it clear, for business' sake

It snows a lot in Steamboat Springs, and that’s a good thing. But there’s one place we cannot allow the snow to pile up — in front of our businesses, and particularly those in downtown Steamboat.

Maren Stewart and Barb Parnell: A failing grade

The recent move by Congress compromising the USDA’s efforts to improve food school requirements — and with it the health of our children — is very disappointing.

Hayden School Board to discuss grant requests at Wednesday meeting

The Hayden School Board on Wednesday night will elect its officers and discuss a draft list of grant requests the school district soon will consider submitting to the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board.

Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board to examine accountability reports

The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board on Wednesday night will hear how the $2.2 million it distributed to Routt County’s three school districts last year was used.

Yampa Town Board to host budget hearing Wednesday

At its monthly meeting Wednesday night, the Yampa Town Board will host a public hearing for its 2012 draft budget.

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Dry skies expected for Northwest Colorado into next week

A stubborn high pressure system along the West Coast is blocking moisture from reaching Northwest Colorado.

Yampa Valley Regional Airport in need of line cooks

The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve bumping the pay for starting line cooks at Three Wire Bar & Grill in Yampa Valley Regional Airport from $12 per hour to $14 per hour in hopes of attracting more job candidates.

The Record for Dec. 5

12:46 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers stopped a car at Lincoln Avenue and Old Fish Creek Falls Road for speeding and arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of DUI.

Steamboat Symphony Orchestra delivers holiday magic

Billed as ringing in the season with “the brilliance of Bach, the beauty of ‘The Lark Ascending’ and the magic of the holidays,” the orchestra delivered on all three in an exciting evening of accomplished performances and widespread community involvement.

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Steamboat Springs Yule Log tradition continues Thursday

Upon receiving Thursday morning’s Steamboat Today, Sue Petrillo will hold a family meeting to discuss the day’s cryptic clue to finding the Yule Log, hidden somewhere in city limits by the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

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Tom Ross: 1st-time authors waste no time

Writing a first novel is no less difficult than it ever was. But today, anyone with $7 and a friend with some skills in graphic arts can publish their first manuscript. Modern printing technology has made the publishing world a more egalitarian place.

Steamboat Springs School Board OKs new assistant principal

Meghan Hanson-Peters to start fulfilling new role at high school this week

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night voted unanimously to accept Meghan Hanson-Peters as Steamboat Springs High School’s next assistant principal.

Steamboat Springs High School honor roll

The following Steamboat Springs High School students were named to the honor roll for their first-quarter academic performance and maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Soroco Middle School honor roll

The following Soroco Middle School students were named to the honor roll for their first-quarter academic performance and maintained a GPA of 3.4 or higher.

Hayden High School honor roll

The following Hayden High School students were named to the honor roll for their first-quarter academic performance and maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Monday, December 5

Christian Heritage School honor roll

The following Christian Heritage School students were named to the honor roll or high honor roll for their first-quarter academic performance.

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Steamboat hockey bounces back against Summit

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team skated away with a thrilling 3-2 win against Summit on Monday night.

Routt County hosts meeting Tuesday about oil, gas regulations

Concerns about the threats energy exploration could pose to air and water quality are apt to resurface at Tuesday's public work session.

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Jimmy Westlake: Saturday's brush with totality

Saturday is the closest that Colorado will come to a total lunar eclipse until April 15, 2014, so you’d better take advantage of this brush with totality.

The Record for Dec. 4

12:04 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Oak Creek Fire Protection District emergency responders were called to a request for an ambulance.

Steamboat briefs: Sustainability council suggests tree donations as holiday gifts

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is suggesting tree donations as gifts this holiday season. The donated funds will be used in January to purchase trees for ReTree Steamboat, a annual tree-planting event June 9 that helps to replace trees killed by the mountain pine beetle.

Steamboat City Council to set 2012 goals at meeting Tuesday

The Steamboat Springs City Council’s annual meeting to review and set goals will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Centennial Hall.

Niwot beats Steamboat boys basketball

The Niwot Cougars forced 21 turnovers Monday night en route to a 65-29 win against the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team in Niwot.

Commissioners to discuss proposals to help conserve properties

The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday will consider proposals to spend $2.1 million in dedicated property taxes to help conserve four properties representing a combined 2,060 acres in rural Routt County through the Purchase of Development Rights program.

Former Steamboat market and cafe owner pleads no contest to attempted theft

Jonathon Hieb is likely to get a 30-month deferred sentence for alleged thefts that occurred when he worked at Bella's Wine Bar.

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Bitter cold in Steamboat to subside Wednesday

Monday's high of 14 degrees will be bested by Tuesday's forecast high of only 9 degrees. No precipitation is in the forecast this week.

Sunday, December 4

Steamboat briefs: National Influenza Week continues through Saturday

During flu season, you should wash your hands, use your sleeve when you sneeze or cough, disinfect objects and stay home when you’re ill.

The Record for Dec. 3

11:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a burglary alarm in the 1100 block of South Lincoln Avenue. It was a false alarm.

Steamboat's Fletcher brothers show well at World Cup

It was a strong weekend for Steamboat Springs’ highest flying siblings. Taylor and Bryan Fletcher soared to strong finishes in a pair of Nordic combined World Cup events in Lillehammer, Norway.

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Tournament tough for Routt County wrestling teams

A wrestling tournament at Middle Park High School made for a rough season opening for a couple of local high school teams, but coaches were optimistic the weekend provided an important early-season test for their squads.

County Agenda for Dec. 5 and 6

County Agenda for Dec. 5 and 6

Monday Medical: Blood donations help community

Now is an ideal time to start donating blood. Demand for blood is high throughout the winter, and your opportunity is at hand. In partnership with Colorado’s Bonfils Blood Center and a new organization called Stop and Give, Yampa Valley Medical Center is hosting a blood drive Thursday.

Deb Babcock: Easy to care for Anthuriums

I’m amazed to see that an Anthurium plant I purchased a year ago is thriving in my house despite my inattention to it. Half the time I forget to water it, and the plant has outgrown the pot and the soil it sits in, yet it looks beautiful with new flowers that come out every couple of months.

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Hayden Christmas Tree Festival raises $4,255

inside the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall on Sunday afternoon, Laurie Hallenbeck and Linda Archuleta held up a candy cane each time they accepted a bid for one of the 41 Christmas trees, wreaths and centerpieces being auctioned off behind them.

Steamboat Springs School Board to consider administrator contract

Meghan Hanson-Peters will replace Marty Lamansky as Steamboat Springs High School assistant principal

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night will discuss a long term facilities plan for their district and consider approving Meghan Hanson-Peters as the assistant principal at Steamboat Springs High School.

Saturday, December 3

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Dec. 4

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Dec. 4

Joel Reichenberger: The village showed up

It sometimes feels as common as “Come for the winter, stay for the summer.” The past week has showed me the phrase “It takes a village” — as it relates to Steamboat Springs and potential Olympic athletes — is maybe even truer.

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Denney wins Nordic combined event in Steamboat

Saturday’s Nordic combined competition in Steamboat Springs meant something different to nearly all the athletes who competed, but to all, it also meant a return to action, and above all else, that was sweet.

Steamboat girls basketball rolls against Basalt

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team couldn’t manage much in the first quarter of a Saturday game against Basalt, but the Sailors improved to 2-0 by dominating the rest of the game.

Steamboat hockey falls on Front Range

Kent Denver scored early and often Saturday night, sending the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team to a 1-2 record. The Sailors fell, 7-4.

Steamboat boys basketball passes Basalt, 47-32

It was another big game for Steamboat’s Jake Miller and another win for his team. Miller scored 17 points to lead the Sailors basketball team by Basalt on Saturday, 47-32.

Hayden girls basketball wrap up Meeker title

What was already a good weekend for the Hayden High School girls basketball team became great Saturday as the team wrapped up the championship of a season-opening tournament in Meeker.

Dr. Steven Ross: What the doctor ordered

Just when the Tylenol/acetaminophen products were limping back to pharmacy shelves, this month the American Academy of Pediatrics has published an article in December’s issue of Pediatrics reviewing the growing body of evidence linking the use of acetaminophen products to the development of asthma in high-risk families.

Our View: Will plans become reality?

Last weekend, a small group of local resort leaders stood on the new stage in Gondola Square and toasted the assembled crowd on the completion of the base area promenade and related projects.

The Record for Dec. 2

3:53 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to check on a possible missing person in Steamboat Springs. The person was located at his or her residence and transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

The Jail Report for Nov. 26 to Dec. 2

The Jail Report for Nov. 26 to Dec. 2

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Tom Ross: Snow calling is a last resort

We’ve come to take it for granted that we will have remarkable ski conditions for Dec. 3. But you couldn’t always count on it in the past. And that’s no B.S. B.S. — it’s the abbreviation for before snowmaking!

Food assistance peaks in Routt County again

The latest numbers from the Routt County Human Services Department show a record number of families are struggling to make ends meet. In November, the department helped 479 households that needed federal funds in excess of $100,000 to help pay for food.

Steamboat City Council to review, set goals

Annual meeting to determine Steamboat priorities for 2012

The City Council’s annual meeting to review and set goals will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday. As part of a goal that included increasing economic development opportunities in Steamboat, the City Council created a policy to outline strategies to do so.

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Olympic skier honors Steamboat mentors with $250,000 gift to college

Former Olympic Nordic skier Ryan Heckman is giving back to Ed and Jayne Hill and the community he said helped to realize his Olympic dreams with a $250,000 gift to Colorado Mountain College.

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Nordic combined skiing partnership benefits US, Czech athletes

In the world of cutthroat Nordic combined competition among deep-pocketed, national powerhouse programs, development teams from the United States and Czech Republic have joined forces in hopes of saving a few koruna and helping balance the international scales of competition.

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Hundreds turn out for free skiing at Howelsen in Steamboat

On a crisp Saturday morning, Gary Smalley was heading up for his sixth lap on Howelsen Hill’s Face, the steep, rolling ski trail that seemingly cascades right into downtown Steamboat Springs. Smalley doesn’t have a season pass to Howelsen, nor does he have a pass to Steamboat Ski Area, but the avid backcountry skier heard that Howelsen was offering free lift tickets Saturday for its public opening day and couldn’t help himself.

John F. Russell: Back in the game

Justin Reiter was back on his board and back on the slopes of Howelsen Hill last week carving turns and ripping through the gates just like old times. Eighteen months earlier, he had walked away from the world of competitive Alpine snowboarding hoping to move on with his life.



Hayden, Colorado: Ord 646

Hayden, Colorado: ORDINANCE NO. 646

Hayden, Colorado: Ord 645

Hayden, Colorado: ORDINANCE NO. 645

Hayden, Colorado: Ord 647

Hayden, Colorado: ORDINANCE NO. 647



Closing of Section 8 Waiting Lists

PUBLIC NOTICE Closing of Section 8 Waiting Lists Effective January 1, 2012


Final Payment Notice is hereby given that the work for the City of Steamboat Springs relating to the TENNIS CENTER PARKING LOT IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT is essentially complete.





Routt County Federal Mineral Lease District

Notice of the Routt County Federal Mineral Lease District 2012 Budget Meeting

N. Routt Fire Protection District Mtg Dec 13th

NOTICE The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors for the N. Routt Fire Protection District will be held on Tuesday, December 13th rather than Tuesday December 6th as originally posted.

Routt County Public Notice PP2011-066

Routt County Public Notice The following matter is being reviewed by the Routt County Planning Department. The Planning Director will make a decision regarding this matter on 12/12/2011. ACTIVITY #: PP2011-066

Routt County Public Notice PP2011-069

Routt County Public Notice PP2011-069 The following matter is being reviewed by the Routt County Planning Department. The Planning Director will make a decision regarding this matter on 12/15/2011. ACTIVITY #: PP2011-069

Hayden Gulch Loadout (Permit No. C-1992-081).

The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety proposes to Approve Permit Revision Application No. 1, submitted by Hayden Gulch Terminal, LLC for a coal mining permit at the Hayden Gulch Loadout (Permit No. C-1992-081).







Steamboat Lake Water public meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING Steamboat Lake Water and Sanitation District will hold a public meeting, December 9, 2011 starting at 7 PM in the North Routt Fire Station # 2 conference room.





Steamboat women's hockey Chix back in action

The Steamboat Chix with Stix women’s hockey team sits in a three-way tie for third in the Women’s Association of Colorado Hockey A2 division. The squad has racked up a 3-2 record after recent games against Denver’s Black Dogs and the Vail Breakaways.

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Routt County wrestlers set for season

More than two dozen wrestlers will take to the mats Saturday representing Routt County high schools in a season-opening meet in Granby.

Friday, December 2

Steamboat boys basketball edges Roaring Fork, 48-45

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball pulled out a tight game, winning its season opener Friday night against Roaring Fork, 48-45.

Steamboat girls hoops wins season opener

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team used a strong defensive performance and timely offense to run away with its season opening game Friday. The Sailors beat Roaring Fork, 45-36.

Hayden girls basketball wins again at tournament

It wasn’t nearly as pretty, and the stats were not half as eye-popping. But the Hayden High School girls basketball team’s second game of the season might have said a lot more about the squad than the first game.

Steamboat hockey stumbles against Fountain Valley

John Wharton had a hat trick, but it wasn’t enough for the roadtripping Steamboat Springs High School hockey team, which fell, 6-3, on Friday night at Fountain Valley.

On the Market: Brokers team engaged for exclusive listings

Mark Scully, managing director of Green Courte Partners LLC, has announced that a Prudential Steamboat Realty team has been engaged as the exclusive listing brokers for Howelsen Place and Alpen Glow lofts and townhomes.

Car sales improve in Northwest Colorado

Local automotive dealers embark on long road back to pre-recession numbers

Automotive dealers in Northwest Colorado say things are looking up, but a return to the sales they were doing five years ago still is a ways off.

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Gold-rush camp Columbine on the market for $1.6 million

There aren’t many places where an investor can purchase the entirety of a 19th-century Colorado gold-mining camp, but the historic hamlet of Columbine four miles north of Steamboat Lake is the real deal.

Steamboat novelists hunker down in November for project

Just one month ago, Sylvia Duncan didn’t know much about her great-grandmother, Miriam Coulter Pence. On Friday night, as she ran her hand over the blue binder in her lap, she felt like she had a new perspective on the strong woman on the cover.

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Toys for Tots kicks off with a tea party in Steamboat

300 Routt County families benefited from donated toys last year

Two years ago, Teri Wall and her husband, Gary L. Wall, took over the local Toys for Tots campaign. More than 300 families signed up last year, and Teri said she thinks the need could be even greater this year.

The Record for Dec. 1

12:14 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of property found in the 1800 block of Central Park Drive.

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Springdale Quartet turns into a trio again for Steamboat show

Lately, the group had been calling itself the Springdale Quartet, but without their guitar player, they opened as a trio comprising Greg Russell on drums, Jordan Roos on bass and Chase Terzian on Hammond B3 organ.

Steamboat briefs: United Way Holiday Wishes campaign now under way

The ninth annual United Way Holiday Wishes campaign kicks off Saturday, when Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue members will be at Walmart from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. letting shoppers know what items are needed. Volunteers also will be outside Walmart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 11.

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Dec. 5

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Dec. 5

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Buy Local program well received in Steamboat

Several local business owners said the Buy Local holiday shopper reward program has increased traffic to their stores. The program offered a $25 gift certificate to the first 25 people who presented receipts from participating local businesses totaling $250.

Steamboat Ski Area hopes to build on last year's growth

Skier visits to Steamboat Ski Area aren’t what they were in the first half of the past decade, but last winter saw some positive growth. The release by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. this week of its 2011 Master Development Plan provides insight into the ski area’s business that hasn’t been available since Intrawest purchased it in March 2007.

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Steamboat Springs cleans up after wind storm

Damage to Springs Meadows estimated at $40,000

Steamboat continued cleaning up Friday, a day after a 123 mph wind gust was measured at Steamboat Ski Area. Gusts of 60 mph were measured at Steamboat Springs Airport on the west side of the city.

Longtime Steamboat restaurant Old West Steak House closed

Old West Steak House didn’t open Friday morning after its last night of business Thursday, owner Marty Duran said.

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Steamboat Ski Area to offer top-to-bottom skiing Saturday

Storm Peak Express will make its 2011-12 season debut, giving skiers and riders access to Buddy's Run. The Preview lift at the base of the ski area also will open for the season Saturday.

USA Pro Cycling Challenge considers finishes

Pagosa Springs is offering Wolf Creek Pass as a mountaintop finish to the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, said Morgan Murri, chairman of the town’s local organizing committee, and Mt. Evans also is under consideration.

Thursday, December 1

Hayden girls beat Cedaredge, 56-37, at tournament

There are good ways to open the season and there are great ways, and Thursday night the Hayden High School girls basketball team and senior post Erin Koehler definitely went right through good and all the way to great.

Hayden passes 1st reading of utility rate increase

The Hayden Town Council voted, 4-1, on Thursday night to approve the first reading of an ordinance that next year would raise monthly water rates in Hayden by 71 percent and sewer rates by 29 percent.

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Soroco boys drain it from deep to roll over North Park

Soroco sophomore Matthew Regan burst onto the scene with a red-hot, 3-point shot and helped his team to a booming 70-45 win against North Park.

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Soroco girls basketball overcomes for win

With turnovers, poor shooting and clunky execution, it looked like what it was: the first game of the season. The Soroco High School girls basketball team overcame all that Thursday night and opened the season, 1-0, knocking off North Park in Oak Creek, 33-23.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Multiple forest uses can create conflict

Colorado’s economy depends on elk hunting and agriculture to play large roles, and throughout the years, the two juggernauts have co-existed on Routt National Forest.

Part of Backcountry Ball proceeds to benefit injured local man

In addition to raising money to preserve quiet, nonmotorized areas for quality backcountry skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing, a portion of the proceeds from this weekend’s 13th annual Backcountry Ball will support Jim Linville.

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Philosophy gives way to art for Quang Ho in Steamboat retrospective

Denver-based painter will be featured at the Steamboat Art Museum starting Friday

When Quang Ho was 11 years old, he couldn’t do his homework. So instead, he drew. With art, he didn’t have to battle the language barrier that came with immigrating to the United States from Vietnam just days before the fall of Saigon in 1975.

The Record for Nov. 30

9:25 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a two-car, noninjury accident at Steamboat Springs High School.

Steamboat briefs: Routt County Habitat project done for winter

Routt County Habitat for Humanity finished the foundation at its two-duplex unit at 2750 Honeysuckle Lane and closed it up for the winter.

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Routt County events calendar for Dec. 2 to 8

The Holden Young Trio has taken off in a new funky electro direction with the addition of synthesizers. They play The Tugboat Grill & Pub at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Steamboat lodgings anticipate bookings picking up for weekend

Steamboat innkeepers are hoping for a late surge in bookings similar to the one they experienced last week as they head into the second Saturday of the ski season.

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Brooklyn artist Shaun Acton has 1st show in Steamboat

Abstract artist Shaun Acton wanders into the concepts of time, space and metaphysics with an attentive curiosity and a good-natured humor, layering his creations with mystery and acceptance.

BLM to hold discussion about Emerald Mountain rules

A leash law is one of numerous rules that have gone into effect for land on Emerald Mountain overseen by the Bureau of Land Management. That rule and others will be explained during a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs.

Hayden Christmas Tree Festival is Sunday

Members of Friends of the Hayden Christmas Tree Festival are busy making the final preparations for the upcoming auction that last year netted $4,500 for 25 local nonprofit groups. The group hopes the auction brings in more than last year’s total.

Mainstreet Steamboat a semifinalist for national award

Mainstreet Steamboat Spr­­ings is a semifinalist for the 2012 Great American Main Street Awards, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced Thursday. The group is among 10 semifinalists for the award.

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Steamboat Symphony Orchestra presents annual holiday concerts

The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra will perform Williams’ “The Lark Ascending” this weekend at its two holiday concerts, which are family-friendly events. The concerts are at 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.

Steamboat Springs sales tax collections are up, again

A preliminary report from the city shows an increase of 2 percent over October 2010. After budgeting for a 10 percent sales tax revenue decrease in 2011, the city is now up 3.95 percent from 2010 collection.

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Powerful gusts cause damage around Steamboat, shut down ski area

The Steamboat Ski Area resumed operations at 8:30 a.m. Friday, one day after winds clocked at 123 mph shut down the lifts and caused damage across the city.