News for Saturday, February 4, 2012

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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.