Stories for May 2011


Tuesday, May 31

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Pot is hot topic at community meeting in Steamboat

Group hosts 1st meeting to discuss impact of medical marijuana on community

The seeds of a group opposing the sale of medical marijuana in Steamboat Springs were planted Tuesday night. About 50 people attended a meeting about the increasingly controversial issue in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

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Flooding reported as water rises in Steamboat

Water levels expected to continue to rise this week

Flooding anticipated to start this week in Steamboat Springs as a result of record snowpack at upper elevations has started to become a reality near the city limits on the southeastern edge of town.

Monday, May 30

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Puzzling water doesn’t slow super kayakers in Steamboat

For much of Monday’s Paddling Life Pro Kayaking Invitational, it appeared nothing but the elements would win. Fish Creek, sight of a kayaking creek race, was deemed high enough for competition but was still so low that several competitors found themselves stranded high and dry on rocks while others just barely avoided a similar fate.

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Moose move east over Continental Divide

Data shows population has multiplied to more than 1,690

Young bull moose are leading an expansion across Colorado’s high country, an emerging southern frontier for a species traditionally rooted in Canada. A few breeding pairs introduced in Colorado’s North Park around 1979 have multiplied to more than 1,690 moose, state wildlife data show. The population has increased by 17 percent during the past five years.

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Tom Ross: A good book saves a bad day of fishing

The late journalist, World War II veteran and acclaimed Western novelist Tony Hillerman saved my holiday fishing outing on Sunday. I’d like to tell you that Hillerman reached down from that New Mexico mesa in the sky and handed me the perfect trout fly for spring in the Rockies. But it was actually a paperback copy of Hillerman’s novel “Dance Hall of the Dead” that saved my day.

The Record for May 29

The Record for May 29

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat resident collects used goods for West Africa

Mamadou Niass, a Steamboat Springs resident of West African origin, is collecting used goods to send in a large shipping container to Sorimiale, Mauritania. Items such as bicycles, clothing, shoes, mattresses and other household goods that are in clean, working condition are appreciated.

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Jimmy Westlake: Libra — the misfit of the Zodiac

In the course of one year, the sun makes a 360-degree circuit of the sky, passing through 12 constellations that form a band around the sky called the Zodiac. Take a closer look at that list of constellations in the “circle of animals.” Notice anything odd? The circle of animals includes one non-animal — Libra the Scales.

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Hayden honors its veterans during Memorial Day service

A half-hour service at Hayden Cemetery included a 21-gun salute and select readings. Community members then gathered at the American Legion Post for dinner.

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Elk River reaches flood stage; runoff expected to increase this week

With temperatures expected to reach the upper 70s by Wednesday, officials warn that increased runoff could lead to flooding in other areas across Routt County.

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Steamboat's Memorial Day service recalls women who served

More than 250 people gathered in Steamboat Springs Cemetery late Monday morning to pay their respects to the more than 1 million Americans who gave their lives on the battlefield in wars dating back to the American Revolution.

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Intermountain Memorial Day Championship tennis results

Intermountain Memorial Day Championship tennis results

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Tourney provides valuable experience for Steamboat lacrosse team

As it turns out, it wouldn’t have made a difference. Even if coach Michael DeJong’s team of Steamboat Springs eighth-grade lacrosse players had won their final game Sunday, they would have ended up on the wrong end of a tiebreaker. It means they wouldn’t have gotten to play for the championship in the Steamboat Classic Lacrosse tournament in Steamboat.

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Paddlers cut up the Yampa River during Steamboat festival

Slalom race marks Day 2 of Yampa River Festival in Steamboat

David Wallace and Betsy Frick met while kayaking. “It was 1984,” Frick said with a smile Sunday. “That was our first date, a slalom race.” But when the pair took to the Yampa River on Sunday during the Yampa River Festival, it wasn’t exactly like old times.

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Luke Graham: Vandahl stays the same

Two weeks ago seemed like four years ago. Walking into the Steamboat Springs High School gym, there stood 2008 graduate Michael Vandahl, basketball in his hands, shooting jumpers from anywhere and everywhere. Vandahl always was one of my favorite local athletes, and he’s the best basketball player Routt County has seen in the past six years.

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New eatery coming to Steamboat Springs' Wildhorse Marketplace

The Rusted Porch aims for late-summer opening in Wildhorse

Malcolm Scott used three nouns Wednesday to describe the kind of food he’s planning for The Rusted Porch, a restaurant coming in late summer to Wildhorse Marketplace. “Bacon, burgers and beer."

Aging Well: Conference highlights caregiver resources, support

Living in the Yampa Valley, we accept many things, including long winters, delayed springs and limited services to help us through difficult times. The challenges of living in geographically-isolated communities can be particularly hard on the elderly, people with health problems and, especially, family members who care for these individuals.

County Agenda for May 30 and 31

County Agenda for May 30 and 31

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Center helps prepare Hayden students

Babson-Carpenter accomplishing what Hayden intended

Because of the Hayden School District vocational program, Kelsea DeBowes has an idea what she wants to do with her life. The junior also knows what she doesn’t want to do. She and fellow junior Beth Leck pained a 1964 Chevy pickup a metallic blue Tuesday morning in the auto body collision and refinishing class at the district’s Babson-Carpenter Career and Technical Education Center.

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Steamboat's Sweet Pea nears reopening

Katherine Zambrana planning to open cafe June 15

Katherine Zambrana said she’s planning to open Sweet Pea’s cafe June 15, serving lunch and dinner with seating for 28 indoors and 49 more outdoors on the cafe’s newly renovated deck along the Yampa River.

Harriet Freiberger: Honor, stand by soldiers

Together, on this Memorial Day 2011, our community gathers at the cemetery on the hill above our town. Among the granite and marble stones, flags of red, white and blue mark the graves of men and women who served in the armed forces of the United States of America. We are here for them.

VFW, American Legion to host Memorial Day events today in Craig

Mark Wick, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, said Memorial Day is more than just a day off from work. “You know, these holidays aren’t just dates on a calendar,” he said. “These are events that people went forward to give us.” Today, the VFW and American Legion Post 62 are combining forces to commemorate the fallen in four separate events.

Sunday, May 29

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Bear cub causes commotion on Core Trail in Steamboat

A bear cub that had become separated from its mother drew a crowd of onlookers Sunday afternoon on the Yampa River Core Trail near the Fish Creek Mobile Home Park.

The Record for May 28

The Record for May 28

Steamboat briefs: Torian Plum Plaza garage to be closed for 2 days

The underground parking garage at Torian Plum Plaza will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday so that additional snowmelt sections can be installed. Vehicles left in the garage during those times will not be allowed to leave.

Jane McLeod: Joy of the mountain — oregano or marjoram?

Although two distinctly different plants, but closely related, oregano and marjoram often were confused through the course of their long histories. Native to the Mediterranean regions, many of these countries did not make a clear distinction between these two aromatic herbs.

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Steamboat's Lowell Whiteman to give Spillane a proper sendoff

Whiteman Primary to honor longtime director with tribute Wednesday

Lowell Whiteman Primary School’s Nancy Spillane wanted to retire quietly. She won’t get that chance. The Whiteman Primary founder and its only head of school will be honored during a farewell event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Strings Music Pavilion. The event will include a musical tribute, speakers, and coffee and dessert.

Monday Medical: Hit the trail for better health

It’s time to start enjoying spring in our beautiful Yampa Valley. What better way to do this than by walking or, better yet, by hiking. Although some of the high-mountain trails may not be completely dry, they soon will be. In the meantime, enjoy our paved and dry packed trails in and around town. Slowly build up your fitness and endurance so that you’ll be ready to tackle the higher mountain trails in summer.

Steamboat Stinger 50-mile mountain bike race set for July

Even though it’s only weeks away, Steamboat Spring’s summer of cycling won’t stop growing. The city recently picked up a big addition to its calendar in the Steamboat Stinger 50-mile mountain bike race, which will take place July 24 on Emerald Mountain.

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Former Steamboat basketball star to rejoin coach at Western State

Former Steamboat Springs High School basketball coach Kelly Meek and 2008 Steamboat Springs High School graduate Michael Vandahl were on opposite sides of the court on two occasions when Vandahl, a guard at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, faced Western State College, for which Meek is an assistant coach. A third time just didn’t seem right.

John F. Russell: Raw deals just a part of game

Love him or hate him, LeBron James is just four wins from a name no one could dispute: champion.

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Steamboat's Yampa River Festival kicks off with wet and wild events

The Yampa River Festival featured a bit of everything Saturday, beginning out of water with 5- and 1-kilometer running races. There was a stand-up paddleboard race at Fetcher Pond, the cult-like raft race, the crowd-pleasing Crazy River Dog contest, an inner tube rodeo, and finally the kayak rodeo.

Saturday, May 28

Bob McConnell: Balance resources

The roadless plan for management of federal lands in Northwest Colorado now under consideration is not about protecting resources. It is about denying the opportunity to utilize those resources.

Our View: Salute to veterans

Memorial Day and the weekend that it follows mean little if we don’t take the time to stop and reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made by more than 1.3 million American men and women dating back to the Revolutionary War and stretching through every armed conflict since.

The Record for May 27

The Record for May 27

The Jail Report for May 20 to 27

The Jail Report for May 20 to 27

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for May 29

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for May 29

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for May 29

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for May 29

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Learn to capture stunning photographs from Rabbit Ears Pass in Steamboat

It’s the view that has dropped a million jaws. It’s a 2,600-foot descent that makes brake pads squeal in pain from the west summit of Rabbit Ears Pass to the base of the Yampa Valley. It puts fear in the hearts of flatlanders, but for anyone who’s lived in or around Steamboat Springs, nothing says home quite like those last few miles on U.S. Highway 40.

Joel Reichenberger: Here’s to the grads

My reporting life always goes through a pretty rapid change this time of year. I go from two straight weeks on the road — state tennis in Pueblo the second week of May and state track in Lakewood the third — to covering graduations. Hayden’s is always the day after state track and Soroco and Steamboat are not far behind.

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Helping Homies program pairs Steamboat students

A new program in the Steamboat Springs School District gave Strawberry Park Elementary School first-grader Otis Van De Carr an outlet for his boundless energy. It also provided sixth-grader Tucker Linberg a chance to shine in a new role. The first-year program called Helping Homies was deemed an early success this year.

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Phippsburg hallmark in danger of closure

Phippsburg’s post office days may be numbered

On Thursday morning, Rocco Stefano stepped into the quaint building that houses the Phippsburg Post Office, just like he does every weekday morning. Stefano, like many other seniors in the small, unincorporated town of Phippsburg, walks to the post office every day for a newspaper and mail. But those days may be numbered.

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Women veterans in spotlight for Steamboat Memorial Day

Memorial Day ceremony to focus on local females who served

Many female military veterans with local ties will be remembered and honored Monday during Steamboat’s annual Memorial Day ceremony, which starts at 11 a.m. at Steamboat Springs Cemetery. “This year, we’re going to do something that’s long overdue. We’re going to honor the women from the Steamboat Springs area who have served,” said local veteran and ceremony organizer Jim Stanko.

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Soroco’s 27 graduates find meaning as school's 50th class

On a rainy-turned-sunshine-filled Saturday, 27 students bid farewell to Soroco High School in Oak Creek, becoming the 50th class to graduate from the school. Much of the ceremony was spent debating what that meant. This wasn’t one of the typical questions raised in stuffy high school gymnasiums this time of year, such as “what’s next” and “what does it all mean?” Instead, it was more basic: These students graduated from Soroco, but what is Soroco?

Solar Thermal Domestic Hot Water System

The Board of County Commissioners of Routt County, Colorado is soliciting interested and qualified firms (Contractor) to submit proposals and statements of qualifications for providing a Solar Thermal Domestic Hot Water ("Solar Thermal") system to be installed on the roof of the Routt County Detention Center ("Detention Center") located at 2025 Shield Drive, Steamboat Springs, CO. Installation of the Solar Thermal system is planned to be completed by October of 2011.

Routt County real estate transactions for May 20 to 26, 2011

Routt County real estate transactions for May 20 to 26, 2011

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Routt County ranch sells for $7.1 million

Realtor: 3,400 rural acres like to be used for oil and gas exploration

When a limited liability company based in Lampasas, Texas, closed May 18 on the $7.1 million sale of the 3,400-acre Bugler’s Ridge ranch outside Oak Creek, the purchase was made sight unseen. The sellers were asking $7.48 million and had told him up front that they were not willing to significantly reduce the price.

On the Market: Steamboat Village Brokers awards top Realtors

Steve Downs, Arlene Zopf and Darlinda Baldinger were recognized at Steamboat Village Brokers’ annual company party and awards banquet at Lake Catamount on May 20. The 2010 Outstanding Service Award was presented to Downs for his commitment, teamwork and tireless efforts within the real estate community. The 2010 Outstanding Production Award was presented to Zopf. Baldinger received the 2010 Top Producer Award for excellence in real estate sales.

April showers bring sagging real estate sales in Routt County

April was a slow month for real estate closings in Routt County. Statistics researched by Land Title Guarantee Co. show that year-over-year April dollar volume was down 39.5 percent compared with April 2010.

The Record for May 26

12:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers helped Colorado State Patrol troopers conduct a roadside sobriety test.

Steamboat Briefs: Deadline for preseason ski pass rates is Wednesday

Wednesday is the last day to purchase a 2011-12 season ski pass to the Steamboat Ski Area at preseason prices. Adult, teen, child and senior passes can be reserved through Wednesday with a $99 down payment. The balance of the pass payment is due Sept. 15.

Police arrest Steamboat man at Snow Bowl for attempted robbery

A Steamboat Springs man was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of attempted aggravated robbery after he was found in a janitor’s closet inside Snow Bowl wearing a black ski mask and in possession of two knives.

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Tom Ross: Norway to honor surviving WWII soldiers

The surviving members of the 99th Infantry Battalion won’t feel forgotten this Memorial Day weekend when they travel to the nation’s capital with members of their families. They expect to receive medals of appreciation from representatives of the Norwegian military for their service in the European theater during World War II.

Friday, May 27

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Pine beetle epidemic likely to affect water flow in Routt County

The pine beetle epidemic may have peaked in Northwest Colorado in 2008, but some of the long-term impacts are only now starting to surface. It was known early on that the 4 million acres of lodgepole pine infested by the beetle in Colorado and southern Wyoming would drastically change the landscape. Scientists at the U.S. Forest Service’s 36-square-mile Frasier Experimental Forest have been studying the impacts the epidemic is having on water supplies.

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Warming expected to push Yampa River above its banks next week

A senior hydrologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Salt Lake City said Friday that if forecasts of temperatures in the mid- to upper 70s come true next week, the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs is likely to reach flood stage the weekend of June 4.

Steamboat girls tennis team hands out awards

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis squad gave out its end-of-season awards Tuesday night at a party at Ciao Gelato in downtown Steamboat Springs. The event celebrated the team as well as many of its individual players.

Steamboat soccer players earn all-league honors

Five Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer players were named to the Western Slope All-League team. Steamboat, which finished the season with an 11-4-1 record and lost in the first round of the state playoffs to Skyline, had three first-team selections and two honorable mentions.

Rollingstone golf club in Steamboat opens front 9 holes

Maybe it was fitting. On Friday, Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club opened its front nine for the first time this season. And snow was falling.

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Open house is Monday for Steamboat BMX course

Monday event to introduce new course features as well as a 10-race series

The Flying Wheels BMX course will have an open house Monday to introduce riders to new features, new events and a brand new 10-race series. Starting at 5 p.m. at the track near the base of Howelsen Hill, director Brian Deem and track President Gina Grether will answer questions and talk about pricing for the 2011 season.

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Open mic night starts up at The Boathouse Pub in Steamboat

Jay Roemer looked out the window of his Steamboat Springs home Friday morning and announced he would have to stay inside and play guitar all day. Roemer hopes others are doing the same to prepare for sharing acoustic music and the spoken word with the community at Monday’s open mic night at The Boathouse Pub.

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Steamboat youth group holds jam sessions for high schoolers

On Thursday evening in the place where they’ve gathered every week for six months, about 10 local high school students tuned their instruments. All of them had found music, and through that passion, found one another during weekly jam sessions in the old section of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Former Steamboat resident dies in Arapahoe Basin skiing accident

Jack Michael Wade lost the use of his legs in a Routt County car accident 25 years ago, but he never lost his spirit of adventure.

Steamboat's Team Lightning begins competitive swimming season in Glenwood Springs

The Steamboat Springs Team Lightning swim team opened its competitive season last weekend at the 2011 Western Slope Individual Medley Challenge in Glenwood Springs. The meet gave swimmers the option to complete an individual medley challenge in their age group, or to simply race in individual events.

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Steamboat elementary school Chess Club hosts 1st tournament

The first game between second-graders Lauren Parks and Emlee Reiter during the inaugural Strawberry Park Elementary School Chess Club mock tournament ended in a draw. It’s a good thing, too. The girls are best friends. But they both said their friendship isn’t affected by who wins or loses. The school hosted is first tournament with 47 students participating.

Athletes to swarm Tennis Center for Intermountain 12-and-younger Memorial Day Championship

The world’s best tennis players are battling it out this weekend in France. The wave of what could be some of the next best players from the United States, meanwhile, will take the court in Steamboat Springs this weekend during the 17th annual Intermountain 12-and-younger Memorial Day Championship at the Tennis Center.

Steamboat lacrosse, baseball players earn recognition

Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse seniors John Burrow and Erik Owen were named to the first-team along with junior Lance Ostrom. While the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team had three players named to the Western Slope League’s all-league team.

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Yampa River Festival returns to Steamboat with weekend of events

With record snowpack lingering in the high country above Steamboat, the Yampa River is likely to command the region’s attention for much of the next month. It certainly will captivate visitors this weekend as the annual Yampa River Festival returns to the river’s shores.

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Soroco High School honors the past at graduation

Class of 2011 invites inaugural graduating Class of 1961 to ceremony

The Soroco High School Class of 2011 won’t be the only group recognized during Saturday’s graduation ceremony. The seniors have invited members of the Class of 1961 to participate in the ceremony at 11 a.m. in the high school gymnasium.

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Steamboat trails not ready for hikers, bikers

Spring in Steamboat Springs is not often kind to those eager for summer activities, with snow and rain always seeming to drag on a few weeks longer than is reasonable, and dry trails always seeming to be months away from accessible. This year, however, has been one of the worst.

Holiday weekend kicks off summer in Steamboat

Mountain hotels to be 82 percent full

The hotels at the base of Steamboat Ski Area are leading the way as Steamboat Springs’ resort community gets a jump on the summer season with the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The lodging barometer published Wednesday by the Steamboat Spr­­ings Chamber Resort Association projects that more than 5,600 visitors will spend Saturday night in Steamboat.

Thursday, May 26

The Record for May 25

The Record for May 25

Steamboat briefs: State group provides help for World No Tobacco Day

As Tuesday approaches, many tobacco users are gearing up to stop using tobacco for World No Tobacco Day and some are planning this as the first day of their tobacco-free life. Quitting “cold turkey” works for some, but more often than not, nicotine replacement therapies help make quitting more tolerable.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Don’t retreat, ReTree

Just as it takes many people to make a community, it takes many trees to make a forest. Between the bark beetle epidemic and subsequent logging projects, trees around Steamboat Springs have had it tough of late. ReTree Steamboat will focus on two areas: Mount Werner and Emerald Mountain. The goal is for 300 volunteers to plant at least 2,000 trees at each location the morning of June 11.

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Economic Summit in Steamboat puts focus on reinvention

Event speakers touch on capitalizing on new technologies

Dan Cox warned a room full of business owners Thursday that 12-year-olds are coming up with ways to disrupt their businesses, and some of those kids eventually will make millions of dollars doing it. Cox, president of Lawrence, Kan.-based Mediaphormedia, was the keynote speaker Thursday at the Economic Summit.

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Routt County events calendar for May 27 to June 2

The Paddling Life Pro Invitational starts at 11 a.m. Monday with an extreme race on Class IV-V Fish Creek, followed by kayak rodeos at the D-Hole from noon to 5 p.m. The festivities are followed by a 6:30 p.m. party at Sweetwater Grill, featuring local bands.

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DJ duo racks up a local following, plays Sunday at Boathouse

Rich Allison and Jeff Barlow first DJ-ed a show together on Halloween. Barlow, who goes by DJ Jeraff, said he looked out into the crowd of dancers and was blown away. The duo returns to The Boathouse Pub on Sunday for a free late-night show.

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DJ Freese to play brunch, night sets at Ghost Ranch on Sunday

Whether it’s 11 a.m. or 11 p.m., DJ Chris Freese knows there are songs that will make people dance. Starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, Freese will spin at the Rock ’n’ Roll Brunch at Ghost Ranch Saloon. He’ll return for a late-night show starting at 10 p.m. Both events are free.

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Soldier likely fought for Union, not Confederacy

Routt County resident buried in Steamboat Springs Cemetery

Century-old census records and federal Civil War soldier lists indicate that William E. Harvey, who is buried at Steamboat Springs Cemetery at a grave where local veterans planned to place a Confederate flag on Thursday, likely fought for the Union.

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Steamboat athletes garner medals at Special Olympics in Craig

More than 20 Routt County residents competed May 21 at the 2011 Craig Special Olympics swim and track and field competitions.

Economist at Steamboat summit predicts connectivity will help Yampa Valley grow

Social technologies, increased connectivity having global and local impact

Economist Carl Steidtmann said Wednesday that the rapid global spread of social media technologies and faster Internet connectivity ultimately could be very good news for Steamboat Springs and Northwest Colorado.

Wednesday, May 25

Rabbit Ears Time Trial No. 1 results

Rabbit Ears Time Trial No. 1 results

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Steamboat cyclists flock to Rabbit Ears for time trial

Grueling climb tests Steamboat’s best racers

Steamboat Springs’ Barkley Robinson led the way for a huge field of about 40 riders Wednesday in the Rabbit Ears Time Trial, a road bike race that launched local athletes up U.S. 40, from the bottom of Rabbit Ears Pass to the west summit.

Workforce, entrepreneur workshops scheduled for June

The Colorado Workforce Center and Colorado Mountain College are sponsoring several workshops in June. All workshops are free.

Groundbreaking ceremony at North Routt Charter School rescheduled for Thursday

Groundbreaking for the new $4 million North Routt Community Charter School has been rescheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the site it will share with North Routt Preschool at 54705 Routt County Road 129 in Clark.

Oak Creek Town Board will meet Thursday night

A light agenda faces the Oak Creek Town Board when it meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd.

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Bond reduced for suspect in downtown Steamboat Springs burglaries

Bond was reduced Wednesday for the 18-year-old accused of breaking into several downtown Steamboat Springs businesses May 4 with his 14-year-old brother.

Bond lowered for woman arrested during May 2 raid in Steamboat

Routt County Judge James Garrecht on Wednesday reduced the bond from $500,000 to $10,000 for a woman arrested during a drug raid May 2.

The Record for May 24

2:41 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers found a man under a trailer in the 1800 block of Kamar Plaza. The man said he wanted to sleep there, but officers, suspecting he was drunk, took him to detox.

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Over The Hill Gang has record season guiding at Steamboat Ski Area

Group gives donations to skiers, VNA hospice program

The Over The Hill Gang guided 2,538 guests this past ski season, a jump up from the 1,857 guests the year before and earned $2,750 from guest contributions. From their total fund, they gave $8,000 to local groups this year.

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Work at Steamboat's Colorado Mountain College is under way

Campus official will write blog posts updating community on progress

Colorado Mountain College officials think they have created an easy way to keep the public informed during the construction of its new administrative and classroom building on the Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs: blog updates.

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Wildland firefighters prepare for potentially slow season in Routt

Even with snow on the ground, first responders practice their maneuvers

Despite more than 7 feet of snow atop Rabbit Ears Pass and 16 feet still lingering on Buffalo Pass, about 15 seasonal and full-time Forest Service employees took a refresher course Tuesday to help prepare them for another season of fire potential in the Steamboat Springs area.

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Steamboat Springs-raised Blake Julian competes on ‘The Bachelorette’

27-year-old said his perfect date would be at Strawberry Park Hot Springs

When ABC’s “The Bachelorette” premiered Monday night, some Steamboat Springs locals might have noticed a shy-looking young man from Greenville, S.C. That would be dentist Blake Julian, 27, who grew up here in the Yampa Valley.

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Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District plans for a long drought

Depite this year's wet conditions, officials prepare for a potential dry spell

The Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District has embarked on an effort to improve the toolkit it would rely on to manage through a protracted drought the likes of which the valley has never seen.

Laura B. Embleton: Protect rivers

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, and river enthusiasts are eager to capitalize on this wetter-than-normal spring.

Lori M. Elliott: Keep it up, Alpine

I would like to extend a huge thank you to the Steamboat Ski Area, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and Deb Armstrong for allowing our kids to have the opportunity to train for Alpine racing on Bashor this spring.

Vicki Barron: Be a quitter

If you are a tobacco user and are considering quitting, set a “Quit Date” as your first step toward a tobacco-free future. May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, a day developed by the World Health Organization to raise awareness about the negative impact of tobacco around the world.

Camille Fischer: Have fun, be healthy

When I think of our hometown, I think active adults, healthy food choices, smiles on everybody that is exercising, youth sports, competition. Then I am reminded how my family, specifically my children and husband, are noncompetitively physically fit.

Steamboat Classic Lacrosse Tournament to return Saturday

The eighth annual Steamboat Classic Lacrosse Tournament returns to Steamboat Springs this weekend.

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Steamboat middle school's "Glee"-like film shows Thursday

Students star in musical production

The only showing is at 7 p.m. Thursday night in the middle school’s cafetorium. The cost at the door is a “pay what you want” donation to the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, which has sponsored the production in the two years since the school system cut the program.

Our View: Concurrent enrollment opens doors

With the cost of college educations continuing to skyrocket in Colorado and across the country, it’s increasingly important that K-12 school districts recognize the significance of collaboration with colleges.

Tuesday, May 24

Group forms to oppose medical marijuana business in Routt County

Tuesday meeting intended as strategic session for local action

A Tuesday meeting could be the first step toward formalized public support for a ban on medical marijuana businesses.

County surveyor arrested on charges of driving under the influence of drugs

Ridgeway “Skidge” Moon also charged with possession of drugs, driving with alcohol

Routt County Surveyor Ridgeway “Skidge” Moon was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and several other charges.

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Veterans to post Confederate flag at Steamboat cemetery

The Memorial Day plan, intended to honor a veteran, draws rebuke

Local veterans plan to place a Confederate flag this week, for the first time, on the grave of a veteran buried at Steamboat Springs Cemetery. William Harvey was a rancher near Pleasant Valley and Sidney and a pioneer of Bear River Valley. Little else is known about the man, but a new history indicates he was also a Confederate soldier.

Herman pleads no contest in dog shooting

Agreement calls for probation, restitution, community service, apology

Steamboat Springs resident Del Herman on Tuesday pleaded no contest to two charges related to the shooting of a dog in the Indian Trails neighborhood in March. He pleaded no contest to aggravated cruelty to animals, a Class 6 felony, and reckless endangerment, a Class 3 misdemeanor.

The Record for May 23

1:16 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers helped a person at Fourth Street and Lincoln Avenue who needed a place to stay.

Steamboat briefs: Whiteman students to give presentations about trips

The Lowell Whiteman School foreign travel program groups will give a presentation about their trips at 7 p.m. today in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Police continue to warn about magazine peddlers

Door-to-door sellers traveling in the area; officers warn against giving personal information

The Steamboat Springs Police Department continues to receive reports of people selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door, and police say residents should beware.

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Joanne Palmer: Scandals, trivia, news tidbits help brighten the gray

Dear Mother Nature, wasn’t more than 400 inches of snow enough? Do we need even more moisture? Do you like looking at a line of sandbags lining the Yampa River? I am beginning to molt, and I refuse to buy an umbrella. They are probably all sold out anyway.

Economic Summit to emphasize innovation, evolution

Event at The Steamboat Grand begins Wednesday

The 2011 Economic Summit kicks off Wednesday afternoon at The Steamboat Grand, and there’s still space for business-minded residents who want to innovate, create and evolve.

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Holiday camping on hold north of Steamboat

Yampa River State Park in West Routt has available spaces

For the second time in four years, Steamboat Lake State Park will see only limited operations for the Memorial Day weekend. A relative handful of campsites will be available at Steamboat Lake this weekend on a first-come, first-served basis. Yampa River State Park does have openings, however.

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Town Challenge mountain bike series to start June 8

Prices for season passes increase after event

The Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series will hold its annual preregistration party from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Boathouse Pub. There, riders will be able to get discounted season passes for the seven-race 2011 season. Adult season passes are $115, and youth passes are $50.

Bettger Gravel Pit

MINED LAND RECLAMATION BOARD/STATE OF COLORADO, Public Notice in conformance with the Colorado Sunshine Act of 1972. The Mined Land Reclamation Board will hold its monthly meeting on June 8-9, 2011. The meeting will be held at the Centennial Building, 1313 Sherman Street, Room 318, Denver, Colorado, beginning at 9:00 a.m. unless otherwise noticed.


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-087 Original Grantor(s): Kathleen Kelly Price Original Beneficiary(ies): Colorado Housing Enterprises, LLC


Notice is hereby given that a proposed budget has been submitted to the Board of Trustees of Colorado Mountain Junior College District for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, and has been filed at the Colorado Mountain College Central Services


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-086 Original Grantor(s): William Todd Byer Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for Countrywide Bank, FSB


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-085 Original Grantor(s): Shauna M. Vandertook Original Beneficiary(ies): Colorado Housing Enterprises, LLC


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-083 Original Grantor(s): Joel E Miller and Kaela C Miller Original Beneficiary(ies): Wells Fargo Bank, NA


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-084 Original Grantor(s): Jeffrey George Serrault Original Beneficiary(ies): Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-082 Original Grantor(s): Michelle R. Dover Original Beneficiary(ies): Mountain Valley Bank


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-081 Original Grantor(s): Michele R Barkal and John Coleman Barkal Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for EverBank


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-080 Original Grantor(s): Jeanna L Thompson Original Beneficiary(ies): Bank of America, N.A.


Applicant: Kate Leggett, ESA, 1919 7th Street, Boulder, CO 80302 (303) 422-5458 Location of Development: 1457 Pine Grove Road Type of Application: Administrative Final Development Plan General Description: An 3,838 square foot addition to the existing Ski Haus retail store. It is designed to emulate the existing building. Project Planner: Seth Lorson City Planner (970) 871-8280 email:

Quotations for the 2011 Patching Material

Quotations for the 2011 Patching Material, will be received by the Owner at the Routt County Court House Annex, Road & Bridge Conference Room, 136 6th Street, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, by 10:00 am, May 26, 2011

ORDINANCE: 2383 - 2386


Revised Municipal Code

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.


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-079 Original Grantor(s): Christopher Daniels and Anna Daniels Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Indymac Bank, F.S.B.

ACTIVITY #: PS2011-007

ACTIVITY #: PS2011-007 PETITIONER: DUMAS, JOHN J. & LAVONNE E. PETITION: Replat of Lot 4 to Amend a Building Envelope to be located 50' from the north property line LOCATION/LEGAL: LOT 4 LAKEVIEW MEADOWS

ACTIVITY #: PP2011-014

ACTIVITY #: PP2011-014 PETITIONER: SAGE CREEK HOLDINGS, LLC PETITION: Coal exploration - drilling and sampling of 5 coreholes and rotary drill 4 holes and subsequent reclamation LOCATION/LEGAL: Portions of Sections in Townships 5 and 6 North, Range 87 West


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-078 Original Grantor(s): Derek T Vanarsdale, Melissa D. Vanarsdale Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for Lehman Brothers Bank, FSB

construction of a fish barrier in Trout Creek

On May 10, 2011 Jack H. Lewis, District Ranger on the Yampa Ranger District of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland signed the Trout Creek Fish Barrier Decision Notice authorizing the construction of a fish barrier in Trout Creek. A concrete structure will be placed in Trout Creek 200 feet upstream of Sheriff Reservoir preventing upstream migrating fish from entering and moving past the barrier. The analysis area is located approximately 10 miles west of Yampa, CO in Rio Blanco County. The legal location is as follows: SW, NW, S14, T2N R87W

Steamboat Lake Water and Sanitation District

Steamboat Lake Water and Sanitation District will hold a public meeting, May 22, 2011 starting at 9 AM in the North Routt Fire Station # 2 conference room.

Monday, May 23

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Dermatologist teaches Routt students about protection from sun

Dermatologist Sandi Eivins, of the Dermatology Center of Steamboat Springs, started a safety program this year to educate Christian Heritage School students about skin cancer, the dangers of ultraviolet ray exposure and what students can do to avoid getting too much sun.

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Jimmy Westlake: When planet meets star

Saturn is the slowest moving of the naked-eye planets, requiring nearly 30 years to wander through the 12 constellations of the zodiac. It is presently traversing the constellation of Virgo and is prominent in our early evening sky. Saturn entered Virgo in September 2009 and won’t leave this constellation until September 2013.

The Record for May 22

7:03 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were dispatched to a burglary alarm in the 1500 block of 13th Street. It was a false alarm.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden Class of 2011 has varied postgraduate plans

The Hayden Secondary Schools Class of 2011 has a variety of postgraduate plans. Of the 38 seniors, 22 will attend four-year colleges or universities, eight will go to two-year or vocational schools, one will join the military and seven will enter the workforce.

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LIFT-UP of Routt County turns 15 years old

Nonprofit organization still needs support to help local residents

For 15 years, LIFT-UP of Rout County has provided assistance services to residents in need. That hasn’t changed. “Since 2009, we haven’t seen the need slow down,” LIFT-UP Assistant Director Julie Jordan said.

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Interest in Routt County oil leases increases

Planner reports increased interest from oil companies in lease process

Routt County officials are expecting local oil speculation to increase in coming months. Routt County planner Chris Brookshire said there have been inquiries about the county's lease process in the past months from three oil companies.

Steamboat Springs City Council re-election bids are unclear

Medical marijuana likely will play key role in ballot decisions

Much remains to be decided about this November’s city ballot, including which Steamboat Springs City Council members will seek re-election. There’s little doubt, however, that medical marijuana will play a key role come fall.

The Record for May 21

2:05 a.m. Police arrested a 22-year-old Steamboat Springs man on suspicion of driving under the influence, failing to signal and speeding after a traffic stop at Dream Island Plaza and U.S. Highway 40.

Steamboat Briefs: Triathlon 8- and 12-week training starts this week

Steamboat Sprint & Olympic Triathlon training with USA Triathlon Certified Coach Joy Rasmussen starts Thursday.

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Christian Heritage School graduates 6 in Sunday ceremony

Valedictorian Kirsten Williams gives heartfelt thanks

Kirsten Williams began her address as valedictorian of Christian Heritage School’s Class of 2011 with, she said Sunday, “a gigantic thank you.” More than 100 friends and family members gathered at the school just west of Steamboat Springs to honor this year’s class of six graduates.

Monday Medical: Run the right way

Some tweaks to your technique can improve your time and comfort

With one race down and 12 to go, the Steamboat Springs Running Series is officially under way. If you’re thinking of signing up for a race, there are a number of questions you may be asking yourself, including: Are you running correctly?

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38 Hayden seniors move on; class honored during Sunday event

Student's death cited as a unifying factor for class

All the traditions were observed Sunday afternoon during the Hayden Secondary Schools Class of 2011 graduation ceremony. A video montage of photographs highlighted the seniors’ growth from children to adults. And the faculty and staff started a silly string war, which quickly became a losing battle, after the class was presented. But Sunday’s ceremony seemed different.

Sunday, May 22

Service Learning Institute returns to Steamboat

Despite program cuts, community service program hosts 2nd year

A community service program for students entering sixth through ninth grades in the fall returns this summer for its second year, despite cuts to federal funding. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, which operates the Service Learning Institute program, secured enough funding to offer the program again, said Youth Corps Associate Director Mark Wertheimer.

County Agenda for May 23 and 24

County Agenda for May 23 and 24

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Luke Graham: Lance’s positive effects

Things aren’t looking good for Lance Armstrong. For years, there have been accusations that he doped en route to winning seven Tour de France titles. But should any of this matter? I say, “no.” No matter how this ends, we should all remember him as the man who has done so much for cancer research.

Aging Well: Doctor shares tai chi experience, benefits

It was only a matter of time before tai chi played a starring role in Pam Kircher’s life. A family physician, Kircher has spent much of her career exploring complementary medicine, such as herbal remedies, acupuncture and massage, that contribute to health and wellness. While working at Mercy Medical Center in Durango, Kircher had the opportunity to attend a weekend tai chi workshop with Dr. Paul Lam, an Australian doctor who developed a modified tai chi program for people with arthritis, balance problems and other health challenges.

Deb Babcock: Fill empty garden spaces

Annual plants last for only one growing season. During this time, they grow, flower and produce seed, which completes their life cycle. Many local gardeners find that annuals add a wonderful splash of constant color, while the perennials come and go throughout summer.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden news for May 22

Condolences to Tammy Delaney and family for the loss of Tammy’s father, Bill Bowes, who passed away this week.

Saturday, May 21

Joel Reichenberger: A race to remember

Chris Zirkle won his first state championship Friday in the 3,200-meter run with one of the best races I’ve seen. With a mind-boggling pace and a thrilling finish, it was one of the most exciting events of the three-day season ending meet, but far more went into Zirkle’s grand championship than was evident from the stands.

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Yampa River Festival in Steamboat returns with full weekend of fun

The unofficial motto for next weekend’s Yampa River Festival might as well be: The Yampa River, it’s not just about kayakers anymore. In an effort to reach groups in town that treasure Steamboat Springs’ second-favorite geographic landmark, festival organizers have branched out this season. The festival kicks off Thursday with a movie at the library.

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2 titles for Hayden's Zirkle at state track

Tigers senior again a champ, winning 1,600

Hayden High School senior Chris Zirkle spent 95 percent of his on-track time at the 2011 state track meet in Lakewood staring at the back of Telluride junior Ty Williams’ head. Still, after catching, then passing Williams with a last-lap surge Saturday, dominance was the only way to describe Zirkle’s performance.

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Patience key for getting golf courses open in Steamboat

Local courses prepare, hope for better weather

Dedicated golfers are of a different breed. It’s like the great PGA Tour commercial of a guy sitting in the pouring rain, when another golfer comes up and asks, “You a single?” But when a spring sets in like the one Steamboat has seen — with sighs of, “Can you believe this weather” — patience starts to run thin.

John F. Russell: Watching from the sidelines

I’m no stranger to the sideline. I’ve spent a great deal of my time during the past 20 years standing on the sideline watching games as a reporter and photographer for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. This is a great way to watch the game unfold, but I’ve learned the past few years that it’s a little different as a parent.

Robert Semro: Health care reform bill is a win

At a time when political bipartisanship is a rare event, state leaders from both parties and business and consumer groups successfully reached agreement on a matter of real substance. Even more surprising, it was about health care reform.

Steven Ross: Pot is a problem

While the debate rages on about marijuana distribution centers in the Yampa Valley, our children have increasing access to a Schedule 1 controlled substance. Infants are exposed to it before birth, adolescents’ brains are fried, asthma rates climb higher and marijuana-related DUIs in Routt County are on the rise.

Tim McCarthy and Paul Potyen: Vote in election

This week, a ballot for Yampa Valley Electric Association’s board-member election will be arriving in your mailbox. This is your chance to make a difference in our community, and your vote is more important than ever. Last year, only 12.5 percent of YVEA’s meter holders cast their votes, so only a few more on either side could decide this year’s election.

Michael Ehrlich: Ban pot ads

Much has been said on the pros and cons of banning dispensaries. A middle of the road approach would be to ban only the advertising. This would clean up our newspapers and airwaves, yet still guarantee patients’ access to providers.

Our View: Vote on dispensaries is right choice

The Steamboat Springs City Council made the right decision in letting voters decide whether to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. We live in a representative democracy, and in most cases, we advocate that decisions be left to City Council. Council members are in the best position to research and make informed choices on most issues. That’s what we elected them to do.

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More Routt County high schoolers taking college courses

When Hayden Secondary Schools senior Brian Hoza gets his high school diploma this afternoon, it will be the second such piece of paper he’s received this month. Hoza received his associate’s degree from Colorado Mountain College on May 7. He is one of just two students in Routt County who have accomplished the feat this year, but he is part of a growing number who are graduating high school with college degrees.

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Rain doesn’t dampen recycling event in Steamboat

More than 400 participate in community drop-off Saturday

An old satellite dish, running boards from a truck, a television, a printer — all the miscellaneous items in the back of Diane Carter’s car had to go. But they didn’t have to go into a landfill. Carter was one of 412 cars to pull through the Community Recycling Drop-off.

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Skier, geologist and WWII vet Bowes leaves legacy

Longtime Routt County resident Bill Bowes dies at age 88

Longtime Strawberry Park resident William A. “Bill” Bowes died Monday at age 88. The legacy that Bill Bowes leaves behind includes a family that has spread roots across Routt County and beyond; more than six decades of marriage and loving companionship with his late wife, Marie Rose Bowes; a lifelong love of skiing capped with a stint as an alternate to the 1948 U.S. Ski Team; and much more.

Routt County real estate transactions for May 16 to 19, 2011

Total sales — $12,952,500, total timeshare sales — $125,800

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Foreclosed homes offer good buys in Routt County

Foreclosed homes continue to filter into the real estate market, but local Realtor Cheryl Foote, of Prudential Steamboat Realty, has seen them filtering out in recent months, as well. In the past two months, Foote has sold two bank-held Routt County properties for what she calls “exceptional” prices.

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Routt County building permits see progress in May

May valuation more than half of year-to-date through April

The dollar value of building permits in Steamboat Springs and Routt County continues to lag in 2011, but it has started to show slight improvements through April and the beginning of May. That comes on the heels of March seeing only 11 permits in Steamboat and Routt.

Steamboat girls club lacrosse earns win, loss on day

Sailors team could see return to varsity program next year

The Steamboat girls lacrosse club team started the day off Saturday by handing Laramie a crushing 14-1 defeat. The team then went on to play Cheyenne, which scored a last-minute goal to win the game, 7-6. Despite less than ideal weather conditions, including hail and a 20-minute thunder delay, the team finished out the day strong. The girls were glad to finish the season with a .500 record and are looking forward to next year.

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Records breaking at upper elevations in Routt County

Buff Pass reports 16 inches new snow

The view from Rabbit Ears Pass shows the Yampa Valley has begun to turn green, but it is still a winter wonderland at 10,500 feet. At that elevation, the Tower measuring site on Buffalo Pass on Saturday was reporting 16 inches of new snow, bringing the total to 194 inches.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for May 22

We still need more jewelry for bingo games. Thanks for all the jewelry everyone has been bringing in.

The Jail Report for May 14 to 20

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.

The Record for May 20

7:32 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers assisted Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders on an ambulance request in the 2800 block of Downhill drive for a female who had dislocated her hip. She was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

The Record for May 19

The Record for May 19

Routt County school lunch menus for May 23 to 27

Routt County school lunch menus for May 23 to 27

Steamboat briefs: Police warn residents about magazine fraud

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is warning residents that a group of people is in Steamboat selling fraudulent magazine subscriptions.

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Routt County undersheriff promoted to high rank

Ray Birch promoted to chief master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserves

For the past 10 years, Ray Birch has juggled his responsibilities as a reservist with those of a husband, father and a cop. On May 1, Birch was promoted to the highest rank an enlisted soldier can receive and is now a chief master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Less than 1 percent of enlisted soldiers receive the rank.

Steamboat Rugby Club in need of players

The Steamboat Rugby Club is looking for people interested in playing. The team, which consistently is among the best in the Mountain League, meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Whistler Field for practices. The team plays against squads from across the Western Slope and in two tournaments.

Friday, May 20

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2 titles for Hayden Tigers at state track

Zirkle, Haskins claim championships

The Tigers were champions twice over Friday, the second day of the state track meet at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. Aubree Haskins broke through with a powerful statement in the shotput, and Chris Zirkle hung on with a desperate surge in the 3,200-meter run. Zirkle and Haskins were among the favorites in their events, but both championship performances were so dramatic, it was difficult not to be stunned.

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Events in Routt County this weekend

Local mountain rock favorites Missed the Boat return to the Ghost Ranch Saloon stage today to kick off a summer season with new songs and foot-stomping favorites. Also this weekend is the Spring into Summer Carnival today and Sunday. Find other events happening this weekend in Routt County.

Steamboat sisters aim for Africa

Benefit and auction for Uganda trip is tonight at Rex’s

Like many other members of the audience at the premiere of the Africa documentary “Mzungu” last fall, local residents Nicole Stone and Katrina Nanio were moved by the story of Come, Let’s Dance, a Steamboat Springs-based humanitarian organization working with children in Uganda. And the sisters decided they wanted to join the cause.

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Steamboat's Intergalactic Funk Cowboy finishes trilogy

Local musician Todd Leestma wrapped up the saga of the Intergalactic Funk Cowboy in his new album, “Funk Forever.” In the final installment, the guitarist and producer layers a comic attitude and playful story over much deeper observations about the place of music in the universe.

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Economic Summit focuses on keeping up with fast-paced markets

This year Economic Summit theme is “Innovate-Create-Evolve: Strategies to Re-invent Your Business.” Randy Rudasics said the event is designed to provide a professional development opportunity with local, regional and national presenters that can “educate, motivate and inspire businesses to fulfill their potential.”

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Sweet Pea’s Hieb accused of theft

Market operator suspected of stealing while employed at Bella’s

Jonathon Hieb, who operates Sweet Pea Market and Cafe in downtown Steamboat Springs, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing from his off-season employer, Bella’s wine bar. Hieb, 45, is accused of stealing $2,631 in cash and product from Bella’s, where he worked as a server and bartender.

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Routt jobless rate increases in April

Numbers don’t account for normal seasonal changes, including end of ski season

Unemployment numbers increased from March to April in Routt County, from 8.3 percent to 10 percent. The county figures, released Friday by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, don’t include typical seasonal changes.

Thursday, May 19

Steamboat Springs Tennis Association sets block party for Sunday

Free event to highlight tennis options in town

The Steamboat Tennis Association, the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs and the United States Tennis Association will celebrate the start of the tennis season Sunday by throwing a block party.

Cheer Showcase a fundraiser and chance to shine for young cheerleaders

Saturday event will include award-winning routines

The second annual Cheer Showcase is more than just a fundraiser for Steamboat Rocky Mountain Cheer. It’s a chance for the young members of the Steamboat Springs-based cheerleading program to show the community what they can do.

Pool tournament set to open this weekend in Craig

8 teams will compete for chance at national tournament

Eight American Poolplayers Association teams from Steamboat Springs and Craig will compete in a local qualifying tournament Saturday at Mather’s Club in Craig.

Cody Heartz: ‘Desert Solitaire’ is cult classic

Edward Abbey’s “Desert Solitaire” is a book that, even 40 years after first publication, continues to amass a cult following. The collection of essays serves as a record of the two years the nature writer spent as a park ranger at Arches National Monument in the late 1950s.

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Sister of ‘Louie’s Saxophone’ author to host children's book event

Ali Boehm will host a book reading, discussion and a self-portrait art activity for children at 1 p.m. Saturday at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. Her brother took his own life in fall 2008. But he left a legacy behind, in the form of a children’s book he wrote and illustrated at age 16 that he titled “Louie’s Saxophone.”

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Elevation Dance Studio to hold recital in Steamboat

Cheyenne Williams was putting her shoes on the wrong feet, and Faith Chandler was sliding around the floor in her black-ribboned tap shoes Wednesday at Elevation Dance Studio as a class of six 5-year-olds prepared for the annual recital this week.

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Routt County events calendar for May 20 to 26

The Free Foreign Film Series continues Friday at the Depot Art Center with the Romanian film, “If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle." The movie screens with English subtitles at 7 p.m. Find what other events are happening in Routt County this week.

State track pushed back to Friday

Rain postpones most 1st-day events

The first day of the high school state track meet in Lakewood was postponed Thursday as rained crashed down on Jeffco Stadium and lighting cracked above. Thursday’s postponed events are being rescheduled for Friday.

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Census data show slight shift in households with children in Routt

A smaller percentage of Routt County households contain married couples with children than a decade ago, according to new census data that shed light on family demographics in towns, cities and counties across Colorado. For Steamboat Springs and Routt County, many of the statistical changes are incremental and show shifts of less than 5 percent when compared with data from 2000.

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Recycle, cleanup events nearing in Steamboat

Groups to collect items Saturday

Spring cleaning is in full swing in Routt County, and Saturday will present the opportunity to go about it in an environmentally friendly way. The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and Yampa Valley Re­­­cycles are hosting a community recycling drop-off from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Howelsen Hill. The event coin­­­cides with the fifth annual Routt County Clean-Up Day.

Steamboat Springs School Board seeking search help

Steamboat Springs district enlisting community in superintendent search

The Steamboat Springs School Board wants your help interviewing superintendent candidates. The Steamboat Springs School District is accepting applications to replace Shalee Cunningham, and as it did when she was hired, would like to enlist the community’s help in finding her successor, School Board member Brian Kelly said.

Karen Vail: Collecting for Wild Edible Feast

Before the sun rises, I am awake, checking the coolers, bags, shovels, trowels, gloves, books and list of plants for the day. Collecting nature’s bounty could prove to be challenging this year with so much snow still on the ground. Our team of volunteer collectors rises to the unique challenge.

Steamboat briefs: Silent auction to benefit volunteer trip to Africa

The high school group traveling this summer to donate supplies, teach and build a boys dormitory at a school in Africa is hosting a fundraiser at 6 p.m. Friday in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

The Record for May 18

2:31 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a woman who said an unknown drunken man was staggering around in her bedroom in the 700 block of Yampa Street. The man left the condo and was gone when police arrived.

Hayden seeks help with hiring principal

School district wants assistance reviewing applications, interviewing candidates

The Hayden School District wants faculty and staff members, parents and community members to participate in the review and selection of the next Hayden Secondary Schools principal.

North Routt school groundbreaking postponed

The North Routt Community Charter School’s ceremony to break ground on its new school facility scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday has been postponed because of weather.

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Haymaker Golf Course to open Friday if weather permits

If the weather cooperates this week, the Haymaker Golf Course will open for the season Friday. Luke Brosterhous, Haymaker’s director of golf and instruction, said the course is in great shape, and barring any major shifts in the weather — such as snow — it is expected to open for the season Friday morning.

South Routt School Board to consider statement on medical marijuana

Officials to meet Thursday night but could delay action

The South Routt School Board is scheduled to discuss Thursday night whether it wants to make a formal statement or consider a resolution to oppose medical marijuana operations in Oak Creek.

The Record for May 17

12:57 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a dog loose and chasing cars in the 30000 block of Routt County Road 14. They issued a warning.

Steamboat Briefs: Fairgrounds in Routt close to horses because of virus

The Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden reported Tuesday that it was voluntarily closing its facilities to horses for two weeks as a preventative measure because of a recent outbreak of a potentially fatal equine herpes virus.

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Soroco, Hayden track and field ready for state

The state championships open Thursday and continue through Saturday in Denver. Soroco qualified 17 of its 21 athletes. The Hayden High School track team has brought home a few top results from the state track meet in recent years, and it will have more chances on all three days of this year’s event.

Hayden Town Council to consider creation of park

The Hayden Town Council will consider a small park when it meets at 7:30 p.m. today at Hayden Town Hall, 178 W. Jefferson Ave.

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North Routt Charter School to break ground Thursday

After fundraising and grant difficulties, building is on the way

The new North Routt Community Charter School finally is becoming a reality. After receiving a Building Excellent Schools Today grant from the state’s Capital Construction Assis­tance program, the $4 million school’s official groundbreaking is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

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Steamboat community comes together for Day of Caring

More than 130 volunteers worked at 18 job sites

In just four hours, about 15 volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs had covered several walls — and their hands — in brightly colored paint. They had deep cleaned several recreation rooms and painted logos and signs on the once beige brick walls.

Wednesday, May 18

Hayden School Board keeps traditional calendar

Officials also change woodworking class to building trades but retain teacher

The Hayden School Board voted, 3-2, to adopt a calendar for 2011-12 that is similar to calendars of previous years. Hayden Secondary Schools teachers presented a calendar at last month’s meeting that would have moved the start before Labor Day and added eight days with students to increase instruction time.

Foreclosures slowing in Colorado metro areas, but not in Routt County

Area was slow to get into recession, could be slow to recover

Foreclosure filings are slowing in Colorado’s metropolitan counties, but the positive trend hasn’t made its way to Routt County. Filings decreased 40 percent in metro counties in April, compared with the same month in 2010.

Pair charged in suspected cocaine case

District attorney levels felony charges at pair investigated by drug task force

The Routt County District Attorney’s Office also has filed charges against two people who were being investigated by the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force.

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Charges filed in downtown Steamboat burglaries

18-year-old Clive Ellifritz faces 14 charges

The Routt County District Attorney’s Office has filed 14 charges against a man suspected of breaking into downtown Steamboat Springs businesses May 4.

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Habitat for Humanity, church help Hayden senior

Volunteers build wheelchair ramp for Randy Clark

Hayden resident Randy Clark can get a tan now, if he wants. As of Saturday, he can steer his power wheelchair out the front door of his trailer and down a fresh wooden wheelchair ramp built last weekend by volunteers from Concordia Lutheran Church in conjunction with Routt County Habitat for Humanity.

Ken Brenner: Support festival

With the high runoff on everyone’s minds, the Friends of the Yampa board wants to thank everyone who supported our Big Snow Dance last fall (based on the record snow pack atop Mount Werner, it seems to have been quite a success) and get everyone excited for our upcoming fundraiser at the 31st annual Yampa River Festival from May 26 to 30.

Steamboat City Council wrestles with potential tax surplus

City officials debate what to do with revenue

City officials gave initial support Tuesday night to allocating more than $600,000 in surplus sales tax revenues for deferred maintenance and operational costs but held back from allocating nearly $1 million more for less immediate needs, such as bike lanes and summer marketing, citing questions about spending funds that are based on projections and not in the bank.

Debbie Wilson: Thank you

This letter is to thank the very nice man who called Animal Control on Tuesday, May 3, after our kitty, Oliver, ran out in front of his car and got hit on Fish Creek Falls Road.

Diane Miller: Be aware of hepatitis

An estimated 4.5 million Americans have chronic hepatitis B or hepatitis C, which together account for the major cause of chronic liver disease and liver cancer.

The Record for May 16

12:02 a.m. Steamboat Spring Police Department officers were called to a report of a man sleeping in his car at Howelsen Hill. Officers gave the man a warning.

Steamboat Briefs: Dance Theatre accepting scholarship applications

Steamboat Dance Theatre is accepting applications for the Amy Flint Memorial Scholarship for Dance and Technical Production Training through May 31.

Local dog-shooting case headed to District Court

Del Herman, who has admitted to police that he shot a dog that later died in the Indian Trails neighborhood in March, appeared Monday in Routt County Court.

Our View: City would be wise to stay the course

At a time when Congress is debating whether to raise the debt ceiling beyond the $14.3 trillion it already has reached, it’s noteworthy that the city of Steamboat Springs is anticipating a $2 million surplus by the end of the year.

Garfield County extends moratorium on new medical marijuana operations

Voter-prohibited dispensaries must close by July 1

Garfield County commissioners on Monday formally extended a moratorium for another year, until June 30, 2012, on any new medical marijuana cultivation operations in unincorporated parts of the county.

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Steamboat 800 runner Sperry eyes school record

To understand Steamboat Springs High School senior Jeff Sperry’s quest for a medal at the Class 4A State Track and Field Championships, it’s important to understand his mettle. For the better part of two years, there may not have been another athlete in the area to perfect his discipline like Sperry.

Hayden students walk, run to benefit teammate

Fundraiser Wednesday to benefit Trenten Kelley

Middle-school-age Hayden students participating in track and field will run and walk for a good cause Wednesday. They have been raising money, through pledges per lap they will run or walk, or donations from Hayden community members. From 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, they’ll run and walk around the track, or inside if the weather is bad, during Tracks for Trenten.

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Steamboat Springs carnival to benefit schools

Spring into Summer Carnival is Thursday through Sunday in Meadows Parking Lot

With cuts to statewide K-12 education, fundraisers such as this weekend’s Spring Into Summer Carnival are even more important. They’re providing more than just extras, said Bethany DeBlasis, Strawberry Park Elementary School Parent-Teacher Information Committee member and carnival organizer.

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City Council rejects ban on medical marijuana centers in 4-3 decision

Members unanimously support sending issue to voters in November

Steamboat Springs residents will vote in November on whether to ban medical marijuana businesses in the city. Steamboat Springs City Council decided not to enact a ban themselves Tuesday night in Centennial Hall, after nearly two hours of passionate public comment from a standing-room-only crowd that spilled into the hallway.

Hayden School Board to take another look at woods class Wednesday night

Board members will consider program shift to building trades

The Hayden School Board again will consider whether to change the Hayden Secondary Schools’ woodworking program at its meeting tonight.

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Humane Society offering reduced-cost adoptions in face of rising numbers

Carol Scott, treasurer for the Humane Society of Moffat County, said the number of animals that end up in the Craig Animal Shelter seems to be on the rise. To cope with the numbers, the Humane Society is offering a reduced-price adoption event, something they have done several times this year. From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the animal shelter, adopting a pet will cost $60. The usual fee is $114.

Agencies caution recreational water users about rising levels

Every year, once May rolls around, Ron Dellacroce sees an outbreak of spring fever, as people start to head into the rivers of Northwest Colorado for some water fun. But, the renewed interest in boating and rafting can be “a good kind of bad” if the weather shift has too much of an effect on river levels. Dellacroce, a ranger with Colorado State Parks, was one of several group representatives who attended the Moffat County Commission’s quarterly intergovernmental agencies meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday, May 17

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Preschool reopens after asbestos, moldy carpeting removed

Laurel Street Preschool cleared after health inspection

The Laurel Street Preschool reopens Wednesday after closing for more than two weeks when the removal of moldy carpet revealed the presence of asbestos tiling at the Old Town Steamboat Springs preschool.

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Joanne Palmer: Feathers leave fishers aflutter

Thanks to a new trend, anglers are finding a plumage shortage

Thanks to a new fad, women are causing some ruffled feathers in the fly-fishing industry. Yup. The fad is feathers. Women, and Steven Tyler on “American Idol,” are wearing feathers in their hair. Plumage producers can’t keep up with the demand. Simply put, there is a feather shortage.

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Steamboat residents prepare for rising Yampa River

Forecasts call for steady river flows, snowmelt this week

Local officials are hoping the weather trend continues and snowmelt steadily makes its way into the Yampa River and its tributaries. The city has given out 3,000 of 13,000 sandbags. The most the city has ever used was 7,000 in spring 1984.

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2 teens arrested in connection with downtown Steamboat burglaries

Boy stabbed in library and his brother booked

Police say the 14-year-old boy who was stabbed April 4 during an altercation at Bud Werner Memorial Library has confessed to helping burglarize six downtown businesses May 4. The boy’s 18-­­­­ ­year­­­-old brother, Will­­­­­iam Clive Elli­­fritz, also has been arrested and is in custody at Routt Coun­­ty Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.

Oak Creek marshal slain in 1920s honored on national memorial

Clem Eller added Friday to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

Kathleen Greco clearly remem­­bered that ill-fated day in November 1927 as a nice fall evening in Oak Creek, where she sat doing homework in her living room with the breeze coming through the screen door. It was then that her half-brother, Bill, burst into the house with the news that Oak Creek Town Marshal Clem Eller had been shot and killed.

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Museum director discusses possible uses for $1.2 million windfall

Dan Davidson, director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, sat Friday in his sunny corner office and crunched numbers into an adding machine. “It appears to be over $1.2 million,” he said. “It’s a nice windfall.” That windfall is the result of mineral leasing activity in late 2010 and early 2011 in Northwest Colorado, he said.

Horse virus raises concerns, but no cases yet in Routt County

Equine herpes has appeared in 37 states

An outbreak of a potentially fatal equine herpes virus has prompted concern among local horse owners, veterinarian Mike Gotchey said.

Monday, May 16

The Record for May 15

12:42 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of assault in the 700 block of Yampa Street. There were no arrests in the fight that caused minor injuries

Steamboat Briefs: Yampa Valley Partners to give energy presentation in Hayden

The Governor’s Energy Office supports Yampa Valley Partners in facilitating a tri-county energy education plan with community members from Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties.

Hayden teens suffer minor injuries in Saturday rollover crash

One girl taken to hospital by ambulance, one by car

Three Hayden teenagers suffered minor injuries when their car rolled over at about 10 p.m. Saturday on Routt County Road 37, on Hayden’s east side.

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Jimmy Westlake: Draco the dragon is watching over us

Constellation can be seen at about 10 p.m. in spring

Peering at us from out of the darkness on spring evenings are the twinkling eyes of Draco the Dragon. The millennia-old constellation of Draco represents Ladon, the mythological dragon that guarded the golden apples of the Hesperides.

Millie Flanigan: Steamboat should ban dispensaries

The ease of access to a medicinal marijuana prescription, coupled with the bakery/candy store presentation of dispensaries and their extensive advertising, blurs any clear picture as to whether this drug is truly medicinal or simply recreational. It is this mixed message that I think is most dangerous to our youth.

Steamboat City Council to discuss ban on medical marijuana businesses

Council will also discuss noise ordinance at meeting Tuesday

A city report regarding whether to ban medical marijuana centers in Steamboat Springs leaves the door open for final approval of a ban as soon as June 7, a future public vote, or final approval of revised regulations that would allow centers to continue operating, setting the stage for a wide-ranging conversation tonight in Centennial Hall.

Kevin Fisher: Medical marijuana centers help patients

Medical marijuana in Steamboat. Man, oh man. Sensational and attention-grabbing headlines are begging for repudiation. Therefore, I would like to take a moment today to inject some truths into the discussion surrounding medical marijuana centers in Steamboat.

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Steamboat Springs expects $2M surplus from tax revenues

Additional funds could fulfill unmet community support, deferred capital projects

The city is projecting more than $2 million in surplus sales tax revenues this year and could allocate much of the money to numerous community groups, local events and deferred maintenance projects.

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Routt County's Day of Caring pairs volunteers with nonprofits

About 130 volunteers have signed up to work on 22 projects in the county for the Day of Caring, United Way Executive Director Kelly Stanford said. She said there still are some volunteer opportunities available for event, now in its 15th year.

Steamboat Springs School Board approves administrator contracts

Administrators and directors given 2011-12 contracts, unchanged from this year

The Steamboat Springs School District’s leadership is signed up for next year. The Steamboat Springs School Board, by two 2-1 votes, approved 2011-12 academic year contracts for the district’s administrators and directors during a 45-minute special meeting Monday night.


NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE BY VIRTUE OF Writ of Execution issued out of the Clerk's office of the District Court of the City and County of Denver, State of Colorado, and to me directed, whereby I am commanded to make the sum of Sixty Two Thousand Thirty Eight Dollars and 90/100ths ($62,038.90) and costs of suit, the amount of a certain Judgment obtained against Kirk Jones, individually and doing business as Kirk Jones Construction in favor of Fowler & Peth, Inc., I have levied on the following real property, to-wit:


DISTRICT COURT, WATER DIVISION 6, COLORADO TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN WATER APPLICATION IN WATER DIVISION 6 Pursuant to C.R.S. 37-92-302, you are hereby notified that the following pages comprise a resume of Applications and Amended Applications filed in the office of Water Division 6, during the month of APRIL, 2011

Forest Service, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests

LEGAL NOTICE Forest Service, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests Yampa Ranger District Yampa, Colorado

Overlook Park #PP-05-10 Meeting

Project: Overlook Park #PP-05-10 *Tabled 4/28/11* Applicant: Steamboat Real Estate Solutions 1, LLC c/o Slopeside Consulting, Ltd, Norbert Turek, 14 Park Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 (970) 846-1610 Type of Application: Preliminary Plat

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2 men reportedly OK after crash on U.S. Highway 40 in Steamboat

Police still investigating circumstances of collision

Two Routt County men were treated for injuries that weren’t thought to be life threatening Monday evening at Yampa Valley Medical Center after two-car crash Monday afternoon at Walton Creek Road and U.S. Highway 40.



Butcherknife creek Floodplain Survey

City of Steamboat Springs Request For Proposals Butcherknife creek Floodplain Survey Proposal Deadline - May 31, 2011

Case Number: 2011PR18

Case Number: 2011PR18

Administración Federal de Tránsito para gastos de capital

La ciudad de Steamboat Springs, una entidad municipal, tiene la intención de solicitar fondos de la Administración Federal de Tránsito para gastos de capital durante los años fiscales 2012 y 2013 a través de los programas de subvenciones FTA 5311 y JARC Grant Program del Departamento de Transporte de Colorado. Los proyectos se mencionan a continuación:

Federal Transit Administration assistance

The City of Steamboat Springs, a municipal organization, intends to seek Federal Transit Administration assistance for capital expenses for calendar years FY 2012 and FY 2013 through the Colorado Department of Transportation under the FTA 5311 and JARC Grant Program. The projects are described as follows

Town of Yampa April Accounts Payable

Town of Yampa April Accounts Payable


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-075 Original Grantor(s): Douglas D. Dickey and Pam M Dickey Original Beneficiary(ies): Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Sunday, May 15

The Record for May 14

12:19 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a page in the 1000 block of Central Park Plaza.

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Young scientists show their stuff during Soda Creek science fair

Fair was 1st in 5 years for the Steamboat Springs elementary school

Soda Creek Elementary School kindergarten teacher Grady Turner said about 175 “young scientists” in kindergarten through fifth grade who participated in the school’s science fair on Thursday, its first in five years.

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Hayden sees sales tax bump of 21.6 percent

Revenue will allow town to pay for projects, improvements in 2012

Hayden collected 21.6 percent more sales tax revenues in May 2011 than the corresponding month last year, according to figures released by the town last week. Finance Director Lisa Dowling said the $106,606 exceeded the sales tax revenue of $88,461 collected during the same period in 2010.

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Raper family wins two 1st-place awards in annual North Routt Chili Cook Off

Charter school fundraiser drew more than 300 people to Steamboat Lake Outfitters

North Routt County residents might want to start inviting themselves over for dinner at the Rapers’ residence in the Deep Creek area. Todd and Lori Raper accounted for three awards Sunday at the ninth annual North Routt Chili Cook Off, which drew more than 300 people to sunny festivities at Steamboat Lake Outfitters.

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Luke Graham: Sailor learns lessons the hard way

Steamboat Springs High School senior Alan Capistron is the best baseball player to come out of Steamboat in some time. He entered his senior season prepped for a huge year. But on a Saturday in late March, Capistron went from a high to a low. While playing first base in the second game of that day’s doubleheader, he heard his hamstring pop.

State track picture comes into focus for Routt teams

Local schools stock field with more than 2 dozen athletes

It’s going to be a busy weekend in Lakewood for local high school track and field athletes. Area high schools qualified more than two dozen runners, jumpers and throwers to the sport’s massive season-ending event, which begins Thursday at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. For the Rams, there was a lot to be excited about. Soroco will take 15 competing athletes and two relay alternates to the state meet.

Steamboat Teen Battle of the Bands registration extended through Monday

The registration deadline for this year’s Teen Battle of the Bands has been extended to 4 p.m. Monday. The Teen Battle of the Bands is at 8 p.m. Friday at The Steamboat Grand.

Fire planned for northeast of Clark Monday

With snow banks lingering in North Routt County, National Forest crews have decided Monday is an ideal time to set a deliberate fire on a hillside along Seedhouse Road northeast of Clark.

Steamboat Springs School Board to consider administrative contracts

The Steamboat Springs School Board will consider whether to approve 2011-12 contracts for administrators and directors when it meets at 5:30 p.m. today at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street.

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Singer-songwriter to perform at First String Music

Texas-based artist says she likes small venues to connect with audience

Folk rock musician Carrie Rodriguez of Austin, Texas, performs at 7:30 p.m. today at First String Music. Rodriguez said she often chooses smaller venues such as First String because they create a more intimate connection between the performer and audience.

County Agenda for May 16 and 17

County Agenda for May 16 and 17

Jane McLeod: Cold doesn’t deter broccoli

Long, cold springs; cloudy, cool summers; or short, crisp falls — with one or all three, there’s broccoli. The vegetable prefers a cool growing season. If temperatures consistently climb to blistering hot levels, it will bolt into flower stalks that bloom and go to seed before gardeners can pick them.

Aging Well: Understanding Medicare prescription drug coverage

Costs of medications can pile up quickly; correct information and good choices are vital

Prescription medicine is a routine part of many older adults’ lives, and the costs of these medications add up quickly. Understanding Medicare prescription drug coverage can help older adults make the right choices and choose plans that will save them the most money. The following information outlines important points about Medicare Part D for prescription drug coverage.

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Monday Medical: Melanoma warriors share their stories

Our community is buzzing about melanoma. May is Melanoma Awareness Month at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Our focus on prevention and early detection has been communicated in print, on radio and in person. Clearly, the messages are connecting.

Saturday, May 14

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Local Republicans rally for presidency at annual Lincoln Day dinner

Routt County Republicans gathered Saturday night at the Steamboat Springs Community Center with the hopes of taking back the White House in 2012. About 50 people attended this year’s annual Lincoln Day potluck dinner.

The Record for May 13

12:01 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers did extra patrol in the 2600 block of Copper Ridge Circle where an officer found an open door at a business, which they closed.

The Jail Report for May 7 to 13

The Jail Report for May 7 to 13

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Steamboat honor society students clean birdhouses at Haymaker

A new partnership paired Steamboat Springs High School students with the Haymaker Golf Course last week to further its sustainability efforts. Through an existing relationship with Haymaker, Environmental Solutions Unlimited, of Steamboat, enlisted help from five National Honor Society members from the high school to clean birdhouses at the golf course.

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Phippsburg native Elvis Iacovetto retires from water job

Iacovetto departs from position after 24 years of service

After 24 years of early mornings along South Routt County reservoirs, creeks and ditches, Elvis Iacovetto might be sleeping in a little bit more. Iacovetto, a Phippsburg native, has retired from his longtime role as water commissioner for the Colorado Division of Water Resources. For more than two decades he regulated water use and flows along the upstream portion of District 58.

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Routt County celebrates Migratory Bird Day

Event celebrates arrival of several species in county

In the clear azure skies above Carpenter Ranch, several large white birds with black wing tips soared in wide circles over the heads of a crowd of about 50 bird enthusiasts and their families. The ranch hosted a International Migratory Bird Day celebration as a chance to honor all of the migratory birds that are starting to fill up Routt County's skies and trees.

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Hayden grad Williams on All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference team

When Jordan Williams struggled to find a place to play baseball after high school, Colorado School of Mines baseball manager Jerrid Oates told him he could walk on. Now, after Williams was named to the third-team All-RMAC team, Oates finds himself with one of the conference’s most versatile players.

Hayden track team looking to state

Tigers track squad shows well at regionals

Already with a strong contingent of athletes locked in to make the top 18 and qualify for the state meet, the Hayden High School track and field team may have gotten an unexpected boost Saturday during the last day of the regional track meet in Grand Junction. The boys 1,600-meter relay team put up a 3 minute, 41.89 second effort, potentially moving the team closer to the top 18 in the event.

John F. Russell: Seeking the perfect game

As I stepped onto the approach at the Brunswick Circle Lanes in Colorado Springs last Saturday night, I was trying to think about anything but my score. I’ve bowled since I was a child, and for nearly 20 years, I’ve spent 30-plus weeks each winter bowling. During that time, I’ve reached a number of milestones, including my first 600 and 700 series. But this time, the feeling was different.

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Former Steamboat resident rides through cancer

Jo Rolls overcomes, wins 18 Hours of Fruita endurance mountain bike race with Bec Bale

Jo Rolls, a longtime Steamboat resident now living in Salt Lake City, joined Steamboat’s Bec Bale, and together the pair crushed the 18 Hours of Fruita endurance mountain bike race last weekend, winning the women’s duo division after leading it nearly wire to wire. The race was a party in and of itself, marking Rolls’ victory over the breast cancer, which seized her nearly a year before.

Joel Reichenberger: Sailors won’t quit

I was sure late Saturday morning I’d found the evidence for this column. The final day of the state tennis tournament in Pueblo was winding down. In fact, there only were two matches left. Of course, Steamboat Springs accounted for one of them. This is a trend I’ve stumbled upon not just this year but seemingly every time I make the trip to Pueblo. There’s something to this, some reason why Steamboat players refuse to go home.

John Fleeker: Mental health

What is mental health? The perception of many is that people involved with mental health are “crazies and druggies,” but that is not true. The longer I work in this field, the more convinced I become that people who come to mental health are struggling with interacting with the world around them.

Concerns ignored: Concerns ignored

Routt County Planning Commission Chairman Jay Gallagher’s assertion that the commission’s public process is well-served is laughable. (“Jay Gallagher: Public process key,” letter to the editor, May 8) My most recent experience with the commission concerned their handling of the Steamboat Sand and Gravel Pit permit application last summer.

Irene Nelson: Alley construction

Native Excavating will be starting construction Monday in the alley between Oak Street and Lincoln Avenue. There was a meeting Thursday explaining some of the logistics involved for the adjacent property owners and businesses.

Kim Boyce: Health top priority

The theme for the 2011 National Women’s Health Week is “It’s Your Time.” National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. It also encourages them to take steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases.

Sens. Mark Udall and Orrin Hatch: Need to take action now on economy

During the last election, Americans spoke loud and clear. Regardless of the political party they belong to, they want Congress focused on the economy, and they want us to work together to get our nation’s fiscal house in order.

Our View: March proves how much guests matter

March sales tax receipts underscore just how important tourism remains to our economy, especially now. City of Steamboat Springs sales tax revenue was $2.11 million in March — an 8.6 percent increase from the $1.94 million in revenue in March 2010. Excluding the month of December, it was the best sales tax month for the city since March 2008, and it came after January and February were down slightly. The driving force behind those positive results? Visitors, visitors and more visitors.

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Steamboat's Parsons picks up 3rd at state tennis

Senior closes tennis career with victory

Steamboat Springs High School senior Claire Parsons took third in the No. 3 singles bracket at the state tennis tournament in Pueblo on Saturday, beating her Mullen opponent, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. Steamboat’s No. 3 doubles team of Rachel Grubbs and Alli Lowrie finished fourth.

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1st Running Series event sees more than 90 competitors

On a picture perfect Saturday, the 2011 Steamboat Springs Running Series kicked off with more than 90 runners competing in 5- and 10-kilometer races. The setting was about all runners could ask for. No clouds, no wind, endless blue sky and a good course to get those legs back in running shape after a prolonged winter.

Wildlife Commission bans hunting bears in dens

Issue arose from a November 2010 hunt involving Moffat County resident

The Colorado Wildlife Commission approved a regulation May 5 that bans hunters from hunting, killing or otherwise harassing bears in their dens. The issue first came to the attention of the Colorado Division of Wildlife in November 2010, when Craig resident Richard Kendall tracked and killed a 703-pound black bear in its den in Moffat County. Spokesman Randy Hampton said the DOW made the decision in an effort to promote safety and fair chase while hunting.

Friday, May 13

Sperry hits mark for Steamboat track

Sailors track athlete ran personal best 800-meter dash at regional meet

Now Steamboat Springs High School track and field athlete Jeff Sperry just plays the waiting game. The senior ran a personal best Friday in the 800-meter dash, eclipsing the two-minute mark for the first time in his career. Sperry’s time of 1:58.57 left him first in the race and more importantly puts him right in the mix for a top 18 slot in the event and a spot at the state meet next weekend.

Brothers take over 2 Steamboat triathlon races

New ownership for local triathlons

A little more than three years ago, brothers Lance and Tony Panigutti came together and looked at the summer racing landscape in Colorado. In particular, they looked at the lack of triathlons. Lance and Tony decided to fill a void. The brothers started doing more races in Colorado, which now includes taking ownership of the Steamboat Triathlon.

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Steamboat tennis sends 3 through at state

3rd-place matches loom after frustrating Friday

Claire Parsons regrounded in the consolation semifinals Friday, winning 6-3, 6-4 to advance to today's third-place match. The No. 3 doubles team of Alli Lowrie and Rachel Grubbs also are headed into the final test today.

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Banners across Routt County to honor those serving in the military

American Legion to hand out flags to families of those in military

American Legion Post 44 Vice Commander Win Dermody hopes Routt County residents will remember those serving in the military come Memorial Day on May 30. To help raise awareness, Dermody will be delivering service flags to people who have a family member actively serving in the military, domestic and abroad.

Oak Creek Town Board members swap positions

Board members alter administrative, police commission roles

After five years on the police commission, Oak Creek Town Board member Chuck Wisecup has been switched to the administrative commission, and Trustee Johrene Meyers-Story will take over the position of police commissioner.

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Steamboat merchants eye cycling potential

Steamboat business owners discuss economic impacts of summer events

One look at Steamboat Springs’ summer cycling calendar and it’s pretty obvious there are significant events coming to town with economic opportunities. Local merchants gathered Friday afternoon at Rex’s American Grill & Bar to learn about the economic impacts of cycling and how businesses could profit.

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Tom Ross: When the waters raged in 1984

Residents evacuated during 1984 flood

Steamboat Police Chief Roger Jensen didn’t hesitate when he got the call from Routt County Undersheriff Ed Burch in 1984. Burch was relaying the news that Denver and Rio Grande Railroad employees working on flooding issues in Oak Creek Canyon were fearful that a “30-foot wall of water” was about to be unleashed on downtown Steamboat.

The Record for May 12

12:58 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a man and woman causing a disturbance at Lincoln Avenue and 13th Street. A 22-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of failing to appear in court.

Steamboat Briefs: VNA to offer free hepatitis A, B shots to at-risk adults

In recognition of Hepatitis Awareness Month, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer free hepatitis A and B vaccinations to adults with risk factors.

Routt school district lunch menus for May 16 to 20

Monday: Balsamic soy chicken over jasmine rice and steamed asparagus

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North Routt Chili Cook Off set for Sunday

The ninth annual North Routt Chili Cook Off, a benefit for the charter school and the North Routt Preschool, will take over Steamboat Lake Outfitters on Sunday. The event starts at 1 p.m. and costs $10 to taste dishes in four categories: green, red, other and dessert.

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Steamboat martial arts instructor to launch cardio self-defense class

Alicia Wright has been teaching at the Steamboat Springs Martial Arts Club for about 10 years and has devised a new fitness class that launches Monday. The class, called Cardio Defense, will combine real-life tactical skills and dynamic movement that aims to empower women to find their inner strength.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden news for May 8

Happy birthday wishes to Amber Delay, Erik Griffin, Ruby Wertenberger, Emma Johnson and Mike Letlow.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for May 15

We want to thank everybody for the Mother’s Day brunch they had for us. We had a really good time. Everybody was very good to us. We all got corsages.

Routt County real estate transactions for May 6 to 12, 2011

Routt County real estate transactions for May 6 to 12, 2011

Downtown Steamboat house sells sight unseen in a buyer’s market

Offer written on 12th Street home before it was shown to buyers

You have to give Kathy Steinberg credit. In this difficult market, she managed to land an acceptable offer on her clients’ home in Old Town Steamboat Springs without showing it to the buyer. The two-bedroom home on 12th Street sold for $427,000 on April 1.

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Showings yield competing bids on property near Steamboat Lake

Throughout the long, deep North Routt County winter, the million-dollar home overlooking Steamboat Lake in Aspen Heights saw just two showings. Fortunately for owners Lee and Elaine Emery, both showings resulted in offers of purchase — on the same day.

On the Market: Colorado Group Realty scholarship is awarded

Callie Papoulous, a senior at Moffat County High School, is the recipient of the 2011 Colorado Group Realty scholarship. She is the daughter of Ann and John Papoulous, of Craig.

Steamboat briefs: Advance tickets available for school benefit carnival

The Spring into Summer Carnival is from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday and May 20 and from noon to 11 p.m. May 21 and 22 at the Meadows Parking Lot.

Steamboat hiring umpires for adult softball league

The city of Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department still is hiring umpires for the adult softball league.

Yampa River Core Trail is open at Howelsen Tunnel

The city of Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department has reopened the Yampa River Core Trail at Howelsen Tunnel after repairing a pump.

The Record for May 11

12:21 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of an abandoned car near mile marker 5 on Routt County Road 64. Deputies tagged the car.

Jackie Brown: Volunteers help map precipitation with community network

With the variety of weather Routt County has been seeing lately, I thought this would be a good opportunity to introduce the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.

Sewer work to start Monday downtown between Lincoln Avenue, Oak Street

Native Excavating owner Ed MacArthur said work to replace a century-old sewer line in a downtown alley will start Monday at 10th Street and is targeted to end by Aug. 1.

Thursday, May 12

Events allow Hayden residents to get rid of, sell unwanted items

If you live in Hayden and want to get rid of something, whether it’s trash or treasure, this weekend is your opportunity. Hayden Clean-Up Day and the fourth annual Spring Fling Community Garage Sale and Flea Market is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

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Steamboat building slated for demolition a training ground for officers

Monson Hall is living its final hours serving the purpose it was built for. Instead of being filled with those matriculating at Colorado Mountain College, the building was occupied Thursday by law enforcement officers who were smashing windows and breaking down doors for the purpose of education.

Steamboat Republican group potluck set for Saturday

State treasurer, lawmakers to speak at Republican dinner

Routt County Republicans hope a dinner Saturday will bring together local conservatives to socialize and discuss issues that are important to them. The party will host its annual Lincoln Day potluck dinner and fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Oak Creek supports vote on medical marijuana dispensaries

Town Board to look into election options, costs

All five Oak Creek Town Board members favored an election to determine the fate of commercial medical marijuana facilities in the town. A special election could cost the town about $4,000, town clerk Karen Halterman said.

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Daddio's tavern and convenience store to open in Milner

County resident wants to open in former roadhouse by mid-June

David Mansbridge, a Chicago native who lived in Aspen in the 1970s before moving to the East Coast about 30 years ago, said he hopes to open Daddio’s Bar & Grill in mid-June in the western Routt County community, in the building that formerly housed the Olde Milner Roadhouse.

Steamboat seeks public input on revisions to community plan

Yampa Valley residents who can imagine the Steamboat Springs area, inside and outside the city limits, in year 2031 are urged to attend the latest in a series of public meetings leading to the update of the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan on Monday.

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Funktion returns to Steamboat for free show Saturday

The 7-piece band from Michigan is playing 5 shows in 4 days in Colorado

Funktion, a seven-piece hip-hop, funk and soul band from Kalamazoo, Mich., arrived in Colorado on Thursday in support of its second album, "Step Into It." The band plays a free show at 9 p.m. Saturday at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

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Routt County events calendar for May 13 to 19

Jonah Lipsky, also known as J. Wail, plays tonight at Ghost Ranch Saloon with Chuck Morris from the band Lotus. The duo fuses live electronic music with dance-friendly funk beats. The People Like Us performance troupe also will perform at the free show.

Spirit Challenge returns with 5K, 10K courses Saturday

The Steamboat Springs Running Series opens Saturday with the 25th annual Spirit Challenge. The race — like all in the series — benefits a local nonprofit organization.

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Steamboat tennis advances 3 to state semifinals

Steamboat's Ali Diehl and Lauren Siegel played the day’s most heart-stopping match, beating Colorado Academy, but they were far from alone in pushing fans to the edge of their seats. Steamboat fought in close matches throughout the first two rounds of the tournament.

Steamboat Springs School Board to consider administrator shuffle

Soda Creek principal may become HR director; other changes likely

When they meet Monday, Steamboat Springs School Board members will consider approving Soda Creek Elementary School Principal Judy Harris as the district’s new human resources director in 2011-12. They could decide to replace her with Michele Miller, Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools assistant principal.

Wednesday, May 11

Athletes on the Steamboat track squad cling to state meet hopes as regional events begin

The Steamboat Springs High School track team begins competition in its regional track meet Thursday in Grand Junction, and the Sailors are focused on logging their best marks and times of the season.

Steamboat Optimist Club to award scholarship, funds to teens Thursday

Club will choose between 9 teens named during the year

The Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs will award a $1,500 college scholarship to a Routt County teen Thursday night. The banquet also will allow the club to recognize the teens again, since each was honored at a regular Optimist Club breakfast or lunch meeting this year.

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Early aggression key for Steamboat girls tennis team at state

The girls of the Steamboat Springs High School varsity tennis team, which is set to enjoy even more success than usual after qualifying all of its players to the state tournament, know what they have to do to win.

Every Day is Earth Day events

Because the formal observation of Earth Day — April 22 this year — frequently falls in the midst of spring break in Steamboat, a flock of area nonprofits and governments have created a super-sized version of Earth Day that runs May 14 to 22. The green blitz begins Saturday with a young event that is growing in popularity: Give Your Stuff Away Day.

The Record for May 10, 2011

8:48 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers stopped a car at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue and arrested a 22-year-old Steamboat woman on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Forum about bike-related tourism in Steamboat is Friday at Rex’s

A forum is from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Friday at Rex’s American Grill & Bar to improve understanding about how to profit from bicycle-related tourism.

Public meeting Thursday to address downtown Steamboat sewer project

The city of Steamboat Springs is hosting a public meeting at 4 p.m. today in Rooms 113 and 114 at Centennial Hall to discuss the upcoming Oak-Lincoln alley sewer construction project.

Steamboat's Teen Battle of the Bands registration ends Friday

Registration ends Friday for this year’s Teen Battle of the Bands. The event is at 8 p.m. May 20 at The Steamboat Grand.

SWAT training Thursday and Friday at Alpine Campus in Steamboat

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is hosting two days of special weapons and tactics training today and Friday at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus.

2 Oak Creek residents begin process for medical marijuana vote

Town Board could approve ordinance or take issue to town voters

Oak Creek residents Walter and Ann Trout have begun the process of a citizen-led initiative to ban medical marijuana centers in the town. The Town Board could take up the issue at a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies take on new roles as corporals

Two promoted into new management positions

Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies Mark Mackey and Ryan Adrian, with a combined 18 years of law enforcement experience, recently were promoted to newly created corporal positions.

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Tap fees cause sticker shock to Steamboat building owners

Residents criticize bill of more than $6,000; city cites water costs

Increased tap fees that caused little stir when approved in September drew an outcry from owners of a downtown building when the bill for a new business tenant came this spring.

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Earth Day never ends in Steamboat Springs

Celebration lasts for 9 event-filled days as nonprofit groups organize events

Because the formal observation of Earth Day — April 22 this year — frequently falls in the midst of spring break in Steamboat, a flock of area nonprofits and governments have created a super-sized version of Earth Day that runs May 14 to 22.

Sheraton, Steamboat Springs agree on terms for promenade

Tentative solution for base area construction was reached Monday

Representatives of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and the city of Steamboat Springs confirmed Wednesday that they have an agreement in principle to resolve an easement issue that will allow work on the new pedestrian promenade at the base of Steamboat Ski Area to move forward on schedule.

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Steamboat girls soccer loses to Skyline, 3-0

It was a long bus ride back to Steamboat Springs for the nine seniors on the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team. The Sailors’ season came to an end Wednesday evening in Longmont, after the No. 13-seeded Skyline Falcons shut out No. 20 Steamboat, 3-0, on a rain-soaked field.

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Saturday’s Skate-a-thon in Steamboat to benefit autism

Local teen has raised more than $8,000 for annual event

In some ways, Grant Verploeg is like a lot of 15-year-olds in Steamboat Springs. But he’s unlike a lot of other high school freshmen in that he makes time to support the annual Skate-a-thon for Autism.

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Cyclists celebrate season with Bike Fest on Saturday

The weather outside this week has been a mixed bag, but that will not stop organizers of the seventh annual Bike Fest from promoting cycling this weekend at Howelsen Hill.

Steamboat Briefs: Donors, volunteers sought for nonprofit marketplace

The Harvest Market, a nonprofit organized partly by John Fielding next to the Go Alpine offices and Phillips 66 gas station in western Steamboat Springs, offers several ways for the community to get involved.

Hiker rescued on Berthoud Pass after becoming disoriented

24-year-old Denver man twisted ankle trying to reach road

Drew Lancaster, 24, of Denver, went for an afternoon hike May 8 on the top of Berthoud Pass not knowing he would require a toboggan rescue within a few hours.

The Record for Monday, May 9

2:58 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious car with its lights on in the 1300 block of 13th Street. Everything was fine.

Former state demographer sees changes in store for Vail, Aspen

A former senior state demographer says there are fewer rich people, and those remaining could be more determined to hang on to their money. That could change the way things work in places like Vail, Aspen and other resort areas, Jim Westkott said.

Duckels seeks to expand 2 gravel pits west of Steamboat Springs

Routt County Commissioners hear request, praise pit operation

The Routt County Board of Commissioners discussed Duckels Construction’s plans Tuesday to expand two longstanding gravel pits on either side of U.S. Highway 40 west of Steamboat Springs.

Local golf pro earns PGA Teacher of the Year award

The Colorado Section PGA West Chapter has recognized Luke Brosterhous, Haymaker’s director of golf and instruction, as Teacher of the Year.

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Davy Knowles, 'The Kid,' returns to Steamboat on Thursday

Blues guitarist will play a show at Old Town Pub

Davy Knowles, blues guitarist and singer from the Isle of Man, returns to Steamboat Springs for a show at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Old Town Pub. Tickets are $10.

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Steamboat girls soccers heads to Skyline for 1st round of playoffs

Wednesday night’s first-round playoff game between the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team and Skyline in Longmont looks like a clash of evenly matched programs. Skyline will host Steamboat at 4 p.m. today.

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Joanne Palmer: How to survive a lacrosse tournament

Packing, planning and patience are keys to sanity

One of the challenges of living in paradise is that, when it comes to your children’s sporting events, you are light years away from another team.

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G. Love announced in Steamboat's Free Summer Concert Series

All acts announced for 20th anniversary year

All five bands for the 20th year of the Free Summer Concert Series have been confirmed. Concert Series officials announced Tuesday the addition of Philadelphia hip-hop and soul band G. Love and Special Sauce for a show Aug. 13.

Steamboat Springs School District moves forward with superintendent search

School board agrees to timeline, contract and salary

The Steamboat Springs School District will advertise its superintendent vacancy as a one-year position to start July 1. During a more than one-hour special workshop Tuesday evening, School Board members decided that the position would be a one-year contract with the potential to renew.

South Routt 3rd-graders excel in state reading tests

Nearly all Routt schools increase in recently released data

South Routt Elementary School third-grade reading scores have improved dramatically since last year. South Routt’s Colorado State Assessment Program third-grade reading test score jumped 30 percentage points, with 83 percent scoring proficient or advanced this year. In 2010, 53 percent scored proficient or advanced.

Tuesday, May 10

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Steamboat kayakers raise concerns about Charlie's Hole

Repairs to downtown water feature questioned as runoff surges forward

Concerns are rising that fall’s repairs to the Charlie’s Hole whitewater feature are not playing out well as river flows increase, creating a situation that could affect upcoming boating events in a season with high expectations from record-setting snowpack.

Meeting for the Woodchuck Ditch

The 2011 Annual Meeting for the Woodchuck Ditch Company is Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:00 AM at the offices of Prudential Steamboat Realty, 610 Marketplace Plaza, Suite 100, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-074 Original Grantor(s): Sharon Von Ruden Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for lender, Lehman Brothers Bank, FSB, a Federal Savings Bank


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-263 Original Grantor(s): James M. Teters Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for Countrywide Home Loans, Inc


COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-261 Original Grantor(s): William L. Schlingman and Kathleen A. Schlingman Original Beneficiary(ies): Mountain Valley Bank

Lee Cox: Stay safe biking

As biking season ramps up, it is time to remind everyone, bikers and drivers, to be courteous to others.

Susie Amsden: Ranch is needed

Having read the editorial that was published on May 4 concerning plans for the Sweetwood Ranch along the Elk River, I would like to speak in my defense as well as many neighbors out here in our subdivision.

Erika Kipfer: Thank you, Steamboat

My name is Erika Kipfer, and I was on a school trip when my family’s garage caught fire Wednesday of last week. It was pretty bad because I didn’t know until I got home Friday morning.

Our View: Move forward with Promenade

The new pedestrian promenade expected to take shape at the base of Steamboat Ski Area in summer is emblematic of the broader community’s determination to make progress even as we struggle to emerge from an economic downturn. Every private property owner around the promenade has signed an operations and management agreement except one: the Sheraton. We think it’s time for the Sheraton to match the community’s commitment.

Trial date set in Capote wrongful death civil case

Eduardo Capote faces another trial date once he completes his three-year prison sentence related to the Jan. 1, 2009, fight in downtown Steamboat Springs that led to the death of Richard Lopez. Nicholas Lopez, the son of Richard Lopez, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in December against Capote.

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Heavy Medal Tour III: Back in the US

After two weeks of crisscrossing the Pacific visiting military bases ranging from the very large to the very small, Armed Forces Entertainment HEAVY Medal III reflected on their mission and the deep appreciation each Olympian carries for the US Armed Forces serving our country around the globe.

Case Number 11PR21

Case Number 11PR21

ORDINANCE: 2379 to 2382

NOTICE IS HEREBY, GIVEN that the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, adopted the following ordinances on second and final reading:


STEELMAN LLC DBA DADDIO'S BAR AND GRILL, HAS REQUESTED THE LICENSING OFFICIALS of Routt County to approve a new TAVERN LIQUOR LICENSE. HEARING ON APPLICATION TO BE HELD AT Routt County Board of County Commissioner's Hearing Room, 522 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.



Supplemental Budget Appropriation Ordinance

NOTICE IS HEREBY, GIVEN that the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, adopted the following ordinances on first reading:





Oak Creek Accounts Payable April, 2011

Town of Oak Creek Accounts Payable - April, 2011


Notice is hereby given that proposed supplemental budgets have been given to the Routt County Board of County Commissioners for the 2010 calendar year.

Monday, May 9

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Steamboat's Haymaker Golf Course hopes to open range soon

The sky Monday afternoon was dark and imposing, but golfers in Steamboat Springs will be happy to know that the future of Haymaker Golf Course is bright. Luke Brosterhous, director of golf and instruction at the city-owned course, said the plan is to open the driving range by the end of the week and the 18-hole course by the end of the month.

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Program to give Routt County dads a helping hand

7-week Nurturing Fathers class provides resources, parenting advice for free

The Fatherhood Program of Routt County is offering Nurturing Fathers, a seven-week program to provide resources and parenting training for dads, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Routt County Courthouse Annex, 136 Sixth St. The program is free.

Yampa River advocate joins water conservancy board

Ken Brenner, president of Friends of the Yampa, appointed to position

Longtime Steamboat Springs water advocate Ken Brenner was named to the Board of Directors of the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District this spring to fill the seat vacated by Dan Birch.

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Water threatens Routt County road on route to Twentymile Mine

County crews cut trench to divert rushing Foidel Creek

Crews were deliberately cutting a 10-foot-wide trench through Routt County Road 179 south of Milner on Monday afternoon in a bid to prevent the rushing waters of Foidel Creek from damaging Routt County Road 33, an important link to Twentymile Mine. Also Monday afternoon, the Colorado Water Conservation Board issued a “minor flooding” bulletin for Routt, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Garfield and Eagle counties.

Steamboat Springs water counsel appointed to national position

Fritz Holleman to become deputy solicitor for water

Fritz Holleman, a water attorney who has worked for Steamboat for eight years, received an advisory position with the Interior Department, placing someone with firsthand knowledge of local water issues close to the highest levels of national government.

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Jimmy Westlake: Offering from an astronomer-poet

What do astronomers do on cloudy nights? Well, this astronomer sometimes puts pen to paper to produce poetry. I’ve found that words can sometimes capture the magnificence of the starry night better than the camera. Such was the case Oct. 10, 2010, as I sat inside on a cloudy night.

The Record for May 8, 2011

The Record for May 8, 2011

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Soroco talent show to help Oak Creek child

High schoolers organize fundraiser for Abby Voorhis

Three weeks ago, Abby Voorhis was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The Oak Creek 7-year-old, a first-grader at South Routt Elementary School, was flown to Denver to start chemotherapy the next day, said her father, Josh Voorhis. Now the community is rallying in support of the Voorhis family with a talent show scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Soroco High School.

Steamboat Briefs: Fitness walking class to be offered at Alpine Campus

Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus fitness walking class starts Monday.

Routt County Roads 80, 80A, 18 under seasonal closures in spots

The Routt County Road and Bridge Department has closed several roads.

River Road in Steamboat reopens after April rock slide

River Road has reopened to through traffic. The road was closed starting the evening of April 19 because of a rock slide that left large boulders in the road and subsequent slope stabilization work.

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Heavy Medal Tour III: At the foot of Mount Fuji

As morning broke and Mount Fuji crept out from behind its normal cloudy veil, Armed Forces Entertainment HEAVY Medal III made an early start of Day 10 of the tour at Camp Fuji visiting US Marines.

Fatal crash closes I-70 in both directions

Driver killed in one-vehicle rollover between Bakerville and Georgetown

Interstate 70 has been shut down in both directions by a fatal crash between Bakerville and Georgetown, east of Silverthorne, The Denver Post is reporting.

Sunday, May 8

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Steamboat Running Series returns, begins Saturday with Spirit Challenge

Organizers encourage runners to sign up early for popular races

The Steamboat Springs Running Series is set to kick off Saturday, and this year’s slate has a lot to live up to. The 2010 Running Series was a hit, to say the least. More than 1,500 runners from 45 states competed in races. Of those runners, 60 percent were from outside Steamboat.

The Record for May 7, 2011

1:30 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a car crash on Colorado Highway 131, about two miles south of Oak Creek.

Steamboat Briefs: Lowell Whiteman School announces 2 honor rolls

Lowell Whiteman School announces 2 honor rolls

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Steamboat spins cycling ideas for possible grant

$11M grant proposal spurs talk on possible tourism projects

Several ideas all are on the table for the city’s pending application for an $11 million state grant that, if awarded to Steamboat Springs through the Regional Tourism Act approved in 2010, would give the city a slice of future Colorado sales tax revenues to benefit cycling projects to boost tourism.

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Cabaret opens Thursday with Steamboat-inspired sketch comedy

It was organized chaos at the Depot Art Center on Saturday afternoon. But it was organized chaos that will become a polished and cohesive performance, in just a few short days. Cabaret 2011 opens Thursday night with the sketchy sketch comedy show that’s by, for and about locals.

Steamboat to hold meeting about sewer work

Meeting to address details of upcoming construction in alley

Despite uncertainties involved in digging up 100-year-old pipes, city Public Works Director Philo Shelton said he doesn’t expect too many surprises in upcoming sewer work slated for the alley between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street.

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Monday Medical: Take 5 minutes to save your life; know the signs of melanoma

Early detection of melanoma is key to treatment, survival

Take five minutes to read this article. Education about melanoma — a very dangerous form of skin cancer — leads to early detection and prevention, so keep your eyes focused here and scan the happy hour ads later. Early detection of melanoma is a key factor in improving patient survival.

County Agenda for May 9 and 10

County Agenda for May 9 and 10

Mary Walker: Thinking of Maasai mothers

On this Mother’s Day, I wanted to take the opportunity to share the story of Nailois Kamwaro, who completed high school in November and has begun her studies in engineering.

Deb Babcock: Plant your Easter lily outdoors

The fragrant, trumpet-shaped white flower of Easter lily bulbs are harvested in fall and sent to greenhouses where they are potted, chilled and brought into warmth for forced growth in time to bloom for Easter. Once our soil warms up (mid-June), try taking your lily out to the garden for planting.

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Heavy Medal Tour III: Hanging out with the bomb squad

Two Olympic bombshells, Kaylin Richardson and Caroline Lalive, traded their traditional downhill speed suits for specially designed bomb blast suits when Armed Forces Entertainment HEAVY Medal III spent a few hours with members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5, Detachment 51 stationed at Sasebo, Japan.

Saturday, May 7

The Record for Friday, May 6

12:17 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Colorado State Patrol troopers were called to a report of two females fighting in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue where officers arrested a 27-year-old Steamboat Springs woman on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

The Jail Report for April 30 to May 6

Matthew Robert Phipps, 28, Oak Creek — Driving under the influence of drugs, failure to stop at stop sign (Colorado State Patrol)

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Firefighters reflect on 1961 blaze in Steamboat

Fire services in transition 50 years after county annex destroyed

Henry Muhme can’t remember all the details, but he’s pretty sure what woke him up shortly after 4 a.m. on May 4, 1961, was the siren. “Whenever that went off, we could hear it all over town,” Muhme recalled last week. That morning, Muhme and maybe nine others were at the county annex building for 12 hours, fighting one of the most destructive blazes in Steamboat history.

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Partners mentors spread kindness during Global Youth Service Day

AmeriCorps program unites 6th-graders and 2nd-graders for

A little kindness can go a long way. That was the theme of a lesson Steamboat Springs Middle School sixth-graders gave to Soda Creek Elementary School second-graders Tuesday during an activity created by AmeriCorps volunteers who serve as school-based mentors for Partners in Routt County Global Youth Service Day.

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Organizations honor senior citizens at event in Steamboat

Seniors from across the state were honored at the annual Centenarian Celebration on Friday. The Colorado Commission on Aging holds the annual awards in a different town each year, and Routt County Council on Aging Executive Director Laura Schmidt said she was proud to hold the event in Steamboat this year.

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Colorado Mountain College's Steamboat grads receive degrees

Ceremony honors more than 100 students

With her diploma in hand, 26-year-old Melissa Antonacci was proud to say she was the first person in her family to earn a college degree. “This is just the beginning of the rest,” Antonacci said. More than 100 students received their degrees this year from CMC's Alpine Campus on Saturday.

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Steamboat’s Keegan Burger to play for Division II Rollins in Florida

Keegan Burger, a Steamboat Springs High School senior, will play college tennis at Rollins College in Florida, one of the top Division II programs in the nation. The scary thing, however, is that Burger is just starting to sniff his potential on the tennis court.

John F. Russell: Making the most of the moment

It’s the moment most athletes play the game to experience. The bottom of the ninth inning, two outs and your team needs one run. I can’t image what it’s like to be a professional athlete faced with “the moment.” The chance to win the big game in the clutch, get the team to the playoffs or maybe even win a title for your city.

Steamboat girls JV lacrosse ends its season with loss

The Steamboat Springs High School girls junior varsity lacrosse team ended its season Friday with a 9-1 loss at Aspen. That put the Steamboat Sailors at 4-4 on the season, coach Betsy Frick said in an email.

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Steamboat boys lacrosse falls to Rock Canyon in playoffs

Boys lacrosse were 3 goals short of 1st playoff win

The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team was hoping to accomplish something Saturday that it had never done before. The goal all season has been to win the first lacrosse playoff game in school history. But again, the team walked off the field, ending the season with a 11-8 loss to Rock Canyon.

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New bikes offer plenty to drool about in Steamboat Springs

The supposed rule in Steamboat Springs is that you always need one more bike than you currently have in the rack. If that’s true, gear heads — no matter their ride: cruiser, mountain bike, road or even motorized — have plenty to consider this summer as a new collection of rides has slipped into display cases in Steamboat’s shops.

Lina Grant: Need dog solution

I have been deliberating about what to say in response to the incident that happened on May 4. It pains me to have seen my poor dog, Tiny, after she was attacked by two other dogs. Yes, my dog was out of the yard, so are many other dogs in this neighborhood. I have made my fences taller, and she still got out. The image of seeing my dog lying there on the grass after getting attacked will forever be etched in my mind. I cannot sleep because of seeing my dog and thinking of the pain and panic she faced during the attack. She died on the way to the vet. I am grateful that my two young children did not see our family pet and that they were not outside while these dogs were out.

Jay Gallagher: Public process key

Your recent editorial (May 4) regarding the procedures of the Routt County Planning Commission raises the question of whether or not the public process is well-served. In considering a petition, the Planning Commission relies on planning staff to bring forward the sections of the county master plan, sub-area plans, and zoning and subdivision regulations that pertain to the petition. Staff will often provide helpful comments regarding a petition’s conformance to county plans and compliance with county regulations; staff also offers a set of recommended conditions to mitigate compliance issues. The planning commissioners will occasionally amend the recommended conditions or add new conditions.

Scott Wedel: No way to govern

The longest standing Oak Creek Town Board member, Chuck Wisecup, says it is acceptable to be a police commissioner and not to have talked to the town’s police officer for many months. The rest of the Town Board avoids the issue.

Phyllis Coletta: Pot not news

It’s one thing to hide behind the First Amendment when accepting lucrative full-page ads from Aloha — a marijuana factory — but quite another to report pot contests as “news.” We can now put to bed the illusion that pot is a “medical” substance. Do drug companies have contests to see which pill gives you the best “high?” Those evil pharmaceutical companies! Funny how potheads are treated so differently by the unbiased press.

Our View: Something’s got to give, School Board

The Steamboat Springs School District seemingly will be able to spare fifth-grade band and elementary Spanish from getting the ax. We’re not sure that’s a decision worth celebrating.

Friday, May 6

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden news for May 5

Happy Mother’s Day to all those wonderful mothers.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for May 8

Our prayers go out to the family and friends of Carole Rickman who passed away. Much love from everyone at the Doak Walker Care Center.

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‘Rare horse’ lost in North Routt County

Therapy horse named Bo last seen during October hunting trip

Bo is a gentleman and a prankster. He likes to nip at the occasional cowboy hat, but he also pulls out chairs for his friends. But the chestnut brown Morgan gelding also has a history of curiosity and wanderlust, which could be why he hasn’t been seen since he untied himself from a railing while on a hunting trip in North Routt County.

Routt County real estate transactions for May 2 to 5, 2011

Routt County real estate transactions for May 2 to 5, 2011

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Tom Ross: With trail markers hidden, dog takes over

Powder puppy shows the way through May snow drifts

Newspaper readers Richard and Lindarose Berkley, of Steamboat Springs, weren’t fully prepared for the wintry conditions they encountered Sunday when they visited their favorite cross-country ski trail on Rabbit Ears Pass. Fortunately for the Berkleys, their best friend, Sabrina, had everything under control.

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Routt County tax valuation declines 21 percent

The tax valuation of property in Routt County dropped by more than $300 million in the past two years, but it wasn’t as steep a decline as Assessor Gary Peterson had feared. “Overall, values declined 21 percent compared to the 2009 reappraisal,” he said.

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Steamboat girls tennis earns 7th straight regional title

Sailors qualify for state after wrapping up another regional win

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team clenched its seventh straight regional title Friday. All 11 girls who played Friday at the regional tournament in Grand Junction will advance to state. The tennis team will find out who they play at the state tournament on Monday.

Steamboat girls soccer loses last game of regular season

Four games in four days finally seemed to get to the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team. With shaky legs, the Sailors were hoping to top Palisade on Friday to increase their seed in the playoffs. Palisade needed to win to make it into the playoffs. Steamboat lost, 2-0.

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Working Routt County residents homing in on real estate values

Realtors report increasing interest from locals looking to own

The sudden shift to spring-like conditions in the Yampa Valley is coinciding with an uptick in real estate showings and contracts. “The one thing I’m seeing is we’re starting to get more interest from people who live and work here,” Ulrich Salzgeber, of Buyer’s Resource Real Estate, said.

On the Market: Construction slumbers continue across county

The deep slump in the building industry in Steamboat Springs and Routt County continued through April, according to the latest monthly figures released by the Routt County Regional Building Department.

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Report: Jobless stress easing in Routt County

Yampa Valley Partners says workforce to jobs ratio improving

Retail sales through June are projected to be slightly better than the second quarter of 2010, and stress related to unemployment is decreasing in Northwest Colorado, according to a regional economic forecast.

Steamboat briefs: Melanoma awareness event Tuesday at YVMC

Dr. Maryann Wall will present “Melanoma: Know the Signs, Save Your Own Life” at 6 p.m. Tuesday as part of a free Taking Care of Me program in Yampa Valley Medical Center’s conference rooms.

Routt school district lunch menus for May 9 to 13

Routt school district lunch menus for May 9 to 13

The Record for May 5

6:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear in a tree in the 1300 block of Harwig Circle. Officers scared the bear away.

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Steamboat high school students share final projects during show

High schoolers’ work featured at downtown display through May

Seventeen students of Steamboat Springs High School’s advanced photography class will display their final projects this month at Chocolate Soup Pastry Cafe in downtown Steamboat Springs. The students hung the show Friday morning, and the opening reception was held during First Friday Artwalk.

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Foreclosure filed for Trailhead Lodge in Steamboat

Unpaid debt tops $41.7M for development near ski area

The office of the Routt County Public Trustee has confirmed that Bank of America has filed foreclosure proceedings on Trailhead Lodge, a luxury condominium project near the base of Steamboat Ski Area. The action affects the remaining 57 unsold luxury condominiums in Trailhead Lodge.

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Heavy Medal Tour III: A stop in Sasebo

Armed Forces Entertainment HEAVY Medal III came ashore at COMFLEACT Sasebo for a visit with sailors, a trip back to school, spare time and an evening spent socializing with troops.

Steamboat Springs School Board to conduct superintendent search

Board will advertise one- to two-year position with district

School Board members decided to advertise for a one- or two-year position in hopes of attracting a mix of candidates looking for an interim or long-term position. Board members Denise Connelly and Brian Kelly will lead a superintendent search committee. They plan to meet Tuesday to set a timeline for the process.

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Heavy Medal Tour III: Heavy ordinance

The spirit of every member of the 83rd Ordinance Battalion is something that impressed the HEAVY Medal team the minute we first stepped foot on the post.

Sweetwood owner withdraws request

After delays, ranch owner Ryan Wood cancels application

Routt County planner Jake Rosenberg confirmed Thursday that Sweetwood Ranch owner Ryan Wood has withdrawn his application for a special-use permit that would allow him to operate a bed and breakfast on his ranch about five miles from Steamboat Springs on the lower Elk River.

Aspen ski huts get planning approval

Guest facilities would be eco-friendly

A scaled-back plan to add huts where guests can spend the night at Ashcroft Ski Touring, south of Aspen, took a step forward Tuesday.

Vail launches preschool class

Great Start program to begin in summer to get children into school setting

The Vail Valley Foundation and the Eagle County School District on Thursday announced a new program intended to get local children into kindergarten ready to learn.

1,211 miles of White River National Forest roads to close

Roads from Rifle to Summitk will close for budget concerns

The White River National Forest will close 692 miles of “bandit” routes and decommission another 519 miles of roads and trails that are open when it implements new travel rules later this year.

Colorado Basin hits snowpack record

Surpasses 1984 record of 160 percent of average

With storms at the end of April, sites in the northern central mountains have reached record-high snowpack, causing water officials to pay special attention to water management at systems like the Dillon Reservoir.

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Routt County events calendar for May 6 to 12

The Macpodz captivates live music lovers with an original, high-energy recipe of American traditions and world grooves they call “disco bebop," with rootsy dance grooves and instrumental jazz jams. The band plays a free show with Sophistafunk at 9 p.m. Thursday at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

Thursday, May 5

Steamboat tennis romps in Grand Junction

Sailors girls all advance to finals

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team, winners of six straight regional titles, advanced all three singles players and four doubles teams to today’s finals.

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Steamboat boys lacrosse readies for Rock Canyon

No pressure, but the defining moment in a young Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse program takes place Saturday. When the team opens the state playoffs at 2:30 p.m. against Rock Canyon at Gardner Field, the progression of the growth of a program will be on display.

Steamboat event matches teens and summer jobs

Students and potential employers can meet at Saturday event

Local mother Renee Patterson-Gaerlan organized a networking event to connect teens looking for work and families looking for a little extra help. Teens looking for summer jobs and families with youngsters that need baby-sitting, yard work or help around the house are welcome at the free event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Steamboat Springs High School commons area.

2 Steamboat suspects jailed on suspicion of drug possession

Man, woman remain in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail

A man and a woman are in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail each after police say they seized an estimated 240 grams of suspected cocaine and $15,000 in cash from a condo at Walton Village.

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Routt County artist puts a contemporary twist on nature paintings

Just outside her home on Lynx Pass, Routt County artist Kelli Poole has inspiration at her fingertips. A moose sanctuary nearby plays home to the animals she captures on canvas and wood panel with acrylic paint, but her contemporary art education intervenes somewhere in between.

First Friday Artwalk listings for May 6, 2011

First Friday Artwalk listings for May 6, 2011

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Jamnesty concert benefits college student’s service trip to Rwanda

On Saturday, Jasmine Marchman is throwing Jamnesty, an electronic music concert that will act as a fundraiser for her student service trip to Rwanda and a final send-off for the soon-to-be graduate.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Bird migration focus of talk

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with event at Carpenter Ranch

As mud season approaches and locals flock to warmer grounds, almost 350 species of birds make the opposite journey north from Latin America to spend summer in North America.

The Record for May 4, 2011

4:53 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a burglary alarm at a business in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. Officers are investigating this and several other related incidents that are thought to have happened within an hour.

Steamboat Briefs: Rec league registration for soccer open through today

Registration for the Steamboat Springs recreational soccer program is open through today for children 5 to 14 years old. Visit or call 970-870-1520 for more information.

Steamboat woman sentenced after reportedly burning cash

Kim Dallett Murrah sentenced to 1 year probation

Kim Dallett Murrah, a 45-year-old Steamboat Springs woman charged with felony criminal mischief, pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor theft as part of a plea offer.

Steamboat girls soccer knocks off Delta, 2-0

Sailors wrap up 2nd place in Western Slope League, playoff spot with win

Steamboat soccer wrapped up second place in the Western Slope League and a guaranteed playoff berth with a 2-0 win at Delta on Thursday.

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Police: 2 to 4 men involved in Steamboat break-ins

Authorities are looking for males in their late teens or early 20s

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is looking for two to four white men in their late teens to early 20s who are suspected of breaking into six downtown businesses and cars early Wednesday.

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Promenade at Steamboat Ski Area hits bump

Easement talks with Sheraton could change plans as deadlines near

The city is negotiating with the Sheraton Steamboat Resort for use of a private easement near the base of Steamboat Ski Area, in talks that, if an agreement isn’t reached, could scale back plans for a section of the public promenade.

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Soroco Middle School students to compete at state contest this weekend

Five Soroco Middle School students want to add to their bragging rights after competing in the History Day in Colorado regional contest last month when they present their exhibit Saturday at the state contest on the University of Colorado Denver Auraria campus in downtown Denver.

Transition Steamboat talk discusses community-owned solar panels

Alternative energy advocate Gates Gooding told almost 50 people at Olympian Hall on Wednesday night that community-owned energy facilities such as solar arrays could strengthen the local economy while promoting sustainability by reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

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Steamboat medical marijuana strain takes 3rd place

Aloha’s Big Island Banana recognized at Cannabis Crown

Aloha’s Big Island Banana may not be the cannabis king, but it’s part of the royal family. The Milner medical marijuana dispensary’s strain of banana kush was awarded third place last weekend at the second Western Slope Cannabis Crown in Aspen.

Pit bulls suspected of killing dog in Milner

One of the dogs was destroyed and the other has been quarantined

One pit bull has been destroyed and another has been quarantined after they are thought to have killed a 13-pound poodle-schnauzer mix named Tiny on Wednesday morning in Milner.

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Heavy Medal Tour III: Japan's Golden Week

It was only appropriate in the Land of the Rising Sun that the Sean Colgan and Robi Powers met the morning sun with the squad for physical training. After a series of vigorous calisthenics, the squad headed out the main gate for a quick 4 mile run through the streets of this seaside community.

Steamboat Springs Fire Chief assesses flood risk

Ron Lindroth: Streams through town more worrying than Yampa

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Ron Lindroth and Street Superintendent Doug Marsh discussed the city’s flood risk Tuesday night, citing the potential for “a perfect storm” if warm weather melts snowpack quickly and accelerates flows in area creeks and streams.

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Steamboat girls tennis shoots for 7th straight title

The Sailors have been the preeminent team in their region. Steamboat has won the past six regional titles, and all signs point to No. 7 coming at the conclusion of the regional tournament in Grand Junction, which lasts Thursday through Saturday.

Steamboat Education Fund Board will not pay for consolidation study

Volunteer group declined to foot bill to look into merging districts

The Education Fund Board won’t pay for a study to see whether it would be feasible to consolidate the Routt County school districts now, but defined the mechanism for possibly doing so in the future.

The Record for Tuesday, May 3

1:08 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of loud noise in the 1500 block of Shadow Run Court. Officers gave a warning.

Hayden Town Council to hear audit presentation

The Hayden Town Council is scheduled Thursday night to see its annual audit for the year that ended Dec. 31, 2010.

Wednesday, May 4

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Strings School Days to wrap up with 2 shows

Simon Boyar will lead 8 ensembles during performances Thursday and Friday

After three visits to Steamboat in two years, Simon Boyar will lead eight local ensembles in a final concert for Strings School Days Thursday and Friday. The concerts are free, but reservations are required.

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Steamboat girls soccer shuts out Moffat County, 2-0, on road

Sailors sweep season series against Bulldogs with win

Steamboat Springs High School faced off with its league rival at Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig on Wednesday, winning 2-0. Steamboat ends its regular season on the road with games in Delta today and Palisade on Friday.

Man agrees to 6 months in jail in library stabbing

Adam Huber pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault

The man who admitted in Routt County Court on Wednesday that he stabbed a teenager’s hand during a fight April 4 has been sentenced to six months in jail.

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Holden Young will bring world beats to Cinco de Mayo party

Addition of an Afro-Cuban percussionist adds new flavor to the mix

Holden Young Trio, featuring special guest John Bunting on Afro-Cuban percussion, plays a Cinco de Mayo party at 9 p.m. today at Ghost Ranch Saloon. The show is free.

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Program encourages students to walk, bike to school

Parent volunteers said more than 200 students who attend Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools, Steamboat Springs Middle School and Lowell Whiteman Primary School participated in the Hike and Bike to School program. The program started last week and will take place Wednesdays throughout the school year.

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Routt County's Buffalo Pass snowpack sets all-time state record

Water content on on Continental Divide near Steamboat Springs is the most ever recorded in state

State conservationists say the 6 feet of water standing in the form of snow on the Continental Divide near Steamboat Springs is unprecedented in the record books.

One Steamboat Place foreclosure sale delayed a 3rd time

Routt County Public Trustee Jeanne Whiddon confirmed today that the scheduled foreclosure sale of the unsold condominiums in One Steamboat Place has been postponed a third time, until May 25.

Steamboat rec sports league registrations due Thursday

Teams and individuals must register for summer recreational leagues by 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Break-ins, thefts reported in downtown Steamboat

Several downtown businesses were broken into early this morning, according to the Steamboat Springs Police Department.

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Fire engulfs downtown Steamboat garage

No one was hurt in a fire Wednesday morning that destroyed a garage attached to a home in downtown Steamboat Springs. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue estimated there was $100,000 in damage.

Heavy Medal Tour III: Off to Japan

The Armed Forces Entertainment HEAVY Medal III Team has arrived here in this small seaport town to spend time with a very special group of US Army Service Members. " We haven't had anyone visit us in at least 6 months so you guys coming is like Christmas in May for our Soldiers," said David Ricks, Kure Lodging and Club Manager to the Akizuki/83rd Ordinance Battalion - U.S. Army. "There are less then 60 US Army Soldiers Stationed here and with the relief effort we've been tasked, half the base is up north on any given Monday. We are all so pumped to spend time with you all, thanks for coming."

Steamboat City Council approves plan for West End deed restrictions

Future requests to go to city manager

City officials gave final approval Tuesday night to the removal of some deed restrictions on a West End Village home and set a two-year window for future requests, illustrating a willing but cautious approach to changing affordable housing policies.

Sailors boys lacrosse to host playoff game against Rock Canyon

For the third straight year, the Colorado High School Activities Association awarded the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team the No. 16 seed and a first-round home playoff game. Steamboat will play 17th-seeded Rock Canyon, a team that beat the Sailors this season, 11-7.

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Bear snags chicken dinner from 2 Steamboat coops

‘Great big bear that’s hungry’ chows down at downtown properties

A downtown bear apparently has a fancy for poultry and has gone to destructive lengths to get it. Peter Kenney rents a home near Soda Creek Elementary School and was awoken early Thursday to the shocking sound coming from an electric fence surrounding his chicken coop.

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Joanne Palmer: A mother appreciates her mother

Remember the power of mothers every day

Fourteen years ago, if there were an award for “Exhausted, Confused New Mother,” I would have won. When I wasn’t nursing or changing a diaper, I spent large blocks of time in my bathrobe crying, or sitting on the couch staring vacantly into space.

Senior Awards Ceremony event scheduled for Friday

For the first time, Routt County Council on Aging is hosting a Senior Awards Ceremony, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

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CMC student hosts art show inspired by wanderlust

Photography exhibition at Steaming Bean features photos from road trip

Photographer and Colorado Mountain College student Nick Glimenakis will have his work featured this month in a show at Steaming Bean Coffee Co. in downtown Steamboat Springs. Glimenakis will host an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Del Herman, suspect in dog shooting, appears in court

A man who has admitted to police that he shot a dog that later died in the Indian Trails neighborhood in March appeared in Routt County Court on Tuesday.

Hayden police investigate Monday night car crimes

The Hayden Police Department is looking for a person or people who broke into several cars Monday night.

Yampa Town Board to hold monthly meeting Wednesday night

At its monthly meeting at 7 Wednesday night at Yampa Town Hall, the Yampa Town Board is scheduled to hear reports and consider actions on several upcoming events.

Education Fund Board to discuss consolidation study

The Education Fund Board is scheduled to discuss Wednesday night whether to pay for a study to examine consolidating the three Routt County school districts.

The Record for Monday, May 2

7:26 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a dog going through trash in Butcherknife Alley.

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Transition Steamboat to share solar array possibilities

Sharing equipment lowers investment and can lead to returns

Yampa Valley residents can learn tonight how they could someday buy a share of a community solar array for as little as $500 and even look forward to a return on their investment.

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Rocky Mountain Dance presents annual recital

Rocky Mountain Dance’s annual recital is this weekend, featuring 150 local youths ages 3 to 18. The shows are at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children and are available at the door.

Steamboat workshop teaches parents how to talk about sex

Therapist to offer guidance in free session

When it comes to talking to teenagers about sex, therapist Elizabeth Clark said there’s no wrong thing to say. She said parents just need to say it. The Routt County Youth Services Coalition Parent Empowerment Task Force and Routt County Department of Human Services are sponsoring a workshop. It is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

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Jimmy Westlake: Planets gather in the May sky

Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Mercury will appear to come near each other

During May, our predawn sky will be buzzing with activity as the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter huddle together and glide past each other in apparent near collisions. The chance to see several bright planets in such a tight grouping is a remarkable sight and one that you will not soon forget.

‘Spring Awakening’ offers Steamboat a musical treat

Under the exceptionally able direction of Marie Carmichael, the Yampa Valley Singers, The Steamboat Chamber Singers and The Steamboat Strings Quartet groups, joined by additional instrumentalists, dancers, children singers, a narrator and a slideshow, presented “Spring Awakening” on Saturday and Sunday.

Our View: When the shoe doesn’t fit

No matter what readers think of Ryan Wood’s plans to establish a small guest ranch and an events center on Sweetwood Ranch along the Elk River, we think you’ll agree that county officials should never have let him get nine weeks into the public hearing process before informing him last week that his plans don’t fit county regulations.

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Bulldogs sweep Sailors at home, strengthen playoff case

Ben Williams has been a driving force for the Moffat County High School baseball team all season. On Tuesday, in a double header against Steamboat Springs High School, Williams didn’t disappoint. The Hayden High School senior hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Bulldogs a 13-0 victory on their home diamond at Craig Middle School.

Tuesday, May 3

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Steamboat girls soccer downs Battle Mountain, 2-1

In a series with Battle Mountain where there always seems to be something at stake, Steamboat finally turned myriad chances into to late goals, sneaking away with a 2-1 win Tuesday at Gardner Field.

Pillar issues to cost mine

Crumbling pillars in the Twentymile Mine near Hayden have delayed production and will cost its owner, Peabody Energy Corp., $25 million to $75 million, according to the company.

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Horse drive gallops on Sunday in Maybell

Sombrero Ranches President Rex Walker said he doesn’t understand the appeal of the company’s annual Great American Horse Drive. “I’m amazed that people come up to see horses run up and down the road and I have been for 40 years, at least,” Walker said. “A lot of people like to do it.” This weekend, the company will once again take its annual horse drive through Maybell.

Monday, May 2

Steamboat schools budget could find room for band, Spanish

School Board to make final funding decision in June

Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said Monday night that there is enough money in the 2011-12 budget to preserve the elementary band and Spanish programs at their existing levels. However, whether that happens is up to the Steamboat Springs School Board.

Ski coach leaves Steamboat Winter Sports Club

Rob Worrell takes on new position in Vail

Ski coach Rob Worrell wanted to stay in Steamboat Springs, but he just couldn’t turn his back on a huge opportunity a few miles down the road in Vail. Worrell has left his positions as assistant director of the competitive Alpine program and head J-3 coach at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, to take a newly created position as men’s Alpine program director with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.

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Tom Ross: In the blink of a decade

I couldn’t have anticipated that the American people would have exhaled in unison the way they did Sunday night. Did you feel it, too? When Osama bin Laden met his demise, we were finally able as a country to let go of something we’ve all held inside for too long.

Steamboat lodging spurs a sales tax increase

Ski base leads way to citywide March revenues 8.6 percent greater than March 2010

Local talk about a March that appeared strong for local businesses and the lodging industry played out on paper Monday, as the city announced sales tax revenues that show the biggest financial boost Steamboat Springs has seen in months.

Routt County officials discuss renovating remote bridges

Commissioners discuss costly potential projects in northern part of county

The Chicken Creek and Slater Creek bridges aren’t the busiest in Routt County, but of the 66 large bridges in the county road system, they’re in the worst repair. Still, the Board of Routt County Commissioners is faced this spring with the possibility of spending something less than $1 million to replace the two bridges.

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Water deal eases tensions along the Yampa and Colorado rivers

Officials see no direct impact to Yampa River, but less pumpback pressure

A landmark agreement unveiled last week could make talk of massive pipelines and trans-mountain diversions from the Yampa River nothing more than water under the bridge. At least for the foreseeable future.

City discusses secondary units in Steamboat

Planning Commission, council consider liberalizing rules

Steamboat Springs City Council could vote as soon as June 7 on an ordinance that would expand the neighborhoods in Steamboat Springs where property owners are allowed to build secondary residential units in addition to a primary residence. A dozen interested residents listened and offered comments Thursday as four members of the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission discussed plans to allow secondary units in residential districts.

Routt County school lunch menu for rest of the week

Routt County school lunch menu for rest of the week

The Record for May 1

1:14 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a group of young men who lit a fountain firework the roadway at Fourth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Officers issued a citation to one juvenile for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. They released the juveniles to their parents.

Steamboat briefs: Chamber hosts wellness event, going away party for Evans Hall

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is hosting a workplace wellness event at 10:30 a.m. today at Rex’s American Grill & Bar at the Holiday Inn of Steamboat Springs on U.S. Highway 40. Also this week, the Chamber is hosting a going away party for outgoing executive vice president Sandy Evans Hall.

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Heavy Medal Tour III: Finishing up in Guam

Armed Forces Entertainment HEAVY Medal Tour took to the skies heading up, up and away with the US Air Force in Guam. As morning broke, the team set their compass for north on this small island and started off for Andersen Air Force Base and the 36th Wing,

The Record for April 30, 2011

10:40 p.m. Police conducted an extra patrol on Mount Werner Circle, at The Steamboat Grand. Police reported no incidents related to the Steamboat Springs High School prom.

Steamboat Springs School Board to discuss budget tonight

Steamboat education strategies to frame discussion

Steamboat school officials will discuss education budgets and program strategies tonight, but no final decisions will be made as answers to several questions — such as state funding levels in 2011-12 — will continue to unfold in coming weeks.

Steamboat Briefs: Rescheduled US 40 rock work planned for today

Rock work planned last week along U.S. Highway 40 in Mount Harris Canyon near Hayden was delayed until today, weather permitting. The work will take place near mile point 113.7, about six miles east of Hayden in the Mount Harris Canyon. Crews are scheduled to work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Luke Graham: NBA and scheduling dilemma

I watched my first full NBA game of the year a couple weeks ago. It was Game 1 of the New York-Boston series. I was surprised what I saw. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sure it’s the playoffs and the games are better, but I found myself actually thinking I could get into the NBA.

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Dairy Queen on the way to Steamboat's Central Park Plaza

Ice cream store, Orange Julius to open, possibly in summer

After a winter of heavy snow and a spring of surging runoff, there’s going to be some Blizzards in Steamboat this summer. A leasing agent confirmed that a Dairy Queen restaurant, with an Orange Julius, is coming to Central Park Plaza this summer.

Bin Laden's death stirs Routt County's veterans

Former service members reflect on news of US killing al-Qaida leader

President Barack Obama announced late Sunday that U.S. troops killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in a firefight in Pakistan. The news sent seismic impacts across the world, including Routt County. Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch, a Marine Corps veteran, said Sunday night that the search for bin Laden sometimes took a back seat for soldiers, mentally, to the daily duties of deployment in a war zone, but never went away.

2nd Annual walk/run to honor fallen BLM firefighter

When Brett Stearns died nearly two years ago, he left an imprint on his co-workers, family and friends, Mac Zimmerman said. Zimmerman, who worked with Stearns at the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office in Craig, said the best way to remember his late friend was to do something Stearns loved to do. On May 14, Zimmerman, along with many of Stearns’ friends and family, will host the Second Annual Brett Stearns Memorial Walk/Run at Cedar Mountain.

Sunday, May 1

Monday Medical: Know your melanoma enemy

Awareness is key to skin cancer prevention

More than 300 days of sunshine per year, a moderate or high ultra-violet index from March through October and an elevation of more than 6,000 feet combine to give Northwest Colorado bragging rights for incidence rates for melanoma that are 30 percent higher than the U.S. average.

County Agenda for May 2 and 3

County Agenda for May 2 and 3

Aging Well: Make fruits and vegetables a priority

The message from health organizations about eating fruits and vegetables is straightforward: More, more, more. Americans are not getting enough nutrient and fiber-rich produce, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Deb Babcock: Special alert on cherry trees

Late in summer 2010, just as local home gardeners were bringing in cherry harvests, we discovered a problem with some cherry produce in Routt County. In certain areas, ripe cherries were found to be infested with white, maggot-like larvae from the western cherry fruit fly. This has been particularly noticeable in cherries from home gardens in Old Town Steamboat Springs but could spread to a wider area. Once a cherry has been infected, the fruit is no good.

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Heavy Medal Tour III: Aboard the USS Buffalo

With visions of Sean Connery and Scott Glenn at the helm from the movie, Hunt for Red October, Armed Forces Entertainment HEAVY Medal III went full speed ahead visiting two Los Angeles-class fast attack submarines, which first came to prominence during the Cold War.