Stories for August 2012


Friday, August 31

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Hayden football rolls to easy 8-man victory

Hayden had little trouble winning Friday night, using big plays to blow by Belleview Christian and start off with a 1-0 record. The road gets a lot more difficult next week when the Tigers are set to play the No. 1 team in the state.

Soroco volleyball downs Beth Eden Baptist

The Soroco High School girls volleyball team opened up the season with a 3-1 win against Beth Eden Baptist on Friday.

Steamboat Springs volleyball team starts off hot

The Steamboat Springs girls volleyball team opened the season Friday with wins.

Soroco football opens season by trouncing Gilpin County

The Soroco High School football team opened the season Friday with 56-0 win against Gilpin County.

The Record for Aug. 30, 2012

12:12 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of harassment in the 700 block of Yampa Street. A man was issued a summons on suspicion of sending harassing text messages and leaving harassing voicemails.

September Old Town Hot Springs events roundup

September Old Town Hot Springs events roundup

Steamboat briefs: Tread of Pioneers Museum free with chili ticket stub

The Tread of Pioneers Museum will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Bring your stub from the Chuck Wagon Chili Challenge for free admission.

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Sept. 3

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Sept. 3

Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for week of Sept. 3

Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for week of Sept. 3

Consultant urges Routt County communities to spend energy revenues wisely

Speaker urges reaching out to energy companies early and often

Local government in small communities on the cusp of a potentially significant oil and gas play should plan ahead to set aside any revenue they receive for long-term projects, George Blankenship told an audience of Steamboat business leaders last week.

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Chili Challenge returns to Steamboat on Sunday

There are 23 entries in the four categories of the seventh annual Chuck Wagon Chili Challenge, which goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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Coroner says medical issues not a factor in Routt County plane crash

A preliminary accident report provides little additional information about the crash north of Milner that killed the lone occupant, Peter Nicholas Landherr, 36, of Glenwood Springs.

Ski lift shack broken into at Howelsen Hill

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers on Friday were investigating a break-in at the ski lift shack at Howelsen Hill.

Dropping temperatures allow anglers to return to the Yampa on Saturday

Fisheries biologist Billy Atkinson urged anglers returning to the Yampa River to fish conservatively and with conservation in mind.

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Closing of Chief theater shakes up film market for Wildhorse

When the Chief Plaza Theater in downtown Steamboat Springs closes Sept. 6, Wildhorse Stadium Cinemas will benefit in more ways than one from being the sole film venue in town.

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Steamboat Realtors list home of 'Million Dollar Listing' TV Realtor's parents in Creek Ranch

Steamboat Realtors reached out to reality TV star and former Steamboat resident Ryan Serhant to see whether he would be interested in generating publicity to help market his parents' home.

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Colorado Water Trust release to be protected in Yampa River

A Colorado Water Trust release from Stagecoach Reservoir that started June 28 will be protected for the first time as it makes its way to Tri-State Generation in Craig.

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Routt County to launch new website with improved functionality

The new site launches at 4 p.m. Friday and is more user-friendly and easy to navigate.

Tropical flow struggles with dry westerly flow for control of Steamboat weather

There is a chance that Hurricane Ileana, off the coast of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, could spice up Steamboat's weekend weather.

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Helicopter logging to be used at Steamboat's Howelsen Hill

The city of Steamboat Springs has contracted to use a helicopter to remove beetle-killed trees on Howelsen Hill.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Aug. 31

Craig residents get a chance to sound off on the proposed Hayden casino, mineral rights owners advocate for property rights and a local dude ranch wins an award.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Thanks to those who support fair

There’s nothing like a county fair to remind those of us in the agriculture industry about our past, how rewarding the present can be and how our future is in the hands of our youths.

Thursday, August 30

Safety tips offered for Labor Day weekend

The U.S. Forest Service and Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit remind residents and visitors to be aware of fire danger as well as danger from falling trees during Labor Day weekend.

Steamboat briefs: Prudential Steamboat hosts Labor Day Open House tour

Prudential Steamboat Realty hosts the Labor Day Open House Tour from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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Craig residents sound off on proposed Hayden casino

Craig residents on Thursday night echoed the sentiments of some Hayden residents who have said that they need to diversify their economy and that a casino could help them do that.

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Routt County dude ranches earn Signature Ranch Awards

Vista Verde Guest Ranch north of Steamboat Springs is one of three Routt County dude ranches recognized in the inaugural All Signature Ranch Awards hosted by

Colette Erickson: Moral obligation

In the past few weeks, I have noted with great sadness the increase in ads for “free horses” in the classifieds. This probably is because of the current hay shortage and associated stupendous rise in hay prices.

Art Judson: A casino poem

Let Hayden be our Tijuana / Gamin’ and drinkin’ in a steam-filled sauna.

Jack Gutschenritter: Wolf in sheep's skin

Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS receives lots of money from Republicans and the Republican Party specifically to produce and disseminate the distortions. He is on top of his job.

Ken Brenner: Building appreciation

As the elected trustee for Routt County and on behalf of the Steamboat Springs community, I want to thank the Colorado Mountain College system for the new academic and student center at the Alpine Campus.

Rob Douglas: Casino falls short on public policy

Before getting mired in arguments about gambling per se, the proposed casino should be evaluated on the basis of whether it meets the public policy goals at the heart of Indian gaming laws.

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Backpacking to the source of the Amazon

If you’re going to knock something off the bucket list, it might as well fill a big bucket. That’s my reasoning, anyway, behind camping at a lung-busting 16,200 feet in the Peruvian Andes on a four-day, mule-assisted backpack trip to the source of the Amazon River — a far cry from our Yampa River back home.

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Routt County events calendar for Aug. 31 to Sept. 6

Routt County events calendar for Aug. 31 to Sept. 6

Steamboat Springs soccer team begins another season

It never takes long to figure out what type of team the Steamboat Springs High School soccer team will be, and it all starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at home against Centaurus.

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Energy rights owners in Routt advocate for property rights

The group is expressing its desire to see members' mineral rights developed, and it’s not unrealistic to say that rights owners who have executed leases with energy exploration companies here have hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake.

Mary Walker: A better path leads to a special Kenyan wedding

One of the first rescued Maasai girls to benefit from the Tasaru Girls School Fund is Janet Semerian Pere. Janet’s uncle brought her to the rescue center when she was a young girl to protect her from a marriage to an old man that Janet’s father had arranged.

A Dog's Eye View: Teach old dogs new tricks

We rarely tap into the fullness of a dog’s mental capacity during his or her lifetime. And, as with humans, it’s beneficial to start learning early and continue perfecting new skills throughout life.

Steamboat Springs High School golf team struggles Thursday

The Steamboat Springs High School golf team struggled at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose, carding a team score of 236. The score left the Sailors in the middle of the pack.

Nicole Inglis: Labor Day in Steamboat a double-edged sword

I knew it was coming. For the last few weeks, I’ve watched it slowly approach on the calendar, a looming, double-edged sword of a holiday.

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World music, bluegrass band to make Steamboat debut Friday

This week, the Gypsy Lumberjacks are in Colorado playing shows in Denver, Golden and Fort Collins. On Friday, the 3 1/2-year-old band makes its Steamboat debut at Old Town Pub.

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Friends of the Chief has new plan to finance theater purchase

Friends of the Chief has a new plan and might be closer than ever to closing — for good this time — on the Chief Plaza Theater building the nonprofit hopes to renovate into a performing arts venue in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Springs to host benefit ride for Routt County Riders

The Ride For Dirt mountain bike race will serve as a fundraiser for Routt County Riders.

The Record for Aug. 29, 2012

12:01 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear in the 1400 block of Athens Plaza.

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Steamboat Plein Air Painters have eye, brushes for the outdoors

Four local artists recently launched the new Steamboat Springs Plein Air Painters group, a small collective that aims to foster the growth of outdoor painting in the Yampa Valley.

Steamboat Springs volleyball team looks to new season

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team readies for a new season, having lost nine seniors.

Oak Creek business owner hoping to catch brisket thief

An Oak Creek business owner is hoping to have a successful year so she can purchase security cameras to catch the person who has been stealing her brisket.

Yampa Street bar burglarized overnight Wednesday

The robber took an undisclosed amount of tip money that was in envelopes for employees.

Hayden police searching for arson suspects

Police in Hayden are hoping to find the person or people who lit several rolls of toilet paper on fire late Wednesday night in the restrooms at Hayden Town Park.

Hahn's Peak Lake to be partially drained for trail construction

The construction of fishing piers and a trail connecting the day-use area with the campground will require Hahn's Peak Lake to be drained by 10 feet.

Projected Labor Day tourism in Steamboat Springs outpacing 2011

Labor Day weather favors Steamboat tourism

The high temperature in Denver on Sunday could reach 97 degrees while Steamboat enjoys daily highs in the mid 80s for events like the Wild West Air Fest.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Thursday, Aug. 30

Steamboat Spring police officers train in school shooting scenario, camping ramps up for Labor Day and children go back to school in Steamboat.

Wednesday, August 29

Steamboat briefs: Registration for music performance education ensembles closes Friday

The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra’s music performance education ensembles begin Sept. 10. String ensemble, cello choir and flute choir will be offered.

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Steamboat Springs police train with school shooting scenario

Steamboat police officers took out active shooters during training exercises this week at Steamboat Springs High School. The training takes place annually, and all too often there are real-world incidents police can learn from.

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Steamboat Springs football team gears up for new season

The schedule for Steamboat Springs High School football looks much kinder this season. And the team begins play with a very winnable game at 7 p.m. Friday at Eagle Valley.

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Rising country star makes Colorado debut in Steamboat on Thursday

Country singer Morgan Frazier has never been to Colorado before, but that all changes Thursday when she plays her only night in the Centennial State at Steamboat’s Ghost Ranch.

South Routt juniors excel on Colorado ACT

Steamboat Springs High School also scores above state average

South Routt's composite score, which accounts for students' performance on the reading, science, math and English portions of the test, is the highest in Routt County and also surpasses some of the state's highest-performing school districts.

Serious bulls, cowboys to battle it out during PBR Bull Bash in Steamboat

The eighth annual PBR Rocky Mountain Bull Bash returns to Steamboat Springs on Sunday.

The Record for Aug. 28, 2012

12:32 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint on Balsam Court. Some people had jumped a fence to get to a hot tub and were being loud. They were told to leave.

Labor Day marks ‘last hurrah’ for some camping families

Some area campgrounds are expected to be full this weekend, but there still are options for people who have not yet made a reservation.

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Chief Plaza Theater in downtown Steamboat Springs to close Sept. 6

The downtown district in Steamboat Springs will be without a movie theater after Sept. 6. Chief Plaza Theater operated by Carmike Cinemas is closing its doors, and the company is moving out its equipment.

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Steamboat schools anticipate record enrollment after 1st day of school

More than 2,000 students flocked back to Steamboat schools on Wednesday morning to start another school year. The district is expecting a record 2,329 students this year.

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Oak Creek to celebrate fire department's 100th year

Town's Labor Day festivities start Friday

The milestone is reflected in the fire and water theme for Oak Creek’s annual Labor Day celebration. Festivities get started Friday.

Routt County grants Shell Oil a second well permit in Hayden area

Shell Oil now has two pending oil wells south of Hayden. Work has yet to begin on the previously approved Dawson Creek well.

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Routt County's 2012 foreclosure filings trending lower than 2011

Public Trustee Jeanne Whiddon said the pace of new foreclosure notices continued at about 20 per month through the first six months of 2012 before uncharacteristically jumping to 37 in July.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Wednesday, Aug. 29

An official said a summons is being issued to a man suspected of killing a bear, plane crash victim Peter Landherr is remembered as a devoted father and ReStore has a new home.

Tuesday, August 28

Steamboat briefs: Volunteers needed for Steamboat Stage Race

Volunteers are needed for the Steamboat Stage Race from Saturday to Monday.

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Summons to be issued after bear shot in North Routt County

District Wildlife Manager Mike Middleton said the bear is the same one that made headlines in May after it was tranquilized and got stuck in a tree on Pine Street in Old Town Steamboat Springs.

Our View: Lifestyle economy a worthy investment

A focus on a lifestyle economy has been key to Steamboat Springs' growth since 2000, and we think it will be essential to our future.

Plane crash victim had adventurous spirit

Peter Landherr remembered as a devoted father of 4 with many passions

Rachel Landherr was expecting her ex-husband, Peter, to arrive back home in Minnesota from Colorado on Saturday morning. She said Peter wanted to be with her and their four children while a veterinarian put down the family's dying dog, Schuck.

Routt County high school sports kick into high gear Friday

A busy weekend of high school sports begins Friday with football, volleyball and cross-country action.

Adult league volleyball scores for Aug. 27

Adult league volleyball scores for Aug. 27

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Wild West Air Fest highlights Labor Day weekend in Steamboat

In the heart of local Labor Day weekend festivities, the Wild West Air Fest takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Steamboat Springs Airport.

Steamboat Stage Race shakes off 2011, returns Saturday

After a rocky 2011, the Steamboat Stage Race is back this weekend in a slightly modified form. Registration remains open, and a $10,000 cash prize pool and Moots frame are up for grabs.

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Steamboat Springs' ReStore finds new home in Riverside Plaza

Routt County Habitat for Humanity Director Jody Patten said ReStore's ride to Riverside Plaza has been "wild and exciting." The move allows the nonprofit's store to accept and sell donated couches, building supplies and home decor items.

Lyn Halliday: Be smart when cleaning hardscapes

Residences and businesses often clean hardscapes such as driveways, sidewalks and parking areas by spraying them with a hose or pressurized washer, but little thought is given to how much water is being used and what can happen as a result.

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Kathryn Pedersen joins new Steamboat mortgage office

After 10 years with Yampa Valley Bank, Kathryn Pedersen has joined PrimeSource Mortgage Inc. as the mortgage originator for the company’s new Steamboat Springs office.

The Record for Aug. 27, 2012

12:38 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear in the 700 block of Conifer Circle. It was scared away.

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Steamboat swimmer Blake Worsley looks at what's next

Worsley recently returned to Steamboat after a whirlwind month. He swam for team Canada in the London Olympics, capping off the chase of a 12-year dream.

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Jimmy Westlake: Blue moon due Friday

Have you ever seen a blue moon hanging up in the sky? Well, this month you can, but you might be surprised to learn that a “blue moon” has nothing at all to do with the moon’s color.

Steamboat Springs snowboarders shine in New Zealand

The Olympic qualifying period began during the weekend with a snowboard World Cup in New Zealand.

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Head gates, pumps shut down on Elk River north of Steamboat to protect baseline flows

Water Commissioner Brian Romig has shut down eight ditches because they had no flow-measuring device to confirm that water rights holders were not taking more water from the Elk than they were entitled to.

Chance of showers, thunderstorms to persist in Steamboat

High temperatures in the 80s and a slight chance of thunderstorms in Steamboat Springs are likely to persist through the week.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Tuesday, Aug. 28

The man killed in a plane crash near Milner is identified, firefighters knock down a wildfire west of Steamboat and Shell Oil is seeking another well permit.

Monday, August 27

Steamboat briefs: Chamber seeks volunteers for 2012 Wild West Air Fest

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association needs volunteers to help with the Wild West Air Fest on Saturday and Sunday.

The Record for Aug. 26, 2012

12:04 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a report of a disturbance in the 29000 block of Routt County Road 14D.

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X Games ouster of 2 events a blow to Steamboat racers

X Games cancels snowboard cross, ski cross events

Winter X Games officials announced last week that the 2013 event wouldn't include snowboard cross and ski cross events, much to the chagrin of local athletes.

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Tom Ross: Old issue of Life brings back moon memories

After reading the news of Neil Armstrong’s death, I wanted to find a touchstone, if not a moon rock, that would connect me with that day of the first moon landing 43 years ago.

Steamboat Springs Stage Race road bike event seeks volunteers

The Steamboat Springs Stage Race is coming back for another Labor Day weekend.

Steamboat's Tammy Jacques wins Aspen mountain bike race

Steamboat Springs cyclist Tammy Jacques recorded another fast finish Saturday, winning the women’s division of the Power of Four mountain bike race in Aspen.

Shell Oil seeks 2nd well permit this summer in Hayden area

The Routt County Planning Commission voted, 8-1, to recommend approval of Shell Oil's Gnat Hill permit application.

Doug Lewis wins Steamboat Golf Club's men's tournament

Doug Lewis won the Steamboat Men's Club Championship on Saturday.

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Steamboat firefighters knock down Elk River Estates wildfire

Blaze grew to half-acre but did not reach nearby homes

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters on Monday morning quickly knocked down a half-acre wildfire in the Elk River Estates before it had a chance to spread to nearby homes.

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Pilot in crash near Steamboat identified as Glenwood Springs man

Investigators still working to determine where plane came from, where it was headed

An NTSB investigator said the plane discovered Saturday morning in rural Routt County is thought to have crashed between 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m Saturday.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Monday, Aug. 27

Officials still are investigating the plane crash in rural Routt County, Steamboat Springs Montessori school is ready to kick off its year and Deb Babcock explains what happens when our aspens change color.

Sunday, August 26

County Agenda for Aug. 27 and 28

County Agenda for Aug. 27 and 28

Steamboat briefs: CDOT work could cause delays west of Steamboat

Work to replace a culvert could cause delays of five to 10 minutes at mile marker 124 on U.S. Highway 40 west of Steamboat Springs. Work is planned for 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Mary White wins Steamboat Women’s Golf Association title

Mary White won the Steamboat Women's Golf Association championship Saturday at Steamboat Golf Club.

Most Routt County prep sports seasons about to start

Most local high school sports squads begin this season this week.

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Investigators still working to determine when plane crashed north of Milner

Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said National Transportation Safety Board investigators examined the crash site Sunday and still were working to determine when the plane crashed.

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Steamboat Springs Montessori kicks off school year

Campus shows off new greenhouse, renovated classroom during open house

Inside a house at East Maple and McKinley streets, the 15-year-old Montessori program Lesa Radford founded in 1996 is ready to launch another school year with 22 students and new energy.

Deb Babcock: Why leaves change color

On a couple of hikes this past week, I noticed some aspens just starting to change color and many of the mountain ash leaves already had turned to brilliant shades of red and orange. Why do leaves turn color in the fall?

Monday Medical: Acclaimed prostate cancer expert to speak in Steamboat

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and Yampa Valley Medical Center is bringing a world-renowned speaker to Steamboat Springs to address this vital topic.

The Record for Saturday, Aug. 25

1:08 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious vehicle at Routt County Road 34 and East Maple Street. Officers arrested a juvenile male who was suspected of driving under the influence of drugs.

Saturday, August 25

Lisa Brown: VNA invitation

At Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, our goal is to inspire healthier lives by providing education, support and resources that help people make positive changes in their behaviors and environment.

Local Marketing District board: Facts on the air tax

On Friday the Local Marketing District board of directors met for the first time since the Steamboat Pilot & Today editorial of July 29 (“Flight program woes raise tax questions”). In discussing this article, we felt the community needs to know the facts regarding the air service tax and the 2012-13 winter flight program.

Our View: CMC building good for the community

Thursday’s grand opening of Colorado Mountain College’s spectacular new academic center overlooking Steamboat Springs is an achievement that stands to benefit the community for decades to come.

The Record for Aug. 24, 2012

12:22 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers stopped a car at Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue and arrested a person on suspicion of DUI.

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Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis picks up 1st win of season

Steamboat sneaked by Rocky Mountain, 4-3, for its first win of the early season before falling to perennial power Kent Denver, 7-0.

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Freedom Conference speaker emphasizes truth and justice

Freedom Conference attendees on Saturday got to hear what drove Hannah Giles to investigate corruption at an agency that was supposed to be advocating for low-income families.

Real estate transactions for Aug. 20 to 23

■ 313 Little Moon Trail Seller: Bank of America NA Buyer: Dan McEntee Sale date: Aug. 20, 2012 Sale price: $400,000 Property description: 1,800-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath Lot B in Lincoln View Townhomes. Valued for taxes at $403,200.

On The Market: Real estate dollar volume up 6.3 percent from 2011

A healthy 5.74 percent increase in July dollar volume to $33.44 million helped the Routt County real estate market stay ahead of 2011 performance.

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Plane crash discovered by sheep herder in rural Routt County

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a plane crash Saturday and the death of the plane’s only occupant. The crash was discovered at about noon by a sheep herder north of Milner.

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Steamboat Springs Triathlon Club wraps up 2nd season

The Old Town Hot Springs Triathlon Club wrapped up its second season last weekend, with athletes notching top times. The Triathlon Club will return next summer for its third season.

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Tom Ross: Tracing the steps of Routt County pioneer newspapermen

In his 1945 book, the "Tread of Pioneers," former Steamboat Pilot founder Charles Leckenby writes of fur trappers, outlaws and gold prospectors in early Routt County.

Former Yampa Valley Housing Authority executive director questions his firing

On July 12, George Krawzoff was told he was fired as executive director of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority following an executive session, which he was asked to leave. On Aug. 9, the Housing Authority board passed a motion in open session to fire Krawzoff and pay him up until that date, calling into question the manner in which he was terminated.

John F. Russell: Leaving Steamboat Springs, making memories on the road

The road trip used to be a right of passage or necessary for work. But now, it has become a place to make memories.

Friday, August 24

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Former ambassador highlights Freedom Conference in Steamboat Springs

With the Nov. 6 presidential election quickly approaching, Freedom Conference keynote speaker John Bolton wasted little time addressing the 280 people who attended dinner Friday night at the top of Steamboat Ski Area.

White River BLM proposes amendment to increase Piceance Basin oil, gas development

The Bureau of Land Management released Wednesday a draft amendment that could increase oil and natural gas development activity in Northwest Colorado.

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Dan Mitchell and William Black debate economic policy at Steamboat conference

The divide between Cato Institute fellow Dan Mitchell and University of Missouri-Kansas City professor William Black centered on a theory and a worldview: Keynesian economics and the role of government.

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Steamboat Springs High School tennis team enters year inexperienced

Despite inexperience, the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team will look for regional title No. 15 as the season wraps up in October.

Steamboat briefs: Registration open for golf tournament at Haymaker

Registration is open for the Fall Classic golf tournament Sept. 15 and 16 at Haymaker Golf Course.

Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for week of Aug. 27

Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for week of Aug. 27

Steamboat Springs school menus for week of Aug. 27

Steamboat Springs school menus for week of Aug. 27

Spare the Air education program kicks off

Local health educators, parents, business owners, government officials and nonprofit organizations are coming together to try to capture drivers’ attention with facts about vehicle exhaust pollution.

Ed Miklus: Steamboat's system of governance not working

The former mayor of New York City, Ed Koch, used to travel the five boroughs and ask citizens: “How am I doing?” Perhaps our current Steamboat Springs City Council should take a page from Mayor Koch’s playbook.

Steamboat air program managers to meet the taxpayers Oct. 9

Local Marketing District board President Steve Dawes predicts the Oct. 9 air program open house will become an annual affair.

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Area restaurants find fresh ingredients close to home

Some local restaurants, including bistro c.v. and Harwigs/L'Apogee in downtown Steamboat Springs, are taking the time to grow their own produce, and they say the effort has proven worthwhile.

New radar will provide better look at Routt County precipitation

Weather forecasters hope to have a better look at what is falling from the sky after a new radar system is installed next month in Grand Junction.

Urban Land Institute CEO praises Steamboat's public amenities

Steamboat Springs needs to diversify its economy if it wants to attract members of the millennium generation, Urban Land Institute CEO Patrick Phillips said Thursday.

The Record for Aug. 23, 2012

3:28 a.m. West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters were called to help a person who fell in the 13100 block of U.S. Highway 40.

Jail Report for Aug. 16 to 23, 2012

The following is a list of people booked into Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Antigrowth documentary to screen Tuesday in Steamboat

David Gardner is bringing his documentary "Growthbusters: Hooked on Growth" to Steamboat on Tuesday and with it his message that economic growth is an ill rather than boon.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Aug. 24

Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus hosts a grand opening for its new building, Doc Willett Award winners to be honored for their commitment and Mainstreet Steamboat Springs works on downtown improvements.

Thursday, August 23

Steamboat briefs: Horizons receives $15,000 from El Pomar Foundation

Horizons Specialized Services has received a $15,000 grant from the El Pomar Foundation to assist with the construction of an eight-unit apartment complex for adults with developmental disabilities, according to a news release.

Adult League Coed Outdoor Soccer results for Aug. 23

Adult League Coed Outdoor Soccer results for Aug. 23

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 23

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 23

Rob Douglas: A serious debate for serious times

Tuesday’s edition of the Steamboat Today contained the commentary “An unserious man” by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. The piece was Krugman’s latest effort to discredit vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s ideas about how to confront our nation’s economic woes.

Paul Stettner: A test for candidates

Regarding the “Should ‘ignorant’ people vote?” column by Rob Douglas in the Aug. 17 Steamboat Today: Rob! In relating the commentary by CNN contributor LZ Granderson, you brought up an issue of import for us to think about.

Michelle E. Hale: Dangers of chew

As a hypnotherapist, I work with many things, but for me the most concerning is the use of tobacco. It’s all bad, but the use of “dip” or “chew” is worse than smoking.

Lynn Abbott: Voters have the power

Are you as appalled as I am at the obscene amounts of money spewing into this election? Time magazine estimates this election will cost $2.5 billion.

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CMC starts new chapter in Steamboat with opening of building

Nearly 50 years after Lucile Bogue planted the seeds of the Alpine Campus, the college on Thursday night celebrated the grand opening of its 60,000-square-foot academic hub in Steamboat.

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Bargain season is here: Find great deals on ski and snowboard gear

Last season's ski and snowboard gear can make for great deals this year, but there are a few things customers should look out for.

Explore Steamboat briefs: REPS Barbecue is Saturday

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide’s annual fundraiser takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill.

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Routt County events calendar for Aug. 24 to 30

Routt County events calendar for Aug. 24 to 30

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Steamboat's Dr. Mark McCaulley honored for 30-year career in internal medicine

Dr. Mark McCaulley will be honored at the Doc Willett Healthcare Heritage Awards on Friday for his ability to take on medical challenges with an energetic and positive demeanor.

Steamboat high school golf team 3rd in Cortez tournament

Members of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team hit the road this week picking up a third-place finish and experience the coach hopes will pay off at the end of the season.

A Dog's Eye View: Puppy Diaries: Some assembly required

Willa didn’t enter our family, she exploded into it, much like those party favors that open with a bang, spewing items every which way. She pushed us all — our other dog included — to the brink of exhaustion.

The Record for Aug. 22, 2012

4:22 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers investigated a ladder going to a roof of a building in the 1100 block of 13th Street. Officers think it was left there by roofers.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Title II funds help local natural resource projects

Since 2009, the Medicine Bow-Routt Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) has helped local counties bordered by national forest lands fund natural resource projects.

Mainstreet Steamboat vows to tackle some Yampa Street improvements by 2013

A new form of traffic calming known as a super sharrow that accommodates a mix of bicycle and vehicle traffic at low speeds is among the ideas for improving Yampa Street in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Sue Birch to be honored at Doc Willett Health Care Heritage Awards

Sue Birch, former CEO of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, will receive the Health Care Community Advocate Award.

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Pretty Lights Music's Michal Menert plays Steamboat on Friday

Michal Menert, a Pretty Lights Music artist and co-producer of Pretty Lights' first album, will appear in Steamboat Springs on Friday at The Tap House Sports Grill.

August rainfall total for Steamboat still below average

Despite Wednesday's rain, Steamboat still is short of its historic precipitation average for August. But more rain is forecast for Thursday.

Engineers study dam settling at Wolford Mountain Reservoir between Steamboat and Kremmling

The chief engineer for the Colorado River District stressed Wednesday that there is no safety issue associated with the settling of Ritschard Dam southeast of Steamboat Springs along U.S. Highway 40.

Reservations for MusicFest 2013 open to the public Thursday

Reservations for the annual celebration of Americana and Texas music and group ski trip in Steamboat Springs have started.

Craig doctor has license suspended by Colorado Medical Board

The Colorado Medical Board issued the decision, citing concerns about an alleged alcohol abuse problem and Dr. Joel Miller’s ability to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety to his patients.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Thursday, Aug. 23

A summons is issued after a Steamboat woman allegedly punches a Denver man, energy companies seek new drilling permits in Routt County and ESPN Radio moves to FM.

Wednesday, August 22

COED D League standing for Aug. 22

Coed D League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 22

Steamboat briefs: Biking the Boat charity ride registration still open

STARS and Routt County Riders present Biking the Boat on Saturday. The ride includes 26-, 46- and 55-miles rides through the scenic roads of Routt County as well as a five-mile all abilities and unicycle ride.

Final Town Challenge bike race canceled because of rain

The children got their chance, but for the second consecutive year, the majority of Town Challenge racers were left with a bit of an empty feeling at the end of the season.

Summons issued after assault Sunday at Steamboat golf course

A heated argument that started because of pin replacement at a Steamboat Springs golf course has resulted in a 60-year-old Steamboat Springs woman being charged with harassment.

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4 new energy companies seek drilling permits in Routt County

Several energy exploration companies that are new to Routt County are applying for permits to drill oil wells here. Routt County Planning Department Director Chad Phillips said Wednesday that 13 oil and gas drilling permits are in various stages of the approval process in his office.

Joel Reichenberger: Triathletes long on intensity

Cover enough sporting events in Steamboat Springs and the characters in each tend to sort themselves out. Triathletes: They’re the intense ones.

The Record for Aug. 21, 2012

12:17 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 47100 block of Routt County Road 80A near Hayden.

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Grand opening Thursday for CMC's new academic center

After two years of planning and 12 months of construction, the Steamboat academic center is alive and ready for its inaugural school year.

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ESPN Radio moves to FM in Routt County

On Wednesday, ESPN Radio stopped broadcasting on KBCR’s 1230 AM and now is being broadcast as Sports on FM on 98.9 FM and 97.7 FM.

Nicole Inglis: #Steamboat, meet Ipswich

By trying to narrow my Twitter focus, I've actually broadened my horizons and learned a few tidbits of mostly useless but entertaining information.

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Millennium Bank in Steamboat now Centennial Bank

The executive vice president of Centennial’s mountain banks promised Millennium customers wouldn’t see any changes until the second phase of the bank merger is launched.

Film about state Capitol screens Thursday at Steamboat museum

Proceeds from the screening of "Colorado's Greatest Treasure" will help to support buildings on the list of Colorado's most endangered places, including Crossan's M&A Market in Yampa.

Steamboat could see some rain before weekend

Steamboat Springs could see some showers or thunderstorms Wednesday evening, but the main part of the approaching storm should hit the area Thursday.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Wednesday, Aug. 22

Sunpie's Bistro has new owners, a man who plead guilty to dealing heroin in Steamboat gets eight years and a Clark man suffers injuries to his hands after a shotgun shell explodes.

Steamboat briefs: Registration for billiards fall session begins Wednesday

Registration for the Yampa Valley American Poolplayers Association fall session begins Wednesday. For more information, call Sheryl Barrett at 970-734-7665 or visit

Proposed Hayden casino conversation coming to Craig

A lot has been said in the local community forums since the Sleeping Giant Group first announced its proposal to build a casino near Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden.

Our View: Staying ahead of the budget curve

The city of Steamboat Springs should continue to budget conservatively as it heads into 2013, and it should formalize a plan for future surplus revenues.

Linda and Dave McIrvin: Respect our bears

Many members of the community and homeowners living in the Sanctuary have gone to great lengths to respect the presence of a mother bear and two cubs in the aspen preserve surrounding the Sanctuary subdivision and trail.

Tony Counts: Casino idea is good

If you’ve lived here since August 2000, you know me. If you’ve watched a Pirate Theater show, you’ve seen me.

Denise Clark: Faith restored

My faith is fully restored in the youths of our beautiful Routt County.

Lyn Halliday: Washing machine rebates still available

From pounding clothes on rocks to the introduction of washboards and the ringer, the task of doing laundry has an intriguing history.

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Joanne Palmer: Shades of guilty pleasure

The dog collar looks good on the dog, but I don’t think it would do much for me. I don’t want to try to look sexy wrapped up in her dog leash, and I certainly do not want to be handcuffed to anything or anyone.

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Rich Tremaine: Horseshoe tournament ends with excitement

Although the annual horseshoe pitching challenge is not quite ready to move to the Routt County Fair’s main grandstand area, this year’s competition provided a bit of excitement in the middle of Saturday afternoon.

Tuesday, August 21

Adult League Soccer Scores for Aug. 21

Adult League Soccer Scores for Aug. 21

Coed B League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 21

Coed B League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 21

2012 Routt County Fair Livestock Sale

2012 Routt County Fair Livestock Sale

Stuart Handloff: A day of ups and downs

Congratulations to the Steamboat Springs Arts Council for putting together a credible performance in time for the All Arts Festival weekend, and kudos to Kelly Anzalone for the courage to debut a new work.

Shotgun shell explodes in Clark man's hands

A 21-year-old Clark man suffered severe hand injuries Tuesday after the shotgun shell he was taking apart exploded, according to the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.

The Record for Aug. 20, 2012

12:15 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a man and woman arguing at Fifth and Yampa streets.

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$20,000 cabinet discovered in Routt County barn

Steamboat Moxie Home Consignments and Design owner Michelle Caragol said the store had been contacted in early June to pick up some furniture from a Stagecoach home and have it sold on consignment.

US Forest Service OKs Breckenridge Ski Area expansion

The U.S. Forest Service has approved the expansion of Breckenridge Ski Area onto Peak 6, and ttwo new lifts serving an additional 407 acres were approved by White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams.

Garfield County to fund study of air emissions from natural gas wells

Garfield County commissioners have agreed to provide as much as $1 million in county oil and gas mitigation funds to help pay for a first-of-its-kind academic study of air emissions from natural gas operations in the county.

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Steamboat singer misses out on 'The Voice'

After auditioning in the callback round of NBC’s singing competition “The Voice,” Nicci Curd said the process was a growing experience even though she didn't make it on to the show.

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Steamboat Springs' Sunpie's Bistro has new owners

No short term changes planned for Yampa Street bar other than new manager

John Duty said he didn't want to see Sunpie's Bistro leave 735 Yampa St. along with its longtime owners Mike and Colleen Miller. The bar opened at noon Tuesday with new owners and few other changes.

Routt County teens most at risk for injury accidents in 2011

CDOT's Rich Sarchet said that 16-year-old women were more likely to be involved in injury accidents than their male counterparts but that the trend reverses from ages 17 to 21.

Containment close for Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area wildfire north of Steamboat

Firefighters on Tuesday were tending to hot spots at a 7-acre wildfire near the northern edge of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area.

Hayden Town Council race comes into focus before Monday filing deadline

Mayor Jim Haskins, incumbent council member Bill Hayden seeking re-election

With the Monday filing deadline quickly approaching, the race for the Hayden Town Council is starting to take shape. The council has four seats up for election this fall, including mayor.

Steamboat heroin dealer sentenced to 8 years in CAPS program

The younger of two brothers who pleaded guilty to dealing heroin in Steamboat Springs was sentenced last week to eight years in the Correctional Alternative Placement Services program in Craig.

Twentymile enters Phase 2 of Sage Creek coal reserve expansion

Twentymile Coal Co. is making progress on its expansion into its Sage Creek reserve and expects full-scale production to start in 2015.

Steamboat resident Jack Verploeg completes famed outdoor leadership course

Steamboat's Jack Verploeg was among a group of 20 that recently completed a 246-mile sea kayaking trip and 80-mile trek in Patagonia.

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Town Challenge bike race series wraps up Wednesday

The season's final race returns to Emerald Mountain for the fourth time this summer with the Soul of Emerald Cross-Country race. Registration remains open.

Thursday's Oak Creek Town Board meeting canceled

Oak Creek has canceled its Town Board meeting scheduled for Thursday.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Tuesday, Aug. 21

Faster cell service is coming to Steamboat, Susan McIntosh is named a "Friend of Education" and the Seminars at Steamboat series wraps up.

Monday, August 20

Adult League Volleyball Scores for Aug. 20

Adult League Volleyball Scores for Aug. 20

Tyler Farrar wins 1st stage of USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Tyler Farrar, who limped to the finish of the Tour de France needing a hospital bed more than a bike, won a sprint finish Monday to earn the yellow jersey.

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David Wessel wraps up Seminars at Steamboat series

Speaker: Crises or leadership could save country from mounting budget problems

The Wall Street Journal's David Wessel set out some of the main budgetary hurdles that befuddle U.S. politicians and squeezed it all in between salad and the main course at the Seminars at Steamboat 10th anniversary dinner.

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Susan McIntosh named Steamboat Springs' 2012 'Friend of Education'

When Kevin Taulman introduced Susan McIntosh to the Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night as the district's 2011-12 “Friend of Education,” the principal said the award wasn't merely recognizing McIntosh for one year of service, but rather for more than a decade of volunteerism.

Steamboat briefs: Parents of 6th-graders reminded about vaccines

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is reminding parents of children entering sixth grade to make sure their children’s Tdap (tetanus) and meningitis vaccinations are up-to-date before the children head back to school in the fall.

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Rain back in forecast for Steamboat area

Water release from Stagecoach helps revive tubing season in dry August

Thunderstorms in the forecast for Monday and Wednesday could help to clear out the wildfire smoke that has lingered over Routt County, a forecaster with the National Weather Service said Sunday.

4G LTE cell service coming to Steamboat

AT&T working to build 8 new towers around Routt County by end of year

The Routt County Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve conditional use permits for three tower applications and tabled a fourth for a proposed tower just northwest of Yampa.

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Jimmy Westlake: The giants of summer

Two very large constellations, Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer and Hercules the Strong Man, take up a large chunk of our late-summer sky. We see them standing head to head, high up in the southern sky as darkness falls.

The Record for Aug. 19, 2012

1:26 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were investigating a 53-year-old woman from Boca Raton, Fla., who was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol at Old Fish Creek Falls Road and South Lincoln Avenue when the officers saw another car crash into a nearby median. Police arrested the 25-year-old Steamboat man who wrecked the car on suspicion of careless driving, DUI per se, DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

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Hayden football ranked No. 7 in Denver Post preseason poll

Hayden was No. 7 in Colorado’s 8-man football division in the preseason Denver Post football poll released Monday.

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Steamboat riders top podium in Gunnison mountain bike race

Steamboat Springs mountain bikers have been racking up podiums at Gunnison’s 24 Hours in the Sage mountain bike race since it debuted 11 years ago. This summer's version was no different.

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Tom Ross: A raft trip to hell and back

Gates of Lodore west of Steamboat offer float through history on Green, Yampa rivers

On the first day of the trip, modern rafting parties discover upper and lower Disaster Falls, where one of John Wesley Powell's wooden boats was smashed in 1869.

Routt County could spend $105K on C.R. 14 engineering

Routt County spent $1.2 million in 2011 to acquire parcels of land along Routt County Road 14. The intent is that the road leading from Colorado Highway 131 to Stagecoach someday would be straightened.

2012 Routt County Fair home arts special awards

Home arts special awards for the 2012 Routt County Fair

Focus Bridge on Routt County Road 129 north of Steamboat closed

The Focus Bridge north of Steamboat Springs on Routt County Road 129 closed for repairs Monday, according to a Routt County Road and Bridge Department news release.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Monday, Aug. 20

The Routt County Fair comes to a close, rain makes its way back into the forecast and an altercation occurs at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club.

Sunday, August 19

Steamboat briefs: Section of Buffalo Pass Road closed for tree removal

Beginning Monday, the Parks Ranger District portion of the Buffalo Pass Road (U.S. Forest Road 60) will be closed to the public for removal of beetle-killed hazard trees, according to a release.

Steamboat Triathlon results for Aug. 19

Steamboat Triathlon results for Aug. 19

Steamboat police respond after golfer reportedly punches another

Steamboat Springs Police Department Sgt. John McCartin said officers were called to Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club at 2:33 p.m. Sunday after a woman from Steamboat Springs allegedly punched a man from Denver.

The Record for Aug. 18, 2012

2:57 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint about loud music in the 3300 block of Après Ski Way.

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Routt County Fair comes to thrilling conclusion

Final day of fair filled with horse races, bull riding and impromptu sheep herding

Sheep herding wasn't on the schedule, but when a feisty flock of the livestock escaped Sunday at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden, people moved quickly to round up the 30 agile escapees.

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Racers swarm to Steamboat Triathlon

Nearly 400 competitors took on the course for the eighth annual Steamboat Triathlon on Sunday at Lake Catamount.

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series No. 10 results

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series No. 10 results

Continental Divide Trail Run results for Aug. 19

Continental Divide Trail Run results for Aug. 19

Jane McLeod: With garlic, timing is everything

Planted in the fall, garlic sets its roots before it goes dormant in winter but starts the serous business of growing in spring. Given our capricious spring weather, it’s hard to know the countdown to maturity.

County Agenda for Aug. 20 and 21

County Agenda for Aug. 20 and 21

Monday Medical: Campaign targets men and suicide

Colorado has the sixth-highest rate of suicide in the U.S., according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Men between the ages of 25 and 54 make up a significant portion of suicide deaths in the state.

Saturday, August 18

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Routt County 4-H'ers say goodbye to animals at Junior Livestock Sale

Age was no matter for Emmitt Meyring, 9, who raised the Grand Champion market steer in his first year showing livestock. His steer sold for $10,000 to Round Mountain Ranch, where Emmitt’s family works.

Mark Udall: Can’t wait on wind production tax credit

Great states like Colorado make things. We innovate, we manufacture and we create jobs. Great countries like the United States make their own energy. For Coloradans, these facts are not secrets. For years, we have led the way in creating jobs and powering our nation.

Omar M. Campbell: Downside of casinos

What hasn’t received much attention is the downside of casinos. The internet, however, abounds with accounts on what happens in a 50-mile or so radius of an Indian-owned casino.

Our View: City’s new 'smart' water meters

Water conservation is smart. So is increased efficiency, both in terms of water usage and city government’s oversight of its water utility. Adapting new technologies to accomplish all of the above is smart, too.

Routt County resident hits hole-in-one, wins car

Routt County resident Toni Hennessy on Saturday hit the second hole-in-one of her life, and this one happened to come with a car.

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Craig teen stomped on by bull expected to be fine

A 16-year-old Craig bull rider is expected to be fine after getting stomped on by a bull Saturday at the Routt County Fair.

Routt County Fair results for Aug. 17 — Steer show

Routt County Fair results for Aug. 17 — Steer show

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Fly-fishing club brings vintage trailers to Steamboat Campground

This week, 110 of the more than 3,000 members of the women’s fly-fishing and adventure club Sisters on the Fly rolled into Steamboat Springs and enjoyed everything the Yampa Valley has to offer.

Jail Report for Aug. 10 to 17, 2012

The following is a list of people booked into Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

The Record for Aug. 17, 2012

2:20 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a suspicious man pushing a cart in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. The man claimed a bank stole his money.

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Steamboat Springs couple reaches summer goals

Steamboat Springs couple Ruth and Francis Abate have spent the summer training for — and completing — triathlons.

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Steamboat Springs High School golf team learns from last season

The Steamboat Springs High School Golf Team has won four of its first five tournaments this season.

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Businesses' reaction to Hayden casino proposal varies wildly

Hotel owners, retailers and restaurateurs in Steamboat Springs have mixed reactions to the Sleeping Giant Group's proposal to build a casino 20 miles to the west. Many question the project's impact beyond western Routt County.

John F. Russell: Steamboat Springs resident takes place in Hall of Fame

When Marvin Crawford is inducted into the Ski Jumping Hall of Fame this week, it will be the fourth time the Steamboat Springs skiing legend has found his way to a Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Steamboat briefs: Environmental assessment released offering 20 parcels

The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office released Friday a preliminary environmental assessment that evaluates offering 20 parcels in Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties in the February 2013 oil and gas lease sale, according to a news release.

Friday, August 17

Water being released from Stagecoach Reservoir for Tri-State in Craig

About 400 to 500 acre-feet of water is being released from Stagecoach Reservoir at the request of Tri-State Generation, which operates the power plant in Craig, according to Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District Manager Kevin McBride.

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Space Station now offering alternative fuel in Steamboat Springs

Last month, Space Station gas station owner Eric Dorris switched over his diesel tank to B20 diesel, a fuel that is a blend of 80 percent regular diesel and 20 percent biodiesel.

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Steamboat Springs High School golf team 5th in Rifle

Playing Friday at Rifle Creek Golf Course, Steamboat finished a respectable fifth with a team score of 252, despite not having several of its top players

Steamboat's June tax collections finish 4 percent ahead of 2011

June represented the third straight month of year-over-year increases in sales tax collections. However, building-use tax and accommodations tax collections continue to lag behind last year's pace.

After slow start to year, number of Routt County building permits picks up dramatically

Building permits for new construction in Steamboat Springs and Routt County were issued at a snail's pace through the first six months of the year, and a recent uptick is typical in the summer.

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Animals dress their best for the Routt County Fair

Most of the competitors in Friday's Dress Your Animal Contest at the Routt County Fair have been here before, and it shows in their themes and stories prepared for the contest.

Ken Kruse: Thanks for searching

I was recently involved with the search effort on Rabbit Ears Pass. Even though the outcome isn’t what we had hoped, I’d like to thank everyone who spent time searching for our friend.

Paul Bonnifield: What’s the policy?

I’m deeply concerned after reading the article in the Steamboat Today “Romney seeking distance: Presidential candidate stresses Ryan’s agenda different from own.” If his policy is not Ryan’s or President Obama’s, then what is his budget policy?

Steve Hofman and Johnny Spillane: Draw own conclusions

Friday’s Steamboat Today ran a story, “Group opposes casino,” quoting briefly from a statement we provided the newspaper. We thought it appropriate to give readers the full text of what we said.

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Yampa Valley and beyond highlighted at All Arts Festival this weekend

The Art Stroll is on Yampa Street between Fifth and Seventh Streets and it continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Record for Aug. 16, 2012

12:25 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a fight at a bar in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. A citation was issued to a minor for possessing alcohol.

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Leadership Series continues Sunday for Steamboat Springs High School athletes

As part of the series, speakers discuss what leadership means and how to exhibit it. From there, athletes and teams break into small groups to set goals for the season and determine the best ways to achieve those goals.

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Downtown Steamboat Springs theater searched after nationwide bomb threat

Nothing suspicious was found after a search of the Carmike Cinemas-owned Chief Plaza Theater on Friday after the theater’s corporate office in Georgia received a bomb threat.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Aug. 17

A group forms to oppose a casino in Hayden, private schools look to boost enrollment and Steamboat Springs' Pirate Theatre takes its show on the road.

Routt County Fair results for Aug. 16

Routt County Fair results for Aug. 16

Steamboat briefs: Register by noon Friay for school supplies from Center

Steamboat Christian Center, 36013 E. U.S. Highway 40, is giving school supplies for one child to single parents. 

Thursday, August 16

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 16

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 16

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Routt County youths excel in poultry showmanship at fair

After three years of showing chickens, 13-year-old Hallie Myhre knows what it takes to be named grand champion in showmanship at the Routt County Fair.

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Rob Douglas: Should ‘ignorant’ people vote?

Should citizens have to pass a test to demonstrate a requisite level of political and civic knowledge before voting?

Routt County events calendar for Aug. 17 to 23

Find events in Routt County this week with the Explore Steamboat calendar.

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Steamboat's private schools still working to grow enrollment

Enrollment at Routt County's three private schools remains much lower than it was four years ago

As the heads of private schools in Routt County prepare to welcome back their students for another year, they are adapting to the lower enrollment numbers that haven't rebounded much in the wake of the economic recession.

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Group comes forward against proposed Hayden casino

An opposition group has formed to advocate against the development of a casino near Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden.

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Steamboat skiers lend a hand in New York

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Tony Lodico and a trio of his freestyle skiing athletes spent their summer helping at a New York camp for at-risk youths.

Steamboat Springs High School golf team wins again

The Steamboat Springs High School golf team won its fourth straight tournament Thursday in Gypsum.

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Steamboat rodeo looks to close season strong

With season-long championship races wrapping up, the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series can’t help but close with a bang.

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Steamboat Symphony opens season with 'Star Wars,' Sibelius

The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra's Opening Concert is at 7 p.m. Saturday, and tickets range from $1 for youths to $35 for adults.

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Steamboat Springs' Pirate Theatre takes show on the road

As a send-off, they’ll be performing the production, called “Powder Haze: A Day in the Life at a Ski Town,” on Saturday in their hometown of Steamboat. The show then heads to Boulder.

South Routt Medical Center faces challenges to expansion

The South Routt Medical Center has reached capacity, but issues with its encroachment into an Oak Creek right-of-way and limited space are complicating expansion efforts.

The Record for Aug. 15, 2012

12:19 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear at Fifth and Oak streets. It was scared away.

A Dog's Eye View: Getting what you don’t want

To teach a reliable recall, you must teach your dog to associate something pleasant or rewarding with coming to you when you call him. That's not as easy as it sounds.

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Steamboat Springs plans to bid on 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge

After being passed over for this year's race, the city plans to pursue a Pro Cycling Challenge stage for next year

After not getting a bid for the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Steamboat Springs plans to make another effort in 2013. The multi-stage road race featuring professional cyclists from across the globe starts Monday.

Steamboat Springs Biking the Boat Charity Ride returns

The Biking the Boat Charity Ride, which features four rides for riders of all abilities and benefits recreation programs for people with disabilities. returns Aug. 25.

Nicole Inglis: Howelsen Hill the perfect concert series backdrop

Did these musicians — or any of the greats that stop in Steamboat for the Free Summer Concert Series and use the Howelsen Hill Lodge — ever look around and wonder about whom else has sat on those benches, eating and making conversation?

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Steamboat Free Summer Concert Series closes Friday with a spectacle

Nearly 10 years after its formation, the MarchFourth Marching Band will make its first appearance in Steamboat on Friday to close the 2012 Free Summer Concert Series.

Smoke haze lingers over Steamboat, causes health concerns

Knowing that the smoky haze lingering over Steamboat Springs could be with us into next week, public health officials are recommending residents take precautions regarding air quality.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Aug. 16

Home arts at the Routt County Fair, a tryout for TV show "The Voice" in Los Angeles and the economics of our water supply

Steamboat briefs: Part of Yampa Street will be closed starting Thursday

Yampa Street will be closed from Fifth to Seventh streets from 6 a.m. Thursday to 5 p.m. Sunday for the Art Stroll at the All Arts Festival, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

8th annual Arnie’s Army Battles Prostate Cancer Golf Fundraiser results

8th annual Arnie’s Army Battles Prostate Cancer Golf Fundraiser results

Routt County Fair results for Aug. 13 and 15

Routt County Fair results for Aug. 13 and 15

Wednesday, August 15

Adult Coed Soccer League Results for Aug. 14

Adult Coed Soccer League Results for Aug. 14

Coed D League Softball Standings and Game Results for Aug. 15

Coed D League Softball Standings and Game Results for Aug. 15

The Record for Aug. 14, 2012

5 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a noninjury accident in the 2800 block of Riverside Plaza.

ATV, pump house catch fire at Steamboat Lake State Park

Drinking water had to be trucked in for campers after a pump house caught fire Wednesday afternoon at Steamboat Lake State Park.

Cause of death confirmed for man found Tuesday on Rabbit Ears Pass

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg on Wednesday confirmed Sean F. Ryan's death was a suicide.

Fire restrictions to be lifted on BLM land in Routt County

All fire restrictions on Bureau of Land Management land in Routt County will be lifted at midnight Wednesday, allowing people to have recreational fires.

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Sunday's Steamboat Triathlon expects full ranks

The eighth annual Steamboat Triathlon is expecting a big crowd for its Sunday morning race at Lake Catamount. Registration is still open.

Continental Divide looms large for Steamboat Running Series racers

Regular regional runners know better than to expect a week off. Sunday's Continental Divide Trail Run may have been surpassed in length by other local events, but it’s still a gruel.

Steamboat's Joy Rasmussen set for triathlon world championships

Joy Rasmussen is gearing up for one of her toughest races, the 70.3 Ironman World Championships to be held next month in Las Vegas.

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Routt County Fair's home arts entries a feast for the eyes

Check-in day brings in Lego masterpieces, gigantic zucchini

Linda Long knows that on check-in day, anything can come through the doors of the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.

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Economist in Steamboat: Funding water projects will be challenging

The demand for water is expected to continue to rise, but securing the funding to increase the supply will be difficult, a respected economist said Wednesday.

Steamboat Springs golf team's string of early success continues

The Sailors were the best Class 4A team in Wednesday's tournament at the Eagle Vail Golf Course.

Steamboat Springs swimmer Samantha Terranova swims for Team Colorado

Steamboat Springs swimmer Samantha Terranova recently competed for Team Colorado in a meet in Grand Junction.

Joel Reichenberger: Sorry, I'm not from Chicago

I’m not a Chicago Cubs fan, I swear, but maybe it says something about Steamboat Springs that so many people seem so quick to assume I am.

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Steamboat native confident heading into 'The Voice' callbacks

Nicci Curd made it through the first round of auditions for "The Voice" in Los Angeles last weekend, getting called back from an arena of tens of thousands of singing hopefuls.

Oak Creek focuses on making it through the lean years

The town of Oak Creek is addressing multiple issues on its agenda with an eye to a steep revenue dropoff in the near future.

Steamboat to stay warm, dry for rest of week

Steamboat residents can expect highs in the 80s and little chance of rain for the rest of the week. And a haze from Western wildfires may not lift till early next week.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Aug. 15

The body of a missing man was found Tuesday on Rabbit Ears Pass, the Routt County Road and Bridge Department has a new director and Steamboat's winter olympians look ahead to 2014.

Coed B League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 14

Coed B League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 14

Men’s II League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 13

Men’s II League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 13

Men’s I League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 13

Men’s I League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 13

Tuesday, August 14

Beth Watson: More than just a bump

Do you have children who enjoy any of the recreational activities or organized sports the valley has to offer in summer, winter, spring and fall?

Mary Hilliard: Angels who play tennis

I would like to thank the two cardiologists who were playing tennis at the Tennis Center on July 23 (“Tennis player saved from cardiac arrest,” Steamboat Today) when my friend Harry Max went into cardiac arrest on the adjacent court.

Brett Barkey: Expressing appreciation

I gratefully accept Gov. John Hickenlooper’s appointment as district attorney for the 14th Judicial District. It is a great honor and privilege to continue in public service in this role.

Our View: Good shouldn’t be good enough

Last week, as it does every year, the state Department of Education made a big to-do about the release of 2012 TCAP standardized test results. And, as they do every year, media outlets across the state — including this one — gave significant coverage to the highs and lows of the test scores.

Routt County Fair results for Aug. 14

Routt County Fair results for Aug. 14

Save energy while showering

Did you know that 17 percent of indoor household water use occurs in the shower? Then consider the savings potential by installing efficient showerheads in lodging properties like hotels and condos.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Horseshoe challenge set for Saturday

It’s time for the Routt County Fair and your chance to throw some horseshoes, regardless of your skill level.

Steamboat briefs: Routt County Habitat is in need of 4 volunteers Wednesday, Thursday

Routt County Habitat for Humanity is in need of four volunteers ages 13 and older to help assemble store shelves from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at ReStore.

Janet Hruby tapped to lead Routt County Road and Bridge Department

Hruby currently serves as the interim Public Works director for Steamboat

A veteran city of Steamboat Springs employee has been tapped to lead Routt County's Road and Bridge Department.

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Steamboat athletes already look toward 2014 Olympics

The stadium lights had barely cooled at the London Olympics closing ceremony when the attention turned to the next Olympic Games. And with less than 100 days until ski season and 540 days until the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, it’s time to look at which Steamboat athletes could shine on sport's biggest stage.

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Scott Stanford: Annual reader survey helps us be a better newspaper

On Wednesday, we kick off our 2012 survey, which will run for two weeks. We’re hoping for 1,500 responses before the survey ends Aug. 31.

Routt County Commissioners ease fire restrictions

All fire restrictions are lifted for state lands and unincorporated parts of Routt County, allowing people to have recreational fires.

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Joanne Palmer: File it under 'lost'

Have you ever paid attention to what exactly is bouncing around in your brain during a five-minute period? Try it. I think you will find it alarming.

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Livestock arrives at Routt County Fair

Kendall Hood, 12, of Steamboat Springs, is in his third year of raising pigs and is bringing with him a pig named Oreo as well as some valuable experience.

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Written Art festival celebrates 29 Routt County authors

The authors will be highlighted in Saturday’s festival of local authors. The event coincides with the fourth annual All Arts Festival.

The Record for Aug. 13, 2012

1:56 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to help a 61-year-old woman with an injured hip in the 40500 block of Steamboat Drive.

Steamboat's Smilkstein finishes 10th in Leadville 100

Dan Smilkstein has racked up 1,000 miles of riding in the epic Leadville race, which he has finished in first place in his age group across three decades.

Steamboat Springs athletes selling Sailors Cards as fundraiser

Steamboat Springs athletes are selling Sailors Cards to benefit sports programs and the Steamboat Springs Booster Club.

Steamboat Springs golf team continues hot start

The Steamboat Springs High School golf team won its second straight tournament Monday, with Brandon Martin earning low medalist honors.

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Body of missing Steamboat Springs man found on Rabbit Ears Pass

Sean F. Ryan's body was found Tuesday night by his family and friends in the rugged wilderness of Rabbit Ears Pass.

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Steamboat bus shelters receive award from Colorado nonprofit

The downtown bus shelter project installed nine shelters that were designed to reflect Northwest Colorado’s historic architecture, and each has its own theme.

Steamboat briefs: Part of Buffalo Pass Road to close beginning Monday

Beginning next week, the Parks Ranger District portion of Buffalo Pass Road (U.S. Forest Road 60) will be closed to the public from 7 a.m. Mondays through 5 p.m. Fridays for removal of beetle-killed hazard trees.

Monday, August 13

Adult League Volleyball scores for Aug. 13

Adult League Volleyball scores for Aug. 13

Yampa Valley Baseball scores for Aug. 12

Yampa Valley Baseball scores for Aug. 12

Routt County Sheriff's Office tight-lipped about Rabbit Ears incident

A possible search and rescue mission was announced over dispatch Monday afternoon, but officials are saying little about it. Undersheriff Ray Birch said information could be released by Tuesday morning.

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Seminars at Steamboat speaker: Run-up to election will fascinate

Richard Murray wrapped up Seminars at Steamboat's main summer run with a discourse on presidential election history.

Man OK after motorcycle crash on Rabbit Ears Pass

A 60-year-old man from Victoria, Australia, was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center with minor injuries Monday night after he crashed his motorcycle on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Steamboat's 'smart' water meters under fire from Internet providers

Two broadband providers are worried that thousands of wireless water meters being deployed in Steamboat could disrupt Internet service to as many as 150 of their customers.

The Record for Aug. 12, 2012

12:27 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a complaint about a noise on Routt County Road 24.

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Jimmy Westlake: The teapot at the end of the Milky Way

Legend has it that a pot of gold awaits you at the end of the rainbow, if you are lucky enough to find it. No luck at all is required, however, to find the pot of tea at the end of the Milky Way.

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Weekend's success thrills Steamboat Stinger organizers

After just two years, the Steamboat Stinger still is the new kid on the block, but a successful weekend has organizers convinced the race is hanging tough.

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Governor appoints new DA in 14th Judicial District

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Monday the appointment of Brett Barkey as district attorney in the 14th Judicial District.

Motorcycle rollover ends in fatality in Moffat County

A 74-year-old man from San Jose, Calif., was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon after rolling his motorcycle north of Craig.

2012 Steamboat NTRP Championships for Sunday

2012 Steamboat NTRP Championships for Sunday

Sunday, August 12

The Record for Aug. 11, 2012

12:13 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear in the 2000 block of Cornice Road.

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Steamboat Springs a low-key launch pad for hang gliders

When the weather is right, the leap from Storm Peak can last for hours. On Sunday, a group of hang gliders and paragliders committed themselves to the skies above the Yampa Valley.

Monday Seminars at Steamboat to focus on Colorado's key electoral role

University of Houston political scientist Richard Murray said Colorado will play a key role in this year's presidential election, which he'll discuss as part of the final Seminars at Steamboat talk Monday.

Steamboat Springs City Council faces another tough budget year

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night agreed it should be conservative in its approach to the 2013 budget, but members didn't all agree on how conservative they should be.

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series No. 9 results

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series No. 9 results

2012 Steamboat NTRP Championships for Saturday

2012 Steamboat NTRP Championships for Saturday

Buffalo Pass Road to close for tree removal

Beginning Aug. 20, the Parks Ranger District portion of the Buffalo Pass Road (U.S. Forest Road 60) will be closed to the public for removal of beetle-killed hazard trees, according to a release.

County Agenda for Aug. 13 and 14

County Agenda for Aug. 13 and 14

Deb Babcock: Fireweed an end-of-summer reward

One of my favorite end-of-summer wildflowers is the beautiful pink plumes of fireweed, also known as rosebay willowherb and part of the evening primrose family, found throughout the mountains around Steamboat Springs.

Monday Medical: Doc Willett: Past, present, future

The Doc Willett Health Care Heritage Awards have become a treasured community institution. Perhaps that’s because the health care professionals they honor have made indelible marks on the quality of health services available in our rural region of the state.

Steamboat Stinger marathon and half-marathon results

Steamboat Stinger marathon and half-marathon results

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Armstrong and field conquer tough Steamboat Stinger

Lance Armstrong said Sunday's Steamboat Stringer trail marathon was grueling, but he still managed to win the 26.2-mile race, besting the field of nearly 300 runners who showed up for the first-year event.

Saturday, August 11

Steamboat Stinger Mountain Bike Race Results

Steamboat Stinger Mountain Bike Race Results

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Mainstreet Farmers Market continues to grow in Steamboat

These days, it’s hard to miss the Mainstreet Farmers Market, staged on Sixth Street in downtown Steamboat Springs on Saturdays.

Visiting Nurse Association: Herd mentality

Ranchers understand the concept of “herd immunity”: Immunize the majority of the herd to protect the entire herd. The same disease concept applies to us.

Maynard Short: Outrage ludicrous

Steamboat Springs City Council member Sonya Macys criticized City Manager Jon Roberts for using “Obamacare” as a description of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. I took a few minutes to check out public usage of the term Obamacare and had the following results:

Peter Van De Carr: Let the water flow

Here is the scenario: 500 acre-feet of water is owned by the city of Steamboat Springs and is held in Stagecoach Reservoir for emergency use.

Barb Parnell: Thanks, Totally Kids

Once again, our community takes action to support our children.

Daniel S. Baum: City got it right

It is my understanding that the city of Steamboat Springs has chosen to negotiate a contract with Stacy and Jim Swiggart as operators of the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs. The city got this one right.

Our View: County tax rulings raise concerns

The Routt County Board of Commissioners has the unenviable task of trying to interpret a new state law that seeks to more fairly apply agricultural tax status to land parcels throughout the county.

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Steamboat Stinger mountain bike race draws large, diverse crowd

The second annual Steamboat Stinger 50-mile mountain bike race drew a record number of entrants Saturday.

The Jail Report for Aug. 3 to Aug. 10, 2012

The following is a list of people booked into Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

The Record for Aug. 10, 2012

12:23 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of loud music coming from a bar in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. It was quiet when officers arrived.

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Months of work pay off for Clark family at Routt County Fair

Teagann Yeager and her sisters Cassett, 13, Quin, 5, and Oaklee, 2, have spent months preparing for this year’s Routt County Fair, and it’s all paying off as the fair kicks off with horse events.

On the Market: Steamboat market logs $7.92M from 4 sales

The first full real estate week of August wrapped up in style Thursday and Friday when four sales of $1.4 million or more accounted for $7.92 million in dollar volume.

Real estate transactions for Aug. 6 to 9

Real estate transactions for Aug. 6 to 9

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Steamboat Springs tennis tournament still growing in 20th year

The NTRP Tennis Championships entered its 20th year in Steamboat this weekend. With the addition of the Colorado Cup, the event was the biggest in history.

John F. Russell: Coors Field ballpark a place to make memories

A trip to Denver to watch a ball game at Coors field is the best way to remember the reasons I've always loved the game of baseball.

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Tom Ross: South Routt homesteaders recalimed boots from outlaws in Yampa's early days

If you didn’t show up for the brown bag lunch Friday at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, you missed out on hearing Yampa historian Rita Herold tell the story of the shootout between the Bird boys and a couple of outlaws who had the nerve to steal their boots.

2012 Steamboat NTRP Championships for Friday

2012 Steamboat NTRP Championships for Friday

Steamboat Youth Lacrosse results for week 6 playoffs

Steamboat Youth Lacrosse results for week 6 playoffs

Friday, August 10

Steamboat briefs: Atmos Energy encouraging residents to have lines marked

Atmos Energy hopes today will serve as a reminder to Routt County residents to call 811 to have underground utility lines marked prior to any digging project, according to a news release.

Totally Kids meal program menus for week of Aug. 13

Totally Kids meal program menus for week of Aug. 13

Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for week of Aug. 13

Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for week of Aug. 13

Improving housing market will benefit next president, economist says

The national real estate market will improve in the next three years, the chief economist for the National Association of Realtors said Thursday in Steamboat.

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Steamboat's Williams looks to be 'Queen Bee'

Steamboat's Hannah Williams taking on mountain bike race and marathon this weekend

Steamboat Springs athlete Hannah Williams will do the Steamboat Stinger bike and marathon this weekend. And she's not alone in her ambition.

The Record for Aug. 9, 2012

12:59 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a disturbance at a restaurant in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. People had climbed up to the rooftop patio and were throwing off light bulbs and chairs. They were gone when officers arrived.

2012 Routt County Fair kicks off in Hayden

A Rocky Mountain oyster fry, demolition derby, barn dance and ranch bronc competition encompass the evening events taking place during this year's Routt County Fair.

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Crossan's M&A Market spans the history of Yampa in South Routt

The Crossan’s M&A Market building in Yampa is emblematic of the town’s link to pioneer days in Routt County.

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3 Steamboat boys escape Dream Island trailer fire

Jose Jimenez, 16, said he and his younger brothers were home alone and playing video games when they noticed smoke. Jimenez said he went to the bedroom and found the bed on fire.

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Artists inspired by landscape, lifestyle in Hahn's Peak

Sculptor David Marshall and watercolor painter Dedi Knox have the Hahn's Peak landscape and stunning vistas to enhance their creative endeavors, and the pair comprises two of three artists featured this month at the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat.

Early pricing deadline approaches for Steamboat ski passes

Wednesday is the last day to purchase a 2012-13 season pass to Steamboat Ski Area at early-season prices. After Wednesday, the price of an adult pass increases $210 to $1,279.

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Steamboat woman practices cereal entrepreneurship

Turning granola into gold

Granola Gold varieties like Strawberry Park and First Tracks gained a strong following at the Mainstreet Farmers Market this summer.

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Steamboat Springs grad had front row seat for Mars rover landing

2008 Steamboat Springs High School graduate Dustin Buccino's internship at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory gave him a firsthand look at the Mars rover's landing Monday.

Yampa River flows have hovered below tubing minimums in Steamboat since Monday

Phones still are ringing at Steamboat's commercial tubing companies, but as the summer tourism season dwindles, the river is flowing just below floating minimums.

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 9

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 9

Commission unanimous in support of 14th Judicial District chief judge

The 14th Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance, a group of 10 people in Moffat, Routt and Grand counties, unanimously has recommended voters retain the district's chief judge in November.

Thursday, August 9

Steamboat briefs: AARP driver safety course offered for local educators

Local educators can take advantage of a heavily discounted AARP driver safety course led by Jane and Bud Romberg on Tuesday in Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat City Council, city manager still have issues to work out

2 days after contentious review, Jon Roberts says he is waiting for clear direction from City Council

Jon Roberts still is digesting the contentious performance review he endured earlier this week. Steamboat Springs' city manager got a lot of feedback to chew on.

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Federal policy shift makes proposed Routt County casino possible

A June 2011 policy shift at the federal level again makes building an Indian-owned casino in Routt County a possibility, though it remains a long and difficult process.

Rob Douglas: Will Roberts rise to Magill's challenge?

This week’s failed attempt to fire Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts revealed a deep split within the council regarding Roberts’ job performance.

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Routt County events calendar for Aug. 10 to 16

South Africa's Johnny Clegg fuses world African beats with a message of world peace and hope in his Strings Music Festival Different Tempo performance at 8 p.m. Friday.

The Record for Aug. 8, 2012

12:34 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of six teenagers running around a parking lot and climbing on cars on Walton Creek Road.

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Fly-in fishing an Alaskan treat

There are countless ways to sample the many adventures Alaska has to offer outdoors fanatics. But for dedicated anglers, a fly-in fishing trip is certainly not a bad place to start.

A Dog's Eye View: Puppy Diaries: The road home

Apparently, the puppies had not had a lot of exposure to the great outdoors because when our new puppy, Willa, reached the exit to the whelping area, she hesitated.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Welcome to the 2012 Routt County Fair

We’ve come a long way since 1914, but the Routt County Fair still is a place where locals can “Sew It. Grow It. And Show It.”

Steamboat Stinger returns to Emerald Mountain for 2nd year

Saturday's 50-mile bike race to be followed by marathon and half-marathon on Sunday

The Steamboat Stinger mountain bike race returns for a second year this weekend, but with an added twist: a marathon and half-marathon are now part of the festivities.

Steamboat Springs golf team opens season with a win

The Steamboat Springs High School golf team opened the season on Thursday with a win at Battlement Mesa.

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WAR brings legendary funk, reggae to free Steamboat concert

Lonnie Jordan doesn’t know how many times he’s played “Low Rider” in a live show. The keyboardist for WAR said he more easily could count the times his band hasn't played the hit 1975 song.

Fire restrictions lifted for Routt National Forest

Fire restrictions were lifted Thursday in the Routt National Forest, but Stage 2 restrictions remain in effect within Steamboat Springs city limits until Sept. 14.

4 Hayden Town Council seats up for election

Candidates have until Aug. 27 to apply to be on the Nov. 6 ballot

The Hayden Town Council has four seats up for election this fall, including mayor. Candidates interested in running for council have until Aug. 27 to return the petitions they need to get on the ballot.

Routt County Riders trail workday Sunday

Routt County Riders will host its seventh trail workday on Rotary Trail on Sunday.

5 Steamboat ski jumpers headed for Hall of Fame

Together, five Steamboat athletes destined for the Hall of Fame represent different eras in American ski jumping.

Wednesday, August 8

Steamboat briefs: Oak Creek Town Board to discuss power rate increases

A representative of the Nebraska Municipal Power Pool will join the Oak Creek Town Board meeting by phone today to discuss the preliminary findings of an electric rate study that states the town might need to increase rates.

Town Challenge results: Storm Peak Hill Climb Challenge

Town Challenge results: Storm Peak Hill Climb Challenge

Steamboat Youth Lacrosse summer league results

Steamboat Youth Lacrosse summer league results

Coed D League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 8

Coed D League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 8

Coed B League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 7

Coed B League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 7

TCAP scores reveal strengths, weaknesses of Routt County schools

Routt County school districts can find something to like about their students' performance on the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program. They can also find some weaknesses.

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Steamboat's Emerald City Opera celebrates 10th anniversary

Ten years ago, Rusthoi said she had zero idea where the Emerald City Opera would be 10 years down the road Steamboat Springs, or that it would be successful at all.

Steamboat lodging tax committee trims list of proposals

Documentary, Chamber's summer marketing request don't clear 1st hurdle

Do public restrooms attract visitors to Steamboat Springs? That was one of the questions the city's newly formed lodging tax committee grappled with during an hourlong meeting Wednesday afternoon.

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Leadership Steamboat installs permanent recycle bins on Lincoln

On Wednesday morning, members of the Leadership Steamboat Class of 2012 installed new recycling receptacles along Lincoln Avenue. The metal bins cost $1,500 each, with local businesses and organizations contributing.

Man accused of firing gun outside Steamboat bar appears in court

Steven Torres, 57, is considering a plea deal relating to the June 9 incident in which he is accused of firing a gun toward three people in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Routt County Commissioners approve Emerald Ridge conservation easement south of Steamboat

The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the use of Purchase of Development Rights tax dollars to conserve 210 acres of the Emerald Ridge Ranch south of Steamboat Springs.

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1st Yampa Valley Crane Festival scheduled for September

A proposal to hunt sandhill cranes in Routt County was withdrawn earlier this year, and now a festival celebrating the bird is planned for the Yampa Valley.

Oak Creek to consider electric rate study, supplemental budget Thursday

According to a preliminary rate study, Oak Creek residents probably don't need to worry about a hike in their electric bills in the next three years, but after that, the utility has choices to make.

The Record for Aug. 7, 2012

1:20 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear in the 100 block of Sixth Street.

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Steamboat's Nancy Spillane to take over troubled Denver school

Spillane, who last year retired from Lowell Whiteman Primary School, will help Paddington Station Preschool as it struggles with child porn charges against a longtime teacher.

Tuesday, August 7

Our View: Council got it right, but barely

Tuesday night’s public discussion about the job performance of Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts might have been awkward and uncomfortable, but it was needed. More important, it led to clarity and a correct decision on the part of the council.

Steamboat briefs: US Highway 40 lane closures set for Thursday

Motorists should expect lane closures from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday on U.S. Highway 40 at mile marker 137 near Haymaker while Colorado Department of Transportation crews work on a new electronic message board.

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Steamboat City Manager Jon Roberts' job safe, for now

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to review Roberts' job description and council members' expectations of him at their Sept. 3 meeting.

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Steamboat Springs Arts Council close to earning another decade in Depot Art Center

On Tuesday night, Steamboat Springs City Council approved the first reading of a new lease that will allow the nonprofit to stay in the century-old building and continue to pay $1 a year in rent to operate there.

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Steamboat's Alex Wood earns football scholarship to CU

2009 Steamboat Springs High School graduate Alex Wood earned a football scholarship at the University of Colorado on Monday. Originally a walk-on, Wood now is a redshirt junior.

Routt County appraisers puzzled by recent property tax rulings

Routt County Assessor Gary Peterson confirmed this week that recent rulings by the Board of Equalization on agricultural tax status eligibility have created some confusion among his appraisers.

Parts of Routt County eliminating fire restrictions

All fire restrictions are expected to be lifted in the coming week for the Routt National Forest, state lands and unincorporated parts of Routt County.

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Joanne Palmer: Mother tongue

Because the dog and the teenager sleep a lot and frequently are unresponsive, I have become adept at reading body language, picking up on nonverbal cues and bribing them with food.

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Steamboat Springs residents at odds with overhead power lines

An effort to supply more reliable power to the Strawberry Park area is causing headaches for some residents along McKinley Street near Steamboat Springs High School.

To the Last Drop: Xeriscape and sustainable landscaping

Businesses and homeowners can reap major water conservation benefits as well as cost savings by implementing sustainable landscape practices.

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2012 Steamboat All Arts Festival schedule

Celebrating the rich arts and cultural heritage of the Yampa Valley while bringing in nationally renowned artists to Steamboat, the fourth annual All Arts Festival offers a weekend of opera, visual arts, historic tours, classical and contemporary music, theater, comedy, film, culinary arts and more.

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Steamboat Springs High School golf team prepares for season

The Steamboat Springs High School golf team, which returns every player from last year’s regional team, begins its season Thursday in Battlement Mesa.

Steamboat Springs heroin dealer sentenced

The older of the two brothers accused of dealing heroin in Steamboat Springs has been sentenced to 90 days in Routt County Jail and seven years of probation.

The Record for Aug. 6

12:50 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted the driver of a suspicious car in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue. The car belonged to construction workers working on the building.

Storm Peak climb looms large for Town Challenge racers

The Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series returns Wednesday with a steep climb up Mount Werner.

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Steamboat’s Boa Technology, SmartWool among best to work for

A pair of businesses in the outdoor industry with long ties to Steamboat Springs has been named to the list of the 100 best places to work for by Outside magazine.

Monday, August 6

Adult League Beach Volleyball scores for Aug. 6

Adult League Beach Volleyball scores for Aug. 6

Men's softball Division I and II league standings and results for Aug. 6

Men's softball Division I and II league standings and results for Aug. 6

Wildfire extinguished near Hayden

Firefighters from Hayden, Oak Creek, Steamboat Springs and the Bureau of Land Management extinguished a small wildfire Monday night that burned near a shooting range southeast of Hayden.

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Some Steamboat Springs City Council members at odds with city manager

The Steamboat Springs City Council will review City Manager Jon Roberts' contract Tuesday night after a couple of council members expressed concerns about his job performance.

Steamboat Springs lodging tax committee meets Wednesday

Community members on Wednesday can get a glimpse of the inner-workings of the committee charged with vetting the 38 ideas for how to spend revenue from the city's lodging tax.

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Jimmy Westlake: Catch a falling star this weekend

The annual Perseid meteor shower, which dependably produces 60 or more "falling stars" per hour at its peak, is under way and is expected to peak before dawn Sunday.

The Record for Aug. 5, 2012

12:22 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a report of smoke along Routt County Road 16 in Oak Creek.

Steamboat to stay hot and dry the rest of the week

As of late afternoon Monday the National Weather Service in Grand Junction was still forecasting a 40 percent chance of rain overnight, but beyond that there was little hope for precipitation this week.

Steamboat's Rally for the Cure coordinator steps down

After 13 years at the helm, Steamboat Springs resident Linda Danter will step down as coordinator of Steamboat's Rally for the Cure golf tournament fundraiser.

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Tom Ross: Pistorius' Olympic experience recalls Steamboat's Tom Southall

The passage of time will reveal that it was the combination of courage and grace exhibited by Pistorius that changed our culture, likely forever.

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John Aragon resigns, at least temporarily, as Steamboat boys tennis coach

The veteran coach says he will forgo leading the boys team this fall but hopes to return to his post next year. Assistant coach Don Toy will take the reins for the time being.

Monsoon visit to Steamboat lasts just a day before heat returns

A radar loop posted by the National Weather Service in Grand Junction shows a storm cell tracking northwest from Green River, Utah, at 7:30 a.m. Monday on its way to the Yampa Valley.

Sunday, August 5

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Steamboat Photography Group celebrates new show at Ciao Gelato

The Steamboat Photography Group never hangs its pictures in Ciao Gelato without hosting some sort of celebration shortly afterward. Ciao Gelato switches up the artwork about every month.

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo results: Rodeo 8

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo results: Rodeo 8

Steamboat briefs: Resurfacing work planned for Monday in Milner area

Resurfacing work is planned for 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at mile marker 121 on U.S. Highway 40 at Milner. Drivers should expect delays of 10 to 15 minutes in the work zone.

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Wolf Fire continues to grow in Moffat County

Nearly 200 firefighting personnel are working to get the upper hand on the Wolf Fire, which had grown to more than 6,100 acres by Sunday evening.

Steamboat's Ski Corp. accidentally releases employee data

Current and former Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. employees were notified by mail last week about the accidental release of personal information.

Steamboat City Council to discuss 2013 budget Tuesday

City officials recommend projecting no gain in sales tax revenue for 2013

Steamboat Springs city officials on Tuesday night will kick off a discussion about next year's budget by projecting no gains in sales tax revenue in 2013.

County Agenda for Aug. 6 and 7

County Agenda for Aug. 6 and 7

Deb Babcock: Long-lasting blooms

Ever noticed that if you don’t watch it, some of the perennials in your garden bloom and die before you really get a chance to enjoy them?

The Record for Aug. 4, 2012

12:46 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint about people playing loud music while chopping wood on Spruce Street.

Monday Medical: More than 'just a bump on the head'

As the new school year approaches, concussions are on the minds of medical and school personnel.

Steamboat Springs Running Series Mount Werner Classic results

50-kilometer trail run Saturday at Steamboat Ski Area

Saturday, August 4

The Record for Aug. 3, 2012

9:01 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a car damaged in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Real estate transactions for July 27 to Aug. 3

Real estate transactions for July 27 to Aug. 3

On the Market: West Steamboat home sales bump up in price

The Routt County real estate market saw a pair of properties sell for $1.8 million each in the last seven days, and single-family homes of more than 2,000 square feet in Yampa and the Steamboat Lake area sell for bargain prices of less than $150,000.

Steamboat sweeps podium as Lodwick wins 20th National Championship

After landing eighth in the jump, Todd Lodwick made up a deficit of 1 minute and 7 seconds while skiing the fastest cross-country race.

Scott Wedel: Rigid rules

I have found the town of Oak Creek’s rigidity to unwritten rules very difficult to work with and counterproductive.

Junior Livestock Sale marketing committee: Fair coming up

The Routt County Fair and Junior Livestock Sale at the Routt County Fairgrounds is just around the corner. The livestock sale is a great opportunity for businesses, individuals and groups to show their support of youths and agriculture in this county.

Our View: Lawsuit should give clarity

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s lawsuit against the city of Longmont means local governments, the energy industry and the state might finally get some clarity about who has what say.

The Jail Report for July 28 to Aug. 2, 2012

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

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Mud, Sweat and Cheers fuses wine, outdoor passions in Steamboat

At the Mud, Sweat and Cheers tasting seminar, the Wieses were among about 15 cyclists of all abilities charged with taking on the trails of Mount Werner. The two-hour ride was followed by lunch at Truffle Pig with California winemakers.

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Steamboat race on Mount Werner increases distance, looks to stay

The Mount Werner Classic race changed to a 50-kilometer format Saturday, drawing rave reviews from the long-distance runners who participated.

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Steamboat's Sven Wiik recalls 1948 London Olympic

Steamboat's Sven Wiik, who is best known for his career in ski coaching, remembers the 1948 Olympics in London, where he participated in the demonstration sport of Ling Gymnastics.

John F. Russell: London Olympics inspire Steamboat children

Watching the Olympics on television can bring back memories and inspire us all to dream of becoming a world champion.

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Some Hayden residents regret passing on casino in 1999

When the Northern Ute Indian Tribe arrived in Hayden in 1999 to pursue a casino, they encountered a much different community than the one the Sleeping Giant Group is pitching a casino to today.

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Tom Ross: Sheridan Hotel welcomed horse-drawn stagecoach travelers to Steamboat in 1889

Some would argue that Steamboat’s hospitality industry began with its first European settlers, James and Margaret Crawford, who were known for welcoming strangers into their home.

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Haze clears in Routt County as wildfires grow in Moffat

Two wildfires in nearby Moffat County continue to grow, including the Wolf Fire which is estimated at 4,200 acres.

Steamboat Springs Youth Lacrosse results for Week 5 playoffs

Steamboat Springs Youth Lacrosse results for Week 5 playoffs

Friday, August 3

2012 Routt County Fair schedule

2012 Routt County Fair schedule

Steamboat briefs: Totally Kids breakfast, lunch menus for Aug. 6 to 10

Totally Kids sponsors a free summer food program for children ages 1 to 18 through the summer at Hayden Valley Elementary School.

Colorado's medical pot industry fuels illegal trade, review shows

Colorado’s medical marijuana industry has spawned illegal drug networks that are marketing pot across the U.S., illustrating that state laws aren’t keeping the drug in the hands of people entitled to use it, regional drug officials say.

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Steamboat Springs grad's business benefits global charities

For two weeks, displays four T-shirts — two designs for women and two for men — created with a specific nonprofit in mind. From every T-shirt sale, $8 goes toward the cause.

Man suspected of stealing from Steamboat home

Steven C. Burch, 29, was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of second-degree burglary, possession of a controlled substance and theft.

The Record for Aug. 2, 2012

12:52 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious group of juveniles in the 400 block of Storm Mountain Court.

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Stroll of Steamboat brings locals, visitors out to Wine Festival

The Steamboat Wine Festival continues Saturday with seminars and a Toast of Steamboat Grand Tasting at Steamboat Ski Area.

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Area wildfires leave haze over Steamboat Springs

Smoke filled the Yampa Valley and ash was falling from the sky Friday afternoon after wildfires started in hot and dry conditions near Hayden and in Moffat County.

Ranch broncs added to Routt County Fair

A second day of ranch bronc riding replaces the ranch rodeo at this month's Routt County Fair in Hayden.

Strings Music Festival musicians recount a classic summer in Steamboat

During lunch Friday, several musicians shared some reflections on the 2012 Strings Music Festival season, the festivals 25th anniversary.

Trout due for fish ladder southwest of Steamboat

The new fish ladder would restore cutthroat trout spawning in Poose Creek below Ripple Creek Pass.

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Steamboat Springs grad designs Olympic video technology

Steamboat High School grad Jesse Rosenzweig is a founding partner of Elemental Technologies, which designed systems for live video streams of the Olympic Games.

Winter Sports Club Foundation to hold golf tournament, lobster bake fundraiser

The third annual golf tournament and lobster bake is Aug. 18. There is a minimum $300 donation for those who want to both golf and eat.

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Ninth annual Steamboat Wine Festival schedule

Steamboat Wine Festival schedule

Thursday, August 2

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 2

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 2

Steamboat Youth Lacrosse Week 5 standings

Steamboat Youth Lacrosse Week 5 standings

Rob Douglas: We must work it out

Arguably, a byproduct of increased bicycle tourism has been an increase in the number of potentially dangerous interactions between bicyclists and motorists.

Balloons and BBQ Blast this weekend in Craig

Things will heat up in more ways than one during the Balloons and BBQ Blast this weekend in Craig.

Blaze west of Craig contained

Sugar Fire is 1 of 3 reported Wednesday within Moffat County

Firefighters with the Bureau of Land Management, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Forest Service have contained a five-acre fire in Moffat County.

Romney energizes supporters in Basalt

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney assailed President Barack Obama’s record Thursday during a campaign stop at Basalt and touted his own plan with a little help from his friends.

Steamboat briefs: Wild West Relay rolls into Steamboat on Saturday

The relay begins Friday morning at the Budweiser Tour Center and takes runners 200 miles from Fort Collins into Wyoming, back down to Colorado and eventually into Steamboat, where they’ll finish at Strawberry Park Elementary School.

Community Agriculture Alliance: What we remember

As Yampatika’s newly appointed environmental literacy program coordinator, it seems appropriate that my first editorial should cover the growing role of environmental education in our schools.

A Dog's Eye View: Puppy Diaries: Dress rehearsal

It’s referred to as puppy-proofing. You wander through your home, almost on hands and knees, trying to make note of every possibly dangerous thing your puppy might try to investigate or chew or rearrange.

Routt County events calendar for Aug. 3 to 9

Find events for this week in Routt County.

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Break in the rain welcomed by Steamboat area farmers

The timing of recent showers has been dicey for farmers eager to mow and bale hay.

The Record for Aug. 1

1:22 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a person who had pocket dialed 911 operators.

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Series of lakes atop Buffalo Pass provides easy, beautiful hikes

Summit Lake is the prize that awaits at the top of a bumpy eight-mile drive. It left me in awe Wednesday when a rainbow — there’s a good crop of them this year — formed overhead as I was hiking back toward my car.

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YarmonyGrass returns to its State Bridge roots

The popular Colorado music festival YarmonyGrass, now in its seventh year, has returned to State Bridge for the bulk of the festival after experimenting with other venues.

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Longtime Colorado musician brings bluegrass project to Steamboat

Traveling to Northwest Colorado this weekend, the five-piece string band Bluegrass Delta Force plays Carl’s Tavern on Friday night for free and the YarmonyGrass festival at State Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

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Luke Graham: How 'Appetite For Destruction' changed my life

The year 1994 changed my life. One sweet summer day, I heard Guns N’ Roses' "Appetite For Destruction" for the first time. That moment changed the musical landscape for me.

Routt County drought conditions downgraded from 'extreme' to 'severe'

It is the first time since the week of May 22 that the county has been at the lower “severe” drought level.

Steamboat Springs School Board president likely to resign

Steamboat Springs School Board President Brian Kelly may resign in the fall to meet the demands of his surveying job.

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Summer Art opens at Steamboat's August Artwalk

The work of 25 artists — all Steamboat Springs Arts Council members — will be on display this month at the Depot Art Center, showing a wide spectrum of artists, mediums, subjects and perspectives.

Mount Werner Classic returns to Steamboat with all new format

The Mount Werner Classic returns Saturday in name only. It’s now a 50-kilometer test that will send runners up, over and back down the Steamboat Ski Area.

High school sports season begins Monday with Steamboat golf

The high school sports season begins Monday with Sailors golf. All other sports can begin sanctioned practices Aug. 13.

Wild West Relay rolls into Steamboat Springs on Saturday

The relay begins Friday morning and takes runners 200 miles from Fort Collins into Wyoming, back down to Colorado and eventually into Steamboat, where they’ll finish at Strawberry Park Elementary School.

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Tom Ross: Routt County families still use hand-cranked phones

Steamboat Today readers are telling me that some of the old hand-cranked wooden wall phones continue to be used as a personal communication system to link buildings on rural properties in North Routt.

Wednesday, August 1

Steamboat briefs: Service Learning Institute registration ends Thursday

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is offering a fifth two-week Service Learning Institute session for youths entering sixth through ninth grades.

Coed D League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 1

Coed D League Standings and Game Results for Aug. 1

Airline tax pushes Steamboat June collections into positive compared with 2011

Preliminary June sales tax collections are up more than 4 percent compared with the same month last year, but when other taxes the city collects are added in, the total is more on pace with June 2011, with an increase of 0.19 percent.

Steamboat to host water ski event at Bald Eagle Lake

The format involves water skiers rounding slalomed buoys. Those who do it the fastest, longest and with the shortest rope will be awarded the highest score. Spectators are welcome to attend.

More than 12K visitors expected in Steamboat this weekend

The Steamboat Chamber Resort Association forecasts that Steamboat Springs lodging properties will be 80 percent full this weekend, amounting to 12,100 visitors.

Hayden sales tax revenues strong in April, May

Finance Director Lisa Donaldson reported Wednesday that the town has earned $547,826 in sales tax revenues during the current fiscal year, which represents a 7 percent gain.

The Record for July 31, 2012

6:32 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a possible drunken driver near mile marker 99 on U.S. Highway 40.

Nuisance bears still an issue in Routt County

This summer wildlife officers have trapped three black bears that were deemed to be nuisances. One bear had to be put down.

Routt County cyclists, motorists give issues a voice at roundtable

More than two dozen residents voiced their opinions about cyclist/motorist interactions Wednesday at the monthly Coffee and a Newspaper discussion at the Steamboat Pilot & Today office.

Woman’s name incorrectly included in July 29 Jail Report

Marlene M. Ward, 26, was not arrested July 25 and instead was the victim of a crime when she reported that her wallet had been stolen.

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Steamboat skier Lodwick looks for 20th National Championship

Todd Lodwick won his first U.S. National Championship in 1994. On Saturday, he will try to win No. 20.

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Rockfall fencing project completed in Mount Harris Canyon near Hayden

The work involved removing 480 cubic yards of loose rock and installing 212,660 square feet of wire mesh meant to direct rocks into a ditch instead of allowing them to fall onto the highway. The project was finished on budget at a cost of $1 million.

Front Range oil, gas lawsuit could have Routt County implications

State commission suing Longmont over industry regulations

The state Attorney General's Office has sued the city of Longmont with regard to its regulations of the energy industry. If Routt County joined the Longmont suit with a friendly brief, it would not be without precedent.