News for Thursday, June 2, 2011

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Routt County events calendar for June 3 to 9

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

First Friday Artwalk listings in Steamboat for June 3

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Landscape painter's work on display at Steamboat Art Museum

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.

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Kenneth Ober artwork on display through June in Steamboat

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.

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Nuns of Brixton bringing raw energy of The Clash to Steamboat

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.

Wildfire forces evacuations in Keystone

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.

Steamboat Springs Legion baseball team ready for season

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.

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Steamboat snowboarder Chloe Banning has banner year

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.

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Steamboat resident provides aerial view of high water

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.

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Steamboat dog shooter gets 10 days in jail

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.

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Steamboat's April sales tax receipts are down 4 percent from 2010

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.

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Yampa River remains steady this morning; to exceed 8 feet by Tuesday

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.

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Changes in store for Whittle the Wood

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.

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Bicyclist stops in Craig as part of cross-country awareness ride

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.

Steamboat cyclists ride in Gunnison’s grueling Growler race

A few of Steamboat’s top mountain bikers competed Saturday in the grueling Gunnison Growler.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cyclists starting season

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.

Forest Service reconsiders roadless rules

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.

Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board to combine 2 commissions

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.

The Record for May 31

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.

Steamboat Briefs: Young Tracks is accepting donations for its yard sale

Young Tracks is accepting donations for its yard sale