News for Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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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.