Stories for December 2012


Monday, December 31

Steamboat briefs: Jim Steinberg earns award in photography contest

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.”

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City's public recreational facilities the focus of new marketing campaign

Steamboat Springs' public recreational facilities are getting more visibility thanks to a new marketing effort by the city's public relations arm.

Eugene Buchanan: How I got a gun case for Christmas

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.

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Steamboat Springs snowfall in December among top recorded totals

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.

The Record for Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012

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 investigating reports of people impersonating officers

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.

Broncos playoff tickets go on sale Monday

The Broncos announced that tickets for Denver’s opening playoff game will go on sale Monday at noon.

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5 stranded snowmobilers found uninjured on Buffalo Pass

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 snow report for Monday, Dec. 31

Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 1 new inch of snow since the resort closed Sunday.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Monday, Dec. 31

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.

Mountain news brief: Snowmass staffer dies in avalanche

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.

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Town Challenge event results

Town Challenge event results

Sunday, December 30

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Holy Name Catholic Church leaders excited by progress of church expansion

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.

Search to resume Monday morning for 5 snowmobilers stranded on Buffalo Pass

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.

Running Series registration, including Steamboat Marathon and Run Rabbit Run, opens Jan. 1

Registration opens at midnight Jan. 1 for the 2013 Steamboat Springs Running Series, which will undergo several scheduling changes in the new year.

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South Routt School Board uses award money to grow educational endowment

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.

Steamboat briefs: Horizons seeks volunteers to be individual mentors

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.

Monday Medical: Turning dreams into actions

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.

Jane McLeod: Rosemary: the herb of remembrance

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

County Agenda for Dec. 31

The Record for Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012

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.

Steamboat Ski Area snow report for Sunday, Dec. 30

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

Jimmy Westlake's 2013 Cosmic Calendar of Celestial Events

Our View: Looking ahead to 2013

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.

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2012 brought drought, tragedies and marijuana to Routt County

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.

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New Year's Nordic ski race draws 90

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.

The Record for Friday, Dec. 28

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.

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MusicFest 2013 set to hit Steamboat on Jan. 5

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.

Routt County sports provides wide spectrum of news in 2012

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.

Business briefs: Alpine Bank shows a profit, balance improves

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.

Sunday Steamboat Pilot & Today moves to tabloid format Jan. 6

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.

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Jimmy Westlake’s top 10 celestial events for 2013

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.

Top 10 most-viewed stories for the week of Dec. 20 to 26

Check out our most-read stories from the past week, and see what you missed.

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Horizons to move forward with 8-unit apartment building in Steamboat Springs

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

Transactions for Dec. 21 to 27

Different snow leads to different on-mountain injuries

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.

The Record for Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012

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.

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Steamboat Springs' King shines on the DU volleyball court

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

Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for the week of Dec. 31

Steamboat briefs: Additional bus service is scheduled for New Year’s Eve

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.

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Distressed luxury townhomes at Steamboat ski base are off the table

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.

Snowpack inches toward average at measuring sites surrounding Steamboat Springs

On Friday, the snowpack in the Yampa/White river basin measured 87 percent of average.

CMC President Stan Jensen resigns

The Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees on Thursday accepted, by telephone, the resignation of college President Stan Jensen.

Holiday shopping pattern for Steamboat Springs businesses proves atypical

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.

Jail Report for Dec. 22 to 28, 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. Residencies were not available.

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Steamboat skiers pig out on holiday powder feast

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.

Steamboat Ski Area snow report for Friday, Dec. 28

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.

Rob Douglas: Return to regular order

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

Nordic Challenge #1 results for Dec. 22, 2012

Thursday, December 27

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Pilot & Today to launch new Sunday format

The new Sunday tabloid-shaped newspaper will focus on enterprise and investigative reporting and will include separate sections for news, sports and business.

A Dog's Eye View: Reinforcing your dog's recall cue

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.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Achieving great things in 2013

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.

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Steamboat Springs experts offer powder skiing and snowboarding advice

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.

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Background check backlog impacts would-be gun buyers in Routt County

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.

Snowmaking wraps up at Steamboat Ski Area

Just in time for the busy holiday ski season, major snowmaking operations wrapped up Wednesday morning at Steamboat Ski Area.

The Record for Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012

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.

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New Year's Eve events in Steamboat Springs

Isn’t getting away from Ryan Seacrest enough to get you out of the house on New Year’s Eve?

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Signal Path headlines Tap House on Friday in Steamboat

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

Nicole Inglis: Finding ways to play in 2012

There was no shortage of entertainment in the past year because in Steamboat, we always find a way to play.

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Mustaches and tattoos come together in new business venture by Steamboat Springs man

StacheTats, co-founded by 2005 Steamboat Springs High School graduate Trace Adams, is achieving quick success.

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Andy Bockelman: ‘Les Mis’ musical stirs emotions

Jackman never disappoints, melodically or dramatically, as the hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders.

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Yampa Valley sees fresh layer of powder along with Steamboat Ski Area

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 snow report for Thursday, Dec. 27

Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 7.5 inches of new snow at mid-mountain since lifts stopped running Wednesday.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Thursday, Dec. 27

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

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Steamboat Springs landscapes featured in best-selling photo book

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.

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Unrelenting powder attracts large holiday crowd to slopes of Steamboat Ski Area

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.

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2012 was average year for nuisance bear incidents in Steamboat

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.

Steamboat briefs: Friends of the Chief hosts volunteer meeting is Jan. 5

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.

Steamboat Springs Tennis Center visited by former pro

Former ATP Tour player Trent Tucker recently visited the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, forming a partnership in the process.

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Steamboat Springs year-round swim team braves the elements

The Steamboat Springs Old Town Hot Springs Trident year-round swim team braves the weather nearly every day.

Stars at Night fundraiser returns Saturday in Steamboat Springs

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.

The Record for Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012

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.

Sparkler ignites Christmas tree in Steamboat Springs home

A Christmas tree went up in flames and caused minor damage at a Steamboat Springs townhome Tuesday night.

Wolf Creek ski area leads Colorado snow derby, but Steamboat is close behind

Among the large destination ski areas, Steamboat claims the lead with the 39-inch snow base it tallied Wednesday morning.

Steamboat Ski Area snow report for Wednesday, Dec. 26

Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 2 new inches of snow at the summit in the past 24 hours.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Wednesday, Dec. 26

Many recognize Donna Hellyer as she greets them at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, and another storm is moving toward Steamboat.

ESPN's Winter X is reviewing bids for new resorts to host Games

ESPN is reviewing bids from several ski resorts hoping to host the Winter X Games.

Steamboat briefs: Drop off trees at Howelsen Ice Arena parking lot through January

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

Our View: Staging for success in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

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.

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Donna Hellyer provides 1st impressions for visitors at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

It was hard for arriving passengers not to smile as Donna Hellyer greeted them Christmas Day at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

The Record for Monday, Dec. 24, 2012

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.

Steamboat should see another winter storm starting Wednesday

The sunny skies overhead Christmas Day won’t last long as another storm is forecast to move into Northwest Colorado.

Thoughtful Parenting: Encourage communication in toddlers

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 snow report for Christmas Day

Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 8 inches of new snow since the mountain closed Monday.

Monday, December 24

Steamboat briefs: Dance, technical scholarship applications are available

Steamboat Dance Theatre is accepting applications for the Amy Flint Memorial Scholarship for Dance and Technical Production Training.

The Record for Dec. 23, 2012

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.

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Tom Ross: A surprising, and golden, Christmas gift

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.

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Jimmy Westlake: Quadrantid meteors to light the sky

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.

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Monday Medical: Keep those lithium batteries away from kids

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.

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Ice castle plans to open at Steamboat Ski Area base by New Year's Eve

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.

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Joel Reichenberger: Don't look hard for 2012 sports highlight

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.

Yampa River Basin and mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs among state leaders in snowpack

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.

Skier triggers avalanche near summit of Iron Mountain 30 miles northwest of Steamboat

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 snow report for Monday, Dec. 24

Steamboat Ski Area received 2 new inches of snow at mid-mountain and the summit in the past 24 hours.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Monday, Dec. 24

A Christmas tradition continues, Steamboat could see a Christmas Day gift of powder and the Steamboat Springs Alpine racing program sees success.

Steamboat briefs: Some businesses are closed for the holidays this week

Holiday closures: ■ The Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed for the holidays through Wednesday.

Jane McLeod: Marjoram — the happy cousin

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

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Nothing simple about Steamboat Springs Alpine racing program's success

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.

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Santa could have a powder day in store for Steamboat Springs on Christmas

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.

The Record for Dec. 22, 2012

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.

Steamboat Ski Area snow report for Sunday, Dec. 23

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

Surefoot Holiday Classic results for Dec. 22

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Steamboat skiers show well at US Freestyle Selections event in Copper

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club member Sophia Schwartz won the U.S. Freestyle Selections dual moguls event Saturday.

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Thrilling weekend of ski racing wraps up 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.

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Steamboat Springs High School hockey team falters late

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.

Business briefs: Sotheby’s in Steamboat adds Roberts to team

Steamboat real estate veteran Vicky Roberts has joined High Mountain Sotheby’s International Realty.

Real estate transactions for Dec. 7 to 20, 2012

Real estate transactions for Dec. 7 to 20, 2012

Looming fiscal cliff adds urgency to Routt County real estate market

Unofficially, 13 homes in Routt County have sold this month for prices between $400,000 and $600,000.

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Heritage Christian School ready to launch new J-term

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.

Jail Report for Dec. 15 to Dec. 21, 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. Residencies were not available.

Our View: Spirit of the season evident in Routt County

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.

Lu Etta Loeber: Clearing the air

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.

Bill Moser: Don't screw it up

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.

The Record for Friday, Dec. 21, 2012

8:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of elk at Sixth and Pine streets.

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New Hayden school playground gets rave reviews

Children are safer and exercising a bit more at Hayden Valley Elementary School with the addition of new playground equipment.

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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.

Two snowmobilers rescued after spending night on Rabbit Ears Pass

The snowmobilers were found early Saturday morning in good condition despite not having food, water or a fire starter.

Top 10 most-viewed stories for the week of Dec. 13 to 19

Check out our most-read stories from the past week, and see what you missed.

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2nd Trailhead Lodge auction in Steamboat nearly clears out distressed inventory

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.

Steamboat Ski Area snow report for Saturday, Dec. 22

No snow fell in the past 24 hours, but the next storm is scheduled to arrive Monday.

Stay safe during the holidays

The Routt County Office of Emergency Management offers the following safety tips to minimize the risk of fire and injuries during the holidays:

Talking green: Consumers should think before buying

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

Surefoot Holiday Classic results for Dec. 20 and 21

Friday, December 21

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Skiers shine at slalom races in Steamboat

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.

Steamboat hockey team ties with Chatfield

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.

Steamboat Springs basketball teams win in Summit

The Steamboat Springs boys and girls basketball teams each won in Summit.

Council on Aging lunch menus for week of Dec. 24

Council on Aging lunch menus for week of Dec. 24

Steamboat briefs: Some businesses will close for the holidays this week

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.

The Record for Dec. 20, 2012

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.

Steady as a clock, Hayden's Roving Christmas tree returns for another holiday season

This will mark the 74th year of the roving Christmas tree tradition that was started by Walt Webber in 1938 in Steamboat Springs.

Former Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall arrested on suspicion of DUI

Wall was booked into Routt County Jail on Thursday afternoon after his arrest by the Colorado State Patrol.

Thinking about summer? Wild West Relay registration is now open for 2013 race

Registration recently opened for the 10th annual Wild West Relay, an event that sends teams of runners from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs.

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A white Christmas for Steamboat could bring tricky driving conditions

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.

Avalanche center reports recent snow slides on Buffalo Pass near Steamboat Springs

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 snow report for Friday, Dec. 21

Steamboat Ski Area is reporting that the mountain is now 85 percent open.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Dec. 21

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.

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‘This Is 40’ a smart look at middle-age headaches

“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

Steamboat briefs: Morningside opens Friday; First Tracks starts Saturday

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.

Community Agriculture Alliance: A white Christmas is just the start

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.

Dog's Eye View: Puppies are for life, not just for 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.

Eugene Buchanan: Feeding the frenzy

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.

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Women's Holiday Classic slalom racing heats up cold night at Howelsen

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.

Rob Douglas: Newtown and America's violent culture

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?

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Plans to revitalize downtown Steamboat rely on support from business owners

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.

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Steamboat's standout snowboarding brothers would rather ride than decide

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.

The Record for Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012

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.

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‘The Hobbit’: On the road again

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.

Steamboat Verizon Wireless customers see upgrade to LTE service

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.

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Steamboat artists' work to be on display at Art Museum

Artwork from Jean Perry and Curtis Zabel goes on display for the public Friday at Steamboat Art Museum.

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Strings Music Festival holiday concert to feature Michael Kaeshammer

The energetic piano runs and riffs of Michael Kaeshammer will warm the Yampa Valley on Friday night.

Steamboat Springs Holiday Classic men's ski race starts with a bang Thursday

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.

Our View: Board seat deserves more interest

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?

Routt County Christmas services

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day service schedules across Routt County.

Steamboat Ski Area snow report for Thursday, Dec. 20

The Bashor chairlift opens Thursday, and Morningside and Pony Express should come online during the weekend.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Thursday, Dec. 20

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.

Yule Log Clue No. 9

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

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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.

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Steamboat Springs Alpine skier Anna Marno building on career year

Anna Marno is tied for the lead with Canada’s Erin Mielzynski at the halfway point of the Alpine NorAm Cup.

Steamboat Springs freestyle moguls skiers compete at US Selections

Lane Stoltzner was Steamboat’s top finisher in Copper Mountain on the first day of U.S. Selections events.

The Record for Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

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.

Hayden Town Council to meet Thursday

The Hayden Town Council meets Thursday and will consider approving 3 percent raises for town employees.

Oak Street stakeholders to discuss potential improvements at Thursday meeting

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.

Steamboat's snow message building resort momentum beyond the New Year

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.

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2013 USA Pro Challenge presents opportunity for Bike Town USA

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.

Steamboat Springs School District receives first letter of interest for open board seat

Sam Jones, a financial adviser and founder of the Steamboat Springs Challenge Fund, submitted a letter of interest to the board Tuesday.

Soroco girls basketball game postponed

The Soroco girls basketball game against Vail Christian Wednesday has been postponed.

Steamboat Springs prep teams ready for final weekend before holidays

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.

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Country star on the rise with support from Steamboat locals

Although Tyler Johnson has worked for acts like Fun. and Pink, the country genre was a natural bend in the road.

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Steamboat to see clear skies starting Thursday

Following a storm system that has dropped more than two feet of snow on Steamboat Springs, Thursday will bring clear skies into the weekend.

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Steamboat Springs to host stage finish and stage start in 2013 USA Pro Challenge

The pre-eminent pro cycling race in the U.S. will return to Steamboat next summer after skipping Northwest Colorado in 2012.

Steamboat Ski Area snow report for Wednesday, Dec. 19

Sunshine Express and and South Peak chairlifts open Wednesday with 6 inches of new snow since the last chair Tuesday.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Wednesday, Dec. 19

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

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City moves closer to selling downtown emergency services building, but many questions remain

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.

Steamboat briefs: Volunteers are needed for Salvation Army bell-ringing

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.

Holiday Classic brings top-level slalom racing back to Steamboat Springs

The Surefoot Holiday Classic returns to Steamboat with slalom racing Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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Man arrested after escaping from Steamboat Springs hospital

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.

Jimmy Westlake: Doomsday or just another solstice?

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.

Thoughtful Parenting: Free time ultimate holiday gift

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.

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No injuries, minor damage after school bus slides into car outside Steamboat

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.

The Record for Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

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.

Steamboat Springs sales tax collections increase in October, marking 8th such month this year

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 City Council set to weigh sale of downtown emergency services building

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.

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1,600-acre South Routt ranch approved for conservation easement

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.

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Athlete of the Week: Jesse Draper

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.

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South Routt Medical Center hires Smilkstein as new medical director

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.

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December snow in city of Steamboat Springs surpasses historic average for month

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 snow report for Tuesday, Dec. 18

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Tuesday, Dec. 18

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

Steamboat briefs: Free tours for seniors to see Christmas decorations

The city of Steamboat Springs is offering free bus ride tours for seniors to look at Christmas decorations Wednesday.

Steamboat School Board will wait to decide whether new fire station could be built on district land

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.

Icy roads keep Routt County emergency crews busy during latest storm

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.

College athletics roundup for Dec. 17

Read up on how local athletes are doing for their college teams.

Joel Reichenberger: Lodwick's leaps extend legend's career

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

Routt County high school sports: A look back at the weekend that was

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.

Cellphone call helps Search and Rescue find stranded snowmobilers on Buffalo Pass

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.

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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.

The Record for Dec. 16, 2012

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.

Scott Stanford: Reinventing the Sunday newspaper

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.

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Rare snow drivers converging over Steamboat

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 snow report for Monday, Dec. 17

Steamboat Ski Area has received 8 inches of new snow at mid-mountain at 10 inches at the summit in the past 24 hours.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Monday, Dec. 17

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

County Agenda for Dec. 17 and 18

Steamboat briefs: Phippsburg lighting contest set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday

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.

Monday Medical: Give the gift of health

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.

Deb Babcock: New Master Gardener class starts Jan. 31

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

Steamboat School Board to discuss city's interest in building fire station west of town

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.

Locals fare well in snowboard races

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.

Steamboat City Council to weigh sale of emergency services building at Tuesday meeting

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's Lodwick strong at Continental Cup weekend

Steamboat Springs Nordic combined veteran proved again that he's among the world's best, dominating a weekend of racing in Utah.

Routt wrestling teams place well at West Grand, keep eye on improving

All three Routt County high school wrestling programs wrapped up their 2012 schedules Saturday at a tournament at West Grand High School in Kremmling.

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Powerful winter storms expected to affect Steamboat through Wednesday

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.

The Record for Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012

8:55 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a wallet found at Ninth and Pine streets.

Steamboat Ski Area snow report for Sunday, Dec. 16

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.

Gary Hofmeister: Back to real basics

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.

Our View: Just in time, help from above

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

Hayden girls basketball falls in Wyoming

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.

Hayden boys hoops still stumped by Little Snake River

A blocking call with three seconds remaining helped Little Snake River take a late lead Saturday against Hayden.

Alderwood Group opens Steamboat branch office

Resort management company Alderwood Group announced the opening of a branch office in downtown Steamboat Springs, according to a news release.

The Record for Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

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.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarder Justin Reiter rides to NorAm victories at Howelsen

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.

Steamboat Springs Nordic team opens season in Minturn

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.

Soroco girls basketball team continues to roll

The Soroco High School girls basketball team picked up its fifth straight win Saturday.

Steamboat Springs' Maddy Schaffrick 3rd at Dew Tour

After battling injuries, Maddy Schaffrick returned to action with a third-place finish at the Dew Tour.

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Steamboat Springs basketball teams fall to Glenwood

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.

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Steamboat Ski Area to open Thunderhead Express, Bashor on Sunday, more lifts Monday and Tuesday

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.

Building permit activity shows positive signs in residential construction

As the Routt County Building Department closes another year, small changes are afoot.

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Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare is opening mountain location

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.

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Beltons named Ranchers of the Year in Routt County

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.

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Renovations bolster Yampa Valley School campus

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.

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Rare birds sighted Saturday in Steamboat Springs

“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.

John F. Russell: Chasing dreams isn't always easy in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs graduate Tanner Barr knows that reaching his dreams of playing professional golf means leaving Steamboat Springs behind.

Jail Report for Dec. 8 to 14, 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. Residencies were not available.

U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team gets back on track at World Cup

The U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team got its best finish of the year Saturday at a World Cup event in Ramsau, Austria.

Steamboat's Jeremy Cota takes 3rd at freestyle moguls World Cup

Steamboat Springs freestyle moguls skier Jeremy Cota kicked off the World Cup season with a third-place finish Saturday in Ruka, Finland.

Steamboat Ski Area snow report for Dec. 15

The ski area got 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, and the Bar UE chairlift opened Saturday.

Top 10 most viewed stories for the week of Dec. 6 to 12

Check out our most-read stories from the past week, and see what you missed.

Friday, December 14

Hayden boys basketball beats tough Wyoming visitors

Hayden ran into a tough opponent but won Friday at home, beating Emcampment, Wyo. 62-47.

Steamboat girls basketball falls to Rifle

The Steamboat girls were sluggish on offense in a 44-29 loss to Rifle.

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Sailors boys knock out Bears in hoops slugfest

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

Steamboat Race to the Cup snowboarding giant slalom results for Dec. 14, 2012

Hayden girls basketball team wins 1st game

The Hayden High School girls basketball team picked up its first win of the year Friday, beating Encampment, Wyo., 39-34.

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Steamboat Springs hockey holds off Aspen to win King of the Mountain

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team held off Aspen, 4-3, to win the King of the Mountain trophy.

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Ski season flights begin to ramp up at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

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.

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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.

Judge: Vail Resorts can be sued for avalanche death

A judge ruled that Vail Resorts can be sued in the avalanche death of a local teen.

Steamboat briefs: Candlelight Festival of Lessons and Carols is 5 p.m. Sunday

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 school lunch menus for the week of Dec. 17

Routt County Council on Aging senior 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 impressive in return to competition

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Maddy Schaffrick qualified fourth in Friday's Dew Tour Superpipe event. It was her first event in 10 months.

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Steamboat filmmaker's documentary to air on national television

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.

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Steamboat celebrates 50th anniversary with special beer, cocktail

A specially designed cocktail, called the Golden Antler, features Barenjager Honey Bourbon, peach schnapps, orange juice and ginger ale.

The Record for Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

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.

Pot proponents hopeful, wary after Obama comments

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Dec. 14

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.

Yule Log Clue No. 5

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

Rob Douglas: Time to speak up

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.

Oak Creek Town Board approves 2013 budget

On Thursday, the Oak Creek Town Board approved its 2013 budget, along with water and trash collection rates.

Dog's Eye View: Holidays and the dog food bowl

While we happily indulge ourselves with the fabulous holiday foods of this season, we need not exclude our furry companions.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Be thankful for this special place

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

Steamboat briefs: Parks and Wildlife award nominations due Friday

Oak Creek Holly Festival set for Saturday

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.

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At open house, city of Steamboat unveils latest plans for relocation of downtown emergency services

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.

Steamboat Springs School District alerts parents to case of whooping cough

The Steamboat Springs School District is alerting parents to its first confirmed case of whooping cough in at least 22 years.

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Steamboat falls via tiebreaker in wrestling matchup

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.

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February slide in Fish Creek Canyon opens backcountry skiers' eyes

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.

Routt County road permit issue getting worked out

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.

The Record for Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

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.

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Steamboat women collaborate on pop-up art gallery, boutique

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.

Competition ramps up for Steamboat Springs winter athletes

Nordic combined, freestyle mogul and snowboard athletes from Steamboat are preparing for weekend competition.

Colorado marijuana legalization Q-and-A

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.

Salazar: Water deficit worsening in the West

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.

Denver council floats proclamation on oil shale

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.

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Five questions with The Funk Hunters' Nick Middleton

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.

Steamboat Springs Nordic team prepares for season-opening event

The Steamboat Springs High School Nordic team begins competition this weekend in Minturn.

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125 families, seniors and Horizons clients still in need of gifts this holiday season

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.

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Oak Creek man suspected of setting off bottle bombs

Oak Creek Police Department officers on Wednesday arrested the man they think is responsible for setting off homemade acid bombs last month.

Series of storms to bring rain and snow to Steamboat into next week

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Thursday, Dec. 13

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

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Steamboat's longest-established florist prepares to start next chapter of career

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.

Teen sentenced for graffiti in Steamboat, Yampa

A Steamboat Springs teen arrested last week pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminal mischief related to spraying graffiti in Steamboat Springs and Yampa.

Woman ordered to pay back $45,000 to former Steamboat employer

A former Steamboat Springs resident has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for stealing from her former employer.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Ski Area to open Storm Peak on Thursday

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.

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Steamboat Grease Monkey, Big O Tires owners change auto franchises

Grease Monkey and Big O Tires on the west side of Steamboat Springs have combined to become Yampa Valley Tire Pros and Express Lube.

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Steamboat Springs, as seen through the MiJiKa filter

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.

Steamboat Springs School District seeks candidates for open School Board seat

The Steamboat Springs School District still is waiting to receive its first letter of interest for an open seat on its School Board.

Bill Dring: Give amendment time

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.

Bill Hayden: The potential is good

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.

Nick Moore: Don't drink and drive

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.”

Routt County teams prepare for weekend action

A look at where Routt County teams play this weekend.

The Record for Dec. 11, 2012

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.

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Steamboat's Austin Hinder, Alex Wood reflect on new coach hirings at Cal, CU

Former Steamboat Springs football players Alex Wood and Austin Hinder will be playing under new coaches in college next season.

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Exotic cat missing in Steamboat

Phillip is charcoal in color with black spots and is 25 to 30 pounds — the size of a large fox.

Steamboat Ski Area to open Four Points lift Wednesday

According to the 5 a.m. ski report, Steamboat Ski Area should have five lifts and 31 trails available to skiers Wednesday.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Wednesday, Dec. 12

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

Soroco boys pick up 1st win, knock off North Park

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.

Soroco girls basketball improves to 4-1 with North Park win

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.

Our View: City Council should table vote on building sale

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.

Thoughtful Parenting: Understanding your health care

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.

The Record for Monday, Dec. 10, 2012

12:19 p.m Oak Creek Police Department officers were called to a report of a burglary in the 300 block of Myers Street.

Routt County residents urged to be aware of scams

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is warning residents to be extra cautious this holiday season when it comes to scams and identity theft.

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Routt County icon Donald Lufkin had 'pay it forward' mentality

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.

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Snow in Steamboat Springs boosts lodging reservations, attitudes downtown

The recent blasts of winter in Steamboat Springs are boosting lodging reservations, encouraging snowplow drivers and lengthening lift lines at Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat briefs: LIFT-UP of Routt County board meeting is Dec. 19

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.

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Controlled burn being conducted on Emerald Mountain

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Mel Stewart said firefighters were on-site Tuesday monitoring the burn and will return Wednesday.

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Joanne Palmer: Keep an eye on your money

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.

Nicole Inglis: Remembering to forget

For the past four weeks, it felt as if it hadn’t snowed since the last Ice Age.

Routt County collegiate athletes roundup

A look at Routt County athletes competing at the collegiate level

Colorado heading toward a too-stoned-to-drive standard, experts say

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.

Steamboat Springs cross-country ski team impresses at Grand Mesa

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country team continued its hot start at two events in the Grand Mesa.

Steamboat Springs Chix With Stix go 1-2 over week

The Steamboat Springs Chix With Stix women's hockey team went 1-2 over the past week.

Athlete of the Week: Dane Koepfer

Steamboat Springs High School wrestler Dane Koepfer won his first tournament last weekend, earning him Athlete of the Week honors for Routt County.

Oak Creek to vote on 2013 budget Thursday

Thursday is the last meeting of 2012 for the Oak Creek Town Board, and the agenda reflects the culmination of many months of work.

City to host open house Thursday to discuss sale of emergency services building

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

Adult League Volleyball Scores for Dec. 10, 2012

Troopers reporting no serious wrecks in Routt County

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.

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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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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.

Steamboat briefs: City to host Thursday open house about Yampa Street deal

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.

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Jimmy Westlake: Here come the Geminids

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.

Ken Collins: Hypocrisy, maybe?

Wolf Mountain Ranch said it cares about the eagles and grouse, and about its conservation easements.

Omar Campbell: Values under attack

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.”

John Merrill: Where's the balance?

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.

Deb Hinsvark: The facts of the fire and police station move

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

Craig murder suspect appears in Moffat County District Court for advisement

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.

The Record for Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012

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 sworn in as Routt County commissioner

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.

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Steamboat's Izaac Kinnison back in class after successful treatment of brain tumor

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.

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Hickenlooper signs marijuana legalization proclamation for Colorado

It's official: Recreational marijuana use and possession for adults 21 and older is now legal in Colorado.

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Steamboat Ski Area to open Burgess Creek lift at about 11 a.m.

Steamboat Ski Area posted on Facebook that it plans to open the Burgess Creek lift at about 11 a.m. Monday.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Monday, Dec. 10

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

County Agenda for Dec. 10 and 11

Steamboat briefs: Annual hunt for Yule Log begins today

The annual Christmastime tradition of hunting for the Yule Log begins Monday in Steamboat Springs.

Deb Babcock: Let worms do the work for you

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.

Monday Medical: 3 ways to de-stress the holidays

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

Craig man arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder

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.

Opposition to sale of public safety campus becoming more organized

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.

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Tennis tournament a hit, sees bump in participation

This year the tournament drew 78 players, about a 10 percent bump up from last year. The field included nine junior players.

Steamboat lands 5 on U.S. Snowboarding Team

The 2013 U.S. Snowboarding Team was announced Saturday at Copper Mountain and the list is overflowing with Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes.

The Record for Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012

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.

Steamboat Winter Sports Club snowboarder lands podium spot

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.

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More snow could be on its way to Steamboat this week

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

Business briefs: SmartWool veteran Flanagan leaves for new position

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.

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Steamboat stands atop Soroco wrestling tourney

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

2012 Steamboat Singles and Doubles City Championships results for Dec. 7 and 8

Soroco boys basketball can't shake offensive struggles, falls at Meeker tourney

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.

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Lopsided loss doesn't rain on Hayden's weekend at Steamboat Shoot-Out

Hayden was outclassed Saturday by 4A powerhouse D'Evelyn, falling 76-47 in the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out championship game.

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Steamboat boys bounce back for 3rd-place victory at Shoot-Out

The Steamboat boys basketball team learned from an ugly Friday night loss, bouncing back Saturday for a 42-34 victory against Montrose.

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Steamboat girls overcome sporadic offense, clinch 3rd at Shoot-Out

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.

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Snow lights up Merry Mainstreet in Steamboat

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.

Our View: City Council right to hit the pause button on city manager search

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

Real estate transactions for Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, 2012

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Tom Ross: Aspenite John Clendenin recalls glory days of pro mogul skiing in Steamboat appearance

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.

The Record for Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

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.

Former city councilman Ivancie chosen to fill vacant seat on Routt County Board of Commissioners

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.

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New nativity scene graces Hayden

The Christmas spirit is a little more lively this year in Hayden thanks to a community effort to rebuild its cherished nativity scene.

John F. Russell: Steamboat presents challenges for cyclists committed to commuting

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.

Jail Report for Dec. 1 to 7, 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. Residencies were not available.

Top 10 most-viewed stories for the week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5

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

Council on Aging lunch menus for week of Dec. 10

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Dec. 10

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Dec. 10

Steamboat briefs: Part of Lincoln Avenue will be closed Saturday for events

Lincoln Avenue will be closed between Fifth and 11th streets from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday during Merry Mainstreet.

Friday, December 7

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Steamboat boys swamped by elite D'Evelyn at Shoot-Out

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.

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Well hello, Hayden: Tigers run to Shoot-Out title game

Hayden's bulled its way through the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out bracket. It plays Saturday for the championship after beating Montrose on Friday night.

Soroco boys basketball struggles in Meeker

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 girls basketball wins big at home, 51-15

Soroco surged after the first quarter, rolling to a 51-15 win against Longmont Christian.

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Turnovers drop Steamboat girls to 3rd-place Shoot-Out game

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.

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Steamboat PostNet franchise gets national look on 'Undercover Boss'

Recognizable shots of the Yampa Valley peppered Friday's episode of CBS reality show "Undercover Boss," which featured PostNet CEO Steve Greenbaum.

The Record for Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012

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.

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Annual Yule Log hunt begins Monday in Steamboat

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.

Routt County Democrats to interview commissioner candidates Saturday

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.

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Steamboat Film Festival wraps up with local action sports submissions

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.”

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Dillenbecks represent the 5th generation at Steamboat's F.M. Light & Sons

The Dillenbecks chose MBA tracks that offered a focus on operating family businesses before taking over the reins at F.M. Light & Sons.

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Steamboat Pilot & Today collecting memories from 50 years of ski history

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Dec. 7

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

Rob Douglas: Monkey see, monkey do

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.

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Steamboat girls use red-hot 1st quarter to advance in Shoot-Out

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.

Soroco boys basketball falls in Meeker

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.

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Steamboat boys run past Montezuma-Cortez to advance to 2nd round of Shoot-Out

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.

Steamboat briefs: Author seeking historic hot springs photos, stories

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.

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Hayden basketball defeats Green River, Wyo., in 1st test of Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out

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.

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For some Steamboat riders, cycling season never ends

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.

Community Agriculture Alliance: When hope, perseverance prevail

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 Dog's Eye View: Bouncing back from a bumpy road

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.

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Amnesty clubs hold annual fundraiser with snowboarding, live music events

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.

The Record for Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012

8:39 a.m. Officers were called to a report of graffiti in the 800 block of Weiss Drive.

Monster Fish Creek avalanche is topic of Saturday discussion

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.

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Steamboat spa to close downtown location, expand on mountain

Rocky Mountain Day Spa is expanding its mountain location in Steamboat Sheraton Resort to include a full spa.

Housing market indicators remain positive for Routt County

The anecdotal and data-driven evidence for the return of Routt County’s housing market continues to pile up.

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A Steamboat early-season dance party concert tradition is revived

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.

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Steamboat artist completes show of paintings with her non-dominant hand

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.

PostNet CEO to be featured on 'Undercover Boss' episode that airs Friday

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.

Steamboat Springs featured in New York Times travel section

Lionel Beehner spent 36 hours in Steamboat Springs and was so happy with his experience he wrote about it in the New York Times.

Steamboat teen suspected in graffiti cases

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.

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Butcherknife Brewing Co. breaks ground on new building in Steamboat

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.

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Cold, wet northwest flow should bring wintry weather to Steamboat and the Yampa Valley

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.

Informational meeting planned in Steamboat for Colorado Birding Trail

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Thursday, Dec. 6

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

Steamboat briefs: Thursday is deadline to vote for Steamboat in ski town contest

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.

Steamboat Springs City Council in no hurry to hire next city manager

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.

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Routt County schools to be recognized for excellence by state

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?

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Steamboat Springs residents urged to share opinions on pot

The Steamboat Springs community has some choices to make when it comes to marijuana, and local officials are encouraging residents to voice their opinions.

The Record for Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012

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.

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SmartWool store opens in Beaver Creek

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 making waves on NorAm circuit

Steamboat Springs skier Anna Marno is off to a blistering start to the season with three podiums on the Alpine NorAm tour.

Mary Walker: Celebrating Christmas in Kenya

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.

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Andy Bockelman: ‘Guardians’ has magic you can believe in

Even with the barrier of “seen it, done it, been there,” a cartoon like “Rise of the Guardians” still has charm to spare.

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Novel writing a social affair for Steamboat's NaNoWriMo participants

In 30 days, Delaney Ziegman, Mical Hutson, Mary Nelson and Sherry Larson completed 50,000 words of their novels-in-progress.

Routt County teams prepare for weekend action

Routt County teams play this weekend, highlighted by Soroco hosting a wrestling tournament.

Central Park Plaza Blockbuster to close in January

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Wednesday, Dec. 5

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 Steamboat City Council members want city employees to return to full workweek

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.

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Small-town support a big comfort to Pagliaro family

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.

Hayden girls basketball loses to North Park

The Hayden High School girls basketball team lost, 40-37, to North Park on Tuesday.

Steamboat briefs: Applications due Wednesday for open commissioner seat

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. 

Steamboat Pilot & Today seeks community representatives for Editorial Board

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.

Our View: Look to the Cloud for potential community benefit

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.

Thoughtful Parenting: How TV affects young children

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.

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Merry Mainstreet to light up Steamboat's Saturday night

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.”

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Joanne Palmer: Picking up broken glass

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 Resources oil well hearing moved to Jan. 22

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.

Steamboat Springs lawmaker Diane Mitsch Bush gets committee assignments

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.

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Routt County teams prepare for Steamboat Shoot-Out

The Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out basketball tournament returns Thursday through Saturday.

Amendment 64, marijuana legalization subject of Wednesday's Coffee and a Newspaper gathering

The community roundtable will feature Rocky Mountain Remedies' Kevin Fisher, Police Chief Joel Rae and City Council member Walter Magill.

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Athlete of the Week: McKenzie Repollo

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 acquires Old West Sanitation's Moffat County operations

Twin Enviro Services has acquired Old West Sanitation’s Moffat County operations, and Old West will focus on better serving its Routt County customers.

The Record for Monday, Dec. 3, 2012

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 listings for Dec. 7

First Friday Artwalk runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at various downtown Steamboat Springs venues.

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Changing weather pattern could bring more snow to Steamboat

While another quick shot of snow is forecast for overnight Wednesday, a pattern change in the works could bring significant snow to Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Springs sales tax revenue inches up in October

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 sells shares in Whistler Blackcomb to KSL Capital Partners of Denver

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 morning roundup for Tuesday, Dec. 4

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.

Steamboat briefs: Medical Home Community Forum will be held Dec. 11

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

Fall Adult League volleyball scores for Dec. 3

The Record for Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012

12:56 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to complaint about a noise in the 300 block of Ore House Plaza.

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Steamboat Springs High School students mourn death of classmate

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.

Joel Reichenberger: Steamboat wrestling on the rise

Coach Shane Yeager has something really good going with the Steamboat Springs High School wrestling program.

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Jimmy Westlake: The colors of Orion

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.

Routt County college athletes roundup for Dec. 3

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.

Tom Ross: Could there be more gold in Routt County than there is on reality TV?

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 week ahead, and behind, in Routt County high school sports

The winter high school sports season kicked off last weekend, and action for most local teams heats up as the week grows on.

Routt County poised to pass budget that calls for $48.8 million in 2013 spending

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.

Steamboat Springs High School student dies in car crash Sunday

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.

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Steamboat freshens up snowpack with 3 inches of new snow overnight Sunday

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Monday, Dec. 3

Find recent news and highlights from the weekend's coverage.

Major makeover for launches midday Monday

Having undergone its first major overhaul since November 2009, a redesigned 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

County Agenda for Dec. 3 and 4

Steamboat briefs: People are encouraged to give to nonprofits Tuesday

Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday. The fundraising event is designed to encourage people to donate to nonprofit organizations in their hometowns

Deb Babcock: Colorado Native Plant Society a helpful resource

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.

Monday Medical: Common questions about the flu

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.

1st jumping event in Steamboat yields big results

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.

Local wrestlers fare well in Middle Park

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.

Steamboat School Board to discuss capital needs at Monday meeting

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.

The Record for Dec. 1, 2012

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.

Steamboat's Fletcher brothers finish ninth in team World Cup competition

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.

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Steamboat Springs firefighters knock down wildfire in Elk River Estates

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.

Business briefs: Edgemont team notches another slopeside sale

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

Transactions for Nov. 26 to 29

Raptors wrap up Class 3A title

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

Rocky Mountain Division Winter Start results for Dec. 1, 2012

Steamboat Springs boys hoopsters topple Basalt

A balanced scoring attack paved the way for Saturday's 51-27 thumping of Basalt. Eleven Sailors scored in the game.

Marty Rosenzweig: Looking over the 'fiscal cliff'

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.

Our View: Giving locally is as important as shopping locally

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.

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Steamboat City Council divided on sale of downtown building

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.

Steamboat Springs business plan competition nears its end

Yampa Valley SCORE is putting on the competition with help from Colorado Mountain College and the city of Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat dance studio revives 'The Nutcracker,' with a twist

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.

Steamboat Springs girls basketball team beats Basalt

The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team moved to 2-0 Saturday with an easy win on the road.

Soroco girls basketball team beats Hayden in first matchup

The Soroco girls basketball team was too much for Hayden on Saturday.

The Record for Nov. 30, 2012

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.

Steamboat Springs' Bryan Fletcher leads Nordic combined team

Bryan Fletcher finished 14th on Saturday in a Nordic combined World Cup event in Finland.

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Steamboat Nordic community shifts gears for running race

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.

Hayden casino proponents not backing down

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.

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Tom Ross: In Routt County, your trash ain't nothin' but cash

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.

Jail Report for Nov. 24 to 30, 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. Cities of residence were not available.

John F. Russell: Excitement is in the air at Steamboat Springs' Howelsen Hill

The return of winter, and the return of young skiers to Howelsen Hill, brings excitement to Steamboat Springs this time every year.

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Moving Mountains Chalets celebrates 15 years of catering to the needs of affluent clientele

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.

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