News for Thursday, February 23, 2012

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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.