Stories for July 2012


Tuesday, July 31

Coed B League Softball Standings and Game Results for July 31

Coed B League Softball Standings and Game Results for July 31

Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim results for July 30

Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim results for July 30

Steamboat briefs: Doak Walker Care Center receives a perfect score

The Doak Walker Care Center at Yampa Valley Medical Center received a perfect score of zero deficiencies in an unannounced inspection by the Colorado Department of Health from July 9 to 11, according to a news release.

Adult Coed Soccer League Results for July 31

Adult Coed Soccer League Results for July 31

Our View: Good to the last drop

There’s nothing like severe drought conditions to change one’s perspective on the availability of clean municipal water. This summer has provided some new perspective for many residents and business owners, and appropriately so.

To the Last Drop: Toilet talk: You’ve waited long enough

Water is essential in our daily lives. Turn on the tap, and water comes out. Have you contemplated how much you use inside your home?

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Businesses shuffling in Hayden

Yampa Valley Feeds owner Tammie Delaney hopes a coffee shop and a new retail presence will fill her store's space after it closes following the Routt County Fair.

Oak Creek seeks increased police protection from Sheriff's Office

Undersheriff Ray Birch said his department has responded to 21 calls in Oak Creek in the preceding 14 days. Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins has said a long-term police presence would cost the town a little more than $50 an hour.

Hayden to consider easing fire restrictions

The town of Hayden on Thursday night could become the second town to follow Routt County’s lead in easing burn restrictions in response to decreased fire danger.

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Steamboat Wine Festival grows to 4-day event in 9th year

In its ninth year, the Steamboat Wine Festival is expanding to a four-day event drawing thousands to Steamboat Springs for seminars, tastings and outdoor activities.

Steamboat Springs cyclist Amy Charity wins in Salida

Amy Charity went three for three during the weekend at the Salida Classic, winning the time trial, criterium and road race.

Steamboat fundraisers to benefit winter sports athletes

The proceeds from an Aug. 19 bike ride will benefit the Gold Medal Initiative, an ongoing effort to help land Colorado athletes on the top of Olympic podiums.

Former Steamboat teacher in jail awaiting court decision

John Holland Brothers Jr., the former teacher accused of sexually assaulting a Steamboat Springs child, remains in Routt County Jail awaiting a decision from the Colorado Supreme Court.

Steamboat July rainfall double average, 5th wettest on record

With 3.23 inches of rain this month, Steamboat Springs has seen the fifth-wettest July on record dating back to the early 20th century.

First Friday Artwalk Listings for Aug. 3

First Friday Artwalk runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at various downtown Steamboat Springs venues.

Steamboat American Legion baseball knocked out of state tourney

The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team lost its first two games in the double elimination Legion State Tournament, falling, 10-4, to Fort Morgan and 10-5 to Summit.

Steamboat lacrosse shows well in Maryland

The Steamboat Springs all-star traveling lacrosse team recently competed in the Champ Camp in Baltimore, Md., facing top traveling teams from across the country.

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Joanne Palmer: Make like Andrew Carnegie and support library

Everything in life would be better if it worked like a library. Think about it. A library is built on trust, something that is in short supply these days.

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Routt County cowboys, cowgirls round up top honors in Pueblo

Brothers Eric and Jace Logan led the way for a strong local contingent at the weeklong Little Britches National Finals Rodeo in Pueblo.

Fishing in town stretch of Steamboat still a no-go

The voluntary fishing ban has been tough on local fly-fishing shops and guide services, but local professionals continue to support it.

Thrift store burglarized in Oak Creek

The burglary at the Brand Spankin Used thrift store at 107 E. Main St. was reported at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, and it is suspected the burglary occurred sometime after 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Record for July 30

1:14 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an attempted suicide in Steamboat.

Steamboat briefs: Horizons provides free screenings for children

Horizons Specialized Services provides free screenings for children. If you’re a parent and are concerned about your child’s development, call Kathy Northcutt at 970-871-8558.

10-minute delays Thursday on Rabbit Ears Pass

Motorists should expect delays of as long as 10 minutes during a rotomilling project on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Fire restrictions eased in unincorporated areas of Routt County

Stage 1 restrictions begin Wednesday

Effective Wednesday, the Stage 1 restrictions will allow charcoal grills and campfires within approved fire grates on state land and land in unincorporated parts of Routt County.

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Steamboat's Blake Worsley reflects on Olympic experience

Competition done for Team Canada swimmer

Steamboat Springs swimmer Blake Worsley helped Canada to a 14th-place finish Tuesday in the 800-meter relay.

Steamboat's Worsley and Team Canada finish 14th in freestyle relay

Blake Worsley had Team Canada in second place after his opening leg in the 800-meter freestyle on Tuesday. The team went downhill from there.

Monday, July 30

Steamboat briefs: Wednesday event to focus on cyclist/motorist issue

The Steamboat Pilot & Today’s monthly Coffee and a Newspaper community forum from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the newspaper will focus on the ongoing struggle for accord between cyclists and motorists on local roads.

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Steamboat residents share thoughts on casino project

At times, Monday night’s informational meeting in Steamboat Springs about a proposed casino in Hayden sounded more like a heated, high-stakes debate.

The Record for July 29

1:19 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a fight at a bar in the first block of Seventh Street. Officers arrested a 53-year-old Steamboat man on suspicion of harassment.

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Routt County rejects Storm Mountain Ranch tax appeal

The Routt County commissioners upheld Assessor Gary Peterson’s ruling that found the Storm Mountain Ranch residents themselves were not “integral” to agriculture operations.

Steamboat's new water meters go high-tech

Next month, the city will start a project to install new meters that can transmit readings electronically without a visit from a meter-reader.

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Jimmy Westlake: Curiosity prepares for Mars landing

NASA’s roving vehicle named Curiosity is scheduled to land Monday on Mars and begin searching for hints of ancient Martian life.

Steamboat locals ride well in Wyoming bicycle race

A strong field of local riders notched top finishes Saturday at Wyoming's Laramie Enduro, which includes 8,600 vertical feet of total climbing.

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Tom Ross: Crank the phone and call me

It was 25 years after James Harvey Crawford built the first cabin here in 1875 that settlers, desperate for more regular news from the outside world, could place telephone calls.

Steamboat's Worsley ready for 2nd Olympic event

On the heels of his first Olympic experience in London, Blake Worsley hopes his swim Tuesday can prolong his stay in the world’s sporting spotlight.

Oak Creek to appeal to county for law enforcement help

Town officials hope the county commissioners will be sympathetic to their budget woes and desire to provide better law enforcement coverage in the small South Routt town.

Sunday, July 29

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series results for July 28 and 29

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series results for July 28 and 29

County Agenda for July 30 and 31

County Agenda for July 30 and 31

Monday Medical: Newborns provide key data

A quest to determine the normal oxygen saturation in healthy babies born at Yampa Valley Medical Center has attracted national and even international interest.

Deb Babcock: Planting over hardpan

In answer to almost every question about plants asked of Master Gardeners, one part of our reply often deals with improving the soil.

Steamboat briefs: Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed Tuesday

The Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed Tuesday for construction.

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Cristin Frey: Behind the Romantic period

Many people overlook classical music and composers and view them as stuffy or boring, but the Classical and Romantic periods closely resemble a VH1 “Behind the Music” episode.

July rainfall total in Steamboat at more than 3 inches

The rain that fell over Steamboat Springs on Friday night into Saturday pushed the city’s July precipitation total at more than 3 inches. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is calling for more heavy thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday.

The Record for July 28

12:05 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a hit and run at Walton Creek Road.

Steamboat cyclists shine in Winter Park

Kelly Boniface was second and Peter Kalmes sixth in Saturday races at Winter Park.

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Summer visitor numbers strong at Routt County's state parks

They can't roast s'mores or hot dogs on an open flame, but campers still are flocking to state parks around Steamboat Springs this summer.

Worsley: Olympic experience amazing despite near miss

Steamboat's Blake Worsley won his heat of the 200-meter freestyle swim early Sunday morning, but that wasn’t enough to get Worsley into the event semifinals. He was left on the outside looking in by a fraction of a second.

Worsley wins 200-meter freestyle heat but misses semifinal cut

Steamboat Springs and Canadian Olympic swimmer Blake Worsley won his heat of the 200-meter freestyle swim early Sunday but just missed making the afternoon semifinals.

Saturday, July 28

1,000 attend funeral of AJ Boik, who was killed in Aurora theater shooting

The church sanctuary where AJ captivated everyone’s attention one last time has an honest quality to it; the pews, positioned in a complete circle, force a face-to-face interaction that breaks through barriers in what seems like one giant, communal embrace.

Real estate transactions for July 20 to 26

Real estate transactions for July 20 to 26

On the Market: 6 Steamboat homes on parade in Saturday tour

The 2012 Steamboat Springs Parade of Homes, presented by Colorado Group Realty, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Mackenzie Holmberg: Behind the scenes

I show horse and market lamb at the fair, and I also am the president of the High Point 4-H club. I’d like to give you an idea of what goes on behind the show pen.

Hayden Reader of the Week: Kiera Faucett

The Hayden Public Library proudly announces the seventh Reader of the Week in the annual Summer Reading Program.

The Record for July 27

12:46 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a disturbance in the 400 block of Pine Street.

Our View: Airline program woes raise questions about tax

Some may think it’s premature to judge the new 0.25 percent sales tax to help fund direct ski season jet flights into Yampa Valley Regional Airport. But an 11 percent reduction in seats is alarming.

The Jail Report for July 20 to 27

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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Vail defeats Steamboat for Mountain League rugby title

Vail won the Mountain League for the third straight year, beating Steamboat, 31-17, in a winner-take-all game. The two teams next play Saturday in Breckenridge.

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Steamboat Springs Relay For Life raises more than $41K Friday night

As about 50 cancer survivors and their caregivers gathered for the Steamboat Springs Relay for Life on the Steamboat Springs High School track Friday evening, a steady rain didn’t dampen their smiles.

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Soldiers climb Longs Peak to combat post-traumatic stress disorder

Inside Bob Mullen’s living room Thursday, a small band of soldiers put their life stories down on paper. The veterans were preparing to climb Longs Peak to raise awareness for soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Tom Ross: Chris Botti pushes limits of soft jazz at Strings show

A different Chris Botti from the musician on the recordings showed up Friday at Strings, and what we got was even better than his best-selling soft jazz albums.

John F. Russell: Olympic paddler leaves lasting impression on Ski Town USA

Olympic paddler Rich Weiss nearly won Steamboat Springs' first Olympic medal the summer before Nelson Carmichael's historic run.

Friday, July 27

Steamboat briefs: Elk River Road waterline project begins Phase 2

Phase 2 of the Elk River Road waterline replacement project begins Monday, according to a news release.

Anti-drilling group courts Aspen residents

Leaders of the Thompson Divide Coalition implored Pitkin County residents to join their anti-drilling cause during a meeting Thursday night at Aspen High School.

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Hitchens brothers combined ranching and skiing in pursuit of happiness

The brothers Errold and Melvin Hitchens could not have been more different from each other in their approaches to work and horses, which were one and the same in the 1930s and '40s in Routt County.

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Community meeting Monday in Steamboat to discuss proposed casino

Hayden Mayor Jim Haskins says compared with 13 years ago, residents are more open and willing to listen to the idea of a casino being built near Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

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Sensor Solutions an unassuming, high-tech manufacturer in Steamboat

Clients including Chrysler, John Deere and Caterpillar depend on the magnetic sensors designed and built in Steamboat Springs by Sensor Solutions.

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Colorado Highway 131 project on schedule for November completion

Work to widen and rebuild a stretch of Colorado Highway 131 south of Steamboat Springs is meant to improve safety for drivers. The $6.9 million project is expected to be completed by mid-November.

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Steamboat's SolBites finds niche in healthy food market

A year after the launch of SolBites, the healthy food is expanding into big-name stores. But the plastic containers of crackers, spreads and wooden spoons had more humble beginnings in the Yampa Valley.

The Record for July 26, 2012

2:12 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious person in the 3100 block of Ingles Lane.

Yampa River flows pick up in Steamboat, shrink in west Moffat

Flows are improving in the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs, but they are on the decline at Deer Lodge Park in far western Moffat County. Agricultural and municipal users are consuming a portion of the flow.

Thursday, July 26

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for July 26

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for July 26

Steamboat Youth Lacrosse Week 4 standings

Steamboat Youth Lacrosse Week 4 standings

Rob Douglas: Aurora and concealed handguns

The right to carry a concealed handgun brings the responsibility to train in the proper use and handling of that deadly weapon.

Community Agriculture Alliance: You’re invited to the Routt County Fair

Consider this an open invitation to all Routt County locals and visitors. Entering its 98th year, the Routt County Fair is an event so rich with heritage and local lore that we like to say, “You can’t call yourself a local until you’ve experienced the Routt County Fair.”

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat's David Kelley attends Norwegian camp

David Kelley, 16, of Steamboat Springs, attended the Norwegian Language Village Skogfjorden from June 25 to last Saturday in Bemidji, Minn.

A Dog's Eye View: How far we’ve come in 50 years

This is a story about my first dog. Bing was 6 weeks old, roly-poly and white with black spots too numerous to count.

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Steamboat's Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim Series wraps up Monday

The last Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim Series event takes place Monday.

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Relay For Life kicks off Friday night in Steamboat Springs

As 10-year-old Izaac Kinnison finishes an intense round of chemotherapy in Denver, his “alien fighters” are making final preparations for Friday night’s start of the Relay For Life in Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat welcomes back Ride 4 Yellow cycling fundraiser

When Ride 4 Yellow returns to the singletrack above Steamboat Springs on Saturday, the third annual event will do so as a tried and true, proven member of the community.

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Find a new wilderness adventure on Flat Top Mountain

The Devil’s Causeway is a classic hike in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, but those looking for a new adventure might want to take a left at the fork next time.

Routt County events calendar for July 27 to Aug. 2

Routt County events calendar for July 27 to Aug. 2

Fire restrictions to be eased Friday on Routt National Forest land

Fire restrictions are being downgraded to Stage 1 because of recent precipitation that has increased fuel moisture to acceptable levels. The change will allow campfires within fire grates at developed campgrounds and picnic areas.

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Steamboat Strings concert emphasizes collaboration in arts community

The Strings Heritage Concert “Appalachian Spring” takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for the performance are $25 in honor of Strings’ 25th anniversary season.

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After Triple Crown, tourism to peak with Steamboat Wine Festival

Local lodging properties will be more than 58 percent full Saturday night with a boost from Triple Crown youth baseball teams. Occupancy jumps up dramatically next weekend.

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Songwriter Pete Stein feels at home on Steamboat stages

With connections to the Yampa Valley, songwriter Pete Stein often plays in Steamboat Springs, including a concert at Carl’s Tavern at 10 p.m. Saturday and another Aug. 18.

The Record for July 25

4:52 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a car alarm going off for 30 minutes on Blue Sage Drive. It was off when officers arrived.

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Steamboat swimmer Blake Worsley ready for Olympic debut

Steamboat Springs swimmer Blake Worsley, who will be competing for Team Canada, is ready for his first Olympics in London. The swimmer's first event is Sunday.

Yampa Valley Electric Association appoints directors

Frank Roitsch, of Hayden, and Glynda Sheehan, of Slater, were appointed to fill vacant seats.

Climatologist calls for more rain gauge volunteers

Routt County residents are being urged to join a national network of weather reporters who collect precipitation data.

Coed D League Standings and Game Results for July 25

Adult League Softball D League Standings and Game Results for July 25

Steamboat briefs: Dairy Queen to participate in Miracle Treat Day on Thursday

The Steamboat Springs Dairy Queen — 1755 Central Park Plaza, Unit 15 — is participating in DQ Miracle Treat Day on Thursday.

Wednesday, July 25

Town Challenge: Quarry Mountain Cross-Country results

Town Challenge: Quarry Mountain Cross-Country results

Eugene Buchanan: End of an era

Well, I’ve done it. I’ve done gone and reached the end of my soccer coaching era in Steamboat. With the end of the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament on July 15, my daughter Casey, 9, officially has graduated from recreational soccer.

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Town Challenge course challenges field

The top Town Challenge rider was yet again Peter Kalmes, who made it five wins in a row Wednesday, strengthening his grip on the title of "Steamboat's best." Kate Rench maintained her stranglehold on the tops women's division.

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CMC building in Steamboat nearly ready for move-in

The floors still need to be waxed. The exterior still needs to be power washed. But after a year of construction, noise and dust, the Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus’ new academic and student center is complete.

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'Spring Awakening' a provocative tale of adolescence

The show's themes are common threads in the roller coaster of teenage emotions, and one Steamboat performer said it’s a performance that high school-age students should see.

Mark Hartless: Fairness in groceries

Why, when we do business with this one particular company, a monopoly called government, are we charged based on a discriminatory scale uncommon to almost any other entity with which we do business?

To the Last Drop: Creating a conservation culture

Whether you were brought up in an arid or water-rich area, being a good steward of our natural resources is just plain good sense. After all, wasting water is not only irresponsible, it costs money.

2 men treated for injuries after rolling car on Rabbit Ears Pass

The crash occurred at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday near mile marker 152, which is in Grand County. The driver was cited for careless driving causing injury.

Ben Wilcox pilot of plane that crashed Tuesday at Steamboat airport

Wilcox was not injured after the plane he was flying landed without its landing gear down at about 12:30 p.m. He was the only person in the plane, which has substantial damage.

Mary Walker: The true meaning of 'girls empowerment'

In the case of Maasai girls at risk of female genital mutilation and child marriage, some self-professed girls empowerment programs think that what girls are subjected to should not be called “mutilation” and that being sold as wives to men old enough to be their grandfathers is well-meaning social welfare.

14th Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham resigns

Elizabeth Oldham, district attorney for the 14th Judicial District, has resigned to take a job that will allow her to spend more time in court.

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Steamboat Swim Team notches top results

Local swimmers competed in Grand Junction during the weekend, picking up top finishes.

The Record for July 24

1:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a girl who was bitten by a dog in the 2200 block of Ski Trail Lane.

Adult League Outdoor Soccer results for July 24

Adult League Outdoor Soccer results for July 24

Capitol Christmas Tree to stop in Steamboat on Nov. 6

Before it goes to Washington, D.C., the 2012 US Capitol Christmas Tree will stop in downtown Steamboat Springs for a ceremony.

Triple Crown to broadcast championship game in Steamboat

Triple Crown will broadcast Saturday's 13-year-old championship game at Vanatta Field. It begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday rain boosts Steamboat's July rainfall total

Thunderstorms drenched South Routt and Steamboat late Tuesday night, providing much-needed moisture to high-country vegetation.

County approves Shell oil well near Hayden

Shell Oil says it has no plans to use hydraulic fracturing in drilling the Dawson Creek well. It will, however, abide by the county's extensive list of conditions, including groundwater-quality monitoring.

Tuesday, July 24

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State officials meet with local ranchers to gauge drought effects

Despite an ironically timed thunderstorm, various state officials toured the Yampa Valley on Tuesday, hoping to see firsthand the effect of this summer’s drought.

Coed B League Softball Standings and Game Results for July 24

Coed B League Softball Standings and Game Results for July 24

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City works to refine funding relationships with nonprofits

The city of Steamboat Springs is looking to play a more active role in vetting and awarding grants to a small number of community groups that don’t fit into the city’s established funding process for local nonprofits.

Our View: A gift that should keep on giving

The city of Steamboat Springs has an obligation to live up to the language of the 1986 ballot question that implemented a 1 percent lodging tax.

The Record for July 23

2:14 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a car driving erratically and speeding at Seventh Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. Officers stopped the car and gave a written warning.

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Jimmy Westlake: Summer meteor showers

If you’ve noticed an increase in the number of shooting stars in recent nights, there’s a good reason. This month’s annual Delta Aquarid meteor shower is increasing in activity as we get closer to its peak on the morning of July 29.

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Joanne Palmer: Finding compassion

Skyscrapers used to be safe. Airplanes used to safe. Movie theaters used to be safe. Then Friday happened.

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Mandatory water restrictions prove effective in first 4 weeks

The consortium of four Steamboat Springs-area water districts report a 15 percent drop in water use since mandatory restrictions were enacted in late June. That translates to a savings of about 700,000 gallons a day.

Steamboat local scores rare double eagle

Rod Schrage's 3-under-par double eagle is rarer than a hole-in-one. The odds of a double eagle are about 1 million-to-1.

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Steamboat Little League teams take swing at titles

Little League baseball teams from Steamboat Springs played in state tournaments across the state last weekend hoping for titles and ultimately walking away with great experiences.

Steamboat American Legion team places 2nd at districts

The local baseball team's second-place finish during the weekend paves the way for its appearance in the state tournament, which starts Thursday.

Casino meeting Monday in Steamboat Springs

The group wanting to build a casino near Yampa Valley Regional Airport will host its second community meeting in Steamboat Springs on Monday.

Seminars at Steamboat lecture Thursday to focus on economy

Bob Reischauer, the former director of the Congressional Budget Office, will deliver the third installment of the Seminars at Steamboat free lecture series at 5 p.m. Thursday at Strings Music Pavilion.

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No injuries after plane crashes at Steamboat airport

No one was injured after a plane apparently landed without its landing gear down Tuesday afternoon at Steamboat Springs Airport. The airport reopened by mid-afternoon.

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Town Challenge returns Wednesday with Quarry Mountain Cross-Country

The Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series has hit the halfway point of its season, but several grueling challenges await, starting Wednesday with the Quarry Mountain Cross-Country at Emerald Mountain.

Officials recommend easing fire restrictions for Routt County

Stage 2 restrictions remain in place, however, until counties and cities officially enact the less-strict Stage 1 restrictions.

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Steamboat resident dies in boating accident

The driver of the boat, a 21-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of operating the boat while intoxicated. The accident occurred Saturday night in Wisconsin.

Open Water Swim Series results for July 23, 2012

Open Water Swim Series results for July 23, 2012. All races take place at Bald Eagle Lake.

Climatologist could shed light on scattered weather pattern

The northern end of the Park Range was among the winners Monday, with 0.3 inches of rain at the Zirkel weather station. But scattered is the appropriate word for describing the uneven rainfall across the valley.

Monday, July 23

Adult League Beach Volleyball scores for July 23

Adult League Beach Volleyball scores for July 23

Men's softball Division I and II league standings and results for July 23

Men's I and II League Standings and Game Results for July 23

Steamboat briefs: Ride 4 Yellow looking for volunteers for Saturday

The third annual Ride 4 Yellow, a mountain bike ride fundraiser for local and global cancer initiatives, is looking for anyone interested in volunteering Saturday.

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Crews reviving Foidel Canyon Schoolhouse

As she toured the school on Monday, Marieta Nelson pointed to the coat closet she and her classmates hid inside of to avoid their teacher. She recalled the horseback rides to class. She was happy the building and its history won’t crumble.

Steamboat cyclist Jacques again tops at Mount Evans

Steamboat Springs cyclist Tammy Jacques won the event for the third consecutive year, leading the way for a strong Steamboat contingent.

The Record for July 22

12:03 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunk person at Aspen Leaf Way and Walton Creek Road.

City of Steamboat launches new website

Local governments are giving their web presences a face-lift. Last week, the city of Steamboat Springs launched a redesign of its website, and Routt County will follow with a new site next month.

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Tom Ross: Water conditions tough on trout, even on Buff Pass

There’s something amiss this summer with the handful of beautiful little lakes clustered within a mile-and-a-half of the summit of Buffalo Pass.

US Nordic combined team shows well in Russia

Todd Lodwick won one weekend Grand Prix Nordic combined event and finished second in the other as the U.S. squad visited the 2014 Olympics venue in Sochi, Russia.

Soroco teen 21st in national rodeo

South Routt teenage cowgirl Marley Hammer came just short of her goal at last week’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo., but she said Monday that she had nothing to complain about.

Steamboat paramedics, bystanders rescue tennis player who collapsed in cardiac arrest

The quick availability of bystanders who knew CPR and an automated defibrillator were a big factor in saving the man’s life Monday morning.

Shell to bring Dawson Creek oil well permit back to county

Shell Oil resumes its effort this week to obtain a Routt County permit to drill the Dawson Creek oil well south of Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Sunday, July 22

Steamboat briefs: HistoriCorps is in need of volunteers starting July 30

HistoriCorps, a volunteer workforce that works to complete preservation projects, is in need of volunteers for a project July 30 to Aug. 3 at Knowles Cabin outside of Steamboat Springs on Routt National Forest land.

Buffalo Pass Enduro Results

Buffalo Pass Enduro Results

The Record for July 21

1:56 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 1800 block of Central Park Drive.

Steamboat Sprint Triathlon results

Steamboat Sprint Triathlon results for July 22

More rain expected in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs didn’t record a drop of rain Wednesday through Saturday. But monsoonal moisture is expected to return to the Yampa Valley in full force this week.

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Planning experts visit Steamboat to hash out plans for Yampa Street

On Saturday a team of planning experts from the Colorado Chapter of the Urban Land Institute told Yampa Street stakeholders a lot can be done to increase their street’s vibrancy and accessibility to pedestrians.

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series No. 6 Results

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series No. 6 Results

County Agenda for July 23 and 24

County Agenda for July 23 and 24

Jane McLeod: Sage is culinary and decorative

Picture a bustling kitchen at Thanksgiving and the aroma from the turkey and stuffing permeating the air. From the stuffing comes a kind of a woodsy, even slightly minty scent that is contributed by the common sage (Salvia officinalis).

Monday Medical: Supporting friends with cancer

Reaching out to a friend with cancer can be as simple as sending a thoughtful card or calling to ask how he or she is doing. Unfortunately, cancer and fear go hand in hand.

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Valerie Powell: This week ahead for Strings Music Festival

“Appalachian Spring” is a beloved piece by Aaron Copland and will be featured Saturday during String Music Festival.

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Buff Pass race a hit for riders in Steamboat

By all accounts, the on-the-dirt portion of the inaugural Buffalo Pass Enduro, which took place Sunday morning on and behind Steamboat Ski Area, was a hit.

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More than 300 triathletes hit Steamboat Lake

The second annual Steamboat Sprint Triathlon drew more than 300 competitors to Steamboat Lake on a picturesque day.

Saturday, July 21

Doug Davis: Enjoyable evening

I had the chance to see the free musical comedy “Tartuffe” put on by the Piknik Theatre Festival last week, and it was a tremendous performance.

James R. Holbrook: Need a light?

I just returned from a weekend conference in Steamboat Springs. I was shocked by the number of bicyclists who rode at night without some sort of lighting.

Tim and Tarryn Jayne: Thank you

We would like to extend a big thank you to the community of Steamboat Springs for every prayer, kind word, beautiful act of kindness and the love you have given to the Appel family.

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Hayden Reader of the Week: Cameron Campbell

Cameron Campbell, of Hayden, was chosen as this week’s reader.

Mark Hillman: Ignorance or arrogance?

What’s more frustrating about President Obama: his ignorance about how difficult it is to make a profit in business or his arrogance that there’s so little he doesn’t know?

Our View: Too soon to lift restrictions

Moisture in the past two weeks has brought some relief to our corner of Colorado, but it has done little to reduce the significant fire danger that persists in the region.

Joel Reichenberger: Sports sponsor the weekend

This weekend likely signals the pinnacle of the summer sports season in Steamboat, and those of us documenting it have struggled making sure we include a bit of everything.

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Steamboat Men's Rugby Club outlasts Grand Junction

The Steamboat Men's Rugby Club beat Grand Junction, 29-17, on Saturday, setting up a showdown with rival Vail next weekend for the league title.

The Record for July 20

12:05 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers found an open door or window in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue.

The Jail Report for July 13 to 19

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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Inaugural Redneck Olympics sees success in Hayden

London 2012 might not kick off until next week, but Hayden got the festivities going a little early with the inaugural Redneck Olympics, which took place during the annual Hayden Daze weekend celebration.

Steamboat Springs Running Series Spring Creek Memorial results

Results from Saturday at Spring Creek.

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Tough Spring Creek race wows crowd in Steamboat

There’s really nothing else on the Steamboat Springs Running Series annual calendar quite like the Spring Creek Memorial test. On Saturday morning, the course accounted for all the post-race buzz.

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Steamboat cyclist's fight against brain tumor continues

Brad Cusenbary has greeted nearly every single day for the past three years the same way: He runs a diagnostic test through is body, checking to see what abilities he has won back from the brain tumor that changed his life.

John F. Russell: Major league moments

It was a moment 10-year-old Kevin Kaster had been waiting for since the first pitch of the ball game. But as he made his move to field the hot grounder, the unthinkable happened. His feet lost their grip on the soft dirt, and his knee slipped to the ground.

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Former South Routt School Board member honored for years of public service

Linda Long was bracing for death in 1965. Doctors told the 19-year-old she would succumb to ovarian cancer in three months. She beat odds and expiration dates, and 47 years later, she's being honored for her service to the South Routt School District.

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Tom Ross: Wither kids recall Steamboat in the 1950s

The Wither kids often got 25 cents each from their parents for popcorn and a movie. (It was always a Western, naturally.) But most of their leisure time was spent outdoors.

Friday, July 20

Knez Fire burns 10 miles south of Craig

Craig Fire/Rescue, the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Land Management firefighters responded at 7:30 p.m. Friday to a wildfire burning 10 miles south of Craig.

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Clown Bert Davis, his dogs a hit at Steamboat rodeo

There may be nothing in the world of cowboys and cowgirls as valuable as a good animal. That's no surprise to Bert Davis, the clown at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series this weekend.

On the Market: Sheraton hires catering, conference services head

The Sheraton Steamboat Resort has announced that Kelly Brown now is the director of catering and conference services, according to a news release.

Real estate transactions for July 13 to 19

Real estate transactions for July 13 to 19

Joshua N. Schwiesow: Coming together to fight cancer

July 28 marks the third annual Ride 4 Yellow mountain bike event and fundraiser, when more than 120 riders will take on the Continental Divide Trail. This is no gimme.

Steamboat's winter airline seats down 11 percent

Despite a projection of $950,000 in new airline program revenue, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials and the Local Marketing District board are looking at an 11 percent reduction in airline seats for the coming ski season.

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Steamboat police increase patrols in wake of Aurora shooting

In the wake of the movie theater shooting early Friday in Aurora that left 12 dead and 59 wounded, the Steamboat Springs Police Department increased patrols at local theaters.

The Record for July 19

2:37 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of about $30 in dollar coins stolen from a car in the 1900 block of Curve Plaza. The caller didn’t want to file a report but asked for extra patrol. The car was not locked.

Steamboat Legion baseball team wins opener

The Steamboat Springs American Legion team won its opening game of the district tournament Friday against the Palisade No. 2 team. The team returns to the field at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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Cancer-free, a 'Sunshine Kid' returns to Steamboat

14-year-old Bobby Menges is bright about future

Fourteen-year-old Bobby Menges is cancer-free and looking toward a bright future. He was back in town for this weekend's Tour de Steamboat, which raises money for the Sunshine Kids Foundation.

May condo auction boosts Routt County June sales

The closings of sales involving 15 condominiums in Trailhead Lodge last month helped put the Routt County real estate market in the pink for June when dollar volume of $65.4 million was up 64.57 percent from June 2011.

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Sue Leonard: A refreshing take on summer camp

Sports and adventure camps offered in Steamboat are many and varied, but this summer there's a new option for local students in Steamboat Book Trails, a camp that focuses on literacy and the environment.

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Estate sales can offer bargain deals for the savvy shopper

The goods at Friday’s consignment sale ranged from antique fishing reels to Italian espresso cups. But estate sales aren’t always what they sound like.

City of Steamboat hires veteran to lead Public Works department

Chief Master Sgt. Charles "Chuck" Anderson will replace Philo Shelton, who resigned in early June. Anderson's first day is Aug. 15.

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Downtown Steamboat tourism bookings heat up

The lodging barometer published by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association anticipates 9,500 visitors will spend the night here Saturday.

Thursday, July 19

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for July 19

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for July 19

Water needs for oil shale development studied

The technology required for a future oil shale industry is uncertain. Thus, water demands for developing the resource is also uncertain, a newly published report said.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat to Stagecoach water tour is on Thursday

A Steamboat to Stagecoach Reservoir water tour is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Record for July 18, 2012

7:59 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a theft of a purse from the 1100 block of South Lincoln Avenue.

Rob Douglas: 'Polish the gem'

Before funding new improvements and amenities, the city needs to fund repairs and maintenance for existing improvements and amenities.

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Speaker tells Steamboat crowd trouble could loom for China

Washington Post journalist John Pomfret told a Seminars at Steamboat crowd two recent events in China illustrate that its precipitous rise could be headed for some turbulence.

Duncan Craighead: Don't add to problems

A gambling casino in Hayden? I grew up in Steamboat, and it may be a case of longing for the good old days that anyone feels for their old hometown, but this idea sounds like the worst that has come out of Routt County in a long time.

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Routt County events calendar for July 20 to 26

Find events for the week in Routt County with the Explore Steamboat calendar.

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Sister Sparrow lands at Strings Music Festival on Saturday in Steamboat

On Saturday, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds will appear in Steamboat Springs as a part of Strings Music Festival’s Different Tempo Series. Tickets are $25.

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Steamboat's Lowell Whiteman Primary School to change name

Lowell Whiteman Primary School is making a new name for itself. Starting next month, the private school in downtown Steamboat Springs will become the Emerald Mountain School.

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State officials to assess Northwest Colorado drought conditions during Tuesday tour

The impact of the drought on local businesses and tourism will be the focus of next week's visit from officials within Gov. John Hickenlooper's administration.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Permaculture in practice

Little goes to waste at the home of Routt County resident Erica Olson, who says permaculture helps her feel more a part of the world.

A Dog's Eye View: Puppy Diaries: The beginning

There's nothing quite as thrilling as the arrival of a new puppy. But learning about their development will go a long way toward preparing them — and us — for a happy life together.

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Perry-Mansfield's Evening of Dance returns to Steamboat

Evening of Dance at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp opened Thursday and continues with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Sprint triathlon hits Steamboat Lake on Sunday

In its second year, the Steamboat Sprint Triathlon has grown to 350 competitors. The race begins at 8 a.m. Sunday's event is sold out but still is in need of volunteers.

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Teen driver, 10-year-old passenger roll car into Stagecoach Reservoir

South Routt fire officials say the boys suffered only minor cuts and scrapes after the Wednesday incident on Routt County Road 18.

Wine Spectator puts four Steamboat restaurants on the map

Local eateries named to the prestigious wine magazine's 2012 list of "restaurants to know." Did you favorite restaurant make the cut?

Coed D League Standings and Game Results for July 18

Coed D League Standings and Game Results for July 18

Wednesday, July 18

Volunteers needed for several events in Steamboat

The Steamboat Big Mountain Enduro Series race is at 8 a.m. Sunday. Those interested in volunteering should call David Scully at 970-846-5012.

Steamboat briefs: Worsley send-off is Thursday at Haymaker Patio Grill

Haymaker Patio Grill will host a send-off from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday for Patti and Don Worsley.

Brent Boyer: It's a 2-way street

I'm no stranger to the longstanding conflicts between cyclists and motorists here in Routt County, but it really hit home one day last week.

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Inaugural Redneck Olympics kick off Saturday in Hayden

This weekend, the "Olympic" games at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden will include mud surfing, blind tractor driving and a paintball obstacle course, among other wacky events.

The Record for July 17

5:31 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of criminal mischief in the 2500 block of Village Drive. No other information was available.

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Suitors line up for shot at city's accommodations tax revenues

Last month, city officials asked citizens to help them decide how to spend the tax. After a six-week application period, officials don’t have a shortage of ideas.

Water calls on Colorado River boost business for Steamboat company

Above-average flows in the nearby Colorado River keep Steamboat whitewater rating company Bucking Rainbow Outfitters busy despite the struggles on the Yampa.

Wrestler Bruggink earns All-American honors

Lauryn Bruggink, headed this fall to wrestle for Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, finished sixth in a national tournament, earning All-American honors for the second time in her four trips to the event.

'Hero dirt' highlights Steamboat Springs enduro race stop

With the growth of enduro mountain bike racing, Steamboat Springs gets an up-close look Sunday with the inaugural Buffalo Pass Enduro.

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Spring Creek Memorial run returns Saturday

The Spring Creek Memorial run has managed to carve out a niche as one of the most unique races in the Steamboat Springs Running Series. This Saturday, the race will again offer runners a chance to strike out up a once-a-year trail.

Steamboat real estate trends hint at healthier market

Total dollar volume and the number of transactions through the first six months of 2012 are up from 2011. However, the number of listings is higher, and the average transaction price is lower.

City of Steamboat to retool community support funding

City of Steamboat Springs officials are moving forward with a plan they say will add integrity to the process the city uses to award grants to community groups.

Coed B League Softball Standings and Game Results for July 17

Coed B League Softball Standings and Game Results for July 17

Steamboat Youth Lacrosse Week 3 Standings

Steamboat Youth Lacrosse Week 3 Standings

Adult Coed Soccer League Results for July 17

Adult Coed Soccer League Results for July 17

Tuesday, July 17

Routt County fires back at state over drilling permit process

The Routt County Board of Commissioners fired back Tuesday with a response to Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director Thom Kerr.

May final sales tax figures creep up; year-to-date total down slightly

The city of Steamboat Springs’ final May sales tax report shows a revenue increase of 6.85 percent compared with May 2011.

Craig barbecue event receives conditional permit

Organizers of the Colorado State BBQ Championships recently received a tentative permit from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office to host their event as planned.

Seminars at Steamboat continues Thursday with focus on China

In front of a Steamboat Springs audience Thursday night, journalist John Pomfret will try to summarize one of the world’s most complex relationships in 90 minutes.

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Tour de Steamboat ride includes a storied history

Saturday’s eighth annual Tour de Steamboat will bring more than 600 riders to Steamboat. The event is rich in cycling history and has evolved from a money making venture to a tremendous fundraiser.

Steamboat American Legion team closes out its regular season

The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team picked up a pair of league wins during the weekend to close out the regular season.

Steamboat Springs lacrosse team wins in Breckenridge

The Steamboat Springs all-star traveling lacrosse team won the Summit County Lacrosse Classic, finishing 5-0 and outscoring its opponents, 42-9.

Steamboat cyclist Tammy Jacques 2nd in Utah

Steamboat Springs cyclist Tammy Jacques finished second Saturday at the Crusher in the Tushar road and dirt ride in Fish Creek National Forest in Utah.

Steamboat briefs: Big Mountain Enduro Race is set for 8 a.m. Sunday

The Steamboat Big Mountain Enduro Race is at 8 a.m. Sunday. Registration is Saturday at Christy Sports in Gondola Square.

The Record for July 16

6:43 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint that construction started early in the 1300 block of Bob Adams Drive.

Jack Gutschenritter: Hate the name, love the act

The term Obamacare is a derogatory reference to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act about a universal health care plan that actually is quite good.

Our View: Poor decision encourages censorship

We think it’s a fool’s argument that a free newspaper like ours is devoid of any actual value. But that’s precisely the logic being employed by some members of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.

David Smith: Addressing the facts

The photo and caption about a fire along U.S. Highway 40 on July 12 left out some key facts.

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All ages up for African drumming, dancing in Steamboat

In Steamboat Springs, where a strong and ever-growing African arts community took hold more than a decade ago, the youth demographic has not been left behind.

Sue Leonard: 'A Day for Writers' melds past, present

The Depot Art Center was abuzz with activity Friday and Saturday for the 31st annual “A Day for Writers,” which drew 40 authors from across Colorado to as far away as Bristol, England.

To the Last Drop: Common sense and your lawn

With mandatory water restrictions in place in Steamboat Springs, it’s time to provoke thought on ways we can change old habits that may not make a lot of sense to begin with.

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Joanne Palmer: All hail Queen Stomach

I’ve come to the startling realization that I spend an alarming amount of time thinking about food.

Northern Colorado fire restrictions to get a fresh look Tuesday

Fire management officials from across northern Colorado will wait until early next week to make a decision about whether to leave Stage 2 fire restrictions in place in a five-county area that includes Routt and Moffat counties.

Deja vu: Pilot & Today phones lines again inoperable after CenturyLink error

Incoming calls to the newspaper are met with a busy signal, an issue that is related to CenturyLink, which mistakenly disconnected all of the newspaper's phone lines Friday. The problem returned Tuesday, and now has come up again Wednesday.

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7 Steamboat skiers named to U.S. Telemark teams

Zoe Taylor and Madi McKinstry both were named to the woman's A team. Charlie Dresen and Jeffrey Gay made the men's A team.

Plan to head to backcountry? Check on Forest Service road closures

Ongoing hazard tree removal operations are resulting in a number of closed roads and trails in the Forest Service's vast network of backcountry travel routes in and around Routt County.

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3 straight days of rain boost Yampa's flows in Steamboat

The river was flowing at 107 cubic feet per second Tuesday morning, its highest level since July 7. However, a dry weather patten is headed Steamboat's way.

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Craig/Moffat County barbecue event receives conditional permit

Organizers of the Colorado State BBQ Championships recently received a tentative permit from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office to host their event as planned. Now in its third year in Craig, the BBQ Championships are scheduled to run in conjunction with the Moffat County Balloon Festival Aug. 3 to 5 at Loudy-Simpson Park. However, before the grilling begins, organizers will need to follow through on some safety conditions. The area used for the championships must be supervised by experienced fire personnel, and firefighters will wet down the ground with water from an on-site truck every few hours to prevent stray embers from open flame grills catching the grass on fire.

Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel bios

Learn more about the Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel in Steamboat this week to study Yampa Street.

Monday, July 16

Adult league volleyball results for July 16

Adult league volleyball results for July 16

The Record for July 15

2:12 a.m. Hayden Police Department officers were called to a report of a fight in the 100 block of East Jefferson Avenue.

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Steamboat mountain bikers take top spots in Breckenridge 100

Kelly Boniface was well rested and focused as she left the starting line of a 68-mile marathon mountain bike race in Breckenridge on Sunday.

Steamboat City Council to discuss water release

The Steamboat Springs City Council could help double a planned release of water from Lake Catamount into the Yampa River.

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Yampa Valley High School teacher battles cancer

In his room on the fourth floor of Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver, Dan Juba is turning to his family and his sense of humor to survive the long wait.

Ace employee gets inspiration from Big Ben

As Ace at the Curve employee Julia Pollock fights a rare form of terminal cancer, she is receiving support from her family, coworkers and a famous NFL quarterback.

Steamboat briefs: 1 fire sparked in Routt County by weekend’s thunderstorms

Along with some much-needed moisture, the thunderstorms that swept through Northwest Colorado during the weekend also sparked several lightning-induced wildfires.

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Jimmy Westlake: Magnificent summer Milky Way

When the bright moon is not in the sky, the dark summer night reveals one of its most spectacular treasures, the soft, misty glow of the Via Lactea, or the Milky Way.

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Tom Ross: Prime time on Buffalo Pass

The rain storms that crashed through the upper Yampa Valley during the weekend helped to relieve our drought symptoms and put a little charge in the river, but it’s another world above 10,000 feet on Buffalo Pass.

Moffat County commissioner apologizes for violating fire restrictions

Tom Gray wasn't cited for burning trash outside his home July 5, which violated the fire restrictions he voted to put in place just a week before.

Planning experts coming to discuss Yampa Street redevelopment

The team from the Urban Land Institute is expected to return at the end of the summer with a written report including recommendations on how to fund the improvements and begin the work.

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Modernization under way at historic Steamboat museum

Construction has begun on a new $1 million facility that will house some of the museum's historic artifacts as well as provide additional exhibit space.

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Holy Name Catholic Church expansion starts this week

A large circle of Holy Name Catholic Church parishioners used shovels and a bucket of holy water Sunday morning to turn a muddy plot of land at Sixth and Oak streets into something more sacred.

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Steamboat's forecast calls for more rain

A storm that lingered over Steamboat Springs on Saturday night left behind one-quarter inch of rain and helped to revive the tubing season on the Yampa River.

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo results: Rodeo 5

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo results: Rodeo 5

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Trapper’s Lake reaps benefits of fire

Colorado undoubtedly had seen bigger wildfires, even bigger blazes during summer 2002. But the imposing Big Fish Fire was all the more extraordinary, set against the dramatic backdrop of Trapper’s Lake and the striking Flat Tops Wilderness Area surrounding it.

Craig resident dies at Colowyo Mine

Jason Kawcak, a 25-year-old Craig resident and Colowyo Coal Co. employee, died Saturday in a vehicle crash on Colowyo Mine property in Moffat County.

Deb Babcock: Keeping trees healthy during a drought

With water restrictions in place throughout Routt County because of the drought this year, many gardeners are wondering how their trees will fare without much rainfall.

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Cristin Frey: Classical music 101

If your mind goes blank when asked to define pizzicato, concerto or chamber music, keep reading because this article is for you.

The Record for July 14

12:20 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drug violation at a bar in the 700 block of Yampa Street. Officers arrested 26-year-old man who was suspected of possessing a controlled substance.

Steamboat briefs: Driving course required for high school parking

Steamboat Springs High School juniors and seniors who wish to purchase an on-campus parking permit or apply for open-campus privileges at the high school during the 2012-13 school year must attend and complete the Alive at 25 Defensive Driving Course.

Monday Medical: The risks of taking aspirin daily

Taking aspirin regularly for the prevention of a heart attack or stroke may present more risks than benefits.

County Agenda for July 16 and 17

County Agenda for July 16 and 17

Saturday, July 14

Real estate transactions for July 6 to 11

Real estate transactions for July 6 to 11

Sen. Mark Udall: Farm Bill as a wildfire tool

I have worked hard to make the 2012 Farm Bill, which my colleagues and I passed in the U.S. Senate last month, an important tool in managing our forests.

Daphna Nachminovitch: Pet-friendly reminder

Please allow me to remind readers that animals never should be left in parked vehicles, which can become death traps in a matter of minutes during warm weather.

Omar M. Campbell: Putting on pressure

Those readers who did not get Sen. Rand Paul’s June 20 letter about the United Nations’ effort to control small arms worldwide — especially in the U.S. — read on.

Our View: County's stand is correct, admirable

In defying the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission last week, the Routt County Board of Commissioners took a courageous and defining stand for the protection of area water quality.

CenturyLink error results in Pilot & Today phones being disconnected

Phone lines at the Steamboat Pilot & Today were reconnected Saturday afternoon after a mistake by CenturyLink resulted in the disconnection of all of the office's phone numbers.

John F. Russell: Rallying for the cause

The scene at the Rally for the Cure golf tournament never really seems to change.

Hayden Reader of the Week: Alondra Cerda

Hayden Public Library proudly announces the fifth Reader of the Week in the annual Summer Reading Program. Alondra Cerda, 9, of Hayden, was chosen as this week’s reader.

The Record for July 13

12:36 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a person who was threatened on Walton Pond Circle.

The Jail Report for July 5 to 12

The Jail Report for July 5 to 12

On the Market: Prudential hosts Tour de Steamboat benefit dinner

Prudential Steamboat Realty again is hosting the Tour de Steamboat Pre-Ride Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the base of Steamboat Ski Area in the Torian Plum Tent.

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Pedal, petal combine at Kitchen and Garden Tour in Steamboat

The Strings Kitchen and Garden Tour has developed into the top fundraiser for the Guild of Strings Music Festival as well as the best opportunity for the public to glimpse some spectacular homes.

Steamboat real estate inventory dwindles in niche markets

Within specific price points and product categories, there are signs the Routt County real estate market is turning. The change is particularly evident in the city of Steamboat Springs.

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Plans in place should fire strike at Steamboat Ski Area

Snowmaking equipment can help salvage a ski season during a snow-starved winter, and it also could be useful during a hot and dry summer when the threat of wildfires is high.

Steamboat man arrested after camera shop burglarized

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers Saturday afternoon arrested an 18-year-old Steamboat man suspected of burglarizing a camera shop and two mobile homes.

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Tom Ross: Strings pushes its own boundaries

Paul Thorn, who performed at Strings Music Festival on Friday night, is a naughty, naughty boy, and unabashedly so.

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Graduated soccer athletes play final games with Steamboat

Before anyone could say goodbye, the Steamboat U18 team got in one final Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament.

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Chinese students get taste of Steamboat at summer camp

A group of high school-age students from China were here in the Yampa Valley last week to attend The Lowell Whiteman School’s inaugural Steamboat Summer Academy.

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Lush lands await hikers in Zirkels

Maybe by typical July standards, the hike to Mica Lake, four miles off the trailhead at the end of Seedhouse Road, isn’t lush. By the standards of 2012, however, the trip to Mica Lake feels like a hike into Eden.

Joel Reichenberger: Lessons stand out in Penn State crimes

It scares me what the Penn State crimes reveal about the cult of college football and my own place in that worshipping world.

Steamboat Springs Running Series Howelsen Hill 8-Miler results

Steamboat Springs Running Series Howelsen Hill 8-Miler on Saturday

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Boulder's Lovato runs away with Howelsen Hill 8-Miler

Boulder's Michael Lovato blazed the Howelsen Hill 8-miler Saturday, finishing first in 54 minutes, 41 seconds.

Craig rated in top 20 outdoors destinations

Since 2008 when Outdoor Life Magazine began compiling a list of the top 200 towns in America for sportsmen, Craig has made the top 100 each year. But, the city has never had a ranking as high as this year’s.

Sailor gets warm welcome home in Craig

The most difficult day in Jordan Bailey’s life didn’t take place during his time serving overseas in the military.

Friday, July 13

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Rescued horse comfortable in new Steamboat home

The small but hardy chestnut-brown horse Ser Vivor has come into his own at the home of Randy and Gail White, where he lives after spending nearly half the winter abandoned in the North Routt County wilderness.

The Record for July 12

6:13 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken person on Village Drive. The 18-year-old man was impaired by prescription drugs. The man was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center and then transported for a mental health evaluation.

Steamboat briefs: Evening of bear stories is set for Saturday at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Steamboat Writers Group present a free evening of bear stories and photos with award-winning author Laura Pritchett at 7 p.m. Saturday at Library Hall.

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Rocketry camp launches creations Friday

The Rocketry Camp is new this year in the Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s summer program. The camp runs alongside drama, visual art and dance classes.

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Steamboat lacrosse team set for 2 tournaments

Dane Dixson knows the work he has put in with the Steamboat Springs all-star traveling team inevitably will carry over to the 2013 high school season.

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Ranching the Horn family way on Conger Mesa

The Horn family is living the ranch life in a way that few families do in the 21st century: with five extended families spread a mile apart from one another on a collection of historic homesteads on the high desert of Conger Mesa.

Man injured in Steamboat Springs motorcycle crash issued DUI summons

A 33-year-old Steamboat Springs man was issued a summons for DUI and taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center after crashing his motorcycle on South Lincoln Avenue near Mount Werner Road on Thursday afternoon.

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Tubing is again prohibited on the Yampa River

The river was flowing at only 81 cfs through downtown Steamboat on Friday morning, below the threshold established by the Yampa River Management Plan.

Evening of bear stories, photos set for Saturday in Steamboat

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Steamboat Writers Group present a free evening of bear stories and photos with award-winning author Laura Pritchett at 7 p.m. Saturday at Library Hall.

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Rob Douglas: County right on oil well

By refusing to kowtow Tuesday night to a heavy-handed attempt by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to have water-quality monitoring requirements dropped from an oil well permit for Quicksilver Resources, the Routt County Board of Commissioners exemplified how government closest to the people governs best.

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Location-neutral businesses grow in Steamboat

LDM Global has offices in London, New York, Paris, Sydney, Brussels and Reston, Va., but CEO Chris O’Reilly plans to establish his company’s headquarters in Steamboat.

Routt County events calendar for July 13 to 19

Routt County events calendar for July 13 to 19

Steamboat briefs: Season tickets are on sale for Symphony Orchestra

Steamboat Symphony Orchestra season tickets are now on sale.

Thursday, July 12

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for July 12

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for July 12

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Steamboat community copes with loss of Appels

Autopsy reveals Chris Appel was shot multiple times by husband Tuesday

Friends and family members might never know what triggered Larry Appel to shoot himself and his wife, who died after being shot multiple times, an autopsy performed Thursday morning shows.

The Record for July 11

2:13 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of three males fighting in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. An intoxicated male was contacted, and he was allowed to go home with a sober person.

Cedar Knob Fire now 70 percent contained in Moffat County

The Cedar Knob Fire in Moffat County south of Maybell was 70 percent contained Thursday afternoon, according to a news release.

Routt County commissioner candidates weigh in on decision

The unfolding tension between Routt County officials and Quicksilver Resources figures to be a debating point in county commissioner races this fall.

Girls lacrosse camp begins Monday in Steamboat

A four-day Steamboat girls lacrosse clinic begins Monday at Gardner Field at Steamboat Springs High School.

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South Routt cowgirl heads to national competition

South Routt's Marley Hammer qualified in pole bending earlier this summer for the National High School Finals Rodeo, which begins Friday in Rock Springs, Wyo.

A Dog's Eye View: Off-leash etiquette

Off-leash dog parks, if managed properly, can fill this need by offering our dogs a wonderful outdoor experience. Before you go, here are some things to consider.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Fire prevention and survival

This year’s historic fire season has brought many people to think and act on wildfire prevention. Fire is unforgiving and can find the weak link in your home’s fire defenses.

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Steamboat a 'good, soulful place' for musician Jed Clampit

The white-bearded, kind-eyed troubadour has been bound to the road life of a musician since he quit his suit-and-tie job at Sears in the 1970s. He first came through Steamboat in 1985 to visit a friend and played a gig at the Old Town Pub.

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Steamboat's Brian Harvey switching the radio dial

Steamboat radio personality to manage two new stations

It only makes sense that after 25 years as a local radio personality, salesperson and manager, Brian Harvey will work for two new radio stations in Steamboat.

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NFL star Jimmy Graham finds comfort in Steamboat

The third-year tight end for the New Orleans Saints says Steamboat's athletic mindset and outdoor opportunities provide ideal offseason training ground.

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5 questions with Trampled by Turtles' Erik Berry

Mandolin player Erik Berry took a few minutes this week to talk to Explore Steamboat about the band's early days and the significance of the first show they played in Steamboat Springs.

Howelsen Hill 8-miler trail run set for Saturday in Steamboat

Steamboat Springs Running Series organizers are expecting an eager field of competitors early Saturday morning for the Howelsen Hill 8-miler, the first trail run of the summer series.

Coed D League Softball Standings and Game Results for July 11

Coed D League Softball Standings and Game Results for July 11

Steamboat Springs Youth Lacrosse Week 2 Standings

Steamboat Springs Youth Lacrosse Week 2 Standings

Adult Coed Soccer League Results for July 10

Adult Coed Soccer League Results for July 10

Steamboat briefs: Tread of Pioneers Museum receives $30,000 in grants

The Tread of Pioneers Museum received $30,000 in grants from the Boettcher Foundation and El Pomar Foundation, according to a news release.

Hayden considers historic rezoning of downtown area

Hayden Town Planner Tim Katers said Wednesday that the town’s historic downtown district has a branding problem.

Wednesday, July 11

Town Challenge results: Sunshine Loop

Results from Wednesday's Town Challenge mountain bike race at Steamboat Ski Area.

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Cedar Knob Fire in Moffat County at 25 percent containment

As of Wednesday evening, the Cedar Knob Fire had grown to 1,150 acres, but officials on the scene were reporting 25 percent containment. The blaze continues to burn about 20 miles south of Maybell.

Quicksilver hopes for compromise with Routt County

Steve Lindsey, of Quicksilver Resources, said Wednesday that his company is determined to continue working with Routt County toward a compromise on water-quality monitoring for oil wells.

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Riders push through Sunshine Loop bike race in Steamboat

Kalmes, Rench secure streaks in Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series

Peter Kalmes won the men's side of the Sunshine Loop Town Challenge mountain bike race Wednesday, dominating the Steamboat Ski Area course.

Steamboat weighs outdoor vending at downtown site

A proposal to allow temporary outdoor retail sales on an unused commercial site at the eastern entrance to downtown goes before the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday night.

US Olympic Committee will not bid for 2022 Winter Games

The U.S. Olympic Committee will not bid for the 2022 Winter Games, instead choosing to explore the possibility of hosting the Summer Olympics in 2024 or the Winter Olympics in 2026, according to The Denver Post.

Craig woman rear-ends street sweeper

A Craig woman and her 10-year-old daughter sustained minor injuries after the car they were in rear-ended a Colorado Department of Transportation street sweeper Tuesday.

Visitor numbers up in Steamboat for weekend after July Fourth

About 11,400 visitors stayed in Steamboat Springs on Saturday, exceeding the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s forecast by almost 10 percent.

The Record for July 10

12:21 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers stopped a motorist for failing to signal in the 700 block of South Lincoln Avenue. A 44-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament scores a tourism assist

This year's youth tournament, to take place this weekend, brings 120 teams to town. Games will be held on fields across Steamboat.

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Son: Financial troubles led to murder-suicide south of Steamboat

Larry and Chris Appel had fallen on difficult financial times, a circumstance their son thinks led to their deaths Wednesday in what law enforcement officials are describing as a murder-suicide.

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Officials suspect Moffat County fire was sparked by lightning

Officials suspect the Cedar Knob Fire south of Maybell was sparked by lightning. It has grown to an estimated 600 acres, and no information was available about the level of containment.

Routt County Riders trail workday Saturday

Routt County Riders is looking for volunteers for its fifth trail workday of the summer, which will take place at Steamboat Ski Area. Volunteers are asked to sign up by Thursday.

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Cedar Knob Fire burns south of Maybell

Firefighters are battling what officials have named the Cedar Knob Fire, which is located off Moffat County Road 59 South about 20 miles south of Maybell and is thought to have been ignited by lightning.

Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim Series results for Week 2

Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim Series results for Week 2

Adult League Volleyball results for July 10

Adult League Volleyball results for July 10

Coed B League Standings and Game Results for July 10

Coed B League Standings and Game Results for July 10

Tuesday, July 10

Routt County defies state oil official, OKs Quicksilver permit

The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday defied an admonition from a state oil official and approved an oil well permit with requirements for water-quality monitoring.

Northwest Colorado VNA to launch health center in Steamboat

Routt County residents who travel to Craig to utilize the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center soon will gain access to the same discounted primary health services closer to home.

Yampa Valley Housing Authority counters 2 offers for Elk River Village

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority has countered two offers to purchase the burdensome Elk River Village development site, but people close to the process are not optimistic that either of the proposed deals will be consummated.

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Annual Steamboat golf fundraiser draws more than 230 players

Jan Fritz isn’t what most people would call an avid golfer, but every July, she puts on her finest pink clothing and makes an appearance at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club.

Steamboat briefs: Weigh and Win program available through July

Weigh and Win, a free community program that pays you to achieve a healthy weight, is available at from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through July at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Seminars at Steamboat series kicks off Thursday

Former US ambassador to discuss foreign policy at 1st lecture

Organizers of the Seminars at Steamboat lecture series say Christopher Hill is well-equipped to give a local audience a glimpse of the foreign challenges the next president will face.

Obama directive offers wildland firefighters health insurance

President Barack Obama has directed federal officials to offer seasonal firefighters the option of purchasing federal health insurance coverage, White House officials told The Denver Post on Tuesday.

Our View: City Council gets it right

While it certainly wasn’t a popular decision among city employees, the Steamboat Springs City Council got it right last week by reversing course from an earlier decision and voting against staff pay increases.

Spike strip used to stop SUV; Steamboat man faces DUI

Police used a spike strip to stop an SUV driven by a Steamboat Springs man who officers say was drunk and driving recklessly Monday night east of Hayden.

Steamboat-founded Boa Technology tightens grip on new markets

With the shoelace virtually vanquished, Steamboat Springs-founded Boa Technology is targeting Velcro and all other latching, tightening and cinching systems.

Ex-Steamboat resident makes new name for himself with protest

Paonia’s Cherry Days Parade has been a homey lineup of rodeo queens, 4-H floats, tractors and veterans for more than a century — until it became the scene of a human vs. military tank protest this week.

Judy Gunthorpe: This unique mountain town

Where I come from, you do not wake to vast blue, cloudless skies. A sun hat is not needed for the average summer day. And there is never talk of monsoon rains, or champagne powder snow.

Lisa Brown: Community thanks

The 19th annual Hospice Celebration of Life dinner event and golf tournament was held June 18 and 19 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and Catamount Ranch & Club golf course.

Sen. Michael Bennet: Farm Bill support

As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I used input from Coloradans across the state to help craft a bipartisan, fiscally responsible bill that reduces our deficit by $23 billion.

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Theater turns inside out at Perry-Mansfield Premieres in Steamboat

Newly developed 'Carnivoila/Circus D’Illusion' is an interactive theater experience

“Carnivoila/Circus D’Illusion” is a new work written by New York playwright Andrea Thome that will debut with 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. performances Thursday and Friday at Perry-Mansfield Premieres.

The Record for July 9

12:24 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to help a person having chest pain in the 1600 block of Natches Way.

Texas man gets 16-day sentence for Steamboat fight

A 24-year-old Texas man was sentenced to 16 days in Routt County Jail for his role in a Jan. 6 fight in Torian Plum Plaza near the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

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Joanne Palmer: Life lessons from my brother

I know what my brother can’t do. He can’t tell time, he has trouble tying his shoes and his reading skills are minimal. But what he can do is inspiring. He never complains, always has a smile and is happy to help out.

Town Challenge race series hits Mount Werner on Wednesday

Last year, Mount Werner won. It threw racers around, ate up their tires and even sent one to the hospital. But rest assured that most of those riders will be back Wednesday for the Sunshine Loop Town Challenge event.

Phippsburg enacts mandatory water restrictions

Low flows in the Yampa River and an extended drought forecast led to Monday's announcement.

Monday, July 9

Adult Men's Softball League I and II results for July 9

Adult Men's Softball League I and II results for July 9

Hayden police: Altercation led to Craig doctor's arrest

New details have emerged about last week’s arrest of a Craig physician in Hayden.

Camilletti oil well back before Routt County

A special-use permit application for Quicksilver Resources' Camilletti oil well returns to the Routt County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night.

Steamboat briefs: Male singers sought for Emerald City Opera chorus

Emerald City Opera’s 10th anniversary season chorus is looking for a few good men.

The Record for July 8

12:47 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken pedestrian in the 1100 block of South Lincoln Avenue. The person was given a courtesy ride home.

Routt County treasurer to retire in November

Routt County Treasurer Jeanne Whiddon told the Board of County Commissioners on Monday that she intends to retire at the end of November after 14 years in the post and 26 total years with the county.

Bret Marx: Food for thought

I don’t think I share the popular view on this issue, but I have some food for thought for all who oppose the compression pay raise for city of Steamboat Springs employees.

Sarah Cherry: Proud of decision

I love fireworks as much as anyone, and I have always been so proud of Steamboat’s legendary display. However, this year I was also proud of our early decision to cancel the fireworks.

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Tom Ross: Gutenberg would fit in Silicon Valley

Have you ever stopped to ponder what Gutenberg would have thought of e-readers like the Nook, Kindle and iPad?

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McKelvie retires as YVMC’s public relations chief after 30 years

Christine McKelvie, who devoted three decades to taking care that Steamboat Springs’ hospital remained the “heartbeat of the valley,” retires Tuesday as director of public relations at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

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Rabbit Ears crash victim remembered as strong mother

Zoe the English bulldog still is waiting by a front door in Littleton for Shelly Norris to return home.

Sunday, July 8

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Elissa Greene: A top 10 for Strings this week

If you are thinking about attending a Strings Music Festival show this week, here are my top 10 reasons why you should.

County Agenda for July 9 and 10

County Agenda for July 9 and 10

Deb Babcock: Use herbs for a sweet, savory garden

Just outside my kitchen is an herb garden I’ve been cultivating for several years now. It’s heaven to be able to step out and snip some fresh basil leaves for a salad or a few stalks of chives for a pasta sauce.

Monday Medical: Save time by preregistering online

There’s a new, bright blue “button” on the home page of Yampa Valley Medical Center’s website at It encourages patients to save time by preregistering online for any scheduled hospital appointments.

Lenny Herzog: Editorial misses mark

I found it amazing that the editorial board of the Steamboat Today so thoroughly misunderstands the issues surrounding the Oak Creek Police Department (“Our View: Oak Creek police issues like deja vu,” July 4).

Yampa Valley Data Partners report shows recovery

The latest quarterly economic report from Yampa Valley Data Partners speaks of a local economy continuing a slow but steady rebound.

Steamboat briefs: 13th annual Rally for The Cure golf tournament is Tuesday

Steamboat’s 13th annual Rally For The Cure golf tournament is Tuesday at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club.

The Record for July 7

12:05 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken person in the first block of Seventh Street.

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo results: Rodeo No. 4

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo results: Rodeo No. 4

Governor lifts statewide fire ban, but restrictions stay in place for Routt

Gov. John Hickenlooper's decision to lift a statewide fire ban on Sunday won't ease the stringent burn restrictions still in place for Routt County.

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Steamboat businesses bolstered by holiday

Downtown destinations report heavy traffic despite cancellation of Fourth of July events

Steamboat Springs didn’t have a Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, the fireworks, the cattle drive or, for the most part, a river to play in. But the tourists came anyway. Downtown destinations reported Sunday that the Fourth of July week was busy and lucrative in Steamboat despite the cancellation of several of the town’s staple events.

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Steamboat artists’ passion, patience bring Perry-Mansfield art to life

Limited edition prints to benefit arts school’s centennial celebration

Buried deep in the archives of Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp are hidden works of art that might never have been seen again if not for the efforts of several local artists in bringing the historic work back into the limelight.

Flash flood warning for Hayden, Hahn's Peak until 9 p.m. Saturday

The National Weather Service says slow-moving thunderstorms with the potential for heavy rain could result in flash floods.

Saturday, July 7

The Record for July 6

2:39 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint on Laurel Lane.

The Jail Report from June 29 to July 6

The Jail Report from June 29 to July 26

Hayden Reader of the Week: Brittany Volleberg

Brittany Volleberg, 12, of Hayden, was chosen as the Hayden Public Library’s fourth Reader of the Week

Hayden Reader of the Week: Dustin Cerda

Dustin Cerda, 6, of Hayden, was chosen as the Hayden Public Library’s reader of the week.

John F. Russell: Cowboy image

Nobody is ever going to mistake me for a cowboy. I could drop an entire month’s salary on boots, shirts and Wrangler jeans at F.M. Light & Sons, but when I walk out the door, I still would not have what it takes.

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Steamboat Rugby Club claims championship at Cow Pie Classic

It’s unclear when the Colorado-Wyoming rivalry started, but each July at Ski Town Fields, it’s certainly renewed. And in the 38th annual Cow Pie Classic, it seemed only fitting that it was once again a Steamboat Rugby Club and Wyoming final.

Tracy eyes unaffiliated voters in Colorado Senate District 8

Emily Tracy, Democratic candidate for Colorado Senate District 8, was out in Steamboat Springs neighborhoods Friday afternoon knocking on the doors of unaffiliated voters and even some Republicans who might be leaning toward the middle.

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Steamboat girls rugby team makes debut

Nothing calms the nerves like getting hit. In the case of the Steamboat Women’s Rugby Club, the nervous energy before making their debut at the 38th annual Cow Pie Classic rugby tournament on Saturday was squashed pretty early.

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Steamboat Mad Mud Run a good time for participants

Runners, athletes, costumes, business suits, people dressed like Rambo and of course a gregarious amount of mud highlighted Saturday's inaugural Steamboat Mad Mud Run at Steamboat Ski Area.

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1 killed in crash on Rabbit Ears Pass

The Routt County Sheriff's Office confirmed that one person was killed Saturday afternoon when a Jeep rolled down an embankment off U.S. Highway 40 on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Karen Burley: Grateful for support

The third annual Haven BBQ, Barn Dance and Silent Auction was June 23 at The Haven. New to the event this year were silent and online auctions full of unique wellness and outdoor activity items.

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Tom Ross: I wanna hold your ha-a-a-nd

Wednesday night’s immensely entertaining concert at Howelsen Hill by the Beatles cover band 1964 ... The Tribute took me back, way back, to the second semester of fourth grade and memories of a red-headed girl who lived in my neighborhood.

Joel Reichenberger: Finding fishing stories

My first guided fishing trip was the result of one of the more unusual stories I’ve ever pursued.

Stuart Roberts: A stronger, healthier America

The Affordable Care Act is hardly the first effort to address the issues of health care reform in the United States.

Ilya Shapiro: We won everything but the case

I could never have imagined that the Supreme Court’s ringing endorsement of the legal theory I’d pushed for more than two years could feel this hollow.

Our View: Assessing risk of hot air balloons

We can’t help but express our disappointment in how the permit for the 32nd annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo in Steamboat Springs was handled. Routt County pulled the plug on the event Tuesday, citing fire danger.

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Fishing options abound in Routt County

The week’s rain seemed to bring about a sigh so deep and loud in Steamboat that it could have been audible from space. A return of fishing on the Yampa River might be a week away, but there is lots of fishable water elsewhere.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for July 8

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for July 8

Friday's rainstorm sets new mark for Steamboat

Rain sets record, brings headaches

The powerful monsoon storm that swept through Steamboat Springs on Friday afternoon and evening was one for the record books.

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Steamboat's 38th annual Art in the Park tradition continues

The 38th annual Steamboat Springs Arts Council event continues Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at West Lincoln Park. The long-running fair is a fundraiser for the Arts Council to help support its visual arts programs.

Real estate transactions for June 29 to July 5

Real estate transactions for June 29 to July 5

Buyers snap up bank-owned Eco Corral townhomes

The last week in June and the first week in July brought the sudden sale of four new-construction townhomes in Eco Corral in the Hilltop and Tamarack neighborhood of Steamboat Springs.

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Frozen yogurt gets simple at new Steamboat shop

Self-serve shop located at kiosk on Fifth and Lincoln

Katy and Brian Vaughn already owned a fine dining restaurant with one of the fastest-growing reputations in Steamboat. So for their next trick, they went in a different direction and allowed their customers to take matters into their own spoons.

On the Market: Kitchen and garden tour in Steamboat is July 21

The Steamboat Springs Kitchen and Garden Tour — benefiting Strings Music Festival and featuring seven properties in Storm Mountain Ranch, the Anglers Pond neighborhood and the south valley — will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 21.

Friday, July 6

Drought conditions for Steamboat upped to ‘exceptional’

Drought conditions this week were declared “exceptional” for Steamboat Springs and other areas of Northwest Colorado.

The Record for July 5

12:50 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of vandalism in the 3300 block of Meadow Lane.

Steamboat briefs: Chamber announces Fourth of July winners for parade

Judges released results Friday from the Steamboat Springs Fourth of July parade float contest.

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Steamboat snowboarder Gold is featured in Sports Illustrated

As a result of her on-snow accomplishments, Arielle Gold is one of eight teens named “A Future Game Changer” by Sports Illustrated. Gold will be featured in the July 9 issue.

Steamboat Springs Youth Lacrosse Week 1 Standings

Steamboat Springs Youth Lacrosse Week 1 Standings

Thursday storms bring 3,400 lightning strikes

Fire officials are on alert after recent afternoon thunderstorms resulted in thousands of lightning strikes around the region.

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No one injured after tree falls in Dream Island

No one was injured when a large cottonwood tree fell between a couple of homes in Dream Island on Friday evening during a thunderstorm. Responders have not determined a cause.

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'Stars Wars', Steamboat themes color orchestra’s season

The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra’s 21st season will arrive with triumphant fanfare at its opening concert when the local ensemble plays the first notes of John Williams’ “Star Wars Suite.”

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Steamboat arts institutions come together to celebrate heritage

In the first of three Strings Heritage Concerts, “Dance & Camaraderie” pairs Strings Music Festival musicians with Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp dance students and faculty.

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Tubing the Yampa River is a go

After Pete Van De Carr of Backdoor Sports observed that the Yampa River was running above 100 cfs Friday morning, he unilaterally began renting out tubes.

Thursday, July 5

Rob Douglas: Lessons from city pay fiasco

On Tuesday, three groups exited Citizens Hall with a bad taste in their mouths after the Steamboat Springs City Council appropriately denied raises for city employees until the council can review employee compensation in the context of all city expenditures and revenue during the 2013 budget process this fall.

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Hayden hears casino pitch at community forum

Developers say town, schools could see $5 million annually

There were a handful of vocal opponents and a few others who think it’s a great idea, but the majority just wanted to learn more about a casino project being proposed near Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Hot air balloon regulations different in Steamboat, Routt County

Steamboat's Hot Air Balloon Rodeo has been grounded, but that doesn’t mean the skies will be devoid of the floating aircraft — within city limits, that is.

Little rain goes a long way for Steamboat

Most years, the dark clouds that pushed over Steamboat Springs late Thursday afternoon would pose a menacing sight. But this isn’t most years, so those clouds and the rain they potentially held were a welcome sign for most residents here.

Steamboat Youth Lacrosse Week 1 standings

Steamboat Youth Lacrosse Week 1 standings

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Grant would help fund Yampa River Core Trail extensions

City officials are doing the legwork needed to position the Yampa River Core Trail to be eligible for a round of grants from Great Outdoors Colorado that have the potential to deliver a long-hoped-for extension.

The Record for July 4

12:23 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of an injured elk near mile marker 143 on U.S. Highway 40.

July Fourth proves quiet for Steamboat law enforcement

Local police and firefighters said they were pleasantly surprised with how well people behaved during Steamboat Springs’ Fourth of July festivities.

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3rd Congressional District candidate visits Trapper Mine in Craig

Pace stresses coal’s place in energy security

On Thursday, Sal Pace, a Pueblo Democrat running for the 3rd Congressional District of Colorado, visited with officials at Trapper Mine in Craig to learn how impending federal regulations could affect the coal mining industry.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Symphony’s kickoff party is Sunday

The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra will be holding its season kickoff party at 6 p.m. Sunday at Catamount Ranch & Club.

A Dog's Eye View: What you don't know can hurt you

Not all herding dogs love to herd, nor do all sporting dogs love to hunt. Their characteristics can vary from animal to animal.

Full day of rugby ahead with Steamboat's Cow Pie Classic

Each year of the Cow Pie Classic rugby tournament features something unique. This year, the tournament’s 38th, offers the largest and possibly deepest field in tournament history. 

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Police: Woman hurt after fleeing officers in SUV

A 57-year-old woman was hospitalized Thursday afternoon after crashing her SUV while fleeing from Steamboat Springs police.

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Breckenridge Firecracker 50 kind to local riders

Flat tires took the place of fireworks Wednesday, but they didn’t seem to stop a local contingent of Steamboat Springs mountain bikers at the annual Breckenridge Firecracker 50.

Routt County events calendar for July 6 to 12

Events across Routt County for the week of July 6 to 12.

Rain or not, Steamboat Mad Mud Run set for Saturday

The Steamboat Mad Mud Run will, in fact, feature mud. So despite dry conditions, it won’t be the Steamboat Mad Dust Run.

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US Ski Team members to examine 2014 Olympic venue

Several weeks of tough training throughout France for the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team will culminate with a trip to Sochi, Russia, and the venue for the 2014 Olympic Games.

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Dorothy Wickenden book signing is Sunday in Craig

Author chronicles ancestor's journey in Northwest Colorado

Dorothy Wickenden, executive editor of The New Yorker, will be the featured guest at a free book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Justice requires antitrust enforcement

The Department of Justice has released its findings on competition and agriculture stemming from the joint workshops held by it and the USDA in 2010. The report states that “antitrust enforcement has a crucial role to play in fostering a healthy and competitive agriculture sector.”

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Events bring Siberian tiger's plight to Steamboat

What started as Tracy Bye's interest in volunteering to collar tigers in Russia has evolved into a multidimensional series of events to help save Siberian tigers.

Live video coverage of tonight's casino meeting in Hayden

The Steamboat Today is producing live video coverage of tonight's community meeting in Hayden hosted by the group proposing a casino near Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

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Midsummer Mardi Gras celebrates New Orleans music

On Saturday, the New Orleans-based quartet NOLA Live will appear at Sweetwater Grill for a concert event that's becoming a downtown tradition.

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WAR to round out Steamboat's Free Summer Concert Series

The band behind "Low Rider" and 'Why Can't We Be Friends" will play Aug. 10 at Howelsen Hill. It's the sixth act announced for the Free Summer Concert Series.

Wednesday, July 4

Ski Jumping Extravaganza results from July 4

Ski Jumping Extravaganza results from July 4

Steamboat Sprint results

Steamboat Sprint results

Steamboat briefs: Friday last day to register for 4 Yellow discount

Friday is the last day to register for the 2012 Ride 4 Yellow at the discounted price of $75. Beginning Saturday, registration will increase to $100.

The Record for July 3

2:54 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear at 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue.

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Skiers savor Steamboat spotlight for Ski Jumping Extravaganza

Lodwick pulls away in Nordic combined race

On Wednesday, for the seventh consecutive year, Steamboat Springs’ favorite sport, Nordic combined, took the spotlight for the Fourth of July festivities and reveled in it. It never gets old.

Water rules in Steamboat are likely to last

As Steamboat Springs nears the one-week mark since mandatory water restrictions were put in place, officials say it’s still too soon to determine what impact they’re having. But expect the restrictions to remain in place for the foreseeable future.

Steamboat athletes to raise money for Izaac Kinnison

A group of local athletes will be raising money for Izaac Kinnison on Saturday during the Steamboat Mad Mudder adventure race at Steamboat Ski Area.

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Steamboat's Piknik Theatre Festival kicks off 5th season Friday

Cut-offs, sunglasses, harmonic synth-pop and contemporary jokes punctuate a new musical adaptation of the traditional French play "Tartuffe," which will debut Saturday at the Yampa River Botanic Park as a part of Piknik Theatre.

First Friday Artwalk listings for July 6

First Friday Artwalk runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at various downtown Steamboat Springs venues.

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Making memories at Steamboat's Fourth of July celebrations

Thousands poured into downtown Steamboat on a hot and hazy morning, crowding local businesses as 60 floats cruised by for more than an hour and a half.

Tuesday, July 3

Hayden casino group to host 1st forum

Members of the Sleeping Giant Group are hosting a community meeting to discuss the details of their proposed casino near Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Calcutta Ski Jumping Competition results for June 30

Calcutta Ski Jumping Competition results for June 30

Ski Jumping Extravaganza results for July 3

Ski Jumping Extravaganza results for July 3

Steamboat's American Legion baseball team wins 3 of 4

The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team won three of four games during the weekend.

Steamboat Bike Commute Challenge participants log 16K miles

The monthlong challenge encourages companies, organizations and individuals to give up their car and ride to work. The 204 participants logged 2,555 trips covering 16,755 miles.

The Record for July 2

1:08 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken person at Ninth and Yampa streets.

Steamboat Springs City Council votes down pay raises

Decision reverses June 19 vote on salary bumps for staff

After hearing strong opposition from its constituents during the past two weeks and taking a closer look at the city’s financial health, Steamboat Springs City Council reversed its stance on a first round of pay increases for city employees Tuesday night.

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Steamboat’s Ski Jumping Extravaganza continues on Fourth of July

World-class athletes revel in stability. And when it comes to the U.S. Nordic combined team, routine is a regular word — especially when it comes to Steamboat's Fourth of July Ski Jumping Extravaganza.

Fourth of July rodeo to feature 3 top teams

Three teams from last weekend’s Mountain Valley Bank Ranch Rodeo will compete in an unique challenge during Wednesday's Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo.

Our View: Oak Creek police issues like deja vu

By rejecting a proposed sales tax increase that would have generated funds to pay for a second police officer, Oak Creek effectively said it wasn’t interested in more police.

Steamboat briefs: Ride 4 Yellow discounted registration ends Friday

Friday is the last day to register for the 2012 Ride 4 Yellow at the discounted price of $75. Beginning Saturday, registration will increase to $100.

Yampa River flow up 87 percent since Thursday

The Yampa River was flowing at a healthier 75 cubic feet per second through downtown Steamboat Springs on Tuesday, thanks to about 26 cfs leased from Stagecoach Reservoir by the Colorado Water Trust, a dash of natural rain and healthier flows coming into Stagecoach from upstream.

Fire enforcement to ramp up for holiday in Steamboat

The cancellation of Wednesday's fireworks display at Howelsen Hill might allay the fears of local fire officials, but it’s not eliminating them.

Nicole Inglis: Time-tested traditions, new experiences on tap for Fourth

With a wide range of activities and events from dawn to well beyond dusk, Steamboat Springs locals and visitors won't be missing the fireworks too much this Fourth of July.

Illinois man hurt when motorcycle hits elk near Rabbit Ears Pass

The man and his female passenger were thrown from the motorcycle after the crash. The man was airlifted to St. Anthony Hospital in Denver, where he is listed in serious condition.

Brandi Beauvais: Shopping local

Steamboat Springs has two thriving, local, natural grocery stores downtown: Healthy Solutions and Bamboo Market. Healthy Solutions is closing its doors Sunday, and not by choice.

Mike Taylor: Being a good neighbor

On Thursday, I attended a wildfire preparedness and evacuation meeting in Clark sponsored by the North Routt Fire Protection District.

Mayling Simpson: Casinos and communities

Those interested in the new proposed casino to be located near Yampa Valley Regional Airport would do well to search the Internet for “impact of casinos on communities.”

Steamboat firefighters quickly extinguish fire on city's west side

The small fire was sparked by a downed power line late Monday night. The fire itself was contained to the downed wooden pole.

Steamboat Sprint is a 400-yard dash for the ages — all ages, that is

The annual Running Series event down the heart of Lincoln Avenue begins with registration at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. The 400-yard sprint begins at 9:40 a.m.

Steamboat bus schedule, traffic patterns tweaked for July Fourth

Steamboat Springs residents are used to navigating detours around Lincoln Avenue, but Wednesday's July Fourth holiday schedules will include a new twist for motorists making their way through downtown during the festivities.

Much-needed rain Monday night nearly equals June total

The 0.11 inches that fell on the city represents the most in a single day since May 24. Isolated thunderstorms remain in the forecast for much of the week.

Monday, July 2

The Record for July 1

1:27 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a fight at Hilltop Parkway and South Lincoln Avenue. Police arrested three men from Longmont on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Clay Artisans seek beneficiary for event

The Steamboat Clay Artisans are seeking a Routt County nonprofit organization to be the beneficiary of the 11th annual 2012 Soup Bowl Supper.

Steamboat's Hot Air Balloon Rodeo a go for launch

Steamboat’s annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, which helped to bring 10,000 visitors to town in 2011, has been deemed safe from the standpoint of fire danger and will go on as planned this weekend.

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Consumer Reports ranks Steamboat’s hospital safest in Colorado

Larry Bookman surprised his colleagues at Yampa Valley Medical Center when he eagerly showed off a Consumer Reports article that ranks YVMC as the safest hospital in Colorado.

Steamboat man arrested after scuffle with police

Police arrested a Steamboat Springs man on suspicion of six counts of felony assault after officers say he injured one officer’s elbow, kicked another in the groin and spit in the face of a third as he was being arrested Saturday night during the first Free Summer Concert Series of the season.

Jimmy Westlake: Bright planets light morning sky

It seems like something is missing from our evening sky. For the first several months of 2012, the dazzling “evening star” Venus dominated our evening sky as soon as the sun went down.

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Grasshoppers may be on the rise in Routt County

The unusually long winter of 2011 and the cold moisture that persisted into May of last year was supposed to have kept the lid on grasshopper populations in 2012. Now, there are early signs that ongoing drought has the insects poised to make a comeback.

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Tom Ross: Like a cellphone cowboy

When I spied Whit Gates astride his horse behind the scenes at the ranch rodeo at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena on Sunday, an old Glen Campbell song popped into my head and I couldn’t shake it for the rest of the day.

Steamboat City Council to revisit pay raises

Members also to consider enacting Stage 2 fire restrictions

Pay raises for city employees again will be the focus of a Steamboat Springs City Council meeting Tuesday night.

Steamboat's May sales tax numbers up from 2011

Total collections increased by more than 6 percent from last year. Year-to-date sales tax revenues are now about 1 percent above 2011 through the first five months of the year.

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Steamboat man injured while cliff jumping

The man took a leap at King Solomon Falls in extreme northern Routt County. It took rescuers 7 1/2 hours to reach him and lift him to an awaiting helicopter.

Sunday, July 1

Craig officials: Water situation is just fine

Three fires this weekend were the latest reminders for Craig and Moffat County residents of the extreme fire danger in Northwest Colorado.

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River outfitting shops in Steamboat adapt to life after tubing

Steamboat’s river outfitters are seeing fewer customers this summer, and they’re each poised to lose tens of thousands of dollars worth of revenue while the Yampa runs too low to support recreation.

Routt County Search and Rescue called to King Solomon Falls

Routt County Search and Rescue was called Sunday afternoon to rescue a 26-year-old man who possibly broke his back after he jumped off of King Solomon Falls in far North Routt County, according to emergency radio traffic.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat graduate Vincent Abate earns bachelor’s

Vincent Abate, the son of Francis and Ruth Abate and a 2008 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, has graduated from Johnson and Wales University in Denver with a bachelor’s degree in culinary nutrition.

The Record for June 30

12:04 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint about fireworks being set off in the area of Tamarack Drive.

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Luke Graham: It could be worse

There is good news and bad news.  The good is that swimming has become a regular exercise for me, and it become easier every time I hit the pool.

Deb Babcock: Lawn care in drought conditions

Many of us Master Gardeners, as well as the Routt County Extension Office staff, have been getting a lot of questions lately from local homeowners asking what they should do about their parched lawns during this hot, dry and windy summer.

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Rain returns to Steamboat's forecast Wednesday

Weather forecasters are calling for another toasty and dry start to the workweek in Steamboat Springs. But much-needed moisture could be just days away.

Monday Medical: Weigh and Win rewards health

If you are planning to lose weight this year, LiveWell Northwest Colorado has an amazing deal for you. The Weigh and Win program is free, fast and easy. Plus, it actually pays you to lose weight.

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Mountain Madness in Steamboat draws 160 on Sunday

Steamboat Springs isn’t the loftiest of Colorado mountain towns, but the city’s elevation at nearly 7,000 feet does have a way of gassing even the best runners from sea level.

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Firefighters contain blaze Saturday night near Colowyo

Dennis Jones, Craig/Fire Rescue battalion chief, confirmed late Saturday night a fire burning on land owned by Colowyo Coal Co. had been contained.

County Agenda for July 2 and 3

County Agenda for July 2 and 3

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Cristin Frey: Celebrating passion of music at Strings

This week, you can see Grammy Award-winner Alison Brown, who struck national fame when she joined Alison Krauss’ band Union Station.

2012 Mountain Madness race results

Mountain Madness Half Marathon and 10K Results

The Record for June 29

12:56 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a disturbance on Yampa Street. A man confronted people who took his bike and were trying to put it into a taxi. Officers arrested a 22-year-old Longmont man on suspicion of theft by receiving. They also arrested the man’s dad, a 48-year-old Longmont man, on suspicion of harassment, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Jail Report for June 22 to 29

The Jail Report for June 22 to 29

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Fire near Colowyo Coal Co. contained

Dennis Jones, Craig/Fire Rescue battalion chief, confirmed late Saturday night that a fire burning on land owned by Colowyo Coal Co. had been contained.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the county for July 1

Happy birthday wishes to Kelly Potter, Gunnar Hughes, Jenny Kelton, Melvin Richardson and Dana Skof.

Real estate transactions for June 22 to 28

Real estate transactions for June 22 to 28

Steamboat closes June with a couple of big sales

The sale of a $1.87 million condominium at One Steamboat Place on Friday put the finishing touches on the real estate month of June 2012. And if anything, this was a month when Realtors didn’t have to worry about carrying an umbrella in the car for their clients.

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Market sales add up for Marabou in the midst of foreclosures

Spring and early summer 2012 have marked an interesting time at the Marabou Ranch luxury land preservation subdivision west of Steamboat.

On the Market: Walker named to Resort Group’s president post

CEO Dan A. Dean announced this week that Mark Walker has been promoted to president of Resort Group LLC.