Stories for January 2012

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Tuesday, January 31

Air pollution expert: Ozone not yet a threat in Yampa Valley

State officials speak about air, water quality issues related to energy exploration

A state air pollution expert said Tuesday that he doesn’t think the Yampa Valley currently is at risk for the ozone pollution seen in Utah’s Uintah Basin and the Pinedale, Wyo., area.

Our View: BID tax is right move

Kudos to Mainstreet Steamboat Springs leaders for pushing a business improvement district tax for the downtown Steamboat commercial corridor.

Hayden boys basketball rolls past Vail Christian, 88-72

Hayden rolled into town Tuesday and smothered Vail Christian on the boards on its way to an 88-72 win.

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Steamboat wrestling downs Summit in dual meet

The Sailors beat the Tigers on Tuesday and won four of the six head-to-head matches. The match kicks off a big couple of weeks for Steamboat.

Ben Beall: The missing piece

The Board of Commissioners is the only entity that has the responsibility of ensuring that oil and gas development here is compatible with existing master plans, area plans, community plans and land-use regulations. It is with much frustration that residents see the present effort as unsuccessful.

Steven Hofman: On enrichment

Ken Collins’ letter about columnist Ann Coulter’s upcoming speaking appearance in Steamboat Springs contains several incorrect and dubious assertions.

Adult league hockey scores for Jan. 30

Adult league hockey scores for Jan. 30

Steamboat's Tim Magill wins Gelande event

On Sunday, Tim Magill did what he could to advance the sport farther east as he won the Alpine Ski Jumping Eastern Championship in Salisbury, Conn.

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic skiers get top spots in Utah

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country program took 37 athletes ages 8 to 18 to Utah for the annual Inter-Mountain Super Junior National Qualifier.

Steamboat snowboard cross racer Max Miller places 3rd in Michigan

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboard cross racer Max Miller placed third Monday at a Revolution Tour event in Ostego, Mich.

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's moguls skiers show well in Breckenridge

Multiple Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle moguls skiers recorded top finishes during the weekend in Breckenridge. Steamboat was led by Kira Wright.

Steamboat to update salary survey, pay plan

As it continues employee salary freezes, the city of Steamboat Springs hasn’t had retention issues, but Human Resources Director John Thrasher said that isn’t guaranteed to continue.

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Science Explorers a hit with Northwest Colorado students

Julie Dalke said the event allowed youths in rural school districts to have an opportunity to perform meaningful hands-on experiments.

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Child care costs rising in Routt County

Higher prices put strain on parents, providers

Quality child care is a valuable gift for Jennifer Shea and other working parents of children who frequent the Discovery Learning Center in Steamboat Springs on weekdays. But it is a gift with a growing price tag in Routt County.

Drug task force’s arrests, seizures steady

All Crimes Enforcement Team Commander Marvin Cameron met last week with area law enforcement officials to summarize last year’s task force activity on narcotics investigations and seizures.

Moonshine Ski & Dine fundraiser to light up Catamount

For the first time, Saturday’s Moonshine Ski & Dine will be held at Catamount Ranch & Club, and the price has been reduced to $45.

Mary Walker: Driving, snowboarding collide

There are some interesting parallels between drivers in Kenya and snowboarders in Colorado.

Hayden church prepares for April mission trip

Hayden Congregational Church Pastor Janet Babish, Laura Corriveau and HCC member Betty Barnes are preparing to lead a team of 10 volunteers to help the Joplin, Mo., community continue its reconstruction efforts.

Steamboat briefs: Registration is open for open water swim series

Registration opens Wednesday for Old Town Hot Springs’ new open water swim series to be held in July at Bald Eagle Lake.

Steamboat man, 19, arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

A 19-year-old Steamboat Springs man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after police say he had sex with a 14-year-old who was his girlfriend at the time.

Postal Service rejects Phippsburg appeal

South Routt post office among 80 facing closure in Colorado

The Postal Regulatory Commission has denied the appeals of five Phippsburg residents who object to the pending closure of the Phippsburg Post Office.

The Record for Jan. 30

12:47 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken woman who was knocking on a locked door in the 600 block of Pine Street. She was taken to detox.

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Joanne Palmer: Talking part of the trouble with teens

We are on the set of Steamboat’s newest reality TV show, “Who Wants to Live with a Teenager?” We are going to zoom in for a close look at actual dialogue between a mother and her teenage son.

Steamboat teen sentenced to alternative prison program

William Ellifritz, 18, is to serve four years in the CAPS program in Craig. The sentence stems from his involvement in several downtown business burglaries in May.

Monday, January 30

Tuesday marks end of Cervical Health Awareness Month

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering the HPV vaccine for boys and girls ages 11 to 26 for $14 through Tuesday in recognition of Cervical Health Awareness Month.

The Record for Jan. 29

1:03 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Advocates Building Peaceful Communities representatives were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 400 block of Parkview Drive.

Bob De Vries: Common courtesies

Getting out of the post office parking lot can be a real hassle almost any time of the day. I would like to thank those drivers who stopped for a few seconds and let me drive out onto Third Street.

Paul Hughes: The rest of the story

Your Question of the Week for last week asked if changes should be made to Steamboat Springs’ tax structure. The result: 54 percent said yes, while only 32 percent said no.

Ken Collins: Missed opportunity

Political historians have often called the last several years in politics the most divisive since the period leading up to the Civil War in the 1840s and ’50s.

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Steamboat teen honored by Optimist Club

The Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs’ January Teen of the Month is a captain of her high school’s Alpine ski team and an avid swimmer. Mallory Hoots also carries a 3.9 GPA and has coached for the Winter Sports Club since 2007.

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Jimmy Westlake: The roots of Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is coming up this week. The origin of this unusual holiday can be traced back hundreds of years, although not in the same form that we celebrate it today.

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Tom Ross: I want my ski TV

I’m an old wannabe mogul monster with one missing knee, but there’s no doubt in my mind that what Shaun White did in the Winter X Games superpipe finals Sunday night was among the most athletic feats I’ve ever seen on snow.

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January thaw in Steamboat Springs was for real

Average temperatures for the month were about 5 degrees above normal

With Monday’s high temperature reaching 38 degrees, Steamboat Springs was on course to finish January with an average daily high temp of about 5 degrees warmer than average. Through the first 30 days of January, the average daily high was 34.3 degrees.

Farmers Market in Steamboat Springs looks to grow

Mainstreet thinking about expanding, moving annual summer event

It’s just two weeks into the application period for the 2012 Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Farmers Market, and 57 vendors already have submitted applications for 67 booths.

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Routt school districts look to Fund Board for broadband boost

With the addition of SmartBoards, computers, iPads and other electronic gizmos to Routt County public schools comes a new need: increased bandwidth.

Tread of Pioneers Museum receives $50K challenge grant for expansion project

Museum officials say they still need to raise $90,000 before the grant from the Gates Family Foundation can finalize fundraising for the $1 million project in downtown Steamboat.

Sunday, January 29

Monday Medical: Stress can affect heart health

Johnny Fisher would like to spare other Yampa Valley residents from what he calls Phase 2 of a heart attack: the noisy, uncomfortable and expensive helicopter ride to a Front Range hospital.

The Record for Jan. 28

12:29 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a car crash near mile marker 150 of U.S. Highway 40. No other information was available.

Steamboat briefs: Healthier Living Colorado workshop offered Tuesdays

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.

County agenda for Jan. 30 and 31

County agenda for Jan. 30 and 31

Jane McLeod: Potatoes can be buried treasures

Root crops are fun to grow because you never know what you have until you fish around at the end of summer in the dirt to see exactly what each plant has produced.

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Luke Graham: It’s good to have you back in my life, NBA

Before this year, I much preferred the college game to the pros. But something interesting has happened with the NBA and me this year.

Soroco football seniors selected for all-state game

Soroco seniors Joey Anderson and Tristan Palyo were selected to play in the Colorado 6/8-man All-State Football game set for June 2 in La Junta.

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Bruggink leads Soroco wrestling squad at Saturday meet

Lauryn Bruggink led the Soroco wrestling squad Saturday in a tough meet in Center. The Rams senior placed fifth in the 106-pound weight division, the only Soroco wrestler to earn such honors.

Steamboat SmartWool/USCSA men's slalom results for Jan. 29

Steamboat SmartWool/USCSA Men's Slalom results

Steamboat's Matt Ladley places 5th in X Games

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Matt Ladley took a big step forward in his second trip to the finals in the Winter X Games snowboard superpipe event in Aspen. He fell late in his last run through the pipe, however, and came up short of the podium.

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Tennis a family affair for Swiggarts

Steamboat residents recognized as state tennis family of the year

What tennis has meant to the Swiggart family of Steamboat Springs is simple: it is why they are. It’s the sport’s bedrock place in their lives that led the family of four to be chosen as the United States Tennis Association’s Colorado tennis family of the year.

Brent Boyer: What's in a name?

Few newspaper-related issues elicit as much passion from community members as our online comments, and it’s one we find ourselves revisiting often. And we’re doing it again.

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Ski For Women in Steamboat brings in more than $6K for Advocates group

About 50 snowshoers and skiers, some of them costume clad, arrived at a festive and balloon-filled finish line at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center knowing they had supported an important cause. The 11th annual Ski For Women event raised $6,000 this year for Advocates Building Peaceful Communities.

Saturday, January 28

SmartWool USCSA Alpine Race results for Jan. 28

SmartWool USCSA Alpine Race results for Jan. 28

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Soroco boys basketball loses 2nd game during weekend

The Soroco boys again were listless on offense and again they lost, falling at home on Saturday to Paonia, 66-46.

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Turnovers, missed shots doom Soroco girls basketball

Two losses doesn’t make for much of a weekend, but the Soroco High School girls basketball team emerged from Saturday’s showdown against Class 2A powerhouse Paonia with a unique sense of confidence.

Hayden girls basketball stumbles against Rangely

After two weeks of looking like one of the best teams in the Western Slope League and a day after extending a winning streak with the fourth lopsided win in a row, the Tigers stumbled at home against a Rangely squad coming off back-to-back losses.

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Hayden boys basketball team cruises by Rangely

Things continue to come together for the Hayden High School boys basketball team. On Saturday, the Tigers stormed to their fifth straight win, taking out Rangely, 74-60, primarily on the strength of a dominating first half.

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Steamboat couple creates a new product for lost items

Requists to introduce U Grok IT this year

Need help finding your lost stuff? Carrie and Tony Requist did. With three children participating in a variety of activities, their things started to disappear. So the couple who moved to Steamboat Springs in 2000 set out to create a product to find their lost items.

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Tom Ross: Get off your presidential fannies

If you watched Thursday night’s debate from Florida on CNN, you still might be scratching your head and wondering which reality show is more distasteful, “Wife Swap” or “Presidential Fannie Bickering.”

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Steamboat superintendent getting settled in

Meeks explores possibility of adding health clinic to district

Brad Meeks is settling in to his new home. Steamboat’s new superintendent attends Sailors’ sports games. And for Christmas, he received from his eldest son a fly-fishing rod that he expects to break in somewhere in the Yampa Valley.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Jan. 29

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Jan. 29

The Record for Jan. 27

12:21 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers went on extra foot patrol in downtown Steamboat Springs.

The Jail Report for Jan. 21 to 27

The Jail Report for Jan. 21 to 27

John F. Russell: Doing it his way

Getting to the Olympics is a tough road, but it’s even harder for athletes like Justin Reiter who are competing at the World Cup level without the help of the U.S. Ski Team.

Steve Hitchcock: Time well spent

I have always been interested in the issues that face our community. They are varied, challenging, interesting and rewarding to engage.

Lisa Brown: Get moving

The human body is meant to move. Whether your movement of choice is running, swimming, walking, tai chi or gentler movements like yoga, we believe that regular exercise and social engagement keeps you healthy and more independent for a longer period of time. That’s why we created the Aging Well program more than six years ago.

Lynn Abbott: Time for Pilot series

Your recent articles regarding oil and gas development in Routt County bring to mind many questions. It would be marvelous to reap the benefits of new jobs for Routt County and to reduce dependence on foreign oil for our nation, but first we must learn how this would affect our community.

Our View: Dollar Game fun but don’t expect much

The city of Steamboat Springs wants your feedback on city services and costs. Sort of. In reality, it seems what the city really wants from its online survey is to show residents just how hard it is for the city to pay for much beyond essential services. That’s too bad.

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Stagecoach event showcases winter activities

4th annual Cure Your Cabin Fever gets residents outside

About 50 people from throughout the Yampa Valley milled around the Stagecoach State Park marina area for the fourth annual Cure Your Cabin Fever event Saturday morning. The event had free snow bike demos, sleds and snow painting.

Freestyle moguls skier Jeremy Cota takes 2nd at Calgary

On the women’s side, Hannah Kearney won her 12th straight World Cup. Steamboat’s Eliza Outtrim was 10th, and Brittany Loweree was 13th.

Steamboat Alpine ski teams finish 2nd at Loveland

Nederland won the girls meet with a score of 171 points to Steamboat’s 164. The boys team finished one point behind eventual winner Aspen.

Steamboat Nordic skiers see improved results in Eldora

The 5-kilometer classic race in Eldora was highlighted by Martha Anderson’s first-place finish and Peter White's sixth-place finish.

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Protect yourself from avalanches in the backcountry

The best advice, American Avalanche Association President Dale Atkins said, is to wait. Wait until the snow has settled after the big storm when avalanche danger is at its peak.

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Steamboat hockey stays in playoff hunt with 6-1 win

The 6-1 drubbing of Standley Lake announced to the rest of the Foothills Conference that Steamboat could be a tough out should the team get into the playoffs.

Joel Reichenberger: Steamboat wrestling making progress

The Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team was a joke when I first started covering prep sports in the area. This winter, though, the program quickly is growing more powerful.

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Glenwood Springs nearly triples Steamboat girls basketball score

Just about everything went right for the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team Saturday in a 62-21 win against Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat boys hoops falls to Glenwood Springs, 66-50

Glenwood Springs boys basketball ran away with a 66-50 win against visiting Steamboat Springs on Saturday. The Demons, who had lost four of their past five games entering the day, avenged a 61-43 loss to the Sailors on Jan. 6.

Naked man shot with Taser, hospitalized

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers used a Taser on a 24-year-old Steamboat Springs man after he charged at them while naked Friday evening.

Steamboat briefs: City releases full year-to-date financial reports

The city of Steamboat Springs has released year-to-date financial reports for every department.

Routt County school lunch menus for Jan. 30 to Feb. 3

Routt County school lunch menus for Jan. 30 to Feb. 3

The Record for Jan. 26

1:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a drunken person in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive.

Friday, January 27

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Hayden boys hoops bests ice-cold Soroco, 59-40

The Soroco High School boys basketball team remained mired Friday night in a positively frigid slump, and that kept Soroco from contending late in a showdown at Hayden.

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Hayden girls basketball trumps Soroco with team effort

A cold-shooting Soroco squad couldn’t keep pace Friday night as Hayden surged to win in its own gymnasium, 52-35, even with Erin Koehler's early absence.

Steamboat hockey skates to a tie with Mullen

With one playoff spot remaining in the Foothills Conference, each team led multiple times Friday before finally settling on a 5-5 tie.

Steamboat snowboarder Schaffrick struggles at X Games in Aspen

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Maddy Schaffrick struggled on Friday at the Winter X Games in Aspen, failing to land a clean run in the women’s superpipe.

Real estate transactions for Jan. 20 to 26

Real estate transactions for Jan. 20 to 26

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Speaker: Normal home value appreciation could begin by mid-decade

Don’t expect dramatic imp­rovement in the real estate market in 2012, but there’s reason to hope for a return to more normal appreciation in the value of homes by the middle of this decade.

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Peabody Energy gives OK to Sage Creek

Coal contracts are likely to secure hundreds of jobs in Routt County

Peabody Energy ann­ounced this week that it will go forward this summer with plans to move its underground longwall coal mining operation a few miles from its present location in western Routt County to the new Twentymile Sage Creek portal.

On the Market: University of Colorado students scope out town

Forty-two MBA students from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business were in Steamboat Springs on Friday to check out some of Steamboat’s most recent real estate developments and topped their visit off with a panel discussion by four local real state professionals and a lively cocktail hour (or two) at Carl’s Tavern.

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Steamboat Symphony Orchestra Soiree & Swing fundraiser is Feb. 4

The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra Soiree & Swing has become a late-winter tradition, offering a classy but fun way to celebrate and support the orchestra.

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Couple sentenced for Routt County construction scam

Taufens stole an estimated $950,000 from local victims

Two Routt County victims were disappointed to learn Friday that a Kremmling man will not serve time in prison after he stole an estimated $950,000 from them in a construction scam.

Routt County politics kicks into gear in lead up to primary election

America has been focused on the Republican presidential primary race this month, but the local political process is about to kick into high gear. Routt County Republicans will hold their precinct caucuses Feb. 7, with the local Democratic Party to follow suit March 6.

Downtown Steamboat's Chief Plaza theater update moving forward

News delivered at annual Mainstreet meeting

Friends of the Chief has been asked to submit a final application for a U.S. Department of Agriculture loan to convert the theater in downtown Steamboat to a performing arts center.

Wedding Guide: Honeymoon hints

After all the hoopla surrounding your special day, you and your loved one deserve a much-needed break from all that socializing. Celebrating the beginning of married life, just like your wedding day honeymoons should be tailored to both of your interests.

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Wedding Guide: Hot spots to tie the knot

A guide to selecting a wedding location in Steamboat Springs

Walking down the aisle in Steamboat Springs has a different meaning than it does elsewhere. Here, that aisle could be a ski slope, flower-filled meadow, aspen-leafed mountain top or even the Yampa River. And couples have used every one of them for their nuptials.

Page-Allen to ease transition for Yampa Valley Housing Authority

Manager will stay until joining Oak Creek full time

Yampa Valley Housing Authority Manager Mary Alice Page-Allen accepted the Oak Creek town administrator position, but she plans to help her current employer through the transition before she leaves.

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Wedding Guide: Wedding Spotlight on Brian Alpart and Melissa Baker

"Nothing beat having all our family, friends and loved ones with us on one of the best days of our lives."

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Wedding Guide: Wedding Spotlight on Kurt Vordermeier and Stephane Peterson

"Our dinner was amazing and all of our guests commented on it. We also had a reception after-party at the Old Town Pub with a live band, which was the icing on the cake of the best day ever."

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Wedding Guide: Wedding Tales

Break a leg

Eric proposed on the next New Year’s Eve, and we started planning our wedding for that September. On May 16, however, Eric shattered his femur in 12 places horsing around with some friends and was rushed into surgery.

Wedding Guide: Setting a budget

Plan ahead to stay in line with your celebration’s expenses

Even if your nuptials pale in comparison to those hosted by celebrities in Los Angeles and New York City, you still have to plan it down to every penny.

Wedding Guide: Make it a mountain theme

Cowboy boots, wildflowers, river rock all spice-up a wedding Steamboat-style

If you’ve chosen Steamboat Springs for your mountain-themed wedding, you’re already off to a great start, says Lindsey Grannis, owner of wedding planner One Fine Day.

Wedding Guide: Catering tips 101

Bill Hamil catered his own wedding. Twenty nine years later, and with three decades of catering experience under his belt, the Steamboat Meat & Seafood proprietor says he wouldn’t recommend catering your own wedding.

Wedding Guide: Libation Tips

Central Park Liquors has been been doing weddings for 19 years and has a program that calculates the number of drinks per person for the event. Whether you want just beer and wine or a full bar, store owner Greg Stetman says plenty of money can be saved by paying attention to amounts.

Wedding Guide: DJ, bands can keep the party going

Brian Alpart, who runs Campfire Productions and plays under the stage name DJ Also Starring, got a big dose of just how important those services could be this summer when, after DJing hundreds of weddings, he planned one of his own, marrying his long-time girlfriend, Melissa.

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Snowboarding crash severed Aaron Easter's artery

Aaron Easter, the 31-year-old snowboarder who died Tuesday after a snowboarding accident Monday at Steamboat Ski Area, died from a severe carotid artery injury, which led to a heart attack and an anoxic brain injury.

Thursday, January 26

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Locals shine at Hayden wrestling quadrangular

Team scores weren’t kept in what on Thursday was a four-team free-for-all, but wrestlers from Hayden, Soroco, Steamboat Springs and Meeker took turns battling it out in front of the packed bleachers at Hayden High School.

Recent deaths at ski areas a sad reminder

2 avalanche fatalities at ski areas among only 4 in state’s history

The two avalanche fatalities at Vail and Winter Park ski areas Sunday mark the first inbounds avalanche deaths in Colorado since 2006 and are among only four in the state’s modern skiing history.

Oak Creek Town Board hires administrator

Steamboat’s Mary Alice Page-Allen to fill new position

The Oak Creek Town Board on Thursday unanimously approved the hiring of Mary Alice Page-Allen as town administrator after discussing the position in an executive session.

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Steamboat couple expresses heritage through song, dance

Steamboat resident Gary Burman plays music with his wife, Nora Parker, as the Pipedance duo. The pair plays a multitude of string and percussion instruments, re-creating classic folk songs and lively jigs through music and dance.

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Advocates fundraiser enters its 11th year in Steamboat

The 11th annual Ski for Women fundraiser this weekend is just one of many ways the community comes out to support the Advocates Building Peaceful Communities organization year after year.

Steamboat Planning Commission backs changes to development review process

Changes to the city of Steamboat Springs development review process will move forward after the Planning Commission informally supported them Thursday night.

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Routt County events calendar for Jan. 27 to Feb. 2

The 16 dances in the showcase feature nearly 100 girls in grades nine through 12. The event continues at 7 p.m. Saturday in the high school's auditorium.

Knockout game to challenge Steamboat boys basketball Saturday

The winners of the last six Western Slope League championships play what could be considered a knockout game. The loser likely will not make the state playoffs.

Steamboat girls hoops will need to play its best Saturday

Glenwood Springs ran away with the game when the teams played earlier in the season, and Steamboat will have to play its best to keep up this time.

Eugene Buchanan: It’s river permit time

Even with a subpar start to our skiing and riding year, all that snow has to go somewhere come runoff. And when it does, it fuels another sport relying on gravity and precipitation: river running.

Steamboat wrestling faces regional competition

After wrestling twice in Routt County, Steamboat heads to the Front Range to face some regional competition.

Steamboat Alpine skiers look to extend hot streak

The Steamboat Springs High School Alpine ski team looks to continue its hot streak at Loveland.

Steamboat hockey must win this week to keep playoff hopes alive

As the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team makes its second-half push, the Sailors encounter two opponents on opposite ends of the Foothills Conference.

Old Town Hot Springs Trident swimmers excel in Thornton

Three members of the Old Town Hot Springs Trident swim team competed during the weekend in Thornton at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center.

Hayden boys hoops welcomes Soroco for showdown

Suddenly, the Hayden High School boys basketball team has become one of the favorites in the Class 2A Western Slope League.

Hayden, Soroco girls basketball renew rivalry

There’s one game people across the Class 2A Western Slope League will pay attention to Friday night, and it’s taking place at Hayden High School.

Clark's Vista Verde owner dies of meningitis

Routt County memorial service for Throgmartin is Sunday at ranch

A memorial service is being held Sunday in Routt County for a successful Indiana businessman, Jerry W. Throgmartin, who owned the Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Clark.

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Steamboat's Old Town Hot Springs delays fundraising to focus on image

Old Town Hot Springs officials have decided to delay an effort to raise $5 million for renovations and expansion and instead focus their efforts on an education campaign.

The Record for Jan. 25

6:48 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of property that was damaged by a roommate in the 300 block of Fourth Street.

Community Agriculture Alliance: AgrAbility program helping ranchers

AgrAbility is a unique USDA-funded program run by Colorado State University Extension and Goodwill Industries Denver. The program acknowledges the fact that farming and ranching are physically demanding and potentially dangerous professions.

Steamboat nonprofit group hosts film festival to reach new audience

The Steamboat Springs-based nonprofit organization that provides outdoor education for youths and adults is sponsoring the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Depot Art Center.

Lethal avalanche may have caught Fort Collins men just as it began to dissipate

The avalanche that claimed the life of 24-year-old Tyler Lundstedt, of Fort Collins, on Saturday night or Sunday morning started well below the tree line, fell 140 vertical feet and was of moderate power.

Snow expected in Steamboat on Thursday night into Friday

The mountains surrounding Steamboat could receive between 6 and 12 inches of snow by midday Friday.

Wednesday, January 25

Hitchens Brothers Wednesday Night Jump Series results for Jan. 25

Hitchens Brothers Wednesday Night Jump Series results for Jan. 25

Little Vikings Wednesday Night Jump Competition results for Jan. 25

Little Vikings Wednesday Night Jump Competition results for Jan. 25

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Talks about Steamboat business improvement district tax to continue

There was support for and objection to a business improvement district property tax measure this November at the Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Economic Restructuring Committee meeting Wednesday, but everyone agreed that the discussion needs to continue.

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Knoebel officially enters race for Routt County commissioner

On Wednesday, Oak Creek Mayor Nikki Knoebel announced her candidacy for county commissioner at the Routt County Courthouse.

Steamboat mulls development review changes

Proposed changes to the city’s development review process will be up for public discussion at a Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meeting Thursday.

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‘Snow/Crystal’ to offer art exhibit, interactive snow drawing

Snow surrounds us. Its influence permeates the waking life and dreams of those who settle here, the children who grow up here and anyone who tries to leave.

Ski cross athletes show well at Copper Mountain

Leading the way in the Hole Shot Tour NorAm event was Lauren Hurley-Pearson, who finished seventh Saturday and sixth Sunday. On Sunday, Brant Crossan was 15th, and Matt Larson was 32nd.

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Steamboat boarders Ladley, Schaffrick prepare for X Games

Matt Ladley, whose finals in the superpipe are at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, joins fellow half-pipe snowboarder Maddy Schaffrick as Steamboat’s representatives at the Winter X Games.

Man who died in snowboarding accident described as adventurer

The man who died Tuesday from injuries suffered in a snowboarding accident was an adventurous Illinois native seeking happiness in Steamboat Springs.

Hayden plays host to Thursday's wrestling quad

Soroco, Steamboat, Meeker join Tigers

Options to watch local high school wrestling teams have been few and far between in recent years, but Routt County fans are going to get their fill this season.

Oak Creek Town Board to discuss town administrator Thursday

The Oak Creek Town Board will meet Thursday to discuss the sole candidate for the town administrator position.

Construction fraudsters get jail time in Summit County

Separate Routt County sentencing for Kremmling couple is Friday

A Kremmling couple who pleaded guilty to theft after bilking a Summit County woman out of more than $300,000 in a construction scam each was sentenced Monday to jail time and extended stints of probation.

The Record for Jan. 24

6:05 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers helped Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters with a 35-year-old woman having a seizure on Mariah Court.

Steamboat briefs: Local Marketing District aims to fill board vacancy

There is a vacancy on the Local Marketing District board of directors.

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American Legion, VFW donate flags to Steamboat Springs Civil Air Patrol

Lt. Col. Jack Dysart and four cadets accepted the donations of flags from American Legion Post No. 44 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4264 on Wednesday.

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Steamboat girls hoops falls to Moffat

Matt Ray said the Moffat County High School girls basketball team’s game plan heading into Tuesday’s game against Steamboat was to work the ball inside.

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Steamboat boys basketball beats Moffat

The Steamboat boys basketball team made an 11-0 run early in the game against Moffat County and never looked back, winning, 54-32.

Steamboat moguls skiers notch top finishes at Sunday event

Seven weeks ago, Brad Hoefer opened his season in forgettable fashion. The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle moguls skier broke his collarbone in Winter Park and was cleared to compete for the first time during the past weekend.

Steamboat Nordic team skiers qualify for state

The Steamboat Springs High School Nordic team had several more skiers qualify for the state meet Saturday at a competition at Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center near Estes Park.

Matt Ladley takes 3rd in half-pipe at Dew Tour event

Despite icy conditions, Steamboat Springs snowboarder Matt Ladley finished third in the half-pipe event on Sunday at the second stop for the Winter Dew Tour.

Tuesday, January 24

David Schmid named interim principal at Aspen High

David Schmid, a former principal at Steamboat Springs High School, has been named interim principal of Aspen High School.

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Sustainability expert: 'Standard approaches aren't enough'

Aspen Skiing Co. Director of Sustainability Auden Schendler told a Talking Green audience Tuesday night that it would take “radically different things” to solve climate change.

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Steamboat wrestling falls at Tuesday meet

Motivation for Brandon Yeager and Casey Williams each comes from a different spot. But the common thread with the two Steamboat Springs High School wrestlers doesn’t lie in what makes them burn.

Woman who hit snow gun is released from hospital

Laken Wilson, the 19-year-old Mississippi woman who suffered serious head injuries after sliding into a snow gun Jan. 1 at the ski area, has been released from Denver Health and returned home Sunday.

Woman skis into snowmobile at Steamboat Ski Area

A 71-year-old woman was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center with leg injuries after skiing into a parked snowmobile at Steamboat Ski Area on Tuesday morning.

Snow Country Nursery: Water your evergreens

Cold, dry and windy weather can wreak havoc on your evergreen trees.

Our View: Golf committee hits it straight

The Haymaker Golf Committee’s decision to increase greens fees for residents is the right move for a golf course struggling to achieve self-sufficiency.

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Steamboat high school Dance Showcase premieres Thursday

The two-hour show features 17 pieces choreographed by high school students and overseen by a team of two student directors and two student producers.

Man dies after snowboarding accident at Steamboat Ski Area

Aaron Easter, 32, has died from injuries he sustained while snowboarding Monday at Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat briefs: Michele Dunklin speaks at trauma day at the Capitol

Michele Dunklin, a Steamboat Springs resident who survived life-threatening injuries in a December 2010 car accident west of Hayden, spoke at the annual EMS and Trauma Day at the Capitol in Denver on Jan. 13.

The Record for Jan. 23

12:20 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a drunken person seen throwing up in the middle of the street at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue. The 22-year-old Arvada man was not supposed to be drinking and was arrested on suspicion of violating a protection order.

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Rescuers recount search for missing snowmobilers on Buffalo Pass

Mark White, a spokesman for Jackson County Search and Rescue, called the two-day search for Fort Collins snowmobilers Tyler and Jordan Lundstedt one of the most extensive ever conducted in Jackson County.

Jack Weinstein: Downtown tax to be discussed

Meeting Wednesday about potential to fund business improvement district

The first public meeting to discuss a potential downtown property tax to fund the existing business improvement district is scheduled for Wednesday.

State health official to discuss oil, gas with Routt County commissioners

Kent Kuster, the oil and gas liaison for the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, will give a presentation Tuesday in a public meeting with the Routt County Board of Commissioners.

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. seeks feedback on master plan

Plans for new restaurants, chairlifts and terrain will be discussed during Wednesday night's master plan open house.

Oak Creek Mayor Nikki Knoebel to run for county commissioner

Oak Creek Mayor Nikki Knoebel, a Democrat, has thrown her hat in the ring for the Routt County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat, which is being vacated by Nancy Stahoviak.

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Joanne Palmer: Lost puppy dogs and Tebow

If you ever want to see a forlorn, lost-puppy-dog look come over a man’s face, give him a Saturday without football.

Monday, January 23

Adult Coed Indoor Soccer results for Jan. 17 and 19

Adult Coed Indoor Soccer results for Jan. 17 and 19

Steamboat School Board to negotiate contract with Meeks

School Board narrowly endorses bid to be food service provider for CMC

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night voted unanimously to offer Superintendent Brad Meeks an extended contract. The board also voted, 3-2, to endorse the school district’s bid to become the food service provider for Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus.

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Tom Ross: When is a book epistolary?

I plucked a book of Western fiction I hadn’t opened in a decade off the shelf during the weekend and learned a new word. Epistolary fiction is a piece of creative writing based upon actual historical letters and diary entries.

Steamboat briefs: Registration for college English course is Tuesday

Register for Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus English classes/Clases de Inglés at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Willett Hall, Room 300, at CMC.

Peabody Energy announces Twentymile Mine extension

Peabody Energy announced Monday in a news release an extension of its Twentymile Mine. The company will develop the Sage Creek portal in the existing coal seam and move the longwall.

Steamboat Ski Area master plan meeting is Wednesday

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. hosts a master plan meeting from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Burgess Creek II meeting room at The Steamboat Grand.

Sundown Express to reopen Tuesday after closing Monday

Sundown Express was closed at about 10:45 a.m. Monday because of a mechanical issue.

The Record for Jan. 22

1:51 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an intoxicated person at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. The person was taken to detox.

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Jimmy Westlake: The sweet influences of the Pleiades

High overhead as darkness falls on cold January evenings is a tiny cluster of stars that is often mistaken for the Little Dipper. Although it does have a dipper shape, with a tiny little bowl and a tiny little handle, its real name is the Pleiades star cluster.

Avalanche danger near Steamboat considerable

Wild weather produces tender backcountry snowpack

Officials of the Medicine Bow and Routt National forests and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued strong cautions Monday about the tenderness of the snowpack in the Steamboat zone.

Sustainability director for Aspen to speak in Steamboat on Tuesday

For people wondering how their own small efforts toward living more sustainably will ever save the planet, Auden Schendler has some answers.

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Steamboat snowboarders get top results at event

Locals show well at Holeshot NorAm at Copper

It was a good weekend for several of the more than a dozen Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes who traveled to Copper Mountain for the Holeshot NorAm Tour. Belle Brockhoff took first place in the women’s division of Saturday’s event.

Hayden airport adds baggage carousel

Yampa Valley Regional Airport improvements to be celebrated at ribbon cutting Feb. 15

Airline passengers arriving at Yampa Valley Regional Airport are retrieving their luggage more easily this winter thanks to a second baggage carousel, airport Manager Dave Ruppel said Monday.

Man found unresponsive at Steamboat Ski Area in 'grave' condition

A 31-year-old snowboarder was found unresponsive at about 11:30 a.m. Monday in a creek at Steamboat Ski Area. The man was in "grave" condition Tuesday at Denver Health.

Sunday, January 22

Deb Babcock: Report links aspen illness, drought

Scientists: High temperatures, low precipitation cause of decline

Quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) is likely the tree most coveted by homeowners in Routt County and the one most enjoyed by visitors and residents who love to hike the aspen-covered mountains surrounding our beautiful valley. Sadly, there have been stands of these trees that have been dying off in certain parts of the mountains, mostly at lower elevations.

Monday Medical: Eating disorders affect everyone

Yampa Valley Medical Center hosts health program Wednesday

Eating disorders are serious and complicated mental illnesses with significant and, at times, life-threatening physical and psychological consequences, regardless of the individual’s weight.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Symphony’s fundraiser set for Feb. 4

The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra’s Soiree & Swing fundraiser is at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

The Record for Jan. 21

The Record for Jan. 21

County Agenda for Jan. 23 and 24

County Agenda for Jan. 23 and 24

Mary Walker: English hampers learning in Kenya

I saw a sign in Nairobi the other day for Ultimate Spa and Beauty Palour and it got me thinking of all the funny, wonderful and sometimes very ironic advertising that one sees around Kenya.

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Luke Graham: Kearney becoming the best in the world

In 1986 at the inaugural NBA 3-point shooting contest, Larry Bird knew who was going to win. He turned to his competitors and asked “who’s coming in second place today?” Hannah Kearney could do the same right now if she wanted.

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Koler leads Soroco wrestling at Saturday tournament

Some athletes improved. Some didn’t, and in the end, Soroco wrestling coach Jay Whaley said the takeaway from his team’s Saturday tournament in Leadville was that work still remains if the squad is to achieve all it can.

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Hayden squad places 5th at Rifle wrestling meet

The Hayden High School wrestling team battled through a series of team duels, losing by a lot to Delta, 60-9, and by a little to Coal Ridge, 33-24, and a good amount to Hotchkiss, 50-22, before beating Pueblo West, 36-24.

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Steamboat event draws nearly 250 young racers

The simple fact that there was a race was an accomplishment, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine skiing coach Deb Armstrong said Sunday moments after the final skier had flown through the finish line and skidded to a stop.

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Steamboat art galleries report strong sales

For some, buying art isn’t an extra or frivolous expense. It’s a necessity. And it’s those types of people who, despite an economic recession, continue to support the artists and galleries of Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat School Board to consider contract extension for superintendent

Board also will vote whether to endorse district’s bid to become the food service provider for CMC

They also will vote Monday on an endorsement of their district’s bid to become the food service provider for CMC’s Alpine Campus.

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Jackson County rescue: Tyler Lundstedt, 24, killed in avalanche

The survivor, Jordan Lundstedt, 21, was partially buried in an avalanche Saturday night or Sunday morning and was unable to reach his brother Tyler Lundstedt, 24, in time.

Steamboat Alpine skiing results at Eldora

Steamboat Alpine skiing results at Eldora

Rumble in the Rockies wrestling tournament results

Rumble in the Rockies wrestling tournament results

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Hayden girls basektball wins against Vail Christian

The ultimate sign of respect, the sign that she was having the kind of season she’d dreamed, rang out early and often Saturday for Hayden High School girls basketball player Kelsey Rolando.

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Hayden boys basketball beats Vail Christian

Wobbling after a 2-4 start to the season, the Hayden High School boys basketball team showed Saturday that it had bounced back in a big way, leading down to the wire to win in a crucial test against a strong Vail Christian squad, 59-50.

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Steamboat hockey gets easy win against Battle Mountain

In early January, the Steamboat hockey team sat in the locker room on the heels of a bad loss at a crossroads in the season.

Saturday, January 21

The Record for Jan. 20

7:16 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to help a driver who had slid off the road at mile marker 144 of U.S. Highway 40. A tow truck pulled the car out, and there was no damage or injuries.

The Jail Report for Jan. 14 to 20

The Jail Report for Jan. 14 to 20

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Jan. 22

Happy birthday wishes to Milburn Markle, Wes Richardson, Leah Camilletti and Heather Nereson.

CU senior Elise Krueger makes dean's list for fall 2011

Elise Krueger, a senior psychology major at the University of Colorado Boulder, has made the College of Arts and Sciences dean’s list for fall semester 2011.

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Car hits woman in downtown Steamboat crosswalk

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters tended to a 53-year-old Texas woman after she was hit by a car at about 11 a.m. Saturday at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

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Tom Ross: Singing like a lion

The grassy park where the Green and Yampa rivers reach their confluence in Dinosaur National Monument once was known to settlers and cattle rustlers as Pat’s Hole.

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Steamboat elementary schools launch fund to further support students

The Steamboat Springs Elementary School Challenge Fund aims to collect $100,000 in its first year that would be distributed equally between the two elementary schools.

John F. Russell: Creating art with spokes

Kent Eriksen started Moots Cycles in a time when mountain biking was just starting its journey, and today, he continues to set a standard that is appreciated by anyone who has ever pedaled a bike up a steep incline or ripped down a dusty country road during a Rocky Mountain summer.

Soroco girls hoops tops West Grand

The Soroco High School girls basketball team made it a winning weekend. Barely.

Soroco boys hoops falls to West Grand in overtime

The first emotion, Soroco coach Sam McLeod said, is frustration.

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Ski season bookings slow in Steamboat; lodging properties stay optimistic

A lack of snow across much of the West didn’t appear to impact resort lodging property bookings through December, but it’s now starting to slow the pace of a strong early ski season.

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Steamboat coaches map out guide to skiing success

Some are funny: Getting ready to go skiing with young children may take longer than actual time on the hill. Some are deep: Empower children to carry their own equipment, pick themselves up after a fall and participate in terrain selection.

Joel Reichenberger: January’s wake felt

Bryan Hickman was my first big interview. I was a student at Kansas State University, and in my third year, I had stumbled into and mostly through a part-time job writing sports for the campus newspaper.

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Science behind snow not an exact one

Meteorologist says 2 major factors play into Steamboat snow totals

Joel Gratz, a meteorologist who founded www.opensnow.com, said making accurate snow predictions at ski areas involves having specific knowledge about the area and how it is affected by storms.

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Steamboat girls hoops overwhelmed by Delta

Delta showed why it’s perceived as the class of the league by running Steamboat out of the gym Saturday and picking up an easy 55-26 win.

Sailors Alpine teams finish well Friday

After winning the first two events of the year, the Steamboat Springs High School girls Alpine team registered three top 10 finishes Friday at Eldora.

Delta trounces Steamboat boys basketball

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team continued to struggle with turnovers, and Delta took advantage and ran to a 54-44 win Saturday.

Melinda Clark: Decidedly pro-woman

As director of the Steamboat Springs Pregnancy Resource Center, I believe that every woman facing the difficult questions that accompany an unintended pregnancy should have every option available to her.

Our View: Board analysis is spot-on

The city’s sales tax-dependent revenue structure is a good fit for the community and doesn’t need to be drastically altered because of ongoing economic struggles.

Chuck McConnell seeks state House seat

Routt County Republican chairman running to represent Eagle, Routt counties

Chuck McConnell announced Friday that he's throwing his hat in the ring for the newly established Colorado State House of Representatives District 26, which covers Eagle and Routt counties.

Friday, January 20

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Plateau Valley blasts Soroco boys basketball, 71-56

The problem is shooting and the solution is shooting, Soroco boys basketball coach Sam McLeod said Friday after his team wilted in a 71-56 home loss to Plateau Valley.

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Soroco girls hoops blows past Plateau Valley behind George's 22

Madison George led the way as the Rams overcame a generally lackluster performance Friday night to thoroughly rout Plateau Valley, 51-28.

Hayden boys basketball knocks off De Beque

A handful of familiar faces and one very welcomed new one helped lead the Hayden High School boys basketball team to a 64-36 win on Friday night at De Beque.

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Steamboat boys basketball falls short at buzzer against Palisade

The Palisade Bulldogs, leaders of the league coming in, did what few teams can on Friday, dispatching of Steamboat, 54-51, in the Sailors’ home gym.

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Steamboat girls hoops snags 36-28 win against Palisade

Even as a semi-frustrated Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team walked off the court Friday, it did so with a 36-28 win against Palisade in its back pocket.

Market shows signs of stabilization

Jon Wade, of Colorado Group Realty, sees signs that the market is stabilizing but isn’t ready to say the overall market has turned the corner.

Real estate transactions for Jan. 13 to 18

Real estate transactions for Jan. 13 to 18

On the Market: Colorado Realty Group hosts annual Roundup

Colorado Group Realty hosts the fifth annual Steamboat Springs Real Estate Roundup and Expo from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Sheraton Steamboat Resort ballroom.

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Architects follow different paths to success in tough climate

Keith Kelly, of Kelly & Stone Architects, told an audience of business people last week that he and his partner, Tim Stone, are fortunate to have a growing list of clients outside Colorado during the economic downturn.

Steamboat's Matt Ladley comes out on top in Dew Tour semifinals

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Matt Ladley blasted through the semifinals Friday at the Winter Dew Tour in Killington, Vt.

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Tacos del Barco opens in downtown Steamboat

Steamboat resident Nick McDowell didn’t expect to get tacos for lunch Friday, but when he saw the Tacos del Barco sign in his rearview mirror, he had to try them.

The Record for Jan. 19

1:25 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers helped with a taxi that was stuck at High Point Drive and Lincoln Avenue.1:25 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers helped with a taxi that was stuck at High Point Drive and Lincoln Avenue.

Nicole Inglis: Hanging on, artistically

There is an art behind the art show. It’s an art form that, if done well, might fly ever-so-subtly under the radar: It’s the art of hanging a show.

Man gets 6 years for gun incident with Steamboat police

Rodney Williams III, 24, has been sentenced to six years in prison for eluding Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and trying to take one of their guns.

Steamboat Fireman’s Ball to raise money for community-assistance fund

With a newly created community-assistance fund, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters have been able to provide more help to those in need.

Local Marketing District comes under scrutiny in wake of sales tax

The board of the Local Marketing District began a new era Friday by promising increased transparency and public outreach.

Eugene Buchanan: Into the powder swing

It’s hard after nine months to get back into the powder swing. There are a lot of things to remember and nary any time to spare.

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership hires new director

Betsy Nauman Cook has been chosen as the successor to former director Darcy Owens-Trask. She is slated to begin work Monday.

Steamboat briefs: Register Monday, Tuesday for CMC’s English classes

Register for Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus English classes/Clases de Inglés at 9 a.m. Monday at Bud Werner Memorial Library or at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Willett Hall, Room 300, at CMC.

Routt County lunch menus for Jan. 23 to 27

Routt County lunch menus for Jan. 23 to 27

Thursday, January 19

Hayden Town Council lacks quorum

The Hayden Town Council was one council member shy of a quorum when three council members met for nearly two hours Thursday night.

Quicksilver’s plans for Camilletti well tabled

Uneasy about the fact the Routt County Board of Commissioners is in the midst of revising the conditions of approval for oil and gas drilling permits, the Routt County Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday night to table Quicksilver Resource’s request for a permit to drill on the Camilletti and Sons ranch.

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Steamboat splits wrestling duals, beats Moffat County

Steamboat split a pair of wrestling duals Thursday night in Craig, losing badly to Palisade but bouncing back to edge out rival Bulldogs for the first time in, well, a long time.

Visitor numbers up this weekend in Steamboat

Future weekends are less certain

Occupancy at Steamboat Springs lodging properties continues to pace ahead of last season’s numbers in terms of total visitors, according to the latest lodging barometer released by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. But that trend could be short-lived.

Steamboat hockey has must-win game coming Saturday

The Sailors put themselves in a tough position to make the playoffs with several early season losses, making Saturday’s game a must-win against a struggling Huskies team.

Steamboat Nordic team heads to Middle Park on Saturday

The Nordic team competes in its second meet of the season.

Steamboat boys basketball looks for pair of wins

After Eagle Valley beat Steamboat last week, the Western Slope League is wide open with leader Palisade in town Friday and fourth-place Delta in town Saturday.

Steamboat girls basketball to face Palisade, Delta

It’s the first movement weekend for the Steamboat girls basketball team. In trying to unravel the Western Slope League race, Delta has clearly established itself as the frontrunner.

Steamboat Alpine skiing team heads to Eldora

Competition could be tougher Friday in Eldora, however, as some of the state’s top prep skiers could be in the field.

Soroco wrestling plans to sharpen up against Leadville

The Soroco wrestling squad will face another test as it sharpens up this weekend at Leadville.

Soroco girls basketball to play pair of League teams

The Rams have surged above .500 since returning from winter break, and they hope to keep that momentum going this weekend against a pair of weaker Western Slope League teams.

Soroco boys basketball has chance to come back

The Rams whiffed big time last week against Vail Christian and Rangely in a chance to prove they were for real this season. They’ll have two more cracks at home Friday and Saturday in what could be a decisive weekend.

Hayden wrestling at Rifle on Saturday

The Tigers got encouraging results from seniors Nick Williams and Chad Terry last week, each winning his bracket in Rangely as they battled back from injury.

Hayden girls basketball hopes to sharpen game

The Tigershope to sharpen their game for contests against more talented league rivals in the coming weeks.

Hayden boys basketball has 2 key games this weekend

With two key games this weekend, beginning with a trip Friday to De Beque, the Tigers get the chance to prove last weekend’s win against North Park was the start of something special.

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Routt County events calendar for Jan. 20 to 26

Fried Grease, a Colorado-based band driven by the warm, upbeat tones of the saxophone and two percussionists, will play at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Tugboat Grill & Pub.

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Mid-season additions could change Routt teams

Come mid-January, high school basketball is pretty much set. However, both Routt County Class 2A high school boys teams are expecting a seismic shift to those established patterns starting Friday night.

Steamboat Winter Sports Club skiers Deneen, Cota notch top finishes

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Patrick Deneen notched his best finish of the season in the freestyle mogul World Cup, coming in second Thursday at an event in Lake Placid, N.Y.

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Ultramarathon event in Steamboat gets massive extension

Pushing ultramarathon run to 100 miles could be a ‘gamechanger’

Race officials say the 2012 version of Run, Rabbit Run will be pushed to 100 miles, a revolutionary change for Steamboat Springs. And it will include a potentially massive prize pool, a revolution for ultramarathons in general.

Steamboat briefs: Free presentation about eating disorders at YVMC

Yampa Valley Medical Center hosts a free presentation about “Eating Disorders in Children and Adults” at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital’s conference rooms.

The Record for Jan. 18

12:10 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a fight in the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle. Officers said it appeared two people had been arguing and got into a fight. A 27-year-old Steamboat man was arrested on suspicion of violating a protection order and criminal mischief.

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Forecaster: ‘It's going to dump’

Snow: That’s what the weather experts are forecasting for Steamboat Springs this weekend. One forecaster is calling for 10 to 15 inches of snow to fall at the ski area overnight Saturday.

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Steamboat library hosts Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour

At 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, the mobile version of Telluride’s annual outdoor film festival will light up the projector screen at Bud Werner Memorial Library with 14 short films.

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Firefighter saves dog from frigid water in Steamboat Springs

The new acting deputy fire chief for Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue is being credited with saving the life of Spike, an 8-year-old border collie that took a frigid dip in the Yampa River on Wednesday night.

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Ex-Widespread Panic guitar tech brings own band to Steamboat

A guitar tech for the renowned Southern rock jam band, Holt later went on to start his own group, Georgia-based Outformation, inspired by encouraging words from Panic guitarist Michael Houser before his death in 2002.

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Jury finds Robert Cash guilty of attempted first-degree murder

Shooting victim Rhonda Heaton was overcome with emotion after a 12-person jury ruled Thursday that Steamboat Springs resident Robert Cash is guilty of attempted first-degree murder, the most serious charge he faced.

Steamboat's Arielle Gold takes another silver in Youth Olympics event

It's the 15-year-old's second silver of the competition. Thursday's win in Austria came in the snowboard slopestyle.

Steamboat fire chief resigns for job in Montana

Ron Lindroth, the department's chief since 2009, will become the new chief of a fire district in Belgrade, Mont. Police Chief Joel Rae will become director of public safety.

Wednesday, January 18

Energy exploration possible in Steamboat city limits

Steamboat Springs is jumping on the oil and gas regulation bandwagon. The city will work on developing its own regulations specific to oil and gas development.

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Yampa Valley forecast indicates continuing economic recovery

According to the Yampa Valley Data Partners Economic Forecast Newsletter for the first quarter of 2012, the local economy began recovering during the first quarter of 2011.

Ski season flights to Steamboat on sale

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is trumpeting the news of this week’s 11-inch snowstorm and working with airline partners to offer discount programs to prospective vacationers.

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Quicksilver finds oil in well on Wolf Mountain

Quicksilver Resources confirmed their first horizontal well on Wolf Mountain in Routt County has demonstrated it is capable of producing 500 barrels of oil per day.

The Record for Jan. 17

12:44 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers stopped a car at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue and arrested an 18-year-old Oak Creek man on suspicion of driving under suspension.

Steamboat briefs: Forms to enter 99th Winter Carnival parade are available

Entry forms for the 99th Winter Carnival Diamond Hitch Parade on Feb. 12 are available at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club office or at www.sswsc.org.

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Jury begins deliberations in Cash's attempted-murder trial

It’s now up to the jury to decide the fate of Robert Cash, the man on trial for attempting to murder his wife in Steamboat Springs. The prosecution and defense delivered their closing arguments Wednesday.

Winter Sports Club's Billy Winters finishes in 2nd at Copper Mountain

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboard cross rider Billy Winters picked up two second-place finishes during the weekend at a USA Snowboard Association regional event in Copper Mountain.

Steamboat’s Wilson, Gold to compete in Austria on Thursday

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club members Lesley Wilson and Arielle Gold are set to compete Thursday at the 2012 Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

Saturday's Steamboat hockey game gets time change

The game with visiting Battle Mountain now is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Steamboat's Reiter races back to World Cup finals

Italian rider Roland Fischnaller may have won the Alpine snowboarding race, but that didn’t stop Justin Reiter from celebrating his first appearance in World Cup finals in more than two years in Austria.

Hayden Town Council to discuss gravel truck route Thursday

At a meeting Thursday, the Hayden Town Council will discuss a proposed hauling route that gravel trucks operated by Breeze Basin Resources are expected to use in order to reach U.S. Highway 40.

Adult league soccer scores for Jan. 10 and 12

Adult league soccer scores for Jan. 10 and 12

Sheraton Steamboat Resort helps create children's library

The Sheraton Steamboat Resort donated more than 600 children’s books and $650 for furniture to create Eliza’s Library at Advocates Building Peaceful Communities, according to a press release.

City residents will pay more to golf at Haymaker in 2012

The cost of daily greens fees and season passes could up in an effort to bring in additional revenues for the city-owned golf course. Non-residents would pay the same rates as 2011.

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Heavy snow expected to pound Northwest Colorado

A winter storm warning is in effect for Mount Werner and Rabbit Ears Pass from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 9 a.m. Friday. A second storm could hit the area this weekend.

Hayden School Board to vote on budget Wednesday night

The Hayden School Board will meet for the first time this year Wednesday and will vote to approve an amended version of its 2011-12 budget. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at Hayden Middle School.

Steamboat freestyle skiers show well in weekend Aspen events

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle moguls team picked up three top-10 finishes at a pair of moguls events Saturday and Sunday in Aspen.

Steamboat ski cross, boarder cross athletes get top finishes

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club ski cross and boarder cross program picked up more than 25 podium finishes Saturday and Sunday at a U.S.A. Snowboard Association regional event in Copper Mountain.

Tuesday, January 17

Steamboat Springs Arts Council to remain at Depot Art Center

One of several strategic initiatives presented Tuesday night to the Steamboat Springs City Council was issuing requests for proposals from organizations to run the century-old restored train station for a fee.

Unknown cause of death claims driver’s life outside Hayden

Stephen Soper knelt beside an unresponsive Thomas Steinbach on Monday afternoon, performing CPR and hoping the efforts could save the man’s life.

The Record for Jan. 16

12:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of what sounded like glass breaking in an alley in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue.

4 seats, ballot initiative up for Oak Creek vote in April

As of Tuesday afternoon, no one in Oak Creek has filed to run for the three Town Board seats and a mayoral position up for election in April.

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100s flock to Steamboat Ski Area to witness Cowboy Downhill

For an hour Tuesday, Steamboat Ski Area belonged to the cowboys. “It’s carnage. It’s entertainment. It’s just fun,” retired bull rider Jed Moore said after he raced in a slalom event against 53 other cowboys and cowgirls from across the country in the 38th annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill.

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Steamboat celebrities dance for charity at weekend event

Steamboat Springs High School Principal Kevin Taulman never thought the linoleum floors of the school’s classrooms would be used for this.

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Steamboat's Arielle Gold takes silver in halfpipe in Austria

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarder Arielle Gold won the first medal for the U.S. at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Steamboat seeks feedback on Brent Romick Rodeo Arena site plan

The Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department is hosting a public meeting Thursday to get feedback on a schematic site plan design for the 14-acre rodeo arena site.

Steamboat briefs: Early registration extended for Ski 4 Yellow fundraiser

Early registration for the second annual Ski 4 Yellow event March 31 has been extended through Sunday. The discounted rate is $25.

Kay Borvansky: Back firefighters

I would appeal to all citizens to ask our city fathers to look elsewhere for cost reductions, not with our most important and basic needs — the health and safety of our loved ones and our property.

Ben Beall: Protections needed

We need to find a way to force our elected county commissioners to encourage and put pressure on COGCC to allow oil and gas regulations that protect our unique rural landscape.

Steamboat's November sales tax revenue increases

The final sales tax collections for November 2011 increased slightly from the preliminary report the city of Steamboat Springs released earlier this month.

Our View: Finding a middle ground

A Steamboat Springs man’s run-in with Colorado campaign finance reporting laws is evidence that the system needs to change, but not to the dangerous degree proposed by Secretary of State Scott Gessler.

Routt County commissioners hear pitch for ATVs on roads

The Moffat County commissioners invited Routt County to join them and the Rio Blanco County Board of Commissioners in allowing ATVs to travel on county roads.

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Joanne Palmer: You talking to me?

The last thing I need at 5:30 a.m when I reach for my half and half is some sassy refrigerator telling me I’ve made an unhealthy food choice.

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Jimmy Westlake: Orion and Company

Winter is an excellent time to start learning the constellations. The winter sky contains more bright stars and constellations than any other season of the year.

The Record for Jan. 13

12:11 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a fight in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. The call was unfounded.

The Jail Report for Jan. 7 to 13

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

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Cash testifies Tuesday that shooting was an accident

Robert Cash told a jury that he did not mean for his gun to go off and that he was not aiming it at his former wife, Rhonda Heaton.

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Welcome back, winter

Winter storm dumps 11 inches of snow on Mount Werner on Monday. More snow is in the forecast for later in the week. Got powder photos? Send them to share@SteamboatToday.com.

Monday, January 16

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Moffat, Routt counties discuss regional broadband

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner told her counterparts from Routt County on Monday that she is encouraging economic development officials in the region to look to the private sector in the ongoing effort to increase the telecommunications broadband pipeline into and out of Northwest Colorado.

Steamboat briefs: Historical Guide to Routt County now is available

The 2010 edition of the Historical Guide to Routt County now is on sale at the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

Cowboy Downhill is Tuesday at Steamboat Ski Area

The 38th annual Cowboy Downhill, sponsored by Bud Light, is Tuesday at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

The Record for Jan. 15

12:48 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a disturbance in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. Officers were unable to locate a disturbance.

Advisory group to present report about Steamboat’s revenue sources

For the second time in seven years, a volunteer group that evaluated the city’s tax structure isn’t recommending significant changes to the way Steamboat Springs generates revenue.

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Hayden airport restaurant has strong 1st month

With Three Wire eatery, YVRA’s food and beverage revenue for December is highest since 2007

Despite getting a late start because of a water leak, Yampa Valley Regional Airport’s new Three Wire Bar and Grill nearly posted record revenue in December.

Routt County commissioners to formalize chip-and-seal policy

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is contemplating a formal resolution to restrict chip-and-seal surface treatments to gravel no greater than three-eighth of an inch.

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Tom Ross: Single-engine adventures

I felt completely secure and safe during my flight over the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area with pilot Bob DelValle on Friday, but I spent a portion of the weekend recalling some semi-hairball flights I’ve made in light aircraft through the years.

Diane Mitsch Bush to run for House District 26 seat

The Steamboat Springs Democrat will seek to represent Routt and Eagle counties in the newly formed legislative district.

Sunday, January 15

Steamboat briefs: Partners in Routt County collecting books for drive

Partners in Routt County is collecting books for the statewide Literacy Matters Book Drive.

The Record for Jan. 14

1:54 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a complaint about a loud party in the 400 block of Enterprise Street in Hayden. Deputies arrested a 19-year-old Craig woman and a 20-year-old Hayden man on outstanding warrants.

Steamboat snowboarders Baden, Kelly win in Vail

Steamboat snowboarders grabbed a heap of great results Sunday at the Gatorade Free Flow Tour halfpipe competition in Vail.

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Soroco wrestling grabs 3 podiums

The spots on the podium were one way to mark their success, but several members of the Soroco High School wrestling team Saturday made clear the progress they’ve made by besting rivals they’ve struggled against all season.

Williams, Parks place for Steamboat wrestling

The Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team picked up a pair of high finishes Saturday at a tournament in Evergreen.

5 titles lift Hayden wrestling to 2nd in Rangely

The Hayden High School wrestling team stormed to a second-place finish Saturday in a tournament at Rangely, the Tigers sweeping up championships in five weight classes.

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Luke Graham: Nordic delight thanks to shovels

If you were among the 300-plus Nordic athletes who took part in Friday and Saturday’s University of Colorado Spencer Nelson Memorial Nordic race, you owe thanks.

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Steamboat Cup event draws more than 100 young athletes

All the skiers in the parade that ripped down Sitz and See Me at Steamboat Ski Area in a Steamboat Cup giant slalom have a long way to go, but the competitors showed the path with their progress.

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Hayden's HiWay Bar reopens

Fawna Odom doesn’t yet have enough food to offer a full menu or enough money to pay her staff of four volunteers. But her HiWay Bar is open again, and that’s what matters most.

Deb Babcock: Hanging on to your poinsettias

OK, the holidays are over, but you still have a pretty poinsettia plant hanging on to dear life. It seems a shame to discard the plant just because the leaves start to drop.

Monday Medical: Navigating chronic illness

Every person feels a little differently when diagnosed with a serious health problem. For many, unexpected life change and an uncertain future can set off a cycle of emotions marked by denial, anger and grief.

County agenda for Jan. 16 and 17

County agenda for Jan. 16 and 17

Demong, Spillane cruise to top finishes in France

Billy Demong and Johnny Spillane scorched the cross-country ski course on Sunday in a World Cup Nordic combined event in Chaux-Neuve, France, on Sunday, the United States pair soaring through the field for their top finishes of the season.

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Snow is back in the forecast for Steamboat Springs

5 to 10 inches expected in surrounding mountains on Monday

A National Weather Service forecaster on Sunday said that a storm approaching from the Pacific Northwest is expected to drop 5 to 10 inches of fresh powder in the mountains surrounding Steamboat on Monday, with 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulating in town.

Saturday, January 14

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Wounded Warriors build confidence at Steamboat Ski Area

As Dennis Walburn slid off the Christie Peak Express on a sunny Thursday afternoon, he said emphatically he has no regrets.

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Unclear whether Robert Cash will testify

The first-degree attempted murder trial for Robert Cash will continue into its second week Tuesday, but it’s still unclear whether Cash will take the stand to defend himself.

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Tom Ross: The great Big Agnes flyby

One of the things I look forward to on my outdoor adventures is filling the gaps in my mental geography of the Northern Colorado Rockies. Every time I find a vantage point that gives me a fresh view of a familiar landmark, it helps me connect the dots.

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Partners in Routt County marks National Mentoring Month

There is a room in Soroco Middle School whose keepers take pride in stripping it of that “classroom feel.” Shoes are optional, the occasional bout of foul language is tolerated and student-selected playlists keep conversations flowing.

Hayden girls basketball bulldozes North Park, 61-22

The Hayden High School girls basketball team entered the weekend on a three-game losing streak, and it will exit it having dominated opponents in back-to-back games.

Cramer scores 21 to catapult Hayden boys hoops past North Park

Hayden junior Aaron Cramer played the best game of his career, scoring 21 points as Hayden took out a month of frustration on North Park, winning at home Saturday, 70-45.

Madison George leads Soroco girls basketball past Vail Christian

Madison George could not be stopped, and that, paired with a team-wide defensive effort, was more than enough to lift the Soroco girls to a win Saturday against Vail Christian.

Soroco boys hoops struggles through weekend

Soroco lost Friday to Rangely, 67-43, and on Saturday to Vail Christian, 79-39.

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Eagle Valley defeats Steamboat boys basketball, 57-39

Now, the Eagle Valley Devils are in the ring with an emphatic 57-39 win against Steamboat Springs on Saturday afternoon in Gypsum.

Steamboat girls basketball picks up 37-31 win at Eagle Valley

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team picked up a 37-31 win Saturday at Eagle Valley.

Steamboat hockey cruises again in Pueblo County

After beating Aspen, 8-2, on Friday, Steamboat traveled to Pueblo County on Saturday and shellacked its host.

Steamboat’s Arielle Gold is top women's halfpipe qualifier at Youth Olympics

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Arielle Gold was the top women’s qualifier in the halfpipe at Saturday’s Youth Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

Steamboat's Jeremy Cota notches career-best World Cup finish

Steamboat Springs freestyle moguls skier Jeremy Cota notched his career-best World Cup finish Saturday in Mount Gabriel, Quebec.

2 Steamboat snowboarders make podium at Northstar

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Hallie Soderholm finished second Thursday at a Revolution Tour stop at the Northstar at Tahoe Resort while teammate Kirby Kelly was third.

Johnny Spillane paces US in France at 9th place

U.S. Nordic combined skier Johnny Spillane had his best finish of the year on the World Cup tour, finishing ninth Saturday in Chaux-Neuve, France.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Jan. 15

Happy birthday wishes to Kennedi Copeland, Tami Hoffman, Mike Markle, Serenity Goddard, Samuel Skof, Blaine Hoza and Debbie Doolin.

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Dry winter has some in Steamboat trading in skis for cycling gear

Skiers’ sorrows have proven to be a boon for bikers. A few brave mountain bikers always find a way to roll Steamboat’s trails in winter. This winter, they’ve found plenty of company.

Joel Reichenberger: Season may be slipping

I’m a creature of motivation, and this year, the motivation to go skiing simply hasn’t been there.

Jeff Troeger: Dangerous words

I thought Eugene Buchanan’s “Ski with a pocket radar gun” column, although funny in a “Jackass” sort of way, was over the line.

Paul Potyen: Can we afford it?

While oil and gas development has economic benefits, it also has significant costs that threaten our water and air quality, public health, and quality of life.

Our View: District should stick to mission

The Steamboat Springs School District ought to focus its energies on providing the best possible education for our children, not on competing with private enterprise for a food service contract at Colorado Mountain College.

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Bronga, Norris take CU Invitational titles

With the event being the first collegiate race of the year, there is a certain feeling-out process, and Jaime Bronga — a three-time All-American — knows the spotlight now is on her.

Friday, January 13

Hayden girls basketball wins big against West Grand

The Hayden High School girls basketball team worked on its frustrations Friday night, bringing a three-game losing streak to a screeching half with a 70-20 victory against West Grand.

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Steamboat hockey picks up big 8-2 win against Aspen on Friday

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team already had beat Aspen earlier in the season, but the squad’s Friday night 8-2 win against the Skiers was as important as they come.

Steamboat girls basketball rolls to 50-27 win

After a tough weekend last week, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team used a big first half to easily beat Battle Mountain, 50-27, on Friday night.

Steamboat boys pick up a 53-20 win against Battle Mountain

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team held Battle Mountain to one field goal from the field and three points in the first half en route to a 53-20 win Friday.

Hayden boys basketball loses to West Grand

Hayden High School senior Hunter Johnston drained six 3-point shots and scored 21 points, but the Tigers woes continued Friday night. The squad fell playing at West Grand, 68-55.

On the Market: Commission denies Xcel an interim rate increase

Howard Pankratz, of the Denver Post, reported this week that the Colorado Public Utilities Commission had denied Xcel Energy’s request for an interim rate increase of $100 million that the power utility wanted to tide it over until it wins a permanent rate increase of $141.9 million.

Short sales equal 9 percent of 2011 dollar volume

The number of distressed single-family homes that changed hands through the short-sale process more than doubled here to 29 in 2011 from a dozen in 2010.

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Routt County building permits for single-family homes get boost in 2011

The valuation of building permits issued in Routt County in 2011 was down $3.8 million despite a slight increase in the number of permitted single-family homes in Steamboat Springs and elsewhere in the county.

Demong leads US with 8th-place finish in France

Billy Demong recorded a season-best finish and Johnny Spillane and Bryan Fletcher were both in the top 15 Friday as the Nordic combined World Cup resumed action after the holiday break in Chaux-Neuve, France.

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Steamboat cross-country skiers shine at Howelsen event

Cross-country races to continue Saturday in Steamboat

With long climbs and steep, tricky descents, the cross-country skiing course at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs proved to be all that some of the nation’s best skiers could handle Friday, with college athletes grasping for breath as they slowly chugged up demanding slopes.

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Steamboat Alpine ski team dominates at event

Steamboat Springs High School Alpine skier Connor Bernard swears he skis like that all the time. If true, it’s very entertaining. The senior was the clear aggressor Friday during the Steamboat Springs High School-hosted slalom event at Howelsen Hill.

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Tom Ross: Former Steamboat resident is in the thick of it

The buzz in Cordova, Alaska, this week was all about the heavy snow, and former Steamboat Springs resident Cathy Long is helping the residents of the little community on Prince Williams Sound stay in touch.

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Victim Rhonda Heaton testifies in first-degree attempted murder trial

Afraid that her husband was still in the house and willing to shoot her again, Rhonda Heaton told a jury Friday that she spent four hours thinking she was going to die. By calling Heaton to testify, prosecutors attempted to prove Friday that Heaton’s former husband, Robert Cash, intended to kill her on June 11, 2010, at their west Steamboat Springs home.

Steamboat briefs: National Safety Awareness Week is Saturday to Jan. 22

As part of National Safety Awareness Week from Saturday to Jan. 22, Steamboat Ski Area will host several programs.

The Record for Jan. 12

12:46 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a fight in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. There was no fighting when officers arrived.

Nicole Inglis: Delaney shines through song

Local musician takes top honors at songwriting competition

With the win under his belt after Thursday night's preliminary round, local musician Eric Delaney will travel to Aspen in late March to perform with five other finalists. If chosen as Colorado’s top songwriter, he’ll get the chance to open the festival’s closing night concert.

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Steamboat artist deconstructs, recycles books in new art show

Works of literary art always have inspired Steamboat artist Kim Keith, from watching her mother devour book after book to using literature in her own contemporary photography.

Thursday, January 12

Soroco girls hoops aims to score big against Rangely, Vail Christian

Soroco is 1-1 in 2012 but already has scored the ball much better than it did before the winter break.

Soroco boys basketball to keep things rolling with weekend games

The Rams likely have turned heads in the league with their hot start: The team still is undefeated after a lowly league finish a year ago.

Oak Creek town employees in flux

Two Oak Creek town employees are taking on larger roles while the town deals with filling vacancies and restructuring personnel.

Eugene Buchanan: Ski with a pocket radar gun

Ski patrollers might notice skiers and riders schussing a little faster down the mountain this season, and not just because of the winter’s firm snowpack.

The Record for Jan. 11

12:25 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a drunken person in the first block of Sixth Street. The person was taken to detox.

Steamboat briefs: Green Machine recycling location to change Friday

Beginning Friday, there no longer will be a Green Machine at Howelsen Hill. Both single-stream recycling units will be at Safeway from 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.

Routt County lunch menus for Jan. 16 to 20

Routt County lunch menus for Jan. 16 to 20

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Steamboat Optimist Club launches literacy award

Third-grader Kaetlyn Freideman said she was surprised to hear members of the Steamboat Springs Optimist Club announce that she was the inaugural recipient of a BUG Award.

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Brother Mule to play in Steamboat Springs on Monday

Ben Winship lives in Victor, Idaho, and his band mates Eric Thorin and Brian Wicklund live in Lyons and Minnesota, respectively. But that doesn’t worry Winship. He said the few times per year the acoustic bluegrass band Brother Mule gets together to tour or record, they fall into perfect rhythm.

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Ski 4 Yellow in Steamboat offers early-bird registration

Organizers of the second annual Ski 4 Yellow fundraiser in Steamboat Springs are hoping to push registration numbers with something besides the opportunity to spend a day skiing with an Olympian.

Ken Collins: Heads in the sand

Keystone. The pipeline, not the ski area. It’s a Canadian company’s pipeline, oil and decision who gets it. There’s no guarantee they would sell to America.

Linda Halteman Lewis: An informed decision

Let me say this upfront about hydraulic fracking: It is outrageous to think that carcinogenic and neurotoxic chemicals can be injected into the earth and not cause problems.

Lu Etta Loeber: Keep up the fight

On Dec. 22, our family lost my beloved grandson Henry. Henry was 16 and profoundly autistic.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Tax reform or attack on agriculture?

Several months ago while attending a land stewardship class sponsored by the Community Agriculture Alliance, I was surprised to learn from our county assessor that some of the rules for the taxing of agricultural lands had been changed.

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Jimmy Westlake: Viewing Venus

Venus, the lovely evening star, is dominating our evening sky right now. She is the first “star” that you’ll see pop out of the evening twilight, so feel free to make a wish on her.

Hayden girls basketball looks to set season back on track this weekend

The Tigers will look to set their season back on track with a pair of weekend games against downtrodden opponents.

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Craig student chosen to represent District 8 at Girls With Goals Day

Kinlie Brennise may not have known it at the time, but she left a lasting impression on Colorado Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden.

Hayden boys hoops will be tested in showdown at West Grand

Hayden boys basketball has the chance to climb back over .500 this weekend.

Steamboat girls hoops has chance to reverse fortunes Friday

Somehow, it’s home games that have stumped the Sailors early this season, with the squad going just 2-4 on its home court.

Steamboat boys basketball to face Battle Mountain on Friday

Plenty of games remain after this weekend, but the Sailors could take a big step toward carving out their place in the Western Slope League as they face a pair of teams also hovering at about .500.

Steamboat hockey's Friday showdown with Aspen is key

The Sailors haven’t managed to string together back-to-back wins yet this season, but if they can start this weekend, they’d do themselves a big favor.

Hayden, Soroco wrestlers head to Rangely; Steamboat to face Evergreen

Plenty of wrestling remains, but the regional tournament is beginning to loom for local wrestling teams starting in less than a month on Feb. 10.

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Routt County events calendar for Jan. 13 to 19

Cowboy Mouth, a rock band from New Orleans, returns to Steamboat for a free outdoor show at Steamboat Ski Area during the 38th annual Cowboy Downhill.

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Steamboat student, grads to play Denver Battle of the Bands

Band On the Fritz, with Steamboat Springs High School student Katie Ross and graduates Jack Massey, Collin McNellis and Max Shoffner, are preparing for play in the Denver Battle of the Bands at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom.

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Steamboat freeskiers find success at Lake Tahoe

Wrapping up its second U.S. Revolution Tour stop, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s freeskiing team notched top finishes in half-pipe and slope-style.

Steamboat to host home Alpine meet Friday

The two-run slalom event at Howelsen Hill begins with the first girls run at 10 a.m. The boys will follow with second runs expected to begin at noon.

Nordic racers to descend on Howelsen Hill

The two-day ski race will feature some of the top collegiate racers in the country skiing alongside some of the brightest up-and-coming Rocky Mountain Nordic skiers.

Crime Stoppers looking for tips about Hayden theft

A gun safe was cut open with a cutting torch in Hayden. Several guns as well as gold, silver bars and collectible coins were taken.

Steamboat fire chief in contract negotiations

Ron Lindroth said Thursday morning that his contract still is being negotiated to become the new fire chief for the Central Valley Fire District in Belgrade, Mont.

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Rhonda Heaton expected to testify at attempted-murder trial Friday

Rhonda Heaton is expected to tell a jury Friday morning how her former husband shot her in the back of the neck and let her suffer for hours before help arrived June 11, 2010, at their west Steamboat Springs home.

Wednesday, January 11

Hitchens Brothers Wednesday Night Jump Series results for Jan. 11

Hitchens Brothers Wednesday Night Jump Series results for Jan. 11

Little Vikings Wednesday Night Jump Competition results for Jan. 11

Little Vikings Wednesday Night Jump Competition results for Jan. 11

Arrivals at YVRA up from same month in 2010

The number of passengers arriving at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in December increased by 1,515 passengers from December 2010.

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Attorneys differ on whether Robert Cash planned to shoot wife

There was no dispute Wednesday morning that Robert Cash shot his wife in the back of the neck as she lay in the bed of their west Steamboat Springs home in June 2010. Where the defense and prosecution differ is in the intent of Cash’s actions that day.

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Steamboat library to host silent film series

Before movies had sound­tracks, there were silent films. But movie theaters were far from silent places because in each theater, a live orchestra would play along with the movie, expressing in music the exaggerated emotions playing out on the screen.

Steamboat Fund Board approves matching funds

School districts wait for response on $300K for literacy

If Mile High United Way decides next month to award a $150,000 literacy grant to Routt County’s three public school districts, the districts will have the $150,000 necessary to match it.

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Steamboat Stampede could be tough test in light-snow season

The snow, or lack thereof, certainly could be a factor, Steamboat Ski Touring Center Director Birgitta Lindgren said, considering the implications for Sunday’s ski race.

The Record for Jan. 10

1:15 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers helped a woman in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue who was intoxicated. She was fine.

Steamboat briefs: Northwest Colorado VNA offering HPV vaccinations

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering the HPV vaccine for boys and girls ages 11 to 26 for $14.

1st Oak Creek Town Board meeting of 2012 is Thursday

The Oak Creek Town Board’s first meeting of the year is rife with action items as the board will discuss issues ranging from utility rates for businesses and seniors to the future of two town employee positions.

Steamboat runners set for marathon trip

Locals eye US Olympic Trials, Houston running event

Steamboat Springs High School senior Asher Rohde and University of San Diego runner John Cutter will join Greg Long on the trip to Houston. It’s a running trip, Long explained, so legs won’t be getting cramped in that car.

2 Steamboat athletes head to Winter Youth Olympic Games

Arielle Gold and Lesley Wilson each will face uncertainty at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

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Corrigan is 1st Democrat to bid for Stahoviak's seat

South Routt School Board President Tim Corrigan on Wednesday became the first Democrat to enter the race to succeed Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak.

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skiers grab top freestyle finishes

Michael DeGrandis swept the men’s divisions, winning Saturday’s moguls competition and Sunday’s dual moguls event.

Total ban on fracking not possible, says panel of experts in Colorado

Residents on Tuesday night learned that Colorado cities cannot ban hydraulic fracturing outright in their communities, but they were told there are other ways to ensure the drilling will be done safely.

Tuesday, January 10

Steamboat briefs: Rocky Mountain Rentals is selling fuel in North Routt

Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse isn’t the only option for fuel in northern Routt County.

Steamboat Alpine skiers show well in Winter Park

Competing in Winter Park, the Steamboat girls swept the podium and finished in first place. The boys team got one skier on the podium and finished second overall.

Wednesday Night Jump Series set to begin at Howelsen Hill

For years, the Hitchens Brothers Wednesday Night Jump Series has introduced a sport to new generations of skiers. This year’s four-event series begins Wednesday and is free to athletes 13 and younger.

Hayden boys basketball defeats Vail Mountain, 53-41

The Hayden High School boys basketball team picked up a 53-41 win Tuesday at Vail Mountain School.

Soroco girls hoops snags a victory against Beth Eden

The Soroco High School girls basketball team played its best game of the year Monday, running away with a 55-29 win against Beth Eden.

Jon Cariveau places 2nd at USA Cyclo-Cross Nationals

Jon Cariveau knew he would have a chance at the 2012 USA Cyclo-Cross Nationals in Madison, Wis. And if it hadn’t been for a late mechanical issue, Cariveau likely would have won his age division.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes shine at nationals

Mary O’Connell and Emily Hannah were named to the Cross Country World Junior Championship team, and Max Scrimgeour was named to the 2012 Cross Country Scandinavian Cup Team.

Steamboat fire Chief Ron Lindroth is top pick for Montana position

The potential departure of the fire chief comes amid renewed efforts to consolidate the rural Steamboat Springs Area Fire Protection District with services offered by the city of Steamboat Springs.

Routt County commissioners divided on water strategy

Diane Mitsch Bush and Nancy Stahoviak disagreed on strategy but not on the ultimate goal of protecting streams and rivers from contaminants Tuesday as the Routt County Board of Commissioners began reviewing oil drilling permit conditions.

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Electronic trio Robotic Pirate Monkey makes Steamboat appearance

Robotic Pirate Monkey sounds like one of those nonsensical band names made up on a whim, but Matt Flesher has a distinct explanation for the odd name.

Steamboat seeking replacement for retiring principal

The Steamboat Springs School District is working to find a replacement for outgoing Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal Celia Dunham, who at the end of this school year will retire from the district she has served for more than 30 years.

Steamboat seeks input on school calendar

The Steamboat Springs School District is seeking parent and community input on calendars it is proposing for the 2012-13 school year.

Corrigan to announce commissioner candidacy

Tim Corrigan is expected on Wednesday to become the first Democratic candidate to join the race for the District 1 Routt County commissioner seat.

Ed Miklus: Lacking representation

I’m sure most of the residents of the city of Steamboat Springs realize that we have rung in the New Year with a new addition to our city sales tax: our Local Marketing District quarter-percent increase to help fund the air service program.

Sonja Macys: No Child Left Inside

Yampatika has joined nearly 1,500 other groups representing more than 47.5 million Americans in support of the No Child Left Inside Act.

Bill Doyne: Well done, Hayden

Hayden may not always get it right, but last week’s display of the “Little Engine that Could” erased all the previous missteps.

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Snowmobilers, Forest Service, veterinarian help rescue horse

Ser Vivor may be a small horse, but he somehow survived as many as four months in the North Routt backcountry, grazing on the sparse feed he found in tree wells exposed by the dry climate.

Opening statements Wednesday morning in Cash trial

After two full days in the courtroom, eight women and six men were sworn in Tuesday to serve as the 12 jurors and two alternates for the Robert Cash attempted-murder trial.

Dog dies in mobile home fire near Hayden

West Routt Fire Protection District Chief Bryan Rickman suspected that a heat lamp or heaters, which were being used to thaw frozen pipes, caused the fire.

Aspen songwriting contest preliminaries come to Steamboat

Local songwriters will have the chance to compete for a state title at The Tugboat Grill & Pub on Thursday, when Steamboat Springs becomes part of a six-town search for Colorado’s top songwriter.

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No issues with snowmaking water supply at Steamboat Ski Area

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. hopes to complete snowmaking operations for the season sometime this month, Vice President of Mountain Operations Doug Allen said Tuesday, but not because it has consumed its available water.

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Joanne Palmer: Cleaning the clutter for the new year

For months, I have used one-half of the dining room table as my desk, which means we are eating dinner amid a pile of mail, calendars and my laptop.

Our View: A career of community service

JD Hays demonstrated during the course of his 32 years with the Steamboat Springs Police Department a commitment to professionalism and integrity,

The Record for Jan. 9

1:16 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were asked to call a man who said his girlfriend has been assaulted on a previous day. The incident is under investigation.

MusicFest attendee arrested after base-area brawl

A 24-year-old Texas man was arrested Saturday night on suspicion of second-degree assault related to a fight that occurred two nights previous in Torian Plum Plaza at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Jury selection ongoing in Robert Cash attempted murder trial

Opening arguments in the scheduled seven-day trial could begin as soon as this afternoon at the Routt County Justice Center in Steamboat Springs.

Monday, January 9

Steamboat resident owes $108K for campaign rule violations

David Smith’s 2010 campaign for Routt County sheriff was as modest as it was short-lived.

Adult Coed Soccer League results for Jan. 3 and 5

Adult Coed Soccer League results for Jan. 3 and 5

The Record for Jan. 8

12:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and mental health professionals were called to a report of an intoxicated person in the 2200 block of Après Ski Way. Officers gave the person a ride home.

Akin and Schubert-Akin: Honoring Tony Blankley

All of us associated with The Steamboat Institute were deeply saddened to learn of the death Saturday of our dear friend Tony Blankley.

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Craig teen takes 3rd at national livestock competition

Cali has that winning attitude. You can see it in his walk — the way he prances when he enters the ring — and you can see it in his face, said Andrea Maneotis. He has the look: confident and assured.

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Steamboat School Board unable to reach consensus on food service to CMC

The Steamboat Springs School Board will take two more weeks to mull the district’s bid to become Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus’ food service provider after board members couldn’t reach a consensus on the proposal Monday night.

Steamboat Education Fund Board to consider matching funds

Public school districts in Routt County will learn Wednesday night whether the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board will approve $150,000 in matching funds the districts would need to accept a literacy grant from Mile High United Way.

Jack Weinstein: Start-ups and drop-offs

A local company is on display this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Steamboat wrestling grabs 2 wins Monday night

The Steamboat Springs High School wrestling squad won a pair of duals Monday in Battle Mountain, knocking the host, 42-30, and Lake County, 48-6.

Water rate hike takes effect for Steamboat customers

This month marks beginning of second of three straight years of increases

This month marks the start of the second year of a three-year rate increase schedule intended raise money for improvements to Steamboat’s water and sewer system infrastructure.

Less than a week after stroke, Judge Garrecht is back on the bench

Routt County Judge James Garrecht says there are no residual effects from his Wednesday episode, which doctors think was a stroke. He was released from a Denver hospital on Friday.

Sunday, January 8

Steamboat Junior and Mixed City Championships results for Sunday

2012 Steamboat Junior and Mixed City Championships

Steamboat School Board to discuss providing food service to CMC

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night will discuss its district’s bid to become the Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus’ food service provider.

The Record for Jan. 7

12:58 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 400 block of Howelsen Parkway. No other information was available.

Steamboat briefs: Annual Fireman’s Ball fundraiser is on Jan. 28

The annual Fireman’s Ball fundraiser is at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at The Steamboat Grand. Tickets are $65 per person and include dinner and dancing, with music by the Brian Smith Band.

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Luke Graham: Steamboat basketball gets back to form

Somehow, the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team looked legit Friday against defending Western Slope League champion Glenwood Springs.

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6 inches of snow falls on Steamboat Ski Area during weekend

After weeks of mostly clear skies and unseasonably warm temperatures, Steamboat Springs finally got a welcome shot of winter Saturday as 6 inches of fresh, natural snow coated Mount Werner.

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Steamboat freestylers go big at Sunday event

Steamboat skiers capture plenty of podiums on home snow

Steamboat freestyle skiers took away plenty of podiums during the Rocky Mountain Division Devo freestyle event at Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat Springs that brought about 100 athletes to compete.

Monday Medical: Technology helps resolutions

How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? Are you sticking to that new exercise regime and staying away from sweets? Or have your good intentions already faded?

County agenda for Jan. 9 and 10

Routt County agenda for Jan. 9 and 10

Quicksilver Resources reducing contract, consultant positions

On Thursday, Quicksilver Resources eliminated about 30 contract and consultant positions in the company’s Steamboat office, according to Quicksilver Resources Senior Director of Government and Community Affairs Stephen Lindsey.

Deb Babcock: Jade requires minimal care

If you’re looking for a houseplant that is easy to grow, looks good and requires minimal care, consider the jade plant (Crassula ovata, formerly C. argentea). With its thick, glossy dark-green leaves, this plant is a beauty that can grow as tall as 4 feet and as wide as 4 feet.

Kyle Hornor: Not all beef is equal

While I am a supporter of the Community Agriculture Alliance and I generally enjoy their articles, I found their most recent article concerning the beef industry to be misleading.

Laura Schrettner Corriveau: Privatization no good

I recently read the Steamboat Springs City Council minutes and recommendation from the ICMA consulting services. Privatization of services? Volunteer staffing? Are you out of your mind?

Soroco girls basketball eye rebound

The Soroco High School girls basketball team has the chance tonight to bounce its record back above .500 after back-to-back losses dropped it to 2-2.

Soroco wrestling team looks for improvement

Soroco High School wrestling coach Jay Whaley said his team was better Saturday as it returned from the winter break with a competition at Eagle Valley.

Steamboat Winter Sports Club's Loomis leads in Nordic combined

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Adam Loomis led the way for the United States in a pair of Nordic combined Continental Cup competitions in Erzurum, Turkey.

Saturday, January 7

Steamboat Junior and Mixed City Tennis Championships results

Steamboat Junior and Mixed City Tennis Championships results

Steamboat girls basketball loses to Mead, 42-21

Just a day after playing its worst game of the season against Glenwood Springs, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team produced another stinker Saturday, falling, 42-21, at Mead.

Steamboat wrestling team places 1 at Utah tournament

Steamboat Springs High School wrestler Casey Williams finished in fifth place at 152 pounds at the Vernal, Utah, Tournament of Champions on Saturday.

Hayden wrestling places 2 in Utah tournament

Nick Williams couldn’t wait to get out on the mats since it had been more than a year since he had competed. What a way to come back. Williams, a senior, finished sixth at 145 pounds at the Vernal, Utah, Tournament of Champions on Saturday.

Soroco girls basketball gets behind, loses to Denver Eagles Christian

The Soroco High School girls basketball team fell Friday to the Denver Eagles Christian Homeschool, 74-64.

John F. Russell: Work is worth it

Getting a passport isn’t that hard, but it is a pain for someone like me. I hate filling out paperwork, I hate having my photograph taken, and I’m lazy. So it’s not surprising that I would dread answering all those questions, finding the right paperwork and going through the process of applying for a passport.

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Steamboat hockey falls against Summit

It was mostly all Summit thanks in large part to an undisciplined Steamboat hockey team on Saturday. The Summit Tigers were able to skate away with a 6-3 victory.

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Bridgestone Winter Driving School is off to a slick start in Steamboat

Handmade ice track provides a classroom for winter driving safety skills

Students at the Bridgestone Winter Driving School go through exercises in braking, skid control, accident avoidance and weight transfer in a daily driving safety class.

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Steamboat junior launches Parka clothing company

Logan Banning looks down and shrugs when asked whether he considers himself an entrepreneur. But those who know the 16-year-old don’t hesitate when describing him.

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Winter vacationers in Steamboat find solace off Mount Werner

Lack of snow proves to be mixed blessing for some business owners

Several business owners in Steamboat reported this week that they were visited by groups of vacationers who traded their skis for ice skates, fishing poles, movie tickets and saddles because of conditions on Mount Werner.

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Retiring Steamboat police Chief Hays put ‘community 1st’

When JD Hays first interviewed with the Steamboat Springs Police Department, the Los Angeles cop had never heard of Steamboat, and it was snowing so hard he couldn’t see his hand in front of his face.

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Steamboat Springs Nordic team begins season

The snow on Saturday morning was a welcome sight for many. But for the Steamboat Springs High School Nordic team, it meant a lot of last-minute scrambling in preparation for Saturday’s state-qualifying Nordic race at Howelsen Hill.

The Record for Jan. 6

12:08 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to a report of a fight between two groups of people visiting from out of town in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square.

Mark Hillman: ‘Rationality’ eludes judge in school funding case

When Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the state will appeal a Denver court’s ruling that the state inadequately funds education, he acknowledged what Judge Sheila Rappaport, and previously the Colorado Supreme Court, would not: Money is a finite resource, even when it’s spent on worthy causes and when it’s spent by government.

Laila Powers: Low-lying fruit

On Tuesday night the City Council was presented with the results of a study it commissioned through City Manager Jon Roberts’ office. The report was submitted by a representative from the consulting firm and covered a wide array of topics and recommendations without taking into consideration the “human side” of the equation — our professional EMS staff.

Wayne Lemley: Goals and rewards

Kids work toward goals and rewards, just as adults accomplish goals. Kids enjoy receiving rewards for their accomplishments. This summer, my son (7 years old) trained at the water ramp at Bald Eagle Lake for a number of sessions. Before some of the sessions, we would set goals.

Fran Conlon: Starbucks refinery?

There is much concern about drilling in Routt County. I think that it might make sense to not only be concerned with drilling, hydraulic fracking and roads, but also to be concerned with a small oil refinery for Northwest Colorado. Locally processed gas could be presented to the consumer at a lower price.

Our View: Pot question is right step

A campaign to legalize marijuana in Colorado appears headed to the November ballot, representing the logical next step in getting clarity on what state residents truly want when it comes to the availability and enforcement of the popular recreational drug, as opposed to the medical use allowed under current law.

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US Rep. Scott Tipton focuses on economy in visit to Routt County

More than 30 people sat in Steamboat Smokehouse for Saturday's meet-and-greet, the second of three stops U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., made in Routt County that day as a part of a statewide tour.

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Kansas farm pond is home to lifetime of hunting, family memories

“The pond” — it needs no other name for my family, though it has one — lies about 600 yards behind my childhood home and has played host to more of my memories than I could ever count.

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Eliza Outtrim having banner year on World Cup

As Eliza Outtrim has progressed in the world of competitive moguls, the goals become simpler and simpler. The 2003 Lowell Whiteman School graduate is coming off her best year in 2011 and is primed for another step forward in 2012.

Jail Report for Dec. 31, 2011, to Jan. 6, 2012

Jail Report for Dec. 31, 2011, to Jan. 6, 2012

Outdoors briefs: Annual Moonshine Ski & Dine fundraiser is Feb. 4

The sixth annual Moonshine Ski & Dine fundraiser is from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4 at Catamount Ranch & Club.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for Jan. 8

Happy birthday wishes to Randall Muhme, Sandra Boyd, Darrell Camilletti, George Hawn, Noah Abbott, Tammie Delaney, Michelle McAvoy and Tommy Goddard.

Candidate emerges in House District 57

Glenwood Springs’ Bob Rankin to run on pro-business platform

Bob Rankin, 69, said he is a small-government conservative who will be running on a platform centered on free market capitalism.

Friday, January 6

Real estate transactions for Dec. 30, 2011, to Jan. 5, 2012

Real estate transactions for Dec. 30, 2011, to Jan. 5, 2012

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Shopping center ownership restructured as Walgreens arrives in Steamboat

The new Walgreens at Steamboat Crossings is targeting a quiet Jan. 27 opening date with a grand opening in late February, store manager Jared Aylor said Thursday. He also wanted to put out the word that he is looking for more local vendors whose products he can sell in the new store.

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Covered Bridge house finds the right buyer

After more than a decade on the market, one of the most talked-about homes in the Yampa Valley sold Wednesday, completely furnished, for $3.48 million in cash to a family trust.

Hayden boys basketball falls in Meeker with 3rd-quarter letdown

Hayden certainly has improved, but Friday’s 51-42 loss to Meeker proves the Tigers aren’t all the way there.

Hayden girls hoops loses late lead in 62-59 defeat at Meeker

The Hayden High School girls basketball team lost a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter Friday, falling 62-59 at Meeker.

Soroco boys basketball snags win in Vail

The Soroco High School boys basketball team got another big game from sophomore Ryan Jeep in remaining perfect on the season Friday with a 63-49 win against Vail Mountain.

On the Market: Foreclosure has begun against Barn Village

The second home ever built in Steamboat Barn Village is being framed this winter, but the unsold portions of the development off Pine Grove Road have come under a foreclosure filing.

Glenwood Springs girls hoops cruises to victory against Steamboat

The Demons used superior athleticism and an active defense to easily beat Steamboat, 62-28, on Friday.

Steamboat boys hoops picks up victory against Glenwood Springs

Steamboat put together its most complete game of the year, beating the defending league champion Glenwood Springs, 61-43, on Friday.

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Steamboat hockey shuts out Pine Creek, 4-0

A two-week break in the season did not seem to slow down the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team Friday night as it easily handled the Pine Creek Eagles.

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Marcus Oswald Borden is 1st Routt County baby of 2012

Bordens welcome 2nd child

If he’s anything like his father and his grandfather, Marcus Oswald Borden will love pyrotechnics and the Denver Broncos. Marcus was the first baby born in Routt County in 2012, and although he was due Jan. 2, he waited until 5:15 p.m. Thursday to enter the world.

Mississippi woman still recovering after fall at Steamboat Ski Area

A 19-year-old Mississippi woman continues to recover at a Denver hospital from serious injuries she received after slipping and hitting her head on a snow gun Sunday at Steamboat Ski Area.

The Record for Jan. 5

12:13 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 20-year-old Steamboat man on suspicion of being a fugitive of justice.

Steamboat briefs: Library presents workshop on Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V’

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a six-week Shakespeare workshop focusing on “Henry V” led by veteran English teacher Sally Frostic.

Routt County lunch menus for Jan. 9 to 13

Routt County lunch menus for Jan. 9 to 13

Nicole Inglis: Going inside MusicFest

“Everyone comes here for the same reason,” Sons of Fathers bassist David Beck said. “To let loose.”

Steamboat Springs launches educational budget tool

The city's budgeting survey asks people to prioritize a list of city services, which are provided with a cost that totals $1.42, but there is only $1 to spend.

Steamboat fire chief pursuing another job in Montana

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Ron Lindroth is a finalist for the same position with the Central Valley Fire District in Belgrade, Mont.

Snow finally back in Steamboat forecast

Forecasters are predicting a storm Saturday could bring 3 to 5 inches of much-needed snow to mid-mountain at Steamboat Ski Area and as much as 10 inches up top.

Congressman Scott Tipton to visit Yampa Valley on Saturday

On a weeklong road tip across the Western Slope of Colorado, Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., will make stops in Oak Creek, Steamboat and Hayden on Saturday.

Conservative Ann Coulter to speak in Steamboat

Conservative political pundit, bestselling author and nationally syndicated columnist Ann Coulter will be the featured speaker at a February event in Steamboat Springs.

Thursday, January 5

Steamboat part-time resident's ski design wins national contest

Part-time Steamboat Springs resident Noah Wetzel won K2’s Build Your Own Boards ski design contest. The news was announced Thursday by Freeskier magazine.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Feel good and support beef industry

The desire to know where your food comes from and the cost to the earth to produce it has resulted in great new technology that allows cattle operators to produce more beef on less land with less impact.

The Record for Jan. 4

12:10 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a person urinating in public near a bar in the 600 block of Yampa Street.

Steamboat briefs: Alive At 25 driving class is Jan. 25 at the high school

An Alive At 25 defensive driving class for drivers ages 15 to 24 is from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Steamboat Springs High School.

US Rep. Scott Tipton to visit Steamboat, Hayden

Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton will be in Steamboat Springs to meet voters from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Steamboat Smokehouse.

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Routt County events calendar for Jan. 6 to 12

Continuing what’s become a tradition, Jack Ingram will play a free show at 1:30 p.m. Monday during the Cajun Cookout with Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans.

Steamboat high school sports preview for the week

Steamboat struggled to find consistency in the pre-holiday part of its schedule. The Sailors will have to play well today in a battle of the Western Slope’s top two teams from last season.

Soroco High School preps preview for the week

The Rams boys basketball are off to a fast start under coach Sam McLeod. Vail Mountain will provide what is the biggest test of the young year.

Hayden sports preview for this week

The Hayden boys basketball team opens the post-holiday schedule with quite a task. Meeker may be the best team in Class 2A and beat Hayden, 66-35, earlier this season.

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New Zealand singer-songwriter tests Routt County's musical waters

New climate, new culture and the “really cheesy” food: It’s a lot for a 17-year-old musician to take in on his first foray into the American music scene.

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Artists 'branch out' with First Friday Artwalk tree-themed show in Steamboat

In his most recent oil-on-canvas paintings, Adam Zabel plays with altering perspectives and impressionistic colors to illustrate the role of trees in local life and landscape.

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Steamboat high school Alpine, Nordic teams gear up

Even with a lack of snow, the Steamboat Springs High School Nordic team has to like where it’s at. The 11-skier team begins its 2012 season Saturday on what might amount to the best track in the state.

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Lack of snow hurts Steamboat businesses, helps customers

The lack of snow this winter has been bad news for many of the businesses that provide snow removal services but good news for their customers — or at least for their wallets.

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Joel Rae promoted to Steamboat police chief

The veteran patrol captain replaces longtime police chief JD Hays, who retired Thursday.

Steamboat skier Emily Hannah leads at US Championships

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Emily Hannah continued her tremendous season Thursday, finishing 27th in a 10-kilometer freestyle event at the 2012 U.S. Cross-Country Championships at Black Mountain in Rumford, Maine.

Bambook Cafe opens at Steamboat library

New concessionaire now offers local food options

Bamboo Market took over food and beverage operation Monday at the front of the Bud Werner Memorial Library when it opened Bambook Cafe. It takes the place of Amante Coffee.

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Rabbit Ears moisture at 45 percent of average

At this time last year, the Rabbit Ears measuring site contained 17.3 inches of water. This year, the snow contains 4.7 inches of water. The average is 10.5 inches

Lodging occupancy remains ahead of 2011

This week’s numbers are aided significantly by the annual MusicFest, which brings thousands of Texans to town for five days and nights of live music, skiing and partying.

Election ruling won’t impact Routt County

The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that county clerks must provide drop-off boxes for mail-in ballots at every polling place on Election Day.

Wednesday, January 4

Routt County oil, gas meeting shows differing approaches

Wednesday night’s discussion brought out the differing approaches some longtime residents and industry representatives would bring to regulating energy exploration.

The Record for Jan. 3

12:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to help Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters with a 50-year-old man who had a seizure in the 3200 block of South Lincoln Avenue.

Steamboat briefs: Registration open for the 31st Steamboat Marathon

The half-marathon and marathon races are June 3. There also is a 10-kilometer race and a half-mile Honey Stinger Fun Run.

Woman recovering after fall at Steamboat Ski Area

A 19-year-old Mississippi woman was airlifted to a Denver hospital with serious head injuries after she slid down an icy trail at Steamboat Ski Area and hit a snow gun on New Year’s Day.

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Community raises $10K to stop seizure of Hayden's HiWay Bar

The liquor, fixtures and furniture inside Hayden’s HiWay Bar will not be auctioned off to the public Thursday after the community rallied to pay off $10,000 worth of unpaid sales taxes and employee wage withholdings.

Steamboat City Council delays action on ambulance privatization

The Steamboat Springs City Council delayed action Tuesday after a discussion about whether to submit bids for a private company to operate ambulance services in and around the city.

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North Routt Community Charter School welcomes students to new building

Wednesday was not a typical first day of school for 5-year-old Jason Heid and the 70 students who attend North Routt Community Charter School.

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Artist Jeffrey Keith to present 'Color Studies' in Steamboat on Friday

Abstract artist and adjunct professor Jeffrey Keith tells his University of Denver students “color is not a thing.” Instead, it’s a physiological phenomenon.

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MusicFest kicks off 27th year in Steamboat

It was about this time of year in 2008 when David Beck first came to Steamboat Springs. It was the week of MusicFest, an annual Americana and Texas music festival and group ski trip that draws thousands of music fans from Texas, as well as bands from across the world.

Jack Weinstein: New Hungry Dog venue opens Thursday

Hungry Dog devotees will be able to get a Chicago dog, Cincinnati cheese coney, Steamboat dog or whatever they crave after coming off the slopes.

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Steamboat’s Brant Crossan prepares for big ski cross season

Like a lot of things, it started with a girl for Brant Crossan. Ever since he was urged by a girl he liked to make the move from Alpine skiing to ski cross two years ago, Crossan has been on a rapid ascent.

Steamboat Marathon registration open

The marathon is capped at 500 participants, and the half-marathon is capped at 1,200. The races are June 3.

Street dedication Thursday for outgoing Steamboat police chief

The street is being dedicated at 11 a.m. in honor of retiring Steamboat Springs Police Department Chief JD Hays.

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Steamboat skier takes 10th place at National Championships

Emily Hannah, 17, of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, established herself as one of the fastest cross-country skiers in the nation Tuesday, streaking to 10th place in the 1.4-kilometer freestyle sprint event at the 2012 National Championships at Black Mountain outside Rumford, Maine.

South Routt charts course for education endowment

Founders of the newly formed South Routt Education Endowment fund met Tuesday night in Oak Creek to begin drafting a plan they hope will raise $1 million for the school district this year.

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Jack Weinstein: New businesses pop up in Steamboat

After nearly two years on the market, the former Village Inn location in Central Park Plaza has a new tenant.

Hayden Town Council to consider Parks board Thursday

The Hayden Town Council on Thursday night will consider appointing three new members to the town’s Parks and Recreation Commission and discuss an upcoming trail project.

Rodger Steen: Protect our air

Did you know that the air in Routt County is very clean? This is due in part to our location between the Mount Zirkel and Flat Tops wilderness areas, both of which were designated for special protection from pollution in the 1977 Clean Air Act.

Hart: Thanks to Doak

As the family of George Martin Hart Sr., we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of the wonderful staff of the Doak Walker Care Center for their outstanding care and dedication to our father before and during his passing.

Our view: Micro-grants miss the mark

The city of Steamboat Springs’ micro-grant program for small businesses is a well-intentioned but poorly executed effort to spur local economic development.

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Routt County Sheriff’s Office changes its look

Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins hopes new uniforms will help distinguish his deputies from other law enforcement officers in the county.

Steamboat City Council hears report on fire services

Action is delayed pending more information

After hearing a report about fire and emergency services for Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area Tuesday, Steamboat Springs City Council members decided they wanted more information.

Steamboat briefs: Software conversion next week at Treasurer’s Office

The Routt County Treasurer’s Office is undergoing a conversion to a new property tax software program from Monday to Jan. 13.

The Record for Jan. 2

2:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a drunken person in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. The person was given a ride home.

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Joanne Palmer: I'm on a complaining diet

I am on a diet! No, not that kind of diet. I am smart enough to know that when it comes to food, I have zero willpower. The diet I’ve embarked on is harder than a food diet.

Tuesday, January 3

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Hundreds called for jury duty in Cash trial

Hundreds of people have been told to report to the Routt County Justice Center on Monday to potentially decide the fate of Robert Cash, the man accused of trying to kill his former wife.

Steamboat sales taxes increase in November

City collections jump more than 5 percent from same month last year

For the seventh month in a row and the eighth time in 2011, Steamboat’s sales tax collections increased from the same month in 2010.

Routt County oil and gas working group to finish reviewing conditions

The Routt County oil and gas working group will finish reviewing 61 conditions of approval for oil and gas permits and possibly add more at a meeting Wednesday night.

Monday, January 2

Hospital visits spike during the holidays in Steamboat

One of Steamboat Ski Area’s busiest weeks of 2011 also was one of the busiest weeks for the emergency department at Yampa Valley Medical Center, which saw more patients with ski- and snowboard-related injuries last week compared to the previous holiday season.

Snowmobile winter routes are reopening in counties

Several popular winter snowmobile routes that were closed last year for beetle-kill mitigation are reopening in Northwest Colorado this month.

Portion of Knoll Parking Lot in Steamboat closed through Jan. 13

A large tent for the annual MusicFest is being erected in the northwest portion of the skier parking lot off Mount Werner Circle.

Routt County lunch menus for the week of Jan. 3 to 6

Routt County lunch menus for the week of Jan. 3 to 6

The Record for Jan. 1

12:33 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an intoxicated person at Pine Grove Road and Rollingstone Drive. Police were unable to locate the person.

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Tom Ross: Banish the no powder blues

Steamboat’s two Alpine ski areas have worked miracles this season with the little natural snow they have to work with. But it was difficult not to notice during the holiday that locals and visitors are finding some alternative forms of recreation.

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Dog sled race in Stagecoach called off

Stagecoach doesn’t have enough snow to safely host event

Kimi Lehman, an administrative assistant at the park who was working to coordinate the event with the Colorado Mountain Mushers, said Monday that the sled dog race that was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday was scrapped because of safety concerns and unfavorable weather forecasts.

Routt County requiring energy firm to help pay for road engineering

The Routt County Board of Commissioners will reconvene after the New Year’s holiday Tuesday and consider a measure that figures prominently in its efforts to manage the course of energy exploration in 2012 and beyond.

Sunday, January 1

The Record for Dec. 31

The Record for Dec. 31

Steamboat briefs: Northwest Colorado VNA offers vaccines for $14

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine for $14 for a limited time.

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Hiking a welcome alternative to skiing at Stagecoach State Park

Stagecoach State Park was one of 11 parks in Colorado that celebrated the new year by hosting a “first-day hike." Eleven people participated in a guided hile along the shores of frozen Stagecoach Reservoir.

2011 in Steamboat goes out with a bang but with no busts

Law enforcement officials report no DUIs, major incidents

New Year’s Eve revelers flocked to Steamboat Ski Area on Saturday to view a firework display and torchlight parade at the start of a holiday night that proved to be quiet for local law enforcement agencies.

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Luke Graham: Top 10 of 2011

While everyone takes their place on the couch for Monday’s full slate of New Year’s Day-after bowl games — the power of the NFL, my friends — here is a look back at the top 10 Routt County sports stories from 2011.

County Agenda for Jan. 2 and 3

County Agenda for Jan. 2 and 3

Gardening: Christmas trees: Reuse, recycle or throw away

What are the options for disposing of your Christmas tree now that the holidays are over? Reuse, recycle or discard. Because there are such good options for reusing your Christmas tree or recycling it into mulch, it would be a shame to just discard it in the landfill.

Monday Medical: Flu season has arrived in Routt County

Local health care providers stress importance of vaccination

Flu season has arrived in the Yampa Valley. This, of course, is not a surprise. Here at Yampa Valley Medical Center, we have been planning for the 2011-12 flu season since September.