Stories for April 2012


Monday, April 30

Steamboat Golf Club surrenders 2 holes-in-one

Two local golfers had success on the No. 3 hole at the Steamboat Golf Club this month, an unusual occurrence and the golf course.

Steamboat briefs: Piknik Theatre Festival in search of actors, staff

The fifth annual Piknik Theatre Festival will produce Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” as part of this summer’s outdoor theater program.

Steamboat Springs City Council to consider alarm ordinance

The Steamboat Springs City Council could give a final OK to a revised version of the city’s false alarm ordinance during its meeting Tuesday.

The Record for April 29

12:45 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken man in the 700 block of Yampa Street. Police called an ambulance for the 27-year-old, who was unconscious but breathing.

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Yves Saint Laurent retrospective worth the trip

I just came back from the Denver Art Museum, where I visited the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit, covering his work from 1958 to near his death in 2008. If you like beautiful clothes and sumptuous fabrics, this exhibit will inspire you.

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Jimmy Westlake: May’s magnificent ring eclipse

Not since May 10, 1994, has a central eclipse of the sun been seen from the 48 contiguous United States. It has been a long eclipse drought, but come May 20, folks living in the southwestern U.S. will have a ringside seat for an annular eclipse of the sun.

Draper demoted to Road and Bridge assistant director

Paul Draper, the longtime director of the Road and Bridge Department, has accepted a demotion to assistant director.

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Construction ahead of schedule at Steamboat's CMC campus

Bogue, Willett halls will be torn down in September

Boosted by a mild winter, construction on the giant building that soon will stand as the centerpiece of Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus is running three weeks ahead of schedule.

Steamboat boys lacrosse finish out regular season with win

The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team wrapped up the regular season campaign Monday evening on the front range with a 8-5 win against the Golden Demons.

Yampa River likely peaked after rainstorm

Rain late last week might mean it’s all downhill from here

The Yampa River jumped to 1,570 cfs at 7:30 a.m. Friday where it flows beneath the Fifth Street Bridge in downtown Steamboat. And with the benefit of hindsight, that may turn out to have been the river’s peak for spring runoff 2012.

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Tom Ross: Steamboat’s pioneer businesses

I made an assignment for myself last week: get away from my computer and visit a gaggle of local businesses. It was good to enjoy the brisk spring air, and at the same time I was reminded of how beautiful our city’s historic shopping district is.

Sunday, April 29

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Steamboat spring sports teams swing back into action

A week of near silence from Steamboat Springs High School’s spring sports teams will be broken in a big way beginning Monday.

Steamboat's Rohde short of 3,200-meter run goal

Steamboat Springs High School athlete Asher Rohde placed 30th in the 3,200-meter run at the Liberty Bell Invitational track meet Friday, finishing in 10 minutes, 28.57 seconds.

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Dental coalition expands services to Steamboat

Steamboat Springs always has been on the radar of the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition. But until this past year, the group’s ability to see patients in Routt County was limited to one or two visits to Steamboat per month.

Oak Creek still seeks members for board

Oak Creek has been looking for parties interested in serving on its Town Board since before it canceled an election for a lack of candidates in April. No one came forward then, and if no one does soon, the town will have to call for an election in June.

Steamboat briefs: Boys & Girls Club invites members to an open house

The Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs invites past, present and future members and families to an open house from 4 to 6:30 p.m. May 9.

The Record for April 28

The Record for April 28

Deb Babcock: Cherry fruit fly update

Two years ago, some gardeners reported that they had bugs in their cherry harvest. So master gardeners looked into the problem last year to spread the word about how you can help prevent the cherry fruit fly from infecting your tree.

Monday Medical: Is that a freckle?

Grapes baked in the sun become raisins. Children baked in the sun become wrinkled, spotted adults at risk for skin cancer. But even children can get skin cancer.

County Agenda for April 30 and May 1

County Agenda for April 30 and May 1

Shell officials discuss roads at Hamilton meeting

More than 70 residents attend discussion

Officials with Shell Oil Co. visited the Yampa Valley on Thursday to discuss road projects with Hamilton residents. More than 70 residents attended the meeting at the Hamilton Community Center.

Real estate transactions for April 20 to 26

Real estate transactions for April 20 to 26

South Routt sees sales traffic in 1st quarter

The neighborhoods around the base of Steamboat Ski Area accounted for the bulk of real estate transactions and dollar volume in the first quarter of 2012, as they typically do. But the South Routt market — excluding Stagecoach, Oak Creek and Phippsburg — showed some surprising strength.

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Steamboat stores make sure no item goes without a home

Spring is the best time of year for Annie Tisch at her Steamboat Springs consignment store. “This is when people go through their farm sheds and garages and bring in unusual things,” Tisch said.

Saturday, April 28

On the Market: Steamboat attorney is speaker at convention

Catherine Swan — an attorney at Holloway, Brabec & Karet, P.C., with offices on Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs — is among the speakers at the American Bar Association’s Construction Forum annual meeting, according to a news release.

The Record for April 27

3:37 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear trying to get into a trash can in the 300 block of Third Street. It was chased away.

The Jail Report for April 20 to 27

The Jail Report for April 20 to 27

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Scientist joins local schools to excavate Craig mammoth remains

Dr. Jan J. Roth said he’s about to embark on a project that has renewed his passion for archaeology and paleontology: the discovery of what he thinks are the remains of a Columbian mammoth in Craig.

Joel Reichenberger: Track has a sweet spot

I’ve always been a big fan of track and field programs, and a trip Wednesday to the smallest meet I cover every year — a clash of area middle schools in Hayden — reminded me yet again why I love the sport.

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Season’s bikes offer plenty of new

The Class of 2012 won’t go down as the most innovative of mountain bike classes, Orange Peel Bicycle Service’s Brock Webster explained. There are some new ideas, but he said the most significant changes have come for road bikes.

Tom Willman: Welcome to SteamBoulder

After participating in the Colorado Parks and Wildlife meeting Wednesday about the possible opening of sandhill crane hunting in Routt and Moffat counties, I felt like I was somehow in Boulder County, not Routt County.

Our View: Cranes in the crosshairs

Colorado Parks and Wildlife should approve a limited hunting season of greater sandhill cranes in Northwest Colorado.

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Tom Ross: Home, home on the range

If you and I were cowboys and cowgirls living in the Yampa Valley in spring 1912 instead of 2012 (and sometimes I wish we were), by this date, we would already have driven the cattle into the foothills to begin the annual shove up.

Routt County recognizes Month of the Young Child

Children will parade down Lincoln Avenue on Monday morning to raise awareness of the importance of early-childhood care and education.

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Hayden elementary students eager for playground upgrade

Faith Day and her fifth-grade classmates said they hope a $195,000 grant to Hayden Valley Elementary School will spruce up the aging play structures and add more recreational options.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for April 29

Happy birthday wishes to Garrett Murphy, Tim Frentress Jr., Arielle Johnson and Andrea Hayden.

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Steamboat story highlights History Colorado Center opening

When History Colorado’s new museum finally became a reality as the $110 million building was erected in downtown Denver, Historian Bill Convery wanted Steamboat’s story to be a part of it.

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Soroco athlete Micaela Meyer a Renaissance Ram of many talents

Put yourself in the mind of Soroco's Micaela Meyer: You’re likely to qualify for next month’s state track meet in eight events, but you can compete in only four. How do you decide?

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Several trails on Emerald Mountain cleared to ride

The openings of the lower trails on the front side and several on the back side of Emerald Mountain join a number of already available Routt County trails.

John F. Russell: NFL draft sparks fan interest

I’ve followed the adventures of the Denver Broncos and the NFL for most of my life, but I’m at a loss when it comes to explaining how the NFL draft has become a prime-time television sensation.

Friday, April 27

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Soroco track scores big in Craig; Hayden's Haskins dominates

The Soroco High School track and field team logged a boatload of top finishes at the Clint Wells Invitational in Craig and set the stage for Saturday's meet in Kremmling.

Steamboat briefs: Adventure 5K Scavenger Hunt slated for June 9

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is holding an Adventure 5K Scavenger Hunt on June 9 in Steamboat Springs. 

Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for April 30 to May 4

Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for April 30 to May 4

Routt County school lunch menus for April 30 to May 4

Routt County school lunch menus for April 30 to May 4

The Record for April 26

1:16 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a personal items missing from a bar in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. The items later were found.

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Many US Forest Service roads still drying out in Routt County

Summer-like weather may be arriving early in Routt County, but many U.S. Forest Service roads remain closed because of wet conditions and snow.

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Spoke Talk: Secrets to success in the peloton

Right here in Steamboat Springs, there is the opportunity to ride with the best locally and experience similar action and drama to that of the bicycle races in Europe. OK, maybe not exactly like that.

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Steamboat's Joe Pete LoRusso helps set skydiving world record

Effort brings together 60 adventurers 60 and older

Joe Pete LoRusso recently returned from Lake Elsinore, Calif., where he teamed up with 59 other people — none of them younger than 60 — to set a new world record.

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Steamboat nears April precipitation average after storm

Fire restrictions to remain in place for foreseeable future

A storm that dropped nearly three-quarters of an inch of rain on Steamboat Springs late this week is helping April creep closer to its precipitation norm.

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Rob Douglas: Our national cancer is growing

While many factors contribute to the declining economic health of our country, the largest contributors are our burgeoning federal retirement and health care entitlement programs.

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Former local Ryan Serhant’s career takes ‘Million Dollar’ turn

Former Steamboat Springs resident Ryan Serhant is one of three real estate dynamos featured on Bravo's "Million Dollar Listing New York." The season finale airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Thursday, April 26

Local governments question Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act implementation

A coalition of Northwest Colorado governments scored an early victory in its fight against an implementation plan for the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act.

The Record for April 25

Midnight Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a stolen bicycle in the first block of Seventh Street.

Steamboat briefs: 24th scholarship fund golf tournament set for June 6

The 24th annual Youth Educational Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament will take place June 6 at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club.

EPA says oil spills hurting North Park creek

EPA responders have found that oil spills in the North Park area are hurting a creek — and they have launched an effort to assess damage.

Senate committee kills Baumgardner-backed bill to kill late fees

A bill co-sponsored by state Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, that would have reduced the late fee on vehicle registrations from $100 to $20 was killed by a Senate committee Thursday.

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Metal show to rile up Steamboat on Friday

If unreasonable means playing loud, distorted guitar-based rock ’n’ roll with good friends, then that’s exactly what the five members of the Fort Collins-based band are. “We want to rock and roll hard, and we want to do it pretty heavy, but we like to have a good time,” said the band’s vocalist Michael Pinder, a former Steamboat resident.

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Steamboat distance runners eye state track meet

If Steamboat is to be represented at the state meet, senior Asher Rohde and junior Tanner Morrison agreed there’s not a day to lose.

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Steamboat shops dish on fashion trends

With the cyclical nature of fashion, it might not be necessary to go out and shop for new items, but local shops in Steamboat Springs are stocking the most popular trends in the fashion world today.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Local food, Deep Roots

Deep Roots is a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate awareness about the benefits of local food, educate the community about how to do it yourself and facilitate connections between local producers and local consumers.

A Dog's Eye View: Rethinking dog food

Let’s go further and begin to think of food as a vital component of your dog’s life. No more simply plopping down a bowl of dry kibble.

Routt County events calendar for April 27 to May 3

A roundup of events in Routt County this week. Highlights including a benefit for Hayden Pastor Doug Zirkle and a Old River Road playing at Old Town Pub.

Group to pay to keep water in Yampa, other state rivers

Statewide conservation organization Colorado Water Trust has launched a short-term water leasing program to preserve healthy flows in many of the state’s rivers.

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April Stools Day event aims to clean Steamboat parks, trails

Paige Lorimer cannot guarantee that Saturday’s April Stools Day event will be fun. Still, she’s hoping volunteers will show up ready to comb over Steamboat’s parks with pooper scoopers.

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Highway work between Steamboat, Oak Creek resumes Monday

Construction crews will return to Colorado Highway 131 between Oak Creek and Steamboat Springs on Monday to resume a project to widen the two-lane road and make it safer.

Wednesday, April 25

60 people attend Routt County meeting about sandhill cranes

Ruling on Northwest Colorado crane hunt set for July 12, 13 in Sterling

A decision on a proposal for a limited hunting season for greater sandhill cranes in Routt and Moffat counties is scheduled to be made during a meeting July 12 and 13.

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School finance bill aims to halt another round of cuts to public education

Routt County school district officials breathed a sigh of relief this week after a bill that would stop cuts to K-12 education cleared the state House, but the educators were quick to remember that state funding still is far less than it was four years ago.

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Hayden plays host to 4-team middle school track meet

There was plenty for Routt County athletes to be happy about Wednesday as middle school students competed in dozens of events.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat paving projects slated to begin May 9

The city of Steamboat Springs will begin paving projects May 9, weather permitting.

The Record for April 24

12:17 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint in the 1200 block of Buckskin Drive.

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Vocalist Kathleen Allen to give grand finale concert in Steamboat

Hayden resident will perform Friday with clarinetist Gary Foss

More than 40 years after she started tuning pianos for a living, Hayden resident Kathleen Allen still finds bits of mystery in her lifelong relationship with music.

Aces High now offers curbside recycling, trash service in Steamboat

Aces High Services, based in Steamboat, began offering curbside recycling and trash service this month after more than a decade of trash removal work in Routt County.

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Concert to raise funds for Hayden pastor's kidney transplant

Hayden community members have put together a free benefit concert to raise funds for a kidney transplant for Doug Zirkle, Mission of Grace Baptist Church pastor.

Steamboat Rugby Club gears up for 2012 season

The Steamboat Rugby Club has begun practicing for the 2012 season, but by no means is the roster set. In fact, the team’s leaders are looking for anyone with an interest in playing rugby.

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Steamboat Springs' Tara King finds her place in Denmark

Tara King, a 2006 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, learned a lot while playing professional volleyball in Vordingborg, Denmark.

Routt County commissioners table Camilletti oil well permit

Commissioners seek better air and water quality monitoring

Quicksilver Resources will have to wait until at least June 26 to get approval for a special use permit for an oil well near Milner.

Tuesday, April 24

Steamboat briefs: Part of Routt County Road 42 to be closed Thursday

Routt County Road 42 will be closed three-tenths of a mile east of C.R. 44 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to replace two culverts.

10-day-old slash pile burn reignites in North Routt County

North Routt Fire Protection District crews responded to a slash pile burn that reignited Tuesday after being extinguished nearly 10 days ago, before fire restrictions went into effect in Routt County.

The Record for April 23

12:36 a.m. A taxi driver called Steamboat Springs Police Department officers to report a drunken person screaming and yelling on 13th Street. Officers were unable to find the person.

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Soroco students utilize concurrent enrollment

Julie Hoff, CNCC’s South Routt Center coordinator, said 46 percent of Soroco High School’s 92 students are taking college-level courses this school year.

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Waste Management accepts empty cartons for recycling

With upgraded facilities, Waste Management now is accepting empty cartons in single-stream recycling bins and Green Machine containers.

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Crane hunting roundtable set for Wednesday in Steamboat

Biologist Jim Gammonley, who will participate in Wednesday's meeting, said officials would try to protect pairs of sandhill cranes that nest locally if a new hunting season for the birds is approved.

21 of 52 sales in March were bank-owned homes

Stan Urban, of Land Title Guarantee Co., reported this week that 52 homes were sold in Routt County in March, a month he said that showed signs of continuing stability.

Steamboat boys lacrosse sails into top 10

On Monday, the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team made its first appearance in the Denver Post coaches poll. Steamboat (13-1) is ranked No. 10.

Lu Etta Loeber: Autism awareness

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and it occurred to me that I had not been doing my best job in making sure the community understands what the Yampa Valley Autism Program offers in terms of services and resources.

Allison Whitney: Get tested for STDs

Like it or not, sex is everywhere. It’s on your favorite TV show, it’s in ads for your favorite product, it even is in your favorite book turned summer blockbuster.

Our View: Hayden students deserve better

Hayden School District officials again have failed their students by rejecting changes to the school calendar that would provide more instructional days.

Steamboat runner completes 18th Boston Marathon

Jennifer Schubert-Akin never planned it, but on April 16, the Steamboat Springs resident ran her 18th consecutive Boston Marathon in a time of 4 hours, 8 minutes and 47 seconds.

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Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club's season tees off Friday

With Steamboat Golf Club already operating, Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club this week will become the city’s second course to open to the public.

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Tuesday's heat breaks record highs in Steamboat

Forecast calls for rain to return Thursday

When a temperature gauge hit 78 degrees at 4:17 p.m. in Old Town Steamboat Springs on Monday, the town then had a new record high temperature for April 23.

Monday, April 23

Steamboat briefs: Police host local site for drug take-back program

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is hosting a Prescription Drug Take-Back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the police department’s lobby at 840 Yampa St.

The Record for April 22

9:25 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a theft in the 21000 block of Colorado Highway 131. Deputies said a juvenile took a four-wheeler and crashed it into a ditch. The incident is under investigation.

Water testing at issue with Camilletti well

The potential for water and air degradation is expected to dominate the conversation as Quicksilver Resources seeks a special use permit to drill the Camilletti oil well.

Yampa River runoff falling short

One doesn’t need to be a hydrologist to recognize that the Yampa River where it flows through Steamboat Springs will not match the spring runoff of 2011.

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Tom Ross: Where did mud season go?

On April 4, 2011, I pronounced that “Sprinter is here!” It was a recognition that spring was busting out all over the valley a year ago, but winter was still hanging on tight in the mountains above. On April 24, 2012, I’m stepping up to pronounce that Sprummer is here!

Routt County officials looking for clarity on energy regulation

Routt County commissioners said an oil and gas task force created by Gov. John Hickenlooper in February did little to clarify local government’s role in regulating energy exploration alongside the state.

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Jimmy Westlake: The Crow and the Cup

Winging his way across our springtime sky is a delightful little constellation named Corvus the Crow. In most constellations, the designation Alpha is bestowed upon the brightest star, but Corvus is a notable exception.

Bulldog Sports for April 23

Moffat County High School sports schedule for the week of April 23, 2012.

Sunday, April 22

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Hayden track athletes show well in Rifle

The Hayden High School track and field squad came away with a number of high marks Saturday while competing against some of the region’s best competition at the Rifle Invitational.

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Luke Graham: Good to you have you back, baseball

By the time I looked down at my cellphone on Saturday and saw Dave Roy’s number, it confirmed things. Baseball in Steamboat still matters.

Steamboat briefs: Tennis Association selling flower baskets for programs

The Steamboat Tennis Association is selling flower baskets to support youth tennis programs in the Yampa Valley.

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Warmer days ahead for Steamboat Springs

Weather Service calling for record highs Monday and Tuesday

During the past four years, the Old Town Hot Springs has hosted its annual Poochy Paddle event in rain, in sleet and in snow. On Sunday, it was held in the heat.

Monday Medical: Medical research available free

If there were a Best of the Boat category for health library and research center, I could predict the winner: Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Community Health Resource Center.

The Record for April 21

2 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 1300 block of Manitou Avenue. Police said a homeowner reported they found a stranger using a bathroom in their home. The residents chased the person away.

Steamboat Fund Board's vetting process nears end

School districts learn which of their grants made the cut

The Fund Board’s grant committee on Wednesday night spent about five hours paring down a pool of grant requests from $2.7 million to $2.5 million as Routt County school districts learned which of their applications will advance to the Fund Board for a final vote next month.

Deb Babcock: Protect your home from wildfires

Recent restrictions on agricultural burns in the Yampa Valley have a lot of us thinking about the potentially hazardous season ahead of us because lack of moisture from this winter’s low amount of snowfall.

County Agenda for April 23 and 24

County Agenda for April 23 and 24

Saturday, April 21

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Winter sports action filming difficult in Steamboat's dry winter

It depends on who you ask, but for Steamboat Springs' Jonny Buschmann, a backcountry enthusiast, winter 2011-12 was a lost season.

Joel Reichenberger: Baseball's return is sweet

The mere fact that baseball was played in Steamboat Springs on Saturday has an “Is the world ending?” aura to it.

Soroco track does well in Grand Junction

The Soroco High School track and field team continued to drop times Friday at a meet in Grand Junction.

Steamboat girls lacrosse drops to Durango

Missing a handful of key players to spring break vacations, the Steamboat girls lacrosse team had only 12 players, and it paid the price.

Steamboat girls tennis wins tournament

Despite several roster holes, the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team jettisoned past the competition at a 10-team tournament in Longmont.

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Steamboat baseball takes doubleheader against Eagle Valley

Well, there certainly is something to be said about playing at home. Just ask the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team.

Affordable housing challenges persist in Routt County

When Steamboat’s real estate market finally regains its equilibrium, the demand for affordable housing may see increased emphasis on rentals versus home ownership.

On the Market: Steamboat Realtor Tony Walton comes full circle

Tony Walton announced this week that he had returned to Prudential Steamboat Realty.

Jason Clark: Watching out for wolves

As a parent of five children younger than 16, I am grieved by the shocking news that struck our community this week.

Melinda Clark: Proactive action to protect children

The charges filed this week against a former Steamboat resident remind us that we live in a precarious world, where the most vulnerable among us are at risk.

Our View: Motion not same as action

After reading summaries of Gov. John Hickenlooper's oil and gas task force findings, we think they can be summarized as a call for little more than improved communication.

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Event Medical Solutions offers emergency help at sports events

A group of local emergency care professionals has started a business designed to protect the physical well-being of athletes at organized events.

Real estate transactions for April 6 to 18

Real estate transactions for April 6 to 18

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Local woman shares story of strength, healing after sexual assault

Perhaps it’s in Tara Shaffer's personality to be able to openly share the story of how she was sexually assaulted 23 years ago. But it wasn’t always that way.

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Routt County school calendar changes a tough sell

On paper, Hayden School District’s calendar is merely a single page of boxes filled with numbers. But inside homes, the calendar is something more.

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Yampa Ranger District wildlife biologist honored by peers

From educating the public about bears to identifying toad and lynx habitats, U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist Melissa Dressen has developed a career filled with variety and challenges.

John F. Russell: Newfound appreciation for winter

Glancing at the slopes of Steamboat Ski Area this week, you can understand why some skiers were disappointed this season.

The Record for April 20

12:32 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue.

The Jail Report for April 14 to 19

The Jail Report for April 14 to 19

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for April 22

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Frank Puckett, who recently died. A memorial service was held last week in Hayden.

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Steamboat's Stanford off to Sewanee

The odds at the time were slim. But Maggie Stanford was hell bent on making the Steamboat Springs High School varsity volleyball team as a sophomore.

Friday, April 20

Steamboat girls lacrosse struggles against Durango

Playing with the minimum of 12 players, Steamboat struggled in Durango, losing, 15-1. 

Steamboat girls tennis shows well in Longmont

Despite being down multiple players and having to shift teams around, the Sailors placed all three singles players and two doubles teams in the finals of Saturday’s Longmont tournament. 

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Highway Commissioner Kathy Connell decries revenue crisis

State Highway Commissioner Kathy Connell, of Steamboat Springs, said Thursday that she’s feisty enough to press home on Front Range officials an important point about Western Slope highways.

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Girls softball leagues taking shape in Steamboat

Despite beginning just two years ago with two teams that spanned several age classifications, the softball wing of Steamboat Springs’ Little League club hopes to field six teams this year, two for each division.

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Independent film shot near Steamboat Lake released

In fall 2009, Denver-based actor and filmmaker Luke Seven returned to his family’s Steamboat Lake cabin, where he’d spent countless summer days riding ATVs and fishing with his parents and brother.

The Record for April 19

12:14 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 800 block of Weiss Drive. A person was concerned about neighbors who were yelling and screaming, and it sounded like someone was nailing a door shut.

Steamboat briefs: Routt County school lunch menus for April 23 to 27

Routt County school lunch menus for April 23 to 27

Steamboat joins in 1st World Book Night in US

After Monday, there will be more than 400 fresh new paperback books in the hands of Yampa Valley residents.

Spoke Talk: Be aware and safe this biking season

As biking season ramps up, it is time to remind bikers and drivers to be courteous to others.

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Routt County sex assault charges related to 1 child victim

Court records show that former Heritage Christian School teacher John Brothers is suspected of sexually assaulting one child on eight occasions. The document also states that Brothers left Steamboat Springs in 2008 after being confronted “about inappropriate contacts with the child victim.”

Steamboat briefs: Hayden police investigating a Monday home burglary

The Hayden Police Department is investigating a home burglary the occurred Monday evening on West Jackson Street.

Former Moffat County School Board president seeking legislative seat

Jo Ann Baxter, a former Moffat County School Board president, announced today her candidacy for Colorado House District 57. She intends to run as a Democrat. Baxter said she was compiling paperwork and would be filing her candidacy with Moffat County Elections Supervisor Stephanie Beckett this afternoon.

Thursday, April 19

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Colorado girls hockey players show well in Dallas

Steamboat Springs hockey player Monica Patten played a key role in her team’s strong run at the USA Hockey Association’s National Tournament in Dallas earlier this month.

Steamboat baseball scheduled for home game Saturday

The last time the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team hosted a home game, Colorado Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer was in his 30s. But almost 10 years to the day, the baseball team will host again. The team welcomes Eagle Valley to Emerald Blue on Saturday for a doubleheader.

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Steamboat girls soccer loses to Glenwood Springs

A 5-1 win against visiting Steamboat Springs on Thursday further cleared the Demons’ path to a third straight league crown. Glenwood seemingly could do no wrong against the Sailors, surging into the lead early.

Haymaker Golf Course range to open

The driving range at Haymaker Golf Course will open Friday with the course set to open May 1. Director of Golf Tom Taylor said the Haymaker Golf Committee batted around the idea of trying to open earlier but decided the May 1 date would work best.

Sexual assault charges bring sadness, shock to Routt County

The allegations against a former teacher of sexually assaulting at least one child have left the Heritage Christian School community shocked and saddened.

The Record for April 18

1:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a drunken person waiting for the bus at 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue. Bus service had stopped, so officers gave him a ride home.

Carbondale officials wary of drilling

Despite assurances from EnCana Oil and Gas representatives, some town trustees in Carbondale remain skeptical about the prospect of drilling activity to develop natural gas wells in the nearby Thompson Divide area.

EPA issues oil and gas rules

Impact will be limited in Colorado because of state regulations

The federal Environmental Protection Agency issued rules Wednesday aimed at cutting air pollution at new oil and gas wells by 95 percent.

Gun bill passes state House

Baumgardner among those who supported ending background check

A mother whose son and future daughter-in-law were slain urged lawmakers this week to defeat a bill ending a state criminal background check of gun buyers.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Weed season will start early this year

We can be pretty certain of cooler, cloudy weather, but this weed season is going to get off to a much earlier start.

Charges for Meeker bank robbery suspect filed

Charges have been filed against a 21-year-old Louisiana man suspected of robbing Mountain Valley Bank on April 12 in Meeker.

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Steamboat music store celebrates Record Store Day on Saturday

Record Store Day is in its fifth year as a worldwide celebration of independent music stores. All That Jazz manager and former owner Joe Kboudi has participated in the event for the past four years.

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Scars on 45 plays free KFMU locals appreciation party

The British indie rock band Scars on 45 will appear Friday night at Old Town Pub for a free show. The event will serve as a locals appreciation party for radio station KFMU.

A Dog's Eye View: The importance of ‘quiet’ exercise

Because we live in such bounty and because we pride ourselves on being a town that loves and cares for our dogs, physical exercise is almost a no-brainer.

Rob Douglas: Falling prey to the United Nations?

The Obama administration is not moving fast enough to thwart a threat, and the American people seem tragically unaware of a pending loss of freedom and security.

Steamboat students produce videos to promote financial literacy

The second annual Steamboat Video Challenge had high school students team up with local bankers to produce videos about personal finance.

Free buses in Steamboat on spring, summer schedules

Riders of the free buses operated by the city of Steamboat Springs should be aware that bus service now ends several hours earlier.

Routt County events calendar for April 20 to 26

Routt County events calendar for April 20 to 26

Mary Anne Fairlie: Airport hospitality

It’s mud season, and it’s spring break. Like many fellow ’Boaters, it’s time for me to get out of Steamboat.

Nancy Merrill: Save the cranes

I am deeply disturbed to learn there is a proposal before the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to allow a sandhill crane hunting season in Routt and Moffat counties.

Bill and Kathy McKinley: No laughing matter

A hunting season on greater sandhill cranes? Really? We were hoping it was April 1, and this was a joke.

Frannie Johnson, Jacque Malley, Janice Poirot, Toni Rietveld and Beth Watson: Vaccinate for the future

During National Infant Immunization Week, we want you to know that we, as nurses, fully support and encourage vaccination to people of all ages, especially infants.

Scott Wedel: Editorial was wrong

The lodging fund should not be allowed to merely become a maintenance budget, but neither should it be precluded from any number of worthy projects.

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Cold rain gives way to warming trend in Steamboat

The forecast for the next few days in Routt County calls for irrigation boots and Hawaiian shirts. High temperatures are expected to reach the 70s by Saturday and remain significantly above average for the next eight to 10 days.

Wednesday, April 18

The Record for April 17

12:23 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of 10 or more people on a porch being loud in the first block of Mountain Village Circle. Officers issued a warning.

Steamboat briefs: Anthony Sisto named Cadet of Quarter at local ceremony

Cadet Anthony Sisto was named the Cadet of the Quarter at a local Civil Air Patrol ceremony Tuesday night at Steamboat Springs Airport, according to a news release.

Hayden School Board rejects separate calendars for its campuses

The Hayden School Board voted to reject a proposed calendar that would have added nine class days for secondary school students while keeping the elementary schedule the same.

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Cindy Maddox leaves indelible impression on Steamboat community

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Cindy Maddox died the morning of April 12, nine weeks after her 62nd birthday. But before she went, she left the community one last gift.

Steamboat's AAU basketball teams impress in Denver

The High Altitude Basketball program had four teams compete in Amateur Athletic Union tournaments during the weekend, finishing 10-5 as a program.

Routt County Riders fundraiser set for Friday

Routt County Riders officially will kick off its season with a fundraising benefit at 8 p.m. Friday at Old Town Pub in Steamboat Springs.

Registration open for Steamboat's Big Mountain Enduro stop

Registration opened Monday for the Big Mountain Enduro circuit stop scheduled for July 20 to 22 in Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat freeskiers wrap up season at USASA nationals

Logan Banning helped lead the way for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s freestyle skiers at the USASA nationals earlier this month at Copper Mountain.

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Steamboat Women's Rugby Club in need of players

The Steamboat Women’s Rugby Club is looking for new members in hopes of playing in one of Steamboat’s most recognizable tournaments, the annual Cow Pie Classic event slated for July 7.

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Steamboat Velo's Corey Piscopo picks up podium in Fruita

The mountain bike racing season kicked off this past weekend with a fast and technical course in Fruita that saw racers from across Colorado doing battle in dusty and wind-swept conditions.

Hayden to swear in new town clerk Thursday

Melisa Owens said she looks forward to serving her community after she is sworn in as Hayden’s next town clerk Thursday night.

Senate bill could postpone post office closures

Phippsburg, Toponas wait for news on Postal Service reform

Amid the talks on Capitol Hill, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., is pushing to save rural post offices — including those in Phippsburg and Toponas — from possible closure.

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Denver speaker shows how sustainability can drive economic benefits

An expert in energy-efficient building retrofits that return cash to their owners told an audience of community leaders Wednesday how those same projects can succeed as job creators.

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19 child sex charges filed against ex-Steamboat teacher, pastor

John Holland Brothers Jr., a former Steamboat private school teacher and pastor, has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting one or more children in Routt County.

February sales tax figures skewed by extra leap year day

The city of Steamboat Springs released its final February sales tax receipts this week, but the year-over-year increase of 2.46 percent can be misleading given the leap year.

Charges filed against Meeker bank robbery suspect

Court documents: Suspect demanded money from teller through a note

Charges have been filed against a 21-year-old Louisiana man suspected of an April 12 robbery at Mountain Valley Bank in Meeker. Jock Waylon Thacker, of Louisiana, is charged in Rio Blanco County Court with robbery and theft of $1,000 to $20,000, both Class 4 felonies. According to court documents, Thacker allegedly entered the bank, 400 Main St., just after 9 a.m. April 12 and approached the teller counter.

Tuesday, April 17

Steamboat City Council OKs request for bus grant

Members say transportation department can apply for funding

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night gave its transportation department a green light to apply for grant funding to operate a new bus on the city’s yellow line, but two council members weren’t on board with the proposal.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club celebrates the best

More than 30 awards handed out Tuesday at annual ceremony

More than 30 awards were handed out to athletes, coaches and volunteers at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's annual awards ceremony.

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Routt County commissioners approve fire restrictions

Officials hope fire restrictions that go into effect Wednesday will limit future wildfires, particularly the preventable ones seen recently in Routt County.

New trail signs in Steamboat help guide the way

A crop of signs has sprouted along trails in Steamboat Springs with the goal of making it easier for people to explore and use the city’s trail network.

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Steamboat girls lacrosse plays best game of year despite loss

The Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team played its best game of the year Tuesday in falling to Grand Junction, 14-9. 

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Emerald City Opera’s touring troupe visits Routt County schools

As a cast of four Emerald City Opera members took their bows after their performance of “Three Little Pigs,” a crowd of new young opera connoisseurs at Strawberry Park Elementary School shouted “bravo” and “brava” and cheered loudly.

Steamboat briefs: Routt County Sheriff’s Office awards scholarship to Ellicia Fuller

Soroco High School senior Ellicia Fuller has been announced as the recipient of the County Sheriffs of Colorado scholarship award for Routt County.

The Record for April 16

12:57 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a person receiving menacing phone calls in the 200 block of West Jefferson Avenue.

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Steamboat's Holy Name Catholic Church eyes June start for expansion

Subcontractor bids accepted for $6M project

The parishioners of Holy Name Catholic Church are cautiously optimistic they can break ground in June on the expansion of the church in Old Town Steamboat.

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Steamboat's Christi Valicenti signs with Lake Forest College

Christi Valicenti, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, signed her letter of intent Tuesday to play tennis at Lake Forest College north of Chicago.

Robin Stone: Higher standard needed

Why can’t a School Board member take a leave of absence for two meetings without the request becoming front-page news?

Peter Van De Carr: Consider biodiesel

For 26 years, I’ve operated my river operation in Steamboat Springs. By far the most trash I create as a byproduct of my business is when transporting clients from one end of the river and picking them up at the other. For years I’ve wrestled with means of lessening my impact.

Our View: This pie should be eaten whole

There will be no shortage of special interest groups clamoring for their shot at soon-to-be-available revenues from the city’s 1 percent lodging tax. The challenge now facing the committee is to identify a worthy project.

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Soroco's secondary schools host 1st college, career day

Eighteen teachers and college and military representatives spent Tuesday talking to Soroco's secondary students about how they can prepare for college and careers.

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Joanne Palmer: Decorating, Steamboat-style

The other night, I started thinking about decorating, Steamboat-style. I think we furnish our homes differently from the rest of the country.

Registration opens Wednesday for Steamboat Stinger race

Registration for the second annual Steamboat Stinger mountain bike race opens at noon Wednesday. The event saw incredible participation last year and is expected to sell out again this year.

Monday, April 16

Steamboat Springs School District budget outlook improves

Steamboat Springs School District Finance Director Dale Mellor had some good news to share with the School Board on Monday night.

Shell Oil could build ‘man camp’ in Moffat County

Shell Oil officials have quashed rumors that the energy production giant plans to buy a hotel in Craig for its employees, but the company has leased land that could be used to build worker housing.

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Jimmy Westlake: Saturn and a shower of meteors

April not only brings snow and rain showers to the mountains of Northwest Colorado, it also brings the annual Lyrid meteor shower.

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Steamboat City Council to take another look at false alarm ordinance

Officials: Revised false alarm ordinance would ease burdens of enforcing code

A city ordinance intended to reduce the number of false fire and burglary alarms officers and firefighters respond to has had unintended consequences and could be revamped as a result.

Steamboat briefs: US Forest Service warns visitors about safety items

As spring weather draws outdoor enthusiasts to low elevation areas that are starting to become snow-free, the U.S. Forest Service is reminding Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest visitors about a few items for their safety and the protection of resources.

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Tom Ross: 3 days in The City

The possibility that Manhattan would be plastered with spring blossoms during the week following Easter never crossed my mind in February when we made plans to visit New York for the first time in almost 27 years.

The Record for April 15

4:21 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint in Mountain Village Circle.

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Colorado wildlife officials consider crane hunting

There has been no hunting of sandhill cranes in Colorado for decades, but now the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife is considering a limited hunting season.

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Pond skim, concerts fill out Steamboat Ski Area’s Closing Day

The lackluster snow year led many to doubt whether Steamboat Ski Area could even stay open until Sunday. It did. And just like in seasons past, Closing Day was a jovial occasion.

Hayden to mull school calendar

The Hayden School Board on Wednesday night will consider adopting a calendar for next school year that would add 10 class days for secondary school students but keep the elementary school schedule mostly unchanged.

Steamboat School Board to honor teachers

The Steamboat Springs School Board will host a reception Monday night to honor its four teachers of the year. Less celebratory will be its continuing budget discussions for the 2012-13 school year.

Steamboat tennis player wins big

Hayden Snyder said it’s the difficulty of the sport that draws him to tennis.

Hayden lands top finishes at track meet

The Tigers were led by Savannah Williams and Aubree Haskins. Both had second-place showings.

Steamboat senior runs to twin victories

Steamboat Springs High School track coach Greg Long said Asher Rohde has never been one for a sprint.

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Luke Graham: The tiered system should be scrapped

Lacrosse is probably the most popular non-winter sport there is in town. The 75 players that are out for it this season are the most of any sport at the high school. It’s also a Tier 2 sport.

Deadline to sign up for Triathlon Club is Monday

The deadline to sign up for the Triathlon Club at the Old Town Hot Springs is Monday.

The Record for April 14

12:32 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a disturbance in the 700 block of Yampa Street. Officers contacted an intoxicated and belligerent man and told him to leave the establishment he was in.

Deb Babcock: Building a raised vegetable garden

Many of us gardeners start out with flowers and shrubs in our gardens and then think that maybe some vegetables would be a nice addition.

County Agenda for April 16 and 17

County Agenda for April 16 and 17

Monday Medical: Talk to teens about drug abuse

Problems occur when a person uses a medication in a way the prescribing doctor did not intend. This includes over-use — taking a medication more often or at a higher dose than recommended — or using someone else’s medicine for a euphoric “high.”

Sunday, April 15

Real estate transactions for April 4 to 6

Real estate transactions for April 4 to 6

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Finders Keepers consignment store opens in Steamboat

There is a new consignment store on the map in Steamboat. Megan and Paul Jonathans opened Finders Keepers in January and have been enjoying their new business venture.

Sonja Macys: Thanks for gardens

Thank you for the great article about People’s Gardens (“Start your own People’s Garden,” April 13 Steamboat Today).

Martha Anderson: Right the ship

As a Tier 2 athlete in the Steamboat Springs School District, I would like to share my thoughts on the recent discussion of Tier 2 sports funding.

Ann Ross : Must-read editorial

The editorial in the April 11 Steamboat Today (“Slow recovery necessitates caution”) is a must-read for taxpayers, elected officials and budget planners.

Saturday, April 14

Our View: Prep sports worth the money

The Steamboat Springs School District should not approve a 2012-13 budget without first dedicating an additional $30,000 to cover the estimated shortfall in the high school’s athletics department.

The Jail Report for April 7 to 13

The Jail Report for April 7 to 13

The Record for April 13

2:20 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers pulled over a 25-year-old Steamboat Springs man for running a stop sign at Seventh and Laurel streets. Police arrested the man on suspicion of driving under the influence, open container and disregarding a stop sign.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the county for April 15

Happy birthday wishes to Duane Hockett, Belle Mazzola, Ava Svoboda, Tyanna Zabel, Trystan Campbell, Erin Copeland, Taylen Zabel and Bryan Muhme.

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North Western Colorado Bull Sale nets highest ever sales

More than 100 turned out for Saturday’s North Western Colorado Bull Sale on Saturday afternoon, which netted the highest ever sales at $112,000.

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Report questions economic impact of oil drilling crews

A Yampa Valley Data Partners report released this month supports the notion that Northwest Colorado business owners shouldn’t expect drilling crews to inject significant revenues into their businesses.

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Wildfire costs mount for Routt County

An early wildfire season amid extremely dry conditions has local officials drawing comparisons to Routt County’s last big fire season of 2002.

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Joel Reichenberger: Pooch gets perfect picks

Odie, a boxer pitbull mix, belongs to Steamboat Springs couple Heidi Blackmar and Pat Yeager, and Odie’s an NCAA mastermind.

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Crews help Steamboat Ski Area survive to Closing Day

If the winter of 2011-12 has taught the slope maintenance crews at Steamboat Ski Area anything, it’s that nothing can be taken for granted.

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Steamboat girls lacrosse falls, 13-5, to Fruita-Monument

It’s been a season of learning for the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team, which lost, 13-5, on Saturday to Fruita-Monument.

Steamboat baseball wins 2 in Paonia on Saturday

The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team picked up a pair of wins Saturday in Paonia, winning the first game, 12-9, and the second one, 12-5.

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Steamboat Springs High School sports in funding crisis

Steamboat Springs High School has three options as it faces a sports program transportation deficit: cut athletic programs, find additional funding or perhaps stop funding Tier 2 sports. 

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Some say Steamboat boys lacrosse team ranks among best

The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team has won 39 consecutive Mountain Conference games, culminating the season this year with its fourth consecutive conference title.

Steamboat girls soccer bounces back against Delta

A day after playing one of its worst games of the year, the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team bounced back Saturday, picking up a 3-0 win at Delta.

Steamboat boys lacrosse improves to 13-1 after win

Steamboat boys lacrosse beat Valor Christian, 12-4, on Saturday, and the team improved to 13-1 overall and 9-0 in the Mountain Conference. The win also makes Steamboat 4-1 against Front Range opponents.

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Steamboat man drives car into downtown building

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 21-year-old Steamboat Springs man after he drove a car into the back of a downtown building early Saturday.

Friday, April 13

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Steamboat tennis digs deep in 4-3 loss to Ralston Valley

The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team lost four of the seven matches against the Mustangs on Friday, falling, 4-3, in the squad’s final home appearance this season.

Palisade shuts out Steamboat girls soccer, 3-0

Things for the rest of this season just got more interesting in the Western Slope League for girls soccer.  Steamboat, once considered a favorite, lost, 3-0, Friday at Palisade. 

Steamboat briefs: Book Fair Luau hosts art show at 5:30 p.m. Saturday

The Strawberry Park Elementary School Book Fair Luau is from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Thursday, with an art show from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Routt County school lunch menus for April 16 to 20

Routt County school lunch menus for April 16 to 20

Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for April 16 to 20

Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for April 16 to 20

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Steamboat girls lacrosse falls to Battle Mountain, 12-4

The Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team took a step back Friday, falling, 12-4, to Battle Mountain.

Steamboat's Old Town Hot Springs hosts class, club

The Old Town Hot Springs hosts the Tax Relief Soak with half-price admission to pools Sunday.

The Record for April 12

12:11 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a drunken man who had been cut off at a bar and was being belligerent in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. The 20-year-old was taken to detox and cited for underage consumption of alcohol.

Spoke Talk: Freedom on 2 wheels

My bike story begins in spring 1968. There were red and white streamers rustling and flapping from the ends of my steel handlebars.

Wildlife investigation in Routt County produces additional charges

The Routt County District Attorney’s Office has filed a combined 32 misdemeanor charges and six felony charges against four Michigan men as a result of a joint investigation.

Man stable after head-on car crash west of Milner

A Denver man with family ties to Routt County is recovering after being involved in a head-on collision Tuesday on U.S. Highway 40.

Seminars at Steamboat series rounds out lineup

The Seminars at Steamboat summertime lecture series has firmed up the speaker lineup for its 10th anniversary season.

John Bolton, Michelle Malkin commit to Steamboat conference

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and conservative columnist and author Michelle Malkin will headline this year’s Freedom Conference hosted by The Steamboat Institute.

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Winter storm warning issued for Steamboat

A weekend storm is predicted to bring as much as 6 to 12 inches of snow to the Colorado mountains, including those surrounding Steamboat Springs.

Thursday, April 12

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Steamboat Ski Area gets ready for Springalicious

Springalicious complete with skiing and riding appears to be a go at Steamboat Ski Area.

Oak Creek approves land-use code recommendations

The Oak Creek Town Board held a public hearing Thursday night for land-use code changes recommended by the Oak Creek Planning Commission.

Steamboat briefs: Project seeks donations for school in West Africa

Alisha Williams, a 2004 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, is serving as an environmental action and food security volunteer for the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa.

The Record for April 11

12:18 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers stopped a car at Seventh and Pine streets and arrested a 22-year-old woman on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Steamboat's Walk of Olympians begins to take shape

Bronze plaques honoring local athletes are bound for Yampa Street

A project to insert plaques honoring local Olympians into the sidewalks downtown has begun to take shape with two of the first tributes bound for Yampa Street.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Start your own People’s Garden

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s People’s Garden initiative began in 2009 as an effort to encourage employees to establish gardens at USDA facilities and donate the produce to local food banks or people in need.

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Steamboat race nixed as ski area aims to finish bike trail work

Although record high temperatures this spring mean crews should get an early start on construction of the downhill mountain biking park on Mount Werner, that doesn’t mean all is well for those much-anticipated trails.

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Steamboat boys lacrosse wins 39th straight conference game

With Thursday’s 16-3 drubbing of Aspen, the Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse accomplished something rarely seen here in high school sports.

Hayden sees a drop in sales tax revenues

Hayden started the year with a 25 percent drop in sales tax revenue compared with the first month of 2011.

A Dog's Eye View: The ‘S’ word — more on dog socialization

Science and research are teaching us that there is a critical window of opportunity to influence the developmental stages of puppies. This critical window starts as early as 7 to 10 days old while the pups still are with their mom and littermates.

Entertainment venues in Steamboat closing to recharge

As ski season winds down, so do opportunities for live entertainment as local venues take time to catch their collective breath from the winter season.

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Routt County events calendar for April 13 to 19

Reggae artist Mykal Rose has been performing for more than 25 years. He played Friday at The Tap House Sports Grill.

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Toots and the Maytals, JJ Grey & Mofro to play free Steamboat show

Hailing from the Deep South, the blues singer JJ Grey has a lot in common with the Jamaican-raised ska legend Toots Hibbert: Reggae, gospel, soul and R&B brought the two musicians together.

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Man arrested in connection with Meeker bank robbery

A man wearing a cowboy hat and cowboy boots with spurs has been arrested in connection with a Thursday morning bank robbery in Meeker.

Snow possible for Closing Day in Steamboat

Wednesday’s high temperature breaks record

A record-high temperature of 74 degrees Wednesday is being followed by weather that is more typical of April in Steamboat Springs.

Wednesday, April 11

Steamboat briefs: Seasonal closure for part of Routt County Road 80A

The Routt County Road and Bridge Department has enacted a seasonal closure of Routt County Road 80A for about three miles from C.R. 80 to C.R. 74 as well as C.R. 80 from the gate at the south U.S. Forest Service boundary to the gate at the north Forest Service boundary.

Steamboat School Board member seeks leave of absence

Steamboat Springs School Board member Wayne Lemley said Wednesday afternoon that he plans to take a leave of absence while he attends to personal matters.

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Steamboat middle school cheerleading team takes 1st place

The Steamboat Springs Middle School cheerleaders picked up first place in their division at the CheerSport-Denver Grand Championship on March 10.

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Hayden's Erin Koehler heading to Colorado School of Mines

Erin Koehler, the Hayden High School Tigers’ basketball and volleyball standout, signed to continue her hoops career with Colorado School of Mines.

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Aspen downs Steamboat girls lacrosse

Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse fell to Aspen on Wednesday, 13-4, at Gardner Field. The Skiers are the top team in the conference, having easily coasted through their schedule to this point.

Barn dance at Hayden Granary benefits 4-H students

Members of the Routt County 4-H Scholarship Foundation hope a steak dinner, dance floor and live music by Sundog on Friday will draw a large and festive crowd to the Hayden Granary for a barn dance.

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Steamboat bands make finals in Denver Battle of the Bands

On the Fritz, a band comprising Steamboat Springs High School students and graduates, earned a trip to the Denver Battle of the Band finals taking place in May.

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Steamboat Olympian raises funds to help fight breast cancer

Olympic skier Tarsha Ebbern plans to climb the second-highest volcano in the U.S. with the hope of raising $20,000 for breast cancer prevention.

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‘Almost, Maine’ opens in Steamboat with sweet love stories

“Almost, Maine” is a series of short vignettes that touch on a small town’s quirky but wistful characters. The play premieres Thursday at the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium.

Oak Creek to consider letters of interest Thursday

Without enough candidates for the Town Board to warrant an election, Oak Creek has been soliciting letters of interest from community members interested in serving.

Adult Coed Indoor Soccer finals results

Adult Coed Indoor Soccer finals results

The Record for April 10

3:46 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers investigated a suspicious car in the 700 block of Tamarack Drive.

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Routt County officials recommend fire restrictions

The Routt County Board of Commissioners will take action on the proposed fire restrictions at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Until then, fire officials are asking for the public's voluntary cooperation.

Tuesday, April 10

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Steamboat Velo picks up 1st podium finish of season

A trio of Steamboat Velo cyclists continued their early-season competition run, racing in the highly competitive Boulder Roubaix during the weekend.

The Record for April 9

12:39 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a drunken person at Yampa and 11th streets and gave the person a ride home.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Springs BMX track needs donated dirt

Organizers for the Steamboat Springs BMX track are looking for clean dirt and red clay to help maintain the outdoor facility at Howelsen Hill.

Steamboat Ski Area commits to being open until at least Thursday

Steamboat Ski Area officials say the resort will stay open at least through Thursday despite rapidly deteriorating snow conditions.

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Wildfire burns an estimated 300 acres in Routt County

Weather prompts red flag warning for western Colorado

Area fire officials said Wednesday morning that they were nearing full containment of the Middle Creek Ranch wildfire. A red flag warning is in effect today, meaning high temperatures and sustained winds could lead to increased fire activity.

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Nicole Inglis: A Steamboat tradition for all

Sundog celebrates more than 1,500 shows

Kelley, Deanna Webb Koebnick, Chris Koebnick and Ron Wheeler have hokey-pokeyed, line-danced, two-stepped and rock-’n’-rolled their way into a third decade of the standing gig, with the sole goal of making sure Western BBQ guests have as much fun as they do.

'Cabaret' returns to the Depot in Steamboat Springs

Tickets on sale now for Arts Council members

The Depot Art Center is where the Steamboat-inspired sketch comedy show took hold as an annual comedic tradition decades ago, and now “Cabaret 2012” will make a triumphant return to the historic home of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.

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Piknik Theatre Festival in Steamboat in search of actors, production staff

The fifth annual Piknik Theatre Festival will produce Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” as part of this summer’s outdoor theater program. A yet-untitled original musical comedy also will be part of the program.

Our View: Slow recovery necessitates caution

Signs of a slowly recovering local economy are encouraging, but they certainly aren’t enough for the city of Steamboat Springs to deviate from conservative budgeting and spending practices.

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Steamboat student’s research to be published in science journals

Steamboat Springs High School senior Madeleine Traverse's research on rattlesnake venom will be incorporated into papers published in two national science journals.

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Rockfall mitigation continues at Mount Harris Canyon

Crews have removed boulders as large as 6 feet by 6 feet since the Colorado Department of Transportation started a major rockfall prevention project last week along U.S. Highway 40 in the canyon between Steamboat Springs and Hayden.

Serious injuries in head-on collision

The Colorado State Patrol suspects two serious car crashes on U.S. Highway 40 this week may have been caused by drivers who fell asleep at the wheel.

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Joanne Palmer: Celebrating the universal extension

Procrastinators rejoice! The IRS has granted you a two-day extension for filing your taxes. Yes, you have two more days to delay.

Judge dismisses 2 money laundering charges in heroin case

Routt County Judge James Garrecht has dismissed two charges related to money laundering against the older of two Steamboat Springs brothers accused of dealing heroin.

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Jimmy Westlake: Bootes, the Bear Watcher

There are 88 constellations in our sky, and only one of them begins with the letter B: Bootes the Herdsman, and it could be the most ancient of our constellations.

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Steamboat Tier 2 sports funding is uncertain

Steamboat Springs School District Athletic Director Luke DeWolfe told a crowd of more than 50 parents, coaches and student athletes gathered in the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Monday that Steamboat sports face a tough budget reality next school year.

Monday, April 9

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Colorado Mountain College bachelor's programs grow

Now in their second semester, CMC’s four-year degree programs are starting to mature. Enrollment in Steamboat’s baccalaureate program grew from 33 students in the fall to 41 students in the spring, according to the Alpine Campus’ registrar’s office.

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Steamboat Pilot & Today ad director recognized by national magazine

Editor & Publisher magazine named Steamboat Today Advertising Director Meg Boyer one of the top young leaders in the newspaper industry in its April edition.

Steamboat briefs: Summer sports meetings are Tuesday for league teams

Summer adult sports organizational meetings are Tuesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

The Record for April 8

The Record for April 8

Data point to sustained economic recovery in Routt County

Several key indicators point to a continued, but slow, economic recovery for Routt County, with gross retail sales and unemployment numbers expected to improve during the second quarter.

Sunday, April 8

Steamboat Springs School Board to discuss budget at forum

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night will hold a forum in the George P. Sauer Human Services Center to discuss its school district’s budget proposals for next school year with the public.

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State Rep. Randy Baumgardner responds to criticism

State Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, visited the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots on Saturday.

Steamboat briefs: Brain chemistry disorder 5-week course planned

The Independent Life Center is sponsoring NAMI’s Colorado Visions for parents and caretakers of kids with brain chemistry disorders.

The Record for April 7

12:59 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken driver in the 1000 block of Central Park Drive. Officers contacted the driver, and he or she was fine.

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Luke Graham: No expectations means Rockies might do well

Baseball is a constant grind. It’s 162 games, hopefully more. It’s springtime revival, summer bliss and, if you’re lucky, fall fun. But the Colorado Rockies has started to take that away.

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Steamboat snowboarder Cody Winters closes season strong

Winter Spors Club athletes rack up awards at nationals

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarder Cody Winters earned top 10 finishes in all five events at the USASA Snowboarding Nationals in Copper Mountain.

Routt County schools fare well at Saturday track meet

Rohde tops in 1,600-meter run

Routt County high school track teams recorded high finishes Saturday as all three — Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Soroco high schools — competed at a large meet at Eagle Valley High School.

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Steamboat Ski Area staying open till at least Tuesday

Steamboat Ski Area officials said Sunday afternoon that they are confident the lifts will continue shuttling skiers up Mount Werner until at least Tuesday. But then the mountain’s fate will become a day-to-day assessment.

Monday Medical: Alternatives to narcotics for pain

Pain is our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. We’ve all experienced physical pain at some point in our lives, perhaps from a sports injury, childbirth or a migraine headache.

Deb Babcock: Help track down rare plants

You can make a real difference in helping to keep some of our rarest plants in the Yampa Valley from becoming endangered or extinct.

County Agenda for April 9 and 10

County Agenda for April 9 and 10

Saturday, April 7

Easter Sunday worship services in Routt County

Easter Sunday worship services in Routt County

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Steamboat bikers soak up warmth on road, mountain trails

Plenty have found ways to enjoy the unseasonably warm spring, launching in summer sports. This could be the summer with two extra months, and it’s only fair.

Steamboat girls lacrosse falls to Battle Mountain

Steamboat fell, 7-6, at Battle Mountain. A late drive for a goal came up short, and the squad dropped to 0-6.

Gary Hofmeister: A naive and cynical president

President Barack Obama’s not much different from any egotistical politician who thinks he has gifts no one else has been endowed with.

Ken Collins: Republican woes

Guess what, Republicans, you’re doing such a grand job alienating women that the Democrats just have to sit back and watch.

Gene Cook: Business needed

As U.S. residents, we have an obligation to keep our cool, use our common sense and not be panicked into ill-conceived decision making.

Sam Haslem: In poor taste

I think your political cartoons printed in the April 3 and 4 issues of the Steamboat Today were in very poor taste when they depicted former Gov. Mitt Romney in such a poor light.

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Eggstravaganza in Steamboat a 'gift to the community'

The Steamboat Christian Center's Eggstravaganza egg hunt doubled in size this year, with more than 1,500 people and almost 15,000 plastic Easter eggs, according to an event organizer.

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Hayden grain elevator gains local historic status

The Hayden Cooperative Elevator Co. building embodies the form of agribusiness that helped Yampa Valley communities sink permanent roots in the early 20th century.

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One Steamboat Place hits spring sales groove

With five closings valued at a combined $7.81 million between March 28 and Monday, sales at One Steamboat Place seem to have found a sweet spot in the luxury resort market.

On the Market: Routt County building permits inch upward

The Routt County Regional Building Department reported that it had issued two permits for single-family homes in March, with a combined permit valuation of $2.42 million.

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Steamboat golf pro leaving to chase dream

Listen to Luke Brosterhous talk about his on-again, off-again time in Steamboat for the past decade — especially his time at Haymaker Golf Course — and it would be easy to envision him staying in the Yampa Valley for the foreseeable future.

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Routt County nonprofits use grants to increase energy efficiency

Laurel Street Preschool and LIFT-UP of Routt County are starting to see the benefits of recent upgrades funded by Energy Outreach Colorado’s Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program.

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Glenwood, Steamboat girls soccer tie at 3

The Glenwood Springs High School girls soccer team’s 3-3 tie Saturday in Steamboat put the Demons firmly in control of the Western Slope League as the teams move toward the halfway mark of the league season.

Real estate transactions for March 30 to April 4

Real estate transactions for March 30 to April 4

Steamboat boys lacrosse downs Grandview, 14-9

The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team remained hot, downing Grandview, 14-9, on Saturday.

John F. Russell: Dreams of the Majors

Just when I had given up all hope, along comes Jamie Moyer.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for April 8

Happy birthday wishes to Christian Skof, Kevin Kleckler, Jerry Booth, Eric Bell, Rena Copeland, Kacie Babcock and Phyllis Moore.

The Jail Report for March 30 to April 6

The Jail Report for March 30 to April 6

The Record for April 6

2:01 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken person at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. Officers drove the person home.

Joel Reichenberger: Weather still is stunning

I can’t help it. I’ve slipped the phrase “It sure is a weird season” into nearly every conversation I’ve had during the past two weeks.

Colorado ski resorts learn painful lesson in dry season

Low tide can be painful, and the 2011-12 ski season is spreading the sting from coast to coast.

Quicksilver Resources targeting Moffat County, not Routt

Energy company acknowledges frustration with approval process in Routt County

Although Routt County encompasses about half of Quicksilver's play for oil in the Niobrara Shale formation, most of the company’s activity for 2012 is slated to take place in Moffat County.

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Local reservoirs on track to fill despite low snowpack

Local reservoirs are expected to fill without any problems despite the combined Yampa and White river basins having a snowpack that is less than 50 percent of average.

Our View: District clinic decision risky

The Steamboat Springs School District’s decision to contract with an out-of-state company to operate a health clinic should have been postponed until the local medical community had the opportunity to offer its own proposal.

Friday, April 6

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Steamboat Ski Area, visitors 'making the most of it'

Friday added injury to insult for the end of the 2011-12 ski season, with brutal winds gusting as high as 45 mph and forcing Steamboat Ski Area’s gondola and nearly every lift to close.

Steamboat briefs: Routt County school lunch menus for April 9 to 13

Routt County school lunch menus for April 9 to 13

Steamboat girls lacrosse falls to Grand Junction

A few trends continued Friday when the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team traveled to play Grand Junction.

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Steamboat boys lacrosse surges past Battle Mountain

The distinct edge Steamboat held in the Mountain League is shrinking, but on the heels of a third-quarter surge and an 8-5 win, the Sailors still are sitting in their own echelon in the league. 

Routt County Planning Commission OKs oil drilling permit

The Routt County Planning Commission on Thursday night approved an application from Quicksilver Resources to drill a new oil well on the Camilletti Ranch north of Milner.

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Missed the Boat to play Ghost Ranch reopening

On May 24, the Ghost Ranch will reopen with a live performance by the same band that played Oct. 29, the night before the downtown venue shut down.

The Record for April 5

11:57 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to help a person having abdominal pain in the 2100 block of Curve Plaza.

The Very Rev. Makarios Mannos and David Henderson: Why 2 Easters?

In the year 325 A.D., a Council of the Fathers of the undivided Christian Church was convened in Asia Minor (now Turkey) in the city of Nicaea.

Spoke Talk: 5 bikes, and none of them dispensable

They say the first step to overcoming a problem is admitting that you have one. I have a problem. I own five bikes.

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Robert Cash sentenced to 38 years in prison

Steamboat Springs resident Robert Cash was sentenced to 38 years in prison Friday for crimes against his former wife that Judge Shelley Hill described as unthinkable and tantamount to torture.

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Stagecoach wildfire contained; no homes damaged

With high winds and dry conditions, fire officials say a wildfire Friday easily could have turned into a large forest fire about 10 miles east of Stagecoach.

Thursday, April 5

Steamboat lodging tax plan to move forward

Steamboat Springs’ 1 percent lodging tax won’t stop supporting the Haymaker Golf Course until 2014, but the city already has initiated a process to decide what to spend it on next.

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Unseasonably warm, dry weather to continue into next week

Mother Nature’s lack of appetite for winter this ski season won’t change anytime soon, as the unseasonably warm and dry weather will continue through the weekend into next week.

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Last hurrah for Steamboat Springs lodging properties

With two weekends remaining in the ski season, Steamboat lodging properties expect occupancy of about 25 percent Saturday.

Kayaking sessions start Sunday at Steamboat fitness center

Kayaking sessions start Sunday at Old Town Hot Springs, and sessions are available each evening.

Steamboat brothers appear in court on heroin charges

A preliminary hearing Wednesday and Thursday and recently unsealed documents reveal what police say led to the arrests of two Steamboat Springs brothers accused of dealing heroin.

Easter weekend worship services in Routt County

Easter weekend worship services in Routt County

Steamboat briefs: Haymaker looking to open its golf course by May 1

Head Haymaker Golf Course professional and Golf Operations Manager Tom Taylor said Thursday that the goal is to open the driving range by April 20 with plans to open the course by May 1.

The Record for April 4

1:27 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken man at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. The 27-year-old was contacted and taken to detox.

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Triathlon Club is back in Steamboat Springs

Adrienne Stroock previously had competed in triathlons, but she always struggled. That changed last year, when Stroock became a member of the Old Town Hot Springs‘ Triathlon Club. The club offers 170 hours of coached training.

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Routt County events calendar for April 6 to 12

Fox Street Allstars, featuring Bill McKay, of Leftover Salmon, will play at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Tugboat Grill & Pub. Tickets are $5.

Tennis cup coming to Steamboat

The inaugural Colorado Cup will have men’s and women’s categories for singles players in the 3.0 to 4.5 rankings. That tournament will be the Aug. 10 to 12 Steamboat NTRP Championship.

First Friday Artwalk listings for April 6

First Friday Artwalk listings for April 6

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Keller Williams plays at base of Steamboat Ski Area on Saturday

Most of the venues in Steamboat where Keller Williams used to perform are long gone. But on Saturday, the now renowned musician will perform on a new stage at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

A Dog's Eye View: A walk in the park

Freedom alone can create an out-of-control dog. He may be headed for the animal shelter if he doesn’t get help. His freedom needs to be balanced with some rules and leadership.

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Steamboat students to debut work during First Friday Artwalk

Steamboat Springs High School AP art class is showing artwork this month at the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts. The students’ show opens during Friday’s First Friday Artwalk with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Inventory system helps farmers

Farmers in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming want and need a market-driven inventory system in the next Farm Bill.

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2 Free Summer Concert Series events announced for Steamboat

Dark Star Orchestra, Trampled by Turtles to play at ski area, Howelsen

The Free Summer Concert Series will return June 30 to Steamboat Springs with a concert from Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra. The second act announced Thursday is Trampled by Turtles, a bluegrass and indie folk outfit from Minnesota.

Wednesday, April 4

Peabody plans Trout Creek Reservoir in Routt County

Energy company applying for a federal hydropower license

Peabody Energy is in the process of applying for a hydropower license, leading to the possible construction of a water reservoir southwest of Steamboat.

Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board tackles timeline

Steamboat School District officials back delaying grant approval process

The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board discussed whether it should move its grant vetting process forward to better coincide with the budget deliberations of Routt County’s school districts.

Steamboat briefs: Meetings on summer adult sports to be held Tuesday

Softball league meets at 5 p.m., outdoor soccer league meets at 6 p.m. and beach volleyball league meets at 7 p.m.

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Golf openings on the horizon in Steamboat

As Steamboat Ski Area battles to stay open, local golf courses are preparing to open in record time, starting with Steamboat Golf Club's opening Thursday morning.

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Medical, fire calls strain Routt County resources

A woman having a seizure at Walmart waited an extra 20 minutes for an ambulance Wednesday because firefighters were slammed with other calls, including two controlled burns that got out of control and turned into wildfires.

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Skiing's demise leads to surge in bike business in Steamboat

The unprecedented warm weather and reduced open ski area terrain have left many local shops scrambling in response to a surge in biking business in March.

Gordon Booco top pick for Hayden police chief

At Thursday meeting, Town Council also will consider hiring new town clerk

Gordon Booco, a more than 20-year veteran of the force, is expected to be promoted officially Thursday as the Hayden Police Department's permanent chief.

Steamboat Ride 4 Yellow registration now open

Registration opened this week for the third annual Ride 4 Yellow, a 26-mile mountain bike fundraiser for local and global cancer-related initiatives.

The Record for April 3

4:37 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of theft in the 24900 block of Routt County Road 19 near Phippsburg.

Al White-led Tourism Office unveils new ad campaign

Rolling out this week, the state’s new commercials and print campaign are meant to pack an emotional punch.

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Author Craig Childs to share adventures at Steamboat talk

Adventure-seeker and author Craig Childs will give a presentation to the Steamboat community Thursday about his international travels.

Steamboat event to promote avalanche beacon skills

Colorado Mountain College is teaming up with Steamboat Ski Area’s ski patrol and Nordica to put on the first ever Beacon and Eggs Avalanche Beacon Hunt event.

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Swimmer Blake Worsley returns to Steamboat for Olympic homecoming

Wednesday’s homecoming was significant for 2005 Steamboat Springs High School graduate Blake Worsley, a newly minted Canadian Olympic Swim Team member.

Tuesday, April 3

Adult Coed Indoor Soccer results

Adult Coed Indoor Soccer results

Chamber previews marketing plan with Steamboat City Council

Officials of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association on Tuesday night gave the Steamboat Springs City Council a preview of their summer marketing strategy.

The Record for April 2

1:23 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a person for disorderly conduct at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue.

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Steamboat figure skaters show well in Fort Collins

Seven skaters from the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club competed at the Fort Collins Classic at the Edora Pool Ice Center last weekend.

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Steamboat gymnasts notch top finishes at state

Julia Gibbs, from Excel Gymnastics in Steamboat, was crowned a state champion at the Colorado state championship meet in Northglenn during the weekend.

Inaugural Steamboat Mad Mudder set for July 7

As adventure races continue to gain in popularity, it was only a matter of time before one came to Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat Velo opens cycling season

Six Steamboat Velo Cycling Team members opened the racing season Saturday at the Louisville Criterium, with Amy Charity leading the way.

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Hard work pays off for young Steamboat violinist

Cedar Turek earned honorable mention in the 2012 American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition, allowing the local fifth-grader to perform at the contest’s annual recital.

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Joanne Palmer: Hope for a winning ticket

Last week’s $656 million Mega Million jackpot inspired hope in millions of Americans. According to USA Today, Americans spent $1.5 billion on tickets — but the odds of winning were 1 in 176 million.

Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board continues vetting process

The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board should move one step closer Wednesday night to approving grants for the 2012-13 school year.

South Routt Elementary School receives award

South Routt Elementary School in Yampa will be one of 32 Colorado schools to be recognized Wednesday as a Healthy Schools Champion.

Tony Stich, Moose Barrows to join Brita Horn on primary ballot

Republican Routt County Board of Commissioners District 1 candidates Tony Stich and Moose Barrows successfully have petitioned their way onto the primary ballot.

Steamboat Ski Area aiming to stay open

Ski area officials say Springalicious events still are planned

With the base melting a little more each day and Closing Day still 11 days away, the ski area is working with the city of Steamboat Springs to truck in snow for closing weekend activities, ski area spokesman Mike Lane said.

Mike Remington and family: Impressive facility

My wife and two sons have been coming to Steamboat for many years, and Sunday was our first experience with the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

Steve Hitchcock: Great event

I just finished watching the third annual downtown Rail Jam, which our neighbors Mel and Trent at Urbane put together. I would like to thank them for putting together a really great event.

Our View: Increased monitoring is step in right direction

Increasing the number of water quality monitoring sites along the Yampa River is a prudent step for local governments to take, particularly in the wake of increased energy development interests in Routt County.

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TV documentary about historic Yampa market to air April 14

A short documentary about the historic Crossan’s M&A Market in Yampa will air April 14 on CBS.

Routt County Planning Commission to consider Camilletti oil well permit

The Routt County Planning Commission will consider Thursday an application by Quicksilver Resources to drill a new oil well on the Camilletti Ranch north of Milner.

Leif Hovelsen to be remembered at tribute Wednesday

Leif Hovelsen, best known in Steamboat Springs as the son of Carl Howelsen, will be remembered Wednesday night during a memorial and tribute at Olympian Hall.

Steamboat Golf Club to open Thursday

When Steamboat Golf Club opens at 10 a.m. Thursday, it will be the earliest opening in its history.

Monday, April 2

The Record for April 1

2:27 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an intoxicated person who had passed out at Meadow Lane and Bear Drive. No additional information was available.

Steamboat Springs School Board approves health care clinic

Clinic will serve district employees and their dependents

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night voted unanimously to move forward with a plan to open a health care clinic before the start of next school year.

Soroco track notches top finishes at Warrior Wild West Invitational

Soroco High School may have been one of the smaller schools at the Warrior Wild West Invitational track meet Friday, but it didn’t stop the Rams from picking up some top finishes.

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Tom Ross: The buns are on me

I never intended to go Dumpster diving. One minute I was reorganizing the clutter in my half of the garage. The next thing I knew, I was stashing two-dozen hot dog buns in my freezer and feeling a little strange about it.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat doctor readying for publication of 2nd book

Dr. Dawn Obrecht, of Steamboat Springs, is just two weeks away from the release of her second full-length book.

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CMC’s Students for Africa club to travel to Uganda next month

Nearly two years have passed since Tiffany Russell arrived in Uganda for the first time. The Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus student spent eight months in the African country working with Come Let’s Dance, a nonprofit group founded in Steamboat Springs, to open a community medical clinic that now is used by children and their families.

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Impressive effort leads Steamboat boys lacrosse to 8th straight win

Steamboat boys lacrosse cruised to a 13-1 victory against Thompson Valley at Gardner Field on Monday. Steamboat’s Tyler Scott sparked the scoring with the opening goal just a few minutes into the contest.

No fire ban yet for Routt County

Despite six grass and brush fires in March and four in the past week alone, Routt County Emergency Management Director Bob Struble told the county commissioners Monday that conditions here are not yet close to meeting the criteria for a fire ban.

Steamboat City Council to hear lodging tax group plan

The Steamboat Springs City Council is expected to hear a plan Tuesday night that would lead to a proposal on how to spend about $650,000 annually in tax revenues dedicated to tourism amenities.

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Jimmy Westlake: Look into infinity and beyond

In space, there is no up or down, no top or bottom. On Earth, gravity defines our “down” as toward the center of the Earth and our “up” as the direction opposite that, but these have no meaning once you are away from the Earth’s influence.

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Steamboat athletes head to Canada for Nordic combined, jumps

Adam Loomis raced to the front of the pack in the open class Saturday at the Canadian National Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships in Whistler, British Columbia.

February shows sales tax gain in Steamboat Springs

City of Steamboat Springs sales tax collections for the month of February were up 2 percent over February 2011, according to preliminary figures released Monday.

Sunday, April 1

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Luke Graham: Worsley’s amazing triumph

Winter Olympians dot this town’s history. From Billy Kidd to Johnny Spillane and Todd Lodwick, Steamboat’s Winter Olympic history is well documented. Blake Worsley’s work in the pool, however, rivals that.

Steamboat briefs: CMC is offering Microsoft Excel class on Wednesdays

Colorado Mountain College is offering a Microsoft Excel class from 5:30 to 8:40 p.m. Wednesdays through May 2

The Record for March 31

1:57 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers helped a driver in the 2200 block of Village Inn Court.

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Cyclists surf Sunday slush at Steamboat Coureur

Coureur event wraps up with bike, unicycle races

Where snowmobiles have dominated all winter and skiers soared Saturday, bicycles were the preferred mode of transportation Sunday during the second day of the inaugural Steamboat Coureur.

County Agenda for April 2 and 3

County Agenda for April 2 and 3

Monday Medical: Painkillers not always the answer

Pain hurts. And it is supposed to. It signals the need to pay attention to an injury, illness or condition. Several Steamboat Springs physicians are concerned that requests for narcotic painkillers are increasing along with expectations for being pain-free.

Deb Babcock: An indoor tranquility garden

An indoor garden can be one way to help you return to your inner harmony. Something as simple as a tabletop pool of water or as elaborate as a room filled with greenery can have a soothing effect on a racing or ruffled mind.

Steamboat track athletes compete in Broomfield

A number of Steamboat Springs High School track and field athletes recorded high finishes Friday at a meet in Broomfield.

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Steamboat Ski Area to close most of lower-mountain terrain

Warm temperatures melt away ski area’s ability to maintain lower terrain

The ski area announced Sunday that it will close 77 trails Monday including all lower-mountain terrain except for the Lil’ Rodeo and Preview runs because of deteriorating snow conditions.

Steamboat School Board to weigh health clinic proposal

Contract would open clinic before next school year

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night is scheduled to vote on a proposal to open a health and wellness clinic in the George P. Sauer Human Services Center for district employees before the start of next school year.