Stories for November 2011


Wednesday, November 30

Steamboat hockey shuts out Battle Mountain, 3-0

If there’s no such thing as an easy win, then Wednesday’s opening game of the season was about as close as a team can get.

Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs to host top youth team

The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs again will host the best 12-and-younger tennis players in the state for a season-opening training camp.

Rockfall work planned for section of US Highway 40

Transportation officials have identified $1.3 million for rockfall mitigation work along a dangerous section of U.S. Highway 40 between Steamboat Springs and Hayden.

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Steamboat Today launches free app

Having the latest Steamboat Springs news and information at your fingertips just got a little bit easier. The Steamboat Today’s new app launched this week for Apple and Android mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Downtown Steamboat businesses urged to clear sidewalks

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett is urging downtown business owners to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice.

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Soroco girls basketball season opens Thursday

The Soroco High School girls basketball team had anticipated entering the season, which starts with a 4:30 p.m. home game Thursday against North Park, with one of the most experienced lineups in the Western Slope League.

Steamboat-Moffat football rivalry likely to continue after realignment

Those worried about the Steamboat Springs-Moffat County football rivalry won’t have to worry much longer. After initial circumstances suggested the Bulldogs would fall below the minimum enrollment of 600 students for Class 3A football, it appears Moffat will make the cut.

Steamboat briefs: Winter bus service schedule in Steamboat starts Dec. 14

The 2011-12 season at Steamboat Ski Area is under way, but the Steamboat Springs Transit winter schedule won’t start until Dec. 14.

Hayden Town Council to consider raising utility rates

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday night will consider raising monthly water rates in Hayden by 71 percent and sewer rates by 29 percent next year.

The Record for Nov. 29

4:23 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to help Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters with a 55-year-old man having medical issues in the 1900 block of Rockies Way.

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Several free concerts at Steamboat base area are announced

The new stage at the base of Steamboat Ski Area will host this year’s Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series, which kicks off March 10.

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Howelsen to open Saturday with free skiing

Daylong event intended to serve as a thank you to community

The city of Steamboat Springs, which operates the historic ski hill, had wanted to make it available to members of the community before opening day as a thank you for supporting the Howelsen Hill Centennial Campaign.

Yampa Valley Regional Airport restaurant grounded by water leak

Three Wire Bar & Grill, the new restaurant at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, took off Monday and served its first customers but was grounded because of a mechanical issue at mid-afternoon Tuesday and is expected to remain closed until at least the weekend.

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Scholarship Day raises more than $63K for Winter Sports Club

Last week's 21st annual fundraiser for the Winter Sports Club's Scholarship Fund netted the third-highest total since the event began.

Tuesday, November 29

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Officials have big plans in mind for Steamboat Ski Area

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. proposes additional gondola in 10-year master plan

Should the money become available, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has proposed a long list of projects that include building four new ski lifts and replacing another four during the course of the next decade.

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Joanne Palmer: Tying the Christmas lights knot

Science came to my rescue this weekend. Just as I was about to wrap my beloved mate in a strand of Christmas lights, we called a truce and booted up the computer to do some research.

Steamboat to host Nordic combined event Saturday

As home to one of the only ski jumps in the world currently open for the season, Steamboat Springs will play host Saturday to a Nordic combined competition featuring skiers from the U.S., Canada, the Czech Republic and possibly France

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Steamboat Winter Sports Club cross-country team competes in Montana festival

In the early season search for quality snow, training time and competition, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Ability cross-country team found just what it was looking for at the West Yellowstone Ski Festival.

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Wells Fargo marquee in downtown Steamboat is coming down

Sign was a longtime source of community information

Wade Gebhardt, market president for the Steamboat Springs branch of Wells Fargo, said the bank's marquee would be removed by the end of the year. He said the time and temperature portion of the sign is being upgraded and will remain.

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Wind, snow are on the way to Steamboat

The National Weather Service on Tuesday was preparing to issue a snow and blowing snow advisory for portions of Northwest Colorado, including Steamboat, on Wednesday night.

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Meghan Hanson-Peters named Steamboat Springs High School's new assistant principal

Meghan Hanson-Peters, a social studies teacher with eight years of experience in the Steamboat Springs School District, has been named Steamboat Springs High School’s next assistant principal.

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Steamboat schools earn top marks

School district receives state 'accredited with distinction' rating

For the second consecutive year, the Steamboat Springs School District has received the state’s highest accreditation rating. It’s an honor Steamboat Springs High School Principal Kevin Taulman credits to the district’s staff.

The Record for Nov. 28

9:10 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a dog loose in the 1200 block of 13th Street. It was taken to the shelter.

Historical Guide to Routt County now is available

The 2010 edition of the Historical Guide to Routt County now is on sale at the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

Oak Creek man arrested on suspicion of arson, trespass

According to an affidavit filed with Routt County Court, Michael Calvin Martindale is suspected of starting a fire that caused an explosion within 10 feet of an 18,000-gallon propane storage tank at a remote fill station on Routt County Road 15.

American Airlines bankruptcy not expected to affect YVRA flights

American Airlines, which serves Yampa Valley Regional Airport during ski season with direct flights from Chicago and Dallas, announced Tuesday that it will seek to reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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World AIDS Day brings local focus on HIV testing

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer free screenings Thursday

The number of reported HIV cases in Moffat and Routt counties may be relatively small, but the risk factor is always there.

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Jimmy Westlake: Seeing the majestic Northern Lights

Solar activity is on the rise, which means so are the chances of seeing the Northern Lights from Colorado.

Joni Reynolds: Gear up for flu season

Fall and winter typically bring stormy weather to Colorado along with a storm front of a different kind: the annual flu season.

Kathy Cain: Giving 'Thanks'

It would be nice if we kept the “Thanks” in Thanksgiving and the “Christ” in Christmas.

Our View: It sure beats a snack box

It’s unfortunate Yampa Valley Regional Airport was unable to find a private operator for its new eatery, but airport and county officials did what was in the best interest of the community.

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Chimney fire spreads to roof of Steamboat home, but no farther

Firefighters saved damage from spreading to the interior of the 2.5-story Strawberry Park home on Monday night. A buildup of creosote in one of the home's chimneys is thought to be the cause of the blaze.

The Record for Nov. 27

12:59 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers pulled over and arrested a 22-year-old Steamboat woman at Ninth and Pine streets on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and weaving.

Steamboat briefs: AARP Driver Safety Program is free to veterans

The AARP Driver Safety Program being taught Tuesday and Wednesday in Steamboat Springs will be free to veterans and their spouses.

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Steamboat ensembles to play concert Wednesday

Bruce Dean is a computer programmer most hours of the week, but Wednesday night he will lead nurses, teachers and high school students who also are cellists in a Steamboat Symphony Orchestra Education Ensembles concert.

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Free teeth screening program benefits Routt County toddlers

Lyndi McDermott and Toni Hall Telford arrived at the Child Development Center in Steamboat Springs on Monday afternoon with a box of blue surgical gloves, paper masks and toothbrushes.

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Tom Ross: Much ado about the pigskin

Te-bow, or not Te-bow? Whether ‘tis nobler to suffer the slings of running quarterbacks, or to ground them against a sea of Chargers, Vikings, Patriots and Bears? That used to be the question. But not any longer.

Monday, November 28

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Routt County Sheriff's Office seeks funds for bulletproof vests

Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch will ask the county commissioners Tuesday to approve spending $6,300 to replace dated and ill-fitting bulletproof vests for his deputies.

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Forest rangers, ranchers save cattle stranded on Buffalo Pass

A pair of U.S. Forest Service employees from the Hahn’s Peak Ranger District succeeded Wednesday in helping ranchers from North Park rescue two cows and their calves that had been stranded in deep snow above 10,500 feet on Buffalo Pass.

Sunday, November 27

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Luke Graham: Alpine team’s skiing lore

It was a good sight seeing Anna Marno walk around Howelsen Hill on Tuesday evening. The crutches were gone, the limp was gone, and Marno looked healthy and ready for the ski season.

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New Hayden coach Wilkie stems from long line of local educators

The dusty gymnasium at the old Steamboat Springs Middle School is the setting for some of Michelle Wilkie’s first and most treasured memories. Now Wilkie prepares for her first season coaching a high school varsity team.

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Weekend good to Steamboat retailers

Chocolate walk, deals lure shoppers to downtown Steamboat

For all that Steamboat Springs is, it isn’t a Black Friday shopping destination. But even though midnight deals didn’t draw thousands out early Friday morning or leave customers camping on downtown sidewalks, the nation’s most famous shopping holiday and ensuing weekend did plenty to fill local coffers, and by Sunday afternoon, downtown Steamboat retailers were happy.

The Record for Nov. 26

The Record for Nov. 26

Steamboat briefs: Boots in the ’Boat comes to an end with 235 boots

On Sunday, the Boots in the ’Boat fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club had 235 ski boots counted in the Gondola car.

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New signs are going up along trail in Steamboat

Beginning early this week, the casual runner, walker or cyclist will be able to track exactly how many miles they have logged on the seven-mile trail, which hugs the Yampa River throughout the city.

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Nov. 28

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Nov. 28

Monday Medical: Healthy, tasty recipes for soup

As winter settles in and the cold evenings take hold, many people turn to “comfort food.” These dishes often are loaded with fats and carbohydrates. A healthier alternative that provides plenty of comfort is soup.

County Agenda for Nov. 28 and 29

County Agenda for Nov. 28 and 29

Deb Babcock: An elegant, beautiful houseplant

Norfolk Island Pine makes wonderful living holiday tree in home

Norfolk Island Pines require regular watering, generally once the first inch or two of soil dries completely out. Then water until it runs out the drainage hole. Don’t allow the roots to sit in water, or you’ll damage the root system and kill the tree.

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4th-generation family member shaking up Allen’s in Steamboat

Things are changing at Allen’s Clothing in downtown Steamboat Springs, and that’s a good thing. As his father, Tod Allen, did in 1977, Kris Allen has joined the family business full time.

Saturday, November 26

The Record for Nov. 25

9:33 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 39600 block of Amethyst Drive.

The Jail Report for Nov. 19 to 25

The Jail Report for Nov. 19 to 25

Bob Semro: A big job ahead

If you live in Colorado, there’s a good chance you don’t have health insurance, or enough insurance to cover a serious accident or illness. The latest Colorado Health Access Survey, produced by the Colorado Trust and the Colorado Health Institute, provides a sobering look at the state of health insurance coverage in Colorado.

Our View: Persistence pays off

Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude and appreciation — messages that no doubt are being said this week by the friends and families of Steamboat adults with developmental disabilities.

John F. Russell: The end of a rivalry

It doesn’t matter how many times the Cornhuskers trampled poor Ralphie in the past; a single victory against Nebraska is something Buffs fans can hold onto and revive in almost any conversation for years down the road.

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US Alpine Ski Team’s Anna Marno on skis again after knee injury

Frankly, Anna Marno isn’t too worried about it. In fact, the 19-year-old is embracing it. Marno is preparing to tackle the same course, same run and same hill where she blew out her left knee nine months ago.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Nov. 27

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Nov. 27

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Tom Ross: With a left jab and a rattler

There was a time when pugilists and poisonous vipers were more commonplace in Routt County. It was in the 1930s when a young man known as “Rattlesnake” Jack Carson made his boxing opponents dizzy with the fear of rattlesnakes.

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Season’s newest toys offer improved performance

Faced with the newest, flashiest equipment — shiny skis that come bundled with big-time performance promises and gnarly snowboards that have all the answers — it’s a difficult trend to keep up with.

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Project leaders toast Steamboat Springs base area facelift

Construction has been occurring during the warmer months at the base area for nearly five years at a cost of about $20 million. Saturday helped mark the completion of two of the largest projects.

Joel Reichenberger: College football’s fault

On Thursday night as I helped friends put the finishing touches on our Thanksgiving dinner, I watched with giddy delight as the University of Texas beat Texas A&M in what — at least for the foreseeable future — is the final game in one of the fiercest and longest-running rivalries in the nation.

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Longtime Steamboat residents celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

Longtime Steamboat Springs residents Lloyd and Annabeth Lockhart celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Nov. 20 as they typically do: with a family dinner. Annabeth, 89, still recalls the first time she set eyes on Lloyd, 90, at Steamboat Springs High School.

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Steamboat boys basketball to rely on forwards

Entering his fourth year as coach, Luke DeWolfe always has had some certainty in his lineup. But this year, the Sailors return one starter, and the team has only two other players who have seen significant action.

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Hayden boys basketball hopes to turn heads this year

Tigers eager to continue winning ways

As two-time defending district champs, it may seem far fetched to think the Hayden High School boys basketball team is in a position to sneak up on anyone. But that’s exactly what the Tigers have in mind.

Steamboat's Bryan Fletcher takes 18th in Finland World Cup event

Steamboat Springs’ Bryan Fletcher continued where he left off last season, opening the 2011-12 Nordic combined season with an 18th-place finish in the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup event in Kuusamo, Finland, on Friday.

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Steamboat girls basketball team eyes top-tier competition

If you’re to believe Steamboat Springs girls basketball coach John Ameen, the program has arrived. The fifth-year Sailors coach is confident that his girls will compete for a Western Slope League title.

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Steamboat holds celebration of new base area promenade, stage

Some of the key players who helped revamp the base of Steamboat Ski Area will raise glasses of Champagne on Saturday as they toast the completion of several projects.

Steamboat briefs: Local groups reach out to returning service members

Routt County Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 in Steamboat would like to meet and greet local sons and daughters returning from military service.

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Patrol: Speed possible factor in Thursday crash in Moffat County

Colorado State Patrol officials are investigating excessive speed as the possible cause of a rollover that killed a man Thursday near Colowyo Mine, Cpl. Robert Roberts said.

Friday, November 25

On the Market: Sandy Morris recognized with the Copeland Award

The local nonprofit Northwest Colorado Products, has recognized Sandy Morris, of Rising Sun Ranch creations, with its Ann Copeland Emerging Producer Award.

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Hat shop and mulling spices business among new shops in Steamboat

Opening a commercial kitchen is no small challenge, but now that Fixins Kitchen is open at 135 11th St., local cooking instructors, caterers and food wholesalers don’t have to go through the brain damage.

Routt County market sees increase in short sales

Real estate brokers, their clients and banks are all becoming more organized in their approach to buying and selling properties, leading to an increase in short sales in the Routt County real estate market.

Real estate transactions for Nov. 18 to 23

Real estate transactions for Nov. 18 to 23

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Routt County unemployment rate up slightly

Total local labor force remains steady, according to state figures

Routt County’s unemployment rate increased to 7.7 percent in October without any significant change in the size of the county’s labor force. October’s unemployment rate still was nearly 2 percentage points below the October 2010 rate.

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Sunny skies dominate next week's forecast for Steamboat

After a fast-moving system passed through Steamboat late Friday, a high-pressure system will camp out over the Colorado Rockies, resulting in dry weather and mild temperatures.

Caution urged in Colorado's changing forests

Falling trees present a hazard to visitors in wooded areas

Local U.S. Forest Service officials are warning people to be cautious as strong winds recently took down a large number of trees in the nearby Medicine Bow National Forest.

Weekend lodging numbers in Steamboat off by 20 percent

The lodging barometer produced by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association on Wednesday foresees 2,800 visitors spending the night in local lodgings Saturday night.

The Record for Nov. 24

12:15 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint in the 600 block of Yampa Street.

Steamboat's Bryan Fletcher takes 18th in Nordic combined opener

The FIS event was held in Kuusamo, Finland. Fellow American Billy Demong finished 20th, while Taylor Fletcher was 33rd.

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Tractor-trailer rollover claims driver

A tractor-trailer rollover Thursday morning near Colowyo Mine left one man dead and sparked a wildland fire, officials from Craig Fire/Rescue and the Colorado State Patrol reported. The one-vehicle wreck was called in at 9:04 a.m. and took place at the intersection of Moffat County roads 51 and 32, according to a news release from Craig/Fire Rescue. The driver, an adult male, died on the scene, Trooper Heather Cobler, a State Patrol public information officer, wrote in an email. The name, age and residence of the driver could not be confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, November 24

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Section of Core Trail will be closed for bridge installation

A section of the Yampa River Core Trail and the Depot Art Center parking lot will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday while workers install a new pedestrian bridge.

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Utterback Ranch owners awarded 2011 Landowner of the Year honor

The Upper Yampa Habitat Partnership Program awarded Ron Normann and Karin Utterback-Norman with the 2011 Landowner of the Year award Oct. 29 at the annual Agriculture Fall Gathering.

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Steamboat high school dancers get guidance from Perry-Mansfield instructor

Liz Keen paused for a moment, and 12 Steamboat Springs High School girls went silent. Then, thoughtfully, she said, “We’re going to build a sculpture in this space.”

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Steamboat high school students expand horizons in Honor Band

Steamboat Springs High School student Lev Tsypin doesn’t feel isolated living in this small mountain town. As a member of his high school band, he said he has the same opportunities as any big city student to travel, learn and play music.

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The Lowell Whiteman School to recruit students from China

The Lowell Whiteman School director Chris Taylor last month left the Yampa Valley for Beijing with a stack of his business cards printed in Chinese and a desire to bring some of the emerging superpower’s culture — and students — back to his rustic campus just outside of Steamboat Springs.

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Jimmy Westlake: The mouth of the South

Shining brightly in the southern sky as darkness falls is one of autumn’s few bright stars, a blue gem named Fomalhaut.

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Steamboat hosts own 'Dancing with the Stars' for charity

Some of the who’s who of Steamboat Springs plans to cut a rug during a fundraiser for a local child advocacy group. The Steamboat version of “Dancing with the Stars” will be Jan. 21.

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New restaurant poised to open at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

When Three Wire Bar and Grill opens in a new dining room at Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Monday, Routt County will be in the restaurant business. That’s not exactly what the Routt County Board of Commissioners had in mind.

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Routt County events calendar for Nov. 25 to Dec. 1

Bursting with energy, emotion and experimentation, the Vail Valley-based trio The Sessh tears open the artistic envelope, bringing nuance and eclectic strength to its electro-funk-oriented repertoire. The band plays at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

The Record for Nov. 23

12:37 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a loud party in the 600 block of Tamarack Drive.

Steamboat briefs: Mainstreet Steamboat is in need of Santa Clauses

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is looking for residents interested in being Santa Claus for several events between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Holiday-themed events hope to lure shoppers to downtown Steamboat

The ski season may have started midweek at Steamboat Ski Area, but the official start to the Steamboat holiday season begins Friday. The seventh annual Light up the Night community tree lighting takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday on the Routt County Courthouse lawn.

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Routt County United Way Thanksgiving dinner a holiday treat

At the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, a group of United Way volunteers started to serve a line of hundreds of hungry community members promptly at 1 p.m., and by 2:30, the steady line of attendees had not shown any sign of letting up.

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Turkey Trot a family affair in Steamboat

About 150 people rode unicycles, ran, walked, held dog leashes and pushed baby strollers for the brisk Steamboat Springs Winter Running Series Turkey Trot, which was balmy compared to last year.

Wednesday, November 23

Steamboat cross-country runner looks ahead to college

Steamboat Springs High School senior Asher Rohde has grown to like the idea of continuing his running career in college, and he’s in the process of searching the nation for a school where he can deploy his talents.

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Steamboat locals continue to progress after kidney transplant

It’s been 14 months since Larry Handing and Don Toy were on the seventh floor of the University of Colorado Hospital preparing for a kidney transplant. Every day since has been different.

Lisa Watts: What are they worth?

In these difficult economic times when budget cuts are not an easy task and we are having discussions about salaries, what is most important and what isn’t, I thought I should share a thought about our first responders — those men and women who have dedicated their lives to saving ours.

Helen M. Gumbert: Wonderful facility

My husband and I have been visitors to your lovely town many times during the past few years and cannot say enough about your hospitality, friendliness and the all-around wonderful time we have always experienced.

Teresa Audesirk: Wear a seat belt

I’m writing to suggest that all Steamboat Pilot & Today articles that describe auto accidents include a prominent statement about whether or not the occupants were wearing seat belts.

The Record for Nov. 22

2:44 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a two-car, noninjury crash at Tamarack Drive and Kelhi Court. An 18-year-old Steamboat man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, minor in possession of alcohol, careless driving and aggravated motor vehicle theft.

Hayden hopes expanded Web presence will boost business

Hayden's newly launched website is part of a larger effort to attract more tourists and revitalize local businesses.

Steamboat briefs: Safe handling, cooking can help prevent Thanksgiving blues

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is conveying a simple message for Thanksgiving: Proper food handling and preparation can prevent regrettable Turkey Day illnesses.

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Cows stranded near Summit Lake could see Turkey Day rescue

U.S. Forest Service personnel teamed with North Park cattle ranchers Wednesday in an effort to rescue a pair of white-faced Angus cows and their calves that are stranded in the snow near Summit Lake.

Routt County United Way seeks more food donations for Thanksgiving event

Locals and businesses have donated enough turkeys and sides for Thursday’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, but Routt County United Way still is in need of a few more items.

At Home: Localizing the holidays

’Tis the season to buy in town

The holidays are upon us, which means filling stockings and tree bases with gifts. Luckily, you can keep your greenbacks in the Yampa Valley with a homegrown offering from companies based right here in Routt County. And you don’t have to restrict yourself to the holidays — the following items make great gifts throughout the winter.

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At Home: Tom Ross remembers Leif Hovelsen, son of the ‘Flying Norseman’

Leif Hovelsen, who died in Oslo, Norway, on Sept. 18 at age 88, was an honorary resident of Steamboat Springs if ever there was one. Leif was the son of Carl Howelsen, a Norwegian ski champion who established the first Winter Carnival in 1914.

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At Home: Graves’ sculptures bring animal emotion into abstract realm

Sandy Graves doesn’t distinguish her art from her life. In her downtown Steamboat apartment, her studio occupies one corner of the space while her son, Wyatt, 5, plays with Legos just a few feet away.

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At Home: Staying fit with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Nate Daughenbaugh establishes program in Steamboat

Steamboat Springs native Nate Daughenbaugh first fell in a love with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in San Diego and was able to continue the passion for a year in Korea. After completing his veterinarian training, there was something missing when he moved back to the Yampa Valley.

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At Home: Down home cooking with Carl's Tavern's Collin Kelley

A bus boy at a family restaurant before he graduated high school, Kelley says his path to a head chef position and eventually to a restaurateur started with more modest roles that required washing dishes and learning about every aspect of a restaurant’s operations from the ground up.

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At Home: A sea kayaking and snorkeling trip to Belize’s Halfmoon Cay

Halfmoon Cay is the outermost atoll in Belize, a two-hour boat ride from the mainland. It sits in the heart of Lighthouse Reef National Park, one of the crown jewels of the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest reef in the world.

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At Home: Growing number of locals keep winter recreation close to home

You don’t have to go to the ski resort, Howelsen Hill or even the ice rink to get your winter sports fix. With a little creativity, local homeowners are taking matters into their own hands — and yards — creating everything from backyard rails to rinks just a snowball’s throw from the fridge.

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At Home: Holiday Dessert Bake-Off winning recipes

On Nov. 4, the third annual Holiday Dessert Bake-Off let locals strut their pies, cakes, cookies and more in front of an esteemed panel of seven judges. Brace your taste buds for the following look at the winners and their recipes from this year’s bake-off.

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Steamboat ski season off to a good start with Scholarship Day

Sunny skies and temperatures that reached into the 40s greeted skiers and riders on the first day of the 2011-12 season at the Steamboat Ski Area. All ticket sales benefited the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Season passes will be valid Thursday.

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At Home: The year of the powder room

In these tight economic times, even financially sound households in the Yampa Valley are having to defer longtime plans to sell their homes and instead are undertaking remodels of their existing abodes. And at the foundation of that trend is the most attainable of all remodels: refurbishing a bathroom.

At Home: Cardio accomplishments

Steamboat certainly has its share of closet hard guys and gals — those people who punish themselves with wacky cardio challenges that no one knows about except themselves. We managed to chase down a few (gasp) and got them to share some of their accomplishments, which might just entice you to get off the couch.

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At Home: Winter Sports Club coaches volunteer to teach local youth to ski

If Jazzel Gardea, 8, has a varied skiing style, don’t blame her. Last winter, the never-ever skier was the recipient of ski lessons provided by 15 volunteer coaches from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

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At Home: Return of La Niña could spell copious snowfall for Steamboat

If you liked what you saw — and skied — last winter (i.e. a 433-inch ski season), wax your boards for more of the white stuff this year. Forecasters are predicting a return, albeit milder, of La Niña.

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At Home: Local Matt Tredway, daughter ascend Africa’s highest peak

Local mountaineer Matt Tredway has taken college graduation presents to new heights. As a gift for his daughter, Ariel, Tredway took her up Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro in September.

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At Home: Dinosaur National Monument visitor center reopens after 5-year closure

On Oct. 4, Dinosaur National Monument celebrated the opening of its new Quarry Visitor Center and Quarry Exhibit Hall. The opening coincides with the 96th anniversary of the creation of the original 80-acre Dinosaur National Monument.

At Home: Letters to the Editor

The Summer 2011 At Home issue includes a wonderful interview and photograph of my daughter, Mary Langer Bowman. I appreciate the work you did on this story. I’d like to buy several prints of the photograph. My compliments to you all — we always enjoy the paper and magazine whenever we’re in Steamboat.

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At Home's Eugene Buchanan: Backyard Fun abounds in Steamboat

I still remember it sitting under the Christmas tree: a Snurfer. My five siblings and I raced it outside to the hilly yard of our home in Boulder and started schussing down the hill. And here in Steamboat Springs, this wintertime backyard fun is even easier.

Tuesday, November 22

Denver Broncos executive John Elway still unsure whether Tim Tebow is franchise's future

With four victories in five games as a starter this season, Tim Tebow steadily is earning the trust of his coaches and teammates and buying more time to work on his shortcomings. But through 5 1/2 games since he became Denver’s starting quarterback, have we really learned anything about him?

Denver Broncos cut quarterback Kyle Orton; Chicago Bears may be next

The Broncos waived quarterback Kyle Orton, team Executive Vice President John Elway announced Tuesday, ending his run with the team.

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Steamboat hockey prepares for start of season

Questions and answers always abound at this point in the season. For the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team, both are plentiful for a team coming off a record season, including a state playoff win.

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Steamboat elementary students watch weather balloon launch

After they said goodbye to a latex balloon that towed a small box armed with a data-gathering antenna, a group of Soda Creek Elementary School students looked up, squinted and pointed at the instrument for several minutes until it disappeared.

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Joanne Palmer: The ultimate feast of love and friendship

Every Thanksgiving, I give thanks I didn’t steal a turkey. Here's what happened. It’s 1978, and I am a senior in college. My two roommates and I always are broke. We always are hungry.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden senior Aubree Haskins plays in all-state matchup

Hayden High School senior Aubree Haskins was nominated for and played in the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports All-State volleyball game Sunday at Arvada West High School.

The Record for Nov. 21

12:24 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint about noise in the 800 block of Broad Street.

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Horizons Specialized Services receives $1.27M grant for apartments in Steamboat

Friends of Horizons Specialized Services on Tuesday celebrated a $1.27 million federal grant that will allow Horizons to build eight apartments in Steamboat.

Ton of Turkeys campaign collects turkeys for LIFT-UP of Routt County

There’s still time to donate a turkey to benefit LIFT-UP of Routt County and the local residents it serves. The Ton of Turkeys campaign is about 700 pounds to its 2,000-pound collection goal.

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And it's off!

Annual fundraiser benefits Winter Sports Club athletes

The Steamboat Ski Area's 49th season kicked off this morning with eager skiers and riders patiently waiting for the resort's gondola cars to usher them to the top of Thunderhead. Proceeds from ticket sales during today's 21st annual Scholarship Day benefit the Winter Sports Club.

Matt Leroue: Wear a helmet

The reality is that head injuries should be a concern to anyone who enjoys resort or backcountry activities in the winter. In 2009, more than 16,000 individuals were treated in emergency rooms across America for head injuries related to skiing or snowboarding.

Simon Kassemi: A molting military

I am growing increasingly concerned with an issue pressing on the minds of our military men and women, and I would expect greater attention be paid to it. I’m talking about the budget and the proposition of dangerously large defense cuts.

Our View: Recreation at a cost

We believe it is reasonable for Steamboat officials to take a look at subsidies being supplied to community recreational venues. However, we are not optimistic a meaningful dent will be made in those subsidies.

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Tom Ross: Whatever happened to Pink?

Pink dominated the American Music Awards on Sunday night, and as far as I could tell, the multi-million selling recording artist, Pink, wasn’t even in the auditorium.

Eagle County airport is trying to go international

The Eagle County Regional Airport might be classified as an international airport by 2013.

Snowboard exhibit coming to Vail museum

Trent Bush has spent almost all his life around snowboards. Now he’s a prime mover in putting the sport’s history on display in Vail.

The Record for Nov. 20

3:22 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Hayden Police Department officers were called to a report of domestic violence in Hayden. Officers arrested a 29-year-old Hayden woman on suspicion of third degree assault, criminal mischief and child abuse.

Steamboat briefs: Applications for historic designation due Thursday

Applications for designation on the Routt County Register of Historic Properties are due in the Routt County Board of Commissioners Office in the Routt County Courthouse by Thursday.

Monday, November 21

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Routt County school districts focus on literacy

Officials of the Steamboat Springs, Hayden and South Routt school districts this week are working to finish an application for a $150,000 grant from Mile High United Way.

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Steamboat Middle School students participate in science experiment

More than 180 Steamboat Springs Middle School sixth-graders braved below freezing temperatures and light snowfall Monday morning as they launched 88 paper balloons.

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Turkey Trot race to return on Thanksgiving in Steamboat

Race is set to start at 9 a.m. Thursday

Locals will get the chance Thursday to work off their Thanksgiving day calories before they even put them on. Turkey Trot returns for its third year Thursday starting at 9 a.m.

United Way soliciting food for annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Donations still needed for event Thursday

United Way Executive Director Kelly Stanford said the nonprofit still needs food donations for the annual Thanksgiving dinner. But she said one thing they don’t need is volunteers.

Steamboat tow truck driver injured in crash in fair condition

A Steamboat Springs man was in fair condition at YVMC on Monday after police said a woman crashed into the pickup truck he was preparing to tow out of a snow bank on Rabbit Ears Pass on Sunday night.

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Steamboat Ski Area to have 3 lifts, 23 trails and 250 acres open Wednesday

Ski Corp. announces available terrain for Scholarship Day

The snowstorm that blew through Steamboat Springs on Saturday morning only added to the terrain Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. plans to open Wednesday for Scholarship Day, spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said.

Routt County guide OK after being shot by hunter

Sheriff’s Office still investigating whether to file careless hunting charge

A hunter shot his guide Friday evening on a ranch just east of the Moffat County line in Routt County. Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said the investigation of the shooting is ongoing.

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Luke Graham: Colorado basketball will win before football

While most of Colorado is caught up in Tim Tebow’s greatness, this week signified another great portion of American sports: College basketball has begun.

Sunday, November 20

Colorado professor to speak in Steamboat about endangered languages

Andy Cowell has spent more than a decade learning and studying a language he said is only still spoken by about 250 people, most of whom live in the sprawling Wind River Indian Reservation of central Wyoming.

Monday Medical: Maintain a healthy holiday weight

The holiday season can mean weight gain between now and New Year’s Day, but here are a few tips for keeping off the pounds.

Deb Babcock: Houseplants filter air naturally

It seems every winter that half of Steamboat Springs seems to come down with what a lot of locals call “the crud.” I would describe it as a rattling, persistent cough that just hangs on forever.

County agenda for Nov. 21 and 22

Routt County Board of Commissioners agenda for Nov. 21 and 22

The Record for Nov. 19

1:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a fight in the 700 block of Yampa Street. The report was unfounded.

Steamboat briefs: Center for Visual Arts needs holiday greeters

The Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, a nonprofit community art center at 906 Lincoln Ave. is seeking volunteers to assist in gallery greeting during the holiday season.

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Tennis tournament in Steamboat draws heap of locals

The City Singles and Doubles Tennis Championships drew about 91 competitors for the event at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

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Weekend storm leaves behind a foot of snow in Steamboat

The fast moving storm that blew into Steamboat Springs on Saturday morning left behind a foot of snow in some areas of town and a welcomed 14 inches of powder on Mount Werner three days before Scholarship Day.

Christmas tree permits available starting Monday

National forest Christmas tree permits are available starting Monday at all Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest offices, according to a news release from the U.S. Forest Service.

2011 Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Championships results for Saturday

2011 Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Championships results for Saturday

Saturday, November 19

Paul Potyen: Proud of community

I attended Thursday’s meeting with the Routt County Planning Commission about oil and gas drilling. The room was packed with concerned citizens, many of whom took their turn at the podium to state their concerns about this issue.

US Sen. Mark Udall: Plan B for Afghanistan

The hard truth is that it is time for the United States to adopt more realistic goals in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We must acknowledge that there will not be a military solution to the Afghanistan conflict — there can only be a political one — and that requires Pakistan to take responsibility and be held accountable for its actions.

Our View: Salary requests reasonable

We want elected officials who are compensated fairly and well enough to attract strong candidates to run for office. In that vein, it’s certainly reasonable to ask whether Routt County should be reclassified by the state for the purpose of paying its elected officials.

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Steamboat shop supplies ski boots geared toward comfort

“Amazing” is just the reaction the crew at Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare are hoping for this fall when they took a big gamble on a fancy new piece of equipment and a new line of boots. The Fischer Vacuum ski boots are unique, claiming to be a revolution to a revolution.

Joel Reichenberger: Weighing the worth

Writing sports in Steamboat Springs doesn’t always lend itself to weighty decisions, but I was conflicted last week when writing about a fundraising effort designed to benefit young Nordic combined athletes, most of whom live and train in Steamboat.

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Steamboat hockey relies on experienced corps of sophomores

Gone are six seniors from last year’s Steamboat hockey team that lost 2-1 in overtime to the eventual state champion in the second round. Enter a sophomore class that’s experienced success in the past and is expected to be a big part of the team.

US Nordic Combined Ski Team kicks off season

After a busy summer away from the snow, the Big Three — Billy Demong, Johnny Spillane and Todd Lodwick — return to the World Cup circuit this year intent on proving they still are three of the biggest and best skiers in the world.

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Steamboat Springs’ Koebnick family shares a musical passion

Dan Koebnick wasn’t even 10 years old when he began hauling instruments and moving speakers for his father’s band, Sundog. From a young age, the lifestyle of a live musician was ingrained in him. Chris Koebnick thinks of his son’s musical path with pride, but he never assumed Dan would follow in his footsteps.

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Tom Ross: It’s all about the gravy

Make your turkey green this Thanksgiving

I’m all about celebrating Thanksgiving in a sustainable way, but there is one thing I will never do to save the planet. I will not give up my electric carving knife. You’ll have to pry my Black & Decker Slice Right EK300 out of my cold, dead, gravy-stained fingers.

The Record for Nov. 18

1:28 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to an ambulance request for a woman who was complaining of stomach pain. She was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

The Jail Report for Nov. 12 to 18

The Jail Report for Nov. 12 to 18

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Steamboat athletes on US Freestyle Ski Team eye World Cups

Ryan Dyer and the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, which he joined last December thanks to a brilliant home-snow performance at the selections competition, begin their season next month, and the squad is loaded with Steamboat Springs talent.

John F. Russell: Let's leave a lasting impression

Mike Bieron is living proof that anybody, even a self-described career ski bum, can make a difference.

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Steamboat ski season business forecast positive

In spite of negative economic indicators, there’s reason to think the 2011-12 ski season will be as good or better than last year’s, which set a record for skier visits nationally.

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Several accidents accompany snowfall in Routt County

Deputy: Conditions outside Steamboat still snowpacked and icy

Law enforcement officers responded to about eight accidents in Routt County on Saturday, including a Chevy Trailblazer that rolled several times down an embankment and into the creek in Oak Creek Canyon.

Friday, November 18

2011 Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Championships results

2011 Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Championships results

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Hayden girls basketball hopes to keep hoops program rolling

Expectations for the coming season, which begins Dec. 1, aren’t simply about what’s been accomplished by recent classes in Hayden. Instead, they’re about what’s coming back from those successful teams.

Steamboat hockey opens season with tournament Saturday

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team looks to the third annual High School Scrimmage Festival on Saturday to finally see some other competition.

The Record for Nov. 17

12:19 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers helped a driver at Fourth Street and Lincoln Avenue. A woman was in labor and was escorted to the hospital.

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Nov. 21

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Nov. 21

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Winter Sports Club fundraiser ongoing

Guess how many boots are in a gondola car as part of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Boots in the ’Boat fundraiser. The gondola car will be at the Winter Sports Club office at Howelsen Hill from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

3 Steamboat players named to football all-league team

Junior Ben Custer was the team’s lone first-team selection. Senior Evan Hornstein and junior Christian Ramirez were named to the honorable mention team.

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Steamboat's SportStalker ski shop to change name, not style

Member of Christy Sports family of stores will give up iconic brand Monday

The SportStalker store at the base of the Steamboat gondola continues to lead the Christy Sports group in gross sales and profitability. But the iconic ski shop is about to give up its brand, and the sign out front will be changed to Christy Sports.

On the Market: Keller Williams Steamboat Realty aligns with Vail office

Keller Williams Steamboat Realty, with offices in Central Park Plaza, now is affiliated with Keller Williams Mountain Properties in Vail.

Home prices in mountain towns show nuance of real estate market

The five mountain resort real estate markets closest to Steamboat Springs and Routt County all have their quirks, but they also provide insights into where the local market stands among second-home buyers.

Ski Corp. says snow has been key to airline promotion

Ski Corp. Airline Program Manager Janet Fischer reported that a current promotion that offers one-way fares as low as $135 from Chicago and $124 from Minneapolis, for example, already is yielding dividends.

Next county oil and gas event is Dec. 6

Routt County Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush hopes the Dec. 6 oil and gas work session is just as well attended as the one Thursday night with the Routt County Planning Commission.

2 die in accidents at Vail Resorts on Friday

A 62-year-old man died after losing control at Vail on Friday, and a 20-year-old CU student died after hitting a tree while snowboarding at Breckenridge.

4 Safeway brand bagged salad mixes recalled

Safeway is recalling four of its Safeway Farms bagged salad mixes because of possible E. coli contamination.

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1 more winter storm expected before Steamboat Ski Area opening

A fast-moving storm heading into the area Friday night is expected to deliver some last-minute snow to help usher in the opening of Steamboat Ski Area on Wednesday.

Whiteman teacher continues recovery after traumatic brain injury

Jim Linville remains at Craig Hospital in Denver

Jim Linville's wife, Joan Donham, said that Linville’s recovery is ahead of schedule but that his doctors continue to tell him to take it slow, especially when he’s walking around.

Routt County residents voice concerns at oil, gas event

County hosts work session to get public feedback

A group of community members urged the Routt County Planning Commission to proceed with caution when considering oil and gas exploration.

Thursday, November 17

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South Routt School Board welcomes new members

Tim Corrigan reappointed board president

Jules Palyo was sworn in with returning board members Tim Corrigan (District 6) and Brett Mason (District 7), and newcomer Jamie Hoff, who at Thursday’s meeting was appointed to the District 3 seat vacated by Willie Smith.

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Routt County events calendar for Nov. 18 to 24

The Steamboat Springs High School Drama Troupe presents the annual fall musical: a witty, character-driven coming-of-age comedy with a lively score. Improv, innuendo and audience participation all are part of the “Bee.”

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Adam Lopez brings his Mighty LoCasters to Steamboat

Adam Lopez played his first guitar gig at age 9. Growing up in Southern California, Lopez knew that his Uncle Al, Chuck Berry and Elvis played guitar, so picking up the instrument was something he did without even thinking about it.

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Steamboat Mountain Film festival begins Saturday

It was every Steamboat-raised 17-year-old’s dream. Last winter, Tucker Olson stood atop a peak in Haines, Alaska, helicopter whirling above his head, unable to see the line below him that he was about to ski.

Oak Creek considers improvements to land-use code

Town Board, Planning Commission discuss mobile homes

A discussion Wednesday night about mobile homes could be the first of several among Oak Creek officials about possible improvements to the town’s new land-use code.

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Steamboat plans early community ski event at Howelsen Hill

The city of Steamboat Springs is planning a special event to recognize the community’s support of the historic Howelsen Hill Ski Area. Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department Director Chris Wilson said the city would like to make the ski area available at a discounted rate in a limited area once before the season begins Dec. 3.

Community Agriculture Alliance: What is the CSU Extension of Routt County?

CSU Extension provides research-based information and resources that allow you to make informed decisions. And you have a CSU Extension office right here in Routt County that is eager to help you find answers to your questions and solutions to your problems.

Steamboat's Big Snow Dance fundraiser supports Friends of the Yampa

Hopefully, after last year's success, doing a little snow dance will work again Saturday at the annual Big Snow Dance, the year's largest fundraiser for Friends of the Yampa, a local river conservation nonprofit.

Brent Boyer: Change is afoot in the newsroom

Turnover isn’t unusual in our newsroom. We’re lucky to be able to hire smart and hungry young journalists who home their skills in our beautiful community for a few years before setting off toward new challenges.

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Soroco boys basketball look to rebound

Rams eye improvement in 2011-12

The Soroco High School boys basketball team, coming back from a bruising 4-15 campaign a year ago, hasn’t set a goal to reach the state playoffs. The goals, the Rams said, are going to be much simpler.

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Steamboat's Eric Trousil looks for big senior year

Senior Sailors basketball player to have bigger role

As Eric Trousil digested zone-busting tips Wednesday at a Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball practice, it became more and more apparent. Trousil will have a much bigger role.

The Record for Nov. 16

7:05 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of trash on the road at Seventh and Oak streets. A warning was given.

Steamboat briefs: Routt County Extension Office will offer food service manager class

A ServSafe manager’s certification course for restaurant managers is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 29 in the Routt County Courthouse annex building on Sixth Street.

4 Steamboat volleyball players named to All-League team

Seniors Kailee Duryea and Meghan Rabbitt were named to the first-team, while middle blocking seniors Maggie Stanford and Amy Brodie were named honorable mention.

Routt County United Way raises nearly $50K during single-day event

The nonprofit had no trouble reaching a new fundraising target during the first $20K Day for United Way. The community contributed $49,706.

Police: Man who threatened officers admits to church vandalism

The Steamboat man arrested for shoplifting and threatening police Wednesday has confessed to acts of vandalism at a local church, police Capt. Joel Rae said.

Mass-casualty drill Friday at Steamboat Ski Area

The drill will take place from about 1 to 3 p.m. and is part of the resort's efforts to prepare for large-scale incidents that involve multiple agencies.

USA Pro Cycling Challenge route announcement delayed

Race organizers still are looking at three or four options after initially planning to reveal the 2012 host cities Thursday.

Wednesday, November 16

Richard Rickerson: We need winners

Well, it is an interesting thought and revelation that our elected county officials clearly qualify for national office or elected position. They are whiners, and we need winners.

Tim Selby: Thanks across faiths

During the season of autumn, we are invited to take time to reflect on the many blessings of life and be grateful.

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Steamboat business My Wireless sold to Las Vegas company

Local business My Wireless, named one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. the past three years and among the top 50 in Colorado in 2010, has a new owner.

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McLeod back in command as Soroco boys basketball coach

Sam McLeod didn’t return to rebuild the winning 2010 Soroco basketball team. He came back to build the future Soroco basketball program.

Property taxes predicted to fall as Routt County prepares 2012 budget

As the Routt County commissioners prepare to consider a 2012 budget, most residents can expect to pay less in county property taxes.

New look, same top finishes for Steamboat snowboarders

Riders outclass competition in Copper Mountain's Race to the Cup

The face of Alpine snowboarding took on a new look at a Race to the Cup event in Copper Mountain this week, but the good news is that riders with ties to Steamboat Springs continue to capture top spots.

The Record for Nov. 15

9:05 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers helped Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters with a request for an ambulance in Steamboat.

South Routt School District to launch endowment fund

Officials say funding will help offset future state budget cuts

The South Routt School District plans to launch an endowment fund next month with a fundraising goal of $25 million.

Steamboat briefs: Recovery fund created to ease local’s medical care expenses

Friends and family of Routt County resident Jim Dailey have established an account in his name at Yampa Valley Bank to help with the ongoing cost of medical care and living expenses.

South Routt School District to swear in board members Thursday

The South Routt School District will swear in its new and returning board members Thursday night and consider appointing officers.

Hayden to rebuild its Parks and Recreation Commission

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday night will consider appointing two new members to the town’s Parks and Recreation Commission, a group that hasn’t had a quorum since June because of a shortage of voting members.

The Boathouse Pub hosts pasta fundraiser Thursday for LIFT-UP

Those without dinner plans may want to consider a spaghetti supper at The Boathouse Pub to benefit LIFT-UP of Routt County.

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Routt County to hold meeting about energy exploration

An official with Quicksilver Resources said his company won’t know until sometime next month whether its Wolf Mountain well will produce viable quantities of oil. Members of the public will have a chance to talk about flaring at well sites and anything else concerning oil and gas exploration during an open discussion Thursday night.

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Ski Touring Center opens for 2011-12 season

The cross-country skiing center, located at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Course, has about 4 kilometers of terrain available to Nordic skiers. Discounted daily passes are $5.

Our View: Taxation needs representation

It’s time for the community to have representation in the decision-making and oversight of how Referendum 2B funds are spent.

Tuesday, November 15

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Steamboat Springs High School drama troupe presents 'Spelling Bee'

Olive Ostrovsky is a timid preteen who loves to read the dictionary. She speaks softly but feels at home under the lights and pressure of her school’s spelling bee.

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1 week left till Steamboat Ski Area opens

With opening day only a week away, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials are asking skiers and riders to stay off Mount Werner. “We would discourage people from being up there and making turns,” said Doug Allen, vice president of mountain operations for Ski Corp.

Routt County United Way bumps fundraising day to $20K

Routt County United Way will try to raise $20,000 Thursday during the first $20K Day for United Way event to support the nonprofit’s annual giving program.

The Record for Nov. 14

1:49 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a suspicious car in the 1300 block of Bob Adams Drive. Officers arrested a 20-year-old Steamboat man on suspicion of possessing and attempting to distribute 5.8 ounces of marijuana found in the car.

Independent Life Center likely to move to Steamboat amid restructuring

The founder of the Independent Life Center in Craig announced Saturday she has resigned amid restructuring efforts within the organization that likely will result in its relocation to Steamboat Springs.

Oak Creek Town Board to be joined by Planning Commission for Wednesday meeting

A special meeting of the Oak Creek Town Board was prompted by a liquor license hearing, but more pressing issues — like a discussion with the town attorney about ongoing legal issues surrounding the wastewater treatment plant — likely will dominate Wednesday evening.

Eagle County group seeks contributions for airline revenue guarantees

The airline business can be tricky. It’s also potentially expensive for communities that want to bring flights to their airports.

Front Range drilling could be an oil boom

Colorado’s Front Range is sitting on top of as much as a billion barrels of oil, which could inject $4 billion per year in revenues into Colorado’s economy, according to one estimate.

Routt County Board of Commissioners won't push for pay increase for elected officials

The consensus on Tuesday was that if the time arrives to take steps to allow for higher salaries for elected officials, it would be best if one of the state legislators carried the ball.

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Lowell Whiteman School student to launch service projects

The Lowell Whiteman School student Lolo Thornton said she hasn’t completely left behind the small Costa Rican village where she worked and learned Spanish during the summer.

Steamboat cheerleading takes 2nd in coed competition

The Steamboat Springs High School cheerleading team finished second Saturday at Douglas County High School. It was the first time the team has competed in the coed division.

Colorado resorts open ski season with momentum

As the economy slowly recovers, there also appear to be fewer flash sales that resorts have used to hook last-minute vacationers during the recession. But there still are plenty of discounts, and resorts said they have more to offer after spending millions of dollars on faster lifts, new terrain park features and better trail grooming.

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Supporters push for free Wi-Fi throughout downtown Steamboat

Jay O’Hare and fellow Ignite Steamboat organizer Noreen Moore presented the idea of free downtown Wi-Fi for the public at this month’s Mainstreet Steamboat Springs board of directors meeting.

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Steamboat soccer's Lance Ostrom named Player of the Year

There certainly were players in the Western Slope League with more goals, assists, points and gaudy stats than Steamboat Springs High School’s Lance Ostrom. But Ostrom was the most valuable.

Steamboat's September sales tax collections exceed preliminary figures

The city of Steamboat Springs’ final September sales tax collections increased slightly from the preliminary figures released earlier this month.

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Joanne Palmer: Creatures of comforting habit

I like to think of myself as a creative person, open to new ideas and willing to try anything once. I’m the kind of person who abhors routine and likes to mix it up a bit and live life on the edge.

Steamboat briefs: VNA to offer free kits for Thursday's Great American Smokeout

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering free kits for those trying to quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco.

Hayden School Board to swear in returning members Wednesday

The Hayden School Board on Wednesday night will swear in returning board members Vance Fulton and Sharon Nereson. The meeting will continue with a light agenda.

20-year-old faces felony marijuana distribution charge

Police say they found 5.8 ounces of marijuana in Ritch Sterling Carr's Nissan Xterra early Monday.

Monday, November 14

Salvation Army looking for local volunteer bell ringers

The local Salvation Army Extension Committee is looking for volunteer bell ringers for one-hour shifts starting the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through Christmas Eve.

Tina Kyprios: The do-nothing path

The reason Joe Paterno and Mike McQuery did so little is generally the same reason our country is in a financial crisis. We tend to value privacy more than personal responsibility.

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Steamboat Springs School Board appoints officers

Brian Kelly made School Board president

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night swore in its new and returning board members and appointed new leaders. The board unanimously voted to appoint Brian Kelly as board president.

Vicki Barron: A winnable battle

This Thursday is the 36th annual Great American Smokeout, bringing attention to the personal battle that so many tobacco users deal with every day.

Routt County elected officials to go to board about pay disparities

A group of elected Routt County officials will go before the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday to make the case that they are underpaid when their salaries are compared to county departments heads who are appointed.

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Tom Ross: Your dog smells better than you do

Dogs are capable of some revolting behavior, but now that I’m reading “Inside of a Dog,” by Alexandra Horowitz, at least I understand a little better. I recommend you sniff out a copy of Horowitz’s book.

The Record for Nov. 13

1:16 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to a request for an ambulance.

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Jimmy Westlake: Tales of 2 clusters

Stars are born in clusters — families of dozens to hundreds of stars that share the same age and chemical makeup — but they don’t remain in clusters their entire lives. Like fledgling birds, stars eventually leave the nest in which they were born to roam the galaxy alone.

Steamboat launches new interactive mapping website

The city of Steamboat Springs recently launched a new interactive mapping site designed to make it easier to search for and get information about local properties.

Inflatable turkey stolen from Hayden Mercantile

Hayden Mercantile owner Bill Hayden is staying positive about the theft of a 7-foot-tall inflatable turkey taken Sunday night from in front of his grocery store.

Tuesday's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting canceled

Tuesday’s regularly scheduled Steamboat Springs City Council meeting was canceled because of a light agenda.

Search and Rescue has a busy weekend

Two Sunday incidents in different parts of the county — one involving a woman bucked off a horse, the other a man hurt while snowboarding — both result in transports to the hospital.

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Craig teen earns U.S. Pony Club ratings

A Craig teen was recognized Oct. 25 for earning her D3 and C1 ratings by the Yampa Valley Pony Club, a local chapter of the United States Pony Club. Holly Dunaway, 14, took part in three full days of testing Aug. 6, Oct. 2 and Oct. 19 at Elk River Equestrian in Steamboat Springs. She was recognized by Patty Gold, district commissioner of Pony Club, for her distinctions in English-style riding. “It was pretty exhilarating, and I felt pretty accomplished,” Dunaway said. “It’s rewarding to know I have the physical and mental capabilities to get as far as I have in the horse world and it has given me the motivation to work even harder.” Dunaway said she would love to make a career out of riding.

Sunday, November 13

County agenda for Nov. 14 and 15

County agenda for Nov. 14 and 15

'Kill buyers' leave estate auction empty-handed

Eagle County-based Mountain Valley Horse Rescue was joined by supporters and like-minded bidders at an estate auction that had more than two dozen animals crossing the sale block at Sunset Ranch on Elk River Road.

The Record for Nov. 12

1:53 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear in the 400 block of Tamarack Drive.

Steamboat briefs: Holy Name Catholic Church hosts arts and crafts show

Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak St., hosts the 14th annual Work of Human Hands Holiday Craft Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Deb Babcock: Keep time with the flower clock

A couple of weeks ago, the beautiful composition called “L’horloge de flore” (A Musical Flower Clock) by French composer Jean Françaix was on my car radio. It made me curious about flower clocks and Carl Linnaeus and Françaix.

Monday Medical: Collaboration key to health care

The Colorado frontier may be tamer than it used to be, but large distances and other challenges stand between rural residents and many health services.

Win Park: Hospice service is a gift

No one likes to think about death and dying, but it’s something everyone has to face. There’s an unbelievably incredible resource in our community that provides comfort, dignity and respect to all those coping with a serious life-limiting illness. It’s our Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

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Luke Graham: Truly great teams are rare

When you attend and cover enough athletic events, there is a sort of rhythm learned. And in Steamboat, maybe more so than other Class 4A schools, when a class or team makes the playoffs and advances, it truly is a unique thing.

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Storm keeps Routt County emergency crews busy during weekend

The winter storm this weekend in Steamboat Springs was welcomed by children who built snowmen and went sledding in the fresh powder, but the storm also created hazardous driving conditions, especially on Rabbit Ears Pass.

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Snow helps Steamboat residents start backcountry ski season

On Sunday, when winter season’s first storm began to let up, Steamboat residents did as they always do, crawling from their warm homes, stomping through the powder and heading for the high country.

Steamboat Springs School Board to welcome new members

Meeting on Monday will consider appointing new officers

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night will swear in its new and returning board members and consider appointing new officers.

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Backcountry ski equipment hits retail shelves in Steamboat

It could be the crash of the economy or the rise of technology — or simply the next step in adventurers’ never-ending quests to push onward. Whatever the reason, backcountry skiing gear has started to go from extreme to mainstream, and that’s driven local ski shops to re-evaluate the way they do business.

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Tread of Pioneers Museum shows Yampa Valley through ‘Judge’ Gooding’s eyes

For the next year, the small room on the second floor of the museum will be dedicated to the Goodings, a family of businesspeople, lawyers, skiers, community activists and environmental stewards who have resided in the Yampa Valley for more than 100 years.

Saturday, November 12

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Tom Ross: Legion of Merit medal awarded to Steamboat pilot

Chief Warrant Officer Dean Smith gave up piloting aircraft two years ago with 26,000 hours in the cockpit. But the military aviation community has not forgotten him. Smith received one of the highest military honors.

Steamboat's recreation enterprise funds require annual subsidies

All Steamboat Springs recreation enterprise funds operate at a loss, and all but one will require a general fund subsidy next year.

Joel Reichenberger: Another realm for Kennedy

The Steamboat Springs adaptive sports icon Craig Kennedy — along with his wife, Andrea, and the staff at Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports — has been preparing for another winter season.

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North Routt Preschool pushes forward from budget crisis

Supervising a group of animated preschoolers in Clark is a different role for Kerri Ann Crocker, the new director of North Routt Preschool, which closed its doors for a week in September because of debt.

Rick Akin: I am an Occupier

I am an Occupier. Well, sort of. Hearing the reports about the Occupy Wall Street crowd, I decided to try to figure out what it is they are demanding.

Karl Koehler: Green hypocrisy

Recently, the United Nations announced that the world’s population is poised to surpass 7 billion. That’s going to leave a mark. The milestone provides a good opportunity to comment on the environmental mania that’s taken hold of otherwise sane people as though it were holy writ.

Tammie and Patrick Delaney: Congrats to Hayden schools

As parents of two high school students, we appreciate that the Hayden School District took the courageous step in conducting a drug search at the Hayden secondary schools.

Our View: Hip to county’s chip flip

Kudos to the Routt County Board of Commissioners for rejecting a chip-and-seal road policy recommendation that would have represented a step backward in the community’s worthwhile effort to become a top bicycling destination.

Steamboat briefs: VNA is seeking tobacco cessation success stories

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday. To help others win the battle against tobacco, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is asking former tobacco users to send cessation success stories to share them with others.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Nov. 13

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Nov. 13

The Jail Report for Nov. 5 to 11

The Jail Report for Nov. 5 to 11

The Record for Nov. 11

The Record for Nov. 11

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Steamboat Springs football looks forward to a brighter future

Despite historically bad stretch, optimism abounds for Steamboat football

The Steamboat Springs High School football program in years past always has been a model of consistency. But this year, the Steamboat team was left wondering what has happened in the past two years.

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New alignment could boost Hayden, Soroco, West Grand rivalries

Three Northwest Colorado rivals again likely will be in the same league next year. And if year-out projections of mountain-town football teams carry much weight, Soroco, Hayden and West Grand could be in for a three-way slugfest.

Crashes accompany storm in Steamboat; no injuries reported

Snow is expected to continue overnight Saturday and into Sunday when two to four inches is possible, according to the National Weather Service.

Friday, November 11

Real estate transactions for Nov. 4 to 11

■ 1535 Shadow Run Court Seller: Christopher J. and Kara Van Arsdale Buyer: David Michael Babson and Nicole M. Plourde Sale date: Nov. 4, 2011 Sale price: $85,500

On the market: One Steamboat Place condo sells for $839 per square foot

A number of sales have been returning to the new construction luxury condos at One Steamboat Place this fall and the four-bedroom, 2,420-square-foot home that sold Oct. 6 worked out to the equivalent of $838.84 per square foot.

Routt County Assessor’s Office to launch new website

The Routt County Assessor’s Office is poised as early as this week to bring its searchable database of properties into the 21st century with new software that, among other things, incorporates Google Maps.

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Old Pilot Building in downtown Steamboat steers new course

The Old Pilot Building was once a health care facility, but it was never, as the name implies, a home for aging aviators. Today, the building at 1041 Lincoln Ave. is under new ownership and is one of the largest downtown office spaces.

Steamboat Springs cheer squad set for action

Sailors team begins season

The Steamboat Springs High School cheerleading team begins its competitive season Saturday at Douglas County High School.

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Steamboat Springs High continues leadership symposium

The athletic department will host its fourth speaker Sunday in its ongoing leadership symposiums. The symposiums are part of a continuing approach to develop leaders in the school and the athletic department.

The Record for Nov. 10

1:44 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted an intoxicated person in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue. A taxi was called for the person.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden church to hand out Thanksgiving food baskets

Hayden Congregational Church will distribute its annual Thanksgiving food baskets for Hayden families in need Nov. 20.

Routt County school lunch menus for Nov. 14 to 18

Routt County school lunch menus for Nov. 14 to 18

Report: Routt County economy improving

The economic stress indicator, which measures the balance between jobs and workforce, was positive in September for the third consecutive month after nearly 40 negative months.

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Steamboat Springs care center honors veterans at reception

Ten residents of the Doak Walker Care Center were honored at an annual ceremony Friday morning, which the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion members also attended.

The Rusted Porch in Steamboat to open full-time Monday

The Rusted Porch, an “American comfort food” restaurant in Wildhorse Marketplace, is set to open full-time Monday for lunch and dinner, co-owner Kerry Shea said.

Oak Creek police questions linger

Failure of referendum means town to forego hiring 2nd officer

The failure of Oak Creek Referendum 2D on Election Day means the town will forego hiring a second full-time police officer for the foreseeable future.

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Winter storm warning canceled; advisory remains in effect

The major storm that was expected to pound Steamboat with snow Saturday and Sunday will still bring white stuff to the region, just not as much of it.

Thursday, November 10

2011 Routt County election results certified with no major changes

Results from the 2011 Routt County coordinated election have been certified, and there are no significant changes from when they first were reported the night of Nov. 1.

Yampa Valley Housing Authority looks to ease affordable housing rules

Members of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority board on Thursday studied a tentative plan to free up community housing funds currently tied up in unsold condominiums dedicated to affordable housing buyers.

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Steamboat family is made whole again on Veterans Day

Veterans Day is about recognizing members of the military and the sacrifices they made to serve their country. And while Tim Bedell still is too young to understand the sacrifice his family has made for its country, he has learned to cherish every moment with his mother, who returned from a lengthy deployment to the Middle East in September.

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Colorado high school winter sports seasons kick off Friday

The high school winter sports season officially begins Friday. It’s time for athletes to get back into shape, or at least maintain the fitness level they had from fall sports.

Hayden School District digs in for athletic gala fundraiser

In some ways, the Nov. 19 Hayden School District Athletic Gala is about providing the necessities. But if all goes as planned and the big-ticket items that will be available via auction are scooped up as expected, some of the money will be used in decidedly unique ways.

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David Bruner returns as Soroco's girls basketball coach

David Bruner stepped down as the Soroco High School girls head coach after last season. But no qualified candidate stepped forward to fill his shoes, so Bruner agreed to return.

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Routt County events calendar for Nov. 11 to 17

The annual Pirate Theatre production will hold performances for "CSI: Steamboat — Who Killed the Economy?” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A locals-lampooning theatrical performance that’s sure to put a smile on your face.

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Roster McCabe makes 1st appearance in Steamboat

Armed with the inclusive nature of its “funky dance reggae rock” vibe, Roster McCabe will make its third appearance in Colorado and its first in Steamboat Springs this weekend, playing at Old Town Pub on Saturday night.

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Steamboat artist puts dedication into craft

Chula Beauregard’s work becoming well-known across town

Steamboat Springs muralist and plein air painter Chula Beauregard is the featured artist of the month at Wild Horse Gallery, and her latest work was welcomed with a reception during last week’s First Friday Artwalk.

Steamboat to start stabilization process on banks of Yampa River

The city of Steamboat Springs will start a bank stabilization process on the Yampa River at Dr. Rich Weiss Park in mid-November, according to a news release.

Bridge over Yampa River to be completed by end of month

City officials expect a majority of the work on the pedestrian bridge over the Yampa River from West Lincoln Park to the Depot Art Center across to be complete by the end of the month.

The Record for Nov. 9

1:50 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers stopped a car at Lincoln Avenue and Eighth Street and arrested a 25-year-old Steamboat man on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Harriet Freiberger: Today is for you, veterans

To our veterans: You have lived in a different world, one that we civilians can never know. While you were away, our lives continued in safety and without fear. Your family welcomed you back with open arms, but your return was and is important to a larger community.

Meg Tully: It's time again to support nonprofits

It’s that time of year again. When you hear this phrase, the first things that come to mind probably have more to do with holiday shopping and hitting the slopes than ways you can support your favorite nonprofit organization. But it’s undoubtedly that time of year when your mailbox will be stuffed fuller than a Thanksgiving turkey with letters asking for support from various organizations throughout town.

Wednesday, November 9

Routt County employees to get $1K bonus

Full-time employees of Routt County government can look forward to a $1,000 bonus after the Routt County commissioners approved the expense Tuesday.

Adult coed volleyball results for Nov. 7

Adult coed volleyball results for Nov. 7

Oak Creek Town Board meets Thursday

The Oak Creek Town Board will have a long evening Thursday as budget talks, land use changes and medical marijuana resurface in the wake of this year’s election.

Howelsen stakeholders to present ideas for revenue

The Parks and Recreation Commission on Wednesday tasked a group of Howelsen Hill stakeholders to present ideas about how the ski hill could generate additional revenue.

Whiteman teacher Jim Linville continues to make recovery

Longtime The Lowell Whiteman School teacher and Routt County Search and Rescue member Jim Linville now is recovering at Craig Hospital in Denver from a traumatic brain injury after a fall Oct. 27.

Steamboat briefs: Gingerbread house tour registration closes Dec. 1

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs once again is sponsoring a gingerbread house tour for the Merry MainStreet event Dec. 10.

South Routt School District to conclude search for board member

The South Routt School District will conclude its search for a replacement District 3 school board member Thursday.

The Record for Nov. 8

7:24 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a two-car, noninjury crash in the 2400 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Hayden girl wins Colorado wool contest

Hayden student and 4-H member Heather Nereson won first place in the Colorado Make it with Wool contest Nov. 5 for a peacoat she made from merino wool.

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Steamboat swimmers register top finishes at Denver meet

Four swimmers from Steamboat Springs competed in the ACES swim meet in Denver last weekend.

Steamboat Winter Sports Club launches Boots in the Boat fundraiser

What to do with those ski or snowboard boots that have been hanging around a little too long? The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has a plan.

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Fundraiser launched for Nordic combined athletes

The Nordic combined community is in the midst of a huge fundraising drive, one it hopes can net as much as $250,000, one it hopes you can contribute just $25 to, and one it hopes can pave the way for the next generation of local Olympians.

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Steamboat's Holiday Inn wins award for excellence

The Holiday Inn of Steamboat Springs was one of the top 1 percent of InterContinental Hotels Group hotels worldwide to be recognized late last month with the TorchBearer Award.

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CMC Alpine Campus' new building is going vertical in Steamboat

It was easy for Brian Hoza on Wednesday to point to the outline of the stairways, elevator shafts and auditorium that will be part of the Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus’ 60,000-square-foot academic building.

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Stagecoach artist models crane mechanics

Jamie Horacek never has owned a construction crane, nor has he ever operated one. Yet he’s fascinated with how they move, how they work and every tiny detail of the massive machines. Two of his model cranes, reaching as high as 12 feet, are made of thousands of tiny hand-crafted pieces and will be on display this month at the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts.

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Snowmaking success at Steamboat Ski Area assures Thunderhead-to-base skiing

Low temperatures have allowed the resort to build a solid base of manmade snow from Thunderhead Peak all the way to the base area.

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Locomotive catches fire while pulling cargo train through Steamboat

A passer-by first reported the fire shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday. The train was allowed to continue through town until firefighters could safely extinguish the blaze at about 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, November 8

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Steamboat’s U19 girls hockey team wins Aspen tourney

The two-time defending state champion Steamboat Springs U19 girls hockey team started its 2011-12 campaign with its second straight Aspen Fall Faceoff tournament win.

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Steamboat cyclist braves extreme weather to win women's title in Utah race

The extreme weather forced Steamboat Springs mountain biker Bec Bale to struggle through some of the most difficult conditions she could imagine, but it didn’t prevent her from winning her division at the 25 Hours in Frog Hollow race.

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Steamboat City Council restores Howelsen Hill hours

The Steamboat Springs City Council voted, 6-1, to restore more than half of the operational hours at the Howelsen Hill Ski Area that previously were cut because of budget reductions.

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Steamboat-themed lampoon comedy marks Pirate Theatre’s 10th anniversary

Brian Harvey calls it a labor of love, and that’s why he, Andy Pratt and Todd Danielson still are producing comedic musicals in the 10th year of Pirate Theatre.

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Strawberry Park students honor Routt County veterans

Dressed in camouflage inside Strawberry Park Elementary School’s gymnasium on Tuesday morning, 10-year-old Jack Roberts-McQuade carefully removed the F-18 flight helmet and oxygen mask that covered up his smile.

The Record for Nov. 7

1:06 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of vandalism at a church in the 1100 block of Central Park Drive. The damage was related to a previous incident.

Routt County commissioners vote for smoother road surfaces

The Routt County Board of Commissioners empathized with the road cycling community Tuesday night, voting for smoother riding surfaces on county roads that use chip-and-seal.

Steamboat youth art fundraiser has brought in almost $800

Between a drawing for 10 local art pieces at the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat and donation jars at a kindergarten through eighth-grade art show at Ciao Gelato, a fundraiser for local school art programs launched Friday already has raised nearly $800.

Nationwide Emergency Alert System test to be held at noon Wednesday

Radio, cable and satellite TV will be interrupted for up to three and a half minutes Wednesday during the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. The test is scheduled for noon.

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Compost pickup program to expand to residences in Steamboat

TwinEnviro Services already picks up compost from Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and the city’s Centennial Hall, but the expansion to residential pickup will take place if TwinEnviro can get 100 people to sign up for the service.

CMC, Peak Fitness partner to provide discounted memberships for students, faculty

A partnership between a local business and an educational institution is working out well for both as Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus recently bought memberships to Peak Fitness for about 200 faculty members and students, and the downtown Steamboat Springs gym’s business is getting a boost because of the new members.

Steamboat's Support the Troops care package program enters 9th year

As Veterans Day approaches Friday, local organizers of Support the Troops, now in its ninth year, again are mobilizing to send care packages to military members stationed overseas.

Our View: Home on the range

We see encouraging signs in the new agricultural property tax law that it will redistribute the overall tax burden in a more equitable way without harming Yampa Valley farmers and ranchers.

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Joanne Palmer: Black Friday or sweet dreams?

Every time I try to save money, I end up spending more. I don’t know how it happens.

Monday, November 7

Majority of Routt County voters waited till final week to cast ballots

Most Routt County voters had their ballots in hand by mid-October, but the majority of them waited to cast their ballots until the final week of the election period, according to a report.

Steamboat briefs: Road work along Colorado Highway 131 stops Friday

Construction work along Colorado Highway 131 south of Steamboat Springs will wrap up for the winter Friday.

The Record for Nov. 6

1:05 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint about two trucks and a car driving recklessly at Clubhouse and Overlook drives. The vehicles were gone when officers arrived.

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Jimmy Westlake: Catch Capella and her kids

What’s that twinkly, golden star hovering over the northeastern mountains as darkness falls in mid-November? It’s Capella, the third brightest star visible in Colorado skies and the brightest star in the constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer.

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Tom Ross: Happy Darktober from Connecticut

My 8-year-old niece Bess planned to dress up as an electric lamp to celebrate Halloween this past weekend in Connecticut. I know, Halloween was more than a week ago.

Steamboat School Board approves Lamansky for position

Steamboat’s new curriculum director to start Dec. 1

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night voted unanimously to accept Marty Lamansky as their school district’s new curriculum director.

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Routt County’s road-paving policy up for discussion Tuesday night

Cyclists, motorists and pedestrians who value a smooth county road surface may want to tune in Tuesday night when the Routt County Board of Commissioners convenes in a public work session to consider its chip-and-seal policy.

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Hermacinski to relinquish Steamboat City Council presidency

She will recommend Bart Kounovsky to lead City Council

Steamboat Springs City Council President Cari Hermacinski will nominate Bart Kounovsky to take over the role she’s held since 2009.

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Steamboat police seek public's help in finding church vandal

At least four Steamboat Springs churches have fallen victim to the culprit. The damage includes broken windows and a turned-over cement cross.

Injured hunter rescued in 'spectacular' mission

Search and Rescue volunteers found the man about 100 feet up a cliff face in the dangerous Walton Creek drainage Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, November 6

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Luke Graham: Rising programs

Looking at athletes in the Winter Sports Club’s freestyle moguls and snowboarding programs, there are a few athletes that could represent the town in two years at the Winter Olympics.

Deb Babcock: Considerations for a greenhouse

When it turns cold at the end of the gardening season, many of us who want to continue working with plants dream of having a greenhouse in which to work in warmth.

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Monday Medical: Interpretation services vital for patients

Twelve years ago, when Judith Quintana came to Yampa Valley Medical Center for the birth of her daughter, Edith, she found it difficult to communicate with the physicians and nurses.

County agenda for Nov. 7 and 8

Routt County Board of Commissioners agenda for Nov. 7 and 8

Steamboat briefs: Artist receives award at Estes Park show

Steamboat Springs glass artist Robin Clow received the Founders Award for her piece “Fish in the Stone” at the annual Lines Into Shapes art show Oct. 29 in Estes Park.

The Record for Nov. 5

12:54 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 25-year-old Steamboat Springs woman on an outstanding warrant for a traffic violation after she was pulled over at Colorado Highway 129 and Copper Ridge Circle.

Veterans Day activities kick off Tuesday in Steamboat Springs

Routt County veterans will visit Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools to mark Veterans Day this week.

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Soroco students participate in 'Glass Castle' workshop

On Thursday morning, actress Sarah Franek and teaching artist Erin Ronder from the American Place Theatre traveled to Soroco High School for an in-depth workshop with the students based on the book "The Glass Castle."

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Steamboat skiers rejoice as Bruce’s Trail opens

Thanks to a snowstorm that struck Saturday afternoon and lingered into Sunday morning, area outdoors enthusiasts finally could clip into their Nordic skis and hit the trails.

Lamansky named Steamboat schools' curriculum director

Steamboat School Board to vote on contract Monday night

The Steamboat Springs School District‘s newly appointed curriculum director has served a variety of roles during his more than 30-year tenure at the district.

County strikes back at Postal Service for Phippsburg office

The Routt County Board of Commissioners doesn’t plan to allow the U.S. Postal Service to close the Phippsburg Post Office without one last fight.

Saturday, November 5

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LuAnn Foty’s Crazy Crayons studio adds color to the Yampa Valley

Everyone has some kind of attachment to crayons — whether they ate them or joyfully snapped them in half as children. But Crazy Crayons' LuAnn Foty likes to melt them, pour the resulting mixture into molds and make them new again.

Our View: Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board on right track

The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board would be wise to continue its recent practice of not funding administrative positions for Routt County school districts.

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Steamboat snowboard program churns out top athletes

Matt Ladley was confounded when tasked with figuring out why exactly he chose the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Ladley is leading the way for a blossoming snowboarding program that is starting to see some big-time success.

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New position aims to bridge system gap at Steamboat School District

Superintendent Brad Meeks announced to the district Friday that Marty Lamansky will fill district’s director of teaching and learning position starting Dec. 1.

The Record for Nov. 4

7:51 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue for a report of a person with a warrant. The person was gone when officers arrived.

The Jail Report for Oct. 29 to Nov. 4

The Jail Report for Oct. 29 to Nov. 4

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Year of Routt County skiing is no easy task for local

It takes a special kind of skier to try and a very special kind of season to make it possible. Mike Martin knew all that when he set out to ski in Routt County at least once every month for an entire year.

Joel Reichenberger: Soccer catches on

The conclusion I’m about to reach violates my own rules. Soccer may be catching on with a wider group of fans, and I know this because of Facebook.

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Rex Brice prepares to open 5th restaurant in Steamboat

It’s one of the most notoriously difficult businesses in which to succeed, and one in which even great ideas often end in failure. Perhaps that’s what makes Rex Brice and his Steamboat Restaurant Group’s continued success and expansion so exceptional.

Teens arrested in gang-related auto theft spree

Youths accused of stealing seven vehicles

Local law enforcement agencies have arrested two suspected teenage gang members for an auto theft crime spree last week in Pitkin, Garfield and Routt counties and in Denver.

Hayden football gets tossed from tournament

Tigers fall in Class 1A first round

Hayden put together a late-season run to make the playoffs, but even improved, it wasn’t enough, and that run ended Saturday in Parker. The Tigers fell to Lutheran in a mistake-filled game, 35-6.

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Hundreds of girls take to Strawberry Park to inspire and accomplish

More than 500 young girls and their moms and dads, brothers and friends participated in the Girls on the Run 5K, signaling the end of a 10-week journey of empowerment for girls.

The Record for Nov. 3

3:32 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers investigated a trailer parked at 13th Street.

Friday, November 4

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Moffat beats Steamboat football in season closer

In what could be the last time rivals Moffat County and Steamboat Springs meet in the Western Slope League, the Bulldogs won a battle of pride Friday night, downing the Sailors, 27-6.

Whiteman teacher at Denver hospital after fall

Jim Linville, a longtime teacher for The Lowell Whiteman School and a veteran volunteer member of Routt County Search and Rescue, is in a Denver hospital after suffering a traumatic brain injury from a fall Oct. 27.

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Tom Ross: Deciphering the Steamboat Springs election vote

Tuesday’s election results proved once and for all that I am the world’s worst at predicting political outcomes. And I have a college degree in political science.

Air service tax takes effect Jan. 1 in Steamboat

Kim Weber, of the city of Steamboat Springs Finance Department, confirmed this week that the voter-approved 0.25 percent general sales tax to fund ski season air service becomes effective Jan. 1, 2012.

On the Market: Foreclosure on Trailhead is concluded this week

Routt County Public Trustee Jeanne Whiddon confirmed this week the foreclosure on Trailhead Lodge by a Utah company was concluded with a bid of $28 million.

Building plans, competing offers signal hope for Steamboat market

After a disappointing Aug­­ust and September, October brought some encouraging signs to the Routt County real estate and construction markets.

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Steamboat real estate market see late autumn surge

It would be premature to label this week’s burst of million-dollar-home sales a trend, Realtors agree. However, six high-end properties sold Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, effectively marking a bewitching trend.

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Snow, low temperatures forecast for Saturday in Steamboat

It looks like winter weather is here to stay, and with the opening of Steamboat Ski Area just 18 days away, resort officials are ready for snow and low temperatures.

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Ceramic show fires up Depot Art Center in Steamboat Springs

The geometric shapes, bright colors and warm, inviting lines of Barb Gregoire and Deb Babcock’s pottery show don’t end with the ceramic art. The motifs from their two very different creative styles have bubbled out of the pots, bowls, trays and mugs and onto the walls of the Depot Art Center.

Steamboat briefs: Lifeguard training course starts Saturday at Old Town Hot Springs

Old Town Hot Springs is offering a lifeguard training course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Nov. 12 to 13. Attendance is required for all four days.

Steamboat Springs City Council to consider revision to utility ordinance

The Steamboat Springs City Council will consider a revision to an ordinance Tuesday that provides 50 percent water and sewer rate discounts to senior citizens and people who are disabled based on income requirements.

Cathie Voorhees: Good luck with that

Good going, Steamboat. You piled the city tax higher. That’s terrific. While you’re at it, why don’t you pass the plastic bag tax — oops, I mean “user fee” — too?

Steve Ross: Educated parents needed

Medical scholars have identified vaccines as the greatest breakthrough in modern medicine. The Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Harvard and the University of Colorado all vigorously encourage and support vaccinations of adults and children.

Few details released about Steamboat Springs raid

Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said Friday that the Oct. 29 raid at the Herbage Townhomes was part of an ongoing investigation involving several agencies.

Ralph Cantafio: Referendum 2B solves nothing

I am very concerned that what I perceive to be the current economic model of the ski and tourism industry in our town badly is broken. The mere fact that an industry that is now almost 50 years old requires this type of subsidy in the first place underscores a very significant systemic problem.

Horse auction Saturday attracting statewide interest

What’s drawn the real attention to the estate auction from the Western Slope’s horse enthusiasts is word that there will be “kill buyers” bidding on the animals.

Drug-sniffing dog comes up empty at Hayden schools

A drug-sniffing dog with the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office visited the Hayden Secondary Schools campus Thursday morning, but the dog’s nose did not lead to the discovery of any illegal substances.

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Steamboat House of Bounce seeks to fill indoor activity niche for kids

The owners of Steamboat House of Bounce, which opened in the fall, have discovered just how fun their inflatable attractions can be — but they’re targeting a different demographic.

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Hayden football will see Lutheran in 1st round of playoffs

Hayden High School football team will face Lutheran in Saturday's Class 1A first-round matchup. The Tigers will play against the Lions at 1 p.m. Saturday in Parker.

Thursday, November 3

Hayden Town Council OKs pit bulls

Responding to a request to ban pit bull terriers, the Hayden Town Council said no breed should be singled out and instead decided to look into giving the municipal court judge the ability to impose higher fines and penalties on residents whose dogs are repeatedly caught running loose.

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Steamboat football faces Moffat County on Friday

No one inside the Steamboat Springs football team’s locker room thinks this season has been a success. That’s what happens when a team goes 0-9 to start a season and has compiled 20 consecutive losses.

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Dyrty Byrds members join forces with South African musicians for show Friday

Fusing Southern-soaked rock ’n’ roll with the world-folk soul of South Africa has given the four members of South by South Africa a chance to reach deep into another culture and its music.

First Friday Artwalk listings in Steamboat for Nov. 4

First Friday Artwalk listings in Steamboat for Nov. 4

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Steamboat artist shifts nature’s shapes in artwork

It was under the watchful eye of her father, painter Hal Rice, that Steamboat Springs artist Rebecca Hilley followed the same path of a life in art, developing and refining her own style throughout the past 30 years.

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Routt County events calendar for Nov. 4 to 10

Local acoustic singer-songwriter Deb Lenhart plays alongside Daddio’s Bar & Grille owner Dave Mansbridge on steel guitar Friday and Saturday nights. Lenhart wails on Melissa Etheridge and Heart covers as well her own mountain rock originals.

The Record for Nov. 2

8:49 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a possible fraudulent phone call at a business in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue.

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Light Works of Steamboat honored as Sustainable Business of the Year

Nancy Schwanke has been helping brighten Routt County sustainably since at least 2006 when she opened Light Works of Steamboat. The company was recognized Oct. 28 during the Navigator Awards for its efforts.

Community Agriculture Alliance: The business of beef

I keep hearing about the “beef industry,” but exactly what does that mean and how does it fit into the typical model of “industry”?

Steamboat briefs: National Honor Society taking donated costumes

The Steamboat Springs High School chapter of the National Honor Society will be collecting children’s costumes Friday at Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools.

State Rep. Baumgardner leases residence in district

Representative’s ranchland in Jackson County qualifies him to run for seat

Colorado House Rep. Randy Baumgardner has leased ranchland in Jackson County, which qualifies him to run again for representative of State House District 57 pending the court’s approval of the final state redistricting map.

Fresh snow greets Copper, Keystone ski areas

Storms get Copper, Keystone ready for opening day Friday

When Copper Mountain opens Friday, it could have top-to-bottom terrain. “We’re hoping for another good night of snowmaking” to open Excelerator lift and Ptarmigan trail, spokesman David Roth said. Some natural snow could help the cause, but because snowmaking depends on specific conditions, it also could hurt it.

Man arrested after crashing bike into police car

A police pursuit in Central Park Plaza on Thursday morning ended abruptly when the suspect crashed his bike into a police car.

Police: Steamboat man died from head injury

Police think an accidental fall led to last month’s death of 50-year-old Dean Tresner, whose body was found Oct. 21 in the stairway of a Pines condominium building behind City Market.

Treats galore at Dessert Bake-Off on Friday

The community is invited to take part in the coffee and dessert tasting open house from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Steamboat Moxie Home Consignments and Design.

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2 moose illegally shot in Routt County

The two Routt County moose are among 11 that have been shot illegally in Colorado during the first two big game hunting seasons this year, according to the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.

Steamboat joins forces with Aspen/Snowmass, Winter Park for new pass

The Colorado Triple Play pass features two days of skiing each at Aspen/Snowmass, Steamboat Ski Area and Winter Park Resort during the 2011-12 ski season.

3 Winter Sports Club snowboarders compete in Switzerland

Benji Farrow finished fifth in a World Cup half-pipe event in Switzerland on Thursday.

Wednesday, November 2

Routt County sets turnout record for odd-year elections

Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said Wednesday that, based on records kept by her office, voter turnout in Tuesday’s election exceeded the number of votes cast in previous odd-year elections.

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Girls on the Run program culminates with Saturday's 5K in Steamboat

Event paired with Winter Running Series race

Girls on the Run seeks to empower young girls through a 10-week after-school program, and more than 500 girls are expected to participate in Saturday's race.

Savvy campaign allows Referendum 2B to defy anti-tax logic

The committee that succeeded in persuading Steamboat voters to impose a 0.25 percent sales tax on themselves to bolster the ski season jet program got it done with a mix of old-school campaigning, savvy use of social media and a good dose of unabashed shtick.

Steamboat voters swing Routt County medical marijuana dispensary ban vote

The referendum to ban medical marijuana businesses in unincorporated Routt County was defeated only because such a wide margin of Steamboat Springs voters opposed it.

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Hayden football’s offensive linemen push Tigers to playoffs

Listen to coach Shawn Baumgartner talk about his offensive line, and the picture of what unfolded this season starts to come clear as the Hayden High School football team looks toward the Class 1A playoffs.

Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board divided on administrator salaries

Members also vote to consolidate grant committees

The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board is divided on whether revenue distributed from the city’s half-cent sales tax for education should fund the salaries of any school district administrators.

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Artists of all ages come together to raise money for Steamboat art programs

The Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat teamed up with Steamboat elementary and middle schools to raise money for local art programs through a fundraising raffle and a youth art show, both of which will take place during First Friday Artwalk.

Hayden Town Council to hear pit bull ban request

Routt County resident Carolyn Montieth on Thursday night will ask the Hayden Town Council to consider banning pit bull terriers from the town.

The Record for Nov. 1

2:26 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a woman who said she had been assaulted at a house party that occurred on a previous day. The woman said she had a minor injury to her foot.

Steamboat briefs: Boat ramps at Stagecoach State Park close for season

The boat ramps at Stagecoach State Park are closed for the season.

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Stahoviak won't seek a 6th term as county commissioner

Almost 20 years after first being elected to the Routt County Board of Commissioners, Nancy Stahoviak will not seek re-election.

Tuesday, November 1

Steamboat's Brenner slides past Fielding for CMC seat

With some votes from Eagle County still not counted, the former Steamboat Springs City Council president held a comfortable lead for the District 5 Board of Trustees seat representing Routt County.

How Routt County voted

Find complete precinct-by-precinct voting results for Routt County.

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Steamboat Winter Sports Club sends athletes to 1st World Cup start of season

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle moguls program is sending five of its athletes to the first World Cup start of the season in Ruka, Finland, next month.

Routt County, Colorado reject Proposition 103

The statewide measure would have increased sales tax and income tax rates for five years to generate revenue for public education. It failed by a 3-to-2 margin in Routt County.

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Voter turnout may have set Routt County record

Nearly 70 percent of Routt County's active voters cast ballots in this fall's election. Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland thinks that might have established a new benchmark locally.

West Routt voters say 'no' to fire district tax

Referendum 5A was defeated by 60 percent of voters. The measure would have more than doubled the fire district's current annual revenues.

Oak Creek voters reject sales tax increase to fund Police Department

Referendum 2D would have increased the town's sales tax by 1 percent to help pay for a second full-time police officer. Town officials say Oak Creek might find another way to pay for the position.

In South Routt, Palyo tops Dean for School Board position

Jules Palyo, owner of Flat Tops Ranch Supply, cruised past longtime South Routt teacher Byron Dean for the board's District 4 seat.

Closest election race sees Williams edge Sharp for Steamboat School Board

Less than 200 votes separated the District 5 candidates, who differed on Proposition 103.

Kaminski breezes past Fielding and Levin for at-large City Council seat

The co-owner of B&K Distributing returns to the City Council to serve a two-year term with 60 percent of the vote.

In battle of newcomers, Macys defeats Moloney for Steamboat council

The executive director of Yampatika will take over the City Council's District 3 seat.

Myller elected to 2nd Steamboat City Council term after defeating Levy

The incumbent candidate in District 1 defeated Richard Levy with 55 percent of the vote.

Voters support tax for winter air service program

Referendum 2B passed with 61 percent of the vote. The 0.25 percent tax will generate an estimated $1.3 million annually and will sunset after five years.

County, Steamboat and Oak Creek voters OK marijuana dispensaries

Voters overwhelmingly supported the continued operation of medical marijuana dispensaries, grow operations and infused-product makers by defeating three proposed referendums to ban them.

Oak Creek votes to change ordinance publication policy

The town of Oak Creek no longer will have to publish the full text of new town ordinances in the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Instead, the town will pay to publish only the titles of such ordinances.

Election results, grants on Yampa Town Board’s agenda for Wednesday meeting

At its monthly meeting Wednesday, the Yampa Town Board will review election results, discuss letters of support for two grants and hear updates from the town’s Public Works superintendent.

Police: Teen suspected of breaking into car Sunday

A 19-year-old Steamboat man was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of breaking into a car in the 800 block of Pine Street and taking several items.

The Record for Oct. 31

12:39 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an intoxicated pedestrian at Oak and Seventh streets. A 33-year-old Steamboat man was arrested on suspicion of violating a protection order.

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Steamboat voters reject marijuana business bans, approve air service tax

The medical marijuana business ban also failed in Routt County and Oak Creek. Scott Myller, Sonja Macys and Kevin Kaminski were elected to the Steamboat Springs City Council, and Rebecca Williams appears to have edged Sandra Sharp for the Steamboat Springs School Board District 5 seat. Click here for the latest results from the 2011 election.

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Joanne Palmer: Insanity never came my way

Albert Einstein once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” That did not stop me from repeatedly trying to connect to the Internet and make a phone call during the Verizon Wireless service outage on Halloween.

Shara Ludlum: Start vaccinating

“Mom, I think I’m going to die.” They’re words no mother should ever have to hear.

Wayne Lemley: A possible solution

Will the Wall Street occupiers get anything changed? It is doubtful. Possibly, the better course for them is to become educated and productive.

Our View: Meeks rolls the dice

The Steamboat Springs School District’s plan to hire a new director of teaching and learning comes with a high price tag and a history of questionable success that leaves us wondering whether it’s really the best way to spend six figures.

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Steamboat Walgreens likely to open after new year

Construction crews working on the new Walgreens store in Steamboat Springs expect to complete the job Nov. 11, but the store is not likely to open before the new year.

September sales tax collections in Steamboat increase 4.7 percent

For the fifth consecutive month, Steamboat Springs sales tax collections exceeded those collected during the corresponding months last year.