News for Thursday, May 19, 2011

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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.