Thursday, June 30
Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Director Tracy Barnett was determined but nervous to have Mainstreet “go zero,” a term that meant a lot of work to train visitors and vendors on reducing their waste at the 2011 Mainstreet Farmers Markets.
Groups petition to stop raids at public events
A Colorado immigration rights group and Latinos in the lower Roaring Fork Valley circulated a petition Tuesday and Wednesday that condemns U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office for an operation June 18 at Strawberry Days in Glenwood Springs.
Returning for its fifth year of music and fundraising, The Realm of Music festival is floating downriver for 2011, relocating to the newly revamped State Bridge Riverside Amphitheater.
In an initial vote Tuesday, Breckenridge Town Council members unanimously approved a measure to put a 5 percent medical marijuana excise tax on the ballot in November.
12:15 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 26-year-old Steamboat woman on suspicion of driving under the influence during a traffic stop at South Lincoln Avenue and Trafalgar Drive.
LiveWell Northwest Colorado and the Steamboat Pilot & Today team up to encourage exercise
Summer is finally here. (Really!) Town is starting to come alive with cyclists, paddlers and hikers. More and more people are heading outdoors. What about you? What will it take this year to get you outside and moving?
Bryan and Taylor Fletcher grew up in Steamboat Springs, spending hours at the base of Howelsen Hill and on the sidewalks of Lincoln Avenue. Now, as the brothers spend a majority of their time in Park City, Utah, Fourth of July in Steamboat always symbolizes something special — the Ski Jumping Extravaganza.
Ranch Rodeo precedes 3 days of professional series in Steamboat Springs
It’s a weekend of rodeo so special that longtime local rodeo bigwig John Shipley has trouble thinking about it without getting choked up. The action starts at 7 p.m. Friday with the Mountain Valley Bank Ranch Rodeo, then kicks into high gear for the rest of the weekend as the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series plays to holiday crowds Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The theme for the annual Fourth of July Parade in downtown Steamboat Springs this year is “The Greatest Summer on Earth.” The parade starts at 10 a.m. Monday. Yampa Fourth of July Festivities also start at 7 a.m. Monday, kicking off with a pancake breakfast and the parade beginning at 1 p.m. at River Park. Check out what else is happening this week.
Last month, young Texas blues guitarist Chris Watson stood backstage in Greenville, S.C., and watched Buddy Guy and B.B. King take the stage. Opening up for his childhood idols was a surreal experience, but the 24-year-old guitarist also thought about what would happen when the legends passed away.
To Jack Casady, the past is no matter on stage. Whether it’s Woodstock in 1969, or the Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series stage in 2011, the power of the moment wins over the legendary bass player every single time. Casady and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, famous for their stint leading psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane, began the blues-rock band Hot Tuna as a side project in 1969.
First Friday Artwalk listings in Steamboat for July 1
In her final art show in Steamboat Springs, photographer Judy Jones wanted to try something new. Before she leaves the Yampa Valley after five years as an artist with the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat, Jones decided to branch out from her traditional wildlife photos into broad landscapes depicting the pastoral and mountain views.
Campers were told to stay in their tents briefly at Steamboat Lake State Park late Wednesday afternoon because of a woman whose husband thought she might have been suicidal and carrying a firearm.
The Routt County Sheriff’s Office hosted a public meeting Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center to inform residents that a sexually violent predator is re-entering the community.
On Wednesday, a lightning strike hit the microwave tower located on Separation Peak in Carbon County, temporarily knocking out wireless and Internet service, according to a news release.
Colorado’s medical marijuana businesses are subject to new rules Friday. Dispensaries, grow operations and infused-product makers must be in compliance with 77 pages of new Colorado Department of Revenue rules drafted after the state adopted new legislation in 2010 and updated this year.
City encourages residents to walk, ride bikes or take bus to Howelsen Hill
Tim Borden promises that residents and visitors won’t be disappointed by Steamboat Springs’ annual Fourth of July fireworks show. Borden said he and his son, Scott, try to make the fireworks show bigger and better every year.
June threw a cheap shot at residents of Steamboat Springs on its way out the door early Wednesday evening in the form of gusty winds that damaged trees. But the National Weather Service in Grand Junction was forecasting high temperatures in the mid-70s Friday, with a return to sunshine that is expected to carry through the long holiday weekend.
Local Olympian Caroline Lalive speaks to collection of day camp participants
It took 6-year-old Darby Martinez 10 attempts to finally move an Oreo cookie from the top of her forehead to her mouth Wednesday at Soda Creek Elementary School. “It’s a great event because no matter what, you get to eat an Oreo at the end,” she said.
Basalt officials decided Tuesday to take the lead in the Roaring Fork Valley to discourage use of disposable grocery bags. The Basalt Town Council gave an informal nod to the concept of charging a small fee for use of disposable paper and plastic bags in the town’s two grocery stores.
Local ranchers report significant increases in revenue
Some local ranchers are benefiting from higher prices of wool and lamb meat. Routt County Extension Agent CJ Mucklow said because there’s not enough supply to meet demand, prices have increased in recent years.
12:29 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious car in the 700 block of Lithia Springs Road.
Steamboat Briefs: Lincoln Avenue will be closed for July 4th parade
Myers art will be on display at K. Saari Gallery this month
With four pieces of conceptual art, including a display that illustrates the fourth dimension, Park Myers' show INTER_, will be displayed as a project room in the back of K. Saari Gallery this month.
Laura Voorhees uses technology including SMART boards and websites with her kindergartners
Before they enter the first grade this fall, students who were in Laura Voorhees’ kindergarten class in Hayden last year will know how to blog, operate a Flip camera, participate in a video conference via Skype, and navigate the touch screen of a SMART board.
2011 Summer League
Wynton Marsalis, Brent Rowan kick off 24th Strings season in Steamboat
On Friday evening, the 24th season of the Strings Music Festival officially opens with what Operations Manager Betse Grassby calls the biggest name to ever grace the Strings Music Pavilion.
Chuck Willard jokes that he doesn’t play enough golf to know what his good distances are.
Steamboat’s Brad Bingham has proven himself perhaps Steamboat Springs’ top mountain biker early this summer with victories in the first two Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series events.
Saturday’s Mountain Madness running race in Steamboat Springs makes for an approachable race for a variety of athletes, with 10-kilometer and half-marathon courses that, while still filled with hills and challenges, are at least rolling.
Going into a brutal race she’d never done, in the tough road bike setting of Laramie, Wyo., Amy Charity was excited about one thing. As a Category 3 rider, she would get to race alongside the pro and elite riders for the first time at the 23rd annual Dead Dog Classic Stage Race.
Wednesday, June 29
Markers point to an aging polulation in Routt County
According to 2010 census data, the number of people 45 and older has increased nearly 58 percent since 2000. That would explain why the county’s median age has increased in the past 10 years, Yampa Valley Partners Executive Director Kate Nowak said.
Effective this past weekend, the Hahn’s Peak Lake Campground has reopened, according to a release from the U.S. Forest Service. The destination has been undergoing construction, hazard tree removal and renovations since 2008.
Steamboat boys fall to Eagle Valley before sweeping Coal Ridge
The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team split two doubleheaders over the weekend. Steamboat lost a pair of games Saturday to Eagle Valley, falling, 6-3, and 11-1, before sweeping Coal Ridge on Sunday, 34-3 and 24-3.
No new sentencing date has been set for real estate developer and part-time Steamboat Springs resident Brooks Kellogg, who pleaded guilty in April to one charge of interstate travel in commission of murder-for-hire.
With flows in the Yampa River subsiding but still far above average for this time of year, river rafting could be the best it has been in many years, and Yampa River State Park announced today that it has reopened river access. Park rangers are cautioning all boaters to be extremely careful.
The Transportation Commission formulates general policy for the Colorado Department of Transportation with respect to the management, construction and maintenance of public highways and other transportation systems in the state.
On June 25 I represented the American Legion in a memorial service for a deceased veteran at Oak Creek Cemetery.
Friday marks the five-year anniversary of a state law designed to protect Coloradans from exposure to secondhand smoke.
Bear sightings have been on the rise in Steamboat Springs for the past two decades, coinciding with the city’s growth and our encroachment on traditional bear habitat. Only on rare occasions do the increased bear sightings result in an uncomfortable encounter.
The Steamboat Springs Team Lightning swim team dominated the 2011 Aspen Invitational Swim Meet during the weekend. Steamboat scored 2,537 points to win the meet. Aspen was second at 1,563 and Glenwood Springs was third at 1,313.
Team lightning results from Aspen Invitational swim meet.
It wasn’t hard for Bronwyn Rittner, Romy Klinger or Courtnay Browne to figure out the worst part of the 2011 Tough Mudder on Saturday in Beaver Creek. It wasn’t the live electrical wires at the end, dragging logs up a hillside, climbing cold snow walls or the 4,250 feet of elevation gain.
Tuesday, June 28
Town Board to decide July 14 whether to add Dave Maris
Oak Creek Mayor Nikki Knoebel said she found herself in a new situation when a vote on an Oak Creek Town Board vacancy Thursday ended in a tie.
The nebula is a the result of a dark space in the sky
Have you ever looked up at the fluffy clouds on a summer’s day and imagined a menagerie of animals in the sky? You can do the same thing at night, using the star clouds of the Milky Way. The dark of the moon in early July this summer will allow us to see something truly wonderful, the elusive Great Dark Horse Nebula.
1930s-era gas station is one of the last examples of its kind in the county
The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to add one of Oak Creek’s most visible buildings, a 1930s-era gas station, to the Routt County Register of Historic Places.
Vincent Abate now 20, will enter his fourth year at Johnson & Wales University in the culinary nutrition program, but not without the help of a locally based grant program that aims to encourage students like Abate to follow their dreams.
7:18 a.m.Officers were called to a report of a bear going through trash at a neighbor’s house in the 300 block of Blue Sage Circle. The person said it appeared the bear was starting to get aggressive. The bear eventually left the area.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association needs volunteers to help with the Fourth of July Parade and the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. Those interested can call Sarah Leonard at 970-875-7006.
Rescued to Ride ramps up with presentation, summer events
In the faces of the horses she photographs, local horseperson and ranch photographer Diane Panetta sees an unwavering purity and honesty. “Their expressions — it’s just so rare to find,” she said. “They’re simple and honest, and I could look at them all day.”
The one thing that hasn’t changed is being popular. Being popular, as I recall, consumed my thoughts during most of my waking hours. It was hugely important to me, and judging from conversations with my son, it still seems to matter. A lot. Ugh.
Commissioners wait on cleanup of South Routt site ahead of eviction hearing
The Routt County Board of Commissioners agreed this week that they want to see the site of a metal recycling operation just south of Oak Creek cleaned up. However, they say they would wait until they knew the outcome of an upcoming eviction hearing.
Photographer John F. Russell captured video of the Exploring Weather & Space Science Camp on Tuesday at Colorado Mountain College. The camp was for sixth- and seventh-graders in Soroco, Hayden and Steamboat Springs.
Brad Meeks will officially start as the Steamboat Springs School District’s superintendent on July 15. Meeks arrived in Steamboat on Tuesday afternoon and signed a one-year contract with the district during a meeting with outgoing Superintendent Shalee Cunningham.
Police say white man assaulted Hispanic man Monday
The Routt County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that it plans to file a misdemeanor hate-crime harassment charge against a man police say was involved in a fight Monday evening.
Agreement would keep wool outfitter at an expanded facility
Steamboat Springs is negotiating a long-term deal to keep SmartWool in the Yampa Valley, City Manager Jon Roberts said. Roberts said the deal with the merino wool outfitter would extend its lease at Steamboat Springs Airport and expand the company’s facility.
Campgrounds in the Routt National Forest are opening about one month late this summer, but the good news is that many will be open in time for the holiday. Forest Service spokeswoman Diann Ritschard said today that most hiking trails in around the campgrounds remain covered with snow, and forest roads, many of them closed, are too muddy to travel.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted today to add one of Oak Creek’s most visible buildings, a 1930s-era gas station, to the Routt County Register of Historic Places.
Monday, June 27
Coed league volleyball standings and results from June 27
Men's league softball standings and results from June 27
League results and standings
1:09 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of loud banging in the 2000 block of 13th Street. The noise stopped before officers arrived.
Steamboat grad Hannah Greene makes dean’s list
The number of secondhand businesses has grown to 13 in Steamboat Springs. Of those, seven have opened since June 2010. Rose Atkins, who opened Rummagers Thrift Store in 2000, said she thinks the recession has led to new secondhand businesses in Steamboat. She said the number of foreclosures and bankruptcies has increased donations.
The Thunderhead hiking trail to the top of the gondola has long been one of the best routes in the valley that is most overlooked by resident hikers. Judy and I took advantage of opening day for hiking and biking trails at the ski area last weekend to get some miles on our hiking legs, and we made it as far as Twister.
District’s next superintendent expected to start July 15
The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night unanimously approved a contract offer for Dr. Bradley Meeks, who is expected to start as the district superintendent July 15. Meeks will arrive in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday afternoon.
Dentist Blake Julian, one of eight remaining men vying for the heart of Ashley Hebert on "The Bachelorette," was kicked off the show on an episode that aired Monday night.
Ladley promoted to men’s pro half-pipe team
Margo Christiansen, communications director for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association confirmed Monday that Matt Ladley has been promoted to the U.S. Snowboard Team’s men’s pro half-pipe team and that Taylor Gold has been named to the rookie team.
Director asks visitors, residents to call 911 only if they are in danger
Tourists and residents in Routt County constantly are calling out the bears they spy, sometimes unnecessarily. Routt County Communications Director Tim McMenamin asked that people only call 911 if they are in danger.
The longtime Steamboat Springs outdoors apparel and gear retailer will add nearly 4,000 square feet to its existing location at U.S. Highway 40 and Pine Grove Road. Ski Haus has been in business since 1969, and at its current location since 2001.
The 1960s-era building is being destroyed to make room for a new $20 million administrative and classroom facility. Two other building also will be destroyed as part of the major construction project in downtown Steamboat Springs.
The slide happened about 6:30 a.m. on Berthoud Pass and it has shut down U.S. 40 over the pass in both directions, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
The Record for June 26
Sunday, June 26
Hayden Reader of the Week: Garrett Salazar
Appreciating an underused herb
Some herbs just need a little more public relations in order to earn a starring role, and underused and underappreciated dill (Anethum graveolens) is one of them.
Starting a discussion can lead to important treatment
Bladder leakage, also called urinary incontinence, is a health issue that some people are too embarrassed to discuss. Yet by staying silent, many people simply live with the condition, unaware that there are treatment options.
With the summer solstice behind us, spring is over and the season of Strings is just ahead. This summer, the eight-week Strings Music Festival features more than 60 concerts and events, and the performances start this week. The season officially opens with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on Friday.
Renowned instructor presents lesson at Perry-Mansfield
Ten-year-old Makala Lowe spent two hours of her Sunday suspended in mid-air, sailing aloft on a thick canvas sling strung from the rafters of the Steinberg Pavilion at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. There were 16 participants that attended the public workshop on aerial dance.
Sherman & Howard, a law firm with offices in Steamboat Springs, has been awarded Gold Standard Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum, according to a news release.
A dim hallway, a bit of frayed carpeting, a poorly placed piece of furniture: These details may present only small safety hazards in many households. But when a person has poor vision or balance or copes with other health challenges, the risk that seemingly harmless clutter or flaws within a home will cause that person to fall or injure themselves increases dramatically.
County Agenda for June 27 and 28
Steamboat’s top pick for superintendent could be offered job Monday
The Steamboat Springs School Board will meet Monday night to vote on whether to approve a contract that would make Dr. Bradley Meeks the district’s next superintendent.
Elk expected to peak above flood stage this week, begin receding with Yampa into July
The National Weather Service is predicting that the higher temperatures forecast for Steamboat Springs this week will cause rivers to rise again, bringing the Elk River near Milner above flood stage during its peak later in the week.
Saturday, June 25
The sun beat down on the dusty baseball field at Steamboat Springs Middle School late Wednesday afternoon, but the group of young players practicing didn’t seem to mind the heat.
An extra-inning victory couldn’t save the Steamboat Storm in this weekend’s Mountain Magic Triple Crown youth baseball tournament in Steamboat Springs. That did little to dampen the spirits of the local players afterward, however.
District considers asking voters for mill levy increase to fund improvements, staffing
Officials in West Routt County say the cost of fire protection is going to rise, and it’s up to residents to decide whether they want to pay more to the fire department or insurance companies. To address staffing and equipment needs, the West Routt Fire Protection District is considering asking voters in November to increase the tax.
Routt County’s construction industry was hit hard by the recession and during the past four years has accounted for many of the jobs that have been erased from a shrinking workforce. Brian Bradbury, an employment specialist with the Steamboat Springs branch of the Colorado Workforce Center, said last week that the labor force in Routt has decreased from its peak of 17,116 in January 2008 to 13,106 last month.
The Record for June 24
The Jail Report for June 18 to 24
After seeing the multiple online comments after last week’s bicycle invasion I just had to chime in. Fact: Bicycles are vehicles and, as such, are subject to the same rules of the road as any non-commercial car, truck, motorcycle, etc. The fact that you need no license, insurance or any knowledge of traffic laws to ride your bike down the road (or sidewalk, which is illegal) is where the problem lies.
I would just like to express my disappointment in the “old-time locals” of Steamboat Springs. You know who they are. However old or young, they are the individuals who think Walgreens is the devil, wish Old Town Pub was still a hospital and want to ride a horse to work every day.
The numbers are staggering. In January 2008, Routt County’s workforce numbered 17,116. Forty months later, it has shrunk to 13,106. The local unemployment rate was above 11 percent in May, higher than the national average. Foreclosure notices continue to be filed with the county at record levels.
I didn’t know what I expected Saturday afternoon when I showed up for one of the Steamboat Storm’s games in the weekend’s Triple Crown Mountain Magic baseball tournament. Despite heading into my fourth summer in Steamboat Springs, somehow Saturday’s game was the first Triple Crown game I’ve covered.
Delayed runoff makes Yampa a late-season roller coaster
For Bucking Rainbow, high water into late June is a blessing. The extended season led to requests by local companies to extend the commercial rafting window as dictated by the city’s Parks, Open Spaces and Recreational Services Department. The opportunity to use city put-ins and takeouts usually expires July 6.
Annual event draws a crowd of 600
With temperatures in the 80s, live music blasting from the speakers, activities for children and cold beer, the scene Saturday at Decker Park was tough to resist. Six hundred people filed into the park for the Taste of South Routt festival.
Team eager for Cow Pie tourney in two weeks
Team captain Tim Callahan insisted that today’s 35-5 loss to Aspen in Steamboat Springs didn’t represent anywhere near the best rugby the Steamboat team could play. “We can play better than that,” he said. “We had breakdowns that need to be ironed out in practice, and in order to do that we need more numbers to show up.”
ACTIVITY #: PP2011-019 PETITIONER: JOY MARX - MOUNTIN PAWS BED AND BREAKFAST PETITION: Conditional Use Permit for operation of a Bed and Breakfast
ACTIVITY #: PS2011-008 PETITIONER: DUMAS, JOHN J. & LAVONNE E. PETITION: Replat to move the building envelope approximately 60' to the north to be approximately 110' from the north property line LOCATION/LEGAL: LOT 4 LAKEVIEW MEADOWS
ORDINANCE NO. 610 AMENDING CHAPTER 2.24 OF THE OAK CREEK MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO PUBLIC RECORDS
Sealed bids are being accepted by the Hayden School District (HSD) for the demolition fo our middle school gymnasium. Project specifications are available at the HSD Administration office or by e-mail. Contact Judy at 970-276-3864 or email@example.com for further bid details. Joe Skufca is the District project manager.
PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR A PUBLIC HEARING The City of Steamboat Springs proposes to relocate County Road 44 outside the Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) of Runway 14 at the Steamboat Springs/Bob Adams Field Airport and acquire approximately 3.2 acres of land for the relocated road.
The City of Steamboat Springs proposes to provide additional land for future hangar/landside development along with the development of a partial parallel taxiway to the end of Runway 32 at the Steamboat Springs/Bob Adams Field Airport. The project includes the acquisition of 6.9 acres of land for the proposed development.
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-107 Original Grantor(s): Keith Heiner and Susan Heiner Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for CitiMortgage, Inc.
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-109 Original Grantor(s): Lawrence J. Calistro Jr. Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Homefield Financial, Inc.
DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION NOTICE OF FINAL DECISION ORIGINAL ADDITION TO STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, BLOCK 29 LOT 6 (BRANLIN BUILDING) #MEM-11-04
DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION PUBLIC HEARING RE-ZONE RE1/S & RE2/S TO RE1 & RE2 #ZMA-11-01
DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION PUBLIC HEARING TEXT AMENDMENT TO CDC - PARKING CODE #TXT-11-08 Let it be known to all interested parties that a request for the development application described below has been filed in the office of the Steamboat Springs Department of Planning & Community Development:
DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION NOTICE OF FINAL DECISION ROCKY PEAK VILLAGE F2 #FP-11-09 Let it be known to all interested parties that a request for the development application described below has been filed in the office of the Steamboat Springs Department of Planning & Community Development:
TOWN OF YAMPA ORDINANCE NO. 2011-02 AN ORDINANCE EXTENDING A TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON THE CULTIVATION OR SALE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN THE TOWN OF YAMPA; REPEALING ALL CONFLICTING ORDINANCES; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. WHEREAS, the Colorado legislature adopted House Bill 10-1284 in 2010 as amended by House Bill 11-1043 in 2011 concerning the regulation of medical marijuana; and
NOTICE IS HEREBY, GIVEN that the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, adopted the following ordinances on second and final reading: ORDINANCE: 2388 An ordinance amending Sections 12-29, 26-402, and 26-92 of the Steamboat Springs Revised Municipal Code relating to approval procedures for peddlers, solicitors, canvassers, or transient sellers operating in public places; providing an effective date; and setting a hearing date.
NOTICE IS HEREBY, GIVEN that the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, adopted the following ordinances on first reading:
Seneca Coal Company, 37796 Routt County Road 53, P.O. Box 670, Hayden, Colorado 81639, has filed with the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety, a Technical Revision (No. 75) to the Seneca II-W Mine, Permit C-82-057. This technical revision presents a proposed channel design for a lower portion of 006 Gulch.
ACTIVITY #: PZ2011-002 PETITIONER: DAVE ZIEGLER PETITION: Minor PUD amendment for building height and area LOCATION/LEGAL: Lot 1, Timbers Village
ACTIVITY #: PP2011-005 PETITIONER: REBECCA HEID PETITION: Administrative Permit for Commercial Horseback Rides for up to 50 riders per day LOCATION/LEGAL: County Road 62, 2 miles Northwest of Clark
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-111 Original Grantor(s): Charles R. Simms and Barbara M. Simms Original Beneficiary(ies): Option One Mortgage Corporation
NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT PROJECT #MTCE R300-173 PROJECT ID #18281
Separate sealed BIDS for the construction of PRV PL-4 REPLACEMENT, June 2011, will be received by the OWNER at the office of the ENGINEER, CIVIL DESIGN CONSULTANTS, INC., 2145 Resort Drive, Suite 100, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 (970) 879-3022 until 3:00 PM prevailing time on 13 July, 2011, and then at said location publicly opened and read aloud.
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-114 Original Grantor(s): Wescoin, LLLP, a limited liability limited partnership Original Beneficiary(ies): Wells Fargo Bank, National Association
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-110 Original Grantor(s): John B Heit and Danielle M Heit Original Beneficiary(ies): Bank of America, N.A.
DIVISION 5 WATER COURT-MAY 2011 RESUME
31. PURSUANT TO C.R.S., §37-92-302, AS AMENDED, YOU ARE NOTIFIED THAT THE FOLLOWING PAGES COMPRISE A RESUME OF THE APPLICATIONS AND AMENDED APPLICATIONS FILED WITH THE WATER CLERK FOR WATER DIVISION 5 DURING THE MONTH OF MAY 2011.
The Yampa Valley Regional Airport (YVRA) will receive sealed proposals from qualified individuals for the operation and management of a restaurant concession within the passenger terminal building at YVRA. Individuals can obtain RFP information from the Routt County Web site; www.co.routt.co.us; under the airport section or Dave Ruppel, Airport Manager at 970-276-5004 or 970-276-5001.
PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXPAYER REMEDIES (Media Release) From June 15 to June 30, 2011
On June 10, 2011, Forest Supervisor Phil Cruz, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland, signed the Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact to authorize new trail to be constructed and change the use of some existing trails on the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation's permitted area, near Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
The Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District is requesting public comment on the proposed remodel of the Storm Peak Lab building, located on the Steamboat Ski Area in T6N, R83W, Sec. 29. The permit holder is the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education on behalf of Desert Research Institute. The project would enclose exterior deck space on the first floor w/out a change in the footprint, and add a partial second level to replace the existing shed on the roof.
A 28-year-old man from Iowa was found in the emergency room at Yampa Valley Medical Center on Saturday after he sped into Steamboat Springs at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The man, who was registered as a missing person in his home state of Iowa, was first seen driving about 40 miles per hour over the speed limit at mile marker 143 of U.S. Highway 40 by a Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputy at 9:21 a.m.
Mike Argeroplos and Ryan Magner have to play music. Even if it means cutting their snowboarding days short to save some energy to play after work. “If I don’t play music, I feel like I’m doing nothing with my life,” said Magner.
The Mainstreet Farmers Market will be going on from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and features produce, food vendors, crafts and live music. Also check out the Taste of South Routt from noon to 6 p.m. Find other events happening this week by clicking here.
The last of the 25 obstacles spread out across the nine-mile course of Saturday’s Tough Mudder competition at Beaver Creek is a field laced with live dangling electrical wires, some of which pack 10,000 volts.
For anyone who has longed to time travel back to the early 20th century in Northwest Colorado, when the land was freshly settled, Dorothy Wickenden’s new book, “Nothing Daunted, the Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West,” will punch your ticket.
Local business owners have reacted more favorably to the sewer project in the alley between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street than they did to last year’s repaving of the city’s main thoroughfare, Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett said.
Friday, June 24
The Record for June 23
Comcast Corp. launched Xfinity Voice digital phone service for the Steamboat Springs area on May 31, according to a news release. Xfinity Voice offers customers digital-quality phone service with unlimited direct-dial local and domestic long-distance calling, Web access to voicemail, E911 service and 12 popular calling features.
The town of Hayden has planned aerial spraying for mosquitoes Sunday evening, if weather permits. If spraying can’t be done Sunday, it will be done at the earliest evening thereafter when weather allows.
Real estate transactions for June 17 to 23
Construction jobs aren’t just scarce this summer, they’re difficult in ways they haven’t been for many years. “The last 24 months, my biggest risk has been watching for subcontractors that are going out of business,” Travis Holmquist, of Holmquist-Lorenz Construction, said last week. “I called a guy back this spring to complete the second phase of a job he’d worked on last fall. He never called back.”
Andy Daly, of Alpine Mountain Ranch and Club, said Wednesday he’s cautiously optimistic that high-end buyers are more confident than they were a year ago, and he’s hopeful there will be significant interest in the $4.45 million home his company debuted to Realtors last week.
Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties, formerly Silver Oak Ltd, has named Giles Howard as managing director.
Lucy Middleton accused of taking money from Yampa Valley Bank
Lucy Middleton, former assistant vice president at Yampa Valley Bank in Steamboat Springs, can no longer conduct affairs for a bank. She is accused of taking money from Yampa Valley Bank in 2009, which a bank official said she later returned.
Edwin Rodriguez, the 15-month-old boy who fell into Butcherknife Creek in downtown Steamboat Springs on June 4, is now in good condition.
Prizes donated by local bike shops, other businesses
The Youth Bicycle Rodeo has evolved since the Steamboat Springs Optimist Club started hosting the annual event about 25 years ago. Optimist Rob MacCarthy, who created the event, said bike safety education programs just didn’t exist then.
Fire danger remains low across much of Routt County
A report of smoke Thursday at the King Mountain Ranch near Toponas resulted in Yampa Fire Protection District firefighters extinguishing several small fires. Fire danger in West Routt County might be moderate, and it remains low at higher elevations.
Company reports record sales, splits with company that manages pharmaceutical benefits
Twin concrete trucks were feeding a snorkel on the site of Steamboat Springs’ new Walgreens store Friday morning as foundation work continued at the northwest corner of U.S. Highway 40 and Pine Grove Road.
The popping of hand to leather and the ping of ball to aluminum bat. Is there a better sign that summer is here? For a dozen or so players on the 11-and-younger Steamboat Storm baseball team, there certainly isn’t.
Work begins on downhill trail at ski area as other spots open
An endless spring is loosening its grip on the hiking and mountain biking trails across Steamboat Springs, a process that stands to take a huge step Friday when Steamboat Ski Area opens the first stages of its trail system.
12:52 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a man with a cut on his head in the 1100 block of Lincoln Avenue. Police do not think the man was assaulted, and he was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center.
The Over The Hill Gang has new officers.
The Routt County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a public meeting Wednesday to inform residents that a sexually violent predator is re-entering the community.
Triple Crown games and rodeo should have nice weather
One never knows — there could be a future Major League Baseball player in town this weekend when the Triple Crown Sports Mountain Magic boys baseball tournament rolls into Steamboat Springs.
Jonathon Hieb, the Steamboat Springs man arrested May 19 on suspicion of stealing from Bella’s wine bar, was scheduled to appear in Routt County Court on Tuesday, but his case has been continued until 9:30 a.m. July 13.
Thursday, June 23
The Oak Creek Town Board began its Thursday meeting by voting, 4-0, to place a citizen-initiated question of whether to ban medical marijuana centers on the November ballot, but medical marijuana discussion didn’t end there.
Demon Funkies, a rock and funk band from Denver that plays high-energy party music, will play at 10 p.m. Friday at Ghost Ranch Saloon. Check out what else is happening in Routt County this week by clicking here.
There are a lot of ways to describe South Routt County, but an easy way to get a taste of the essence of the community would be to head to Decker Park in Oak Creek on Saturday. From noon to 6 p.m., about 25 vendors will be on hand showcasing the food, services and lifestyle that makes South Routt the tightly knit and diverse community that it is.
Through a camera lens, the eye can see the world in a new way, capture moments in time and communicate through art. But that lens also can act as a mirror, reflecting back on the camera’s user, making the practice of photography a venue to contemplative thought. It took writer, photographer and Buddhist teacher Andy Karr a long time to bridge the connection between photography and his contemplative studies.
Here we are enjoying long summer days, and I am finally digging into that “around the house” list that never stops growing. But you can’t call it a summer if you don’t find time to camp and fish — at least a little.
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is inviting sports and cycling fans to create the national and host city commemorative posters for the inaugural international cycling competition Aug. 22-28.
Jamison Fjoser’s case heads to district court; arraignment set for Aug. 19
Jamison Fjoser, the man accused of manufacturing methamphetamine in Hayden, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Routt County Court today. The case now moves to District Court. Fjoser is scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. Aug. 19 for his arraignment before 14th Judicial District Court Judge Shelley Hill.
The Steamboat Springs Community Youth Corps has received $21,840 in Great Outdoors Colorado funding to maintain trails on the Yampa River Core Trail and other Steamboat trails, according to a news release.
Work begins on downhill trail at ski area as other local spots open
Six trails in the ski mountain’s network will be opened starting at 10 a.m. Friday, joining many other trails in town that have just recently dried out enough to be accessed. The ski area also said today that work has started on portions of the downhill mountain bike park, the first trail of which could be open this fall.
The demolition of Monson Hall was rescheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, CMC spokesman Mike McKibbin said.
The statewide program honors 50 companies a year.
New owner hopes to build small commercial building in its place
Two duplex units at Fourth and Oak streets, including one damaged by a fire in August that displaced 18 residents, were being torn down this morning. Steve Peterson said the owner had planned to rebuild on the lot zoned for residential and commercial uses this summer. But Peterson said that timetable likely had been pushed back to spring 2012.
Elk expected to return to flood level as runoff focus shifts to Fish, Soda creeks
Federal hydrologists are predicting that with the return of unseasonably high temperatures this weekend, both the Yampa and Elk rivers have the potential to rise steeply. Hydrologists suggest Steamboat residents also keep an eye on Soda Creek and Fish Creek.
The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating a report of a man exposing himself near the Howelsen Skate Park on Wednesday.
A Triple Crown boys baseball tournament, the Taste of South Routt and Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series performances highlight a weekend that should see nearly 8,000 folks stay overnight in Steamboat on Saturday.
Wednesday, June 22
When the opportunity presented itself to leave the dull grays of Rochester, N.Y., for the sun of Tampa, Fla., it wasn’t a hard decision for Jasper Gantick. The 2009 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, who played lacrosse his freshman year at Monroe Community College in Rochester before redshirting this past season, has transferred to the University of Tampa.
1:39 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies talked to people in a suspicious car near the Dry Lake Campground and issued a ticket for illegal camping.
The third annual Steamboat Stage Race is looking for anyone interested in joining the organizing committee for the Labor Day bicycle race. The group needs help planning and coordinating various areas of the race including logistics, road signs, feed zones and awards ceremonies.
In some parts of Routt County, mosquitoes are a big nuisance, and they are dealt with accordingly.
Routt County students spend a week learning to invent
As she crawled through the piles of empty juice bottles, milk cartons, torn-up Ranger Rick magazines and cereal boxes that lined the floor of a Strawberry Park Elementary School classroom on Wednesday, Sarah Wittemyer was looking for the fabric for her next invention.
Like Routt County and the city of Steamboat Springs before them, the town of Oak Creek will discuss the future of medical marijuana businesses in its jurisdiction during a public meeting Thursday night.
228 mountain bikers set Town Challenge record
The Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series event drew 228 racers, the largest field in the series’ history. The masses of riders, starting in a dozen waves, swept passed the cheering fans, through cottonwood thickets and along the river.
Results from the June 22, 2011 Town Challenge race at Marabou.
C/A1C Airman 1st Class Joshua Heald, of Steamboat Springs, was selected by command staff as wing honor cadet at the Colorado Wing Civil Air Patrol encampment Saturday at the Air Force Academy Prep School in Colorado Springs. Heald was chosen from more than 150 cadets from Colorado and surrounding states who attended the encampment, according to a news release. This is the highest honor a basic cadet can achieve at encampment.
The twin committees searching for a replacement for departed Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association executive Sandy Evans Hall have focused on a finalist.
The foundation will recognize individual, business and youth philanthropists Sunday during the 14th annual Celebration of Philanthropy. The honorees are: Steve and Pam Williams, individual; Central Park Liquor, business; and Anna Poirot, youth.
The 6.6-acre, 54-lot neighborhood sold to a limited liability company registered to a Carbondale attorney. The sellers, Alison and Martin Dennis, have said they intended to sell the parcel to someone who would keep it operating as a mobile home park.
Bill Meek led Soroco schools for nearly 30 years
Today, the name William L. Meek can be read at the entrance to the South Routt School District’s athletic facility. But after 30 years as the district’s superintendent, Meek’s legacy runs much deeper through the roots of the South Routt community than a simple sign could illustrate.
Dave and Carrie Epstein to be featured on “The Marriage Ref”
It started off as Dave Epstein’s chance to meet Jerry Seinfeld. And meet the famous comedian he did, but as he and his wife, Carrie, auditioned and filmed for NBC’s “The Marriage Ref,” Epstein’s road to reality-show stardom was paved with a breadth of other experiences.
As the Steamboat Ski Area gets ready to create its own downhill bike park, I can’t stress enough how great this will be for our town. Aside from attracting world-class downhill riders, our kids will have a chance to train with Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coaches.
County officials warn about West Nile virus, potential harm to animals
The buzz around Routt County is that those pesky mosquitoes might come out in force this summer. Cooler weather may be keeping the mosquito population at bay for now, but some expect that to change.
Pine Grove Dental Arts 5 1 0 10
Members opt to wait a year to ask for state money
The Steamboat Springs City Council voted Tuesday night against applying to receive future Colorado sales tax revenues in excess of $21.3 million through a state program for bike-related projects, instead opting to support an application submission next year.
June 20 Haymaker Golf Course and June 21 Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club
Steamboat parents and the School Board should consider the important benefit of a small mill levy to raise funds for our school district. An excellent education is one of the most important things we can give our kids.
The 18th annual Hospice Celebration of Life dinner and golf tournament was held June 13 and 14 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and Catamount Ranch & Club golf course.
When our new school superintendent is hired, I hope our School Board breaks the insidious practice of including any severance pay. If a person cannot do an acceptable job, the employee in any trade or profession should be fired.
Bradley Meeks is poised to become superintendent of one of the highest-performing public school districts in Colorado. His challenge will be making a very good district even better.
Holiday Inn manager Barbara Robinson addressed breakfast group
Holiday Inn of Steamboat Springs General Manager Barbara Robinson told a gathering of business leaders Tuesday that the local lodging community needs to figure out how competing mountain resorts are able to command higher room rates on average than Steamboat does.
Tuesday, June 21
The Colorado Extreme 14-and-under baseball team won a pair of games Sunday on its way to winning the Triple Crown Mountain Madness tournament. The team, which includes Steamboat Springs players Koby Bishop and Jesse Pugh, went 6-0 in the tournament and outscored its opponents 65-18.
County will put fate of existing Aloha's dispensary to voters
The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted to ban all new medical marijuana dispensaries, grow operations and infused-product makers in unincorporated areas of the county.
Midnight. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers helped Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders with a small electrical fire at a restaurant in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue.
A seminar called Writing That Successful Book with author Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus. Each participant will learn how to make sure his or her idea is unique, how to organize the material, the importance of rewriting and how to get in touch with editors and agents, among other topics.
Council approves new ordinance; dispensary operator sees it as a ban
The Steamboat Springs City Council unanimously approved the second reading of a revision to its medical marijuana ordinance Tuesday night that will regulate the city’s existing three dispensaries until residents decide in November whether to allow them to continue to operate.
You still have some room for improvement, let's review your performance
Here at the world headquarters of my property management business, the House Nanny, it is time for performance evaluation of all employees. It is an annual review I conduct just to make sure all expectations are clearly defined and everyone is working up to their full potential.
Steamboat coed league volleyball results from June 20
Steamboat men's league softball results from June 20
Steamboat adult league soccer results from June 20
Haywhacker golf results from June 20
Kevin Lockhart knew his wife, Amber, might be “the one” after their first date involved a bike ride. He thought she was a keeper in 2008 when he bought her a $3,000 bike. And after the two married in 2009, Kevin made the wise or unwise choice of buying a tandem bike for the newlyweds.
Planning Commission to consider ordinance in July
City Planner Jason Peasley said the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission is scheduled to consider an ordinance July 14 that would allow homeowners with adequate space in residential zone districts to raise dairy goats.
A 76-year-old woman who is suspected of hitting a 63-year-old woman with her car Monday in the City Market parking lot has been issued a citation for careless driving causing bodily injury. Police would not identify either woman.
Here is something new for Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series competitors: a race that doesn’t feature a long grind uphill followed by a fast descent downhill. Wednesday marks the second race in the series, a fun and fast trek in the Marabou Cross-Country.
Madi McKinstry, Zoe Taylor, Jeffrey Gay and Charlie Dresen were named to the A team. The development team, for competitors 17 and younger, includes four members from Steamboat: Elizabeth Klemer, Tanner Visnick, Rick Walters and Carolyn Walters. The teams are shifting younger as several high-level Telemark skiers retire.
The 17th annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado rolls into Steamboat on Tuesday, with more than 1,000 cyclists descending down Rabbit Ears Pass. Steamboat is the third stop on the tour. Today riders rode 80 miles from Granby to Kremmling and then into Steamboat.
The Yampa Valley Electric Association Board added three new members during its annual meeting Saturday at Hayden High School auditorium. Craig residents Larry Ellgen and Mike Brinks and Steamboat Springs resident Tom Fox are the newest members of the nine-person board. Larry Covillo, YVEA president and general manager, said about 19,000 ballots were sent to the company’s customers and members. “We usually get back about 2,400 to 2,700, so this year was about average,” he said.
Bike to Work Week kicked off Monday in Steamboat Springs. The highlight of the week is the 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday morning breakfast available for all bicycle commuters on the Routt County Courthouse lawn in downtown Steamboat Springs.
3:37 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint about an animal in the 300 block of Fourth Street.
Muddy Pass resurfacing project starts Wednesday
Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said that the cause of death for David Draper, the 59-year-old Utah man who was found dead Friday on Emerald Mountain, likely was a heart attack but that more tests were being conducted.
There is still no cause of death for John Noonan, the man who died after falling into Soda Creek at 12th Street and Lincoln Avenue and was pulled from the Yampa River near Sleepy Bear Mobile Home Park on Wednesday.
The summer solstice, marking the official beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere, is at 11:16 a.m. today. Ever since the winter solstice, the time interval between our sunrise and sunset has been increasing, giving us more minutes of daylight.
It’s time to begin a new Independence weekend tradition — call it the July Nordic kickoff. All you need is a pair of battered cross-country skis. Hey, the snow ain’t pretty this time of year, but it’s darn sure solid.
Police, sheriff cars to get computers connected to dispatchers
The Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected Tuesday to sign a $985,153 contract that promises to bring significant changes to the way law enforcement officers protect public safety.
Negotiations will begin this week for top job
If contract negotiations are successful this week, Bradley Meeks, the superintendent of Farmington Area Public Schools in Minnesota, will be the Steamboat Springs School District’s next leader.
Monday, June 20
Friends of the Chief hopes to purchase, remodel historic theater
After eight months of incubation, the community-driven bid to purchase the historic Chief Plaza Theater has yet to hatch, but proponent Jim Cook told a group of senior citizens Monday that he remains optimistic.
A driver struck a pedestrian Monday afternoon in the City Market parking lot, and both women, who are in their 60s, were taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Approval would provide funds to bike-related projects
At its 5 p.m. Tuesday meeting, the Steamboat Springs City Council will consider supporting an application from the city to request about $21.3 million in future sales tax revenues from the state for bike-related projects.
2-day event awards more than $17K
Rain showers peppered Brent Romick Rodeo Arena on Friday night, and fewer than normal competitors kept the action moving Saturday night. The less-than-ideal aspects of the first of 10 weekends of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series made little difference to those in the arena’s cement stands, however.
Enjoy your good luck while it lasts
I congratulate you, Boston fan. You just went through the greatest decade of fandom in the history of sports. No town has an equal claim. Twelve states feature teams from four major-league sports. None has done what you just accomplished. I hope you know how good it is.
A group of 10 older adults brought plenty of cooking experience to the Haven Community Center during a lunchtime event. Even so, questions during “food safety bingo” stumped at least a few of them.
12:19 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint about noise at U.S. Highway 40 and Pine Grove Road.
A men’s community Bible study is from 7 to 8 a.m. every Thursday at the Egg & I restaurant. All are welcome.
The Hayden Public Library is pleased to announce 11-year-old Elena Cash as the second Reader of the Week for the annual Summer Reading Program.
You might not need as much fertilizer as you think
Should we fertilize our garden plants, and if so, when and how? If your soil has been well-tended by the addition of compost and mulches, there may be no need for supplemental fertilizer. A soil test is the best way to determine the fertility of your garden soil.
When Kenyon Brenner was a ninth-grader at Steamboat Springs High School, his father Ken Brenner knew there was something different about him when, at Christmas, the teenager’s favorite gift turned out to be a book of scales.
We eagerly await higher temperatures after long winters, which inevitably bring thoughts of expanding our dining rooms to include outdoor spaces.
Public is invited to give input during meetin
The Steamboat Springs School Board meets at 5:30 p.m. today at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center to attempt to identify its top candidate for the district’s open superintendent position. Two top finalists remain in the running.
This year’s McCoy Old and New Timers Father’s Day Community Picnic brought together lifelong McCoy residents and their family members and friends from across the state who long have had ties to the town.
Sunday, June 19
Large offshore platforms, deep shale fracturing, rising corn prices, United Nations CO2 offset program, supposed democratic revolutions, and the list goes on.
To the people who organize bicycle tours through Steamboat: Why in the world do you bring 2,000 bicyclists into and out of town on River Road instead of U.S. Highway 40?
At about noon on Tuesday, there was quite a lot of activity in the parking lot of the administrative office of Horizons Specialized Services on the corner of Fourth and Oak streets in downtown Steamboat.
Nearly every weekend throughout the spring and summer, one can find myriad garage sales in Steamboat that will more than fill a morning (and the car trunk).
Colorado Extreme cruised through Friday and Saturday’s pool play games in the Triple Crown Mountain Madness tournament, winning all four of its games and giving up just eight runs. Three of the wins came by the 10-run rule. The team now plays Sunday in the championship. The game is at 12:45 p.m. at Adams Field. “The goal is to win,” coach Tim Bishop said. “The expectation is always to win.”
Sure, some will make the argument that Rocky Mountain National Park, Trail Ridge Road or a concert at Red Rocks are the most beautiful things to see in Colorado, and I would agree. But on June 11, I sat in one of the most scenic places in all of Colorado, and it was nowhere near the mountains, there wasn’t an aspen tree in sight and the only thing to climb there are the stairs.
It’s obvious that Matt Dawes, a 2010 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, doesn’t fully trust his surgically repaired left hip. But at every session with physical therapist Erin Rosso, Dawes gets more comfortable. He’s relearning to use his hip and his body, in the process of chasing the same dream of playing Division I hockey.
The second incarnation of the Tax Policy Advisory Board has been meeting since late last year to consider whether to recommend a change in Steamboat Springs’ tax structure. The easiest course of action would be to recommend no change at all — that the city simply continue to rely on sales, building use and accommodation taxes to fund city government. And perhaps that’s ultimately the best decision.
A funny thing happened the other day, something that perhaps shed for me a little light on how this town is stacked with so many fit people. I was riding my mountain bike home from the office, from the west end of town to the east, and I decided to take the long way.
With nearly six miles of climbing in the first part of the trail, Red Dirt Trail is not for everyone. The trailhead is a half-mile north of the Mad Creek Trailhead on Routt County Road 129, about nine miles from downtown Steamboat Springs.
Saturday, June 18
Group aims to restore, revive century-old building in downtown Yampa
Yampa resident and historian Rita Herold remembers walking into Crossan’s M&A Market as a young girl growing up in Yampa. Her mother used to trade eggs from their chickens for groceries. Now the 108-year-old building on Main Street has been given new life by a group of Yampa residents who have made its restoration their passion project.
Youths take opportunity to interview school district candidates
Delicately taking notes and sustaining eye contact with someone who could be named the next leader of his school district, Steamboat Springs High School junior Kent Barron didn’t shy away from the opportunity to ask important questions.
Baby boomers and seniors growing segment of community
According to 2010 census data, the percentage of baby boomers, people 45 to 64 years old, in Routt County has increased nearly 51 percent since 2000. Add the population of residents 65 and older, and the increase since 2000 jumps to almost 58 percent.
Happy birthday wishes to Chuck Grobe, Cheyanne Brazelton, Randy Delay, Todd Kelton, Rick Hines, Hunter Hatcher, Lily Lewin, Tyler Brazelton and Jesse McAvoy.
3:08 a.m. Police arrested a 27-year-old Navajo, Ariz., man on suspicion of driving under the influence, impeding traffic and open container, during a traffic stop at U.S. Highway 40 and Routt County Road 129.
The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.
In the midst of a stumbling economic recovery, Steamboat’s downtown shopping district has shown some resiliency in its ability to fill vacant retail and restaurant spaces.
Routt County households intent on acquiring a new home for a value price in today’s market for distressed properties would do well to monitor the list of homes available under Fannie Mae’s Homepath program.
Total sales — $5,906,000
Real estate buyers in the Routt County market are increasingly focused on the low end of the price spectrum. Through May, 42, or 20 percent, of 2011 home sales were for less than $200,000, a price point that virtually didn’t exist in the market five years ago.
It was an opportunity Chris Baumann could barely even have imagined. Trailing by six in the waning moments of Saturday’s rugby game, Baumann picked up a loose ball just feet from the try line. He grabbed the ball, rolled around one defender and fell in for the score.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL #220 911 SYSTEM ROUTT COUNTY, COLORADO The Board of County Commissioners of Routt County, Colorado is soliciting interested and qualified firms to provide instructions and assistance in submitting an offer for a robust 9-1-1 system capable of accepting all calls for emergency services no matter the network of origin (PSTN, VoIP, and VoIM) in an efficient and accurate manner.
*AMENDED* MEETING AGENDA CITIZENS' MEETING ROOM, CENTENNIAL HALL, 124 10TH STREET THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011, 5:00 P.M.
The Routt County Commissioners, sitting as the Board of Equalization, will meet in the Historic County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs beginning July 12, 2011, to review the assessment roll of all taxable property located in the county, as prepared by the assessor, and to hear appeals from determinations of the assessor.
Town of Oak Creek Accounts Payable - May, 2011
8:33 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint of dogs barking in a yard in the 300 block of Ninth Street. Police were unable to contact the owner.
Steamboat Clay Artisans is seeking a nonprofit organization to be the beneficiary of its 2011 Soup Bowl Supper fundraiser.
Local mother and hobby chef Krysta MacGray’s food blog received national attention last week when it was featured on gourmet magazine Bon Appetit’s website.
If Carolyn Rule had gotten along a little better with her high school Spanish teacher in Jennings, Kan., she might never have acquired her original 1964-and-a-half Rangoon red Ford Mustang. “My dad told me if I got my grades up, he’d buy a Mustang,” she said.
After placing their four finalists for the Steamboat Springs superintendent position under the microscope during three public interviews at The Steamboat Grand on Friday, Steamboat Springs School Board members now are focusing their attention on two top candidates.
Friday, June 17
Two men were arrested Friday evening at Azteca Taqueria, 116 Ninth St., on suspicion of stealing about $100 from a tip jar and beer from the restaurant earlier in the week, Steamboat Springs Police Department Sgt. Gerard Geis said.
Bradley Meeks, Lance Villers top list after public interviews
After placing their four finalists for Steamboat Springs superintendent under the microscope during public interviews, Steamboat Springs School Board members are now focusing their attention on two top candidates: Bradley Meeks, a superintendent with the Farmington Area Public Schools in Minnesota, and Lance Villers, the superintendent of the 500-student Custer County School District in Westcliffe.
Two mountain bikers found the body of a 59-year-old man on the side of an Emerald Mountain trail Friday afternoon. Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said it appears that David Draper, who was visiting Steamboat with family and friends from Utah, died of natural causes.
Advisory group considers replacing food tax, keeping revenue flat
The city’s Tax Policy Advisory Board spent a little more than an hour Wednesday discussing the pros and cons of a proposal to recommend that the Steamboat Springs City Council seek voter approval to swap the 4 percent city sales tax on food and utilities for a citywide property tax that would generate a corresponding amount of tax revenue.
Zabel has been teacher, middle school principal in district
Many of the 210 students who will walk the hallways of Hayden’s middle and high schools next year will already be familiar with their new head of school. Gina Zabel, an elementary literacy teacher in Hayden, was named the Tigers’ principal at a Hayden School Board meeting Friday morning.
Former Craig resident Harvey Craft said a recent mission in Africa changed his perspective on Western culture. “Nobody over here is happy,” he said. “Everybody has everything in the world and nobody is happy.” Things are different half a world away, he said.
Routt County unemployment increased more than a percentage point in May, to 11.2 percent from 10.1 percent in April, according to figures released Friday by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The figures for May represent 11,643 people with jobs, out of a labor market of 13,106. Up until the economic recession, the labor force in Routt had steadily increased.
Walk the streets of Steamboat and peruse a variety of classic and contemporary Ford Mustangs that have been prepped and preened for the 23rd annual Mustang Roundup Show ‘n’ Shine. The event happens from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Some funds available for repair
What many farmers and ranchers might not know is that there may be federal assistance available for cleanup, repairs, crop losses and additional costs incurred due to excessive flooding on cropland and pasture ground in the area.
Course’s proximity to wetlands concerns some board members
The Hayden Town Council on Thursday unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with Routt County for the operation of a disc golf course at Dry Creek Park that had some council members concerned because of its proximity to a wetlands mitigation area.
Cause of death for John Noonan won't be determined Friday
The cause of death for John Noonan, the Steamboat Springs man who fell into Soda Creek near 12th Street and Lincoln Avenue on Wednesday and was pulled from the Yampa River at Sleepy Bear Mobile Home Park, won’t be determined Friday.
2:06 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 22-year-old Steamboat man on suspicion of driving under the influence, DUI per se and failing to signal after a traffic stop at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue.
The Steamboat Springs Optimist and Rotary clubs host their 29th annual fishing derby and pancake breakfast Saturday at Walton Pond.
Downed power lines, fallen trees lead to outages across Routt County on Wednesday
A powerful storm that blew through Routt County on Wednesday night left Yampa Valley Electric Association crews busy Thursday morning. Similar storms could blow through Steamboat Springs over the next couple of days.
April 29 was the happiest day of my life. It was 10:40 p.m. in room 52 of the Family Birth Place at Yampa Valley Medical Center, and my wife, Meg, under Dr. Mary Bowman's care, had just given birth to our first child. It was a moment I’ll cherish as long as I live.
At the 14th annual New Works Festival, Octavio Soli and three other playwrights had the “gift” of a week at Perry-Mansfield to work through new plays and dances that might be seen around the country in coming years in full production. This weekend, audiences will have the chance to watch staged readings of the four plays as well a dance program.
If and when the NFL’s $9 billion labor squabble is resolved and rookie Von Miller shows up ready to play, the Broncos may want to send a thank-you note to Dat Nguyen.
Summer-long event begins at Brent Romick arena
John Shipley, president of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo series and, as its weekly announcer, one of the most recognizable figures involved in it, spends the weeks leading up to the season’s first rodeo worrying about more things than he can quickly summarize.
Members of local mountain grass band Missed the Boat spend a lot of time in the car together. And on one of those lengthy road trips between performances across the West, the idea was born: Steamboat Springs needs a music festival.
Thursday, June 16
David Romero was quiet and shy as a high school student in Denver. He spent a lot of his time writing poetry. But when he first took to the stage and started rapping, a new world opened up. Romero will play a show at 10 p.m. Friday at Ghost Ranch.
Big cat was seen near top of the chairlift on Emerald Mountain
A mountain lion was spotted early Tuesday evening near the top of the chairlift on Emerald Mountain.
Businesses cash in on cyclists’ bonus day in the ’Boat
The arrival of Ride the Rockies and its thousands of participants was of special interest this year, because the local bicycling and business communities are teaming up to capitalize on Steamboat’s potential to become a cycling destination.
Edwin Rodriguez remains hospitalized on the Front Range
Edwin Rodriguez, the 15-month-old who fell into Butcherknife Creek, continues to improve. Melissa Vizcarra, a spokeswoman with The Children’s Hospital in Denver, said Edwin remained in fair condition Thursday.
The final April 2011 sales tax report issued by the city of Steamboat Springs shows a 3.4 percent decrease in revenues compared with April 2010. That’s a slight improvement over the preliminary report issued earlier this month, which showed a 4 percent drop. The city budgeted for a sales tax revenue decrease of 10 percent in 2011.
Buoyed by the annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup, a Triple Crown Sports tournament and the opening weekend of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, visitor numbers are expected to top 8,000 this weekend.
Yampa Valley Electric Association crews restored power this morning to the last remaining pockets of Routt County that were without electricity after Wednesday night’s powerful storm knocked over power poles and sent tree branches into power lines.
In face of possible closure, people tell of its value
About 60 Phippsburg residents filled the pews of the South Routt Bible Church on Wednesday in support of the Phippsburg post office during a meeting that opened up the floor for questions and comments regarding the possible closure or consolidation of the post office.
Event leaves Steamboat today bound for Granby
The competition — no, the enemy — sat a mere 25 feet away, its sign with bright colors rippling in the wind, its employees skipping around the booth quickly to serve a long line of eager spandex-clad customers.
Members rejected proposal, 3-3, at June 2 meeting
The Hayden Town Council will consider whether to approve a memorandum of understanding with Routt County for the operation of a disc golf course at Dry Creek Park. A vote to approve the agreement failed, 3-3, at the June 2 meeting.
4:38 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were dispatched to a burglary alarm in the 600 block of Yampa Street. It was a false alarm.
New Secondary Schools leader to be announced Friday
Hayden School Board members met with Secondary Schools principal finalists Gina Zabel, a literacy teacher in Hayden, and David Grabowski, a math teacher at Moffat County High School, on Wednesday night.
Yampa Valley Electric Association crews were scrambling Wednesday night to address power outages because of trees hitting power lines as high winds struck the area.
For 6th time, sale is delayed as investors work toward resolution
Routt County Public Trustee Jeanne Whiddon confirmed Wednesday that the scheduled foreclosure sale of the remaining unsold luxury condominium units at One Steamboat Place has been postponed for the sixth time, this time until June 29.
Pat McElhiney wants to see baseball in Steamboat Springs remain strong. So along with fellow coach Chauncey Cooke, McElhiney has been working with a core group of 11-year-olds since Steamboat Ski Area closed.
I'm already ready for next year
Click-clack. Click-clack. Click-clack. The fresh smell of morning dew combines with the welcome aroma of coffee. A swirl of yellow, blues and red spins around me. Diesel semitrailers fire up as volunteers finish loading luggage. There is nothing graceful about trying to walk in road bike shoes.
Wednesday, June 15
Yampa Valley Electric Association crews are scrambling Wednesday night to address power outages because of trees hitting power lines as high winds struck the area. Spokesman Jim Chappell said he did not know how many people were affected.
Mine officials are working to fix a blown transformer that caught fire Tuesday night and cut electricity to the mine. The mine is one of the most productive coal operations in the country, having produced 1.7 million tons of coal in the first quarter of 2011.
Cyclist might participate in USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador might be coming to race in Colorado's inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge, which rolls through Steamboat on Aug. 26 and 27.
52-mile loop provides a shorter ride after three intense days
Day 4 took riders across River Road and Colorado Highway 131 to Oak Creek. Riders returned on Twentymile Road and Routt County Road 33. The 52-mile ride was a reprieve for cyclists who had done three days of 70-plus-mile rides.
The man who fell into Soda Creek today was identified as John Christopher Noonan
The man who died Wednesday after falling into Soda Creek near 12th Street and Lincoln Avenue was identified as Steamboat Springs resident 58-year-old John Christopher Noonan, Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said.
YVEA spokesman Jim Chappell said the outage hit at 10:03 a.m. after a fault on one of Xcel Energy’s transmission lines. The outage impacted the western part of YVEA’s grid, from Hayden to Elk Springs and from Baggs, Wyo., to Hamilton.
Oak Creek clinic will use $50,000 rural health grant to expand offerings
When Sandy Stefano-Miller has a problem with a tooth, she has to travel to Steamboat Springs. But thanks to a recent grant, the South Routt community will soon have access to comprehensive dental care in Oak Creek.
Board to meet Wednesday in executive session to interview candidates
The Hayden School District will announce its two finalists for the Secondary Schools principal position during a board meeting tonight. The candidates, whose names superintendent Mike Luppes declined to release before the meeting, will interview with School Board members in executive session.
School board members, public will interview 4 candidates Friday
Tempted by small-town charm, an outdoor lifestyle, and the opportunity to lead Steamboat Spring’s school district, four educators will meet the public Friday during a series of superintendent finalists interviews at The Steamboat Grand.
Gondola opens Wednesday; trails closed until June 24
Ignore the deep snowpack clinging to the upper reaches of Mount Werner. The Steamboat Ski Area kicks off its daily summer operations Wednesday, with opening includes the gondola, a couple of dining options and three retail stores.
We would like to thank the community for all of the support during a stressful time. It means so much to live in a community that is so kind and supportive.
The city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission would like to thank and congratulate three groups that were instrumental in the vision, design, execution and publication of the first ever Steamboat Springs Bike Guide.
I must shine the light of truth on Soren Jesperson’s editorial “Wild lands policy is good public policy.” He says, “It is time that balance be restored to our public lands. We can have our … energy and wilderness too.” This gives the impression the Wilderness Society really does want energy and the jobs energy production creates, along with wilderness. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The city of Steamboat Springs’ Public Works Department was dipping its paddle in the right stream back in late April when city engineer Ben Beall launched the pursuit of a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.
Emerald Mountain track opened last weekend
If you didn’t ride it last year, it should be at the top of your list this year. The new Beall Trail was completed late last fall on Emerald Mountain, and it opened for the season last weekend. The trail is on the backside of Emerald Mountain.
Proposal would allow 5 acre pit to grow to 23.3 acres
Peabody Energy has agreed to preserve a minimum of 13.3 acres of rural land south of Hayden in exchange for a permit allowing it to expand the existing 5-acre Red Rock Gravel Pit to 23.3 acres.
12:15 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of screaming and yelling on Eighth Street.
Board members to consider resolutions at meeting Tuesday
The operation of medical marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas of Routt County will be up for discussion Tuesday. The Routt County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider resolutions during a public meeting.
The condition of Edwin Rodriguez, the 15-month-old boy who fell into Butcherknife Creek in downtown Steamboat Springs on June 4, improved Tuesday.
The Steamboat Springs Rugby Club opened its season Saturday with a 24-20 defeat to Glenwood Springs.
The Steamboat Springs Legion Post 44 baseball team swept a doubleheader Saturday against Glenwood Springs in Craig. Steamboat won the first game, 4-3, and took the nightcap, 9-7.
Jenna Peters was just about as shocked as Linnea Dixson. The two 2011 Steamboat Springs High School graduates weren’t expecting anything when they heard their names called. But the two were voted co-Steamboat Springs High School Female Athletes of the Year.
Tuesday, June 14
The Tuesday night fire is not considered suspicious, but it is believed to have caused roughly $500,000 in damage. It's not clear whether all mining operations at Twentymile have ceased as a result of the loss of electricity.
NOTICE IS HEREBY, GIVEN that the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, adopted the following ordinances on first reading: PROPOSED ORDINANCE: An ordinance amending Chapter 26 of the Steamboat Springs Revised Municipal Code to amend the Gondola Two parking requirements.
ORDINANCE: 2387 An ordinance to eliminate Community Development Code Section 26-184 (B) (3), also known as the "10% rule". Complete copies of this ordinance are available and can be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk, 137 10th Street, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and may be inspected at any time during normal business hours.
PROPOSED ORDINANCE: An ordinance vacating that portion of the 10 foot wide utility easement lying along the east side of the west line of parcel III of Pine Grove Center Subdivision, and providing an effective date and setting a hearing date.
Cyclists settle in for 2 days after 80-mile ride from Edwards
The ride brings 2,000 cyclists to Steamboat for a pair of days. On Wednesday cyclists may elect to participate in a 50-mile loop ride that will have them travel River Road and Colo. 131 to Oak Creek. Riders will return on Twentymile Road and Routt County Road 33.
Wednesday is the last day to sign up to compete in the 10th annual Routt County CattleWomen Beef Grill-Off, which is at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Ace at the Curve. The category is gourmet hamburgers, CattleWomen Past President Michelle McKee said. The event also includes a pie contest.
The Routt-Jackson-Grand-Summit Farm Service Agency said in a news release that agricultural land owners might be eligible for assistance if they have been affected by recent flooding on their hay ground and pasture.
When Weston Payne took over the Hayden Speedway last September, he had hopes of turning things around at the racetrack. However, a lack of racers, money and support forced Payne, a Craig resident, to close the doors on the Hayden Speedway’s 2011 season in mid-April. “It was a combination of reasons, but the biggest was there was no money,” said Payne, 28. “The past president didn’t do what he said last year and it made it hard for us to get sponsorships this year. Plus, the economy is always an issue.”
Monday, June 13
The Record for June 12
Nicole DuBord graduated from the University of Denver with a master’s of International Business Administration. She has a cumulative GPA of 3.58. Nicole is a 2006 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School and lives in Denver.
Lupus the wolf is so far south some stars never crack our horizon
The constellation of the wolf, mimicking real life, seems to get very little respect, in spite of the fact that it contains many bright stars of second and third magnitude. Perhaps this is because of its unfortunate position in the sky.
A 67-year-old man from Missouri died during Ride the Rockies on Monday after falling and sustaining a head injury on the descent of Tennessee Pass. His name was not released. The crash happened on U.S. Highway 24 in Eagle County on a leg from Buena Vista to Edwards.
Steamboat Restaurant Group owner Rex Brice said he will donate 1 percent of sales from his four restaurants Tuesday through June 20 to help pay for the medical costs of Edwin Rodriguez, the 15-month-old boy who fell into Butcherknife Creek on June 4.
Community events include free concerts, ski jumping before riders depart Thursday
More than 2,000 cyclists will pour into Steamboat Springs on Tuesday afternoon from Edwards to begin a breather from their 409-mile bicycle tour across Colorado. During the event's time in Steamboat, there will be free concerts, ski jumping and beer gardens for residents to enjoy.
National Weather Service’s office in Grand Junction predicts the Elk River near Milner will exceed the 7.5 foot flood stage and reach 7.9 feet by 6 a.m. Friday. It previously was forecast to reach the moderate flood stage of 8.5 feet. The Yampa River at the Fifth Street Bridge downtown is expected to reach 6.6 feet.
Brown had served as the agency's interim leader since Sue Birch resigned late last year. A search committee considered more than 40 applicants before deciding to remove Brown's "acting CEO" title.
The $2.2 billion purchase of Timberland announced Monday will bring the merino wool outfitter under the same corporate umbrella as The North Face, among others.
The Community Health Resource Center, located in a small office in Yampa Valley Medical Center, exists to help people build knowledge and sift through information surrounding a health topic.
With more than just produce, the event organizers hope it will unite the town
This year’s Hayden Farmers Market will include live music, demonstrations from Routt County 4-H participants and just about anything to unite Hayden, organizers said.
Watch out for ticks on yourself and your pets. Ticks can carry diseases including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and they're starting to show up in Routt County as the weather gets warmer.
A study of 2010 patient numbers indicates The Memorial Hospital in Craig gained market share from other hospitals in the region. The study was commissioned by Tennessee-based Quorum Health Resources, a hospital management and consultant group. The study tracked numbers of discharged patients, and the services they’d received from regional hospitals.
Sunday, June 12
The product of 3 years of work, the handout shows students how to get around town safely
Nearly three years of work culminated last week with the completion of the Safe Routes to School map. The maps illustrate the safest way Steamboat Springs students can get from their homes to school and other locations across Steamboat.
As each school year passes, there is a little sense of relief. Our selections of Routt County Athletes of the Year signify for us that it’s summer. When looking through this year, it’s hard to imagine another crop of athletes dominating quite like Hayden High School’s did.
The Record for June 11
Soroco High School released its second quarter honor roll.
County Agenda for June 13 and 14
Emily Elizabeth Howe is this summer’s first Reader of the Week for Hayden Public Library’s annual reading program. Emily, 7, is the daughter of Lynn and James Howe.
A member of the lily family, edible asparagus takes two to three years to become established, but then can be harvested for as many as 15 years. It’s a relatively pest-free plant and is easy to maintain in our mountain community.
Sunday event funds melanoma research, prevention
The hard part is not the motivation, Bob Caress explained. That comes as easily as his son’s smile had. It comes from the memory of Andy Caress, and the frustration with the disease that took him 10 months ago, melanoma. The hard part, Bob Caress explained, is the events themselves, which, thanks to Andy’s competitive, outdoors-loving nature, always seem to involve races.
Edwin Rodriguez remains at The Children's Hospital in Denver, where he's been since a June 4 accident in which he fell into Butcherknife Creek in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Forecasters predict a resurgence later this week
Routt County Office of Emergency Management Director Bob Struble called the recent mild weather a “blessing” that has kept flooding concerns in the Yampa Valley at bay despite significant high water last week.
6:40 a.m. Yampa Fire District emergency responders were called to a report of a fire in the 27000 block of Routt County Road 7 near Yampa.
Casey Joseph Green, 18, Steamboat Springs — Driving under the influence, weaving, illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor (Colorado State Patrol)
Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for June 12
Saturday, June 11
If Steamboat Springs residents ban medical marijuana businesses in November, it doesn’t mean medical marijuana will go away.
Learning bicycling laws can help curb problems in town
Cycling season was in full force Friday afternoon in Steamboat Springs, which, according to local biking proponents, makes this the perfect time to review the laws associated with road riding to help smooth the always semi-contentious encounter between vehicles of the two-wheel variety and those of the four-wheel variety.
It’s with joy and trepidation that today I announce a change in policy. In more than three years in Steamboat Springs, I’ve tried to mold the competitors of this town the only way I can: by giving certain people more coverage than others, by running certain types of photos and not others.
Check out a roundup of Steamboat Pilot & Today's picks for the best of 2010-11 athletic season for Steamboat Springs High School, Hayden High School and Soroco High School, including best games,all-stars, rising stars, coach of the year and more.
Any discussion of recently graduated Hayden High School senior Treyben Letlow, the Steamboat Pilot & Today 2011 Male Routt County Athlete of the Year, almost always turns to his full four-year prep career. Letlow wasn’t chosen as the county’s best high school athlete from the past year as a career honor, however. As great as he was for three years, he was better as a senior.
There wasn’t a more confident athlete this spring than Aubree Haskins. The junior entered the Colorado State Track and Field meet tied for second in the shot put. On her second to last throw in the finals, she unleashed a 35 foot, 7 1/2 inch throw, providing Hayden with its second state shot put title in four years. She also was named as an honorable mention all-district performer in volleyball and basketball.
There is no question that people will flock to the 30-plus garage sales that are offered in Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area this weekend. The buyers are bargain shoppers hoping to uncover a hidden treasure among the stuff that the seller no longer has a use for. Most sellers are hoping to make space, and money, in a few short hours of work.
As the snow recedes, many of us in Northwest Colorado follow the thaw into our surrounding public lands to enjoy those activities that we’ve forsaken for the long, cold months of winter. Whether you’re a hiker, biker, mountain climber, hunter, angler, or boater, the public lands and waterways in and surrounding Steamboat Springs provide an ideal location for our outdoor pursuit.
As a sportsman in northern Colorado, I have come to appreciate the intrinsic connection between the untracked backcountry of the Routt National Forest and my opportunities to hunt and fish in a place where the footprint of civilization can quickly become a memory with just a little effort and a stretch of the legs.
For two weeks now, the crews of Native Excavating, along with Atmos, have been working hard to replace our city’s old sewer lines. Talk about a dirty job! I would like to commend all of the workers, and there are many of them who have worked among all the dirt, wind, exhaust from the big machinery, the noise levels, and probably lots of complaints from those being inconvenienced.
Friends of Wilderness and your local Forest Service are in need of volunteer help in the Routt-Bears Ears and Yampa ranger districts. Our primary focus is providing the public with educational information about the wilderness while hiking in the Mount Zirkel, Sarvis Creek and Flat Tops wilderness areas.
D-Day, June 6, 1944, was an epic event that should never be forgotten. If it had not been for U.S. support, culminating in the D-Day landing in France and the bloody march to Berlin, we might all be speaking German today instead of English — at least those who survived, at any rate.
My daughter and I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the good samaritans who responded to our overturned boat at Stagecoach Reservoir on Tuesday.
Kudos to the Steamboat Springs School Board for rejecting the idea of going to voters in fall for a tax increase. There’s simply no appetite among voters for increased taxes during these difficult economic times. Disappointing, however, was President Robin Crossan’s refusal to discuss her position as a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit challenging the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-099 Original Grantor(s): Todd Jockisch and Lana Jockisch Original Beneficiary(ies): ING BANK, FSB
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) #219 COMMUNICATIONS NARROWBANDING STUDY ROUTT COUNTY, COLORADO
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-097 Original Grantor(s): JVT TD, LLC Original Beneficiary(ies): First National Bank of Steamboat Springs, now known as Yampa Valley Bank
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-098 Original Grantor(s): Blackhawk Investment Partners, LLC Original Beneficiary(ies): First National Bank of Steamboat Springs, now known as Yampa Valley Bank
Sealed bids will be received by Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District (The District), the Owner, at the office of HRS Water Consultants, Inc. (Engineer), 8885 West 14th Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado 80215, until 2:00 p.m. local time June 30, 2011, for the construction and testing of Stagecoach Replacement Well No. 8R. At said place and time, all Bids that have been duly received will be publicly opened and read aloud.
BY VIRTUE OF the Writ of Execution issued out of the Clerk's office of the District Court of Routt County and State of Colorado, and to me directed, whereby I am commanded to make the sum of ($14,024.25) Fourteen Thousand Twenty-Four Dollars and Twenty-Five Cents plus interest, and costs of suit obtained against Leonard P. Herzog in favor of the Law Office of Cheryl L. Hardy-Moore, P.C. out of the lands, tenements, goods and chattels of the said Co-Petitioner I have levied on the following property, to-wit: 2004 Winnebago Minnie Series M-31C-Ford, 31 foot, awning, slideout Vin # 1FDXE45S94HA48052
Request for Proposal (RFP) #217 Wetlands for Milner Wastewater Treatment Plant
Chevron Mining Inc., 116 Inverness Drive East, Suite 207, Englewood, CO 80112, has filed with the Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology a Renewal Application for Permit # C-80-001
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION MEETING AGENDA CITIZENS' MEETING ROOM, CENTENNIAL HALL, 124 10TH STREET WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011, 5:00 P.M. 1. Election of Officers
Project: 1ST Addition to Steamboat Springs, Block 3 Lots 11-16 (Horizons 459 8th Street) #DP-11-02 Applicant: Horizons Specialized Services c/o Jan Kaminski, Mountain Architecture Design Group PC P.O. Box 770420, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 (970) 879-4466 Location: 459 8th Street
DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION PUBLIC HEARING TEXT AMENDMENT TO CDC - 10% RULE #TXT-10-09
ALPENGLOW ROWHOUSE CONDOMINIUMS #FP-11-07
The Court orders the following publication for a change of name: 1. of Danielle Kristi Rhodehamel is requested to be changed to Kristi Castle Rhodehamel.
HAYDEN - ACCOUNTS PAYABLE MAY 31, 2011
Peabody Sage Creek Mining LLC (PSCM), PO Box 250, 36600 Routt County Road 27, Hayden, Colorado 81639, has submitted an application for Transfer of Coal Permit and Succession of Operators from Sage Creek Coal Company LLC, Permit Number C-2009-087 to Peabody Sage Creek Mining LLC.
COMBINED NOTICE - RESTART - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-109(2)(b)(II) FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-135 Original Grantor(s): Corey D. Larsen Original Beneficiary(ies): Bryna A. Larsen
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-092 Original Grantor(s): John Bulicek Original Beneficiary(ies): Bank of America, N.A.
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-094 Original Grantor(s): Chad T. McGown Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as nominee for EQUIFIRST CORPORTATION
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-096 Original Grantor(s): David Mark and Wendy Mark Original Beneficiary(ies): Washington Mutual Bank, FA, a federal association
The Yampa River reached a low level for the week Saturday afternoon, but it is expected to rise slightly over the next few days along with temperatures, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. Forecasters expect the river to rise to about 6.6 feet by Wednesday as temperatures rise to about 5 degrees above the seasonal norm.
Planting was at Emerald Mountain; Mount Werner site work canceled
One hundred and sixty volunteers took the chairlift up Howelsen Hill and hiked to various locations to plant more than 3,000 trees during the second annual ReTree Steamboat event to help replenish local forests after losses from the mountain pine beetle epidemic.
Hayden Cog Run, 10K and 5K race results
More than 70 participate in Cog, 10K, 5K
More than 70 runners participated in three Saturday races, the runners swarming out of town on a hilly course, and 28 firing up the Cog Road in the signature 8.4-mile test. Nick Sunseri proved the class of the men’s field, winning his second Running Series event in as many weeks. Hannah Williams won the women’s race in 1:04:51.
Candidates to interview with public, board next week
The Steamboat Springs School Board has invited Rosanne Fulton, Michelle Johnstone, Bradley Meeks and Lance Villers to interview next week with members of the public and the board. The process will be open to the public.
Drive past a vacant building lot or a remnant patch of sagebrush in Steamboat Springs city limits this weekend, and you might spy a violet wildflower called larkspur. This year could be bad year for larkspur poisonings after an inclement April and May.
In the snowy depths of a Steamboat Springs December, local mandolin player Jason Striker returned home one day to a sticky-note left by his wife. It said something to the effect of, “Banjo player wants to talk to you.” And so began the new local bluegrass project Old River Road.
Ideal weather is expected for a Steamboat Springs weekend that includes a Triple Crown Sports tournament, the first downtown farmers market of summer, and events such as the Cayuse Classic, ReTree Steamboat and the Northwest Family Ranch Rodeo.
Board eyes wastewater plant
The Oak Creek Town Board went into a brief executive session at its Thursday night meeting to seek legal advice from town attorney Bob Weiss. Weiss, who told Town Board members and town staff not to talk about the issue at hand, said the executive session related to the new wastewater treatment plant.
Jordan Bernard and Elisa Southworth, both of Steamboat Springs, were named to the spring semester dean’s honor roll at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont.
Cancer is a thief. It robs its victims of their health, their hair and, more often than not, the contents of their stomach after a chemotherapy treatment. Despite cancer’s best attempts to destroy, it inadvertently unleashes something beautiful.
The Record for June 9
Check out what's happening in Routt County this weekend. On Saturday, the ReTree Steamboat kicks off at 8:30 a.m. and the Mainstreet Farmers Market makes its way back to Steamboat. The farmers market will run for 14 weeks starting today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Click here to find out more about this weekend's events.
One of my best wilderness memories after 30 years of casual wilderness hiking stems from a short hike we took in June 2010. Less than a mile from the parking lot at Trappers Lake, in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, we paused to watch cutthroat trout trying to leap up a small waterfall in the creek that flows out of Little Trappers
Officials are urging residents to exercise caution around gushing creeks and rivers that are expected to remain high for three weeks or more. The flows in the Elk and Yampa rivers have dropped considerably since the beginning of the week, but they are forecast to rise again early next week.
The Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State games got under way Wednesday in Alamosa, and a pair of Hayden athletes are scheduled to compete today. Hayden senior Graig Medvesk will compete starting at 12:30 p.m. in the basketball game. Tigers senior Treyben Letlow plays at 5 p.m. in Alamosa in the football game.
The 2011 Tour Divide bicycle race kicked off at noon Friday as 83 riders launched into the massive mountain bike race. This year, 68 of the riders took off from the traditional start of the race, in Banff, Alberta, and 15 started at the route’s southern terminus, in Antelope Wells, N.M.
The 14th annual Ski Town USA Classic also is still accepting registrations for the Friday and 18 golf tournament. The cost is $375 for an individual and $1,450 for a team. Benefit auction and cocktail party tickets are $60 for a 6:30 p.m. event Friday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Grand Ballroom.
The 18th annual Hospice Celebration of Life golf tournament features a dinner Monday and golf Tuesday.
Western Slope Irish Road Bowling Championships is Sunday
The fourth annual Western Slope Irish Road Bowling Championships come to Steamboat again. Handing is asking any person interested in playing to show up at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Meadows Parking Lot.
Denver investor brings new management to hotel
The 52-room Comfort Inn hotel of Steamboat Springs has a new owner and a new management company, but the employees have not changed. Charles Stark, of Providence Hospitality Partners, said Thursday that he was pleased with the existing staff and was working with them through a transition.
Jeff Evans, Waner Construction Co.’s superintendent on the new Walgreens store in Steamboat, said Thursday, he will use more than a half dozen local subcontractors on the project, including, but not necessarily limited to engineering firms, plumbing contractors, asphalt and fire suppression.
Alterations, additions help construction business
Were it not for remodeling projects to existing buildings, construction activity in Steamboat Springs and Routt County would be almost invisible early this summer. Specifically, alterations and additions to commercial buildings are carrying the local building industry through a deep trough.
Friday, June 10
Real estate transactions for June 3 to 11
The 15-month-old Steamboat Springs boy who was airlifted to Denver after falling into Butcherknife Creek on June 4 was again in critical condition Friday after being reported in fair condition Thursday at The Children’s Hospital. No more details were available about Edwin Rodriguez’s condition or injuries.
Jeremy Allen Girard was arrested on suspicion of felony theft and was being held in lieu of $5,000 bail. According to an affidavit, the man took the earrings May 22 while selling magazine subscriptions to a woman who lives on Memphis Belle Court in Steamboat Springs.
School board to meet Saturday to discuss finalists
The Steamboat Springs School Board could narrow its list of superintendent applicants to three or four finalists during a meeting Saturday morning.
The busy weekend includes a Triple Crown Sports tournament, the first downtown Farmers Market of the summer, and events like the Cayuse Classic, ReTree Steamboat and the Northwest Family Ranch Rodeo.
Leslies honored for years and generations of work
Jan Leslie spent a lot of time in the research library at Hayden Heritage Center. It’s only fitting that it be named to honor her and the Leslie family’s contribution to the Hayden museum. The Leslie Research Library will be dedicated during a ceremony Saturday at the museum.
The Record for June 8
The Community Agriculture Alliance is hosting the sixth annual Cayuse Classic on Saturday. This unique event is the organization’s signature fundraising event and is a true community and family event.
The bird walk scheduled for Saturday at the Carpenter Ranch has been canceled because of flooding.
The Steamboat Springs Team Lightning swim team competed in a pair of meets last weekend, registering top finishes at both.
Stalls will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekly until Sept. 10
Mainstreet Farmers Market customers will be able to buy freshly cut flowers this year, everything from snapdragons to gerbera daisies to roses, said Carroll Zamzow, of Carroll’s Cut Flowers. The 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekly event will run Saturdays through Sept. 10.
Some in neighborhood say city should help more with flood-stopping effort
Residents of the Dream Island Mobile Home Park are feeling a reprieve from high water, but they don’t think it will last long. Several residents were frustrated by how the community has handled the high water from the Yampa River this spring. On Thursday morning the water surrounded several trailers.
City Council funds Bike Town USA initiative
Moots Cycles President Rob Mitchell told the City Council on Tuesday that Steamboat Springs always has struggled with its identity after ski season ends. Speaking on behalf of the Bike Town USA Initiative, Mitchell said biking presents an opportunity to change that.
Sunday's editorial was meant to encourage
I’m guessing Steamboat Springs City Council President Cari Hermacinski wasn’t the only reader who interpreted our editorial to be critical of the city’s involvement in biking initiatives.
Thursday, June 9
Dub-step, hip-hop act will play Friday night at Ghost Ranch Saloon
In the lyrics of Peace Officer’s song “Funk Dub,” a vocalist proclaims, “They’ve got the towers, but we’ve got control.” Those towers are symbols of progress and success, but, as vocalist Patrick Reilly asks, what is the real measure of success? The band plays at 10 p.m. Friday at Ghost Ranch Saloon.
Cayuse Classic and Family Ranch Rodeo offer equine family fun
The sixth annual Cayuse Classic fundraiser is all day Saturday at Sidney Peak Ranch, while the second annual Northwest Family Ranch Rodeo and Gymkhana, a fundraiser for the 4-H Exchange Program, is Sunday at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in downtown Steamboat Springs.
As mountain biking trails at Steamboat Ski Area continue to melt off, options for downhill mountain bikers elsewhere are starting to pop up. Keystone Mountain and SolVista Bike Park in Granby are scheduled to open this week to downhill mountain bikers, according to their websites.
There are easier options offered Saturday at the annual Hayden Cog Run. The 10- and 5-kilometer races both offer distance, but are spread out on the valley floor, containing comparatively few hills or challenges. The true gem, racers insist, is the event’s namesake course, the 8.4-mile run up the Cog Road.
The Mighty Short Bus, a southern rock and soul band from Madison, Wis., plays a free show at Ghost Ranch Saloon on Saturday night.
Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts has returned to his position full time, according to a news release the city sent out today. Roberts was unconscious for eight days with a traumatic brain injury and significant bodily wounds after he crashed Jan. 2 during what he called “just a simple ski run” at Steamboat Ski Area.
The 15-month-old boy who was airlifted to Denver after falling into Butcherknife Creek on Saturday has been upgraded from critical to fair condition at The Children’s Hospital, according to a spokeswoman.
3:29 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to check on a man at a hotel in the 1100 block of Lincoln Avenue.
Nearly 7 million skiers hit Colorado slopes last season, a 2.6 percent jump from the year before, according to data released today by Colorado Ski Country USA, a trade group representing 22 of the state’s ski resorts. Steamboat Ski Area is a member of the group.
Wednesday, June 8
Results from Wednesday's race.
Forecasters predict another 3 to 4 weeks of high water
Forecasters are calling for the high water on the Yampa and Elk rivers to continue for another three to four weeks, creating the opportunity for multiple streamflow peaks.
More than 180 riders showed up for the first race of the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series season on Emerald Mountain, and Kelly Boniface and Brad Bingham picked up wins.
Members can vote until June 17 or at June 18 meeting
Yampa Valley Electric Association spokesman Jim Chappell said three seats are up for election on the nine-member board each year. This year’s trio, two of which feature contested races, will be decided at the YVEA Board of Directors annual meeting June 18 in the Hayden High School auditorium.
A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital early this evening after being hit by a Steamboat Springs Transit bus at Walton Creek Road and Village Drive. A witness said the driver of the motorcycle was Steamboat Springs resident Aryeh Copa. Police confirmed that.
The second annual Splash and Dash begins at 9 a.m. at Old Town Hotsprings. The event combines running and swimming and benefits the Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation. The inaugural event raised $1,500 last year.
Water damaged youth pastor’s suitcases, wife’s wedding dress
When the cold water of the Yampa River found its way into the crawl space beneath the parsonage at the Steamboat Christian Center on Tuesday afternoon, the damage was modest yet significant, damaging the pastor's wife's wedding dress.
Thomas Hoenig, of the Kansas City branch, said the practice could lead to unsound practices
Thomas Hoenig brought his crusade against zero-interest loans among banks to Steamboat Springs on Wednesday and managed to charm an audience of more than 100 local business leaders while sticking to his guns.
Members will discuss parameters for small businesses during 7 p.m. meeting
Thursday night’s Oak Creek Town Board meeting will be heavy on discussion, addressing cottage industry parameters and sales tax. The board meets at 7 p.m. today in the Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd.
Friday fashion show will include Olympians and glam
The Glam Jam Benefit Fashion and Art Show is at 6 p.m. Friday at Vertical Arts Architecture and will benefit the Arts Council and its Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club dance training program.
Troopers arrest woman, who had minor injuries, on suspicion of DUI
Alcohol is suspected as contributing to a crash Wednesday afternoon that sent a car airborne alongside Colorado Highway 131 near Phippsburg and into the Yampa River.
The Routt County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation were on the scene today investigating because authorities had been unable to determine the ignition source, so the fire was considered suspicious.
Where it runs through downtown Steamboat at the Fifth Street Bridge, the river had returned to 4,400 cubic feet per second by 8:30 a.m. today. That equated to a gauge height of 6.78 feet; flood stage is at 7.5 feet there.
12:09 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a dog loose in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. The dog was taken to the shelter.
The Summer Youth Chorus, under the direction of Keri Rusthoi, will begin from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Depot Art Center.
Steamboat adult league softball standings and results from June 7
Squad split a doubleheader in Summit
The Steamboat Springs American Legion team opened its season Saturday in Summit by splitting a doubleheader. Steamboat won the first game, 15-3, before falling in the afternoon tilt, 13-4.
Steamboat Springs resident and veteran American Red Cross volunteer Sarah Cherry recently returned from helping with the disaster relief operation in response to both tornadoes and flooding in Arkansas. This week she is encouraging Northwest Colorado residents to take part in training classes Friday and Saturday that will help them become a Red Cross volunteer.
Race director pieced together open trails for Howelsen Cross-Country
Gretchen Sehler wouldn’t call herself a trail surgeon. But the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series race director and trails coordinator for Routt County Riders did her best knife job this past week in preparation for the opening of the 2011 series.
Winter Sports Club coach sets out to teach beginners, intermediate skaters
It seemed like a natural fit, so five summers ago Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Snowboarding Director Jon Casson decided to give a summer skateboard program a try.
The steps to certification are probably easy
With all the energy surrounding biking in Steamboat Springs this summer — a huge calendar of biking events, trail projects, new signs and a freeride bike park in development at the Steamboat Ski Area — we are well on the way to becoming a more bike-friendly community.
The second annual ReTree Steamboat event is Saturday morning, with planting beginning at about 9 a.m.This year, volunteers are slated to plant 4,000 trees on Mount Werner and Emerald Mountain. Replanting thousands of trees is just a small part of taking action on the pine beetle epidemic.
Several local bands take to the stage at the renovated outdoor venue
Sunday brought a Steamboat invasion to the State Bridge Amphitheatre, which is about six miles south of the Routt County border on Colorado Highway 131.
With area schools already out for summer, or soon letting out, parents and others in our community will once again be faced with the challenges of keeping kids engaged in positive activities and encouraging them to make safe and healthy choices. For many, this includes making the choice not to use tobacco.
Routt County District Court Judge Michael O’Hara sent a strong and appropriate message to the community last week when he sentenced resident Del Herman to 10 days in jail for shooting and killing a dog in March.
Tuesday, June 7
Residents will vote this fall on whether to ban all commercial medical marijuana businesses within city limits. The Council didn't approve ballot questions that would have imposed an additional sales tax on marijuana sales and allocated that revenue to youth drug education efforts.
State highway engineers have opportunity to see flow during heavy runoff
The forecasts late last week that the Elk River west of Steamboat Springs might reach unheard-of flows didn’t come to pass. But they were enough to make the state engineers contemplate what might happen if the river flowed across the highway on either side of the bridge.
As the first rays of morning light filter through their tents, Bob Elken, 78, and his daughter Kari Pollert will crawl out of their sleeping bags, pack up their gear and clip into their pedals for the start of Ride the Rockies. The first stop? Coffee.
Police identify child as 15-month-old Edwin Rodriguez
The 15-month-old boy who was airlifted to Denver after falling into Butcherknife Creek on Saturday remained in critical condition today at The Children’s Hospital. Steamboat Springs Police Department Detective Nick Bosick identified the child as Edwin Rodriguez.
River peaks with 100-year flood; waters expected to recede until weekend
The Elk River broke its all-time record early Tuesday and hit what could be a 100-year flood stage, according to provisional data recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey. A measuring station at the Routt County Road 42 bridge measured the peak at 7,520 cubic feet per second at 4:45 a.m.
Monday, June 6
Steamboat district will not ask voters to consider mill levy override in November
The Steamboat Springs School Board decided Monday night not to ask voters to consider a property tax increase in November. The School Board first started discussing in April whether to ask voters to consider a tax increase, or mill levy override, to generate about $900,0000 additional revenue annually.
School district names educater as Teacher of the Year
Susanmarie Oddo isn’t just another teacher. The Steamboat Springs Middle School art teacher is more like the students, seventh-grader Jenna Kramer said. Oddo, who is completing her eighth year with Steamboat schools, was named the district’s Teacher of the Year by a committee of Steamboat Springs School Board members, parents and faculty and staff members.
12:18 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint about loud noise on Pagosa Court. Officers issued a verbal warning.
The Summer Reading Program is starting in South Routt County for the Yampa and Oak Creek public libraries. The program is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, beginning June 15, at both libraries.
Dream Island Mobile Home Park manager Monica Mackey admits that the rising waters of the Yampa River make her nervous, but she thinks residents are doing what they can to prepare for possible flooding in the downtown Steamboat Springs mobile home park.
Perhaps you’re an Ophiuchan and you don’t know it. Ophiuchus is one of our 88 official constellations. It represents the great mythological witch doctor Aesculapius, who learned from a serpent the secret of raising people from the dead. In fact, it was Aesculapius who brought the great hunter Orion back to life after he was mortally wounded by a scorpion’s sting.
A massive wildfire in eastern Arizona is to blame for the hazy conditions over Steamboat and Oak Creek. The smoke could linger despite a cold front and a shifting wind pattern that were expected to move into the Yampa Valley on Tuesday night. The Wallow fire was pushing smoke as far as Iowa.
Flood potential revised downward
A crowd gathered in Little Toots Park at Eleventh Street where Soda Creek had poured out of a tunnel under Lincoln Avenue/U.S. Highway 40 and gushed over a concrete retaining wall flooding the park and the intersection with Yampa Street in front of Orange Peel Bicycle Service.
The river was flowing at 21,900 cubic feet per second near Dinosaur National Monument on Monday morning. That's compared to the 4,260 cfs at the Fifth Street Bridge in downtown Steamboat earlier today.
Some of the best cyclists in the world will pedal into Steamboat Springs via Colorado Highway 131 on Aug. 26 as part of Stage 4 of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge. They’ll wake up the next day and leave Steamboat via U.S. Highway 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass.
12:06 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 600 block of Yampa Street. A man was kicking a longboard skateboard into the street in front of cars. 1:53 a.m. Police were called to a report of theft in the 700 block of Yampa Street. The man from the 12:06 a.m. call reported that his longboard was stolen.
The Hayden Public Library youth summer reading program starts this week. A local youth who participates in the program is recognized as the Reader of the Week. For more information, call library director Ana Lash at 970-276-3777. Volunteer judges sought for the Mustang Roundup
The Hayden School District will interview candidates Tuesday to replace Hayden Secondary Schools Principal Troy Zabel, and it would like help from the community.
Water levels and seasonal rains are unpredictable, cause hardships in Kenya
The high water in Routt County this season (and elsewhere in the country, for that matter) is causing all kinds of problems for a lot of people. Meanwhile, in Kenya, it’s the complete absence of any predictability about water supply every year that causes life-threatening problems for its people.
Sunday, June 5
There are an abundance of local varieties that grow well in Steamboat
With an abundance of water this spring, and cool weather making the growing season a little later than usual, we can expect a profusion of wildflowers all coming out at the same time this year.
District seeking alternative revenue sources in anticipation of further state funding cuts
The Steamboat Springs School District expects statewide cuts to K-12 education to continue. Accordingly, the School Board is considering whether to ask voters to approve a mill levy override — essentially a property tax increase — to generate additional revenue.
City attorney has drafted potential ballot questions for November vote
The future of the medical marijuana industry in Steamboat Springs will be addressed by the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday.
Moments in sports make people feel old. That happened last week when Shaquille O’Neal retired. I can remember O’Neal playing at Louisiana State University. I can also say with conviction that O’Neal was the most dominant player I’ve ever seen. The best and the most dominant are two different things.
Town considers options for Riverwalk Center, other amenities
The town of Breckenridge has begun to explore a broader business model for the Riverwalk Center, as well as the Breckenridge Recreation Center and the Stephen C. West Ice Arena.
Flood advisory issued for northern Front Range
The National Weather Service this afternoon extended a flood advisory to the northern Front Range for the first time this season, as warm temperatures accelerated the melt of high country snowpack.
Gena Spencer has put a lot of mileage on her car. Once a week she makes a 180-mile round-trip journey from Meeker to Steamboat Springs to receive what she describes as life-saving treatment at Yampa Valley Integrated Health. Integrated Health is a program that gives equal weight to traditional and complementary medicine. Yampa Valley Medical Center began offering a range of holistic services a little more than a year ago.
Robin Crossan 1 of 34 plaintiffs in Taxpayers Bill of Right case
Steamboat Springs School Board President Robin Crossan is one of 34 plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR. Crossan is identified as a member of the School Board in the lawsuit filed May 23 that seeks to void TABOR, which requires voter approval for tax increases.
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, contractor to continue work on building near Steamboat Ski Area
The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted last week to accept a recommendation that as much as $15,500 in property taxes devoted to museums and historic preservation be used for the second phase of the restoration of the Yock Cabin in Steamboat Springs.
Officials results from the 30th annual Steamboat Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K held June 5, 2011
Complete men's and women's results from the June 5, 2011, Steamboat Marathon
Complete men's and women's results from the June 5, 2011, Steamboat Half Marathon
Officials men's and women's results from the June 5, 2011, 10K race
Leading a group of about 1,600 runners who competed in marathon, half-marathon and 10K races, Boulder's Gabriel Small blew away the field, winning the marathon in 2 hours, 42 minutes, 41 seconds. Click here for official results for the marathon, half-marathon and 10K.
No more evacuations reported; Elk recedes in West Routt
Routt County Office of Emergency Management Director Bob Struble reiterated Sunday that he thinks the area will see an extended snowmelt period as opposed to severe flooding. Forecasters last week predicted possible flooding as temperatures reached the mid- to upper 70s.
The 15-month-old who fell into Butcherknife Creek on Saturday morning remained in critical condition today, according to Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae.
Saturday, June 4
A prolonged runoff likely will have significant impacts to local businesses that thrive on waterways. Tim Kirkpatrick, co-owner of Steamboat Flyfisher, said high river levels will limit where his customers can fish. It might be several weeks before the rivers drop to levels that allow for fishing.
As 160 Steamboat Springs High School graduates filed out of the gymnasium Saturday afternoon, they unzipped their gowns, handing them back to school faculty as their last act as SSHS students. But they never shed their smiles.
If you plan to be out and about on something besides your feet or a bike this morning, beware: It’s going to be busy out there. The 30th annual Steamboat Marathon starts Sunday morning at Hahn’s Peak Village in North Routt County and will come down Routt County Road 129, hanging a left at U.S. Highway 40. Road closures start at 6 a.m.
Winter Sports Club program has grown more than tenfold since inception
When Ben Clark became the Winter Sports Club cycling program director in 2006, the landscape of the program was bare. The numbers weren’t great, and there wasn’t much direction. There were 12 members on the team. But five short years later, those 12 members have morphed to more than 150.
Even where water was several inches deep, bikers rolled on Saturday on the Yampa River Core Trail in Steamboat Springs. Local organizers of Bike to Work Month hope to encourage people to keep those trails hopping through the week, too. To help prove that point to people, she’s among the leaders of the statewide Bike to Work Month, which runs through June.
Renches make podium in Vail
The Teva Mountain Games, which wrap up today in Vail, attract some of the best competitors in the world. That’s part of the thrill, Steamboat cyclist Nate Bird said. That he and a heap of other Steamboat Springs locals fared well against that competition is even better.
Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jerry Ford, who passed away May 27 in Ouray. Services were held Wednesday at the St. Daniels Catholic Church in Ouray.
When Bridget Ross saw Ride the Rockies roll through Steamboat Springs in 2007, the thought hit her. “When it did come through a couple years ago, when the girls were much younger, I wanted to participate in it with my children,” Ross said. “I thought it would be a fond memory.” Ross will get her chance this year.
12:44 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Colorado State Patrol troopers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to a report of smoke on Routt County Road 33 near the Yampa River.
Michael David Guerrero, 42, Denver — Driving under the influence, DUI per se, driving under restraint, fugitive of justice, failure to use turn signal (Colorado State Patrol)
I want to address those in this community who use the Steamboat Pilot & Today online forum to intimidate others but don’t have the courage to identify themselves. I hope Brent Boyer understands that allowing this encourages hateful speech rather than reasonable discussion. Across the country, newspapers of integrity have banned anonymous comments.
Medical marijuana might draw the largest crowd to Centennial Hall on Tuesday, but it won’t be the City Council agenda issue with the biggest potential long-term impact to Steamboat Springs. That designation goes to Agenda Item E-5, an update from the Bike Town USA Initiative that will include a presentation of a draft Community Cycling Plan.
Routt County running keeps Missourians coming back
They’ve run in races big and small, long and extremely long, in marathons from Boston to San Francisco and ultramarathons in the mountains and the desert. With a name like the Michelob Ultra Runners, they sound like an elite squad of uber runners. And they are, a St. Louis-based pack of friends and competitors, athletes extreme.
I spend more time than reasonable worrying about who to cheer for in sporting events where I have no natural rooting interests. Take tennis, for instance. Until recently, I always cheered against Roger Federer, and I’ve always felt a little bad about it. It has long been obvious the guy was amazingly good. It’s a dominance thing. When someone’s that good, I have an unofficial policy of rooting against them.
Routt County Public Notice ACTIVITY #: PP2011-018 PETITIONER: PEABOADY SAGE CREEK MINING, LLC PETITION: Red Rock Gravel Pit Expansion SUP
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-091 Original Grantor(s): Richard L Strait and Carmen R Strait Original Beneficiary(ies): Washington Mutual Bank, FA
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-090 Original Grantor(s): Jamie L. Wisecup Original Beneficiary(ies): First National Bank of the Rockies
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The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety proposes to Approve Technical Revision Application No. 2 (TR-2) for the Peabody Sage Creek Mine (Permit No. C-2009-087), submitted by Sage Creek Coal Company, LLC.
The Reader Cemetery District is currently accepting bids for the installation of a new sprinkler system. Please contact Codey Stocks at 307-383-6118 to have a bid packet sent to you. Bids are due June 10, 2011 to Reader Cemetery District, P.O. Box 24, Dixon, WY 82323.
Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Members of Yampa Valley Electric Association, Inc. will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at the Hayden High School Auditorium in Hayden, Colorado to take action upon the following matters:
Petition for Height Variance In the matter of petition by ALBERT BILLMAN for the purpose of a 20 foot height variance-from 40 feet to 60 feet
15-month-old taken to Denver after fall into Butcherknife Creek
A 15-month-old child who fell into Butcherknife Creek on Saturday morning is in critical condition at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, police say. It appears that the child fell into the creek near the alley between Oak and Pine streets and between Sixth and Seventh streets.
Weather Service projects what happens at certain flood stages
Overnight, the Yampa River peaked at about 4,000 cubic feet per second, of cfs, and the height at the Fifth Street Bridge remained at about 6.5 feet. At 8:15 a.m today, the height had dropped to 6.3 feet.
Routt County Road 62 has reopened to traffic about four miles north of Clark, according to Routt County Road and Bridge. It was closed for a period Thursday.
3:26 a.m. Officers found a store display that had been left outside a business in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue.
Jackie Thomas embraced 21-year-old Danilo Medina as if he were her son. “You’re a sweet boy,” she whispered in his ear. “You did it.” Medina was one of three graduates of the Yampa Valley School, an alternative high school run through the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Education Services.
The Lowell Whiteman School Commencement Exercises honored 20 graduates in the ceremony Friday. In just less than two hours, the Head of School Chris Taylor, the school’s faculty and the students showed the audience what The Lowell Whiteman School community was about.
Tom Wood sings about his travels across the world and his love of the outdoors and the hiking, biking, skiing and kayaking that the Routt lifestyle affords him. Wood performs with the Sound Scoundrels at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Hahn’s Peak Cafe in North Routt County.
It’s June 3, and we’re getting ready to move our household for the fourth time in three years. Yes, I’ve got them old moving man blues again, but I’m not gonna let it get me down. After living in the same house for 20 years, we’re coming to the end (we hope) of a three-year migration around Steamboat.
Storm Mountain Ranch developer Jeff Temple and his wife, Kim, have sold their home on Water Song Lane on a prime 70-acre tract fronting the largest pond in the development for $5.3 million. Coincidentally, they also have bought a new home in Mountain View Estates owned by a couple who had put it up for sale as they relocated to Storm Mountain Ranch.
Real estate transactions for May 27 to June 3
Friday, June 3
Gabriel Small remembers the glory almost as acutely as he remembers the gory. He remembers all of last year's Steamboat Marathon, and now the 25-year-old Boulder runner hopes to create a new memory in the daunting hills above Steamboat Springs that nearly destroyed him a year ago.
In a sluggish real estate market, nothing’s more frustrating to sellers than identifying a buyer for their home, only to find that their salvation is held up because the buyer can’t take action until they sell their own home. One workaround involves finding buyers for sellers who are willing to buy a second, lesser property in order to get a deal done with a buyer.
Construction could begin as soon as Monday on the new Walgreen’s store in City South at the corner of U.S. Highway 40 and Pine Grove Road. But there will be a new developer in place. Steamboat developer Brian Olson confirmed Thursday that he and partner Rod Forrester sold Lot 2 City South and the city entitlements along with it for $905,000.
Temperatures remained low at high elevations Friday, stalling snowmelt
As the Elk River moved beyond flood stage Friday, Routt County officials and residents at either end of the swollen stream were reacting to water on roads and snags that threatened bridges.
High waters at Routt County Road 44 and U.S. 40 crept into home
Andrew George said he woke up at 6 a.m. to his daughter telling him there was water in her room. George rents the house at Saddle Mountain Ranch at Routt County Road 44 and U.S. 40 with his pregnant wife and their three children.
The Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services will close sections of the Yampa River Core Trail and other local trails because of high water
The manila envelope sent to the state Revenue Department last week contained not only the benign white powder that prompted mass evacuations but also the name, mailing address and signature of the man accused of launching a terrorism hoax.
The shade and cover of Colorado’s high mountain forests helps regulate snowmelt while ensuring a steady supply of water for consumption, agriculture and recreation. Clean water is one of the important benefits of forest systems, and many local residents have expressed their concern about the state of our local forests in the wake of the mountain pine beetle epidemic.
Lila Rider, 84, was Facebook before there was Facebook
The routine evolved throughout the years, but the result was always the same: Somewhere within the pages of the Sunday Steamboat Pilot & Today was a Lila Rider column.
Robert “Hondo” Anderson never felt sorry for himself. Anderson has taken a different path to Steamboat Springs High School's graduation ceremony than many of his peers in the Class of 2011. More than five years ago at age 12, Anderson suffered a traumatic brain injury after a snowboarding accident at Howelsen Hill.
Hayden has to renew its 300 acre-feet of water storage at the Yamcolo Reservoir by July 15 or the town loses it. Upper Yampa River Conservancy District General Manager Kevin McBride presented an extended agreement to the Hayden Town Council on Thursday.
7:25 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a one-way sign that had been vandalized to say “stoner way” at Ninth and Pine streets.
The 2011 Steamboat Springs Bike Guide, the community’s first free cycling-specific publication, makes its debut inside Friday’s newspaper. The 88-page guide is the product of a partnership of Leadership Steamboat, the Bike Town USA Initiative, the Steamboat Pilot & Today and Explore Steamboat.
There will be traffic delays on Lincoln Avenue and detours on Routt County Road 129 on Sunday because of the Steamboat Marathon. There will be one lane of traffic in each direction on Lincoln Avenue downtown during the race.
CR 62 north of Clark is closed due to conditions
Thursday, June 2
The Emerald City Opera presents A Night at the Opera, two dinner showings featuring classical and Broadway favorites from professional opera singers. Sunday at Ghost Ranch Saloon, 56 Seventh St. The event is free. Check out other events happening in Routt County this week.
First Friday Artwalk listings in Steamboat for June 3
Artist Scott Christensen puts energy into his paintings
Winston Churchill once compared painting to fighting a battle, and that’s just how landscape artist Scott Christensen sees his process. “You have to have a great crew, you have to have a great plan, and you run into hundreds of little inspired decisions that can make or break a piece,” said Christensen on Thursday afternoon as he sat among dozens of paintings hung on the wall of the Steamboat Art Museum.
Artist finds simplicity in a complex process
In Los Angeles, abstract painter Kenneth Ober said, there’s no sense of distance. People flit in and out of boxy buildings, confined by skylines and structures. But in his paintings, he reaches beyond that tangible space, into a meditative place that is intricate and complex in process but as simple as the beauty of the natural world that inspires him.
They are the un-holiest of nuns: The five middle-aged Denver men dressed in habits and raging Front Range stages with the charged punk rock culture and sounds of The Clash won’t be asked to play for a papal audience anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t dedicated to their calling: a London Calling.
Fire-Rescue spokesman: Wind pushing flames toward resort
A 20-acre wildfire broke out Thursday afternoon near Keystone. Several homes at the base of the gulch have been evacuated, but the blaze has not reached any structures. A Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue spokesman said the fire could reach the resort if the wind gets stronger.
As Dave Roy returned to the fold to help coach the Steamboat Springs Legion baseball team, he wasn’t surprised — given the nature of baseball in the area — to see that many of his former players hadn’t forgotten much. The team opens the year at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday at Summit County. All told, the team is scheduled to play 30 to 35 games.
It was tough for Chloe Banning to talk about her latest and best snowboard cross season Tuesday. Banning is coming off a second consecutive banner year in snowboard cross and has nudged herself into the conversation as one of the brightest riders in the country.
Yampa expected to rise significantly into Tuesday
Steamboat Springs resident Cedar Beauregard is providing a bird’s-eye view of flooding in Routt County. On Wednesday, Beauregard used a remote-controlled plane equipped with a high-definition video camera to show the high water on Steamboat’s south side.
Del Herman sentenced for March incident in Indian Trails neighborhood
Del Herman will serve 10 consecutive days in Routt County Jail for fatally shooting a dog in March, on top of other penalties. On May 24 as part of a plea agreement, Herman pleaded no contest to aggravated cruelty to animals, a Class 6 felony, and reckless endangerment, a Class 3 misdemeanor.
After a bullish March, sales tax revenues in the city of Steamboat Springs dipped almost 4 percent. Total collections for the month ending April 30 were $894,379, which is down $37,062 from April 2010’s collections of $931,441, according to a preliminary report released Wednesday by the city.
The river is expected to reach 8.2 feet — higher than the flood stage of 7.5 feet — where it crosses under the Fifth Street bridge in downtown Steamboat.
In organizing Craig’s biggest summer event, Craig Parks and Recreation Director Dave Pike has made some changes to this year’s Whittle the Wood Rendezvous. Some changes he believes people will be happy about, while others might not be as popular. People attending the 12th annual Whittle the Wood will not be able to provide their own alcohol at the event, which will take place June 15 to 18 in Craig City Park. Pike said the decision was made because Whittle the Wood organizers had been prompted by a similar event in Snowmass Village that had caused controversy with Colorado’s open container laws.
Eight years ago, Florida resident Glenn Fenster had a moment to remember. He was playing tennis with his son, Nyle Fenster, who was nine years old at the time. Suddenly, Nyle had a seizure and fell to the ground. The elder Fenster ran over and offered his son a hand.
A few of Steamboat’s top mountain bikers competed Saturday in the grueling Gunnison Growler.
Local riders notch 2 top finishes
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Cycling Team hasn’t let the early spring weather derail its season. In addition to hosting a road training race series in and around Steamboat Springs, the team has been busy training for regional races this spring.
The U.S. Forest Service and its stakeholders have been debating and seeking consensus about how best to manage roadless areas in the National Forest since the 1960s, and a new 2011 Roadless Rule could be completed by the end of the year.
The Education Fund Board will have one commission next year but will leave decisions about most of the details until later. A majority of members of the volunteer group that allocates the city of Steamboat Springs half-cent sales tax for education agreed Wednesday night to shift from the Educational Excellence and Technology/Capital commissions to one commission.
12:50 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers stopped a car and arrested a 28-year-old Steamboat Springs woman on suspicion of driving while ability impaired.
Young Tracks is accepting donations for its yard sale
Wednesday, June 1
As the Yampa River continues to rise, downtown businesses are filling sandbags with the hopes of keeping their establishments dry — of water, at least. The booze will still be flowing at Sunpie’s Bistro if owner Mike Miller has his way.
Local artist Cherie Duty’s new acrylic paintings jump off the canvas with wild, splashing colors popping out in three-dimensional shapes. Duty’s “Primavera,” an art show of her new, spring-themed paintings, will be on display this month at the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts.
The Hayden Town Council is scheduled to discuss renewing its water storage agreement with the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District at a higher cost during a meeting Thursday night.
Rider wrote about her community for nearly seven decades
Longtime Phippsburg resident and Steamboat Pilot & Today contributing writer Lila Rider died early Wednesday at age 84. Since her early teen years in Phippsburg, Rider has taken on the responsibility of reporting the South Routt news, from church functions and shopping trips to pinochle and bridge games.
Flooding on the southern edge of Steamboat Springs had receded slightly as of this morning, but driveways near the Steamboat Hotel still had standing water. According to a measuring station at the Fifth Street Bridge, the river was 6 feet deep at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Steamboat adult league soccer standings and results from May 26
Steamboat Springs resident and legendary sports broadcaster Verne Lundquist has signed on to do play-by-play for the Denver Broncos’ three preseason games.
2 tournaments still are looking for participants
It’s hard to argue that there’s been a more successful high school golf program on the Western Slope than the one in Steamboat Springs. The tournament, now in its ninth year, needs more players for Monday’s event. Registration is due Friday. The cost is $135 per player, down from $175 last year.
14th annual Perry-Mansfield event will draw more than 60 actors to Steamboat
To open the camp’s 98th summer season, the 14th annual New Works Festival will bring 60 professional actors, directors, dancers and writers to the campus.
Class of 2011 to receive more than $2 million
The scholarships that Steamboat Springs High School senior Michael Savory will receive Wednesday night won’t pay for his entire college education, but they won’t hurt, either. He'll find out how much he earned at a scholarship event Wednesday night.
Decreasing sponsorships could spell doom for annual event
Organizers of a local youth soccer tournament that annually sparks one of the busiest weekends of the summer tourism season say a lack of business sponsorships could bring about its end.
Registration is open for the Hayden Public Library’s summer reading program for children and teens ages 3 to 18 as well as adults. This summer’s theme is “One World, Many Stories,” and will include programs throughout the summer for participants of all ages.
The Yampa Town Board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. today in Yampa Town Hall, 261 Moffat Ave.
Several important discussion items are on the agenda for the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board Wednesday night. The volunteer board that oversees the city’s half-cent sales tax for education will discuss how it funds programs for Routt County’s school districts and whether it should move to only one commission, instead of the current two commissions.
The proposal falls short of sportsman approval as it is now
Colorado sportsmen responded with mixed emotions to the release of a new draft rule for national forest roadless areas in Colorado. The proposal makes some improvements but continues to fall well short of sustaining the valuable fish and wildlife habitat and more provided by these public lands.
District right to keep search small
The five-member School Board got it right when it decided against hiring a search firm to conduct an expensive, drawn-out process to identify Shalee Cunningham’s successor. We’ve seen previous boards take a different approach, and it hasn’t always been successful.
Annual series of baseball tournaments includes adult slow pitch
The first of five Triple Crown youth softball and baseball tournaments planned for summer in Steamboat Springs kicks off June 9 with the Mountain Magic girls softball camp and tournament. This year also includes the adult slowpitch softball tournament.
Today we have launched a new look for our classified pages. There’s a new full-color automotive section on Page 39. We’ve added color and photos to the real estate and rentals sections and we’ve adjusted pricing.