News for Tuesday, February 21, 2012



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.