News for Friday, January 21, 2011



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Hayden boys basketball team brushes off De Beque, 83-36

Anyone harboring ambitions to play high school basketball might have missed a golden opportunity Friday in Hayden. Someone wearing orange and sitting at the end of the bench might well have inadvertently been told to get into the game as Hayden High School boys coach Mike Luppes emptied the bench time and time again during a rout of De Beque.

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Steamboat hockey holds on against Kent Denver, 3-2

Good teams can play for a period and win. Especially when that period might have been the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team’s best of the year. Steamboat got three first-period goals and withstood a late Kent Denver rally to take a 3-2 win Friday at Howelsen Ice Arena.

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White speaks about tourism to Mainstreet Steamboat Springs

Director of Colorado Tourism Office optimistic about funding

Newly appointed Colorado Tourism Office Director Al White told a Steamboat Springs audience that he hopes to convince his former colleagues in the state Legislature that holding the line on tourism funding would pay dividends even in a time of budget crisis.

Hayden developers withdraw fee waiver request

Town Council was asked for water base rates for Redstone to be waived

After a lengthy discussion at the Hayden Town Council meeting Thursday, the group that plans to redevelop the Red­­stone Motel in Hayden withdrew its request to have water base rates waived for three years. Developers David Josfan, Chris Paoli and Ben Spiegel had requested that the fees be waived because the taps are no longer in use.

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Despite lower property values, Routt County tax bills going up

Many may see property tax increase related to schools

Property owners might want to brace themselves for an unwelcome surprise at the mailbox today: Property tax bills are on the way, and most readers will see an increase in their taxes from last year. But they might find that their taxes are lower than they were two years ago.

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What to do this week in Steamboat for Jan. 21 to 27

People Under the Stairs plays at 9 p.m. Sunday at Ghost Ranch Saloon. The hip-hip duo from California offers original, wry rhymes over a diverse blend of sampled and handcrafted beats. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the show.

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Steamboat girls basketball team hits key game this weekend

Team plays against Palisade and Delta this weekend

Just three games into the Western Slope League season, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team has hit its most crucial road trip of the year. The team plays at 6 p.m. today at Palisade and at 2 p.m. Saturday at Delta.

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Cody Heartz: Book of 50 classic ski descents meant to inspire drool

Any lover of books has his or her own literary guilty pleasures. When I was younger it was comic books, pulp horror fiction and those “choose your own adventure” game books. While I may have outgrown those particular dalliances, my affair with writing that exploits my own — possibly delusional — quests for adventure is not over.

Hayden basketball looks for another blowout win

The Hayden High School boys basketball team will look to continue its string of lopsided victories today when it takes on De Beque at 5:30 p.m. in Hayden. The Tigers are coming off two wins of more than 20 points, including a 77-45 throttling of North Park last weekend.

Soroco boys basketball faces tough test at Plateau Valley

Soroco High School boys basketball coach Andy Johnson noted that a year ago, the Rams swept the season series against Western Slope League competitor Plateau Valley. “But that doesn’t mean anything now,” he added.

Soroco girls basketball primed for 2 league road games

The Soroco girls basketball team heads on the road for a pair of key league games, the outcomes setting up a potentially huge contest next week. Soroco (4-2, 1-1) plays at 5 p.m. today at Plateau Valley and 2:30 p.m. Saturday at West Grand.

Steamboat boys basketball wants no lapses on road

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team has played well at the beginning of games, at the end of games and in some stretches in between. Playing well in those stretches has helped the Sailors to seven wins, but coach Luke DeWolfe said as the Sailors prepare to get into a pair of road league games, finding consistency for four quarters is instrumental.

No. 2 Steamboat hockey hosts Kent Denver tonight

If the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team wasn’t already guaranteed to face other teams’ best efforts, Thursday’s revelation certainly will make it so. The Sailors — 9-1 overall, 5-0 in the Foothills Conference and winners of five in a row — were ranked No. 2 in the state by The Denver Post on Thursday.

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs membership dips

Annual meeting today comes during time of declining dues

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs’ annual meeting today comes after a year that saw declining membership and decreased dues, but at the start of a year that, thankfully for downtown businesses, doesn’t have a massive construction project looming over Lincoln Avenue.

The Record for Jan. 19

12:37 a.m. A person reported a suspicious car in the 1600 block of Mount Werner Road. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers did not find anyone in the car.

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Aloha’s Chris Ward asks Steamboat to consider 4th marijuana facility

A Milner medical marijuana center is considering expansion and Steamboat’s Rocky Mountain Remedies is reporting more than 600 consistent, local customers — and more than 3,000 customers overall — as city officials prepare to review revised regulations for the industry next month.

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Soulful Southern rock singer returns to Steamboat tonight

Betsy Franck is not afraid to be loud, and she’s not afraid to tell her story. And her music is no different. The Athens, Ga.-based guitarist and singer will finish her second Colorado tour with two shows at Old Town Pub with Southern rockers the Bareknuckle Band.

Blue Krewe returns to The Tugboat Grill & Pub in Steamboat tonight

From the swamps of the bayou to the cool mountain air, the world of Cajun and zydeco roots music can feel light-years away. But there are options in Colorado for those hungry for the spicy taste of Louisiana music. Blue Krewe returns to The Tugboat Grill & Pub today.

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Brent Boyer: Coffee talk with the community

Starting next month, the Steamboat Pilot & Today is opening its doors and inviting readers to chat about the newspaper — or even just the news — from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month with myself and General Manager Scott Stanford.

Steamboat briefs: Entries now being accepted for Winter Carnival parade

The Winter Carnival Parade is Feb. 6 after the street events on Lincoln Avenue. Anyone is welcome to participate, but only those who use a diamond hitch are eligible to be judged. The entry fee is a $7 Winter Carnival button, which is used to attend all of the week’s events.