News for Thursday, December 29, 2011

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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.