News for Saturday, May 28, 2011

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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.