Monday, December 31
Steamboat Springs photographer Jim Steinberg was awarded Honorable Mention in the Nature Landscapes category of the 2012 International Photography Awards for the photograph “A Different South Africa.”
Steamboat Springs' public recreational facilities are getting more visibility thanks to a new marketing effort by the city's public relations arm.
Forget the in-laws, last-minute shopping and stress of frothing your meringue to a pointed whip. The real test of the holidays is surviving the white elephant gift exchange.
December's snowfall in the city of Steamboat Springs and on the mountain has been enough to crack the top 10 monthly totals for each location.
12:09 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of criminal mischief in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. A window was broken at a downtown business. There is a suspect, and alcohol is thought to be involved.
Hayden Police Chief Gordon Booco said Monday that the most recent incident occurred at about 8 p.m. Sunday, when a 17-year-old girl told police she was pulled over by a vehicle not driven by law enforcement on U.S. Highway 40 in Routt County a few miles west of Hayden.
The Broncos announced that tickets for Denver’s opening playoff game will go on sale Monday at noon.
Five snowmobilers who spent a long, cold night stuck in deep snow on Buffalo Pass are safe and warm after a successful rescue mission Monday.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 1 new inch of snow since the resort closed Sunday.
Routt County Search and Rescue resumes its search for stranded snowmobilers Monday morning, the South Routt School Board was named board of the year for the state and Holy Name Catholic Church makes progress on its expansion.
Aspen Skiing Company officials say an on-duty ski patrol member has died in an avalanche, becoming the first reported avalanche fatality so far this winter.
Town Challenge event results
Sunday, December 30
After the Holy Name Catholic Church pews fill up, parishioners head to the large basement, where mass is broadcast on a TV. But that will change in a couple of years, when the expanded church will be able to accommodate everyone.
Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers were able to contact the snowmobilers Sunday night and determine they are stuck in a ravine in the north fork of the Fish Creek drainage.
Registration opens at midnight Jan. 1 for the 2013 Steamboat Springs Running Series, which will undergo several scheduling changes in the new year.
On Dec. 20, the South Routt School Board celebrated being named the top board in the state by the Colorado Association of School Boards and was awarded $2,500, which it donated to the district's endowment fund.
Horizons Specialized Services is seeking caring, committed volunteers for individual mentors as well as people who enjoy group activities such as gardening, swimming, dancing and community events.
At this time of year, New Year’s resolutions are a common topic of conversation. However, we know that sometimes our resolutions are not successful.
There is probably no need to convince you of the merits of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) as a must in every culinary herb collection.
County Agenda for Dec. 31
4:11 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a missing man in the Tree Haus neighborhood. The man came home, and he was OK.
Snow is back in the forecast Sunday night with 1 to 3 inches expected.
Saturday, December 29
Jimmy Westlake's 2013 Cosmic Calendar of Celestial Events
If 2007 represented the height of the economic bubble here and across the nation, and if 2010 was the lowpoint, then 2012 was when stability seemed to return to Routt County’s economy.
From a wintertime snow shortage to a summertime drought and extended wildfire season, 2012 served as a constant reminder of how much Northwest Colorado depends on water.
The New Year's Relay at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center hit its 27th birthday this year, and the tradition long has been about friends and families finishing one year and starting the next with a morning of skiing.
12:53 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a person who had thrown a snowball at a taxi. Officers were unable to locate the person.
As Jan. 5 approaches, a huge tent will be erected in Knoll Parking Lot, hotels and condos will fill up and Southern accents will be as common as powder days in December as about 6,000 people arrive for the event.
In 2012, Routt County athletes suffered a low snow year and enjoyed an epic powder day and a summer that seemed as though it never wanted to leave. History was made by professional athletes and high school teams. And the success of current and prospective Olympians piqued our interest.
Scott Condon, of the Aspen Times, reports that Alpine Bank of Colorado, with a branch in Steamboat Springs as well as 37 other towns on the Western Slope, has been shedding troubled assets and improving its balance sheet since 2010.
The Dec. 30 edition is the final Pilot & Today in the traditional broadsheet format. For a limited time, the Pilot & Today is offering a free three-month trial for new subscribers to have the Sunday newspaper delivered to their homes each weekend.
2013 will be the Year of the Comet. If they live up to their potential, Comet PanSTARRS and Comet ISON will be the real headline grabbers in 2013, but there are plenty of bright planets and showers of shooting stars to keep us looking up all year long.
Check out our most-read stories from the past week, and see what you missed.
Since Horizons received a $1.27 million federal grant in November 2011, the nonprofit has raised another $423,000 from other granting sources, allowing it to proceed with the apartment building.
Friday, December 28
Transactions for Dec. 21 to 27
Deep snow, like the stuff Steamboat skiers and snowboarders are now enjoying, leads to changes in the frequency, severity and types of injuries sustained on the slopes.
11:07 a.m. Officers were called to a report of harassment at a trailer park in the first block of Anglers Drive. A man and a woman were screaming profanities at each other because of where snow was being shoveled. The man was taken into custody but was released because the woman did not want to pursue charges.
Steamboat Springs' Colleen King has become a dominant volleyball player at the University of Denver.
Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for the week of Dec. 31
In addition to the regularly scheduled service, buses will leave Stock Bridge Transit Center every 30 minutes from 2:30 to 5:30 a.m.
With the sales of 10 luxury townhomes totaling $10.8 million at the base of the ski area in the second half of 2012, that segment of the market could be entering a phase where relative scarcity of product begins to move prices upward.
On Friday, the snowpack in the Yampa/White river basin measured 87 percent of average.
The Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees on Thursday accepted, by telephone, the resignation of college President Stan Jensen.
Whether it was the delayed snowfall or the days of the week on which holidays fell, the shopping pattern was different for Steamboat Springs businesses this holiday season.
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. Residencies were not available.
Steamboat now has received 37 inches of dry snow at midmountain in five days and 99.25 inches in December. Ski area officials expected that total to crest the 100-inch mark by the end of the day Friday.
Believe it or not, the Steamboat Ski Area picked up another 14 inches at mid-mountain in the 24-hour period from 5 a.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. Yep, it's another powder day here in Steamboat.
A seemingly endless series of Washington-induced fiscal crises is what happens when just three individuals — the president, the Senate majority leader and the Speaker of the House — continually thwart the regular order process that served Congress and the executive branch well for several hundred years.
Nordic Challenge #1 results for Dec. 22, 2012
Thursday, December 27
The new Sunday tabloid-shaped newspaper will focus on enterprise and investigative reporting and will include separate sections for news, sports and business.
When can I stop using food treats for training my dog? It’s a question that comes up time and again in our training classes. I remember asking that very question during my early training career.
Agriculture faces many challenges, and sometimes it would be easier to climb down from the saddle and the tractor, sell the place and move to town. But that isn’t the way it works.
Everybody loves powder, but not everybody knows how to maximize its potential. Several Steamboat experts offer tips to help you make the most of the deep days.
Those purchasing a gun in Routt County could have to wait as long as seven days to take their firearm home with them because of a backlog the state is experiencing with background checks.
Just in time for the busy holiday ski season, major snowmaking operations wrapped up Wednesday morning at Steamboat Ski Area.
1:02 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a car that hit an elk near mile marker 55 on Colorado Highway 131. The elk died, and the car’s occupants were not hurt.
Isn’t getting away from Ryan Seacrest enough to get you out of the house on New Year’s Eve?
Originally from Montana, the jazz-funk inspired jam-tronic group is returning to its newfound home for a Colorado tour, including a show Friday at The Tap House Sports Grill
There was no shortage of entertainment in the past year because in Steamboat, we always find a way to play.
StacheTats, co-founded by 2005 Steamboat Springs High School graduate Trace Adams, is achieving quick success.
Jackman never disappoints, melodically or dramatically, as the hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders.
Steamboat Ski Area had received more than a foot of snow at midmountain in the 24 hours preceding Thursday afternoon, and driveways and sidewalks across Steamboat also had a nice coating of light powder.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 7.5 inches of new snow at mid-mountain since lifts stopped running Wednesday.
A sparkler ignited a Christmas tree, Steamboat Ski Area boasts one of the top snow base levels in the state and 2012 was an average year for nuisance bears in Steamboat.
Wednesday, December 26
A wrong turn on a sunny day last April led New York City photographer Jordan Matter to a Yampa Valley ranch and, more importantly, a mailbox.
Lodging executive Larry Mashaw said that Mountain Resorts has more than 400 rental condos and that they already are 98 percent full for Saturday night.
Despite some high-profile bear incidents in the past 12 months, it was a typical year in Routt County in terms of the number of issues involving nuisance bears and bears that had to be put down.
The Friends of the Chief, a nonprofit committed to the rehabilitation and revitalization of the Chief Plaza Theater in downtown Steamboat Springs, is in need of volunteers to clean, paint, research, usher and organize.
Former ATP Tour player Trent Tucker recently visited the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, forming a partnership in the process.
The Steamboat Springs Old Town Hot Springs Trident year-round swim team braves the weather nearly every day.
Past, present and future Olympians will join the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Foundation fundraiser for a night of entertainment, drinks, dinner, dancing and a live auction.
6:32 p.m. Steamboat firefighters were called to a report of a fire in the 300 block of Little Moon Trail. People using sparklers inside a townhome caught a Christmas tree on fire. A hose was used to put the fire out. The heat from the fire caused some windows to crack and melted a ceiling fan and TV.
A Christmas tree went up in flames and caused minor damage at a Steamboat Springs townhome Tuesday night.
Among the large destination ski areas, Steamboat claims the lead with the 39-inch snow base it tallied Wednesday morning.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 2 new inches of snow at the summit in the past 24 hours.
Many recognize Donna Hellyer as she greets them at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, and another storm is moving toward Steamboat.
ESPN is reviewing bids from several ski resorts hoping to host the Winter X Games.
Trees must have all tinsels, lights, nails and decorations removed. Wreaths cannot be dropped off. The resulting mulch will be given to residents and used in city parks.
Tuesday, December 25
While the community should temper its expectations of what the race might mean for the city, that shouldn’t curtail any efforts toward making next year’s hosting duties a full-on celebration of Steamboat Springs and all that it offers.
It was hard for arriving passengers not to smile as Donna Hellyer greeted them Christmas Day at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
8:15 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a woman who said her neighbor said he was going to put his shoveled snow on her property in the 3300 block of Après Ski Way. Officers contacted the woman, and she reportedly was drunk and belligerent.
The sunny skies overhead Christmas Day won’t last long as another storm is forecast to move into Northwest Colorado.
Because speech and language are acquired, there always is a learning process involved. For some children, this is seamless and right on schedule. For others, it isn’t.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 8 inches of new snow since the mountain closed Monday.
Monday, December 24
Steamboat Dance Theatre is accepting applications for the Amy Flint Memorial Scholarship for Dance and Technical Production Training.
1:10 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an intoxicated person at Walton Creek and Village roads. They were unable to locate the person.
Wayne Eller met Gary Kline for the first time over breakfast at Johnny B. Good’s Diner last week and surprised him with his long lost gold pocket watch.
No need to fret if you missed the dazzling Geminid meteor showers earlier this month — January's Quadrantid meteor shower provides another great opportunity to watch so-called "shooting stars" light up the evening sky over Northwest Colorado.
Santa Claus has now made his list and checked it twice. Once so that young children get just what they want. Twice to ensure that all toys with lithium ion batteries are well marked.
When the ice castle opens on New Year's Eve in Ski Time Square, what visitors see will be unique to them as the castle continues to grow and change as winter progresses.
As much as anything, though, sifting through a year of highlights underscores the fact that there’s no much that can make for a bad sports day in Steamboat Springs.
The Tower measuring site at 10,500 feet on Buffalo Pass has 48 inches of snow on the ground, but that 10.8 inches of water content translates to 69 percent of the historic average for Dec. 24.
A report from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center indicates the slide was triggered when a skier made a kick turn followed by a sudden collapse of the snowpack.
Steamboat Ski Area received 2 new inches of snow at mid-mountain and the summit in the past 24 hours.
A Christmas tradition continues, Steamboat could see a Christmas Day gift of powder and the Steamboat Springs Alpine racing program sees success.
Holiday closures: ■ The Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed for the holidays through Wednesday.
According to lore, marjoram, a native of the Mediterranean region, was created as a symbol of happiness by the goddess of love, Aphrodite.
Sunday, December 23
Deb Armstrong could fill a book with the intricacies of ski racing, and that’s part of what so fascinated her through the weekend during the Holiday Classic slalom races at Howelsen Hill and the Steamboat Ski Area.
A fresh round of winter weather is expected to hit the city and surrounding mountains Monday morning with the arrival of a storm from the Pacific.
Annual Community Christmas Dinner in Steamboat Springs brings together young and old, locals and visitors
A tasty Christmas tradition will continue Tuesday afternoon when the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors welcomes the community to a large, free dinner.
12:03 a.m. Hayden Police Department officers were called to a report of a hit and run at Sixth Street and West Jefferson Avenue.
It should be another nice day of groomer skiing at the ski area. The Pony Express is scheduled to open today, bringing access to terrain on Pioneer Ridge.
Saturday, December 22
Surefoot Holiday Classic results for Dec. 22
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club member Sophia Schwartz won the U.S. Freestyle Selections dual moguls event Saturday.
The end wasn’t a surprise, or at least it shouldn’t have been, not for anyone who has been tuned into the busy weekend of ski competitions in Steamboat Springs.
The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team gave up another late lead en route to losing 4-2 to Resurrection Christian at Howelsen Ice Arena.
Steamboat real estate veteran Vicky Roberts has joined High Mountain Sotheby’s International Realty.
Real estate transactions for Dec. 7 to 20, 2012
Unofficially, 13 homes in Routt County have sold this month for prices between $400,000 and $600,000.
Angela Bogenrief's teaching responsibilities will change dramatically next month. Instead of teaching math, Bible and typing lessons, she will guide her students on a hut trip near Leadville, teach them to make a snow cave for survival and give them tips to avoid dangerous avalanches.
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. Residencies were not available.
This year, 140 donor groups — a donor group can be an individual, a family, a group of friends, a business, a service club, etc. — came forward to adopt 391 families that were part of the United Way Holiday Wishes program.
In the days that have followed since the horrific school shootings in Connecticut, I have been asked by many in this community if autism played a role in what happened to those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
My experience as a real estate broker in Steamboat Springs throughout the past 39 years prompts me to add my 2 cents to the mix regarding the potential sale of the fire and police building to BAP, Big Agnes and Honey Stinger.
8:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of elk at Sixth and Pine streets.
Children are safer and exercising a bit more at Hayden Valley Elementary School with the addition of new playground equipment.
Tom Ross: Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak will complete her final term from the Doak Walker Care Center
Throughout her five terms on the Routt County Board of Commissioners, Nancy Stahoviak has never failed to prepare well, and she always has displayed a keen analytical mind.
The snowmobilers were found early Saturday morning in good condition despite not having food, water or a fire starter.
Check out our most-read stories from the past week, and see what you missed.
Prices paid per square foot for Trailhead Lodge condos during the Dec. 15 auction began at $259 for a pair of one-bedroom units on the second floor.
No snow fell in the past 24 hours, but the next storm is scheduled to arrive Monday.
The Routt County Office of Emergency Management offers the following safety tips to minimize the risk of fire and injuries during the holidays:
What’s better for the environment, people in Steamboat Springs buying electric cars, or taking advantage of the bike paths? Are solar panels best for the environment, or should homeowners invest in insulation and LED lighting?
Surefoot Holiday Classic results for Dec. 20 and 21
Friday, December 21
It's not easy to ski a perfect second run after you had the fastest first-run time. New Mexico skier Christopher Acosta found a way to overcome the hurdle that's tripped him up previously.
The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team tied with Chatfield on Friday in a game that went the Sailors' way for most of the night.
The Steamboat Springs boys and girls basketball teams each won in Summit.
Council on Aging lunch menus for week of Dec. 24
Holiday closures: ■ The Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed for the holidays from Sunday to Wednesday. The museum will reopen Thursday with normal business hours, which are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
6:40 a.m. Officers were called to check on the welfare of a man sleeping in his car in a parking garage in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. The man was warned to not sleep there.
This will mark the 74th year of the roving Christmas tree tradition that was started by Walt Webber in 1938 in Steamboat Springs.
Wall was booked into Routt County Jail on Thursday afternoon after his arrest by the Colorado State Patrol.
Registration recently opened for the 10th annual Wild West Relay, an event that sends teams of runners from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs.
For those planning to enjoy a white Christmas in Steamboat Springs or elsewhere across western Colorado, plan for snow and tricky driving conditions as a couple storms are set to hit the state before Christmas.
The largest slide was estimated to be 300 meters wide and took place on a slope averaging 32 degrees in steepness. The avalanche danger is “considerable” at all elevations and aspects
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting that the mountain is now 85 percent open.
Verizon Wireless customers see faster wireless service, the Holiday Classic ski races start with a bang and business owners talk downtown revitalization for all three major streets.
“This Is 40” shows us that even when you’re no spring chicken, life, love and everything else don’t have to come to a screeching halt, though if you look like Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, you don’t have to worry about much.
Thursday, December 20
The nearly 4 feet of snow that has fallen at the summit of Steamboat Ski Area during the past week is helping to open new terrain before the holidays.
In true Routt County style, winter has come in with a bang. After last year’s drought, it brings a smile to our faces and cheer in our hearts, arriving just in time to make sure we have a white Christmas.
They took me away from my littermates and my mom. Now I’m pushed into a hideaway, isolated from everything that gave me comfort and helped me feel safe.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen such a feeding frenzy. Sixty-three inches of snow in 10 days after a prolonged drought will do that to people.
There was something special about the night. Breath froze in midair, but ski racers and their friends, families and fans warmed the night with their cheers.
America, especially in many of our urban neighborhoods, is a violent nation with murder ingrained in its culture. Will the eradication of 26 innocent lives in Connecticut finally shock us into action?
A grass-roots committee of business owners is moving forward with its plan to secure new streams of revenue to improve the downtown area. Committee members want business owners on all three of the major downtown streets to be part of the effort.
Steamboat Springs brothers Billy and Cody Winters are among the top snowboarders at their respective ages, and they're having a devil of a time choosing in which of the sport's disciplines to specialize.
6:52 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a theft in the 1900 block of Bridge Lane. While a car was warming up, someone stole a $1,500 computer from the car.
One book, three movies. It may not add up for every story, but like the set of films that preceded it, a trilogy makes perfect sense, and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” looks like the beginning of a captivating series.
Many customers began to notice improved service and higher-speed data transmission this week. AT&T said there are no immediate plans for LTE service in Steamboat.
Artwork from Jean Perry and Curtis Zabel goes on display for the public Friday at Steamboat Art Museum.
The energetic piano runs and riffs of Michael Kaeshammer will warm the Yampa Valley on Friday night.
University of New Mexico skier Joonas Rasanen won the first men's Surefoot Holiday Classic slalom event Thursday at the Steamboat Ski Area. The competition continues through Saturday.
Want to have a big impact in the community, an impact that deals with the quality of education at the local level as well as the spending decisions of the single biggest recipient of property tax revenues?
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day service schedules across Routt County.
The Bashor chairlift opens Thursday, and Morningside and Pony Express should come online during the weekend.
The Steamboat City Council had a lengthy discussion about the sale of the downtown emergency services building, Oak Street stakeholders meet to consider improvements they want and a positive snow message for Steamboat could build momentum for bookings.
For over a century, public ground. An infant’s cry, a trumpet’s sound. Knife, scalpel, pencil or rule, Pick your trade, choose your tool.
Wednesday, December 19
During lengthy discussion, Steamboat City Council weighs sale of downtown emergency services building
During their hourlong discussion Tuesday night about the sale of Steamboat Springs' downtown emergency services building, some City Council members simplified their complex conversation with a series of dueling analogies.
Anna Marno is tied for the lead with Canada’s Erin Mielzynski at the halfway point of the Alpine NorAm Cup.
Lane Stoltzner was Steamboat’s top finisher in Copper Mountain on the first day of U.S. Selections events.
1:41 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to help a person who fell and was bleeding from the head in the 2200 block of Après Ski Way.
The Hayden Town Council meets Thursday and will consider approving 3 percent raises for town employees.
Property owners on Oak Street don't want to be left out of the ongoing effort to revitalize downtown by improving its infrastructure and making it more pedestrian friendly.
A positive snow message like the one resorts are sending out this week provides significant psychological value, not just to ski town locals, but to passion-based skiers anywhere in the country.
In 2013, the USA Pro Challenge is coming back to Steamboat Springs, and organizers hope viewers come away with Bike Town USA on the mind.
Sam Jones, a financial adviser and founder of the Steamboat Springs Challenge Fund, submitted a letter of interest to the board Tuesday.
The Soroco girls basketball game against Vail Christian Wednesday has been postponed.
The surprise of the early season has been the play of the Steamboat Springs hockey team. No one was quite sure what to expect out of first-year coach Brent Tollar, but the Sailors have shown they can win in a multitude of ways.
Although Tyler Johnson has worked for acts like Fun. and Pink, the country genre was a natural bend in the road.
Following a storm system that has dropped more than two feet of snow on Steamboat Springs, Thursday will bring clear skies into the weekend.
The pre-eminent pro cycling race in the U.S. will return to Steamboat next summer after skipping Northwest Colorado in 2012.
Sunshine Express and and South Peak chairlifts open Wednesday with 6 inches of new snow since the last chair Tuesday.
The Steamboat City Council still has "loose ends" to tie up with the relocation of emergency services off Yampa Street, a man was arrested after escaping from a hospital and a conservation easement is approved for a large South Routt ranch.
Tuesday, December 18
The city of Steamboat Springs is one step closer to selling its downtown emergency services building on Yampa Street and constructing new police and fire stations to replace it. What still isn't clear is when and where the new headquarters will be built, and at what cost.
The holiday Salvation Army Kettle Campaign runs through Christmas Eve. The Salvation Army again is looking for local volunteer bell ringers to take part in the community effort.
The Surefoot Holiday Classic returns to Steamboat with slalom racing Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
A patient who escaped from Yampa Valley Medical Center on Monday night was arrested Tuesday, and it is suspected he spent the night in a shed on Pamela Lane.
I’m a survivor. I must be, but I don’t know how or why. I have survived doomsday many times over and have lived to tell the tale.
Parenting today often feels like a frantic race in which we forever are a few steps behind. Chances are, if you are feeling the stress of living in our 24/7 world, your kids are feeling it, too. My mother often comments on how different life is for families today, and it’s not just her perception: Life is different.
No one was injured after a school bus loaded with children slid on a slick county road and into a car Tuesday morning at Routt County Roads 129 and 52E.
3:05 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a drunken pedestrian at Lincoln Avenue and 13th Street. The person was given a ride home.
City of Steamboat Springs sales tax revenue in October increased 2.36 percent compared to the same month last year. The increase marks the eighth month in 2012 in which collections have been up relative to 2011.
Steamboat Springs city officials are expected to find out Tuesday night whether the City Council will endorse their plan to relocate emergency services off of Yampa Street.
The Nelson/George ranch straddles Colorado Highway 131 south of Yampa with views of Eagle Rock, the Flat Tops, King Mountain and Green Ridge Mountain.
Draper stopped 31 of 34 shots in helping the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team remain undefeated and win the King of the Mountain trophy. In his first start of the year, Draper’s play in net helped Steamboat beat Aspen, 4-3.
Eight years after he left a physician position at the center, Smilkstein will be the new medical director after the board ratifies the hiring Jan. 7.
Two weeks remain in December and already the snowfall in the city of Steamboat Springs inched past the monthly average of 38.5 inches.
Steamboat Ski Area has received 10 inches of new snow at mid-mountain in the past 24 hours, and Sundown Express chairlift should open Tuesday.
The Steamboat Springs School Board will wait to decide whether or not to allow a fire station on a parcel it owns, icy roads kept Routt County emergency crews busy and Routt County Search and Rescue found three stranded snowmobilers.
Monday, December 17
The city of Steamboat Springs is offering free bus ride tours for seniors to look at Christmas decorations Wednesday.
Steamboat Springs School Board members on Monday night said they will take some more time to determine whether a piece of land their school district owns west of Steamboat could soon house a new fire station.
Steamboat Springs Police Sgt. John McCartin said Monday that officers responded to 16 non-injury car crashes in city limits from Saturday morning to Monday afternoon.
Read up on how local athletes are doing for their college teams.
A rough year left Steamboat Springs skiing icon Todd Lodwick on the outside of the World Cup picture, leaving the Olympic medalist to essentially race for his career during a recent trip to Continental Cup races in Utah
It wasn't the best week for local high school sports teams as several struggled to maintain their early season successes. Check out a review and some analysis of the weekend's action.
The stranded men were situated very close to a point on U.S. Forest Service Road 306 about one mile southwest of Summit Lake where the road crosses the North Fork of Fish Creek.
Tom Ross: Author tells Steamboat audience he's hopeful the Colorado River will once again flow to the sea
The water-sharing arrangement calls for Mexico and seven Western U.S. states to replenish wetlands in the Colorado River delta of the Gulf of California.
12:32 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a fight between two women on a city bus in the 1400 block of Pine Grove Road. The women were separated.
A dozen years since moving publication of the Steamboat Pilot from Wednesdays to Sundays, new and exciting changes are in store for the Pilot & Today.
Temperatures in the air level between 7,000 and 15,000 feet in the Steamboat area are primed to produce large snowflakes and lots of them.
Steamboat Ski Area has received 8 inches of new snow at mid-mountain at 10 inches at the summit in the past 24 hours.
The Steamboat Springs City Council will consider the proposals to build a new emergency services building, the School Board will the suitability of a parcel of land it owns for a potential fire station and more than 60 snowboarders flocked to Howelsen Hill on Sunday.
County Agenda for Dec. 17 and 18
The Phippsburg Christmas Lighting Contest is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Entry forms are at the Phippsburg Post Office and are due by noon on the day of the contest.
Holiday activity and expenses can distract us from one of the best gifts we can give to ourselves and loved ones: the gift of health.
Want to learn about gardening in the high country? Or brush up on your knowledge of plants that grow at our altitude? Sign up for the 2013 Master Gardener class that starts Jan. 31 and runs through April 11.
Sunday, December 16
School district approached about potential to build fire station on land it owns near Silver Spur
The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night will discuss whether a parcel of land it owns west of Steamboat could be a suitable location for a new fire station.
More than 60 snowboarders flocked to Howelsen Hill on Sunday, competing in a pair of United States of America Snowboard Association events in downtown Steamboat Springs.
The police officers and firefighters who work at 840 Yampa St. likely will find out Tuesday whether the Steamboat Springs City Council will commit to building them a new headquarters.
Steamboat Springs Nordic combined veteran proved again that he's among the world's best, dominating a weekend of racing in Utah.
All three Routt County high school wrestling programs wrapped up their 2012 schedules Saturday at a tournament at West Grand High School in Kremmling.
The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is forecasting a series of strong winter storms will drop several more inches of snow in Steamboat Springs and the surrounding mountains through Wednesday.
8:55 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a wallet found at Ninth and Pine streets.
The Thunderhead Express and Bashor chairlifts will open providing access to Upper Vagabond, part of Bashor Bowl and Why Not. Ropes are expected to drop in the Priest Creek area by late morning.
The recent election is serving as a wake-up call to many on the conservative side of the aisle, and I have little doubt the remedies will be all across the map — including many who are willing to take our opposition’s recommendation that we echo their big government paternalism.
It seems so obvious in a ski town like Steamboat Springs, but the point was underscored with a blanket of white this week: Snow matters, and not just for the purpose of opening ski trails and lifts but for injecting much-needed confidence into the community.
Saturday, December 15
The Hayden High School girls basketball team couldn’t maintain the momentum it picked up with the season’s first win Friday, falling Saturday at Little Snake River, 68-26.
A blocking call with three seconds remaining helped Little Snake River take a late lead Saturday against Hayden.
Resort management company Alderwood Group announced the opening of a branch office in downtown Steamboat Springs, according to a news release.
12:34 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken person at Pine Grove Road and South Lincoln Avenue. The person was taken to detox.
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarder won Race to the Cup NorAm snowboarding races in Steamboat Springs on Friday and Saturday, setting the stage for his trip to the World Cup.
The Steamboat Springs High School Nordic team opened up the season Saturday, notching strong finishes in Minturn. The Steamboat girls finished fourth, and the boys finished sixth.
The Soroco High School girls basketball team picked up its fifth straight win Saturday.
After battling injuries, Maddy Schaffrick returned to action with a third-place finish at the Dew Tour.
The Glenwood High School basketball teams swept a pair of games from Steamboat on Saturday. The boys lost, 47-45, and the girls fell, 46-39.
With nearly 2 feet of snow falling on the mountain during the past week and another foot in the forecast, Steamboat Ski Area officials announced Saturday that additional terrain will open Sunday.
As the Routt County Building Department closes another year, small changes are afoot.
Only a couple of months after another One Steamboat Place shop, Fleischer Sport, made the move to open a downtown location, Ski and Bike Kare is working the other way and taking over what used to be the marketplace area in the front of Truffle Pig.
For their conservation and agriculture efforts, Matt and Christy Belton along with their son, Tell, have been named Ranchers of the Year by the Routt County Conservation District.
The summer additions to Yampa Valley School seem simple. But they mean a lot to the small alternative school that until this fall felt more like a collection of cluttered rooms than a full-fledged high school campus.
“We have the chance of seeing some really rare birds that come down from the Arctic Circle,” said Tom Litteral, a member of the Yampa Valley Birding Club and organizer of the fifth annual local bird count.
Steamboat Springs graduate Tanner Barr knows that reaching his dreams of playing professional golf means leaving Steamboat Springs behind.
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. Residencies were not available.
The U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team got its best finish of the year Saturday at a World Cup event in Ramsau, Austria.
Steamboat Springs freestyle moguls skier Jeremy Cota kicked off the World Cup season with a third-place finish Saturday in Ruka, Finland.
The ski area got 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, and the Bar UE chairlift opened Saturday.
Check out our most-read stories from the past week, and see what you missed.
Friday, December 14
Hayden ran into a tough opponent but won Friday at home, beating Emcampment, Wyo. 62-47.
The Steamboat girls were sluggish on offense in a 44-29 loss to Rifle.
Steamboat won a grueling defensive battle Friday night, beating Rifle, 35-33.
Steamboat Race to the Cup snowboarding giant slalom results for Dec. 14, 2012
The Hayden High School girls basketball team picked up its first win of the year Friday, beating Encampment, Wyo., 39-34.
The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team held off Aspen, 4-3, to win the King of the Mountain trophy.
Steamboat Ski Area opened for the season Nov. 21, but it’s several dates throughout the next week that signal the real start to winter for many in Steamboat Springs, particularly those employees and businesses that rely on winter tourism.
Shootings at Connecticut elementary school leave Routt County parents, school officials in disbelief
Routt County parents were hugging their kids a little tighter as school let out Friday afternoon, when details still were being released about the tragic elementary school shootings in Connecticut.
A judge ruled that Vail Resorts can be sued in the avalanche death of a local teen.
The St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir and the Steamboat Chamber Singers are presenting a Candlelight Festival of Lessons and Carols at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Sanctuary of St. Paul’s at Ninth and Oak streets.
Routt County school lunch menus for the week of Dec. 17
Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for the week of Dec. 17
Steamboat Springs snowboarder Maddy Schaffrick qualified fourth in Friday's Dew Tour Superpipe event. It was her first event in 10 months.
The documentary follows the story of Rick Finkelstein, who was paralyzed in a skiing accident in 2004 in Aspen and overcame the limitations of his disability by conquering the same mountain once again.
A specially designed cocktail, called the Golden Antler, features Barenjager Honey Bourbon, peach schnapps, orange juice and ginger ale.
11:24 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a disturbance at a movie theater in the 500 block of Marketplace Plaza. A drunken man was causing a scene because he wanted the midnight showing of a film to start early. The man was escorted out of the theater.
Backers of new laws that legalized marijuana in Washington and Colorado were cautiously optimistic after President Barack Obama said Uncle Sam wouldn't pursue pot users in those states.
Four plans for emergency services relocation were floated Thursday, the Routt County United Way Holiday Wishes Program still needs donations and a series of storms should bring moisture to Steamboat into next week.
In New York and here in town. Glacial forces moved that down? Gather supplies, head out the door. Look out now, there’s More in store.
Thursday, December 13
Next Tuesday, the Steamboat Springs City Council will meet at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall to decide whether to sell the city’s emergency services building on Yampa Street to Big Agnes, BAP and Honey Stinger. While Tuesday’s vote is the first of two that are required to consummate the sale — the second vote is scheduled for Jan. 8 — it is the vote that will, in all practicality, decide whether the sale is completed as currently conceived.
On Thursday, the Oak Creek Town Board approved its 2013 budget, along with water and trash collection rates.
While we happily indulge ourselves with the fabulous holiday foods of this season, we need not exclude our furry companions.
What an amazing time of year we are in. Regardless of your faith background, upbringing, nationality or even whether you live in the Yampa Valley, this is a time for reflection.
Steamboat briefs: Parks and Wildlife award nominations due Friday
The Oak Creek Holly Festival starts with Zumba at 9 a.m. Saturday at Let's Dance Studio and concludes with the lighting of the Christmas tree at 6 p.m.
Public Safety Director Joel Rae kicked off Thursday's open house in the city's downtown fire station by telling a crowd of about 40 community members that Steamboat's police officers and firefighters need a larger, more efficient workspace.
The Steamboat Springs School District is alerting parents to its first confirmed case of whooping cough in at least 22 years.
The winner was decided by an obscure tiebreaker, but Steamboat coach Shane Yeager said his team's demise came down to a lack of aggressiveness.
Fish Creek Canyon was supposed to be a safe place to pass through Steamboat Ski Area's gates and find untouched powder. Any slope can slide; however, and a February avalanche in the canyon highlights why skiers always should be aware.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday will consider whether to sign off on a grading and excavating permit for a road that has already been built to accommodate future oil drilling on Wolf Mountain Ranch east of Hayden.
3:03 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a person who was trying to break into a woman’s home in the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza. The woman opened the door and found her drunken neighbor. She directed the man to his residence.
The gallery is in Howelsen Place between Carl’s Tavern and Urbane, and owner Kimberly Saari said she is on a month-to-month lease through January.
Nordic combined, freestyle mogul and snowboard athletes from Steamboat are preparing for weekend competition.
The passage and governor’s proclamation of Amendment 64 on Monday, which makes Colorado one of the first two states to legalize limited possession and sales of marijuana, has prompted a flood of questions about what happens next. Here are some answers.
A hotter, drier climate is worsening the imbalance between water supply and rising demand in seven Western states where 40 million people depend on the Colorado River, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Wednesday after completion of a three-year study.
The Denver City Council’s proposed proclamation about possible water use in future Western Slope oil-shale development has drawn intense interest from environmentalists and industry officials alike — who on Wednesday crowded a committee meeting to voice their differing opinions.
The DJ and production duo will appear in Steamboat Springs for the first time Friday with a special audio/visual set at the Tap House Sports Grill starting at 10 p.m. The cover is $5.
The Steamboat Springs High School Nordic team begins competition this weekend in Minturn.
The Community Holiday Wishes Party is Sunday, but there remains a major need in the community: About 125 families, seniors and Horizons clients still are in need of gifts this holiday season.
Oak Creek Police Department officers on Wednesday arrested the man they think is responsible for setting off homemade acid bombs last month.
The first of a series of storms headed for Colorado is set to arrive Friday, and it looks like it'll benefit southern Colorado more than our region of the state, but things are looking up for Steamboat toward the end of the weekend.
A former Steamboat Springs resident accused of stealing from her employer is ordered to pay back $45,000, letters are being sought for the Steamboat Springs School Board District 2 seat and an exotic cat is missing in Steamboat.
Wednesday, December 12
Steamboat's longest-established florist recently announced she will close the flower shop that has graced the 30-foot-tall atrium of the Pine Grove Center for nearly 30 years.
A Steamboat Springs teen arrested last week pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminal mischief related to spraying graffiti in Steamboat Springs and Yampa.
A former Steamboat Springs resident has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for stealing from her former employer.
Ski area officials announced Tuesday afternoon that the Storm Peak Express chairlift will open Thursday providing access to all or parts of Buddy’s Run, Storm Peak Face, Cyclone, Meadow Lane and Calf Roper.
Grease Monkey and Big O Tires on the west side of Steamboat Springs have combined to become Yampa Valley Tire Pros and Express Lube.
A new show by artists Jill Bergman, Michelle Ideus and Karen Schulman, called MiJiKa (a meshing of the first two letters of their names), is hanging now at the Depot Art Center and will be on display for the month of December.
The Steamboat Springs School District still is waiting to receive its first letter of interest for an open seat on its School Board.
If I were the U.S. Congress, I would pass a resolution asking the Justice Department to put a moratorium on enforcement of the federal Controlled Substance Act in Colorado and Washington for, say, five years.
With all due respect, I am responding to the letter to the editor in the Dec. 11 Steamboat Today that was written by members of the No Casino group.
Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is joining with highway safety partners and law enforcement organizations across the country to remind people that “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”
A look at where Routt County teams play this weekend.
11:24 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a man at Walton Creek Road and South Lincoln Avenue who was acting as if his hand were a gun.
Former Steamboat Springs football players Alex Wood and Austin Hinder will be playing under new coaches in college next season.
Phillip is charcoal in color with black spots and is 25 to 30 pounds — the size of a large fox.
According to the 5 a.m. ski report, Steamboat Ski Area should have five lifts and 31 trails available to skiers Wednesday.
Police are warning Steamboat residents to be cautious of scams, snow boosts lodging reservations and attitudes and city officials will host an open house to discuss the sale of the emergency services building.
Tuesday, December 11
The Soroco boys team picked up its first win of the season Tuesday at North Park, knocking off the Wildcats, 63-51 to halt a four-game early season slide.
The Soroco High School girls added another win to their hot start to the season, knocking off North Park on Tuesday night, 39-29, to improve to 4-1.
The Steamboat Springs City Council should table its vote on selling the city’s downtown public safety campus until the community has been given more time to understand the ramifications of the far-reaching transaction.
As parents, friends and advocates of young children, most of us are aware of the importance of high-quality health care and access to health care in children’s lives.
12:19 p.m Oak Creek Police Department officers were called to a report of a burglary in the 300 block of Myers Street.
The Steamboat Springs Police Department is warning residents to be extra cautious this holiday season when it comes to scams and identity theft.
Friends and family of Donald Lufkin say Routt County lost an icon with his passing Saturday. Lufkin was a Steamboat Springs rancher who shared his financial success in real estate with a variety of worthy causes throughout the years.
The recent blasts of winter in Steamboat Springs are boosting lodging reservations, encouraging snowplow drivers and lengthening lift lines at Steamboat Ski Area.
LIFT-UP of Routt County’s board of directors annual meeting is at 9 a.m. Dec. 19 in the conference room at the Lufkin LIFT-UP Center, 2125 Curve Court.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Mel Stewart said firefighters were on-site Tuesday monitoring the burn and will return Wednesday.
Did you know there’s an eyeball on the back of a $1 bill? And 13 arrows and 13 hats? And if you get out your magnifying glass, you may be able to find an owl in the upper left-hand corner.
For the past four weeks, it felt as if it hadn’t snowed since the last Ice Age.
A look at Routt County athletes competing at the collegiate level
With pot smoking now legal in Colorado, the state is closer than ever to defining just how stoned is too stoned to drive, say legislative leaders who've seen similar proposals die again and again at the state Capitol.
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country team continued its hot start at two events in the Grand Mesa.
The Steamboat Springs Chix With Stix women's hockey team went 1-2 over the past week.
Steamboat Springs High School wrestler Dane Koepfer won his first tournament last weekend, earning him Athlete of the Week honors for Routt County.
Thursday is the last meeting of 2012 for the Oak Creek Town Board, and the agenda reflects the culmination of many months of work.
On Thursday, city officials will open the fire bay doors of 840 Yampa St. and host an open house for community members who want to learn more about the city's plan to sell the building, relocate the emergency services it houses and potentially boost a revitalization effort on Yampa Street.
Adult League Volleyball Scores for Dec. 10, 2012
Motorists seem to be taking their time, and no serious crashes have been reported during the snowstorm that began Monday and had only begun to let up late Tuesday morning.
After reporting 8 new inches of snow Tuesday morning, Steamboat Ski Area to open additional terrain this week
Four lifts, 17 trails and 8 inches of powder were in store for those lucky enough to be at Steamboat Ski Area on Tuesday morning. The offerings get better as the week goes on.
A Craig resident charged with murder appeared in court Monday, Steve Ivancie was sworn in as a Routt County commissioner and Izaac Kinnison is glad to be back at Soda Creek Elementary School.
The city of Steamboat Springs and its police and fire departments are hosting an open house and community meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday to discuss the proposed sale of the 840 Yampa St. public safety campus to Big Agnes as well as to present police and fire services relocation options and to discuss the future of Yampa Street.
Get ready, because here comes the best meteor shower of the year. It’s the annual Geminid meteor shower and, if the sky is clear, we could be treated to 120 shooting stars per hour on the night of the shower’s peak.
Wolf Mountain Ranch said it cares about the eagles and grouse, and about its conservation easements.
Iconoclast — an interesting and descriptive word that aptly describes the cultural changes that are taking place in our community and our country. Webster’s Dictionary defines iconoclast as “image to break.”
The article “Casino group presses forward” in the Dec. 2 Steamboat Pilot & Today reads like a press release on behalf of Steve Hofman’s Sleeping Giant Group.
A project with as many moving parts as the “Yampa Street redevelopment/Sale of fire and police building to Big Agnes/Relocate public safety campus project” isn’t often tackled by many municipalities.
Monday, December 10
A Craig resident accused of murder appeared Monday in Moffat County District Court for an advisement hearing. Leroy Fief, 48, of Craig, is charged in district court with one count of first-degree murder, a Class 1 felony. He is in custody at Moffat County Jail and is being held without bond, pending a proof evident hearing scheduled for Dec. 19. Chief Judge Michael O’Hara presided over Monday’s proceedings. He explained to Fief his rights and potential penalties should he plead or be found guilty of the murder charge at trial.
12:59 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a possible drunk driver in the 2200 block of Village Inn Court. Police contacted the driver and determined he/she was sober.
Steve Ivancie took over for Diane Mitsch Bush on the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Monday. The former Steamboat Springs city councilman and state House candidate has to get up to speed quickly — his first vote will come Tuesday.
Izaac Kinnison is glad to be back. The 11-year-old returned to Soda Creek Elementary School on Monday to enjoy his first full day of classes since he left in June to fight a brain tumor.
It's official: Recreational marijuana use and possession for adults 21 and older is now legal in Colorado.
Steamboat Ski Area posted on Facebook that it plans to open the Burgess Creek lift at about 11 a.m. Monday.
A man is arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in Craig, business leaders advise against the sale of the emergency services building and a Steamboat Winter Sports Club snowboarder earned a World Cup podium.
County Agenda for Dec. 10 and 11
The annual Christmastime tradition of hunting for the Yule Log begins Monday in Steamboat Springs.
When the ground gets hard around the Steamboat area and there’s no easy way to take food scraps out to the compost pile, consider worm composting indoors.
Stress clutters up the holiday season like too many parties in a row. With all the extra demands on our time, including the most delightful celebrations, increased stress levels seem inevitable.
Sunday, December 9
Police arrested a 48-year-old man Sunday morning on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with the death of another man in downtown Craig.
Some notable business owners in Steamboat Springs aren't fans of the city's plan to sell its emergency services building to a triumvirate of local outdoor retailers.
This year the tournament drew 78 players, about a 10 percent bump up from last year. The field included nine junior players.
The 2013 U.S. Snowboarding Team was announced Saturday at Copper Mountain and the list is overflowing with Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes.
12:22 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 2600 block of Copper Ridge Circle.
Australia’s Belle Brockhoff, riding for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, earned her country’s first World Cup podium Saturday, scoring a third-place finish in a snowboard cross event in Austria.
Saturday storm leaves behind 8 inches at ski area, causes several car accidents in town
The fast moving storm that dropped 8 inches of Steamboat Ski Area on Saturday was welcome for skiers and riders, but was blamed for several car crashes Saturday as road conditions in town deteriorated.
Saturday, December 8
Longtime SmartWool employee Gardner Flanagan, who was in on the early days of the company in 1997, announced this week that he has accepted a new position in Steamboat Springs with Healthcare Informatics Specialists Consulting Group.
The Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team won championships at three weights and won the team race at a wrestling tournament at Soroco.
2012 Steamboat Singles and Doubles City Championships results for Dec. 7 and 8
Soroco lost its third game in as many days at the Meeker Cowboy Shootout, falling, 79-31, to Little Snake River High School from Baggs, Wyo.
Hayden was outclassed Saturday by 4A powerhouse D'Evelyn, falling 76-47 in the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out championship game.
The Steamboat boys basketball team learned from an ugly Friday night loss, bouncing back Saturday for a 42-34 victory against Montrose.
The Steamboat girls again got a slow start, but they were great in streaks and that allowed them to get by Green River and to a third-place finish in the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out.
Grins abounded, and children pretended to ice skate along the slippery Lincoln Avenue that had been closed for the fifth annual Merry Mainstreet parade Saturday night.
Perhaps it’s time for a council to break from the mold and try an approach that could possibly result in a better, lasting fit for Steamboat Springs’ city manager position.
Real estate transactions for Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, 2012
Back in the wild and woolly days of freestyle, freedom stood for self-expression, creativity and flying through the moguls on the ragged edge of crashing.
11:05 p.m. Steamboat firefighters were called to help a drunken man who cut his finger while cutting limes at a hotel in the 2200 block of Village Inn Court. He later was taken to detox.
The Routt County Democratic Party vacancy committee interviewed three candidates Saturday and selected former Steamboat Springs City Council member Steve Ivancie to fill a vacancy on the Routt County Board of Commissioners.
The Christmas spirit is a little more lively this year in Hayden thanks to a community effort to rebuild its cherished nativity scene.
Bike to work in Steamboat Springs isn't always a ride in the park, but many local cyclists refuse to let the weather get in the way of their daily routines.
Check out our most-read stories from the past week, and see what you missed.
Council on Aging lunch menus for week of Dec. 10
Routt County school lunch menus for week of Dec. 10
Lincoln Avenue will be closed between Fifth and 11th streets from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday during Merry Mainstreet.
Friday, December 7
D’Evelyn beat Steamboat, 74-34, in the semifinals of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out, dropping the Sailors to the tournament’s third-place game, set for 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Hayden's bulled its way through the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out bracket. It plays Saturday for the championship after beating Montrose on Friday night.
It was another long night for the Soroco High School boys basketball team at the Meeker Cowboy Shootout. The Rams fell to Crested Butte, 47-28, slipping to 0-3 on the season.
Soroco surged after the first quarter, rolling to a 51-15 win against Longmont Christian.
On Thursday night, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team blew away its opponent with a huge first quarter and gamelong turnover dominance. On Friday night, the tables were reversed.
Recognizable shots of the Yampa Valley peppered Friday's episode of CBS reality show "Undercover Boss," which featured PostNet CEO Steve Greenbaum.
6:28 p.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Steamboat firefighters were called to a report of a person who illegally was burning trash in the 26500 block of Routt County Road 43. The fire was out when deputies arrived.
A more than 30-year tradition of hunting for a 50-pound log in mid-December continues Monday, when the first Yule Log clue will be announced.
Three Steamboat Springs men have applied for the position that was vacated by Diane Mitsch Bush, a Democrat who was elected last month to serve the new House District 26 representing Routt and Eagle counties.
The multifaceted event includes a screening of a 30-minute version of Teton Gravity Research’s “Further,” an avalanche safety talk from a Steamboat Ski Patrol member, a series of locally submitted action sports shorts and a screening of D.C. Films “Must Be Nice.”
The Dillenbecks chose MBA tracks that offered a focus on operating family businesses before taking over the reins at F.M. Light & Sons.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today is looking for your favorite memories from Steamboat Ski Area along with photos and videos from all eras of ski history.
Cold, northwest flow should bring Snow to Steamboat, avalanches are the topic of a Saturday discussion and filming for "Undercover Boss" was done in Steamboat.
Thursday, December 6
One arena of government groupthink that has received far too little attention is the use of taxpayer funds to incentivize corporations to create or maintain operations in the jurisdiction providing the incentive.
Steamboat took a 27-6 lead with about one minute remaining in the first quarter, establishing early against Montezuma-Cortez just which team would be advancing in the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out.
The Soroco High School boys basketball team lost Thursday in the first round of the Meeker Cowboy Shootout. The Rams fell to Moffat County, 81-44. The loss drops the squad to 0-2 on the season.
Steamboat forced 25 Montezuma-Cortez turnovers and did just enough on offense to come away with a 50-26 win Thursday in the first round of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out.
A Steamboat Springs author is looking for stories and memories about good times had at Steamboat’s hot springs or mineral springs for a new book.
If Thursday is any indication, Hayden High School has a lot to look forward to as senior Jorge Valdez made his season debut in the first round of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out and finished with 18 points.
Some riders clean out all the sand, mud and grit from their bikes, tune them up and tuck them away until spring. But a group of tough, brave cyclists have a different winterization ritual.
PBS recently aired an interesting two-part series on the Dust Bowl, and I found myself intrigued by the stubborn perseverance of the families who endured the horrific hand dealt to them by Mother Nature.
A friend recently shared a concern with me about her high-energy puppy. She said she was worried that she might “slip up” and the pup would learn something she didn’t want her to learn.
Ride for Rights is a new aspect to the annual Jamnesty fundraiser, aimed at educating a wider audience about the mission of Amnesty, club member Anne Sullivan said.
8:39 a.m. Officers were called to a report of graffiti in the 800 block of Weiss Drive.
Local experts say Steamboat being safe from avalanche is the wrong assumption. That’s one of the messages Steamboat Ski Patrol veteran Kyle Lawton hopes to impress on his audience Saturday.
Rocky Mountain Day Spa is expanding its mountain location in Steamboat Sheraton Resort to include a full spa.
The anecdotal and data-driven evidence for the return of Routt County’s housing market continues to pile up.
On Saturday night, Best Yet Productions, run by Kurt Vordermeier, presents five hours of live dance music and DJs, complete with food vendors, a full bar and an LED light show from Denver’s Lighthouse Productions.
Entitled “My Left Hand,” the show hanging at Harwigs/L’Apogee this month is exemplary of what’s possible when obstacles are welcomed as opportunities.
Television crews for the CBS show were filming at the Steamboat location in August as well as at four other PostNet franchises across the country.
Lionel Beehner spent 36 hours in Steamboat Springs and was so happy with his experience he wrote about it in the New York Times.
A Steamboat Springs teen was arrested Wednesday night and is suspected of being responsible for recent incidents of graffiti.
Washington state's pot legalization takes effect; Justice Department statement hints at looming fight
Marijuana legalization became official in Washington state Thursday morning, prompting another warning from the U.S. Department of Justice about adherence to federal drug laws.
Steamboat Springs business Butcherknife Brewing Co. broke ground Wednesday — on the 79th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition, owner Mark Fitzgerald noted — on its new building on Elk River Road.
Storms stacking up in the Pacific have potential for the wet, cold northwest flow that is the "ideal scenario" for Steamboat, says a Steamboat-based meteorologist.
The Colorado Birding Trail is spreading into Northwest Colorado, and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife is inviting residents to a Steamboat meeting about its progress.
The Blockbuster in Central Park Plaza is closing, the Steamboat City Council is in no hurry to start the city manager search and residents are urged to share their opinions on marijuana.
Wednesday, December 5
Powder Magazine is having a Ski Town Throwdown contest to find the best ski town in North America. One of this week’s matchups is Steamboat Springs’ second-round contest against Crested Butte.
After being presented Tuesday night with a list of four search firms that want to help find a replacement for former City Manager Jon Roberts, the council agreed to delay the process until it lays out clear expectations for the top city employee.
Every year, Steamboat Springs Middle School Principal Tim Bishop gets calls from educators across the state who want to know the same thing: How does your school do so well?
The Steamboat Springs community has some choices to make when it comes to marijuana, and local officials are encouraging residents to voice their opinions.
6:52 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 1700 block of Harmony Lane. A person was seen walking around a neighborhood in the dark.
Steamboat Springs-based SmartWool has partnered with Vail Resorts to open a SmartWool store — the first in North America — in the upscale Beaver Creek Village.
Steamboat Springs skier Anna Marno is off to a blistering start to the season with three podiums on the Alpine NorAm tour.
Celebrations at the rescue center focus on Christmas dinner, which is served anytime between noon and 9 p.m. depending on how motivated the girls are to do all the preparations.
Even with the barrier of “seen it, done it, been there,” a cartoon like “Rise of the Guardians” still has charm to spare.
In 30 days, Delaney Ziegman, Mical Hutson, Mary Nelson and Sherry Larson completed 50,000 words of their novels-in-progress.
Routt County teams play this weekend, highlighted by Soroco hosting a wrestling tournament.
Another Central Park Plaza business will be gone in January. Blockbuster is leaving its 3,066-square-foot store between Walmart and City Market by Jan. 20.
Quicksilver Resources' oil well hearing is postponed, Intrawest sells shares in Whistler Blackcomb and changing weather patterns could mean more snow for Steamboat.
Tuesday, December 4
Some members of the Steamboat Springs City Council said Tuesday night that they want to find a way to bring all of the city's employees back to a full workweek next year.
As she mourns the death of her 14-year-old nephew Nicholas this week, Valerie Pagliaro said the support of friends and strangers has overwhelmed her family in a good way.
The Hayden High School girls basketball team lost, 40-37, to North Park on Tuesday.
The position is open to all residents of District 3 who are 18 or older and have been a registered Democrat and resident of District 3 for at least one year.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters of interest from readers who would like to serve as community representatives on the newspaper’s Editorial Board.
There’s some selling to do before the Steamboat Cloud becomes reality, but it’s ideas such as these that, when combined, can have a positive economic impact for Routt County.
According to research, the harmful effects of television viewing include difficulties with attention, aggression, performance in school and obesity, as well as requests for advertised foods and cultivation of materialistic values.
Lincoln Avenue between Fifth and 11th streets will be closed from 5 to 8 p.m., and downtown stores will be decorated in the theme of various holiday songs like "Frosty the Snowman" or “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
Glass is nearly impossible to clean up. Even if you vacuum, sweep, mop and crawl over the floor looking for the tiniest pieces, a week later you will spot another shard glinting in a corner.
Quicksilver stated it was asking for a continuance so it can acquire the appropriate permits for a road that already has been built on the property.
The freshman lawmaker will serve on the Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee as well as the Transportation and Energy Committee at the Capitol in Denver.
The Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out basketball tournament returns Thursday through Saturday.
The community roundtable will feature Rocky Mountain Remedies' Kevin Fisher, Police Chief Joel Rae and City Council member Walter Magill.
McKenzie Repollo was pivotal in helping the Steamboat girls to a 2-0 start. The senior guard scored 37 points in two games, including a game-high 21 against Basalt.
Twin Enviro Services has acquired Old West Sanitation’s Moffat County operations, and Old West will focus on better serving its Routt County customers.
1:17 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to check on a suspicious car parked in the 2000 block of Snow Bowl Plaza.
First Friday Artwalk runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at various downtown Steamboat Springs venues.
While another quick shot of snow is forecast for overnight Wednesday, a pattern change in the works could bring significant snow to Steamboat Springs.
There was 2.1 percent growth in sales tax revenue compared with October 2011. Year to date, the city is 2.1 percent up on 2011.
Intrawest, the parent company of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., has reached an agreement with an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners, the Denver-based owner of Squaw Valley, to sell all of Intrawest’s remaining stock in Whistler Blackcomb.
Steamboat Springs students mourn the death of a classmate, Routt County is poised to pass a budget and we check in on local collegiate athletes.
A Medical Home Community Forum will be held from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. Dec. 11 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Conference Room 1.
Monday, December 3
Fall Adult League volleyball scores for Dec. 3
12:56 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to complaint about a noise in the 300 block of Ore House Plaza.
Room 118 fell silent Monday when Steamboat Springs High School football coach Dave Berry showed the small portrait of a smiling Nicholas Pagliaro to a group of the boy's grieving classmates.
Coach Shane Yeager has something really good going with the Steamboat Springs High School wrestling program.
Now that the full moon is out of the way for another month, it’s time to do some stargazing. At the top of your list should be the magnificent constellation of Orion the Hunter.
Many local collegiate athletes got a break over Thanksgiving weekend, but they were back at it this week. Check out how yesterday's high school stars are faring today.
If you’d enjoy reading an intriguing account of a lost seam of gold in Routt County, it’s hard to beat a story called “The Lost Mine of the Sierra Madres” at a website called The Geozone.
The winter high school sports season kicked off last weekend, and action for most local teams heats up as the week grows on.
Next year's budget includes $636,000 to restore the salaries of Routt County employees to pre-2009 levels. The Board of Commissioners will vote on the budget at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday.
The school district has put in place its crisis response team. Principal Kevin Taulman says grief counseling has been made available for students and staff.
The next storm system could bring rain to the valley and snow on the mountain at 9,700 feet but not necessarily ideal snowmaking conditions.
Find recent news and highlights from the weekend's coverage.
Having undergone its first major overhaul since November 2009, a redesigned SteamboatToday.com will go live around midday Monday. The website’s new look emphasizes readability and ease of navigation for users.
Sunday, December 2
County Agenda for Dec. 3 and 4
Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday. The fundraising event is designed to encourage people to donate to nonprofit organizations in their hometowns
Although Steamboat Springs does not have a local chapter of the Colorado Native Plant Society, this organization offers some valuable benefits to local gardeners via newsletters, workshops, field trips and the Internet.
In case you didn’t know, this week, Dec. 2 to 8, is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Although the flu vaccine has been offered for many years, many people still have questions about the flu and the vaccine.
It may not look much like winter outside, but the season officially is on for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, which played host to a ski jumping and a Nordic combined competition Saturday.
The trio of Routt County high school wrestling teams kicked off their seasons with a handful of top finishes Saturday at a tournament at Middle Park High School.
The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night will get a close look at its district's most pressing capital needs during the next five years.
1:35 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers found an unattended full-suspension bicycle at Mount Werner Road and South Lincoln Avenue. Police determined the bike had not been stolen.
A strong cross-country ski race couldn’t lift Steamboat Springs brothers Bryan and Taylor Fletcher from their ninth-place jump qualifying position Sunday in Finland.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue placed all of its firefighting resources on the blaze that they quickly knocked down before it could jump a gravel road and threaten nearby homes.
The sales team at the slopeside luxury condominium project Edgemont reports it expected to close another sale by the end of the week in addition to a closing that took place in September.
Transactions for Nov. 26 to 29
Coy Zang decided to play football again for one simple reason. “The football team, they were good,” the Rifle High School senior said. “I wanted to be part of it.”
Saturday, December 1
Rocky Mountain Division Winter Start results for Dec. 1, 2012
A balanced scoring attack paved the way for Saturday's 51-27 thumping of Basalt. Eleven Sailors scored in the game.
As I peer into the somewhat overhyped abyss, I am acutely aware that about half the electorate in the recent election thinks the rich should pay more and entitlements should be pretty much untouched.
Efforts to increase local shopping during the holidays are well intended and often successful, although most of us need continual reminding about the importance of reinvesting our hard-earned money into the local economy.
Some Steamboat Springs City Council members see the sale of the Yampa Street property to local companies BAP, Big Agnes and Honey Stinger as economic development. Others consider it a risk not worth taking.
Yampa Valley SCORE is putting on the competition with help from Colorado Mountain College and the city of Steamboat Springs.
Elevation Dance Studio is bringing the holiday tradition back to Steamboat on Dec. 15 and 16, with performances in the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium.
The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team moved to 2-0 Saturday with an easy win on the road.
The Soroco girls basketball team was too much for Hayden on Saturday.
8:12 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to a report of a trash truck on fire in the first block of Seventh Street. The fire, thought to have been caused by engine trouble, was extinguished.
Bryan Fletcher finished 14th on Saturday in a Nordic combined World Cup event in Finland.
A lack of snow was the motivating factor behind Saturday's 3.7-mile race at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, which usually has transformed into the Steamboat Ski Touring Center by December. But this is no ordinary year.
Gov. John Hickenlooper may not like the idea, but the Sleeping Giant Group is proceeding with its plans to build an off-reservation casino near Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
The new mantra at Waste Management is to make the landfill the last resort after all possible value has been extracted from the “trash” that households and companies put in their Dumpsters.
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. Cities of residence were not available.
The return of winter, and the return of young skiers to Howelsen Hill, brings excitement to Steamboat Springs this time every year.
For those who want to be pampered with three meals a day, catering can include afternoon tea and scones with cocktails to take the edge off before appetizers are served.
Check out our most-read stories from the past week, and see what you missed.