Stories for February 2012


Wednesday, February 29

Quicksilver pursues 2nd well at Wolf Mountain near Hayden

Quicksilver Resources officials hope to take a two-phase approach to drilling their second well beginning late this month on Wolf Mountain about six miles northeast of Hayden.

Tryouts for AAU hoops planned for Sunday

A revamped AAU basketball program is gearing up for a new season, with tryouts scheduled for Sunday at Steamboat Springs High School.

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Steamboat football team raising money for new helmets

It’s no longer the elephant in the room. Whenever football comes up in conversation, the issue of concussions is likely to follow.

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Steamboat's Doak Walker Care Center gives residents a new lease on life

Officials say variety and spontaneity are important characteristics in long-term care environments where boredom, loneliness and helplessness are treated like enemies. To combat them, the staff at the Doak Walker Care Center offers a wide range of activities to give a sense of purpose for residents.

The Record for Feb. 28

6:25 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to help Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters with a request for an ambulance.

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Yampa Valley Autism Program's annual fundraiser is Saturday

In many ways, 5-year-old Kealia Buschmann is no different from other kids her age. She’s excited and curious about the world around her. She’s crazy about snowboarding, a new hobby she picked up this winter, and she had a blast on a trip to Hawaii with her family last week.

Leadership Steamboat takes on downtown recycling

This year’s Leadership Steamboat class wanted to leave its mark on the community. So students in the class that seeks to create business and community leaders decided to work toward a permanent solution for downtown recycling.

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Fundraisers benefit Steamboat residents with rare diseases

The first days of March bring a couple of fundraisers for Steamboat Springs residents living with rare medical conditions. Thursday’s fundraiser will benefit Meredith Herndon. The hydrocephalus fundraiser Sunday will support research to find a cure for the condition.

Steamboat briefs: 2 Yampa Valley nonprofits receive El Pomar grants

LIFT-UP of Routt County and LoveInc. of the Yampa Valley have been named recipients of emergency grants through the El Pomar Foundation. LIFT-UP will receive $7,500 in funding, and LoveInc. will receive $1,500.

Avalanche watch in effect for Steamboat area until noon Thursday

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an avalanche watch for the Steamboat Springs area through noon Thursday. The local avalanche danger has been heightened because of recent snowfall and winds.

Passenger: Plane seemed to stall before YVRA crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report about the Feb. 19 crash that killed two people and injured four others. No cause has been determined.

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Next round of snow headed to Steamboat this afternoon

The snowfall is expected to arrive sometime early this evening and continue into Friday morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect for the city, with a winter storm warning in place for the mountains surrounding Steamboat.

Tuesday, February 28

Former Steamboat woman sentenced to year in federal prison

A 61-year-old former Steamboat Springs resident was sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison for defrauding the Social Security Administration.

Steamboat's Katthain finishes 2nd at Utah tennis tournament

Steamboat Springs tennis player Tamy Katthain finished second at an Intermountain Utah tennis tournament.

Local swimmers show well in Grand Junction

Three Old Town Hot Springs swimmers established new personal bests in Grand Junction during the weekend and now prepare for the state meet.

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Steamboat's Snyderman continues hot streak in NorAm events

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club postgraduate freestyle moguls skier Reed Snyderman continued his breakthrough season during the weekend at a NorAm event in Killington, Vt.

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Steamboat cross-country skiers dominate Durango

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s cross-country ski team wrapped up its Rocky Mountain Nordic Junior National Qualifying with a historic finish to the season.

Man faces felony charges related to child pornography

The Routt County District Attorney’s Office has filed eight felony charges against the 20-year-old man accused of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Steamboat briefs: Registration for 'Hunger Games' challenge ends Wednesday

Wednesday is the last day to register for Steamboat’s “Hunger Games” challenge to help fight world hunger.

Public meeting on rodeo site plan design is Wednesday

The city of Steamboat Springs’ Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department is hosting a second round of public meetings to get feedback about the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena schematic site plan design.

The Record for Feb. 27

12:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken person in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue.

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Lee Ann Womack, opening night set for Strings Music Festival

A country star with local ties has been confirmed for Strings Music Festival this summer as the 25th annual festival gears up to announce its full lineup.

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Tom Ross: Leaplings celebrate 1 in 4 years

A group of people from all across Northwest Colorado gathered at a local restaurant Monday to share stories and look forward to a very merry un-birthday indeed.

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Best-selling writers travel to Steamboat for Spring Author Series

Bud Werner Memorial Library’s first-ever Spring Author Series will bring to Steamboat Springs three writers who have ties to the mountain lifestyle and Colorado.

Per diem hike for state lawmakers awaits final approval

State lawmakers are considering increasing the daily per diem by $33 for legislators who live more than 50 miles from Denver.

Hayden Town Council to mull gravel route

A route for hauling gravel in Hayden could earn a stamp of approval Thursday night. The Hayden Town Council will decide whether to approve a preliminary agreement it reached earlier this month with Breeze Basin Resources that would pave the way for the company’s heavy gravel trucks to travel on one of Hayden’s busiest streets en route to U.S. Highway 40.

Routt County commissioners consider narrower road lanes

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is leaning toward reducing the lane width on a pair of popular bicycle routes to 10 feet to create additional room on the shoulders.

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YVRA unveils new passenger screening machine Wednesday

A new full-body scanner being unveiled Wednesday at Yampa Valley Regional Airport aims to increase security while protecting the privacy of passengers.

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Steamboat elementary, high school students team up to build energy bikes

When Cole Puckett successfully ran for student council president at Strawberry Park Elementary School in the fall, he told his fellow classmates they could use the power of their feet on a bicycle to power iPods, light bulbs and stereos at their school.

Our View: City has bigger fire issues to extinguish

The Steamboat Springs City Council’s commitment to solving a complex web of fire and ambulance-service related issues in 2012 got off to an appropriate start. But the council’s real work lies ahead.

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Jimmy Westlake: Earth passes Mars this week

Once every 780 days, Earth passes in between Mars and the sun, placing the two planets as close together as possible. This alignment of worlds is called opposition.

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Intermittent snow today, with more expected Thursday and Friday

The Steamboat Ski Area has picked up 5 inches of snow since 5 a.m. this morning. More snow is likely for Mount Werner today.

Monday, February 27

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Mount Harris Canyon rockfall project set for March

The Colorado Department of Transportation plans to next month start a four-month-long rockfall prevention project in Mount Harris Canyon. Officials hope the work will allow motorists to travel more safely along a section of U.S. Highway 40 that runs between Steamboat Springs and Hayden.

Adult Coed Indoor Soccer results for Feb. 21 and 23

Adult Coed Indoor Soccer results for Feb. 21 and 23

Purchase of Development Rights program had busy 2011

Members of the Purchase of Development Rights program say they have three conservation projects pending for 2012 and about $1.9 million of taxpayer money available for those and future projects.

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Tom Ross: No toast for you, cheapskate

You know your toast ain’t nothing but trash when the neighborhood magpies turn up their beaks at it. We’ve been having a bad go of it with one of the smallest kitchen appliances in the house lately.

Bill would prohibit secret ballots for Colorado public bodies

A measure to prohibit state and local public governing bodies from using secret ballots to make decisions moved forward in the state Legislature on Monday.

Steamboat farmers market to expand

Mainstreet Steamboat Manager Tracy Barnett decided to expand the 2012 farmers market by 10 booths after getting the go-ahead from the Routt County Board of Commissioners to use the alley between the historic courthouse and the adjacent annex building.

The Record for Feb. 26

12:49 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers pulled over and arrested a 37-year-old man from Chesapeake, Va., who was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving the wrong way at Village Drive near Après Ski Way.

Steamboat briefs: Feldmann Nagel law firm to hold pro bono clinic

The Steamboat Springs office of Feldmann Nagel LLC is holding a pro bono legal advice clinic from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at its office, 1120 S. Lincoln Ave. Suite A.

Woman seriously injured in Rabbit Ears crash identified

The Colorado State Patrol on Monday identified the woman who was seriously injured in a head-on collision on Rabbit Ears Pass on Sunday as Edyta Gasiorowska, 41, of Louisville.

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Steamboat girls U-19 collect 3rd-straight title at league championships

Steamboat Springs U-19 girls hockey team won its third consecutive Mountain States Girls Hockey League Championship on Sunday after beating Gunnison, 3-2, at the Edge Ice Arena in Littleton.

Jean White-sponsored bill proposes keeping federal mineral lease money in communities

Senate Bill 31 unanimously passed the Senate on Monday. White said it would help cash-strapped communities.

Sunday, February 26

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Luke Graham: Wilkie is having a good 1st year

Michelle Wilkie took over the Tigers this season. I didn’t know what to expect. I honestly didn’t think Hayden would be that good. Wilkie used the District 5 tournament to disprove that.

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Steamboat's Sven Wiik ushers in 91st birthday

Although he’s had 90 others since he came into the world Feb. 27, 1921, Sven Wiik said the birthday celebration that he walked into Sunday at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center took him completely by surprise.

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Steamboat Girl Scouts celebrate organization’s 100th anniversary

As they ate cupcakes at Bud Werner Memorial Library on Sunday, 9-year-old Emily Hobson and her friends said they were celebrating something very special.

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Observer records evidence of 22 avalanche slides near Steamboat Lake

High winds that roared over the mountains surrounding Steamboat Lake on Saturday left behind nearly two dozen reminders of the weakness of Colorado’s snowpack.

Steamboat briefs: Screenings for preschool planned March 14 and 15

Preschool screenings will be held March 14 and 15 in Steamboat Springs.

Jane McLeod: Sage advice on growing herbs

Growing herbs, on a large or a small scale, is not difficult. Herbs are tolerant, tough and undemanding plants. But as with all living things, the more care and attention they receive, the better they flourish.

Monday Medical: Cardiac rehab program improves quality of life

If you have a heart condition or have suffered a heart attack, you may think you are not able to resume your favorite activities. The truth is that many people with heart conditions can and do enjoy active, productive lives after participating in a program called cardiac rehabilitation.

Steamboat's Bryan Fletcher soars to 4th at World Cup event

Steamboat Springs Nordic combined skier Bryan Fletcher has never had a day quite like Sunday. Competing in a World Cup event in Liberec, Czech Republic, Fletcher skied to fourth place to lead a strong showing by United States skiers.

County Agenda for Feb. 27 and 28

County Agenda for Feb. 27 and 28

The Record for Feb. 25

12:34 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint about a noise in the 400 block of Yahmonite Street.

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Head-on crash on Rabbit Ears Pass injures 4

Collision closes U.S. Highway 40 in Grand County

A head-on collision on Rabbit Ears Pass in Grand County on Sunday afternoon sent four people to the hospital and temporarily closed U.S. Highway 40.

Saturday, February 25

Hill Blackett: USDA loan

If you want to know why the country is bankrupt, look no further than Steamboat Springs, where the U.S. Department of Agriculture is about to loan $4 million of taxpayers’ money to rehab a 1920s-era theater.

Scott Abell: Thank you, donors

Once again, we were not disappointed at the speed with which the money was raised to save the flowers. I know I speak for many to thank each and every donor, large and small, who contributed to keeping downtown beautiful.

Our View: Too much of a good thing?

The current buzz about Steamboat Springs is that we are the place to go for snow. That’s about as good as it gets for a ski town, but it also increases the likelihood that more people will head off in search of deep powder in the backcountry.

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Powder day tips for novice skiers in Steamboat

What if the steep and deep isn’t for you?

Whatever you do, don’t say it loudly, not here in Ski Town USA. Definitely don’t say it in front of anyone with a beard thick enough to attract icicles. For some people, powder skiing is not fun. No, really.

Joel Reichenberger: Paonia’s pride is Hayden’s product

To someone new to Hayden High School, Paonia girls basketball coach Scott Rienks may appear to be nothing but the enemy, a tall man clad in Eagles’ red who’s strode across the opposing sideline for many a painful Hayden loss.

The Record for Feb. 24

2:26 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of an intoxicated person in the 40000 block of Fathom Drive.

The Jail Report for Feb. 18 to 24

The Jail Report for Feb. 18 to 24

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Feb. 26

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Feb. 26

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Sales tax issue being resolved in Steamboat Springs

Residents getting refunds from Verizon

Greg Kammerer is among an unknown number of county residents being charged the tax. Since finding out he has been paying a city sales tax he shouldn’t have been charged, Kammerer has been trying to fix it.

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Steamboat resident finds passion for making jewelry

Sheila Weekly feels naked without a necklace and earrings, but it’s not out of vanity. Her first love was stones, and now at age 56, she’s rekindled the flame. She’s found herself deeply enamored of making jewelry, a meditative hobby she’s turned into a personal dream.

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Tom Ross: Called by canyons of the southwest

It was through the wonders of social media today that I learned a casual Facebook friend has pulled a permit to float the Grand Canyon. All I can say is, point our bow at trouble and pull away with the oars.

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Injury doesn’t hold Steamboat's Worden back

Sailor overcomes odds with key hockey season

Get Jace Worden to tell the story, and he can rattle it off like second nature. He’s told it so many times that it rolls out like a memorized Mother Goose nursery rhyme.

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Hayden boys hoops dominates against Paonia

There are times like Friday against West Grand when the Hayden High School boys basketball team can be frustrating. Then there are games like Saturday’s.

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Hayden girls basketball cruises against Rangely, takes 3rd seed

A night after playing with top-ranked Paonia for three quarters, Hayden ran away from Rangely on Saturday with a 61-43 win.

John F. Russell: A lifetime on the slopes

For a few dedicated skiers in Steamboat Springs, the NASTAR race course is as much a part of winter as snow. Jerry Taylor was one of those skiers.

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Steamboat Pilot & Today named best newspaper of its size

The Steamboat Pilot & Today was named the top overall newspaper in its circulation class for the ninth time in 10 years Saturday during the Colorado Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Awards banquet in downtown Denver.

Real estate transactions for Feb. 16 to 23

Real estate transactions for Feb. 16 to 23

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Steamboat Pilot & Today wins 16 awards

The Steamboat Pilot & Today won more than 16 awards during the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters annual awards banquet Friday in Denver.

Steamboat hockey out in 1st round of state playoffs

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team’s season came to an end Friday with a 5-2 loss to top-seeded Bishop Machebeuf in the opening round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

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Hayden girls basketball falls to Paonia

Hayden squad to play Rangely on Saturday for 3rd place

The Hayden High School girls basketball team lost to Paonia, 66-52, in the opening round of the District 5 basketball tournament Friday. The team next plays at 11 a.m. Saturday against Rangely.

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Hayden boys basketball loses to West Grand

Basketball team loses to West Grand in opening round, to play Paonia on Saturday

Hayden High School boys basketball lost to West Grand, 58-55, in the opening round of the District 5 tournament Friday. The team will play for third place against Paonia at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Friday, February 24

On the Market: Colorado Group Realty announces sales leaders

Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs has announced its Excellence in Sales award recipients for 2011.

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Casey's Pond Senior Living community a go

Health care already is the fastest growing segment of Routt County’s employment picture, and the new Casey’s Pond continuing care retirement community, poised to break ground as soon as May 1, could add more jobs to the sector.

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Sunshine Kids Winter Games returns to Steamboat

The Sunshine Kids Winter Games returns this weekend as 30 sponsored teenagers living with cancer come to town for six days of ski lessons, hot-tubbing, tubing and snowmobiling intended to remind them that life still can be good and to raise their self-esteem.

Nicole Inglis: Quicksand on the mountain

I had been traversing through the trees, looking for a few waist-deep turns before lunch, when I got tangled up and fell sideways. Suddenly, I became aware that my feet were above my head and my head was several feet below near the trunk of a medium-sized conifer. A surge of fear accompanied the realization: I was stuck in a tree well.

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Friends of Chief engage firm for feasibility study

Friends of the Chief has taken a step toward refurbishing Steamboat’s historic downtown entertainment venue this month by retaining high-profile arts and entertainment facilities consulting firm AMS Planning & Research to conduct a feasibility study.

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Feb. 27

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Feb. 27

Steamboat briefs: Celebrating Sven Wiik’s 91st birthday on skis

The public is invited Sunday to a 91st birthday open house for Nordic skiing legend Sven Wiik from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center on Steamboat Boulevard.

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Wooden ski event returns to Steamboat Springs

Rendezvous back for its 12th year to raise awareness

Going into its 12th year, the mission of this weekend’s Wooden Ski Rendezvous has not changed. “It’s not as much a fundraiser,” said Leslie Lovejoy. “We use it as an educational device.”

Troopers to keep closer eye on seat belts

The Colorado State Patrol thinks not enough drivers are buckling up in Northwest Colorado, so they are increasing enforcement.

The Record for Feb. 23

12:51 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to a report of a power line down because of strong wind in the 22700 block of U.S. Highway 40 near Milner. Yampa Valley Electric Association workers were called to fix the line.

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Fundraiser to benefit Steamboat woman with nerve disorder

For four years, local resident Meredith Herndon has suffered from atypical trigeminal Neuralgia, an illness that sends near constant waves of pain through the nerves and muscles in her face.

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Steamboat Ski Area promenade claims 1st award

The Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association gave the promenade an award this month for excellence in engineering and construction.

Sara Humpal remains in serious condition

Sara Humpal, 10, the youngest survivor of a plane crash Sunday at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, remained in serious condition Friday at Children's Hospital in Aurora, according to media relations specialist Elizabeth Whitehead.

Steamboat Ski Area to extend lift hours starting Saturday

Beginning Saturday, Steamboat Ski Area lift operations will change to spring hours, according to a press release. The expanded hours are effective through Closing Day on April 15.

Thursday, February 23

Sandra Kruczek: Whose dog is it, anyway?

Frequently we ask new pet owners why they got a dog. They often tell us that the new dog is “for the kids” or “to keep my other dog company.”

Community Agriculture Alliance: Thank Abe Lincoln for agriculture education

If you have ever wondered what it means to be a land-grant university, the answer goes back to a decision made by President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago.

Hayden sales tax collections take small hit in December

Year-over-year earnings still up from 2010

Hayden Finance Director Lisa Dowling on Wednesday attributed her town’s 6.5 percent drop in sales tax earnings in December 2011 to reduced business at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Steamboat briefs: Heeling Friends is seeking pets, owners for program

Heeling Friends, Routt County’s animal-assisted therapy program, is holding spring recruitment March 6 to 8.

Oil, gas commission promises response to noise complaints

Officials with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said this week that they will look for individual solutions to noise issues related to oil and gas exploration in rural Routt County.

Nicole Inglis: In like a lion, out with a bang

Events ramp up in March

Visitors and residents will have a lot to look forward to on and off the mountain as local venues and organizations gear up for a busy month in entertainment.

Eugene Buchanan: Working the line

With the “Gondola Line Starts Here” sign outside One Steamboat Place, I could tell Monday was going to be a doozy — one that would call upon every lift line negotiating skill I had ever honed.

Race For Jerry on NASTAR course Saturday

He lost his battle with cancer in December, but on Saturday his friends, family and the people he raced with can take a run in Jerry Taylor’s memory on the NASTAR course at Steamboat Ski Area.

Hayden girls hoops face challenge in Paonia

It’s not so much that they feel lucky to be continuing in the district tournament at 6 p.m. Friday in Kremmling against Paonia, Hayden girls coach Michelle Wilkie said about her team. The Tigers are simply happy, she explained, and they’ll enter the two-game weekend smiling wide.

Hayden boys basketball to meet West Grand

The Hayden High School boys basketball team has split its two meetings this season with West Grand, but the Tigers aren’t shy about pointing to the latter of the two — a 61-55 win by Hayden — as the truest test.

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Steamboat hockey to face top seed

There are a lot of ways to look at Friday’s opening-round playoff game with top-seeded Bishop Machebeuf and Steamboat Springs.

The Record for Feb. 22

2:20 a.m. Officers were called to a report of vandalism at Après Ski Way and Village Drive. Male passengers were on the bus yelling. They got off and broke a window. Officers are trying to locate the males.

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Winding road brings Moffat County judge to bench

Moffat County Judge Sandy Gardner's ambitions have taken her down a long and winding road, but her legal aspirations started with a jolt of adrenaline and a bungee jump.

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Filthy Children brings gritty, dirty funk to Steamboat

When Jenny Anderson returned to Denver to go back to work as the vocalist for the seven-piece funk band Filthy Children, it was with renewed vigor for the lifestyle of a traveling live musician.

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Routt County events calendar for Feb. 24 to March 1

Live-tronic band Zoogma plays a show at 10 p.m. Sunday at The Tap House Sports Grill with LED lights by AudioPixel.

Vail Resorts expands its holdings

Vail Resorts expanded its stable of ski resorts to seven Wednesday, signing an agreement to buy Kirkwood Mountain Resort south of Lake Tahoe for $18 million.

Hieb given 30-day sentence for theft

Jonathon Hieb was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in Routt County Jail for stealing from a fellow downtown business owner.

Steamboat lodging occupancy appears soft for next week

The year-over-year lodging occupancy forecast for this weekend is down despite the incredible snowfall during the past week. Numbers are down for mid-week, too, as compared with 2011.

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No reports of damage in Steamboat despite strong overnight winds

About 500 Yampa Valley Electric Association customers in Routt County felt the brunt of strong winds that came through the region early Thursday.

Wednesday, February 22

Steamboat girls basketball falls in 1st round of playoffs

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team’s season came to an end Wednesday with a 48-32 loss at Mountain View.

Roadless rule changes would impact Routt National Forest

The future management guidelines for thousands of acres of roadless land in the Routt National Forest are due to change next month pending a decision by the Obama administration.

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Hayden's HiWay Bar prepares for grand reopening

Hayden’s HiWay Bar will make a lot of noise on Jefferson Avenue on Saturday night when it hosts a grand-reopening party.

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Ski Corp.'s Snowball Grants benefit 4-H, Integrated Community

An award reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Mountain View Foyer at The Steamboat Grand.

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Dog team shows South Routt students what Iditarod is all about

The dogs from Double T Kennels almost made as much of a commotion as the South Routt Elementary School students, who took a little time from their school day Wednesday to ride behind a team filled mostly with Iditarod finishers.

The Record for Feb. 21

2:09 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a person who thought his or her phone and Internet lines had been tapped in the 2900 block of Après Ski Way.

NTSB investigation into Hayden plane crash to focus on weather

An investigator said Wednesday that the Cessna 414A that crashed at Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Sunday afternoon, killing two people and injuring four others, did not have its landing gear down.

Oak Creek Town Board to discuss personnel policies Thursday

The Oak Creek Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday with the majority of its time devoted to a work session on personnel and policy guidelines for town employees.

Stranded snowmobilers rescued near Freeman Reservoir

Three Moffat County teens were recovering Monday after spending Sunday night stranded in Routt National Forest north of Craig.

Steamboat skiers Cota, Deneen set for podium seasons

Thanks to a huge weekend, a pair of Steamboat Springs moguls skiers should finish on the moguls World Cup season-ending podium.

Steamboat's Jarryd Hughes continues snowboard cross onslaught

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club member Jarryd Hughes continues his climb in snowboard cross, registering a 10th-place finish at a World Cup event in Stoneham, Quebec, the first World Cup start of his career.

Mainstreet Farmers Market likely won’t expand

The Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Farmers Market likely won’t expand this summer after the organization that promotes downtown was told it couldn’t expand onto the Routt County Courthouse lawn.

Vail to buy Kirkwood Mountain Resort at Lake Tahoe

Vail Resorts has agreed to buy Kirkwood Mountain Resort at Lake Tahoe, Calif., for about $18 million.

Avalanche danger upgraded to high in Steamboat area

Avalanche forecaster Spencer Logan, of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, said Wednesday that this might be a good winter for backcountry skiers and snowboarders to rethink the urgency that pulls them into the high country.

Our View: Peddling petals

During a week when white once again has become Steamboat’s favorite color, the community is fortunate there were a few among us who had their minds on the reds, pinks, greens and yellows of summer.

Tuesday, February 21

Steamboat girls hoops face Mountain View on Wednesday

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team (12-10) opens the first round of the Class 4A State basketball tournament at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Mountain View (11-12).

Steamboat boys basketball falls in opening round of playoffs

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team couldn’t overcome a slow start Tuesday, falling, 42-37, to Evergreen in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

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Hayden boys hoops cruises to 73-53 win against Soroco

Despite twice rolling over rival Soroco earlier this year, Hayden High School boys basketball coach Mike Luppes made sure his team was focused on Tuesday’s opening round of the district tournament.

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Hayden girls basketball narrowly escapes Soroco

Now, that is a rivalry game — the grandeur, both sides decked out and the gym so loud no one could hear. And unlike the first two matchups between the Hayden High School and Soroco High School girls basketball teams, this one lived up to the billing.

State oil, gas official open to water testing

Thom Kerr, the interim director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, told a group of about 80 people at the Routt County Courthouse on Tuesday night that baseline testing of groundwater quality is in the best interest of energy exploration companies.

The Record for Feb. 20

1:14 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to help Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters with a request for an ambulance on Pine Street. A 21-year-old Steamboat woman was arrested on suspicion of being a fugitive of justice.

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Hayden plane crash investigation ongoing as family continues recovery

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday morning concluded their on-site inspection of the plane that crashed Sunday at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, killing two people.

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Record snowfall helps segments of Steamboat's economy

Steamboat Smokehouse owner Fritz Aurin said the snowstorm that has left behind more than 3 feet of snow in the past two days is nothing but good news, not only for him but also for many local businesses.

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Emily Krall to launch environmental literacy program in Steamboat

Emily Krall recently moved back to Steamboat to launch an environmental education program. Called BookTrails, the organization aims to foster a love of reading, as well as outdoor recreation and stewardship.

Brenda Rader Mross: Support Alzheimer’s

How can it be that a year has passed since Mom died? After a two decades-long descent into dementia, dependence and debilitation, Dorothy is free from Alzheimer’s, but her survivors aren’t.

Matt Enochs: Policy premise flawed

Put me down as being very disappointed in the new commenting policy on

Leslie Lovejoy: An end to the sleaze

Thank you to Brent Boyer and the Steamboat Pilot & Today for taking a stand by eliminating the anonymous commenters.

Maynard Short: Kudos for change

Thank you for having the courage to eliminate anonymous posters from

Steamboat freestylers rip up Durango, Quebec

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle moguls team notched a pair of podium finishes during the weekend at the Durango Freestyle Open.

Doug Monger: Thumbs up on policy

I have been reading the comments on the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s new online policy, and I wanted to say that, as an elected official, I totally agree with the new policy.

Steamboat briefs: Sheraton partners with recycling organization

Sheraton Steamboat Resort has partnered with Clean the World, a charitable organization that recycles discarded hotel soap and bottled shampoo products, according to a news release.

Downtown Steamboat flower donor sparks community support

A prospective Steamboat Springs resident challenged the community to raise the funds needed to save the downtown flower baskets. A handful of community members and businesses delivered.

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Joanne Palmer: My itchy trigger finger

Just as I finished eating one of my all-time favorite meals (bread and butter), I opened an email from my sister encouraging me to read a review of the new diet book “Bread is the Devil: Win the Weight Loss Battle by Taking Control of Your Diet Demons” by Heather Bauer and Kathy Matthews.

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Tom Ross: Put Monday's presidential pow in your snow diary

When it comes to memorable powder days, the cliche “epic” rolls off the tongue pretty easily. And by all accounts, the deep, presidential Monday at Steamboat Ski Area was everything that the “E” word implies.

Record-day powder videos from Steamboat Springs

A compilation of YouTube videos from a record-setting powder day in Steamboat on Feb. 20, 2012.

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Ski area could see another 4 to 8 inches through Wednesday night

It is almost as if Mother Nature knew she had some catching up to do. From noon Sunday to noon Tuesday, Steamboat Ski Area had measured 40 inches of snow at midmountain and had 27 inches in a 24-hour period.

Routt County hosts state energy officials

Routt County officials will meet with a representative of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in a public hearing Tuesday to address conditions the county is considering adding to requirements for energy exploration permits.

The Record for Feb. 19

12:19 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to help a motorist at Seventh and Oak streets.

Steamboat briefs: Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus

Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for the week of Feb. 20

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Survivors of YVRA plane crash heal as loved ones remember the deceased

On Sunday, Hans Vandervlugt, 75, was flying Scott and Gaby Humpal and their three children from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Steamboat Springs for a ski vacation. The plane crashed, killing Gaby Humpal and injuring Scott Humpal, sons Tad, 18, and Dillon, 13, and daughter Sara Humpal, 10.

Monday, February 20

No. 10 Steamboat boys basketball to meet No. 7 Evergreen

The 10th-seeded Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team opens the state tournament with a game at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Evergreen.

Hayden boys basketball will meet Soroco

For the third time this season, the cross-county rivals will meet on the basketball court. This time, however, it’s in the opening round of the district tournament.

Hayden girls basketball to face Soroco

If nothing else, Tuesday’s game between the Soroco and Hayden girls basketball teams should be an entertaining spectacle.

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Tom Ross: Nero fiddled, I prefer to nibble

I finally re-balanced my 401K on Friday, and now I’m praying for Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti to save the world’s economy and my retirement fund along with it.

Jimmy Westlake: Time to take up the slack

Have you ever wondered why February has only 28 days most years but occasionally has 29 days, as it does this year? This whole leap year thing started back in the days of the Roman Empire under the reign of Julius Caesar.

Brent Boyer: Eliminating online anonymity

New policy will not allow anonymous comments on

The change is the culmination of years of discussion about our online forum and how best to create a vibrant place for readers to share opinions, debate issues and otherwise engage in the news.

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Weather changed dramatically just before plane crash

A snow squall reduced visibility to near zero minutes before the crash that killed two and injured four others. Sara Humpal, 10, was transported to Children's Hospital in Denver today. Her father and two brothers remain at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

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Steamboat Ski Area says 27 inches in 24 hours is a single-day record

Bryan Baker said not many days during his 11 years living in Steamboat Springs were as good as Monday.

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Forecasts call for week full of snow in Steamboat

A storm that started dumping several inches of snow on Steamboat at about 3 p.m. Sunday was expected to leave 6 to 12 inches of snow on the mountain before clearing up Monday morning.

4 Yellow grant applications accepted till 4 p.m. Monday

Grant applications for the 4 Yellow foundation will be accepted from organizations that provide cancer services or support cancer initiatives in Steamboat Springs.

Oil and gas symposium set for Hayden

As Northwest Colorado prepares for a potential energy boom, two Yampa Valley organizations are hosting a symposium to discuss how oil and natural gas exploration might affect Moffat and Routt counties.

Demong leads US Nordic combined team

Billy Demong stayed on a hot streak Sunday, notching a 10th place finish in a World Cup event in Klingenthal, Germany, leading the way for a strong showing by the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team.

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Luke Graham: Challenge accepted

Last week, I called out the student sections at all three Routt County schools. I challenged them to make their respective gyms hell to play in, not the borefests they seemingly had become.

Steamboat basketball teams make state tournament

A key win against rival Moffat County was just what the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team needed to clinch a spot in the state tournament. A loss against the Bulldogs didn’t prevent the Sailors girls from getting a ticket to the dance, either.

Sunday, February 19

County agenda for Feb. 20 and 21

County agenda for Feb. 20 and 21

Monday Medical: Exercise can boost heart health

February is American Heart Month. Medical experts report that although heart disease is widespread, there are things we can do to decrease our risk.

Deb Babcock: Caring for your cactus

You’d think that with our very dry environment here in the Steamboat area that desert cactus would thrive in our homes, where it is protected from the brutal cold of winter.

The Record for Feb. 18

12:55 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a complaint about noise on Buckingham Lane.

Police: Woman arrested on suspicion of DUI after incident involving a gun

A woman told officers she was trying to stop her friend from driving drunk when the woman displayed a handgun and then drove away. The woman, Dr. Kelly Victory, disputes the charges.

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Identities of plane crash victims confirmed by officials

The private plane was en route to Hayden from Texas when it crashed short of the runway during a snowstorm Sunday afternoon. The four survivors were rushed to Yampa Valley Medical Center, where three are in fair condition and one is in critical condition. Two people died in the accident.

Saturday, February 18

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Late-match dramatics can’t land a title for Hayden's Chad Terry

Wrestling on Saturday in the championship final, Chad Terry put on a show that brought the 15,000 fans packed into Denver’s Pepsi Center to their feet, strangers who may not even know where the town of Hayden is were screaming as the final seconds of the final period of Terry’s final match ticked away.

John F. Russell: Mayer doesn't forget Olympic glory

Ten years ago on the slopes of a resort in the mountains east of Park City, Utah, a young freestyle skier named Travis Mayer stepped into the starting gate at the Olympics and captured the spirit of Steamboat Springs.

Our View: Smooth landing for YVRA

Eleven years of work came to a ceremonial conclusion when 200 or so people turned out at Yampa Valley Regional Airport for an official “grand re-opening” of the airport. It was a fitting tribute to those whose perseverance has resulted in a first-rate regional airport.

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Steamboat resident maintains zeal for life after paralysis

Things go quiet, and there is a sense of unease. But Rebecca Shephard doesn’t pause or hesitate. She’s been here before, explaining a life-changing event to someone who doesn’t know and is uneasy about asking.

The Record for Feb. 17

12:06 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers sent foot patrol to Ski Time Square.

The Jail Report for Feb. 11 to 17

The Jail Report for Feb. 11 to 17

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Good times roll at Steamboat's Ski Mardi Gras

Stepping along with a lively rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In,” about 50 people, costumed in feathers and jester hats and draped in strings of plastic beads, made their way through the base area at Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat hockey rallies but can't seal win against Ralston Valley

Team preps for playoff matchup

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team made a furious comeback Saturday and rang a shot off the post in the final five seconds in a 5-4 loss at Ralston Valley.

Soroco boys basketball loses lead, falls in overtime

The Soroco boys basketball team can blow games open, score 26 points in the second quarter like it did Saturday against Vail Mountain and even look like an upper-echelon team. But then it can frustrate, blow a 14-point halftime lead and somehow find a way to lose, 69-63, in overtime.

Soroco girls basketball to meet Hayden again Tuesday

They have done it twice before, so why the heck not a third time. The Soroco and Hayden High School girls basketball teams will tangle for a third time at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hayden, this time in the opening round of the district tournament.

Joel Reichenberger: Role grows on Bruggink

Although Soroco High School senior Lauryn Bruggink didn’t accomplish what she set out to, it would be a mistake to say she accomplished nothing at all.

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Lowell Whiteman School welcomes international student from China

Sitting in a cabin at Whiteman on Wednesday, the Yampa Valley’s newest international student said he’s learning new words, making new friends and trudging on his way to class through powder that never coated his hometown in China.

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Donors give new life at Steamboat blood drive

Steamboat Springs blood drives have their regulars, and organizers are hoping to attract a few new ones.

Steamboat firefighter schedule changes follow seasonal demand

Staffing reductions not to affect response times

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue officials said they don’t think reduced seasonal staffing will affect response times or the department’s ability to respond to multiple emergencies.

Freestyle skier Jeremy Cota lands in 2nd place in Japan

Steamboat Springs freestyle moguls skier Jeremy Cota finished second on Friday in a World Cup event in Naeba, Japan.

Steamboat's Bryan Fletcher leads US Nordic Combined Ski Team

Steamboat Springs’ Bryan Fletcher led the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team on Saturday in Klingenthal, Germany, posting a 15th place finish.

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Tom Ross: Strong men, stronger grips

Have you ever had your hand nearly mangled in a crushing handshake from a well-meaning farmer or rancher? I have.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Feb. 19

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Feb. 19

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Karen and Mix Beauvais voted Ski Mardi Gras royalty

Longtime local couple Karen and Mix Beauvais has been voted the Rex and queen of Ski Mardi Gras.

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Couple celebrates anniversary by running 10K in wedding attire

Love the Run You're With Running Series event proves difficult

Melissa Christopherson crossed the finish line of Saturday’s Love the Run You’re With 10K and was more than ready for her part of the wedding anniversary: a drink and a trip to the hot springs.

Steamboat's Ladley 2nd at snowboarding World Championships

Even without some of the top tricks, Steamboat Springs’ Matt Ladley finished second Saturday at the inaugural World Snowboarding Championships in Oslo, Norway.

On the Market: Prudential Steamboat adds a mobile website

Prudential Steamboat adds a mobile websitePrudential Steamboat Realty announced this week the addition of a real estate search engine tailored specifically for mobile devices — specifically smartphones.

Real estate transactions for Feb. 10 to 15

Real estate transactions for Feb. 10 to 15

Wages steady, but total jobs down in Routt County

The latest employment information from Yampa Valley Data Partners shows that the number of jobs in Routt County is at its lowest level since 2001. However, average wages, when adjusted for inflation, have grown steadily.

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Unique properties in Routt County getting impatient for spring

Barring epic snowfall in March and April, the stage is set for the wide-open hay meadows wrapping Steamboat Springs to shed their cover of snow early and begin greening up in early May.

Hayden boys basketball team wins through forfeit

That was the easiest yet most frustrating win the Hayden High School boys basketball team has had all year. Hayden was supposed to play Vail Mountain at home Friday. The only problem was Vail Mountain didn’t show up.

Soroco boys basketball beats De Beque, 76-71

The Soroco High School boys basketball team beat De Beque, 76-71, on Friday. The Rams got big games from Nic Paxton and Ryan Jeep in the win.

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Ann Coulter makes priorities clear at event in Steamboat

Controversial conservative commentator Ann Coulter told a crowd in Steamboat Springs on Friday that the only thing she cares about is November’s presidential election.

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Steamboat girls basketball done in by slow 3rd quarter against Moffat

There certainly were moments when you could see the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team playing with Moffat County. Then there were stretches like the third quarter, when Moffat County proved its a worthy Western Slope League co-champion in a 48-35 win.

Friday, February 17

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Steamboat ski teams take 2nd at state

The Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls ski teams each finished second at the Colorado High School State Ski Championships in Beaver Creek.

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Steamboat boys team downs Bulldogs, 57-49

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team put the final touches on its regular season resume Friday, downing Moffat County, 57-49.

Zoe Taylor takes 1st in Telemark World Cup event

U.S. Telemark Ski Team member Zoe Taylor, 16, skied to first place in the World Cup parallel sprint classic at Steamboat Ski Area on Friday. Taylor is the first American woman to make the top of the podium since Cody Thompson, of Whitefish, Mont., won a classic race in 2000.

The Record for Feb. 16

12:05 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers investigated a suspicious car at the Stock Bridge Transit Center.

Colorado avalanche center issues warning about slide danger

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued a special avalanche warning for the mountains of Colorado through 10 a.m. Monday.

Steamboat briefs: Local Civil Air Patrol cadet is selected for leadership academy

Cadet 2nd Lt. Noah Gibbs, of the Steamboat Springs Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, has been selected to participate in the Civic Leadership Academy from Feb. 25 to March 3 in Washington, D.C.

Routt County school lunch menus for Feb. 20 to 24

Routt County school lunch menus for Feb. 20 to 24

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Steamboat's Chris Painter to receive 2012 Hazie Werner Award

Chris Painter, who nurtured a vision for a 21st-century public library in Steamboat Springs for more than a decade, will become the 24th recipient of the Hazie Werner Award for Excellence.

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New Orleans Suspects get a fresh musical start, head to Steamboat

With members from Outformation, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Radiators and the Neville Brothers, the Suspects sound suspiciously like a New Orleans supergroup.

Donor for downtown Steamboat flower baskets emerges

Richard Thompson, of SoHo, N.Y., said he would contribute one-third of the first $10,000 for the flower baskets and their watering, but he challenged other residents, businesses and organizations to provide the rest.

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Hayden's Terry charges into state wrestling finals

Senior is lone Tiger to remain perfect in bid for championship

Thrice denied, Hayden High School senior Chad Terry earned the chance Friday to wrestle for the state championship that’s seemingly been on his fingertips his entire career.

Thursday, February 16

Steamboat briefs: Girl Scouts Cupcake Gala is at the library on Feb. 26

The Girl Scouts 100th anniversary Cupcake Gala is from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Steamboat’s Anna Marno makes World Junior team

For the second straight season, Steamboat Springs Alpine skier Anna Marno has been named to the U.S. Alpine Junior World Championship Team.

Steamboat school changes name as part of new effort

Steamboat’s Christian Heritage School is now Heritage Christian School.

Hayden gravel route nears approval

Town Council members, gravel truck operators reach preliminary agreement

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday night supported a preliminary agreement with Breeze Basin Resources that would pave the way for the company’s heavy gravel trucks to travel on one of Hayden’s busiest streets on the way to U.S. Highway 40.

Soroco girls basketball to face Battle Mountain

The Rams have locked up the No. 5 seed in the 2A Western Slope League.

Soroco boys basketball has 2-game weekend

Playing two teams below it in the standings, the Soroco High School basketball team has a chance to go on a little roll before the Class 2A Western Slope District tournament begins.

Hayden boys basketball to meet Vail Mountain

The Hayden boys basketball team could secure the second seed in the 2A Western Slope District tournament with a win against Vail Mountain.

Steamboat hockey faces Ralston Valley

The good news is the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team has ensured itself a playoff berth. The only thing to decide is where the Sailors will be seeded.

Steamboat girls basketball matched up against Moffat

Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball coach John Ameen firmly thinks his team already has locked up one of the 48 spots in the Class 4A basketball tournament.

Steamboat boys basketball to face Moffat on Friday

At least history is on the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team’s side. Traditionally, four teams from the Western Slope League have made the Class 4A state playoffs.

Steamboat ski teams cruise at state

The Steamboat Springs High School Alpine girls and boys teams each sit in first place after the giant slalom portion of the Colorado High School Skiing State Championships on Thursday in Beaver Creek.

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Cookbook to commemorate 100 years of Routt County Fair

There’s some time until the 100th anniversary of the Routt County Fair in 2014, but some already are working to commemorate it.

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New Orleans music to take over Ski Mardi Gras

Every Mardi Gras that he can remember, Ian Neville could hear the marching bands warming up from his house in downtown New Orleans.

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Soroco's Tristan Palyo among 5 locals in state wrestling quarterfinals

Soroco senior Tristan Palyo is about as cool a customer as they come, so when he started his wrestling season with back-to-back losses, he didn’t panic.

Lodging numbers up for holiday weekend in Steamboat

The Chamber is forecasting overnight occupancy Saturday of 13,100 guests, about 1,000 more than were expected Presidents Day weekend last winter.

Ken Collins: A matter of safety

Here’s how it looks to me: Republican House members think that fume-spewing oil rigs and their accompanying cesspools of toxic sludge ponds of carcinogens at a distance of only a football field from schools and playgrounds is safe.

David Moss: Birth control 'dust-up'

The purpose of this letter is to discuss, as simply as I can, the recent “dust-up” about birth control in this country. I am using the comprehensive definition of birth control that includes contraceptive devices (pills and condoms), the morning-after pill and abortion.

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Walk-up lift ticket prices increase at Steamboat Ski Area

A midseason increase means the price of a single-day lift ticket at Steamboat Ski Area has surpassed the $100 plateau for the first time. The new prices take effect Friday and represent a $6 increase from the previous price of $99 per day.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Does anyone out there care?

In January, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to visit with numerous representatives from our Colorado congressional delegation and from major farm organizations.

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Routt County events calendar for Feb. 17 to 23

Josh Weathers and the True Endeavors play three nights of funky rhythms and energetic blues at The Tugboat Grill & Pub this weekend.

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Flight for Life adds a Learjet

In mid-January, Flight for Life Colorado added a Learjet 35 to its fleet. The Learjet was added to provide better service on flights longer than 400 miles from Centennial Airport south of Denver and will back up the King Air on shorter flights.

The Record for Feb. 15

12:05 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of people who were throwing snowballs and had broken a car windshield at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. No suspect information was available.

Laura Tyler: Understanding socialization and your dog

We sometimes hear comments from new students about how they want to socialize their dogs. It’s important to note that socialization is a very broad term that encompasses far more than exposing your dog to other dogs.

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Tracy Stoddard named Strawberry Park principal

Tracy Stoddard will become Strawberry Park Elementary School’s new principal next school year. She currently serves as the assistant principal for Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools.

Church vandal told at sentencing Thursday to stay on medication

The Routt County District Attorney’s Office hopes supervision will keep a Steamboat Springs man on his medications and prevent him from committing more crimes.

Final 2011 sales tax report confirms growth in Steamboat

The city collected about $2.7 million more in 2011 than it projected to and about 4.4 percent ahead of 2010 numbers.

Steamboat school district drops kindergarten funding request

The Steamboat Springs School District's request for $240,630 would have made the district’s full-day kindergarten program free to parents next school year.

Wednesday, February 15

Adult league soccer scores for Feb. 7 and 9

Adult league soccer scores for Feb. 7 and 9

Hitchens Brothers Wednesday Night Jump Series results for Feb. 15

Hitchens Brothers Wednesday Night Jump Series results for Feb. 15

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Yampa Valley Regional Airport terminal expansion complete

A crowd of almost 200 people turned out at Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Wednesday night to mark the completion of 11 years and $26.2 million of passenger terminal improvements.

Groups work to save downtown Steamboat flower baskets

A couple of local organizations are working to save the flowers that accent downtown Steamboat Springs throughout summer.

Steamboat’s Parks readies for state wrestling

The first thing that jumps out about Nathan Parks is his analytical approach to things. He’s calculated. He thinks about things.

Love the Run You’re With race set for Saturday

Don’t worry, powder hounds. She wasn’t complaining. Lisa Barbour just said the Howelsen Hill course set for this weekend’s Love the Run You’re With 10-kilometer race was just about perfect before the snow gods finally smiled on Steamboat Springs.

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Craig police officers recognized for efforts in house fire

Tears flowed Tuesday night at Craig City Hall as three Craig Police Department officers were recognized for their efforts to save a local resident from a burning home.

Early registration for Steamboat Pentathlon ends Thursday

Thursday is the last day for discounted registration for the 21st annual Steamboat Pentathlon. Beginning Friday, the cost to register increases by $20.

Local half-pipe riders register top finishes in Snowbasin

Several Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders had stellar outings in the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals in Snowbasin, Utah.

Steamboat snowboarder Jarryd Hughes gives breakout performance

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboard cross competitor Jarryd Hughes had a breakout performance during the weekend, finishing third at the Canyons Grand Prix Boarder Cross event in Park City, Utah.

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Soroco wrestlers Bruggink, Palyo gear up for state tournament

The goals now are mixed and mashed with Soroco senior Lauryn Bruggink combining maturity with appreciation, ambition with respect.

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Hayden hopes to extend wrestling title streak

Tormented Chad Terry gears up for final shot at state championship

It’s the kind of title that serves as a compliment and a reminder. At 3 p.m. Thursday, 224 Class 2A wrestlers will take to the mats at the Pepsi Center in Denver, all battling for the state championship in their weight classes.

Steamboat high school skiers prep for state

If the Steamboat Springs High School Alpine team skis like it has the past couple of months, the Sailors likely will come home with multiple podium finishes during the state championships that begin Thursday at Beaver Creek.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center debuts new training aids

New education tools at Yampa Valley Medical Center will help train staff members with treating serious medical issues only sometimes seen at a rural hospital like the medical center.

Steamboat briefs: Community blood drive is from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday

A community blood drive is from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

The Record for Feb. 14

Midnight Steamboat Springs Police Department officers spoke with a person in the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue who said someone pushed him to the ground while waiting for the bus. There was no information about the suspect.

Oak Creek resident Tom Thurston’s Iditarod send-off is Thursday

Oak Creek musher Tom Thurston is set to depart for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska with a send-off party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Steamboat elementary science fair a stimulating academic affair

What happened inside two plastic bottles mounted together with plumber’s tape, rubber cement and a quarter-inch washer captivated Jack Houlihan’s friends Wednesday at Soda Creek Elementary School.

Parks and Recreation Commission to discuss fee waiver process

Issue then will be placed on March City Council agenda

The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission will suspend waiving fees for users of city fields, facilities and rooms until after commission members and the City Council can discuss it further.

Tuesday, February 14

Hayden School Board to begin calendar discussion

The Hayden School Board will begin discussions about the district’s 2012-13 calendar during its meeting Wednesday night.

Sign up for Steamboat ‘Hunger Games’ challenges

Represent your district in Steamboat’s “Hunger Games” on March 16 and help fight world hunger.

The Record for Feb. 13

1:45 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious person in the 300 block of Ore House Plaza. A person said a man was outside and trying to enter the unit with a key. Officers followed foot tracks to another unit, and officers think the man was trying to enter the wrong unit accidentally.

Routt County Board of Commissioners passes chip-and-seal resolution

After discussions that stretched throughout months and continued into the eleventh hour Tuesday, the Routt County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution calling for smaller, bicycle-friendly three-eighths-inch gravel to be used in future chip-and-seal treatments of all county roads.

Steamboat City Council approves firefighter schedule change

The Steamboat Springs City Council approved the schedule that will reduce staffing at certain times in April, May, October and November.

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Madi McKinstry impresses at Telemark World Cup in Steamboat

Madi McKinstry came into this week’s Telemark events in Steamboat Springs having never finished on the podium in a World Cup.

Steamboat’s Whitecotton bowls 821 series Monday

Steamboat Springs bowler Dewey Whitecotton understands what it takes to roll a perfect game, but he also understands that there are other milestones when it comes to the sport of bowling.

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Verizon Wireless asks for Routt County customers' help with tax issue

Verizon Wireless officials said Tuesday that the company’s billing systems are capable of differentiating between city and county addresses but that they need their customers to update their account information to ensure accuracy.

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North Routt Community Charter School earns prestigious award

North Routt Community Charter School learned last week that its small group of middle school students earned the campus a prestigious state recognition with its performance on last year’s Colorado Student Assessment Program.

Our View: City should have acted

The city of Steamboat Springs should have notified residents that some county residents were being charged city sales tax on their monthly Verizon Wireless bills.

Steamboat girls Nordic team place 4th in classic race; boys finish 5th

The Steamboat Springs High School girls Nordic team finished fourth and the boys finished fifth Saturday at a 5-kilometer classic race in Aspen.

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skiers pick up 2 podiums

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club postgraduate freestyle mogul skiers Sophia Schwartz and Reed Snyderman each picked up podium finishes Tuesday in a dual moguls NorAm event at Apex Mountain Resort in British Columbia.

Steamboat cross-country skiers notch top finishes in Aspen

Several local cross-country skiers notched top finishes during the weekend at events in Aspen.

All but 1 flight arrived at Hayden during Tuesday’s storm

In spite of bouts of heavy snow in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday, nine of 10 scheduled commercial airline flights made it in and out of Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Lisa Brown: The heart of the matter

People have good hearts, bleeding hearts, they can break hearts, wear hearts on their sleeves and sometimes they do, or do not, have the heart for something. Our culture’s many idioms reflect the integral nature of this powerful muscle to one’s wellbeing.

Steamboat's Education Fund Board to weigh grant requests

Routt County educators will learn Wednesday night which of their grant requests to the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board will survive the first round of the Fund Board’s vetting process.

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Snowfall lifts Steamboat's spirits

As of 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, the ski area had received 28.5 inches of snow at midmountain in the past seven days. That’s 5 inches more than what the ski area saw the entire month of December, and it’s a good portion of January’s total of 39 inches.

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Joanne Palmer: I’m addicted to Google

Google has got me in its clutches, and I can’t escape. I am a compulsive Google Girl. I love Google. I am obsessed with Google. I am completely and utterly hooked on it.

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Jimmy Westlake: Stalking the unicorn

If you were a constellation made of very faint stars and didn’t want to draw attention to yourself, there couldn’t be a better spot for you to hide than among the brilliant stars of winter.

Monday, February 13

Steamboat School Board backs health care clinic

The Steamboat Springs School District is moving forward with a plan to soon add to their district a health clinic that would serve as an additional benefit for their employees.

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Some Routt County residents wrongly paying Steamboat sales tax

Each month Rob Douglas pays a city sales tax on his Verizon Wireless bill — it was $2.55 in February. But there’s a problem. He doesn’t live in Steamboat Springs city limits. Douglas is among an unknown number of county residents who, because they still have a Steamboat zip code, are assessed a sales tax it doesn’t appear they should have to pay.

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Tom Ross: Just a dirt bag local skier

I was returning from a rewarding powder skiing expedition to Walton Peak during the weekend when a young stranger referred to me as “a dirt bag local.” I chose to take it as a compliment.

Steamboat City Council to review winter air service agreement

Council on Tuesday night will consider an amendment to the winter air service contribution agreement between the Local Marketing District and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

The Record for Feb. 12

1:39 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters and mental health professionals were called to a request for an ambulance. An intoxicated man was released to a sober friend.

Telemark World Cup Classic results

Telemark World Cup Classic results for Monday

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Routt County educators welcome No Child Left Behind exemption

Routt County school district leaders are welcoming news that they now will adhere to a single accountability system after the Colorado Department of Education learned last week that it will receive a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Family mourns Craig resident Patrick Hunter

Hunter, 75, dies after being reated for smoke inhalation after house fire

A 75-year-old Craig man authorities pulled from a home fire last week died Friday in Aurora, a family member said Monday.

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Routt County commissioners to finalize chip-and-seal policy

Acknowledging that Steamboat Springs has a growing reputation for hosting major competitive and recreational cycling events, the Routt County Board of Commissioners is preparing to put a crunchy issue to rest Tuesday.

2012 Winter Carnival street events results

Complete results from Saturday's and Sunday's street events, including skijoring, the donkey jump and the shovel race.

Steamboat Ski Area opens Pioneer Ridge for first time this season

The Pony Express lift is up and running, meaning expert terrain like Fetcher Glade and Royal Flush is now open to skiers and riders.

Sunday, February 12

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Luke Graham: No home advantage for Routt County teams

Bluntly put, the student bodies at all three schools leave a tremendous amount to be desired as fans. This, for whatever reason, has become common-place in Routt County.

Steamboat briefs: Routt County Council on Aging selling meal punch cards

The Routt County Council on Aging is offering meal punch cards.

Steamboat School Board to discuss health care clinic

The Steamboat Springs School Board will meet Monday night in a workshop to discuss a proposal to add a health care clinic to their school district as early as next school year.

Monday Medical: Eating well can improve heart health

As you may know, heart disease is the leading cause of death of men and women in the United States. The American Heart Association says about 80 million adults in the U.S. have at least one form of heart disease.

Deb Babcock: Find your garden’s zone

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently updated its map of the country’s planting zones — the first update since 1990.

County agenda for Feb. 13 and 14

County agenda for Feb. 13 and 14

The Record for Feb. 11

12:39 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers cited a person for public urination in an alleyway near the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue.

USASA slalom and giant slalom results at Copper Mountain

USASA slalom and giant slalom results at Copper Mountain

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Gelande jumpers soar again in Steamboat Springs

Wilson wins 9th title at Howelsen Hill

The 15 men of Sunday’s Alpine Ski Flying Championships laughed and joked at the bottom of the jump at Howelsen Hill just as they had at the top. They swapped hearty handshakes and crowded together tight for a group photo, young and old beaming as snow fell in Steamboat Springs.

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99th annual Winter Carnival comes to a close

Street events, Diamond Hitch Parade complete 99th Winter Carnival

The final hours of the 99th annual Winter Carnival on Sunday were preceded by a firework display and the Lighted Man presentation on Howelsen Hill on Saturday night. Sunday’s events included an obstacle course, and one race that had dogs and dads pull children on sleds towards a finish line.

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Ruthie Foster returns to Steamboat with Paul Thorn

Ruthie Foster returns to Steamboat to play a show at Strings Music Pavilion on Tuesday — Valentine’s Day — with Paul Thorn opening.

Young girl hurt in crash Saturday in good condition

The crash occurred at about 1 p.m. on County Road 55. The driver was issued a summons for careless driving causing bodily injury.

Saturday, February 11

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Soroco girls basketball falls short against Meeker

Meeker did just enough Saturday in Oak Creek, withstanding a blistering Soroco start to pull out a 44-43 win.

Meeker routs Soroco boys basketball, 70-43

For those unable to witness just how good the Meeker boys basketball team is, let Soroco boys coach Sam McLeod explain.

The Record for Feb. 10

5:10 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies helped a driver at mile marker 61 of Colorado Highway 131.

The Jail Report for Feb. 4 to 10

The Jail Report for Feb. 4 to 10

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Hayden girls set to kick up feet after booting West Grand

Scoreboard watching is typically a habit a team will deny, but by concluding its regular season Saturday afternoon with a 72-31 shellacking of West Grand, the Hayden High School girls basketball team doesn’t have much else to distract itself with.

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Hayden boys basketball avenges January loss to West Grand

Hayden senior Hunter Johnston helped the Tigers to a crucial Western Slope win against West Grand, 61-55, on Saturday night. Johnston finished the game with a career-high 22 points.

Delta rolls past Steamboat girls basketball, 54-32

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team lost to Delta, 54-32, on Saturday.

Hayden wrestlers have a big day, to send 7 to state

The Hayden Tigers wrestling squad had seven athletes qualify for the state meet in Denver later this week.

Steamboat boys hoops falls late in Delta, 61-44

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team played well for three quarters Saturday in Delta before falling, 61-44, to the Western Slope League-leading Panthers.

Steamboat Alpine skiers finish 2nd in Aspen

The Steamboat Springs High School Alpine boys and girls ski teams each placed second on Friday at a slalom race in Aspen.

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Weather affecting Steamboat ski shops

Ski sales are down; tunes, clothes, sunglasses up

Ski Haus owner Rod Schrage is one of several local ski shop owners and managers whose businesses are relying on alternatives to typical winter sales of skis, snowboards and related gear because of little snow, warm weather and sunny skies this season.

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Tom Ross: Carnival tradition changes with time

Having participated in the preparation of a few Winter Carnival special editions over the course of three decades, I decided to dig into the archives to see what I could find.

Steamboat hockey snags key win against Monarch

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team remains in the playoff hunt after an 8-5 defeat of Monarch on Saturday.

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Craft is close to heart of fishing’s allure for Steamboat outdoorsmen

More people may fish in the summer, but now’s the time to prepare. Fly tying may not be new, but opportunities to do it yourself are popping up all across Steamboat with options for classes at Straightline Sports and Steamboat Flyfisher.

Joel Reichenberger: View on interviews

An interview Wednesday with Casey Williams, of the Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team, turned awkward for me, and it had nothing to do with singlets or a 10-second pin.

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Soroco wrestling sends 2 to state tournament

The Soroco High School wrestling team Saturday qualified a pair of athletes to next weekend’s state tournament in Denver, Lauryn Bruggink and Tristan Palyo eeking into the tournament thanks to wins in huge, pressure-packed matches.

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Steamboat wrestler Nathan Parks qualifies for state

Nathan Parks used to be a skier. Now the 120-pound Steamboat Springs High School wrestler is a state qualifier. Parks, who made it to Saturday’s semifinals, lost his first match of the day before picking up a pin in the third and fourth place match to qualify.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Feb. 12

Happy birthday to Mindy Yoast, Tim Redmond and Zoe Flannery.

Our View: TIC’s presence is important for Steamboat

The Industristrial Company formally has acknowledged that it plans to maintain a strong presence here into the foreseeable future. That’s great news for the community.

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Fresh snow in Steamboat welcomes Winter Carnival street events

More than 400 children filled the street for more than two hours as they were pulled by horses in skijoring, tied to their friends and siblings for the three-legged race, and sipped hot chocolate while cheering on their friends.

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77-unit condo building in Steamboat returns to city planning process

A resort condominium project envisioned for Burgess Creek Road in 2007 has returned to the city planning process with plans for 77 units in a building just north of the existing Bronze Tree project.

On the Market: Colorado Group Realty affiliates with worldwide network

Colorado Group Realty recently was awarded affiliate status in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and its luxury network, Luxury Portfolio International.

Entry-level homes drive average price, unit volume for 2011

Homes priced for less than $200,000 dominated transaction volume in the Steamboat Springs Multiple Listing Service in 2011, but there aren’t as many of those condos available for sale in the first quarter of 2012 as there once were.

John F. Russell: Racing into the future

It’s no big secret that the Soda Pop Slalom is one of the coolest races of the season in Steamboat Springs. It mixes two of our town’s favorite things — cute kids and snow. How could you go wrong ?

Snow in the forecast for Sunday

Another couple inches of accumulation are possible downtown after midday Sunday. The chance of snow continues into early next week.

Steamboat Winter Carnival Bumps & Jumps Competition results

Steamboat Winter Carnival Bumps & Jumps Competition results

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3 intertwined Colorado bands coming to Steamboat

In the next week, three different bands will play three different venues on three different nights. But they all have something in common: They’re all members of the Frogs family.

Friday, February 10

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Hayden boys basketball team burns by Soroco, winning 69-53

A Hayden team beset by widespread sickness came out red hot and made quick work of the Soroco Rams, finishing off a season sweep of the series, 69-53.

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Size wins out for Hayden girls basketball against Soroco

The Hayden Tigers proved again, as they have through most of the season, that they had a nearly foolproof bailout system. The girls basketball team won, 62-52, against Soroco.

Steamboat girls hoops keeps playoffs hopes alive with win

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team kept its playoff hopes going Friday with a rugged 34-24 win at Palisade.

Steamboat boys basketball picks up big win against Palisade

The Steamboat Springs High boys basketball team continues to confound. Steamboat went to league leading Palisade and came away with a 46-43 win.

Steamboat briefs: Telemark World Cup set to run next week in Steamboat

The Telemark World Cup is from Monday through Feb. 18 in Steamboat Springs

The Record for Feb. 9

1:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers stopped a car at Pine Grove Road and Rollingstone Drive and gave the driver a ticket.

Routt County wrestlers eye state after Day 1 of regionals

The Hayden Tigers advanced six wrestlers to Saturday’s semifinals and has four wrestlers still alive in the consolation bracket after the first day of the regional wrestling tournament Friday at Grand Junction Central High School.

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Steamboat Ski Area enters another decade with Vintage Ski Race

Vintage ski races are much more than novelty acts. If you pay attention and ask a few nosy questions, you can observe how throughout the decades, equipment has dictated the technique a skier must use to initiate a turn.

Steamboat hockey falls in Chatfield

The road to the postseason just got a little tougher for the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team. Needing all the wins and points it can get, Steamboat stumbled Friday in Chatfield, falling 7-1.

Power goes out in west Steamboat because of a blown fuse

At about 7 p.m., power went out to some west Steamboat Springs residents because of a blown fuse. Most customers had electricity back about an hour later.

Oak Creek’s Dawn Smith will leave the Town Board

Oak Creek Town Board member Dawn Smith has submitted a letter of resignation stating her intent to step down from the Town Board.

Lincoln Avenue will be closed for Winter Carnival

Lincoln Avenue will be closed from Fifth to 11th streets Saturday for the Winter Carnival street events. Lincoln will reopen at about 12:30 p.m. after crews push the snow to the side of the street, according to the city.

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Feb. 13

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Feb. 13

Multiple sclerosis fundraiser returns to Steamboat

Vertical Express for Can Do MS back for 28th year

The 28th annual Vertical Express for Can Do MS returns to Steamboat on Feb. 26. This year’s event will feature a Super G race down the Sitz and See Me ski runs and an afternoon skills competition.

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‘Vagina Monologues’ fundraiser in Steamboat enters 2nd year

The second annual V-Day Steamboat Springs will feature about 20 women reading excerpts. Performances are at 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

More snow headed Steamboat's way

Winter weather advisory is in effect for Mount Werner until 9 a.m. Saturday. Accumulating snowfall expected in town during the day and Saturday night.

Steamboat briefs: Brooke Metzler is named council’s Teen of the Month

Brooke Metzler, a junior at Steamboat Springs High School, is the Steamboat Springs Teen Council’s Teen of the Month for February.

Thursday, February 9

Oak Creek Town Board amends land-use code

On Thursday night, the Oak Creek Town Board voted, 3-1, to approve an ordinance amending the town’s land-use code.

Tina Kyprios announces candidacy for District 2 commissioner

West Steamboat resident Tina Kyprios confirmed Thursday that she is in the process of filing the necessary paperwork to run as a Republican challenger to incumbent Routt County District 2 Commissioner Doug Monger in the fall election.

Steamboat lifeguards acted quickly in rescue

Firefighters confident CPR was effective

Lifeguards working Wednesday at the Old Town Hot Springs provided precious minutes of life support to a woman who went into cardiac arrest.

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New bill would ease sales for local food producers

A new bill working its way through the Colorado Legislature could make it easier for some local food producers to take part in Steamboat’s Farmers Market every summer.

Lea Treanor: For all-day kindergarten

I wanted to respond to the article in the Steamboat Today regarding the full-day kindergarten program that Superintendent Brad Meeks is recommending be paid for by the Fund Board and available to all kids no matter what their socioeconomic status.

Jennifer Schubert-Akin: Setting it straight

I would like to take this opportunity to address some of the concerns expressed by fellow citizens in recent letters to the editor regarding The Steamboat Institute.

Steamboat's Chocolate Soup shifts concept to concentrate on macaroons

The success of Chocolate Soup’s wholesale macaroon business has led owner Lisa Ciraldo to scale back the local commercial operation.

The Record for Feb. 8

1:20 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a woman’s husband missing from the the 700 block of Oak Street.

Aspen looks to offset lodging costs for Pro Cycling Challenge

Aspen again is expected to provide 700 rooms to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, the bike tour that will make its second run through the state in August, but this time, it’s up to the community to compensate hoteliers for a portion of their costs.

Feds take custody of suspects

Charges for alleged crimes at murder-suicide scene in Grand County

Kimberly Mae McCaffery, 35, and Jerod Morris Reeves, 29, have been charged in U.S. District Court in Denver with four federal crimes: bank fraud, conspiracy, fraud with identification documents and unlawful transportation of a firearm. The charges stem from crimes Reeves and McCaffery allegedly committed after fleeing the scene of a father-son murder-suicide on Grand County Road 102 near the Trough Road in December.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Let it snow in Northwest Colorado

Although it might be hard to believe it’s winter right now, our calendars tell us it is. The below-average snowfall and above-average temperatures this season just haven’t provided that winter feel.

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Routt County events calendar for Feb. 10 to 16

The 99th annual Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs runs through Sunday, and includes the Lighted Man ceremony and plenty of street events.

Steamboat boys basketball face Palisade, Delta this weekend

The team is in a reversal role as a playoff spoiler. Palisade and Delta both sit atop the Western Slope League, battling Eagle Valley for a league championship.

Steamboat girls basketball could improve playoff chance

Traditionally, the Western Slope League girls get four teams in the playoffs. Steamboat is fourth in the conference and still has a realistic shot at making the postseason.

Steamboat hockey plays Chatfield, Monarch this weekend

It’s only the most important stretch of the season for Steamboat. The team is tied with Chatfield for sixth in the Foothills Conference standings and sits one spot behind Monarch.

Steamboat Nordic skiing heads to Aspen

Much like the Alpine team, the Nordic team preps for one last meet before the state meet takes place Thursday and Feb. 17 at Battle Mountain High School.

Steamboat Alpine ski team primes for state

This event serves as the last chance to qualify for the state meet. The Steamboat Alpine team has dominated most of the season, each week having multiple skiers finish on the podium.

Soroco boys basketball looks for big wins

The boys will have to play a near-perfect weekend to come away with wins. Meeker features arguably the best collection of players in the league.

Soroco girls basketball face 2 tough games

The Rams likely will need to split the tough weekend to remain near the top of the 2A Western Slope League.

Hayden boys basketball get another chance at Soroco

The Hayden boys easily beat Soroco the last time the two teams played. Hayden seems to be finding its stride at the right time in the season, thanks in large part to one of the deepest teams in the league.

Hayden girls basketball preps for Soroco, West Grand

The Hayden girls ran away in the first matchup with Soroco. But the two teams are battling to get into the top four in the league standings.

Winter Sports Club moguls team picks up 2 podiums

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club post-grad freestyle moguls team picked up two more podium finishes Thursday at a NorAm event in Telluride.

Steamboat's Emily Hannah places 26th at the Scandinavian Cup

In the first 15-kilometer race of her life, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country skier Emily Hannah finished 26th on Thursday in Madona, Latvia. She finished almost five minutes behind the eventual winner, Norway’s Martine Hagen.

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Telemark World Cup returns to Steamboat Springs

Races start Monday and run through the week

The Telemark World Cup is continuing its globe-trotting trek with a stop in Steamboat Springs. The week begins Saturday with an opening ceremonies event and kicks into high gear Monday and Tuesday.

Lisa Mason: My journey with Zoey

She walks stiffly now, each step disconnected. Her movement is concentrate and cautious, as if she no longer trusts her balance and is uncertain about where her feet will land.

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Santora brothers share passion for electronic music at Steamboat show

Tony, a DJ and Steamboat resident of seven years, and Vince, a San Francisco-based electronic music producer, will play a rare show together Friday night at The Tap House Sports Grill.

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Boulder band Monocle brings meditative harmony to Steamboat

Boulder singer-songwriter Monica Whittington says writing music is like opening a diary. And onstage, she finds performing with her band, Monocle, a calming and Zen-like experience.

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TIC to maintain Steamboat Springs presence into foreseeable future

The company that was founded here in 1974 will keep about 145 employees at its west Steamboat complex, an official confirmed Thursday. TIC once had as many as 220 employees based in Steamboat Springs.

Schaffrick working to recover from knee injury

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Maddy Schaffrick found out a week before the Winter X Games that she had a torn meniscus in her right knee, but on the heels of her best season to date, Schaffrick said she wanted to close out her season at the X Games.

Occupancy appears strong for Winter Carnival weekend

About 11,000 guests are expected to sleep in Steamboat Springs lodging properties this Saturday.

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7 inches of new snow brings smiles to skiers' faces

The Steamboat Ski Area received 7 inches of new snow by Thursday afternoon at mid-mountain and the summit. More snow is in the forecast for this weekend.

Wednesday, February 8

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Cause of fatal Craig fire undetermined

Preliminary reports suggest Tuesday night’s fire in Craig that killed resident Ursula Hunter was accidental. A definitive cause has not been determined.

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Regionals loom for Routt County wrestlers

The Steamboat, Hayden and Soroco wrestling teams travel Friday for the first of their regional tourneys: the Sailors to Eagle Valley and the Tigers and Rams to Grand Junction.

Steamboat briefs: Success Steps luncheon to start at 11:30 a.m. Thursday

A Success Steps luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Steamboat Smokehouse is titled “Human Resources Basics for Entrepreneurs.”

The Record for Feb. 7

12:32 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted the driver of a suspicious car in the 800 block of Howelsen Parkway.

Woman suffers from heart condition at Old Town Hot Springs

A woman thought to be in her early 60s was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center and was being flown to a Denver hospital after suffering from a heart condition Wednesday afternoon in the Old Town Hot Springs pools, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Lt. Michael Arce said.

Freestyle moguls skiers register top finishes in Telluride

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club postgrad freestyle moguls team began a busy February on Wednesday with a NorAm event in Telluride.

Adult league soccer scores for Jan. 31 and Feb. 2

Adult league soccer scores for Jan. 31 and Feb. 2

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Snowboarder Soderholm earns back-to-back gold at Revolution Tour

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarder Haille Soderholm won a pair of gold medals last week at a Revolution Tour in Ostego, Mich.

Slope-style skiers shine at Winter Park event

Local skiers recorded a series of top results during a Rocky Mountain Series United States of America Snowboard Association slope-style event Saturday at Winter Park.

Steamboat skiers Hannah, O'Connell finish in top 40 in Latvia

Competing in their first international competition, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country skiers Emily Hannah and Mary O’Connell both registered top-40 finishes Wednesday at the Scandinavian Cup in Madona, Latvia.

Steamboat to continue discussion about firefighter salaries

The Steamboat Springs City Council heard about firefighter salaries Tuesday, and it’s far from making a decision.

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Eugene Buchanan: Time for a trade show trek

Live in Ski Town USA and there’s a good chance either you or someone you know heads down to the annual SnowSports Industries America (SIA) trade show every January in Denver.

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Snowpack is unlikely to recover

Future powder days won’t significantly impact water content

There remains ample time for Steamboat Ski Area to experience some memorable powder days this winter, but the chances that the snowpack in the surrounding mountains can climb to average levels are dwindling fast.

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Finney Legacy Fund established in honor of late Steamboat artist

The Finney Legacy Fund was established just days after Jack Finney’s death to carry on his legacy and love of art. The fund will support Steamboat Springs High School’s request for an art gallery space.

Steamboat schools receive Lowe’s grant funding

Two grants will allow the school district to create an outdoor classroom for middle school students and a scene shop for the high school theater program.

Barb Parnell: A lunchtime yardstick

Beginning in July 2013, all schools will be required to offer a more nutritious array of foods for students.

99th Winter Carnival schedule

99th Winter Carnival schedule of events

Bond set at $10K for man accused of distributing child porn

Assistant District Attorney Brett Barkey said charges have not been filed. He did not want to discuss details about the case because documents related to the case have been sealed.

Survey shows matching priorities between city, some Steamboat residents

According to results from the city’s online “Dollar Game,” the budgeting priorities of many of the residents who took the survey match those of city officials.

Steamboat City Council addresses issue of governance

Task force to be formed to discuss fire, emergency services

Steamboat Springs City Council members gave an informal go-ahead Tuesday to forming a four-member task force to address how local fire and emergency services are managed.

Tuesday, February 7

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Craig woman killed in fire identified

Ursula Hunter, of Craig, was killed in a house fire Tuesday night on Woodland Avenue in Craig. Patrick Hunter, was taken to The Memorial Hospital in Craig. A status on his condition is not available.

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Routt County Republicans favor Romney in precinct caucuses

Mitt Romney was the clear winner of the Routt County Republicans’ presidential preference poll in the precinct caucuses Tuesday night.

Soroco boys hoops struggles in 78-66 loss to Vail Christian

The Soroco boys basketball team played markedly better than the first time the team played Vail Christian. But the Rams still struggled in transition, falling, 78-66, on Tuesday.

Soroco girls basketball sneaks past Vail Christian, 49-45

The Soroco High School girls basketball team snuck by Vail Christian on Tuesday, winning, 49-45, in overtime.

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Steamboat win keeps hockey team in the playoff mix

On senior night at Howelsen Ice Arena, the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team left little doubt about its skill with an 8-0 win against Columbine.

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Bulb Eater provides environmentally friendly option for disposal

Local recycling advocates say Routt County is now a little friendlier to the environment thanks to the Bulb Eater.

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For 14th Judicial District Judge Shelley Hill, it’s fairness, impartiality and integrity

Six years after earning a political science degree, Shelley Hill had a job working for the U.S. Department of Energy and an important decision loomed.

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Routt County group plans campaign to curb prescription drug abuse

Routt County’s Grand Futures Prevention Coalition will use a $5,000 grant it received last year and funds from the Colorado Department of Behavioral Health to launch a campaign to curb prescription drug abuse in the Yampa Valley.

Snowpack declining in southern Colorado

Heavy mountain weather in January helped reverse some of the poor snowpack conditions in major basins on the west side of the Continental Divide. However, conditions worsened in the Arkansas and Upper Rio Grande basins in southern Colorado.

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Rex Gill’s nostalgic photography shares history of Yampa Valley

Reginald “Rex” Gill was the quintessential mountain man, a ski bum far ahead of his time, and Tread of Pioneers Museum curator Katie Adams said his work is a glimpse into a remote and soulful aspect of Yampa Valley history.

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Steamboat business owner opens bakery

The Bakery will offer breads, pastries and other baked goods, in addition to lunch and dinner

A friend of Doug Matthews had a dream about opening a bakery in Steamboat Springs. So Matthews did. Matthews opened The Bakery, 1117 Lincoln Ave., on Monday.

Steamboat man suspected of distributing child porn

Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies served an arrest warrant Tuesday afternoon for a 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man suspected of distributing child porn.

Steve Lewis: Is fracking safe?

Fears have merit if they are connected with vulnerability, and let’s face it, U.S residents who live near fracking operations have every right to feel defenseless.

Sue Beauregard Rife: Thanks for Howelsen

Good, old-fashioned, down-home skiing still exists, and our family feels so fortunate to continue to experience it.

David M. Goldberg: Nonpartisan, really?

Steven Hofman’s recent letter (“On enrichment,“ Feb. 2 Steamboat Today) claims that the Steamboat Institute is a nonpartisan organization. A perusal of the Steamboat Institute’s website would dispel that myth rather quickly.

Our View: All-day kindergarten worthy of funding

Funding a full-day kindergarten program for Steamboat students would be an excellent use of Steamboat Springs Education Fund dollars.

Steamboat briefs: Account opened to aid man with expenses after crash

Oak Creek native John Lipsie, 20, was in fair condition Monday in a Texas hospital after a car crash Thursday night in Livingston, Texas, that killed the driver and also injured a 16-year-old girl.

The Record for Feb. 6

12:49 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of noise in the 1000 block of High Point Drive. Officers gave a warning.

Steamboat's Bill Stuart likely to fill Local Marketing District board opening

The LMD board is the group responsible for oversight of public tax dollars dedicated to commercial air service at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Steamboat School Board adopts 2012-13 calendar

After little discussion, the Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night adopted a calendar for the district’s 2012-13 school year.

Steamboat School Board questions request for support for kindergarten

A Steamboat Springs School District request that the Education Fund Board provide $240,630 to support the district’s full-day kindergarten program was met mostly with concern Monday night by the School Board.

Monday, February 6

BLM to hold meeting about sage grouse in Craig

The Bureau of Land Management will hold a meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the BLM Field Office in Craig, 455 Emerson St., to hear from the public about its district-wide greater sage grouse planning effort, according to a news release.

Steamboat briefs: Republican caucuses are scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday

Routt County’s precinct caucuses begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at locations throughout the county.

The Record for Feb. 5

12:12 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint at Eighth and Yampa streets. Officers issued a warning to people who were screaming and yelling.

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Steamboat relies on manmade snow for Winter Carnival events

Most of the snow for this year’s Winter Carnival street events will be manmade, and that’s not as unusual as one might guess.

Steamboat City Council to consider new fees

Revenues expected to cover staff costs, not add to bottom line

The Steamboat Springs City Council will consider first readings of two new fees that city officials say are intended simply to cover the costs of processing those requests.

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Jimmy Westlake: A river of stars

The very familiar star pattern of Orion the Hunter is found overhead at 8 p.m. in early February. The bright stars Betelgeuse and Rigel at his shoulder and foot, respectively, join the three stars in a row marking Orion’s Belt to form one of the most widely recognized star patterns in the entire sky.

Oak Creek native in fair condition after fatal car crash in Texas

John Lipsie had recently moved with family to Texas. He was the passenger in a BMW involved in a deadly accident Thursday night in Livingston, Texas.

Demong ends World Cup podium drought

The U.S. Nordic combined skier placed third in Val di Fiemme, Italy, on Sunday. It was the highlight of an all-around good day for the Americans, including three Steamboat Springs skiers.

Sunday, February 5

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Luke Graham: Steamboat hockey starting to play well

It very well could come down to mid-February to decide the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team’s playoff fate. The team sits just one spot out of the last playoff position.

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Nordic combined team named to compete at Junior Nationals

Regional squad to compete in Utah

The J1 and J2 skiers who will compete at the Junior Nationals in Park City, Utah, for the Rocky Mountain Division were selected and the team was announced Sunday afternoon.

County Agenda for Feb. 6 and 7

County Agenda for Feb. 6 and 7

Steamboat briefs: Aging Well workshop to focus on self-management

Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, offers Healthier Living Colorado, a self-management workshop for adults 18 and older coping with chronic illnesses or health problems.

Colorado oil and gas commission director resigns

David Neslin has resigned his position as Director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to return to the practice of law effective in February, according to a press release from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

The Record for Feb. 4

1:33 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 23-year-old Steamboat woman in an alley near the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue on suspicion of second degree assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest and obstruction of a peace officer. Police said they found the woman, who they suspected to be intoxicated, wandering around, yelling and screaming. The woman was uncooperative when contacted, and police said she punched and kicked one of the arresting officers.

Jan McLeod: The exemplary catalog garden

In the middle of winter, thumbing through catalogs is one of the best ways to have an exceptional summer garden, where all the plants are lush and full and their leaves are green and flawless, vegetables are profuse and perfectly formed and trees and bushes grow and flourish.

Monday Medical: Learning more about diabetes

People have many questions and misconceptions about diabetes. Here are some of the more common ones, along with some answers.

Steamboat School Board to adopt school calendar

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night will decide which of two proposed calendars their school district should adopt for the 2012-13 school year.

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Artwork adds to Yampa Valley Regional Airport

Doris Mayhan looks to land more artwork in Hayden airport

Sitting in a long row of empty seats near the gates, Yampa Valley Regional Aiport Business Manager Doris Mayhan examined a row of the quilts hanging around her. The quilts are an early step in Mayhan’s plan to land more artwork in the airport.

Saturday, February 4

John F. Russell: Waiting for Olympic magic to unfold

Believe it or not, in just 732 days, the spotlight will fall on the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. It may seem like a long time, but for the young athletes hoping to earn a spot in Sochi, Russia, the clock already has started to tick.

Chuck Abbott: Quacks like a duck

Accolades to Ken Collins for his letter to the editor in the Jan. 31 Steamboat Today stating what must be on the minds of many Steamboat Springs residents: Why would anyone want to bring Ann Coulter, who can only spew vitriolic venom, to speak here?

Our View: Pay freeze has long-term impact

As it enters the fourth year of employee furloughs and pay freezes, the city must be wary of the long-term impact staff compensation issues can have.

Soroco girls basketball easily beats West Grand

A night after playing poor and winning, the Soroco High School girls basketball team not only won Saturday evening, but did so while playing well. The Rams picked up a 68-44 win against West Grand.

Steamboat Nordic combined athletes shine on home hill

Weekend of Nordic combined action to wrap up with Sunday’s team announcement

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes dominated the podium Saturday during a Nordic combined Rocky Mountain Division Junior National qualifier at Howelsen Hill.

Soroco boys basketball struggles in West Grand

The Soroco boys basketball team started and finished well. It was those two pesky quarters in between that decided Saturday’s game at West Grand. Soroco struggled in the second and third quarters, falling 61-48.

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Steamboat hockey outlasts Dakota Ridge, 5-3

It wasn’t until things seemed as dark as possible — victory too distant to imagine in a must-win game Saturday for Steamboat — that the Sailors found their very best hockey. The Sailors won when they had to and scored when they had to for a 5-3 victory.

Hayden girls play well but fall against Paonia, 83-65

When is an 18 point loss a good thing? On Saturday, apparently. Hayden went to district leading Paonia and fell 83-65.

Hayden boys bounce back, win against Paonia

A night after struggling with the other team making runs, the Hayden High School boys basketball team led wire to wire Saturday, downing Paonia, 75-67.

Steamboat Nordic teams place in top 3

The Steamboat Springs High School Nordic teams each placed in the top three Saturday at a meet in Breckenridge.

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Learning how to snowboard a step-by-step process

I had forgotten how fun it can be to learn to do something like snowboard, that sense of exhilaration that rushes through the body when an instructor’s advice works just as promised.

Joel Reichenberger: Wrestling duals a relic

The Hayden High School wrestling team emerged the winner in duals against Steamboat Springs and Soroco. But those scores don’t mean much of anything.

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Education more accessible to winter athletes through technology, tenacity

With new classroom technology and a tenacious effort by teachers to accommodate the schedules of their athletic students, much has changed for the Yampa Valley’s aspiring Olympians.

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Tom Ross: Teddy dispatched mountain lion with knife

Theodore Roosevelt may be the namesake of the teddy bear, but he was anything but cuddly when it came to his mountain lion encounters on Colorado’s Western Slope.

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US Congressional candidate offers ideas for job creation

Democratic candidate Sal Pace told a group of about 20 people Saturday that he anticipates a close race in an effort to unseat Republican incumbent Scott Tipton.

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Snow drawings leave a lasting impression on Steamboat

The snow was light and soft underfoot, reflecting the bright noon sun as 10 snowshoers picked their way carefully through a wide-open meadow atop Rabbit Ears Pass.

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Steamboat fire issues back on table at City Council meeting

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, several fire-related issues will be discussed starting with presentations from Public Safety Director Joel Rae and district President Kathy Connell.

Steamboat girls basketball downs Eagle Valley

The Sailors went up and down the court on Saturday, literally running away with a 56-26 win against Eagle Valley.

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Steamboat boys basketball can't overcome Eagle Valley

A night after giving Battle Mountain its first league win of the year, the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team went to the wire with one of the top teams in Eagle Valley. But the Sailors lost, 46-44, against the Devils.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Feb. 5

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Feb. 5

The Jail Report for Jan. 28 to Feb. 3

The Jail Report for Jan. 28 to Feb. 3

The Record for Feb. 3

2:18 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a fight in progress at 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue. The fight had broken up when officers arrived.

US Nordic combined teams finish 6th, 10th at World Cup

The two-man team of Billy Demong and Bryan Fletcher combined Saturday to finish sixth in a team event at World Cup in Val di Fiemme, Italy.

Friday, February 3

Steamboat's Chix with Stix sweep ski town rivals

Steamboat’s Chix with Stix women’s hockey team rallied last weekend with big wins at home against rival teams from Vail and Breckenridge.

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Hayden girls basketball roars in home victory

Koehler cashes in for 32 points, 13 rebounds against Plateau Valley

A crushing second- and third-quarter run against Plateau Valley on Friday helped the Hayden girls basketball team bounce back from a home loss.

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Plateau Valley shoots by Hayden boys basketball

Friday night’s game between the Hayden and Plateau Valley boys basketball teams was one of streaks. The Cowboys had the first streak, the last and too many in the middle, however, ending Hayden’s six-game winning streak, 79-66.

Soroco girls basketball struggles but comes back with win

Soroco played poorly and shot downright awful but still managed to come away with a 46-36 win Friday at North Park.

Soroco boys hoops rolls to victory against North Park

Soroco established forward Ryan Jeep early and let Nic Paxton take over late and ran away with a 75-44 win Friday at North Park.

Battle Mountain downs Steamboat boys basketball

The Battle Mountain Huskies boys squad entered the game Friday night without a Western Slope League win, yet were able to do enough to down the Steamboat Sailors, 55-54.

Steamboat girls basketball bounces Battle Mountain

Despite struggling on offense, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team downed Battle Mountain on Friday, 42-28.

Real estate transactions for Jan. 27 to Feb. 2

Real estate transactions for Jan. 27 to Feb. 2

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Fannie and Freddie own 39 properties in Steamboat

Most of the inventory is at the low end of the price spectrum

Among the 62 foreclosed homes actively listed on the local real estate market, 39 are offered by the federally sponsored mortgage packagers Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

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Intrawest CEO says company has diverse revenue streams

Intrawest CEO Bill Jensen told an audience at The Steamboat Grand this week that his company is fiscally strong and he expects that measurement of the company’s strength to continue to improve during the next few years.

On the Market: Yazbeck leads Coldwell Banker in 2011 sales

Robert Yazbeck was recently named the top-producing sales associate of 2011 in total sales volume for the Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties Steamboat Springs office.

RMD/IMD Junior National Qualifier #3 Nordic combined special jumping results for Feb. 3

RMD/IMD Junior National Qualifier #3 Nordic combined special jumping results for Feb. 3

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Steamboat police Chief Joel Rae calls on Jerry Stabile as captain

Colleagues and friends say Steamboat Springs’ new police captain, Jerry Stabile, is a motivator who has served as a role model for hundreds of local youths.

Airline baggage fees boost ski rental profits

Faced with the increasing cost of transporting equipment, many vacationers are opting to rent the latest ski and snowboarding gear for their stay at a big mountain.

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Steamboat, Hayden bid for state funds to promote creative districts

Steamboat Springs and Hayden are two of 49 cities across Colorado vying for grants to establish and promote “creative districts” to help drive cultural tourism.

Steamboat briefs: Volunteers sought to teach at the 4-H Fiber Arts Camp

The Routt County Extension Office is looking for volunteers to teach fiber skills during the 4-H Fiber Arts Camp on Feb. 21 and 22.

Routt County school lunch menus for Feb. 6 to 10

Routt County school lunch menus for Feb. 6 to 10

The Record for Feb. 2

Midnight Steamboat Springs Police Department officers stopped a car for speeding and arrested a 31-year-old Hayden man on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Former city manager likely to get another loan extension

Alan Lanning unable to sell Steamboat home, repay $133K to city

Former City Manager Alan Lanning has not been able to sell his Steamboat home and thus hasn’t repaid a loan given to him by the city to purchase the house when he moved here.

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Steamboat resident searches for cause of flooding

Ice damming issues build up along Yampa River west of town

A west Steamboat Springs homeowner is dealing with an unexpected issue this year: winter flooding.

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'Draw Me' intertwines work of two similar artists in Steamboat

Where pencil meets paper

With a joint show at K. Saari Gallery this month called “Draw Me,” Renee Fox and Nancy Jeffrey's two styles meet in a symbiosis of soft graphite and saturated colors.

Avalanche survivor shares his story

The survivor of a recent avalanche near Steamboat Springs is sharing his story to raise awareness about the dangerous conditions in Colorado's mountains and the importance of being prepared.

Steamboat's Fletcher leads US Nordic combined skiers in Italy

Athletes competed in a new penalty race format. The U.S. finished with three skiers in the top 25.

Steamboat Sailors hockey game moved because of Front Range snow

Friday's game versus Columbine will be made up Tuesday at the Howelsen Ice Arena. Saturday's home game against Dakota Ridge still is on.

First Friday Artwalk listings in Steamboat for Feb. 3

First Friday Artwalk listings in Steamboat for Feb. 3

Thursday, February 2

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Routt County wrestlers grapple for regionals positioning

Hayden wrestling won both of its duals Thursday, retaining a firm edge on its Routt County siblings, topping Steamboat Springs via a tiebreaker, 35-34, and Soroco via a commanding performance, 42-6.

Hayden takes closer look at gravel route

The Hayden Town Council will take another two weeks to consider a proposed hauling route that gravel trucks would like to use as they travel through Hayden to reach U.S. Highway 40.

Steamboat's Patrick Deneen finishes 4th at World Cup

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club member Patrick Deneen finished fourth Thursday evening at a World Cup freestyle moguls event in Deer Valley, Utah.

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Steamboat residents, former Olympians head to Japan, host Ski 4 Yellow day

Nelson Carmichael, along with fellow former Steamboat Olympian Caroline Lalive and Ski 4 Yellow board members Dave and Aimee Nagel, recently traveled to Japan to visit U.S. troops stationed there.

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New First Friday Artwalk venue Body Graffix fuses tattoo, fine art

Ian Rumley has been showing his tattoo-inspired surrealist paintings as fine art for about seven years, and he has an art show at tattoo shop Body Graffix opening Friday.

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Survey shows pine beetle epidemic slowing

More than 2,000 downed trees cleared from local trails

Forest officials say a 2011 aerial survey helps confirm that the mountain pine beetle epidemic has slowed after devastating 3.3 million of the 24.5 million acres of forest across Colorado. But they caution that the epidemic is not over, particularly on Colorado’s Front Range, and that the effects on forests will be felt for decades to come.

2 Routt County youths to be honored for Youth Corps work

Two Routt County youths will be recognized this weekend as 2011 Corpsmember of the Year award recipients at the Colorado Youth Corps Association’s annual ceremony in Denver.

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Steamboat firefighters recognized at ball

$4,000 raised at this year’s event for community assistance fund

A firefighter who colleagues say consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty was recognized during Saturday’s second annual Fireman’s Ball. For his accomplishments, firefighter Brian Shively was given the Life Saver Award.

Routt County rancher makes national policy committee

Doc Daughenbaugh serving on 2012 national policy group

Doc Daughenbaugh recently was appointed as one of seven members of the 2012 national policy committee for the National Farmers Union.

Steamboat briefs: Grand Futures Prevention Coalition receives grant

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition of Routt County was awarded a $5,000 grant from the American Medical Association Foundation’s Healthy Living Program, according to a news release.

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Routt County events calendar for Feb. 3 to 9

Frogs Gone Fishin', a jam rock band from Vail, returns to Steamboat for a free show at 9 p.m. Saturday at Carl's Tavern.

The Record for Feb. 1

Midnight Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of loud music in the 300 block of South Lincoln Avenue. A warning was given.

BLM’s Resource Advisory Council seeks public nominations

The Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Colorado district seeks public nominations for 10 positions on the Resource Advisory Council, which advises the BLM on public land issues, according to a news release.

Republicans give caucus locations for Tuesday events

Routt County Republicans will hold their caucuses at 7 p.m. Tuesday at locations across the county. All registered Republicans are encouraged to take part in the grass-roots political process.

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Lunafest film festival makes 3rd appearance in Steamboat

The Lunafest film festival will present nine short films at 7 p.m. Friday at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

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Steamboat family kicked out of home by skunk colony

Steamboat residents with wayward dogs are apt to know what it means to get skunked. But few have spent a winter in skunk hell like Old Town residents Mae and Harris Greene and their two children have.

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Adventure Club turns to dubstep with Steamboat show

Montreal residents Christian Srigley and Leighton James have found that their calling isn’t under the strap of an electric guitar but behind the screen of a computer.

Stabile named Steamboat police captain

Steamboat Springs Police Department Detective Jerry Stabile will be the department’s new captain.

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Crossan’s building in Yampa put on Most Endangered Places list

Colorado Preservation on Thursday listed Crossan’s M&A Market in Yampa as one of the year’s Most Endangered Places. The designation helps add to the already burgeoning efforts of a group of Yampa residents who have made the market’s restoration a priority.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Aspens rebounding in Routt National Forest

The quaking aspen is the most widely distributed native North American tree species and is very important to many communities in the West.

Weekend occupancy levels at Steamboat hotels are on par with 2011

About 8,600 guests are expected to spend Saturday night in Steamboat, down slightly from 2011. Wednesday's occupancy, however, will be up from last year.

Big snow headed to Front Range; not much expected in Steamboat

The weekend forecast for the Yampa Valley calls for sunny skies and daytime highs in the low to mid-30s.

Wednesday, February 1

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Retiring Human Resources Director John Thrasher filled various roles with Steamboat

Considering his many roles in Steamboat Springs government, retiring Steamboat Springs Human Resources Director John Thrasher said he actually has enjoyed several different careers here, each with steep learning curves.

$3.7M wish list pitched to Steamboat's Education Fund Board

The Fund Board is projecting it will dole out $2.5 million in grants next school year, a slight increase from this school year.

Adult league soccer scores for Jan. 24 and 26

Adult league soccer scores for Jan. 24 and 26

Ski, bike event heading to Steamboat

Registration deadlines approach for other races

The Steamboat Coureur is a two-day event set for April 7 and 8, but it's just one of a half dozen quickly approaching races for which registration already is open.

Routt County wrestling teams set for Soroco competition

The Rams will play host to a Routt County triangular Thursday, squaring off against Hayden and Steamboat Springs.

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Winter Sports Club snowboarders impress in Breckenridge

Eleven Steamboat riders competed, and 10 of them battled through tough conditions to make a podium at a USASA event in Breckenridge.

Steamboat briefs: Winter Carnival Soda Pop Slalom is 10 a.m. Feb. 10

The 99th Winter Carnival Soda Pop Slalom is at 10 a.m. Feb. 10 on Stampede ski run at Steamboat Ski Area.

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New police Chief Joel Rae takes reins in Steamboat

Steamboat Springs Police Department Detective Nick Bosick said his new boss has the strongest backbone of any man he’s known.

The Record for Jan. 31

12:51 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers stopped a car in the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza and issued the driver a ticket for driving under suspension.

Hayden Town Council to consider creative district funding

Tammie Delaney said Hayden’s historic downtown has the right ingredients to become a thriving creative district. It just needs a little boost to bring it all together.

2011 sales tax collections in Steamboat Springs exceed 2010 totals

Steamboat Springs’ 2011 sales tax collections exceeded those collected in 2010 by 4.3 percent.

South Routt Medical Health Service District board of directors: Attention needed

The boards of the South Routt Medical Health Service District and the Northwest Dental Coalition would like to announce the creation of a collaborative agreement that brings the availability of low-cost dental services to Routt County residents.

Bob and Cheryl Easter: Indebted to Steamboat

We are indebted to many in Steamboat Springs who were involved in our son’s rescue and preliminary treatment before transport to Denver.

Mountain States Cup bicycle race series returning to Steamboat

The Steamboat Springs stop will be July 20 to 22 and will include an endurance race, a downhill race and a Super D competition. The Mountain States Cup last came to Steamboat in 2004.

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Ghost Ranch owner says bar will reopen in the spring

New manager has 30 years of music industry experience

Tonie Roberts has taken the lead of the new management team, which is in the early stages of bringing the Ghost Ranch back to life.

Intrawest CEO: Large on-mountain restaurant will have to wait

Intrawest CEO Bill Jensen said it could be several years before Steamboat Ski Area gets a new $10-million-plus on-mountain restaurant.