News for Friday, January 27, 2012



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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.