Monday, October 31
A baby-sitting class for youths 11 and older is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 in Bogue Hall, Room 117, on the Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus.
12:31 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a fight in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue.
The Federal Aviation Administration has rejected complaints filed by Fort Collins-based Connell Resources against Routt County related to construction work that took place at Yampa Valley Regional Airport more than five years ago.
Mercury and Venus, the two innermost planets in our solar system, are moving out from behind the sun and into our early evening sky.
The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board on Wednesday night will discuss whether it should again fund the salaries of school district administrators with revenues from the city’s half-cent sales tax for education.
After the second campaign finance period deadline passed last week, the committee promoting the tax to supplement the winter air service program still leads all local fundraising efforts.
One of the three Sunday newspapers that landed on my front porch reminded me that a person can spend large sums of money on a timepiece that does the same thing as the Patrick the octopus wristwatch I keep in my home.
The first day of November will bring rain and then snow for much of Routt County, including Steamboat Springs. The precipitation is expected to move into the area sometime after noon.
The city of Steamboat Springs announced Monday that season passes to Howelsen Hill can be purchased online. Rates have increased since last year.
The local Republican establishment and its grass-roots supporters should answer the serious issues raised by Ken Collins in his letter to the editor “What would He think?” in Wednesday’s Steamboat Today.
Wednesday’s story in the Steamboat Today titled “Seniors get out to vote” has once again raised a question in my mind about one result of early voting and mail-in ballots.
Verizon Wireless cell service went out across Northwest Colorado, including Steamboat Springs. The outage was caused when a CenturyLink fiber line was cut in the Frisco/Dillon area this afternoon.
Election Day is finally here, and there’s still plenty of time to vote. Routt County’s registered voters have until 7 p.m. to cast ballots, whether they received a ballot in the mail or didn’t and whether their status is considered active or inactive.
Sunday, October 30
The town of Hayden is working to find room in its 2012 budget to add two or three part-time employees.
Resident Jaimé Bell, a teacher at Steamboat Springs High School, is part of a Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association-led group touring China. Click here to read about their journey, including photos and videos. In the latest entry, Jaimé eats a scorpion from a Beijing food vendor.
Employees let go after owner says new management and direction are needed
The Ghost Ranch Saloon in downtown Steamboat Springs closed its doors indefinitely Sunday after all of its employees were told they no longer had jobs.
Sarah Braat is well aware of how challenging it can be to balance family life with several jobs and still make time for other things. Yet Braat has found the key to creating positive energy through a Chinese practice known as Qigong.
There are numerous fall chores to do in the garden to get everything buttoned down for winter, but one of my favorite tasks — planting daffodil bulbs — turns my thoughts ahead to spring. Planted in the fall, daffodils awaken in the spring with a cheery promise of new beginnings and warmer weather.
County Agenda for Oct. 31 and Nov. 1
12:43 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 33-year-old Oak Creek woman on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol following a traffic stop in the 1300 block of Conestoga Circle.
Dozens of elementary school-aged children attended the CMC Alpine Campus’ Enchanted Castle trick-or-treating event that had the children navigating a three-story maze of dorm rooms to find college residents waiting with candy.
Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs will close between Fifth and 11th streets at 4 p.m. Monday for the Downtown Halloween Stroll.
It didn’t take long to understand what Thursday’s first-round playoff win meant for the Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team. Steamboat, after near misses in the postseason year after year, finally won a playoff game.
The Tigers, playing its final season of 11-man football, were selected as one of nine wild card teams for the 16-slot 1A playoff bracket released Sunday by the Colorado High School Activities Association.
Saturday, October 29
Hayden lost early in the day at the district tournament against Meeker and Rangely, but the team finished the season with a final win against Paonia.
It’s hard to read Saturday’s Steamboat Springs High School soccer score as a 6-0 loss. Sure, the team lost in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs to Air Academy, ending its season. But Steamboat had its chance.
12:29 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear scratching at a light pole in the 2900 block of West Acres Drive. Officers chased the bear away.
The Jail Report for Oct. 22 to 28
Mail-only elections are changing how many candidates and issue representatives campaign each fall. For some, their efforts to reach out to voters are mostly over while others continue to plug away on the campaign trail.
The two seniors struggled Saturday at the state meet at the Arapahoe County Fair Grounds in Aurora, each logging slower times than anticipated. Asher Rohde finished 42nd, and Scott Powers was 146th.
His decision to leave coaching might have been the last thing Bob Harris wanted to talk about when his phone rang Thursday morning.
Every Friday, Nina Darlington leads a group of people affected by cancer or other diseases in an hourlong restorative yoga class focusing on relieving stress and helping immune function.
Officials from the Steamboat Springs Police Department and the Steamboat Springs School District last week met to discuss how much each should contribute next year to the salary of the district’s school resource officer.
Routt County voter turnout was approaching 40 percent by the end of Friday, but it’s not good enough for an election that features important issues that affect the everyday lives of residents.
Happy birthday wishes to Kristy Prewitt, Kurt Frentress, Judy Parrott, Elinor Hockett and Jackson Jenkins.
I always forget what October is like in the Colorado mountains. That’s a compliment to the Colorado mountains and perhaps a bit of insight into how we — or at least I — remember things.
Dan Bubenheim and Joe Muhlbauer opened Elk River Custom Wild Game Processing three years ago. As avid hunters who’ve been prowling the woods their whole lives, they found the job came naturally to them.
Haxtun scored on five of its first eight drives and its first three of the second half while literally running away with the game, 57-14. The loss ends Soroco's season.
The Steamboat Springs volleyball team’s season came to an end Saturday when they lost a couple of hard-fought matches at the District 8 volleyball tournament in Durango.
2:29 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear near Broad Street. It could not be found.
The Tread of Pioneers Museum is seeking tree decorators for the Festival of Trees. Decorating times are from 1 to 7 p.m. Nov. 9 and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 10. Decorators will be reimbursed as much as $100 for ornaments and supplies.
Friday, October 28
When foreclosure proceedings are complete Wednesday, the new owners of Trailhead Lodge intend to prepare to market the 58 unsold condominiums there for about half the price they were selling for in 2009.
Steamboat graphic designer Matt Scharf has a brand-new pair of custom skis that have never shredded the gnar but already have multiple stories to share.
Tigers await word on playoffs
The Tigers rolled over Lake County on Friday night, racking up a big 41-6 win to close out the regular season and set their record to 5-4 and 4-1 in the Class 1A Western Slope League.
Practices for the winter high school sports season officially begin Nov. 11.
Steamboat, which beat D’Evelyn, 1-0, on Thursday, will play Air Academy at 5 p.m. Saturday at District 20 Stadium on Liberty High School’s campus in Colorado Springs.
Battle Mountain football made short work of Steamboat Springs High School football, routing the Sailors, 61-22, Friday night in Edwards.
Stan Urban, of Land Title Guarantee Co., reported this week that September dollar volume in the Routt County real estate market was $35,317,000, making it the fifth-lowest month of the year despite transaction volume that was the second highest of the year at 140 sales.
1,380 rural property valuations due for review starting in December
Some of Routt County’s rural property owners who enjoy agricultural property tax status but aren’t farmers or ranchers themselves will see their 2012 property taxes go up.
The space that once housed the Black Mountain Tavern in Oak Creek yet again will be reincarnated. At its semimonthly meeting Thursday, the Oak Creek Town Board approved, 6-0, the application for the beer and wine license for that space.
If there’s any concern that downtown businesses will run out of candy Monday evening during the Downtown Halloween Stroll, it might be a comfort to know that each business is expected to be stocked with 2,500 pieces of candy or trinkets.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and the Steamboat Pilot & Today handed out awards Friday at the annual Navigator Awards luncheon at Sheraton Steamboat Resort.
White tells audience he aims to rebuild economic return from industry
Colorado Tourism Office Director Al White promised a Steamboat audience Friday that he would do his best to rebuild the state’s economic return from the tourism industry by refocusing a limited budget on the A-list markets that are the most dependable in bringing relatively free-spending vacationers to Colorado.
The recent snowfall combined with cool overnight temperatures have left fairways and greens frozen and snow covered.
Thursday, October 27
Win is Steamboat’s 1st in playoffs since 2003
The proverbial monkey is off the back. The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team went down to Denver, played in frigid weather on a slick field and controlled possession. But this time, the team won.
The SKY Club at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus is hosting the 13th annual Screamboat Chamber of Horror at Bogue Hall. Tickets are $10. Read about more events happening this week in Routt County.
It’s been an up-and-down season for the Sailors, and if the volleyball squad is to ride that coaster into another week, it will need to be up in a big way Saturday at the district volleyball tournament in Durango.
The Sailors came close against the Huskies a year ago, falling 12-7 at home. On Friday, it seems they'll face a different kind of Battle Mountain team.
The Tigers were great in the home stretch of their season, and they’ll need to be great again this weekend if they’re to punch through an evenly matched district tournament and qualify for regionals.
It doesn’t seem like it should be a close game — Lake County has struggled mightily this season and is coming of a loss to equally hapless Rangely — but the Tigers must look good Friday night.
Haxtun High School is closer to Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and South Dakota than it is to Soroco, but Soroco High School football coach David Bruner said all that distance doesn’t provide much of an obscuring effect.
The struggles of high school baseball in Steamboat Springs isn’t much of a secret. So what makes new coach Robert Fitzhugh different and optimistic about taking over the program?
Jeannette Walls’ story is one of poverty, homelessness and mental illness. But in her book “The Glass Castle,” there also are moments of brilliant imagination and glimmers of hope.
A community recycling event Saturday offers Routt County residents one last chance to clean out their garages before winter takes hold in the Yampa Valley.
On Oct. 31, 2010, Jeff Barlow, dressed as Jesus, peered out into the crowd at the Old Town Pub, where he saw superheroes, fairytale characters and ghouls.
It didn’t take a career in bike racing for Grant Fenton to rise to become one of the leaders in the Steamboat cycling community. All it took was a vision for how Steamboat could become known as more than Ski Town USA.
The employees at Alpine Bank, the company being recognized as this year’s Business of the Year, greet every customer with a smile and a friendly hello as they walk through the door.
Sara Ferris can’t sit still. So she keeps busy. And her involvement in the Steamboat community has been noticed. Ferris has been named the Young Professional of the Year as part of the Navigator Awards.
7:40 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of an accident on Routt County Road 16.
The vote on Referendum 2C is about one thing and one thing only: Do we want regulated access to medical marijuana, or do we want an unregulated patchwork system of grows in our neighborhoods?
I have attended virtually every substantive meeting with the airlines for the past 11 years. It is from this perspective that I feel obligated to contribute to the conversations surrounding Referendum 2B.
Ski Town Cleaners, Colorado Group Realty and LIFT-UP of Routt County will be distributing clean winter coats from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday.
Local food is a popular topic, and whether it’s called a movement, an environmental matter, a sustainability issue, an economic choice or a personal decision, local food is a topic of interest.
Town trustees in Carbondale have followed Aspen’s lead, opting for a ban on plastic shopping bags at local grocery stores, rather than a fee for their continued use.
If you’re a skier or rider at Aspen or Snowmass Village, the numbers 28 and 11 should be music to your ears today. Twenty-eight is the number of days before they open for the 2011-12 campaign. And 11 is the number of inches of snow that accumulated on top of Snowmass early Wednesday.
Steamboat Ski Area didn’t receive the amount of natural snow that high-elevation ski areas like Loveland and Arapahoe Basin enjoyed Tuesday and Wednesday, but it launched snowmaking in a big way Thursday morning as temperatures dropped into the teens.
Yampa Valley Medical Center CEO Karl Gills will retire in March after 11 years at the helm of Routt County’s only hospital. He will be replaced by Chief Operating Officer Frank May.
When reading your article (“Closure of office official,” Oct. 24 Steamboat Today) regarding the closing of the Phippsburg post office, I think of Mark Twain’s comment in 1897: “The report of my death was greatly exaggerated.”
Drug use by young people is something of serious concern in any community.
Having oil and gas wells in our area will not make us rich. We will get smog, smell, dust, traffic, pollution of water and air, loss of wildlife habitat, loss of property value, decrease in tourist dollars as the number of wells and pollution increases and we will get pushed around by the oil company representatives.
I’m writing in support of Referendum 2B. As a local business owner, I know the importance of regular, consistent commercial air service to our economy.
As he prepared to leave an oil and gas workshop held at Hayden Public Library on Wednesday night, John Shaw said he was better prepared to protect his land if energy exploration in Routt County approaches his front door.
Wednesday, October 26
The Soroco High School football team will play a cross-division game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Soroco High School.
The Tigers will play in the first and last matches of the all-day tournament set to take place at Soroco High School in Oak Creek.
Advocates Building Peaceful Communities is recruiting counters interested in becoming victim advocates.
Veterans have reported attempts by callers claiming to be from Veterans Affairs to get personal information over the phone, according to a VA news release.
The Oak Creek Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday for its semimonthly meeting at Oak Creek Town Hall to discuss appointments and a liquor license application, among other items.
3:13 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of people who were drunk outside on a deck and making a lot of noise in the 2900 block of Après Ski Way. A 20-year-old Wisconsin man was arrested on suspicion of false reporting to authorities, minor in possession of alcohol and resisting arrest.
David Chase Rugs & Furniture, which has operated in downtown Steamboat Springs for five years, is slated to become an indoor skate and bike park geared toward youths.
Filmmakers Chris Rhodes and Brian McCleary, who spent last season shooting footage of fellow snowmobile riders in the area, will premiere their movies Friday at The Tap House Sports Grill.
A packed audience at Bud Werner Memorial Library on Friday enjoyed “A Farewell Evening of Song” by Steamboat Springs singer Simonne Hill, who will be leaving her hometown for New York City later this month.
The Yampa River Basin has been tabbed among 100 high-value natural and cultural heritage lands nationwide under America’s Great Outdoors initiative.
Crews from Quicksilver Resources and the Canadian firm GasFrac Services were preparing the fourth and final phase Wednesday of fracking an oil well on a sagebrush-covered hillside overlooking Morgan Bottoms along the Yampa River east of Hayden. And no water was being used in the process.
The game between 14th-seeded D’Evelyn and No. 19 Steamboat Springs has postponed until 7 p.m. Thursday at Lakewood Memorial Stadium.
A kickoff party is Thursday for National Novel Writing Month, a program that challenges writers to complete 50,000 words by midnight Nov. 30.
Just 1 or 2 inches should accumulate in Steamboat by midday. Wednesday's high temperature will top out at 38 degrees. Expect more of the same Thursday.
3:40 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers helped Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters with an 85-year-old woman who fell in the 600 block of Pine Street. She was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center.
The town of Hayden on Tuesday announced that it collected 16 percent more sales tax revenues in August than it did during the same period last year.
The town of Oak Creek announced Tuesday that town clerk Karen Halterman submitted a letter of resignation effective Nov. 18.
Routt County school districts accept state accreditation ratings
South Routt Superintendent Scott Mader last year called his district’s goal of being “Accredited with Distinction” by the state within three years a “moon shot.” That goal now seems much closer to Earth.
New teacher, club bring passion for theater to community
In a little more than three weeks, the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium curtain will rise on a cast of about 11 students. But there’s much more going on behind the scenes of the “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” production.
SilverLeaf Financial, a Salt Lake City investment company, reportedly acquired the $57 million debt secured by 58 unsold luxury condominiums in the 86-unit Trailhead Lodge near the base of Steamboat Ski Area.
We are writing this letter on behalf of the Steamboat Springs Education Association to promote our endorsement of Proposition 103, to ask our community to support this vital lifeline for our schools and to vote “yes” on Prop 103.
Thanks for once again including Overboard in the comics section. You made my morning.
I’ve lived in Colorado most of my life. It is truly beautiful, perhaps the most beautiful of all the states.
The Tigers were expected to win their first-round district playoff game against West Grand. But the while Hayden dominated most of the match en route to a 3-1 victory, it was more difficult for Tigers coach Holli Palmer than you might expect.
For the second time in three years, Steamboat, the No. 19 seed in the state’s 4A bracket, will play 14th-seeded D’Evelyn with snow in the forecast.
Give the Meeker and Soroco High School volleyball teams credit. The two District 5 rivals certainly know how to put on an entertaining show, and Tuesday’s match featured anything a fan might want.
It’s not Routt County’s largest voter demographic, but the 65-and-older crowd has been the most active. At 36 percent turnout, the seniors are far outpacing their younger counterparts across the county.
Tuesday, October 25
The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission will meet with Howelsen Hill stakeholders Wednesday about the vision for the historic ski hill and whether it can generate revenue for the city.
It’s encouraging to see developer interest returning to the ski base, but the Ptarmigan Inn project also should serve as a reminder of what can go wrong when the proper precautions aren’t taken.
One of my favorite times of year for sky-watching is early fall, when the nights are clear but not yet frigid. On moonless autumn evenings, one almost can see to infinity. In fact, the fall sky offers the opportunity to see the two most distant objects visible to the unaided human eye.
The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission hopes to engage the public Thursday when it hosts a work session on tentative plans to increase the number of developments that can be approved administratively.
Everyone loves a bonus, and this fall we have Mother Nature to thank for giving us an extra big bonus of warm weather.
Ski Town Cleaners, Colorado Group Realty and LIFT-UP of Routt County will be distributing clean winter coats from 1 to 5 p.m. starting Wednesday at LIFT-UP Food Bank, 2125 Curve Court.
The funds all stay local and go to women who have breast cancer and their families.
The Steamboat Springs School District sent out a notice to some parents Tuesday morning that a mountain lion was seen on Butcherknife Trail.
Pirate Theatre returns to Steamboat Springs in two weeks with a fresh satirical performance, and the local production company is looking for some new talent.
Steamboat’s Johnny Spillane, Todd Lodwick and Bryan Fletcher were named to the A Team along with Billy Demong.
Monday, October 24
I was very disappointed to hear that the protection afforded the wetlands in the Betterview Business Park will now be ignored.
The Howelsen Hill Ski Area is the oldest continuously operated ski area in Colorado and is an integral part of Steamboat Springs.
A recent letter to the editor in the Oct. 22 Steamboat Today stopped me in my tracks. Most of us are kind of numb about folks stretching the truth during a political season, but this enchanting fairy tale was over the line. Young people are going to get hurt, or worse.
12:05 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a parked vehicle with its keys left inside in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue.
Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is looking for sponsors for the Santa House to be displayed on the Routt County Courthouse lawn beginning with the “Light Up the Night” community tree lighting event on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Leckenby Pioneer Award ceremony held at Tread of Pioneers
Judy Green and the late Bill Meek received this year's Leckenby Pioneer Award from the Tread of Pioneers Museum. Green is a member of the board of directors at the Hayden Heritage Center since 1989 and Meek was the longtime superintendent of the South Routt School District.
The stream of hikers working their way up the trail to the second waterfall at Fish Creek Falls on Saturday morning reminded me a little of squirrels scurrying to get ready for winter. The weather was primo beaucoup, but there was a clear sense that it couldn’t last.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected to authorize a third attempt to land a $13.5 million federal grant that would allow for the widening of a 5.2-mile stretch of Routt County Road 14 where it travels over Yellowjacket Pass.
VF Corp. reported a record third-quarter profit of 24 percent, largely the result of its purchase of SmartWool parent company Timberland, according to news reports published Monday.
The results of a Saturday night autopsy on Dean Tresner won’t be released or confirmed until the police investigation is finished.
A winter storm watch is in effect through noon Wednesday for the highest elevations of Routt County. The impact of an approaching winter storm should be much less severe in Steamboat Springs city limits.
With just one week until the official Election Day, nearly 24 percent of Routt County’s active voters have returned their completed election ballots, Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said Monday afternoon.
Sunday, October 23
County agenda for Oct. 24 and 25
Monday is Food Day, which highlights healthy and affordable food that is produced in a sustainable and humane way.
The Phippsburg Post Office received official word Friday that it permanently would be closed and that mail service to the unincorporated town would be replaced with outdoor cluster boxes.
The seasonal flu vaccine is the first line of defense against an illness that can leave one stuck at home feeling miserable, or worse, in the hospital with pneumonia. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone ages 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year.
1:49 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to assist the Colorado State Patrol with a DUI arrest at Sundance Plaza.
College football in Colorado has been tough to watch. But don’t fret. Colorado State University-Pueblo is 8-0, on top of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and ranked No. 8 in Division II.
Looking like strange, not-of-this-world beings, Tillandsia air plants can be quite spectacular and a focal point of a houseplant array.
Alpine Campus Chief Executive Officer Peter Perhac on Wednesday announced the college had secured enough funding to build a 286-seat auditorium that will connect to the campus’ new 60,000-square-foot academic facility.
Soroco, Hayden volleyball squads to host home matches Tuesday
Hayden and Soroco volleyball teams were at the heart of the league’s massive fluctuations, but when post-season play starts Tuesday, both schools, for one night at least, will be hoping everything goes according to plan.
The Yampa Valley Design Guild, aimed at bringing together local graphic artists for professional development and community contribution, has expanded to about 15 members in its 10 months as an organization.
Saturday, October 22
He’s part educator, part ambassador, and the gun on his belt reminds us that he’s also part law enforcement officer. Last Sunday, I spent the day touring Steve Znamenacek’s office, which stretches north of Hayden across California Park in Colorado.
Sailors Asher Rohde and Scott Powers head to state
The two cross-country runners who will make up Steamboat’s contingent at the state meet in a week are brutally honest and sincere when they speak. Their words carry no false promises of winning or losing.
Now open for nearly two years, Sk8 Church in Riverside Plaza has added a skateboard shop and big-screen TVs. But more importantly, it has offered teens a stable and safe place to hang out outside of school, its founders said Thursday.
Local governments and residents may not be able to prevent oil and gas exploration from taking place in Routt County, but they can insist that such development is done responsibly.
If one of the latest trends in mountain biking continues to catch on — and local custom frame manufacturer Moots is betting it will — Bike Town conspiracy theorists may be on the verge of their Roswell moment.
Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said it’s unusual to have a large increase in voter registration during an odd-year election but attributed the shift to the hot-button issues on this year's ballot.
Moots now has been responsible for two memorable “Welcome to Steamboat” moments for me.
Steamboat Springs volleyball locked up third place in Western Slope League in the early game, downing Battle Mountain, 3-1, before falling to Eagle Valley, 3-0, in the afternoon game Saturday.
Hayden volleyball team knocks off league powerhouse Vail Christian
Hayden entered the weekend needing a split between a Friday night game against Vail Mountain and Saturday’s showdown against untouched, unchallenged Vail Christian. In a twist that’s a typo waiting to happen, Hayden got that split.
Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Oct. 23
12:36 a.m. Steamboat Spring Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint in the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza.
The Jail Report for Oct. 15 to 21
The man found dead Friday night on a stairway at a Steamboat Springs condo complex has been identified as 50-year-old Dean Tresner, of Steamboat Springs.
It’s not an easy thing for a red-blooded American male to agree to a trip abroad in the middle of October. I mean, there are the conference championships in Major League Baseball and FOOTBALL.
The repair work near the Alpine Slide is part of an ongoing effort to stabilize Howelsen Hill, which requires regular monitoring and maintenance because of slides, cracks and slumps.
Real estate transactions for Oct. 14 to 20
The late Maxine Ohman was a Steamboat Springs fixture, growing up in a family of 11 in a spacious home. That four-bedroom home at 721 Pine St. now is on the market.
The body of a 50-year-old Steamboat Springs man was discovered Friday night in a stairway at a condo complex off Pine Grove Road behind City Market.
Of 66 pending sales, 26 percent are distressed properties
Adonna Allen, president of Alpine Bank in Steamboat Springs, had a telling anecdote to share this week about the difficulty of financing homebuyers under tightened lending standards.
Realtor Jim Walters, of Prudential Steamboat Realty, hit the marketing jackpot this month when he landed the top spot on the NBC Today Show’s “Today’s Real Estate” hosted by Al Roker and Barbara Corcoran.
Friday, October 21
After giving up 27 first-half points, the Hayden Tigers needed a second-half rally to defeat the Meeker Cowboys, 39-27, and keep the team’s hopes of a postseason berth alive for at least one more week.
The Soroco High School football team flexed its muscles at home Friday night, and with a dominating win against North Park, the Rams ensured they hadn’t suited up for the final time in Oak Creek this season.
Rams stumble in 3rd game but close out Wildcats
It wasn’t the ideal final tune-up, but it was good enough. Despite mistakes that left coaches and players frustrated, the Soroco High School volleyball team played good enough to get past North Park on Friday night, winning at home in four games.
LiveWell Northwest Colorado is helping families be healthy by working to improve eating habits and to be more physically active through the “Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0” program.
As part of Teen Read Week, Bud Werner Memorial Library will waive overdue fines for teens ages 13 to 18 who visit the library Saturday.
The Steamboat Springs High School chapter of the National Honor Society is hosting the inaugural Green Halloween Costume Swap at 9 a.m. Saturday at the high school.
Routt County school lunch menus for Oct. 24 to 28
4:27 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear in the 2300 block of Ski Trail Lane. The bear was chased away.
I know some of you think medical marijuana is a scam by “druggies” to obtain their pot more easily, and I am sure there are a few who do not really need it. I also am sure there are many more who medical marijuana helps to live a less painful and more productive life.
There is no doubt in my mind that the medical aspect of cannabis is truly amazing. It might not be for everybody, but it saved my life and will probably save many lives in the future when doctors and scientists get the opportunity to work with cannibinoids.
Steamboat Springs High School football falls against Palisade, 58-7, on Friday night, with the Bulldogs all but securing the win in the first 12 minutes of the game.
The sun is expected to keep shining through the weekend before a cold blast enters the Yampa Valley creating the potential for snow midweek.
Snowmaking operations this fall won’t begin until at least Wednesday, when the crews will begin deploying equipment after going through their annual orientation session the day before.
U.S. Sen. Mark Udall claimed Wednesday that a bill he steered through Congress this week will be an economic boon for Colorado mountain resorts by expanding their potential uses without turning them into amusement parks.
Process to keep traffic moving smoothly will be implemented in 2012
The Colorado Department of Transportation plans to implement a pacing program, intended to keep traffic moving smoothly, on eastbound Interstate 70 on peak Sundays next year, officials announced Tuesday.
The Rams hope they can use one final home game against one of the league’s worst teams to finish working out what’s been a roller-coaster season.
If all goes well, local fans will get at least one more chance to see the Rams play at home after Friday night’s regular season finale against North Park.
The Sailors already have qualified for the district tournament, but Saturday is their last dress rehearsal for that potentially season-ending battle.
The Sailors still are looking for their first win of the season, and they could ruin some other team’s plans if they find it Friday night.
The Tigers have been red-hot in league play, winning seven of their past eight Western Slope matches.
The Hayden football team needs to bounce back fast after a drubbing last week at Class 1A powerhouse Hotchkiss — a chance they’ll get when they play Friday night at home against Meeker.
Election season is in full swing, and residents are being asked to think about how tourism affects their lives and what having visitors in town stimulating the local economy is worth to them.
The nursing program at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus is one step closer to attaining a nod from a national accrediting commission. Examiners scoured the campus during a site visit last week and recommended the program for initial accreditation through the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Nursing Program Director Kelly Martin-Puleo said. If the program receives final accreditation, it’s expected to be good news for the college and its students.
Thursday, October 20
There are pieces of Yampa Valley history just waiting to be discovered in the Home ReSource salvage yard in Milner — objects that might not have a future if it wasn’t for the annual Creative Community Art Project.
Local skier Glen Little II is hosting the Level 1 Productions ski movie premiere of "After Dark" on Friday in Steamboat.
7:42 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a car that did not stop for a bus stop sign at Mount Werner and River roads.
Airport shuttle and taxi company moves west on US 40
Go Alpine owner Lisa Adamo and General Manager Tracy Rogalski joked that not having to go outside to use the restroom ranks among their favorite aspects of the company’s new home on Snow Bowl Plaza.
Town Council says county should fund airport improvement costs
The Hayden Town Council on Thursday night agreed to ask Routt County to reimburse the town for some or all of the costs it incurred from upgrades to Yampa Valley Regional Airport’s water system.
Local opera vocalist Simonne Hill is offering an evening of arias with Keri Rusthoi, Christel Houston and Leia Thomas. The former Emerald City Opera student singer will be leaving her hometown of Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat Springs High School volleyball jumped out to an early lead against Moffat County and then won in three straight sets on Thursday.
With three goals, senior Mac Noel helped the Sailors shut out Moffat County in a 5-0 win Thursday night, but unfortunately, that wasn't enough for Steamboat to take the Western Slope League title.
Jim Pavlik has filed a lawsuit in Routt County District Court against the city of Steamboat Springs, the Steamboat Springs City Council and Gerenscer LLC, the company owned by Clear Water Studios developer Ben Spiegel.
Air service is one of the most important economic drivers for our community, touching directly or indirectly every individual, family, business and organization across our community.
One element of this new 0.25 percent sales tax that has not been discussed in any detail is the positive impact that a growing city of Steamboat Springs sales tax base would have on the Steamboat Springs Education Fund.
Program aims to help participants improve their economic situations
Routt County officials hope a new program launched Thursday will give local families the resources they need to escape poverty.
There is nothing as permanent as a temporary tax.
The misfortune of farmers and ranchers in the American Southwest is creating positive market conditions for their counterparts in the Yampa Valley.
A $175,000 federal grant paid for the 24 solar panels installed on the roof that will preheat the hot water used at the Routt County Jail, which shares a 28,000-square-foot building with the Sheriff’s Office and Routt County Communications.
The Hungry Dog is celebrating its first year in business with the contest that will start at 2 p.m. Saturday at its kiosk in Old Town Square.
Routt National Forest is reminding hunters that access to Buffalo Pass from the west is closed because of road construction. Hunters still can access the summit from the eastern side of the Park Range in North Park.
Adult women's soccer results for Oct. 19
Adult coed volleyball results for Oct. 19
Punt, Pass and Kick results
Wednesday, October 19
Hayden School Board says change to team is necessary
The Hayden School Board on Wednesday night erased any doubt about whether the Hayden High School football team would switch to 8-man football next season.
A pair of Steamboat Springs High School runners broke from the pack Wednesday at the regional cross-country meet in Delta to earn trips to state.
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarding program recently named three new coaches for the 2011-12 season. Josh Banks, Tom Davis and Cody Brown will all be joining the Winter Sports Club coaching staff.
Area high school winter sports athletes may not have laced up their sneakers yet, but with the time until the start of those seasons now measured in weeks, the thought is at least starting to cross their minds. Good thing, then, that Routt County schools are filling up their winter season head coaching jobs.
7:24 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious person near North Grand Street. A man was seen walking around Dumpsters, and the person who called did not think he looked like he was dressed for the weather. The man could not be found.
The Steamboat Springs City Council approved the final development plan for a project that a neighboring property owner said ignores a protected wetland area near 13th Street.
The Bureau of Land Management released Monday the record of decision for the Little Snake resource management plan in Northwest Colorado.
Long, a lifelong Routt County resident, worked with the South Routt School District for 40 years and announced in July that she wasn’t running for a sixth term on the School Board.
The Hayden Town Council on Thursday will discuss whether it should seek reimbursement for fees incurred from water upgrades at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
We continue to struggle as a nation with growing waistlines, and the impact for our children’s generation will be significant.
How is it possible that our educational standards are so low?
The expected $1.3 million that could be generated annually by Referendum 2B's passage would be administered by the Local Marketing District board.
Steamboat resident Kim Haggarty and former All That Jazz owner Joe Kboudi announced that Haggarty has bought the music and gift store on Lincoln Avenue.
Lodging industry leader Larry Mashaw told a gathering of businesspeople that large ski groups are signaling a strong start for the resort community, but it will be March that matters.
700 ballots have been returned as undeliverable
Officials can begin scanning the completed ballots as early as Monday, but the results of those scans will not be known by anyone until Nov. 1.
Simons, editor of the Lawrence Journal-World, was presented the Ralph D. Casey/Minnesota Award for his distinguished record of leadership and service in the newspaper industry. The Simons family owns WorldWest LLC, the parent company of the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
As an “independent” community college, CMC needs to continue its careful strategy to the development of new programs and facilities while continuing its commitment to strong local partnerships.
On the board level, I will work hard through the budgeting and policy-making processes to meet challenges system-wide as well as working personally on the local level for their implementation.
I am proud to state that I am a founding trustee of CMC’s four-year degree programs, and I have voted consistently not to increase CMC’s modest mill levy.
CMC should be a recognizable community partner in activities that are important to our citizens — whether it is historic preservation, athletic events, school activities or the arts.
A community college was the impetus for completing my bachelor’s degree in education. It provided me, along with many other Americans, something that might otherwise have never occurred: opportunity.
It’s important that CMC serves the constantly evolving civic, social, religious and vocational needs of our mountain region.
The Steamboat Springs eighth-grade football team made sure its final week of the 2011 season would mean something. The team played its last three games in a span of five days, picking up wins against Hayden, Meeker and Moffat County.
As the Steamboat Springs cross-country team prepares to run for what could be the final time this season at the regional meet Wednesday in Delta, it can lean on a meet in early September when the Sailors raced on the same flat Delta course.
Our colleges and universities must continue to fulfill the dual role of both a center for continuation for the great traditions of Western education and a technical training ground for practical applications in the modern workplace.
The eight candidates running for a seat on Colorado Mountain College's board of trustees hope to help ensure the college system continues to grow in Colorado.
The reason Rebecca Bailey put more than 100 hours into two pieces of furniture artwork this year was a simple one. It was displayed right on one of the Adirondack-style chairs she decorated for this year’s Bust of Steamboat fundraiser for the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project.
On Thursday morning, right in the middle of the crazy get-the-teenager-to-school-before-he-is-late routine, my Ford Explorer sputtered and died.
Considering the right-wing political slant of the Mallard Fillmore cartoon strip, it should be moved back where it was (ViewPoints) or dropped entirely.
It is a challenge for anyone to take a complicated issue and make it understandable and concise. Referendum 2B is intended to bring the number of inbound and outbound seats during our winter season back to its previous level and to re-charge the program.
Colorado families should consider the important benefits of Proposition 103, a very small tax increase to raise funds for our school districts.
A bill that passed through Congress this week has significant potential for mountain communities like Steamboat.
I believe Colorado Mountain College is an integral part of our local community and will play an important role in the economic recovery for Northwest Colorado.
Yampa Valley Medical Center’s campaign for Melanoma Awareness Month won the Silver Leaf Award for community relations at the Colorado Healthcare Communicators Gold Leaf Awards dinner Thursday in Denver.
Like many rural towns, Toponas is facing the possible closure of its post office as the U.S. Postal Service aims to cut costs amid a budget crisis.
The smoke billowing from Mount Werner on Monday was from controlled burns of slash piles. Expect to see more of the same through midweek.
Steamboat Springs was awarded more than $1.7 million in federal grant funds that will allow the city to add to its bus fleet.
12:25 a.m. Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers were called to a report of a lost hunter in the California Park area north of Hayden. Volunteers began searching for the man the next morning, and the man returned to the road on his own.
Tuesday, October 18
The Steamboat Springs City Council gave preliminary support to a new development process for the Ptarmigan Inn redevelopment.
Despite Steamboat's 7-1 win against Eagle Valley on Tuesday night, it appears Steamboat will need help Thursday to win the league title.
Routt County commissioners were surprised this week at the news that the Quicksilver oil-drilling pad east of Hayden is shifting to hydraulic fracturing.
Steamboat police are an incident that apparently started out as an argument and resulted in a man getting run over by a car Sunday.
Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers found a lost hunter Monday, a day after locating a lost family of five on Rabbit Ears Pass.
A trial is scheduled to start Jan. 9 for the Steamboat Springs man accused of attempting to murder his wife June 11, 2010.
A study of the race showed that more than 20 percent of spectators at the Aug. 22 to 28 race came from outside the state.
Monday, October 17
The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night voted unanimously to bring back a director position.
Ghost Ranch Saloon co-owner Amy Garris describes the three months since Steamboat Springs’ new noise ordinance took effect as “pretty uneventful.”
Shell Oil is scheduled to appear before the commissioners Tuesday afternoon to make a second permit request.
Officials will host a meeting Nov. 8 to discuss an issue that has become increasingly important to Steamboat Springs’ cycling community — Routt County’s policy on using the chip-and-seal method of preserving its paved roads.
The discussion surrounding Referendums 1A, 2C, 2E and 2A has become the saddest of events I can remember in a public arena. In fact, just this week, I finally realized why I feel so strongly about this issue.
Banning medical marijuana businesses is a public policy decision that can have a severe impact on the quality of life for many Steamboat Springs residents.
With no public discussion or input, the Steamboat Springs City Council has given up its responsibility to uphold the environmental values outlined in the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan.
Most stars shine with a constant brightness in our sky throughout timescales of centuries, millennia and even eons. But it’s the stars that don’t shine steady that are among the most interesting.
My biggest takeaway from Italia is that people live well with itty-bitty cars. Many Italians get their daily thrill from weaving in and out of traffic on beefed-up scooters.
Colorado official in Steamboat as part of weeklong tour of schools
Colorado’s lieutenant governor told a group of educators gathered at Strawberry Park Elementary School in Steamboat Springs on Monday that too many students in the state are not reading proficiently as they leave the third grade.
12:44 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint in the 2900 block of Après Ski Way. Officers warned 15 people who were playing loud music.
A Kremmling woman and her 3-year-old son were taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center for precautionary reasons and released Monday after the woman’s Ford Expedition slid off Rabbit Ears Pass.
The U.S. Forest Service is getting rid of slash piles on the slopes of Steamboat Ski Area. The controlled burns could continue through Wednesday.
The Bureau of Land Management released Monday the Record of Decision for the Little Snake Resource Management Plan in Northwest Colorado. The Record of Decision is the final step of an extensive, multi-year effort to develop a Resource Management Plan for the approximately 1.3 million acres of BLM-administered public lands and an additional 1.1 million acres of subsurface mineral estate administered by the Little Snake Field Office in Moffat, Routt, and Rio Blanco counties. “There has been extensive public and cooperator involvement throughout this process, which began in 2004,” Little Snake Field Manager Wendy Reynolds said. “We have used this involvement to develop a plan that balances protection of sensitive resources with resource use.”
Sunday, October 16
We have been trying to run an advertisement for nearly a week thanking the sponsors and contributors to the Community Barn Dance and Barbecue at Sidney Peak Ranch. We have run the ad three times. Each time, the ad contained an error.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is accepting submission of original artwork for the 31st annual Steamboat Marathon.
2:32 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 49-year-old Steamboat Springs man on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to drive in a lane after a traffic stop on Weiss Circle.
In full disclosure, I don’t care much for the NBA. I think I may have watched five games all of last year. Despite what my feelings are about the NBA, it doesn’t cloud what eventually could happen.
It wasn’t the ideal weekend for either the Hayden or Soroco high school football teams. Both entered Friday’s games with the chance to win their divisions, but neither proved up to the task, each falling in lopsided games.
Christian Heritage School students planning a mission trip to Uganda and Rwanda in April are holding a fundraiser from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
October may be Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it’s a subject that is at the forefront of my mind every day of the year.
As Master Gardeners, we work under the auspices of and in conjunction with the Routt County Extension Agent. Here in Routt County, that meant CJ Mucklow.
After riding in the backseat of a Cessna flying 12,000 feet above some of the country’s notable national parks, student Ben Saheb said he won’t soon forget any of the things he learned.
Joe Garcia’s appearance at school the start of a weeklong tour
As part of an initiative to improve early childhood literacy programs, Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia will kick off a tour of schools Monday at Strawberry Park Elementary School.
A Grand Junction man who died Saturday afternoon after his Ford Explorer rolled over on a remote county road in southwest Routt County was not wearing a seatbelt during the crash, according to a news release from the Colorado State Patrol.
The Record for Oct. 14
The Jail Report for Oct. 8 to 14
Happy birthday wishes to Grady Frentress, Hailey Archuleta, Elsie Richardson and Jacob Goodard.
Saturday, October 15
After sitting out last year, Cody Miles, a 2010 Soroco High School graduate and redshirt freshman at Fort Lewis College in Durango, entered this year as the starter at strongside linebacker.
A tennis court is just 36 feet wide and 78 feet long, but that small patch of court must have seemed much bigger for the players on it this weekend in Pueblo.
Referendum 5A, a tax increase for the West Routt Fire Protection District, deserves a “no” vote.
Two Routt County communities will vote this month on tax proposals that would provide additional funding for emergency services. But while one proposal is a sensible request of residents, the other goes too far and should be rejected.
A 54-year-old Grand Junction man was killed Saturday afternoon after rolling his car on a remote county road in far southwest Routt County.
Sailors knock off Colorado Academy, 3-1
Steamboat Springs slammed back-to-back goals in one short period of the first half against Colorado Academy, those plays paving the way for a 3-1 victory Saturday.
Hotel could be redeveloped into 10-story condo complex
A major redevelopment project at the base of Steamboat Ski Area is moving forward, but it’s also drawing the ire of some of its neighbors.
If you’re a registered voter in Routt County and you haven’t received your ballot in the mail, it might be time to call the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
Dan Bubenheim followed all the rules he’s learned throughout the years, but still came up dry last month. It was unlucky, but he said other hunters already are reporting better experiences, and he has a full schedule to prove it.
The phrase “not as bad as I expected” doesn’t make for much of a compliment. It’s not the right phrase, anyway, so let me put it this way: I covered the Sailors last week for the first time in nearly two years, and they were better than I expected.
More than 60 sisters — biological and otherwise — had the chance to bond with old and new friends during this weekend’s Sisters in Steamboat event. The two-day, third annual weekend combined the concepts of a conference and a party.
The Hayden volleyball team started slow Saturday in Plateau Valley dropping the first game, before responding with three straight wins to pull away with a 3-1 victory.
After staging a furious comeback Friday against Vail Mountain, Soroco gave up a big lead Saturday to Rangely before closing in the fifth game with a 3-2 win.
Soda Creek bank stabilization and 13th Street water line efforts continue
Crews still have about two weeks left of work to do on the Soda Creek project on the east side of Lincoln Avenue, weather permitting, Public Works Director Philo Shelton said Friday.
Friday, October 14
Effortless. In a word, that’s how Glenwood Springs made the game of football look in Friday’s 43-0 rout of visiting Steamboat Springs.
West Grand High School ran past the Soroco football team with a devastating 32-point third quarter. West Grand won Friday night in Oak Creek, 52-12.
Hotchkiss running back Jacobe Galley can be unstoppable when the ball is in his hands. And Friday in Hayden, Galley was simply superb, leading No. 2 Hotchkiss against Hayden, 66-13.
The Hayden High School girls volleyball started well but faltered down the stretch Friday at home, falling 3-1 to Little Snake River, Wyo.
Soroco entered Friday night’s home match against Vail Mountain desperate for a win, and it got it, pulling off a stunning comeback, a mid-match turnaround so dramatic even hours later it barely seemed real.
The number of Routt County homes entering the foreclosure process jumped 39 percent in the third quarter as 86 properties started the foreclosure process between July and September.
The number of single-family home building permits issued in 2011 has reversed a five-year trend of fewer such permits being issued each successive year in Steamboat Springs and Routt County.
7:29 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers located a suspected habitual traffic offender driving near the 2100 block of Curve Plaza.
Routt County school lunch menus for Oct. 17 to 21
The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, which provides sustainability education and awareness, welcomes Kaela Mllier and Bill Luca-Brown to its board of directors.
Tennis players fall from tournament a day early
After a frustrating first two days of the Colorado state tennis tournament, the Sailors were knocked out of the competition and headed home Friday afternoon.
The evidence of last week’s snow will continue to melt away on Storm Peak as above-normal temperatures and dry weather prolong the fall season in Northwest Colorado.
Steamboat Ski Area cracked the top 10 in the 2011 SKI Magazine reader survey rankings after falling to No. 14 last winter. SKI announced its resort rankings this week, which had Steamboat rising six places to a respectable No. 8.
Christian Heritage School teacher Tracie Patterson has launched the Blankets for Babies program, a service project for students to make fleece blankets for children in China.
I am running because I think it is important to have that continuity of leadership and institutional memory that is so important in the functioning of the district.
I am running to increase public education funding in Steamboat and to improve basic reading, math, communication and science education.
If Steamboat is to snap its losing streak, now at 17 games and spanning three seasons, it needs to tighten up its run defense and take advantage of opportunities on offense.
Hayden needs to stay sharp in its Friday match against Little Snake River.
I feel I continue to have the energy and passion for continuing the process, supporting our staff, parents and community in educating our students and am able to continue to volunteer to do that.
The Tigers need to pull off a big surprise to upset undefeated Hotchkiss on Friday.
After being swept last weekend at the hands of regional rivals Hayden and West Grand, Soroco needs a pick-me-up in the worst way.
League championships could be on the line in a home game for Soroco football on Friday.
Candidates offer differing opinions at election forum
Steamboat Springs City Council candidates had the opportunity to differentiate themselves from their opponents Thursday night at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. And they did.
On Thursday in Edwards, the Huskies downed the Sailors, 3-2, throwing the chase for the league title between the two rivals into multiple tiebreakers.
A packed election forum at the Steamboat Springs Community Center on Thursday stayed crowded until the end — when supporters and opponents of a winter air service tax and medical marijuana businesses squared off on the same day many residents received their ballots in the mail.
Thursday, October 13
All seven of the Sailors' entries into the state tournament fell in either the first or second round Thursday, opening day of the state tennis tournament.
Mark Brut, a Denver musician with the band Sneaky Bastards, plays a free, solo acoustic show at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Old Town Pub.
Board members ‘committed’ to funding law enforcement
The town of Oak Creek is anticipating decreasing revenues in 2012, and the Town Board is looking to make budget cuts accordingly. But that’s no easy task for the town of 800, which already was operating on a tightrope of a budget.
School Board hopefuls address election forum
Candidates in Steamboat Springs’ only contested school board race touted their experience as educators and offered contrasting views of Proposition 103 during an election forum Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.
Playing loose and easy, the Glenwood Springs High School volleyball team picked up its second impressive win in as many games Thursday, downing Steamboat Springs, 3-1.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls cross-country team finished second and the boys finished third on Thursday at a meet at Deerfield Park in Rifle.
The published compilation of journal entries from Steamboat's Timothy Cross will be on display at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest trade fair for books in the world.
Steamboat Dance Theatre expects a large cast for its milestone concert. Auditions will be held Saturday and Sunday, and the concert will take place in the spring.
Steamboat Springs sales taxes increased nearly 6.7 percent in August from the same month last year, according to the final report released Wednesday afternoon by the city.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were treated like celebrities Thursday as they met with Strawberry Park Elementary School students.
Gary, I appreciate your efforts to demonstrate here in Steamboat for the Occupy Wall Street movement (“Gary R. Burman: Occupy Steamboat,” Wednesday’s Steamboat Today), but you could not be more wrong on a number of points.
Routt County Riders is playing host to a trail workday from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday to finish up work on the new Ricky’s Ridge Trail, which runs below Lupin.
The Steamboat Springs Police Department reported that a Taser was used on a man who officers said was resisting arrest Thursday morning.
Make an appointment for an annual exam and breast exam at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Women’s Health Clinic.
The Routt County Conservation District is promoting conservation through seeding by selling certified seed. Customers can get seed quotes on custom mixes that ensure the best prescription for your land as determined by the local Natural Resources Conservation Service office personnel.
1:21 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of an assault in the 400 block of North Grant Avenue. A person was taken to detox.
As a school board member, I see myself representing the voice of our community. I personally represent a demographic that is not currently represented on the school board which gives me a unique perspective.
I have the experience that is necessary to contribute to a successful board. In this time of economic turmoil it is vital to have as much experience and education on the board as possible.
I am running to make sure South Routt students continue to have the best possible education.
I feel the district has made great strides in becoming a district recognized as “Accredited with Distinction.” I will add assets to make sure we reach this goal.
I have been asked by many people of the valley to run for City Council and the reasons are my love and passion I have for this valley.
I am not a politician. I am a businessman, and more important, I am a citizen of Steamboat Springs, just like you.
I am not a member of any political party or particular ideology. I do believe in practicing what one preaches, I just don't preach much. I prefer to practice.
I am running for City Council because I want to do my part to insure that Steamboat remains a community that offers great economic opportunity and a high quality of life for its residents, while retaining its status as a world-class destination resort.
As your representative on City Council, I will work to maintain and enhance the natural and cultural assets that make Steamboat Springs a desirable place to live and to visit.
I have enjoyed my one-year of service on the council and look forward to serving for four more years.
I am very happy with the last four years of service, and I would love to continue to make Steamboat the best town we can be.
I arrived in Steamboat Springs in 1993 to volunteer for the U.S. Forest Service. Since then I have continued to serve our community.
I am the director of the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division (MMED) of the Colorado Department of Revenue, and I want to make you fully aware how your vote will affect the availability of medical marijuana in your community.
The ritual of picking up the paper and glancing at the last page to see what is in store for the day has changed since the Steamboat Today has cut horoscopes from the paper.
The tobacco industry is shifting its product development away from cigarettes and focusing on new dissolvable products that are being test marketed in Colorado and North Carolina.
Wednesday, October 12
Commission members request more information from Steamboat City Council
Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission members agreed to continue a discussion about a possible Howelsen Hill Ski Area task force at its work session Oct. 26 after starting the conversation Wednesday.
Colorado’s Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar told a group of local ranchers at Steamboat's Olympian Hall on Wednesday evening that he thinks agriculture will lead the state out of recession.
When the 2011 World Rafting Championships wrapped up Monday on Costa Rica’s Pacuare River, Steamboat Springs resident Sarah Hamilton was there every stroke of the way to help propel her U.S. Teva Women’s Team to a seventh-place overall showing.
Even though Ruthie Erickson had been succumbing to early-onset Alzheimer’s for eight years, she was knitting scarves up until April of this year. It was a soothing activity to her as the rest of her world shrank.
On Monday, Colorado Mountain College engineering professor Stephen Craig and 11 CMC students put on hard hats and safety vests and were led on an extensive tour of the Alpine Campus' new 60,0000-square-foot academic facility.
A Saturday event at Bear River Skatepark will mark the start of the next stage of its growth, which includes a new fundraising campaign and more terrain.
Anyone who has been around the two soccer programs won’t be shocked at the following sentence: Thursday’s 6 p.m. game at Battle Mountain almost certainly will decide the Western Slope League championship.
The committee promoting the tax to supplement Steamboat Springs’ winter air service program raised more than $35,000 in the campaign finance reporting period that ended Oct. 6 — more than the sum of what all other local election issue committees and candidates raised during the same time period.
Resort industry leaders are asking Steamboat Springs voters to make what they call an investment in the local economy by approving a 0.25 percent city sales tax that would be used to stem the decline of airline seats arriving during ski season.
All voters who live in Routt County will consider at least one ballot question to determine whether to ban or continue to allow the operation of local medical marijuana dispensaries, grow operations and infused-product makers.
The first charge against Steamboat Springs restaurateur Marco Pauvert was dropped Sept. 28 because the alleged victim moved out of state and could not return to Routt County to testify. The second charge was dropped last week because the alleged victim could not be found.
The Oak Creek Town Board holds its semimonthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd.
Old Town Hot Springs is offering a lifeguard training course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 to 6 and Nov. 12 to 13.
The Bureau of Land Management released for public review two Draft Resource Management Plan revisions for more than 900,000 acres of bureau lands and minerals in Northwest Colorado.
2:12 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a suspicious car parked with its lights on in the 500 block of West Jefferson Avenue in Hayden.
The Routt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary thought to have occurred overnight Tuesday at Farrow Repair Service in west Steamboat. Sheriff's Office vehicles and yellow police tape blocked off the property this morning.
North Routt Fire Protection District officials said that last week they signed off on nearly $90,000 in savings for taxpayers.
Lawmakers are considering the Ski Area Recreation Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011, which would more easily allow year-round attractions on Forest Service land.
The theme of this year’s Sisters in Steamboat weekend is aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles.
Colorado state Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, acknowledged Tuesday that she likely won’t vote for Proposition 103, a proposed increase of the state’s sales and income taxes that would raise an estimated $2.9 billion for public schools in Colorado.
The Occupy Wall Street movement is a catalyst for positive change that will reach all corners of our country.
Without the infusion of Proposition 103 revenue to stop the divestment in our education system, our schools won’t be innovating, and they won’t be implementing any new reforms.
Having flown nearly 50,000 miles in and out of Yampa Valley Regional Airport since Referendum 2B was announced, I am a strong advocate for improved air service and increased capacity out of our Hayden airport. However, I don’t think this referendum by itself will produce the improvements this community needs.
Coed Volleyball League
The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team was expected to be where it’s at, but while the team continually dominates its region, the state tournament Thursday will prove more of a challenge.
Tuesday, October 11
Thirty Lowell Whitman Primary School students toured a Depot Art Center exhibit called “Enkya,” which was modeled after a Ugandan slum and designed to teach the students about different life experiences.
Proposition 103 proposes a statewide increase to income tax and sales tax rates but fails to specify how $2.9 billion in new revenue for public education will be allocated.
A bike park will not be built on Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District land after the water district’s board of directors last week decided to table their vote on the project.
This is the last week to check out an exhibit featuring Abraham Lincoln’s walking stick and Thomas Jefferson’s violin at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.
2:22 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a man and a woman arguing.
The Colorado Supreme Court soon may take up a debate that could alter fundamentally Colorado’s medical marijuana landscape.
The field of Steamboat Springs City Council candidates agreed Tuesday that it’s important for the community to market its summertime attractions, but they differed on how best to accomplish it.
Tim Tebow, newly anointed Denver Broncos starting quarterback, talked Tuesday about handling expectations and what he and the Broncos offense need to accomplish before facing the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 23.
Steamboat Ski Area's parent company recently settled into the completely renovated third floor of the historic 18th Street Atrium building in Lower Downtown Denver and began hiring.
Last month, I felt the thin line that separates cyclists and drivers on our county roads narrow as a truck passed by me at high speed with only inches to spare. There is a lot to this situation, but in simple terms, I think it’s about respect, or the lack of it.
Three Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club members have been named to the U.S. contingent for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games, joining 12 other Americans to compete against more than 1,000 athletes from 80 countries.
The 16,900 affected Yampa Valley Electric Association customers included those in Steamboat, Clark and Stagecoach.
Monday, October 10
As part of Teen Read Week, the Bud Werner Memorial Library will waive overdue fines for teens ages 13 to 18 who visit the library from Oct. 16 to 22.
The two candidates in Steamboat Springs’ only contested school board race have different opinions about Proposition 103, a tax initiative that would raise an estimated $2.9 billion for Colorado’s public schools over five years.
To address staffing and equipment needs, the West Routt Fire Protection District is asking voters to increase property taxes for the district that encompasses the town of Hayden, the Hayden Station power plant and Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
If passed, Referendum 2D would raise the town sales tax rate from 3 to 4 percent. The funds from the potential tax increase likely would be used to hire another police officer.
In recent years, the city of Steamboat Springs’ general fund has supported the operation of Howelsen Hill and the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena by nearly $1 million per year. Now, the Steamboat Springs City Council appears ready to see whether the facilities can generate revenue instead of eating it.
Referendum 2F asks Oak Creek residents to decide whether the town can publish adopted ordinances in the Steamboat Pilot & Today by title only, instead of the full text of the ordinance.
Routt County voters this year will help decide whether Colorado’s sales and income taxes should be raised for five years to provide additional revenue for public schools, including colleges and universities.
Routt County’s public school districts this year each met most of the Adequate Yearly Progress benchmarks set by the federal government, but none can say it met all the requirements.
Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the international Green Belt Movement, was never a big hit with her own Kenyan government. But when she died, she was honored with a state funeral.
In 1929, the International Astronomical Union sat down to weed through the hundreds of constellations that had been invented during the centuries. Now 88 remain.
Is Referendum 2B the best answer for everyone in our community? Are we even asking ourselves the right questions in addressing such a complex issue? Maybe we just need to look at the bigger picture.
During the past 25 years, my family has been a direct beneficiary of the winter air service program.
As owner of D and C Medical Marijuana Center in Steamboat Springs, I wanted to let everyone know why banning us is a bad idea.
12:10 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 34900 block of U.S. Highway 40. It turned out to be a golf course maintenance vehicle.
Law enforcement officials aren't sure why the alleged altercation took place. A Hayden man was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and several other charges.
A 49-year-old Steamboat Springs man was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center late Sunday night with facial injuries after police said he crashed his Chevy Suburban in the 1100 block of Yampa Street while reportedly driving under the influence of alcohol and then fled the scene.
Sunday, October 9
Steamboat Springs High School alumnus John Cutter is in his junior season at the University of San Diego and logging his best times for the Toreros cross-country team.
Andy Mucklow, a 2008 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, will lead Colorado State University at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Chem-E Car Competition from Friday to Sunday in Minneapolis.
On Saturday, the Community Health Fair will offer one-stop shopping for health information, low-cost blood tests and immunizations. The annual event is from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
12:14 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a 21-year-old Steamboat Springs man on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after a traffic stop in the 1000 block of Walton Creek Road.
County Agenda for Oct. 10 and 11
If your indoor plants have been neglected while tending to the outdoor garden, fall recreation and other autumn activities, you might have missed the growth spurts that have taken place inside. If your indoor plants have used up all the nutrients in their soil or have outgrown the pot and become root bound, it’s time to move them into a new pot.
The white paint on the wooden walls of the Foidel Canyon Schoolhouse started to peel off years ago, and its foundation continues to sag and flood with rainwater. But the historic building still looks about the same as it did when it closed its doors and dismissed students for the last time in the early 1960s.
Suzy Patillo has showing at Azteca through October
Although local artist Suzy Patillo works in a variety of mediums, all of her works carry themes of the natural world and Colorado scenery. Patillo will be displaying her artwork at Azteca Taqueria through October.
Saturday, October 8
It’s hard to shake the feeling that the Hayden High School football team’s drop to the 8-man classification would be a bad thing.
Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Oct. 9
12:12 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a roommate dispute in the 3100 block of Ingles Lane where a person was throwing furniture out on the lawn. Officers mediated the situation, and the person who threw the furniture got a hotel for the night.
The Jail Report for Oct. 1 to 7
Athletes with the Winter Sports Club and other skiers already are well into their season preparations. And for a few athletes this fall dancing has provided a nice change.
The Soroco football team took care of business Friday night setting up a huge showdown this week against West Grand, winning 48-0.
The Tigers swept Soroco and West Grand on Saturday, vaulting themselves ahead of the Rams and launching a crazy two-week scramble to firm up district playoff seeds.
After more than four frustrating hours at the Pelican Lakes Golf Club in Windsor, answering my phone call probably was the last thing Steamboat Springs High School golfer Erik Sobeck wanted to do.
The first race in the Steamboat Springs Winter Running Series included 5- and 10-kilometer runs, a 400-meter fun run and a raffle loaded with prizes.
Fortunately, the left and The New York Times has intellectual lightweights like Paul Krugman for guidance; otherwise, the country could be in far worse shape with the mounting anger of our worsening economic situation.
The proposed 2012 budget for the city of Steamboat Springs presents a reasoned approach to meeting the demands of providing core government services while also helping to fund ancillary services that make Steamboat a great place to live and visit.
The 50 or so participants in the inaugural Rocky Mountain Young Professionals Summit gained a broad view of their early careers and how to best navigate the exciting paths that lay ahead.
Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said Friday that after being given permission by the Colorado Secretary of State to mail ballots to inactive voters, she likely wouldn’t. But that doesn’t mean those voters can’t cast ballots in the Nov. 1 election.
Hayden’s new structural engineering course will give junior and senior students who come to the Technical Education Center an opportunity to design, weld and secure the funding needed to build a steel structure that could be used as a video recording platform at Hayden athletic events.
Saturday's snow may have made players slow, but it did little to stop Steamboat, which rolled by Palisade, 5-0, in Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat couldn’t hang with Palisade in the pressure-packed moments of a Saturday match that could have lifted the squad into the Western Slope League driver’s seat.
Results from Saturday's Steamboat Sneak 10K and 5K races in Steamboat Springs.
Thank you for your editorial stance in the paper about the marijuana centers.
7:35 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of smoke near Fish Creek Falls. Someone had left trash burning at a campsite.
Friday, October 7
It was a struggle early, but the Hayden High School football team found the sweetest relief Friday as it beat up on Rangely, 34-6.
Persistent rain clouds made for two very long days of tennis, but when things were finally over, everything was sunny for the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis squad.
In the end, it went as everyone expected. Rifle, one of the most untouchable teams in Colorado’s Class 3A, ran all over Steamboat Springs.
The Delta Panthers started strong Friday night but could not stop a Sailors rally that gave Steamboat Springs its second come-from-behind win against the Panthers this season.
Steamboat Realtors are using words like “remarkable” and “extraordinary” to describe a string of sales and purchases. With one deal dependent on the other, four homes were bought and sold in a three-day period.
Discovery Channel’s 'I, Caveman' experiment filmed in Routt County
The two-episode series "I, Caveman," explores the evolution of human intelligence by placing 10 people in the Routt County aspen groves “Survivor”-style, and with no food, tools or direction. Morgan Spurlock, of “Super Size Me,” was the host.
Federal action in California doesn’t mean it will happen in Colorado
Local medical marijuana dispensary owners said they aren’t worried that federal action announced Friday against their California counterparts would eventually lead to similar measures in Colorado.
A ruling Friday by a Denver judge paved the way for all Colorado registered voters to receive ballots even if they are considered inactive.
Residents are invited to reflect on the high water of spring 2011 on Wednesday before visiting with Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar.
Town Council also discusses criteria for hiring next police chief
The Hayden Town Council on Thursday night discussed the professional qualities they were looking for in their next police chief and announced the hiring of a new Parks and Recreation Department supervisor.
Burns to remove beetle-killed lodgepole pine trees are scheduled at Steamboat Ski Area and along Buffalo Pass Road. Burns might occur in other locations if weather permits.
Some customers have received an email that appears to be from Wells Fargo and prompts customers to enter personal information such as bank account and social security numbers.
Weather turned the first day of the Class 4A regional tennis tournament into a monstrous marathon, but that didn't deter Steamboat's tennis team.
Chris Benchetler skis in the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort backcountry while filming with Teton Gravity Research for the 2011 film “One for the Road.” The ski film kicks off this year’s Steamboat Mountain Film Festival with a screening at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.
Thursday, October 6
The Routt County District Attorney’s office will not file charges against a Denver nurse practitioner who wrote recommendations for medical marijuana in Steamboat Springs.
For the Steamboat soccer team, Saturday’s 11 a.m. home game offers the chance to hang on to their league-best record and set up a huge game late next week.
The football team once again will be fighting for its first win of the season. Friday night, the Sailors hope to be buoyed by some homecoming spirit, not just because of the weeklong celebration but also because it’s the team’s first home game since Sept. 2.
There’s plenty on the line for the Sailors volleyball team. The squad is playing Friday to spring itself from a third-place tie in the Western Slope League. It’s currently locked up with Delta, each team with 4-2 league records.
The Rams and the Tigers will square off for the second time this season Saturday as both schools take part in a triangular in Kremmling. Beating the home-standing Mustangs will be important for both. The Tigers won a previous matchup in three games while Soroco let one slip, falling in five.
The Rams hope to extend a three-game winning streak and stay perfect in the league in a 4 p.m. game Friday in Black Hawk against Gilpin County.
The Tigers’ prospects to win their league got a huge bump with last weekend’s 13-6 win against Paonia, and the team has a chance to keep things rolling with a 7 p.m. game Friday at Rangely.
Mother Nature gave Routt County its first taste of winter Thursday when snow dusted the slopes of Mount Werner, blew through downtown Steamboat Springs and created treacherous driving conditions on Rabbit Ears Pass, causing a car crash that sent three people to Yampa Valley Medical Center.
First Friday Artwalk listings in Steamboat for Oct. 7
When her 3-year-old daughter is asleep, Missy Borden dives inside. She takes to her art studio in Steamboat Springs and explores, through painting and collage, her creative side and her rational, reasonable nature.
This weekend, the Young Professionals Network will expand as 70 other young professionals from Colorado, Utah and Wyoming travel to Steamboat for the inaugural Rocky Mountain Young Professionals Summit.
“Remember When?” links past with present in photos
The Steamboat Pilot & Today is launching a community photo project called “Remember When?” We want you to dig through your old photos, go to the location it was taken in Steamboat and take a new picture of you holding the old picture.
The Record for Oct. 5
Steamboat high school students have dressed up all week as part of this year’s “Traveling Through Time” homecoming. Every day sparked something new as different themes inspired new attires.
Another La Niña winter may be great news for ski enthusiasts, but only a few local wildlife species thrive once winter arrives.
I am writing to you from France to voice my opposition to the oil drilling plans submitted to the Routt County Board of Commissioners. Before returning to Europe, I lived many years in the rural area west of Steamboat. In fact, I bought and developed five 35-acre parcels at Saddle Mountain Ranchettes.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners thinks it necessary to respond to a letter to the editor printed Oct. 5, titled “Too late to ban” by Michelle LaMay.
House District 57 representative moved to Jackson County
House District 57 Rep. Randy Baumgardner said he moved to Jackson County and will seek a third term in 2012.
The first flakes of the season fell in and around Steamboat on Thursday. Did you have a shot of the snow? Send it to share@SteamboatToday.com.
Steamboat Springs City Council members unanimously supported the proposed 2012 budget with general fund expenditures of $24.6 million. City Council will consider a first reading of the 2012 budget this month.
Decision not unanimous
The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board on Wednesday night became the third public body in Routt County to endorse Proposition 103; however, their endorsement was not unanimous.
Wednesday, October 5
The ride, with as many as 1,500 cyclists, will be in Steamboat for three starts, beginning June 20 and leaving June 22.
It doesn’t come down to the scores. It comes down to the numbers, and the numbers say a move to 8-man football is imminent.
The Steamboat Springs Young Professionals Network is hosting the inaugural Rocky Mountain Young Professionals Summit starting Friday in Steamboat.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners recognized employees Tuesday who have spent five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years with the county.
The Hayden Town Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and will discuss the criteria for hiring the town’s next police chief.
1:17 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. banner found in bushes at Colorado Mountain College.
Some things, such as love, war and cultural differences, are universal. And that makes it easy for comedians like Kyle Grooms to make fun of them.
It’s win or go home starting Thursday for the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team, which begins play at 8:30 a.m. in the regional tennis tournament in Grand Junction.
World famous children's book author Avi also will make an appearance at a public event from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.
With the help of a $4,000 grant, Old Town Hot Springs is building a new hiking trail behind its facilities on Lincoln Avenue.
The Steamboat Springs City Council cut planned 2012 Capital Projects Fund spending by about $700,000 because of concerns about the fund’s low balance.
2:11 a.m. A person asked to speak with a Steamboat Springs Police Department officer about a possible stolen vehicle in the 200 block of Park Avenue. The car was borrowed by the person’s teenage son.
Partners in Routt County, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing meaningful mentorships between adults and youths in our community, is seeking caring, committed volunteers to serve on its board of directors.
My days are so different without the direction my horoscope provides me each morning.
The editorials from the police warned us of drivers that might be high on marijuana. Is it “reefer madness” or real?
I was disappointed when I looked for my favorite cartoon strip “Overboard” and couldn’t find it in your paper today.
On behalf of all those who are registered “patients” and acquire medical marijuana in Steamboat Springs and Routt County, the November election issue that would ban legal businesses should be stopped from being certified by the County Clerk by a petition to the County Court.
We encourage voters to support Referendum 2B, a quarter-cent sales tax increase in the city to pay for airline revenue guarantees.
While some city services are being reduced in 2012, Steamboat Springs’ general fund expenditures are almost $2 million higher next year than what the city expects to spend this year.
Golfer hopes experience will fuel another trip to state
You could hear the disappointment in Erik Sobeck’s voice Tuesday afternoon as he talked about the second round of the 2011 Class 4A Boys Golf Championships.
More K-12 students in Routt County this year are receiving free and reduced-cost lunches, and in Steamboat Springs the numbers are breaking records.
Racers shine at 24-hour national championships
A few Steamboat cyclists took advantage of one last chance to shine with top finishes at the USA Cycling 24-hour Mountain Bike National Championships.
Coed Volleyball League
Winona’s 6, Steamboat Medical 3
Tuesday, October 4
25 spots left for Ignite Steamboat’s October meeting
About 25 spots remain for this month’s meeting of Steamboat Springs’ brightest entrepreneurial minds.
The 2011 Ride 4 Yellow and Ski 4 Yellow events in Steamboat Springs netted about $175,000 in proceeds, event founder Dave Nagel said Tuesday.
Alternate fundraiser to be introduced in December
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is taking a fresh look at its largest annual fundraiser, the Ski Ball, which it has postponed temporarily.
Before there was Google, Ask.com and Wikipedia, there were mothers. I grew up in the age before the Internet, and whenever I had a question, I asked my mother.
Running Series' Steamboat Sneak benefits elementary schools
The nearly $10,000 raised from 2010's Steamboat Sneak went toward supplies for Steamboat schools, and race organizers hope for more of the same this year.
Three former employees say the Hampton Inn franchise in Craig fired them because white workers were perceived as lazy, the suit states.
The partly sunny skies and a high temperature in the low 60s Wednesday soon will be replaced by cooler weather and an increasing chance of rain, and possibly even snow, later in the week.
Colorado Sen. Jean White was at work Monday morning — although not where you might expect. Instead of debating on the Senate floor or sitting in a committee meeting, the freshman senator from Hayden was taking in the scene at the Moffat County Early Childhood Center.
Monday, October 3
Principals in Steamboat Springs told their school board Monday night the many new tech tools unwrapped and fired up in their schools this year as a result of grant funding were helping their students meet academic goals.
Wednesday is National Walk (or bike) to School Day. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is suggesting that parents encourage their kids to walk or ride to school.
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Yampa Valley Medical Center hosts a free luncheon today that will discuss the importance of regular mammograms and checkups, the advantage of digital mammography for early detection, and what breast cancer looks and feels like.
12:20 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of two men urinating in public at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. Police issued the men warnings.
Steamboat Springs native Bryan Fletcher started to fade with one lap to go in the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships cross-country portion, and Billy Demong took advantage to win his eighth national title.
City delays capital projects to meet existing needs while preparing for future
Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts said a proposed 2012 budget was balanced without significant cuts to programs and services.
What’s that really bright star rising over the eastern mountains shortly after darkness falls this month? Trick question — it’s not a star at all. It’s the giant planet Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.
Retailers say Pro Cycling Challenge was a factor for increase
Steamboat Springs sales tax collections increased 6.7 percent in August compared with the same month in 2010, according to a preliminary report released Monday by the city.
After shooting a 42 on his first nine, Steamboat sophmore Erik Sobeck found his swing down the stretch. He recorded a birdie and and made par on six other holes to score a 37 on his final nine. He finished with a 79 and is tied with four other golfers in 38th place.
Kiwanis Club quizzes hopefuls on school finance, viability of consolidation
The Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club continued an election season tradition Monday when it hosted the four candidates running for the Steamboat Springs School Board for a lunchtime forum at Colorado Mountain College.
Sunday, October 2
Liana Gregory has been to the downhill mountain bike mecca of Whistler. But when she thinks of mountains and downhill mountain biking going together, one mountain sticks out. “Steamboat is the perfect mountain,” she said. But is it?
No doubt we have seen more locals riding bikes to and from work, running errands and for everyday usage, though it didn’t seem to positively affect traffic or parking. But the increased bike usage also brought increased poor and dangerous behavior.
Old Town Hot Springs hosts a Poochy Paddle from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Dogs and their owners are invited to the pool, where dogs can swim, jump, chase balls and even venture off the diving board.
Steamboat Springs School District menus for lunch
12:25 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint in the 700 block of Yampa Street. The report was unfounded.
Potters with the Steamboat Clay Artisans have made 300 bowls that will be used Wednesday in the 10th annual Soup Bowl Supper. The supper has benefited local charities each year since its inception in 2001, usually providing between $5,000 to $8,000 for a nonprofit.
It’s time to think pink. All across the country, bright pink ribbons are reminding us that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Plants that are native to our region typically survive our winters because they evolved in response to the climate and weather patterns of our mountains.
Board will hear latest enrollment report, discuss report used to monitor students’ academic progress
The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday will hear an update on the district’s latest enrollment numbers that soon will be submitted to the state for funding purposes.
County agenda for Oct. 3 and 4
The race brought together 28 downhillers for a glimpse of what the ski area has planned for future summers. Wooden features, jumps, swooping terrain and turns highlighted the course.
Saturday, October 1
Steamboat Springs Finance Director Deb Hinsvark has put together a 2012 budget that will continue positioning the city for the future.
Although the Bike Town USA president insisted the term Bike Town USA isn’t a marketing ploy, much of the discussion during the Steamboat Springs Bike Summit was dedicated to the financial implications of the city's continued focus on cycling.
One thing remained brilliantly clear Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Tennis Center. When it comes to Class 4A tennis and the state championships in two weeks, it’ll be no joke.
The Hayden High School volleyball team pushed its record above .500 on Saturday, picking up a pair of league wins.
The Soroco High School volleyball team picked up a much-needed league win Saturday in Paonia, downing the Eagles 3-2.
Playing what coach David Bruner called the best game of the year, the Soroco High School football team easily beat Justice on Friday, 45-8.
Alex Lassa recorded 34 kills Saturday to lead Eagle Valley to a 3-2 win against Steamboat Springs in a pivotal battle for first place in the Western Slope League’s volleyball standings.
If Erik Sobeck was nervous about his first trip to the state high school golf tournament, it didn’t show Thursday afternoon as the top prep golfer seemed to keep his trip in perspective.
The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team closed out a busy week Saturday, breezing to a 7-4 win at Eagle Valley.
The Steamboat Springs cross-country boys and girls teams each finished 14th on Saturday at a meet in Boulder.
For most athletes, the goal of competing is to win. But when Dr. Geoffrey Gill, a 1993 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, stepped to the starting line of the Subaru Ironman Canada in Penticton, British Columbia, in August, he wasn’t thinking about winning the race; the 36-year-old simply wanted to finish it.
As it starts its third year, the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs is starting to mature, adding new programming and children.
A group of about 20 Steamboat residents participated in a community bike ride Saturday morning as a part of the second annual Steamboat Springs Bike Summit.
Nothing about what Marc and Gretchen Sehler have done for cycling in their two decades in Steamboat Springs has been quiet. With determination and grit, stubbornness and resourcefulness, they’ve helped remake the treasured Emerald Mountain into a premier mountain bike venue.
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Asked late during Friday night’s Hayden High School-Paonia football game if I was surprised, I was a bit unsure how to respond. I try fairly hard to play neutral, like any reporter is supposed to do. But I’m human, and when I enter most events, I cover with certain expectations.
As a visitor to Steamboat and a potential resident, I felt I needed to address your take on medical marijuana and the places where it is sold.
In this climate of fiscal responsibility, I find it very curious how taxpayers are being asked to pay for empty seats.
I am contacting you in regards to your “Marijuana centers should be banned” editorial in Wednesday’s paper. It sickens me to read what you believe to be facts about the industry.
After 36 years I’m leaving this fair city to reside on a farm in rural southwest Ohio. However, after more than 30 years of practicing criminal law (most of which as a deputy state public defender for all of Northwest Colorado) and representing folks charged with first-degree murder to petty offenses and everything in between, I would like to share my experience on the marijuana dispensary issue.
The Record for Sept. 30
The Jail Report for Sept. 24 to 30
Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Oct. 2
Like South Routt School District officials, we are concerned with the continued erosion of their student population. The loss of per-pupil funding resulting from families leaving the valley to seek employment combined with the continuing migration of South Routt students to Steamboat Springs School District threatens to undermine the financial health of the district.
The Steamboat Springs High School football team lost, 37-14, on Friday in Delta. The loss drops the team to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in Western Slope League play.