News for Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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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.