News for Friday, June 17, 2011

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2 arrested on suspicion of stealing from Azteca

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.

Steamboat focuses on 2 in superintendent search

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.

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59-year-old Utah man found dead on Steamboat bike trail

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.

Tax board weighs Steamboat property tax

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.

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Gina Zabel named Hayden Secondary Schools principal

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.

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Former Craig man to share experience of African mission

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 rate increases in May

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.

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Routt County events calendar for June 18 to 23

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.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Ranchers might be able to get flood help

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.

Hayden Town Board OKs disc golf agreement

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.

Autopsy for man pulled from river in Steamboat is delayed

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.

The Record for June 15

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.

Steamboat Briefs: Fishing derby and pancake breakfast set for Saturday

The Steamboat Springs Optimist and Rotary clubs host their 29th annual fishing derby and pancake breakfast Saturday at Walton Pond.

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More storms in forecast for Steamboat

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.

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Brent Boyer: This is as good as it gets

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.

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New Works Festival program reveals performances in Steamboat

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.

Broncos’ Miller not wasting lock-out time

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.

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Pro rodeo series returns to Steamboat Friday

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.

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Missed the Boat members organize first Hot Routt Music Festival in Steamboat

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.