News for Friday, May 27, 2011

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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.