Stories for June 2012


Saturday, June 30

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Routt County residents urged to maintain defensible space

With fire conditions high, officials say everyone needs to be prepared for a wildfire

A hillside littered with dead lodgepole pine trees in the Routt National Forest looms over the log home owned by Susan and Mark Burke. They know a wildfire that would threaten their home off Seedhouse Road in North Routt County is just a lightning strike away. “We’re just holding our breath,” Mark Burke said.

Dog shot south of Steamboat expected to survive

A Craig man’s 10-year-old black Labrador retriever was shot Saturday afternoon along Colorado Highway 131 just south of Steamboat Springs.

Joel Reichenberger: Stars in Steamboat

The idea of celebrity in Steamboat Springs fascinates me, and I got to explore it a little bit this week when I tracked down Nordic combined skier Bryan Fletcher for a sports story.

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Patience pays for Bear River Bike Park

Even Friday, as the Bear River Bike Park neared the end of the first stage of its construction, it took a little bit of imagination to envision the finished product. But the ambition was evident.

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Steamboat skier Bryan Fletcher's giant leap sets stage

Nordic combined athlete doubles down commitment to find greatest success

Being a world-class athlete takes dedication, focus and commitment. That’s not news to U.S. Nordic combined team skier and Steamboat resident Bryan Fletcher. After a big victory in Norway last winter, Fletcher is looking ahead to bigger goals.

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Steamboat rugby cruises past Glenwood, 61-0

With a deep bench, the Steamboat Rugby Club simply did whatever it wanted Saturday en route to an easy 61-0 win against Glenwood Springs.

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Tom Ross: Curiously strong fire prevention

Really, it’s not my style to lecture my friends who are smokers. They already know the score on their health report cards. But this summer is different.

John F. Russell: This goal is for Mom

Two weeks ago, as I stood on the sideline of a soccer field at Memorial Field watching my daughter play a game, I came to understand just how special a simple moment can be.

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Steamboat resident pushes for health insurance for firefighters

Aaron Alpe starts an online petition to extend coverage

As seasonal firefighters, Aaron Alpe and John Lauer have fought fire for years without the ability to buy into an insurance plan with the U.S. Forest Service. Their fight to correct what they see as a major problem is starting to gain national attention.

Shannon Ragan: Make fair your home

The Routt County Fair, my home away from home. Every year, I go for a week, and to be honest, it’s one of the best weeks of the year.

Tony Stich: Congratulations

My congratulations to James “Moose” Barrows on furthering his bid for county commissioner. I trust that he will support South Routt’s recovery from the extended recession when he’s elected into office.

Dave McIrvin: Fireworks danger

Is anyone else concerned about the youths and youthful adults who will want to continue the holiday tradition with their “leftovers” from last year?  

Bill Wallace: Not for brochures

If, for just a moment, we can stop drooling over the possibilities of new jobs and tax revenues for Routt County, let’s think about what the proposed Sleeping Giant Casino in Hayden may bring.

Scott Warner: Do your part

The best way to express our gratitude for substantial gifts we have received recently is by helping the Colorado Water Trust accomplish its goal of keeping as much water in the Yampa as far downstream as possible.

Scott Wedel: County should help

I think the only way to convince Routt County government of the value of working with Oak Creek is by considering the consequences of there not being an Oak Creek town government.

Zac Hale: A blow to disc golf

It saddens me to think about Colorado Mountain College closing the only disc golf course in Steamboat Springs because of high fire danger.

Cathie Voorhees: Voting fairness

Why should votes from Steamboat determine who our GOP candidate from South Routt will be for the Routt County Board of Commissioners in the November election?

Our View: Challenge met head-on

An ambitious fundraising effort spearheaded by 10 Steamboat Springs parents is notable not only for what it produced but for what it prevented.

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15th annual Taste of South Routt offers 'thank you' to community

The Taste of South Routt festival is more than a gathering. It's an opportunity to reach many members of the Oak Creek and surrounding communities about important issues, all in the name of fun, sun and food.

Juvenile cited for arson in Glenwood fire

A 17-year-old male from Glenwood Springs faces a charge of fourth-degree arson after allegedly setting off a brush fire with a sparkler along the Roaring Fork River below the Glenwood Park subdivision Wednesday evening.

Court rejects oil, gas exploration at Roan Plateau

The U.S. District Court in Denver passed down a ruling Monday prohibiting oil and natural gas exploration on the Roan Plateau near Grand Junction.

Friday, June 29

Steamboat briefs: Heat lamps suspected of igniting Stagecoach-area fire

Investigators think electric heat lamps ignited a fire that killed 30 turkeys and threatened to start a wildfire Thursday night at a ranch about 12 miles southeast of Stagecoach.

The Record for June 28

12:15 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear in the 3200 block of Village Drive.

Red Cross volunteers in Steamboat prepare for fire danger

A group of Red Cross volunteers in Steamboat Springs will spend part of this weekend preparing to shelter as many as 50 people evacuated from their homes because of wildfire.

Local businesses keep fireworks off shelves

Even though the law doesn’t prohibit it, many local businesses are choosing not to sell fireworks this year because of the extreme fire danger.

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Leased water from Stagecoach Reservoir flows into Yampa River

Streamflows in the Yampa River are trending upward with the first release of additional water from Stagecoach Reservoir on Thursday morning.

Steamboat residents, businesses find ways to help victims of wildfires

With wildfires burning across the state, Steamboat Springs residents and businesses are stepping up efforts to help their Colorado neighbors.

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Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim Series starts Monday

The inaugural Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim Series, featuring half-mile and one-mile swims every Monday in July, makes its first splash next week.

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MASS Ensemble strings the Earth Harp in Steamboat

It more was than a decade ago that William Close invented the Earth Harp, which uses the structure it's strung across to create a deep and resonant sound. The unique instrument is on display today at Strings Music Pavilion.

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YVEA boosts effort to redevelop Yampa Street with land purchase

The 70-acre parcel west of downtown one day will be home to a new headquarters facility for the rural electric cooperative. Overlook Park long had been planned as a residential subdivision.

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Steamboat graduate gives back with theater workshops

Recalling the memories of her early-childhood theater programs, Emily Stout wanted to help elementary school-aged children find their voices through acting and singing.

Heat, drought lead to cancellation of downtown Steamboat cattle drive

Organizer Dean Vogelaar said concern for the health of the animals drove the difficult decision to cancel the unique downtown event, which had been scheduled for Sunday.

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Steamboat Living: Tom Ross — Cowboys are just along for the ride

Rodeo was so popular in downtown Steamboat in 1902 that it got a bit out of hand, with cowboys organizing impromptu bucking events in the middle of town any time they became (ahem) inspired.

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Steamboat Living: Road Trip — Scuba Diving Denver

Downtown aquarium offers dose of Cozumel in Colorado

While the Mile High City might not seem like a scuba hot spot, no one bothered telling that to A1 Scuba. Pioneering a new trend in urban adventure, the company’s dive and snorkeling programs at the Denver Aquarium open up the world of Ariel to anyone willing to get wet with marine life.

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Locals 2012: Richard Tremaine

Richard Tremaine likes to get his hands dirty. In the literal sense, that defines much of his free time, whether it’s spent at his Steamboat Springs home or his North Routt cabin.

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Locals 2012: Dave Terranova

Dave Terranova and his wife, Jodi, once dreamed of going back to school to earn degrees in veterinary science. But with a couple of kids and a mortgage, a return to campus wasn’t an option. So they did the next best thing: They bought a pet supply store.

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Locals 2012: Lil Gonzalez

When Lil Gonzalez, 68, moved to the Yampa Valley from Los Angeles with her husband, Ben, and three sons in 1974, she didn’t know that she’d leave her mark on far more than the apparel at the T-shirt store they came to manage.

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Locals 2012: Cara Marrs

You don’t have to hide behind the bakery racks, shuffle cookies to the bottom of the cart or slide ice cream to the cashier like a CIA agent swapping national secrets. Cara Marrs has seen it all, and she’ll happily relate the benefits of healthy living to anyone willing to listen.

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Locals 2012: Emily Hannah

When her acceptance letter didn’t arrive like all her friends’ letters did, Emily Hannah wondered what she had done. Should she have applied to other schools? Should she have applied to more schools? Then one day, it was there. She had been accepted to Harvard.

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Locals 2012: Graham Muir

When Graham “Bushy” Muir opened Manic Training in Steamboat Springs, it would have been an understatement to say he was a little nervous.

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Locals 2012: Eric Dorris

When artist and local businessman Eric Dorris first rolled into Steamboat Springs in July 1992, the college grad planned to stay through winter. That was 20 years ago.

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Locals 2012: Ulrich and Janet Salzgeber

A trip to the grocery store with Ulrich and Janet Salzgeber is never normal. It simply can’t be when you know just about everyone in town.

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Locals 2012: Tom Simmins

One step into Tom Simmins’ office is all it takes to see why he loves where he’s at. Two old pictures of Steamboat Ski Area hang on one wall and a retro skiing illustration on another.

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Locals 2012: Andy and Craig Kennedy

As program director for Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports, Craig Kennedy has made it his mission to help others better lead changed lives. Andy, who moved here in 1998, has altruistic callings, as well, serving as program director for the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

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Locals 2012: Hiram Martin

Fast cars are just in his blood. Hiram Martin spent most of his life in Wisconsin, where his father’s body shop and a drag-racing uncle had him turning wrenches before he could legally drive.

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Locals 2012: Jake Barker

Howelsen Hill always will be Jake Barker’s second home. Sitting at the base of the hill’s dormant ski jumps in early June, the Steamboat Springs High School graduate estimates that he has spent a quarter of his life skiing and playing at the city park.

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Locals 2012: Sherry Holland

Sherry Holland is more than a librarian because today, the media center at Strawberry Park Elementary School is much more than a library.

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Locals 2012: Carl Herold

On the picturesque acres he nurtures in Yampa, Carl Herold easily could stay away from public service and debates. The lifelong Routt County resident has sweeping views of the Flat Tops and a healthy list of chores on his cattle ranch that sits far away from traffic signals and bustle.

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Locals 2012: Beth Wendler

Teachers in Steamboat Springs are wondering how Beth Wendler finds time to do so much good.

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Locals 2012: Art and Milly Judson

Art and Milly Judson met in a snowstorm during a mountain rescue mission west of Fort Collins. Although not exactly a first date, it was a fitting initial encounter for the two University of Colorado students.

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Locals 2012: Emily Seaver

Emily Seaver remembers when the Yampa River Botanic Park had no shade. “It’s so wonderful to watch it evolve,” says Emily, who has been volunteering at the park since it first opened. “I find it to be a very peaceful place.”

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Steamboat enacts mandatory water restrictions, effective immediately

Citing extreme drought, low flows in the Yampa River and discharges from Fish Creek Reservoir now exceeding inflows, mandatory water restrictions have been put in place for all of Steamboat Springs.

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Locals 2012: Tracy Barnett

Whether picking up tire-flattened soda cans and other trash from Lincoln Avenue or waking up with a start at 3 a.m. with an idea to improve the downtown business district, Tracy Barnett can’t shake free from her devotion to Mainstreet Steamboat Springs.

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Haze over Steamboat likely result of Eagle Valley, extinguished Stagecoach fires

Routt County Emergency Management Director Bob Struble wasn't aware this morning of any new wildfires in the area, but concern is heightened because of Thursday night lightning strikes.

Barring unforeseen rain, May-June stretch to set mark for moisture futility

The two-month period that ends Saturday has brought a combined 0.78 inches of rain to Steamboat Springs. The historic average for the two months is 3.62 inches of rain.

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North Routt residents pack wildfire meeting Thursday

The mood at a community meeting in North Routt County on Thursday night was as if a wildfire were imminent, and residents needed to be prepared.

Oak Creek weighs future of law enforcement

The Oak Creek Town Board is faced with tough decisions regarding law enforcement for the town and its long-term financial future.

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for June 28

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for June 28

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Tank battery, pipeline slated for construction in Moffat County

Representatives from Quicksilver Resources, Inc., asked the Moffat County Commission Thursday to approve certain permits to expand their operations in Moffat County. Citing production from its Stoddard Well off Fawn Creek Lane about five miles south of Craig and plans to bring five more wells online in that area before the end of the summer, Quicksilver officials applied for a conditional use permit to construct a proposed tank battery called the Stoddard Central Tank Battery. The new facility would be tied into all six wells slated for the Stoddard and Simoes properties, and would be used to hold and transport oil. When asked by Commissioner Tom Mathers whether Quicksilver was going to create an official field, Scott Latka, production superintendent for Quicksilver, said “it’s possible.”

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Steamboat Living: Cooking With Laundry's Chris Randall

Laundry's Executive Chef Chris Randall brings southern flavor to Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Living: Steamboat Scuttlebutt for summer 2012

Steamboat Scuttlebutt for summer 2012

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Steamboat Living: Artist Profile — Hodder’s abstract expression brightens Yampa Valley

The abstract painter, Monroe Hodder, easily identifiable by her brightly colored clothes and near-constant smile, lives part time in Steamboat Springs and part time in London, melding the two juxtaposing sceneries into her conceptual but playful works.

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Steamboat Living: Quick Hits — Local retraces 1869 rafting route of John Wesley Powell

If you can do it once, why not do it again? That’s the theory John “Captain Volume” Lathrum is adopting as he takes the summer to retrace one-armed John Wesley Powell’s 1869 descent of the Green and Colorado rivers from Green River, Wyo., through the Grand Canyon.

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Steamboat Living: Quick Hits — Remembering Walt Webber this July 4th

As this year’s Fourth of July parade rolls past the flagpole on the Routt County Courthouse lawn, World War I veteran Walt Webber might well be looking down saluting this town.

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Steamboat Living: Quick Hits — Whittle the Wood gets sculpted into Craig life

What would you do if you were a parks director and you noticed your park’s cottonwoods were dying of disease? If you’re Craig’s Dave Pike, you invite wood carvers to town and host a tree-carving contest.

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Steamboat Living: Quick Hits — David Lamb reflects on Alaska avalanche tragedy

Longtime local and former U.S. Ski Team member David Lamb won’t soon forget his first heli-skiing trip to Alaska this spring.

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Steamboat Living: From the Editor — Locals for Life

Taking a trip to the Steamboat Cemetery helped tell a tale of fixtures in Steamboat long before us, from the town-founding Crawfords to the Klines, Werners and Hitchens, who are honored today with the Hitchens brothers ski jumping nights on Howelsen Hill.

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Steamboat Living: Quick Hits — Group Rides for Mere Mortals

In an effort to promote a more fun, casual and less-intimidating group riding experience, Chad James recently founded the Mere Mortals Bicycle Club for people not overly concerned about pelotons.

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Steamboat Living: Staying Fit with a running gait analysis from Forever Fit

Forever Fit video analysis breaks down running form

Running can be rough on the body, and even a minor injury quickly can ruin a runner’s season. “Let’s prevent the injury versus fixing it afterward,” says Erin Monger-Rosso, a physical therapist with Forever Fit of Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat Living: Rural land sales trend epitomized by parcel soaked in history

Among the numerous rural land parcels being offered for sale in Routt County this summer, Dean and Loveta Brunner’s 44.5-acre “cow camp” on the way to Stagecoach Reservoir is woven into the history of the South Valley.

Thursday, June 28

Rob Douglas: 'Fairness' and city staff pay

For too many years, as different members shuffled in and out, the Steamboat Springs City Council ignored an obvious fact: The spending binges would have to end.

The Record for June 27

2:47 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers investigated an open door at a storage unit in the 1200 block of 13th Street.

Steamboat briefs: Donation drive for victims of wildfires is Saturday

A local donation drive to help victims of Colorado wildfires will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 1155 Central Park Drive.

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Fire burns on ranch southeast of Stagecoach

By late Thursday night, firefighters were able to knock down a structure fire about 12 miles southeast of Stagecoach along Routt County Road 16.

Community Agriculture Alliance: We all play a role

Wednesday’s drought workshop for agricultural producers, co-sponsored by the Routt County Extension Service and the Community Agriculture Alliance, was a needed “slap in the face” for ag producers, according to one attendee.

Challenge Fund nets nearly $52K for Steamboat elementaries

Challenge Fund co-founder Sam Jones announced Thursday that the fund raised nearly $52,000 for Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools for the 2012-13 school year.

A Dog's Eye View: What did you say?

As humans, our bodies can betray attempts to mask our intent. For dogs, body language is their primary form of communication.

Routt County residents urged to sign up for Code Red alerts

The extreme risk of wildfire has prompted Routt County officials to test the Code Red emergency communications system Friday, and they’re urging residents to register as soon as possible.

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Routt County events calendar for June 29 to July 5

Events across Routt County for the week of June 29 to July 5.

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Ranchers in Routt County prepare for threat of wildfire

The first thought when a wildfire breaks out is moving people out of harm’s way, and the second is protection of property. But some may not realize how much of that property is four-legged.

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Mountain Madness races return to Steamboat

Half-marathon, 10K races on tap for Sunday morning

The Steamboat Springs Running Series kicks back into gear Sunday, launching what will be a consistent schedule that will include many of the series’ most popular races.

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Steamboat Ski Area's new base gets ready for weekend events

Steamboat Ski Area will have the chance to show off its base area improvements to crowds of thousands of people flocking to the mountain this weekend.

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Dark Star Orchestra to kick off Steamboat concert series

The seven-piece Grateful Dead tribute band will open the 21st season of the Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series on Saturday at the base of Mount Werner.

Local agencies step up enforcement in wake of fire danger

Area law enforcement agencies aren’t messing around when it comes to enforcing fire restrictions, showing there is little tolerance for those who violate fire restrictions.

High temperature to creep back into the 90s for Steamboat

A red flag warning is back in effect for Routt County, and no precipitation is in sight for the region.

Town Challenge results: Epic Emerald XC

Town Challenge results: Epic Emerald XC

Coed D League Standings and Game Results for June 27

Coed D League Standings and Game Results for June 27

Outdoor soccer league scores for June 26

Outdoor soccer league scores for June 26

Wednesday, June 27

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Nearly 200 riders turn out for Town Challenge ride in Steamboat

At the front of the Epic Emerald XC race, it was the same story it’s been all season. Peter Kalmes won again, as he has each of the two previous races.

Less water means fewer cows in Routt County

The challenge facing livestock producers this season is the growing certainty that they won’t have adequate pasture to provide the nutrition their cows and calves need this summer.

Baumgardner, Barrows enjoy wins by wide margins in Routt

According to a precinct-by-precinct analysis of Tuesday’s GOP primary results, Randy Baumgardner and Moose Barrows each carried 14 of Routt County’s 18 voting precincts.

Local 9-year-old boy dies of head injuries

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said Wednesday that a 9-year-old boy involved in a bike accident June 18 in the West Acres Mobile Home Park died three days later from massive head injuries.

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Ex-Steamboat resident part of Waldo Canyon Fire evacuations

When 2002 Steamboat Springs High School graduate Josh Davies arrived at his Colorado Springs home Tuesday, he knew the Waldo Canyon Fire had changed directions.

Steamboat briefs: Local hospital receives national gold level award

Yampa Valley Medical Center has received a gold level award in the national 2011-12 Flu Vaccination Challenge for achieving at least a 95 percent level of vaccination among employees, according to a news release.

The Record for June 26

1:23 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a loud party at Après Ski and Alpenglow ways. The partiers were warned to quiet down.

Waldo Canyon fire grows to 18,500 acres

The Waldo Canyon fire has now grown to 18,500 acres, officials said Wednesday night.

Cost for fighting fires nears $40M

State officials are scrambling to find emergency cash to pay for the destructive wildfires sweeping across Colorado — costs now approaching $40 million as fires continue to rage and spark anew.

Oak Creek Town Board to discuss police Thursday

The Oak Creek Town Board will host a discussion about the future of law enforcement in the town at 7 p.m. Thursday in Oak Creek Town Hall.

Hayden Planning Commission to discuss historic district Thursday

The Hayden Planning Commission will meet Thursday night to discuss possible changes to Hayden’s historic downtown district.

Steamboat fundraiser includes a unique ski jumping event

The Summer Jump and Wine Soiree will take place Friday and Saturday, all in the name of supporting today’s up-and-coming Nordic combined athletes.

Routt commissioners table energy exploration request again

Quicksilver Resources’ patience runs out after 2nd time

The relationship between Quicksilver Resources and Routt County government reached new levels of frustration Tuesday as the Routt County Board of Commissioners tabled for the second time a request for a permit to drill an oil well on the Camilletti Ranch north of Milner.

Tuesday, June 26

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Casino data released; group to host community meeting

The group proposing to build a casino near Yampa Valley Regional Airport estimates it will create nearly 1,000 jobs and generate nearly $60 million in revenue in its first year.

Softball Coed B League Standings and Game Results for June 26

Softball Coed B League Standings and Game Results for June 26

The Record for June 25

2:15 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of an accident near mile marker 14 on Routt County Road 27 near Hayden.

Steamboat briefs: Parks and Wildlife officers warn about wild animals

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is reminding people to keep their distance from wild animals. Often, well-meaning people try to provide assistance to young animals that appear to be abandoned, according to a news release.

Ken Collins: Fanning the flames

There are a dozen fires all across the state. Ranchers are selling off their stock. Extreme fire danger and restrictions. The Yampa River is shut down.

Our View: Raises, reserves and reservations

A still-shaky economy and a significant price tag that would necessitate reserve spending should keep the Steamboat Springs City Council from approving the second phase of proposed pay increases for city staff.

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Hayden heritage comes to life at event

New weekend event to feature author, historic tour

A group of local community leaders in Hayden has joined together to offer the first Hayden Heritage Weekend, a several-day event organized by the Hayden Heritage Center, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Yampa Valley Feeds and the Nature Conservancy.

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Baumgardner wins Republican primary for Senate District 8 seat

State Rep. Randy Baumgardner, of Cowdrey, on Tuesday night won the primary election for the state Senate District 8 seat after leading in all seven district counties.

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Barrows wins Routt Commissioner District 1 Republican primary

Jim “Moose” Barrows on Tuesday night edged out candidates Tony Stich and Brita Horn to become the GOP’s top pick to succeed retiring Republican Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak. Barrows won 48 percent of the vote.

Steamboat Men's Rugby Club wins opener

The Steamboat Men’s Rugby Club opened the season with a win Saturday, outlasting Breckenridge, 24-17.

Routt County imposes heightened fire restrictions

The Routt County Board of Commissioners heightened fire restrictions Tuesday for all unincorporated areas of Routt County as well as state lands, such as Steamboat Lake and Stagecoach state parks.

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Developer offers downtown Steamboat lot to Mainstreet

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is seeking community reaction to the possibility of the nonprofit assuming oversight of temporary commercial operations on a prominent but unused lot at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Town Challenge returns Wednesday with Epic Emerald cross-country

As riders prep for the third race in the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series, dry trails and heat are the main factors.

More of the same for Steamboat Springs today: hot and dry

A daytime high in the low 90s means another red flag warning is in place for Routt County. A chance of afternoon thunderstorms is expected to bring little to no rain.

Monday, June 25

Adult league volleyball results for June 25

Adult league volleyball results for June 25

Adult Men's I and II league softball results for June 25

Adult Men's I and II league softball results for June 25

Steamboat briefs: Job search tools available to for veterans, employers

As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs ongoing implementation of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, the VA has developed a comprehensive toolkit for veterans and employers about the VOW to Hire Heroes Act and the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program.

The Record for June 24

1:40 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a theft of items from a truck parked at Rockies Way and Steamboat Boulevard.

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Water lease could float Yampa River through drought

There is relief in sight for the Yampa River where current flows through downtown Steamboat Springs are a relative trickle compared to what is normal for the last week in June.

Quicksilver oil well hearing to focus on air, water quality

The Routt County Board of Commissioners will take public comments on air and water quality monitoring at Tuesday's public hearing for Quicksilver Resources' oil well permit application.

Routt County Republicans weigh in on commissioner, Senate District 8

Routt County Republicans have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to weigh in on primary contests.

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Tom Ross: Can you saw what I see?

I’ve been running around town this month with an old garden shovel in the Thule box on top of my vehicle, but it’s not because I have a plot of snow peas growing in the community garden.

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Jimmy Westlake: Star party not near Hollywood

Come join other astronomy enthusiasts at what is being billed as the first annual “Stagecoach Star Party” at 9 p.m. Friday at the Morrison Cove boat ramp on the south shore of Stagecoach Reservoir.

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Water restrictions enacted for Steamboat II Metro District

Steamboat II Metropolitan District officials enacted mandatory water restrictions ahead of schedule Friday, limiting the district's 400 customers.

Routt National Forest goes under Stage 2 fire restrictions

Routt County and the city of Steamboat Springs are expected to follow suit with the increased restrictions, which effectively ban all open sources of fire on public and private lands.

Dangerous fire conditions persist Monday throughout Routt County

Hot, dry weather and a chance for lightning combine to create conditions ripe for wildfires. A red flag warning is in effect through midnight.

Sunday, June 24

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Luke Graham: The open water series is coming

What started as a late night conversation now is a reality. And at first I wasn’t sure what I had got myself into. But now, I believe I’m ready. The Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Series begins July 2. It continues every Monday after in July. I will be doing each one.

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Commuters taking to 2-wheeled transit for Bike to Work Week

Driven by the Commuter Bike Challenge, which spans the whole of June’s Bike to Work Month in Steamboat Springs, Lauren Bible has joined with three of her co-workers at the Holiday Inn to form a team, and she’s been riding whenever possible.

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Verne and Nancy Lundquist named Philanthropists of the Year

Nancy Lundquist told the leaders of several area nonprofits Sunday night that it has been easy for her and her husband to give so much time and money to worthy causes in the Yampa Valley.

2012 Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo results: Rodeo No. 2

2012 Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo results: Rodeo No. 2

Colorado Senate hopeful lobbies Moffat voters

Emily Tracy, a Breckenridge Democrat running for Colorado State Senate District 8, has spent years working in public policy. But, it wasn’t until after moving to Canon City from Boulder to write for a weekly newspaper she realized she wanted to serve the public.

Craig fireworks show called off

The Fourth of July fireworks show, the future of which had been up in the air for several days because of dry conditions ripe for fires, has been canceled in Craig and Moffat County.

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Valerie Powell: Strings gets back in action

Check out the world’s largest stringed instrument, dancing, juggling and the baroque violin during Strings Music Festival’s first full week. As part of the celebratory season, look for some favorite repeats from the past 25 years.

Deb Babcock: Long-lasting blooms

Have you ever noticed that if you don’t watch it, some of the perennials in your garden bloom and die before you really get a chance to enjoy them?

County Agenda for June 25 and 26

County Agenda for June 25 and 26

Steamboat briefs: Last day to return primary election ballots is Tuesday

Tuesday is the last day to turn in completed primary election ballots. All completed ballots must be dropped off at the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office in Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs by 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Record for June 23

12:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear in the 1100 block of Crawford Avenue.

White elaborates on primary platform

When asked how she spends her free time, Jean White laughed. “Well, first of all, I don’t have free time,” the Colorado state senator from Hayden said. “But if I did, I have a little bit of an artistic bent to me and … I enjoy just practicing watercolor painting and other types of art.”

Baumgardner lays out election issues

Asked Wednesday to talk about his “day job,” Colorado House District 57 Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, couldn’t help but laugh. “This is my day job,” he said. “But my background is in farming and ranching if that’s what you’re asking.”

Monday Medical: Prepare for wildfire emergency

Wildfires are popping up daily in drought-stricken Colorado. Close to home, residents are on edge, wondering if a serious fire will threaten their families and homes.

Water is safe for Phippsburg residents

Routt County Environmental Health Director Mike Zopf said Sunday that the drinking water was thoroughly tested and shows no signs of contamination.

Saturday, June 23

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2012 Routt County High School Sports Awards: Coach of the Year

Hayden High School football coach Shawn Baumgartner seems to squeeze the best out of his players the way few others do.

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2012 Routt County High School Sports Awards: Team of the Year

Finally. After three straight first-round exits from the playoffs, the Steamboat lacrosse team finally won a playoff game.

2012 Routt County High School Sports Awards: Games of the Year

2012 Routt County High School Sports Awards: Games of the Year

2012 Routt County High School Sports Awards: Rising stars

2012 Routt County High School Sports Awards: Rising stars

2012 Routt County High School Sports Awards: All-stars

2012 Routt County High School Sports Awards: All-stars

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Erin Koehler named Steamboat Pilot & Today's Athlete of the Year

A year ago, Hayden High School’s Erin Koehler made the decisions that revolutionized her basketball game and made her tremendous senior season possible.

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Lance Ostrom named Steamboat Pilot & Today's Athlete of the Year

Lance Ostrom insists it’s not as easy as he makes it look. But judging from four years of quality and the last two of dominance, Ostrom is one of those athletes who is just good at whatever he does.

Mark Udall: Give voice to the everymans

Money always has been part of politics, but it should not be a determining factor in the outcome of presidential elections.

Gary Hofmeister: Race baiters

When one of my sons was in boarding school many years ago, it took me a couple of months to make the jaunt to visit him.

Joel Reichenberger: Summary struggle

The Athlete of the Year segment we do every summer honoring high school sports is often among my favorite and most hated assignments.

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Former World Cup rider enters clothing industry

For Karen Tremaine, singlespeed mountain bike racing is the product of an evolution. Now, the sport she so loves is taking her a different direction: into the clothing industry, thanks to the company she’s trying to build with her husband, Clint Ball.

Red flag warning in effect Sunday across Routt County

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning that is in effect from 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday because of extreme fire danger.

Real estate transactions for June 15 to 21

Real estate transactions for June 15 to 21

Steamboat businesses use volunteerism to achieve company goals

The dividends paid when businesses empower and encourage their employees to become involved in community service aren’t always tangible, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less valuable.

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Joanne Erickson promotes Steamboat real estate abroad

The first flight from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport to Denver International Airport may not come packed with eager Asian buyers for ski town real estate. But it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.

On the Market: Dollar volume retreats to 2010 levels in May

After putting up some decent year-over-year growth numbers in the first three months of 2012 and weathering a 3 percent dip in April, Routt County real estate dollar volume retreated to 2010 levels in May, dropping 37.4 percent to $31.56 million.

Hayden Reader of the Week: Madison Nelson

Hayden’s Madison Nelson, 9 1/2, was chosen as this week's winner. Madison often visits the Hayden Public Library with her parents and brother and participates in the summer reading program, too.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for June 24

Condolences to the family and friends of John (Sid) Wheelock. John passed away Monday at his home.

The Record for June 22

12:26 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a disturbance in the 1600 block of Shadow Run Frontage. A 21-year-old Steamboat man was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault, third-degree criminal trespassing and possession of marijuana.

The Jail Report for June 15 to 21

The Jail Report for June 15 to 21

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Steamboat officials push for pay raises, claim employees are underpaid

City of Steamboat Springs officials say they are working to solve a morale problem and Tuesday night said it was time to resolve major pay discrepancies.

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Routt County families receive tools to help escape poverty

On Wednesday, 12 Routt County residents became the first graduating class of the Routt County Bridges Initiative, a free program aimed at helping low-income families become permanently self-sufficient.

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Fundraiser benefits children's author festival in Steamboat

Saturday's Beast Walk and Doggy Beauty Pageant event was a fundraiser for Book Feast, a new children’s author festival that will bring well-known writers and illustrators to Steamboat.

Patricia Creekmore: Real conservative

I have been dismayed at the negative ads aired on KBCR recently making questionable allegations about Rep. Randy Baumgardner’s commitment to conservative government — allegations easily debunked by reviewing Randy’s voting record.

Milly Judson: Disgusting cartoon

Whoever decided to run that disgusting “editorial cartoon” on June 17 should be fired on the spot.

Our View: ‘Respect the Yampa’ has new meaning

Recreation restrictions put in place late this week on the Yampa River through Steamboat Springs may be voluntary for now, but the health of one of our most valuable resources demands that we treat the restrictions as mandatory.

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Tom Ross: Now that's a family reunion

Everyone looks forward to having the relatives over for a barbecue. But 80 relatives? That’s how many family members Ruth (Schnackenberg) McClelland and her husband are hosting during the Schnackenberg family reunion Sunday.

Steamboat Legion baseball loses 2 to deep Palisade team

Palisade clearly has set the bar for Class 4A Western Slope baseball.  The team is coming off a perfect high school season, can play on fields when Steamboat players still are swinging shovels and has athletes. 

Safe water expected Sunday afternoon in Phippsburg

Phippsburg residents and businesses likely will receive word Sunday afternoon that the tap water is safe to drink, pending the results of tests being conducted Saturday.

Friday, June 22

Steamboat briefs: Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus

Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus

The Record for June 21

12:46 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a person who saw something suspicious northwest of Oak Creek. Deputies were unable to locate it.

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Hayden adapting to 8-man football

The Hayden High School football team has encountered its fair share of struggles as it begins to make the switch from 11-man football to 8-man football, a change that officially will take hold this fall.

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Spoke Talk: My bike garb evolution

I was adamantly anti-Lycra when I started mountain biking in high school. I wasn’t into the cycling culture and didn’t have many friends who were cyclists.

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Emerald City Opera celebrates 10th anniversary

In addition to the Steamboat Springs Arts Council turning 40 and Strings Music Festival turning 25, the Emerald City Opera is celebrating 10 years this summer.

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Clark man who died in crash described as kind

Friends say John Robert Main, who died Thursday in an all-terrain vehicle crash near Clark, was well known in the North Routt County community and will be missed.

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Perry-Mansfield adding visual arts to reach Steamboat community

Perry-Mansfield aims to incorporate more visual arts while also attracting more members of the Steamboat community with a new program.

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Routt County ranchers thin herds in response to drought

6-county region applies for federal disaster relief

With the drought deepening in Northwest Colorado, some livestock producers in Routt County already are beginning to sell off cattle they worry they won’t be able to feed through the summer.

Steamboat business leaders remain hopeful for summer

Despite the dry weather that has put a temporary end to some popular summer activities, Steamboat Springs business leaders remain optimistic as the busy tourism season ramps up.

Phippsburg may have to wait until Monday for safe water

Toilets can be used as soon as water pressure is back in Phippsburg homes and businesses, but drinking from the tap likely won't be ruled safe until Monday.

Thursday, June 21

Coed C League Adult League Softball standings and results for June 21

Coed C League Adult League Softball standings and results for June 21

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Steamboat Swim Team performs well at Grand Junction meet

Samantha Terranova decided last summer to make swimming her thing. She always had been a seasonal swimmer, taking to the pool in Steamboat Springs when the weather was warm. Her decision to swim year-round already is paying off.

Rally for a Cure golf tournament growth benefits cancer efforts

The reason remains simple, Linda Danter explains. Cancer doesn’t play favorites. “Everyone we know has been touched by this horrible disease,” Danter said. “To me it just seems to be an epidemic locally.”

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Steamboat cyclist rolls through hometown as part of Tour Divide

Dave Meissner was one of a number of Tour Divide riders who made and then left Steamboat Springs on Thursday, arriving shortly ahead of a larger pack of racers and savoring every moment he could.

The Record for June 20

12:28 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear behind a business in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue. The bear was scared away.

Clark man dies after crashing ATV

A 52-year-old Clark man died Thursday evening after the ATV he was driving crashed on Routt County Road 62 about two miles northwest of Clark.

Routt receives $1.45 million in PILT funding

Routt County is among the 56 rural Colorado counties receiving more than $27.7 million from the federal Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.

Man accused of brandishing knife at Steamboat bar

Other recent arrests result in variety of felony charges

Four men and one woman face felony charges as a result of several recent incidents in Routt County.

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Strings Music Festival: Toasting to a new season

Twenty-five years after Strings Music Festival's start, it is my pleasure to welcome you to this year’s season. I look forward to sharing with you the upcoming music and musicians of Strings each week.

Rob Douglas: City staff costs jump

If you were listening closely Tuesday, you heard alarm bells emanating from Citizens Hall in Steamboat Springs, triggered by a report presented to the City Council showing that city employee costs may soon consume more than 90 cents of every sales tax dollar collected by the city.

Steamboat briefs: Carly Romick is named to Colorado State dean’s list

Carly Romick, a 2008 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University.

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Steamboat cycling advocate unhurt in Spring Creek bike crash

A local cycling advocate involved in a scary collision Wednesday on the popular Spring Creek Trail is urging fellow cyclists to ride responsibly.

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Strings opens 25th season in Steamboat with Dvorak concert

Strings Music Festival's special anniversary season kicks off Saturday with the Strings Opening Night Orchestra presenting an evening of music from Czech composer Antonin Dvorak.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Deadline looms for landowner grant program

Need help addressing your natural resource concerns? The Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for 2013 funding in its Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

A Dog's Eye View: Dogs on board

We love being able to take our dogs with us almost as much as they love to come along, but even the best driver in the world still can be involved in an accident.

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Northwest Colorado fire conditions worse than 2002

Routt County’s top emergency management official says wildfire conditions are more severe this year than they were during summer 2002, when a series of fires scorched thousands of acres in the area.

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Offbeat Revolution brings youthful, reggae vibe to Steamboat

Age is no barrier in music, and the youthful Offbeat Revolution will bring its lighthearted rock-reggae vibes to Steamboat for the first time Friday night.

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Routt County events calendar for June 22 to 28

Blackberry Smoke, a Southern rock band fresh off a tour with Eric Church, will play at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Ghost Ranch. The show costs $10.

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Voluntary fishing, tubing closures in place for the Yampa River through Steamboat

Local officials are asking everyone to stay out of the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs to protect the waterway’s ecology.

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Vitamin Cottage officially coming to Steamboat

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage posted a message to its website confirming it hopes to open a new store in downtown Steamboat Springs as early as Sept. 10.

Steamboat's ranch rodeo to coincide with downtown cattle drive

The annual rodeo, which celebrates the day-to-day activities on working Colorado ranches, will now be held at 1 p.m. July 1.

Wednesday, June 20

Coed D League Softball Standings and Game Results for June 20

Coed D League Softball Standings and Game Results for June 20

Tour Divide mountain bikers trickle into Steamboat

The Tour Divide mountain bike race continued to rumble on this week, and on Wednesday afternoon, the leading riders entered the final state on their international trail race.

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Tubing season halted in Steamboat

River outfitters voluntarily pull their tubes out of Yampa River

The commercial tubing season in Steamboat Springs came to an abrupt end Wednesday afternoon as the Yampa River slowed to 81 cubic feet per second under the Fifth Street Bridge.

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Steamboat riders claim 2 podium spots at 24-hour event

A pair of Steamboat Springs riders soared to the podium Sunday, each claiming second-place finishes in the 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest mountain bike race in Gallup, N.M.

The Record for June 19

12:15 a.m. Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife officers were called to a report of a bear in the 600 block of Tamarack Drive and then in the 400 block of Eaglepointe Court.

Steamboat briefs: Book Feast, Beast Walk is Saturday at the library

Get ready to walk your beast for Book Feast on Saturday. The fun starts at 10 a.m. at Bud Werner Memorial Library with the Beast Walk down the Yampa River Core Trail to the Steamboat Springs Community Center and back.

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Book tells story of climbers; author talk is Friday in Steamboat

It’s a particular rescue made by Chhiring Dorje Sherpa — one small but heroic story from the 27 hours of tragedy that ensued on K2 in 2008 — that captured mountaineer and writer Amanda Padoan.

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Adaptive cyclists in Colorado experience power of biking

One walk around the Steamboat Springs High School and Memorial Park — where combatants of the 2012 tour ended after riding from Craig on Wednesday — was a good reminder of the power of biking.

Garrity claims South Routt seat on YVEA board; 2 openings remain

Oak Creek resident and longtime power industry expert Russ Garrity is the newest member of the board of directors of Yampa Valley Electric Association, but the local rural electrical cooperative still is looking for two people to fill open seats.

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BLM to enact Stage 2 fire restrictions Friday

Sand Fire extinguished; Willow Fire on Moffat County-Wyoming border uncontained

BLM officials will enact increased fire restrictions beginning Friday, and the Routt County Board of Commissioners will consider increased restrictions at Tuesday's meeting.

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Firefighters battle estimated 2,000-acre wildfire near Craig

A fire first reported as two acres Tuesday about 10 miles west of Craig is thought to have burned roughly 2,000 acres and prompted evacuations in the Westview Subdivision.

Pay raises for employees approved by Steamboat City Council

The city of Steamboat Springs plans to spend $350,000 this year and an estimated $700,000 more every year after that to address what it calls major discrepancies in its employees’ pay.

Tuesday, June 19

Coed outdoor soccer league scores for June 19

Coed outdoor soccer league scores for June 19

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Steamboat Springs City Council halts pot shop relocation

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night stopped a local medical marijuana dispensary from moving downtown because of the new location’s proximity to a popular park.

Coed B League Softball Standings and Game Results for June 19

Coed B League Softball Standings and Game Results for June 19

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Free concert added for Fourth of July in Steamboat

Move to supplement loss of fireworks meets resistance from rodeo organizers

Despite meeting some resistance at Tuesday's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting, the Free Summer Concert Series will be producing a special show at 8:30 p.m. July 4.

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Routt County mountain bikers take Colorado Springs by storm

Several locals garnered top finishes at the Ute Valley Pro XCT mountain bike race in Colorado Springs on Saturday.

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Local cyclists Jacques, Charity top Guanella Hill Climb podium

It was set up perfectly for Tammy Jacques at the 2012 Guanella Hill Climb on Sunday. The race begins in Georgetown and climbs and winds its way through switchbacks and up the pass.

Steamboat American Legion baseball team 6th in Wyoming tourney

The Steamboat American Legion team went 2-3 during the weekend, finishing sixth in the Green River, Wyo., tournament.

Our View: Commissioner makeup sure to change

On a local basis, Colorado’s first June primary election represents the first step in a county commissioner race that holds more potential to change the makeup of the Routt County Board of Commissioners than at any time in recent history.

Steamboat nets $2.4M in Yampa River grant

Conservation and public access along the Yampa River already has benefited greatly through Colorado Lottery proceeds administered through Great Outdoors Colorado, and on Tuesday, the news arrived that another $2.4 million grant is on the way.

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Sheriff: Fire estimated to be 2,000 acres

Second wildfire reported on Colorado Highway 13, near Wyoming/Colorado border

Byron Willems, of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District, reported that fire officials have laid down a fire break built by first responders near Moffat County Road 212, about two miles east of the fire's origin, saving homes in that immediate area. But, due to high winds, the fire continues to move northeast. Flames and smoke are visible north of junction U.S. 40 and County Road 212.

Sex offender lives at home of state Rep. Randy Baumgardner

Republican state Rep. Randy Baumgardner, who voted against a comprehensive rewrite of the state’s sex-offender registration laws, has a convicted sex offender living at his house.

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Bicycle Tour of Colorado heads to Steamboat from Craig

More than 1,200 riders made the trek Tuesday to Craig as part of the 18th annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado. The tour continues Wednesday with a ride to Steamboat Springs.

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Road work ramping up in Routt County

Widening, repaving and rockfall mitigation are among the projects being undertaken by the Colorado Department of Transportation this summer in Routt County.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat grad Paul Innes earns engineering degree

Paul Innes, a 2007 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

The Record for June 18

1:45 a.m. Officers drove by a bar in the 700 block of Yampa Street and saw a fight. Bouncers at the bar said they tried to escort a man out of the bar, and the man wanted to fight. A 22-year-old Steamboat man was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

Steamboat temperatures in 90s starting Thursday

Yampa River approaching 85 cfs threshold

According to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, Steamboat’s high temperature Wednesday will be 80 degrees, and then things will start to sizzle with a high of 91 degrees Thursday.

Relocation of marijuana dispensary appealed to City Council

The Steamboat Springs City Council could decide Tuesday night to take up an appeal of the Planning Commission’s 3-2 vote on June 14 to deny a plan to move a medical marijuana dispensary to a second floor space at 1136 Yampa Street in Sore Saddle Condominium Unit 2.

Adult Men's I and II league softball results for June 18

Adult Men's I and II league softball results for June 18

Adult league volleyball results for June 18

Adult league volleyball results for June 18

Monday, June 18

Steamboat school district moves forward with tax bid

The Steamboat Springs School Board said Monday night that the city’s lucrative accommodations tax is an opportunity too good to pass up.

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Fundraiser to benefit Steamboat boy with brain tumor

Since Izaac Kinnison's diagnosis came last month during a CT scan at Yampa Valley Medical Center, his hometown supporters are working to help with the Cub Scout’s medical expenses.

Jimmy Westlake: Summer begins this week

The summer solstice, marking the official end of spring and the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere, occurs this year at 5:08 p.m. local time Wednesday.

Steamboat briefs: State Department of Water Resources holds session

The Colorado Department of Water Resources will host a free educational session titled Water Administration in Routt County from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

The Record for June 17

12:01 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to help a person having a medical issue in the 2300 block of Mount Werner Circle.

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Tom Ross: Butterfly sightings abound

Looking on the bight side, if there’s anything good about beginning summer in a severe drought, it could be that mosquitoes are difficult to find at a time when they are usually peaking at valley elevation.

Temporary pay boost mulled for 3 Routt County employees

The Routt County Board of Commissioners will take up a proposal Tuesday to temporarily boost the salaries of three Road and Bridge Department employees who have taken on extra duties.

Steamboat police seek help finding robbery suspect

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding an armed robber and those who have broken into nearly 40 cars in the past week.

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Lightning ignites one-acre Soutt Routt fire

Lightning is the suspected cause of a wildfire that grew to about one acre Monday on U.S. Forest Service land in South Routt County. By late afternoon, about 20 firefighters were working at fire.

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Steamboat's July 4 fireworks show canceled

In addition to the city’s fireworks display, the city will be enforcing Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s executive order from last week that bans open burning and the private use of fireworks. That means all fireworks, even sparklers.

Sunday, June 17

Tony Stich: Voting for an ideal fit

My name is Tony Stich, and I am running for Routt County Commissioner District 1. As you’re considering who to vote for in this highly contested primary, please consider that should the moon and stars align, there could be a complete change in the Board of Commissioners.

Brita Horn: Taking time to listen

In these challenging times, Routt County needs a commissioner who will listen well, work hard and stay true to the vision of the future the people of Routt County have created.

Jim 'Moose' Barrows: Time to give back

I am running for commissioner because I have a passion for the Yampa Valley, cultivated throughout 60 years of living the dream.

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Whittle the Wood draws thousands to Craig

As the music started late Saturday afternoon at Loudy-Simpson Park, a few bold dancers stepped out onto the grass. Before long, a crowd had gathered in front of the stage, swaying singly or in pairs as Alter Eagles: The Definitive Eagles Tribute performed for a crowd that covered the lawn.

The Record for June 16

12:59 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bike stolen from the 800 block of Yampa Street.

Steamboat police warn residents to lock cars

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers are continuing to warn residents to lock their car doors after cash, iPods and loose change reportedly was stolen Saturday from 15 to 20 unlocked vehicles.

Steamboat briefs: Elk River Road northbound traffic detoured this week

Northbound traffic on Elk River Road from U.S. Highway 40 will be detoured to Downhill Drive starting Monday to accommodate the replacement of an existing water line.

County Agenda for June 18 and 19

County Agenda for June 18 and 19

Jane McLeod: Mustard grows fast

Like many vegetable gardeners, I have a hard time waiting patiently for the soil to warm up for the majority of plantings.

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo results: Rodeo No. 1

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo results: Rodeo No. 1

Monday Medical: Program to discuss end-of-life

This past spring, Jodi Dorris went through an event we all dread. She lost her father, Joe Lacko, to a chronic illness.

Steamboat School Board has a full agenda Monday

New assistant principal for Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools named

Before it adjourns Monday evening, the board could adopt a calendar for the 2013-14 school year, award a building contract and hire a new assistant principal.

Police again an issue for Oak Creek

Resignation of Oak Creek officer reopens fraught questions

Oak Creek has struggled with staffing its police department for more than a decade. Now, after the resignation of Officer Lance Dunaway, the town must revisit what might be its most stubborn issue.

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Hope deflating on the Yampa River

Steamboat river already approaching end of recreation season

According to a National Weather Service forecast, the Yampa River could slow to 85 cubic feet per second in Steamboat Springs as early as Wednesday. Once the river falls below that threshold, it essentially closes to recreation to protect wildlife and the river’s habitat.

Saturday, June 16

Real estate transactions for June 5 to 13

Real estate transactions for June 5 to 13

On the Market: Charlie Dresen to join Prudential Steamboat

Local real estate broker Charlie Dresen has joined Prudential Steamboat Realty.

Yampa Valley SCORE offers business plan development contest

In an effort to stimulate entrepreneurship in the Yampa Valley, Yampa Valley SCORE — with the help the Bogue Enterprise Center at Colorado Mountain College and the city of Steamboat Springs — is offering a maximum prize of $2,500 to business startup owners who develop the best business plan.

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Yampa Valley Housing Authority hears plan for affordable apartments

Brent Pearson, of Resort Ventures West, has proposed to tap into federal tax credits that could help a third-party developer build out the remaining affordable housing units in Wildhorse Meadows.

High Park Fire claims record number of Colorado homes

Larimer County Sheriff’s officials said this afternoon that the number of homes lost in the High Park fire has reached 181, the most in Colorado history.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the county for June 17

Happy Father’s Day to all those great dads.

The Record for June 15

12:40 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a suspicious incident at a basketball court in Steamboat II. They found three males skateboarding with flashlights.

The Jail Report for June 9 to 15

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.

Hayden Reader of the Week: Alexei Reyes

The Hayden Public Library proudly announces the first Reader of the Week in the annual Summer Reading Drawing. Alexei Reyes, 10, of Craig, was chosen as the winner.

Terry S. Atienza: Supporting our veterans

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki often reminds us that as the tide of war recedes, we have the opportunity, and the responsibility, to anticipate the needs of returning veterans. 

Our View: New flight is a bold move

The decision this month by ski season airline service managers to add a twice-weekly roundtrip flight between Los Angeles and Yampa Valley Regional Airport was bold, even risky. And that’s why we like it.

Bill Cousins: Casino a bad idea

In response to the letter from Messrs. Spillane and Hoffman (“Douglas wrong,” June 13) I would make the following points: The article by Rob Douglas (“Casino raises questions”) on June 8 was very timely.

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Partners in Routt County executive director to step down

Since Libby Foster took the reins at Partners, the nonprofit’s school-based mentor program and budget has doubled. New funding sources have been secured and additional staff members hired. On Thursday, she was preparing to step away from it all.

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Steamboat teenager preparing for shotgun nationals

Steamboat Springs' Logan Bankard, 15, is set to begin competition Monday in the 2012 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational Match in Grand Island, Neb.

Gossard’s gifts to have lasting impacts for Routt County nonprofits

The directors of several local nonprofits say Gloria Gossard’s generous gifts of nearly $9 million help guarantee the future of their organizations.

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Youths enjoy Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs' fishing derby

Miles away form the rumble of Ford Mustangs and the buzz of the Mainstreet Farmers Market, 85 children lined the banks of Walton Pond, taking part in the Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs’ 30th annual fishing derby.

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New, revamped Steamboat bike trails draw rave reviews

It’s always a good thing when ideas turn to reality. And in the case of downhill mountain bikers in Steamboat Springs, that reality fuels the hope of something even bigger.

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U20 United States rugby team trains in Steamboat

The U20 United States rugby team was in Steamboat Springs this week for a team-building camp in preparation for the World Rugby Trophy tournament, which begins Monday in Salt Lake City.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden’s Mitchel Doolin makes spring dean’s list

Mitchel Doolin, a 2009 graduate of Hayden High School, made the Colorado School of Mines dean’s list for the spring semester with a 4.0 GPA.

Friday, June 15

Totally Kids meal menus for week of June 18

Totally Kids meal menus for week of June 18

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Local high school sports officials needed

Because of retirements and relocation, there is a major shortage of officials in all sports, specifically basketball and football.

GOP Routt County commissioner candidates face 3-way primary

Registered Routt County Republicans are able to choose from among three candidates this month as they vie to replace longtime Republican county Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak.

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Steamboat native returns with renowned Glenn Miller Orchestra

Saxophone player Kenyon Brenner hasn’t performed on the stage of the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium since he graduated in 2007. On Friday, he returns as a member of the renowned Glenn Miller Orchestra.

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Hospice Celebration of Life fundraiser kicks off Monday in Steamboat

The annual fundraiser starts with a dinner, auction and art gallery beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

Clark man found not guilty of most charges

A jury this week found a Clark man not guilty of six of the seven charges that had been filed against him, including a felony charge of menacing.

Interest being gauged for Parkinson's support group in Steamboat

A part-time Steamboat Springs resident who has lived with Parkinson’s disease for 14 years is seeking people who would be interested in participating in a support group.

The Record for June 14

1:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear trying to get into Dumpsters on Après Ski Way. It was gone when officers arrived.

Spoke Talk: A Core Trail runs through it

Less than a year ago, I lived in western Montana. But as luck would have it, I took a chance and pedaled away from my home on the trail less traveled.

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for June 14

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for June 14

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More bulls for summer rodeo in Steamboat

Several initiatives should boost competitors, excitement

Steamboat Springs’ 21-performance summer rodeo is launching several new programs this summer to draw young bull riders to its weekend competitions.

Victory charges dropped as part of plea deal

Dr. Colleen “Kelly” Victory, a local anti-medical marijuana advocate who was vocal in the fall about ballot initiatives to ban dispensaries, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading no contest to disorderly conduct.

Steamboat briefs: Hospice Celebration of Life is set for Monday, Tuesday

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s annual two-day Hospice Celebration of Life event is Monday and Tuesday.

April sales tax report shows modest gain for Steamboat

Collections increase 3.6 percent for month

April’s sales tax collections in the city of Steamboat Springs increased 3.6 percent compared with April 2011, according to the final report released Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, June 14

Sen. Jean White: Bringing common sense to legislation

Now that I’ve represented Northwest Colorado in the state Senate for two years, I’ve found that my experience in business and education was quite useful.

Rep. Randy Baumgardner: Working to rein in state spending

The past four years have been hard years fiscally for the state. Many hard decisions have been made to balance the financial needs of the state and the limited resources and revenues that were being generated through taxes and fees.

Water restrictions could begin Friday in Oak Creek

On the same day Gov. John Hickenlooper enacted statewide fire restrictions, the Oak Creek Town Board passed a resolution empowering the mayor to enact outside watering restrictions.

Baumgardner, White face off in heated state Senate primary

As voters in Northwest Colorado start filling out primary ballots, Jean White and Randy Baumgardner — the GOP candidates for the Senate District 8 seat — are focusing on their differences.

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Rob Douglas: Gambling with our image

Do residents of Northwest Colorado want the first image greeting visitors as they land in Hayden to be one of a business based on the vice of separating fools from their money?

The Record for June 13

12:13 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear on Hemlock Court.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Supporting agriculture

Steamboat widely is recognized for its symbiotic relationship between incredible winter skiing and agriculture.

A Dog's Eye View: He just wants to play

This story was told to me by a client. She brought her dog to me because her dog would “freak out” whenever he saw dogs running off leash.

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Routt County events calendar for June 15 to 21

Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons, an Americana rock band with lyrical soul, will play a show at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Old Town Pub. The cover is $10.

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Festival kicks off Perry-Mansfield’s 99th season in Steamboat

The 15th annual New Works Festival features four theater pieces and one dance presentation that will be staged for the public this weekend at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp campus.

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Steamboat local returns to town with The Funkytunk Heroes

Four years out of high school, Derek Blake lives more than 150 miles from Steamboat Springs, where he was born and raised. But there are a few things that haven’t changed.

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Healthy Solutions scheduled to close July 8

Healthy Solutions announced on its Facebook page today that Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has purchased the interest in the space.

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Volunteer groups tackle downed trees across Routt County

The removal of dead trees that have fallen over popular hiking trails has become a never-ending task for area volunteer organizations.

The Record for June 12

6:01 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a car that was broken into in the 1300 block of Skyview Lane. There were 12 other car break-ins reported in the area by midafternoon.

Steamboat briefs: Oak Creek Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday

The board will consider a resolution to implement watering restrictions as well as a special-events permit to allow alcohol to be served at the Taste of South Routt event June 30.

Minor injuries, 1 arrest after rollover accident near Hayden

A female was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center with minor injuries Wednesday morning after the car she was driving rolled along Routt County Road 80 just south of C.R. 76 near Hayden.

Wednesday, June 13

Coed D League Standings and Game Results for June 13

Coed D League Standings and Game Results for June 13

Town Challenge results: Marabou Cross Country

Town Challenge results: Marabou Cross Country

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Kalmes, Rench top Town Challenge bike race at Marabou

The Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series drifted outside Steamboat Springs for a race on the Marabou Ranch on Wednesday, drawing 207 riders for the opportunity to ride that estate’s private mountain bike trails.

Soroco FFA thrives at state convention

Abbey Horn’s bookkeeping and management of her business earned her a prestigious FFA Organization state proficiency award last week at the Colorado FFA convention in Pueblo.

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Western Underground to play Friday at Ghost Ranch

Although champion bronc rider and country star Chris LeDoux died in 2005, his values live on through his music via Western Underground, which passes through Steamboat on Friday with a show at Ghost Ranch.

Routt County boosts rural road patching budget

Routt County commissioners authorized District 3 Assistant Road Foreman Scott Belton to spend an extra $294,000 this summer to patch sections of deteriorating roads.

Outlook remains dry for Routt County

June on average is the driest month of the year in Steamboat with 1.53 inches of precipitation, but June 2012 isn’t even close to that pace.

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Suspected shooter appears in Routt County Court

The Routt County District Attorney’s Office has filed three counts of attempted first-degree murder against the man suspected of firing a single gunshot Friday night at The Tap House Sports Grill.

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Lifelong Steamboat Springs resident Janet Russell dies from cancer

Janet Russell, 42, of Steamboat Springs, died Tuesday of complications from cancer. Janet is the wife of Steamboat Pilot & Today photographer John F. Russell. A celebration of life is Monday.

Steamboat Mad Mudder registration ends Monday

The registration deadline for the Steamboat Mad Mudder has been pushed back to the end of the day Monday. The cost to register is $65.

Tuesday, June 12

Nordic jumps pulled from Buttermilk plan

The Aspen Skiing Co. has withdrawn plans for a Nordic ski jumping venue on the Tiehack side of Buttermilk Ski Area, as a new mountain master plan approaches its first public hearing.

Commissioners approve a fire ban in Grand County

Commissioners approved a fire ban for unincorporated Grand County on Tuesday.

Coed outdoor soccer league scores for June 12

Coed outdoor soccer league scores for June 12

Steamboat man faces assault charges

Resident suspected of hitting another person with bike lock cable Sunday

A 39-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Monday on suspicion of jumping a 65-year-old man and hitting him with a bike lock cable.

Colorado snowpack at 2 percent of normal

The last time the snowpack in Colorado was this low — which is nearly nil — was in 2002, when the Hayman Fire ravaged 214 square miles of forest land.

Craig police chief presents council with Romney visit expenses

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta estimated a total cost of approximately $19,700 when factoring regular and overtime pay and equipment usage for the three city departments that assisted with May’s campaign stop by Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Softball Coed B League Standings and Game Results for June 12

Coed B League Standings and Game Results for June 12

Moffat County Commission passes fire ban resolution

The Moffat County Commissioners approved, 2-0, Resolution 2012-72 on Tuesday establishing a fire ban in unincorporated portions of Moffat County. The ban takes effect immediately.

BLM fire restrictions for Routt, Moffat take effect Wednesday

Bureau of Land Management officials announced Tuesday that fire restrictions will go into effect starting Wednesday on BLM land in the Little Snake Field Office, which encompasses Routt and Moffat counties.

Steamboat baseball team splits doubleheader

American Legion squad played in Rangely during weekend

The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team split a pair of games in Rangely during the weekend. Steamboat lost the first game, 5-4, before blowing open the second game and winning, 24-10, in a mercy rule game.

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Steamboat riders get set for Marabou race

2nd event of Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series is Wednesday

The second race in Steamboat’s Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series also might be its most unique. The Marabou Cross Country features no long climbs, instead giving way to a fun and fast trek along a rolling course.

Steamboat briefs: South Routt teachers run to raise funds for schools

A group of teachers from South Routt School District will complete the Run, Rabbit Run ultramarathon as a relay team in September to raise funds for the South Routt Education Endowment Fund.

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Steamboat resident John Grassby publishes 1st novel

Steamboat resident John Grassby finished his novel more than five years ago but only recently found a publisher for the thriller, which is set in the 1940s.

Goodrich tabbed for part-time gig with Routt County

When Routt County Regional Building Department Official Carl Dunham set out to hire a temporary building inspector, likely for just a few hours per day, he ended up hiring his former boss.

Plans for casino near Hayden airport move forward

Steamboat Springs resident Steve Hofman said Monday that information about a proposed casino near Yampa Valley Regional Airport soon would be available to the public.

Johnny Spillane and Steve Hofman: Douglas got it wrong

Rob Douglas raises a number of vital and valid questions about a possible casino near Yampa Valley Regional Airport in his recent column (“Casino raises questions,” June 8 Steamboat Today).

Our View: Keeping the Yampa flowing

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and it’s for that reason we’re encouraged by the proactive approach taken to help maintain flows in the Yampa River this summer.

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Downtown Steamboat cattle drive clears financial hurdles

One of the best parts of Steamboat’s traditional Fourth of July observances has cleared its financial hurdles, allowing cowgirls and cowboys to push a herd of cattle through downtown July 1.

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Routt County meal programs aimed at fighting child hunger

Two local nonprofits, LIFT-UP of Routt County and Totally Kids, have launched new programs to make sure school-age children don’t go hungry this summer.

The Record for June 11

8:08 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a couple of people walking around a foreclosed home in the 33200 block of Ramuda Trail in Oak Creek.

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Joanne Palmer: Carrying the weight of life

Cheryl Strayed's “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” is a memoir of regaining your footing, of the healing power of nature and of the burdens we all must shoulder.

13 cars broken into in Steamboat

The Steamboat Springs Police Department received 13 reports by Tuesday afternoon of cars that had been broken into Monday night in the area of Chinook Lane and Sparta Plaza.

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Surveillance video released from robbery

The Steamboat Springs Police Department on Tuesday released security camera video from the armed robbery that occurred at the Shell gas station at Weiss Drive and U.S. Highway 40 just before 10 p.m. Sunday.

Adult league volleyball results for June 11

Adult league volleyball results for June 11

Adult Men's I and II league results for June 11

Adult Men's I and II league results for June 11

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Tom Ross: Peek-a-boo cutthroats, I see you

Frigid weather or not, the rituals of early summer were in evidence above 9,000 feet; brilliantly colored cutthroat trout were slipping up tiny creeks barely 18 inches wide in their annual spawning run.

Monday, June 11

Turnover at top of Routt County Road and Bridge Department

The top two employees in the Road and Bridge Department have left Routt County government just as the busy summer season of road projects gets under way.

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Jimmy Westlake: The Summer Triangle

When the sun goes down and the summer stars come out, three of the first ones you see, high in the northeastern sky, will be the trio of bright stars that forms the corners of the Summer Triangle.

Chuck O’Connell: Let’s work it out

This past weekend, supporters of our Steamboat Springs High School sports programs hosted a yard sale with proceeds going toward those sports and the high school’s Booster Club.

Barb Parnell: Healthy eating survey

LiveWell Northwest Colorado is working to help Routt County become the healthiest community in the healthiest state.

Mark Udall: Our enduring economic driver

From the Western Slope to the San Luis Valley to the Eastern Plains, Colorado has been blessed with some of the most spectacular natural resources in the country. For many of us, the outdoors is why we have chosen to live and do business in Colorado. It is one of the ways we define ourselves.

Steamboat briefs: Habitat for Humanity to change volunteer schedule

Routt County Habitat for Humanity is changing its weekday volunteer day to Friday.

The Record for June 10

12:05 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Colorado State Patrol troopers were called to a report of a noninjury car crash at mile marker 128 of U.S. Highway 40.

Thurston is new Routt County 4-H extension agent

Tami Thurston is having an action-packed initiation to her role as Routt County’s new 4-H extension agent.

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Hunt on for suspect in Steamboat Springs armed robbery

Steamboat Springs police still are working to identify a man suspected of robbing a Southside Station cashier at gunpoint late Sunday night.

Sunday, June 10

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Luke Graham: Here’s to you, Seattle

I’m not exactly sure why my friend grew up a Seattle fan. But he loved the Supersonics. He had an obsession with Gary Payton and wore that god awful green and yellow No. 20 jersey. But when the Thunder made the finals, he was inconsolable.

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Annual Pioneer Picnic reunites Routt County’s old-timers

When Jo Semotan started to plan this year’s Routt County Pioneer Picnic, she considered adding music to the annual event. Or a dance floor. Or a formal program. But Semotan decided those things could distract from the gathering’s real draw.

Crash causes spill near Dinosaur

A Friday night crash on Colorado Highway 64, about four miles east of Dinosaur in Rio Blanco County, resulted in the spill of hazardous material, the Colorado State Patrol reported Sunday in a news release.

Dry spell continues in Steamboat Springs

Yampa Valley forecast devoid of rain

This week’s weather forecast won’t do much to please Yampa Valley residents who are hoping for a downpour. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is calling for another dry week.

Steamboat briefs: 12th Street realignment in Steamboat begins Monday

The realignment of 12th Street in Steamboat Springs will begin Monday. During construction, access to 12th Street is restricted to everyone but area residents. Work is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 23.

The Record for June 9

1:47 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint about a loud party in the 3300 block of Columbine Drive. The partygoers were told to keep the noise down.

County Agenda for June 11 and 12

County Agenda for June 11 and 12

Monday Medical: It’s tick time in the Rockies

These creepy insects are unpleasant little vampires, hungrily and efficiently seeking animals and people to bite. Infected ticks can transmit diseases.

Deb Babcock: Tough out a dry season

With the growing season starting out so warm and dry, we might be in for a year that is tough on our plants. This will be true especially if the lack of rain continues and we adhere to requested water restrictions by limiting the added moisture we give to our garden.

Saturday, June 9

Majority of Trailhead auction condos in Steamboat have closed

A skier’s dozen of the Trailhead Lodge condominiums near the base of Steamboat Ski Area that sold at auction May 6 in Denver have closed in a flurry this week at prices ranging from $215,000 to $650,000.

South Routt home sale hits $3.9M in April

Stan Urban, of Land Title Guarantee Co., reported June 1 that the highest price paid for property in Routt County in April was the $3.9 million sale of a new home on Routt County Road 29 not far from Oak Creek.

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Steamboat's Big Agnes pitches tents, business to clients

When you’re entertaining one of your best customers, you want to make sure they get to sample the true DNA of your company.

Real estate transactions for June 1 to 6

Real estate transactions for June 1 to 6

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Cayuse Classic brings out horse lovers in Steamboat

The equestrian in Routt County thrives, and that was a takeaway message Saturday at the Cayuse Classic, a daylong celebration of all things horse at Sidney Peak Ranch near Steamboat Springs.

Joel Reichenberger: Pain in the bat

What is it about a couple of hours of softball that leaves me sore for days afterward?

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Rotary Trail on back of Emerald Mountain a ride to relish

With its sweeping banked turns and multitude of as-difficult-as-you-want-to-make-it features, the Rotary Trail is every bit as pleasing as its lead architect claimed.

The Record for June 8

12:12 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a drunken person on Mount Werner Road and gave the person a ride home.

The Jail Report for June 1 to 8

The Jail Report for June 1 to 8

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3 No Trump repeats Steamboat spelling bee championship

Aeriferous, appoggiatura, banausic and daguerreotype may have stumped all 33 participants of the annual Community Spelling Bee, but it was the defending champions who trumped the competition with the word demurrage.

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ReTree Steamboat focuses on quality planting at event

Two hundred volunteers showed up for the third annual ReTree Steamboat event Saturday morning.

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Tom Ross: Learning to let go

Parents of this year’s crop of soon-to-be college freshpeople have no idea how good they’ve got it compared with the olden days. And by olden days, I mean BS and BF. That would be Before Skype and Before FaceTime circa 2004 to 2008.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for June 10

Happy birthday wishes to Roxanne Delay, Jeremy Boyd, Arty Munoz and Karen Gilroy.

Peter Brookes: Whatever happened to 'no comment'?

Last week’s media bombshell that we’d infiltrated the Iranian nuclear program with a super-secret computer virus made it undeniable: There’s been way too much aired about sensitive U.S. operations in the past year or so.

Diane White-Crane: What would RFK do?

This week is the 44th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination. In his honor, I’d like to write about some important progressive lessons taught to me by my Christian faith and by the example given to me by my political hero, Robert F. Kennedy.

Our View: The show must go on

We can’t blame local officials' consideration of canceling this year’s July Fourth fireworks display in Steamboat, but we hope any such move would be accompanied by an effort to replace the display with another community-minded celebration that evening.

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Former Steamboat QB Austin Hinder waits for shot at Cal

Each year has been another part of a long learning cycle for Austin Hinder, the most ballyhooed football prospect ever to come out of Steamboat Springs.

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Strawberry Park Principal Celia Dunham says goodbye to students

Celia Dunham’s last day of school was unforgettable. Wearing a yellow cape and a shiny, gold crown Thursday, the Strawberry Park Elementary School principal jogged to the center of a field ready to one last time thrill the hundreds of students who surrounded her.

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Steamboat man arrested after shooting at downtown bar

A 57-year-old Steamboat Springs man is in custody after police say he shot at bouncers after being kicked out of The Tap House Sports Grill on Friday night. No one was injured.

Friday, June 8

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Tour Divide bike race will come through Steamboat

The Tour Divide mountain bike race began early Friday. More than 100 riders will bike down the spine of the continent and, in the latter half of the race, swing through Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat coach to host volleyball camp

Steamboat Springs High School volleyball coach Wendy Hall will host a volleyball camp for rising fifth- and sixth-grade students.

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Steamboat swim team takes 2nd in Rangely

The Steamboat Springs Swim Team competed at a pair of meets last weekend in Rangely and Thornton. The team had 27 swimmers compete in Rangely. Led by captain Jack Strotbeck, the team finished in second place out of four teams.

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2011 Steamboat Springs grad presents 1st solo art show

This month at Ciao Gelato, Abraham Rodriguez is presenting his first solo art show, which features detailed graphite drawings of Steamboat scenery.

Steamboat Ski Corp. announces Los Angeles winter flight

Addition to schedule to focus on Australian visitors

With an eye down under, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. on Friday announced new direct ski season flights from Yampa Valley Regional Airport to Los Angeles International Airport with roundtrips on a 66-passenger jet Saturdays and Sundays beginning Dec. 22.

Steamboat musicians gain recognition online

A song that Katie Ross and Nissa Parker had recorded several days earlier was viewed more than 100,000 times that night on YouTube and has garnered almost a quarter million more views since.

2 teens suspected of Stagecoach vandalism, arson

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two local teenagers suspected of breaking into cars and a cabin as well as setting fires in Stagecoach on Tuesday night.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat high graduate on CU Boulder dean’s list

Erica Gale, a 2009 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Routt County Search and Rescue busy after slow spring

After a relatively slow spring, Routt County Search and Rescue has responded to three calls in the past week, including two calls Friday for rescues at Fish Creek Falls.

The Record for June 7

8:22 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 2800 block of Downhill Plaza.

Spoke Talk: Motivation for the race

What motivates a 57-year-old woman to compete in the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series?

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Man ordered to pay $26,400 for shooting dog

A Routt County jury on Friday decided Del Herman should have to pay $26,400 to the Arnone family for shooting and killing their dog, Duke. The civil trial started Monday after a settlement could not be reached between the two parties.

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for June 7

Coed C League Standings and Game Results for June 7

Thursday, June 7

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Senate District 8 candidates find common ground on issues

More than 50 voters attended the Senate District 8 debate Thursday night hosted by the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots at The Center of Craig.

Vandalism at old Stagecoach ski area being investigated

Owners say vandals tried to burn down cabin Tuesday night

One of the owners of the Stagecoach ski area said vandals tried Tuesday night to burn down a cabin on the mountain south of Steamboat Springs.

Lodging forecast looking up in Steamboat

The first Triple Crown Sports youth softball tournament of the summer will account for many of the 5,400 visitors expected to spend Saturday night in Steamboat Springs.

Rob Douglas: Casino raises questions

The image of Steamboat Springs and the surrounding Yampa Valley is that of a family friendly, Western ranching community that is home to one of the world’s premier activities. Will gambling be added to that image?

The Record for June 6

12:06 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a drunken pedestrian in the 1900 block of Pine Grove Road.

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Casey’s Pond project in Steamboat leads to spike in construction valuation

The $21 million building permit valuation of the new Casey’s Pond Senior Living community has made a substantial difference in local construction dollar volume.

Routt County events calendar for June 8 to 14

Routt County events calendar for June 8 to 14

Mike Smith: Excel Gymnastics saved

It is with great pleasure that I write to say that Excel Gymnastics has been saved. The open gym fundraiser that we held last Sunday was a success.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Power of agriculture on display

Those of us who live in Steamboat know the secret that summer is just as much fun as winter — and that it’s just as busy. Now that summer is upon us, we find ourselves trying to coordinate calendars to figure out where every family member is at any given time.

A Dog's Eye View: To be or not to be ... crated

First, I have a confession to make. I was not always such a strong advocate for crating our dogs. Luckily, I was being guided by much wiser and more knowledgeable people, so I persevered. And you know what? It wasn’t hard at all.

Steamboat briefs: 12th Street realignment set to begin Monday

The realignment of 12th Street in Steamboat Springs will begin Monday. During construction, access to 12th Street is restricted to everyone but area residents.

Steamboat soccer tournament fills up

Thanks to strong team registrations, the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament closed its registration early for the first time in 28 years.

Steamboat Ski Area biking trails set to open

Steamboat Ski Area will open several of its mountain bike trails Saturday, with the gondola and Steamboat Bike Park downhill trails set to open June 15.

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Cyclist-motorist harmony sought through education, enforcement

The ongoing effort to create a peace between cyclists and motorists is more of a mop-up operation, say those on the front lines who are advocating for more cooperation and a crackdown on what they say are relatively few offenders.

Proposal for crane hunting in Northwest Colorado killed

A Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife spokesman said late Thursday that after hearing public input, the proposal will be pulled back.

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Film screening Friday brings taste of epic bike race to Steamboat

The documentary “Bicycle Dreams” promises to give Steamboat a taste of the epic Race Across America at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

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Steamboat’s Elevation Dance Studio presents 2nd annual recital

Saturday's "School of Rock" dance recital for Elevation Dance Studio in Steamboat Springs will feature performances at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 6

Coed D League softball standings and game results for June 6

Coed D League softball standings and game results for June 6

Ugly campaign fliers hit Northwest Colorado

A GOP Senate primary that was expected to get down and dirty has lived up to its billing, with attack campaign mailers hitting mailboxes in Northwest Colorado at about the same time mail ballots went out.

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Lodging tax up for grabs in Steamboat Springs

City revenue expected to attract a crowded field of suitors

The future of Steamboat Springs’ lodging tax likely won’t be decided until December, but one thing about the annual revenue stream already is certain: several suitors are preparing to ask for a piece of it.

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Triple Crown softball tourneys kick off Friday in Steamboat

Signs of summer are apparent. But maybe none more evident than the start of Triple Crown in the Yampa Valley.

Routt National Forest to enact fire restrictions Friday

Fire restrictions are coming Friday for federal lands in Routt County and Northwest Colorado. The Bureau of Land Management also is considering restrictions.

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Steamboat 2nd-grader performs well on advanced test

Soda Creek's Shane Lambert takes exam that allows him to attend math camp

Some students dread tests. But Soda Creek Elementary School second-grader Shane Lambert said he enjoyed the two-hour exam he took earlier this year.

Steamboat high school athletic yard sale set for Saturday

In another effort to bridge the gap of an athletic budget shortfall, Steamboat Springs High School athletic teams will host a yard sale at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Moffat County burn restrictions recommended

Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz recommended Tuesday that the Moffat County Board of Commissioners consider enacting an ordinance restricting open fires in the county.

Boulder hotel veteran takes reins at Sheraton Steamboat Resort

Dan Pirrallo is the new general manager at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and comes to the Yampa Valley from the Millennium Hotel Harvest House in Boulder.

Steamboat briefs: Program coordinator for Yampatika to leave group

Yampatika program coordinator Melissa Calhoon has been hired as director of student support services at Colorado Mesa University and plans to relocate to Grand Junction, according to a news release.

The Record for June 5

12:49 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a disturbance on Latigo Loop.

Rockwell exhibit swells Craig museum attendance

The Museum of Northwest Colorado unveiled an exhibit in mid-May showcasing one of America’s most well-known artists: Norman Rockwell. Nearly a month later, the crowds still are coming.

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No injuries after home catches fire in Oak Creek

Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup said firefighters were dispatched to the fire at about 1 a.m. after the resident saw flames outside the house.

Adult League Soccer results for June 5

Adult League Soccer results for June 5

Coed B League Standings and Game Results for June 5

Coed B League Standings and Game Results for June 5

Burn restrictions likely coming to Moffat County

Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz recommended Tuesday the Moffat County Commission consider enacting an ordinance restricting open fires in the county. Jantz cited his agency’s participation in a 300-acre fire currently burning near Powder Wash during his visit with commissioners. He said funding for state and federal aid has already been stretched thin because of the early start to the fire season on the Front Range.

Tuesday, June 5

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Steamboat's Fourth of July fireworks show in jeopardy

Dry conditions threaten to ground rockets, shorten summer recreation season

Dry conditions could snuff out Steamboat Springs’ Fourth of July fireworks show for the first time in a decade.

Black bear killed at Dinosaur National Monument

An aggressive black bear that reportedly had become accustomed to human food and people was shot and killed by Dinosaur National Monument staff in the park’s Gates of Lodore campground May 27, the U.S. National Park Service reported in a news release.

The Record for June 4

12:54 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a man dancing in the street at Lincoln Avenue and 13th Street.

Steamboat briefs: Aerial spraying in Hayden for mosquitoes is Thursday

Aerial spraying for mosquitoes will take place during the evening Thursday in Hayden, if weather permits.

Soroco High School honor roll for spring semester

Soroco High School honor roll for spring semester

Steamboat dog shooting case returns to court

A jury is hearing testimony this week to decide whether Del Herman should pay for shooting and killing the Arnone family’s dog, Duke.

Steamboat brothers accused of dealing heroin take deals

The two brothers accused of dealing heroin in Steamboat Springs have reached agreements with the Routt County District Attorney’s Office.

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Residents of Steamboat mobile-home park vow to fight on

West Acres owners say they will continue 4-year-long legal battle

West Acres Mobile Home Park residents said they will return to the Colorado Court of Appeals and continue their legal battle with the city of Steamboat Springs.

Mike Kien: A safer choice

Amendment 64 will make the possession of limited amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older. It will allow cities and towns to establish regulated cultivation facilities and retail stores, creating jobs and generating much-needed tax revenue.

White, Baumgardner face off in race for state Senate seat

The two Republican candidates vying for the Colorado Senate District 8 seat agreed on some points during a forum in Glenwood Springs on Monday evening, and they got in a few digs at each other, as well.

Volunteers sought for bike trail workday at Steamboat Ski Area

Routt County Riders’ trails committee will lead its fourth workday of the summer at Steamboat Ski Area on Saturday.

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Joanne Palmer: Foodscaping your way to eating bliss

It’s time to give up on mowing, aerating and fertilizing. Instead, lay down some love by transforming your backyard into a salad bar.

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Temperature swings play hot, cold in Steamboat

After flirting with record high temperatures for a second day in a row Tuesday, Steamboat Springs was expected to dive into the upper 30s on Wednesday morning.

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Steamboat cyclists shine at Teva Mountain Games

Boosted by four podium finishes, including three individuals in top spots, Steamboat was well represented at the annual Teva Mountain Games in Vail.

Pete Van De Carr: The significance of our water

As we observe the last of our dwindling snowpack, it seems hard to remember the almost 130 percent of average snowpack we experienced at the same time last year.

Our View: A drive into the past

When it comes to inexpensive marketing opportunities with an eye toward social media and the power of shared photos and videos, it doesn’t get much better than a cattle drive through downtown Steamboat Springs.

Sue Leonard: Imagine possibilities

I am writing in response to Tuesday’s column by Tom Ross headlined “Catch a reusable SoCal wave.” I thoroughly enjoyed the article and like his train of thought.

Adult Men's Softball League I and II results for June 4

Adult Men's Softball League I and II results for June 4

Adult League Volleyball results for June 4

Adult League Volleyball results for June 4

Steamboat School Board approves raises

The Steamboat Springs School District will award $1 million in raises to its employees during the next two school years.

Monday, June 4

Steamboat briefs: Depot Art Center lot to be closed through Friday

The city of Steamboat Springs and contractor Native Excavating are replacing an old water main and repaving the Depot Art Center parking lot. The parking lot will be closed through Friday.

The Record for June 4

12:21 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear on Cortina Lane.

Neil Davies: Save the cranes

In an obscure conference room in Craig, a small group of unelected officials is considering whether to allow hunting of sandhill cranes in Colorado. Very recently the crane population was so small as to be an endangered species. Cranes are worldwide emblems of friendship and are a national and state treasure. Should we really be exposing them to hunter’s guns?

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Jimmy Westlake: Chasing the moon’s shadow

To date, I’ve spent 31 minutes and 23 seconds in the shadow of the moon, watching and photographing eclipses of the sun. Because the moon’s shadow rarely comes to me, I have to chase it around the world, wherever it might fall.

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Fairview residents divided about deed request before Steamboat City Council

On their vacant plot of land that hugs Emerald Mountain, Samantha Rabesa and her husband, Eric, want to someday build their “forever” home. But the couple must overcome a few legal hurdles and weather the objections of several neighbors before they can build the home the way they want to.

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Tom Ross: Catch a reusable SoCal wave

Now that Los Angeles is close to banning plastic grocery bags in something like 2,700 stores, can designer reusable bags in the boutiques of Rodeo Drive be far behind?

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June 4 temperature record for Steamboat falls Monday

The record heat on Monday was likely just enough to suck the remaining snowpack out of the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs.

Unofficial record of 87 degrees set for Steamboat Springs

It's only June 4, but today's weather forecast is more reminiscent of mid-July. A fire weather watch has been issued for Tuesday.

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Luke Graham: Memories of Class of 2012

This time of year reminds me most about playing sports in high school. There will be a lot of advice this week and in the coming weeks about being leaders, changing the world and making the Class of 2012 a special one.

Steamboat School Board to weigh salary, benefits package

The Steamboat Springs School Board tonight will consider approving a $1 million salary and benefits package for district employees. The board also could approve the district’s 2012-13 operating budget and the 2013-14 academic calendar.

Sunday, June 3

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Marathon rumbles into Steamboat

Event draws more than 1,400 runners

They came from all corners of the country, but one thing was clear Sunday as the 31st annual Steamboat Marathon swept into Steamboat Springs: For those seeking top times, familiarity paid off big.

Monday Medical: Committed to health and wellness

What is the first thing you think of when you hear Yampa Valley Medical Center? Maybe it’s the Family Birth Place, where hundreds of families welcome their newborn babies every year.

Jane McLeod: The health and welfare of seeds

Let’s say you find several packets of seeds — some opened, some unopened — on a shelf or in the back of a drawer. Are they still any good? The answer, of course, is maybe so, and maybe not.

The Record for June 2

4:18 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear in the 700 block of Conifer Circle.

Steamboat briefs: CMC is offering an 8-week class about power walking

Colorado Mountain College is offering an eight-week power walking class from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 12 to Aug. 2.

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Yampa’s Harris and his dog to compete in retriever championship

Together, Yampa's Joel Harris and his young dog Marti have found success at several field trial competitions across the country. But two top finishes qualified them to compete in the National Amateur Retriever Championship.

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Steamboat Marathon gets off to a great start

With morning temperatures Sunday in the 40s, racers boarded buses to be dropped off at their starting points along the course of the 31 annual Steamboat Marathon.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Around the County for June 3

Happy birthday wishes to Erin Babcock, Tim Frentress Sr., Marilyn Frentress, Micah Green, Neylan Wheat and Collin Copeland.

Real estate transactions for May 25 to 31

Real estate transactions for May 25 to 31

On the Market: Big Agnes expands staff to address growing sales

Big Agnes — Steamboat Springs-based maker of innovative sleeping bags, pads and tents — recently announced in a news release several staff and warehouse expansion steps aimed at addressing the company’s growing sales and distribution.

HARP floats hope for Steamboat's underwater homeowners

Dozens of Routt County homeowners have taken advantage of the federal Home Affordable Refinance Program, or HARP, to make it easier to remain in their underwater homes. And more are exploring that option daily, according to a Steamboat Springs mortgage lender.

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Supply of midlevel, bank-owned condos drying up

There’s evidence that condos south of the ski base are seeing prices begin to recover as bank-owned units in those projects are in short supply.

Mark Kiszla: Move Tulowitzki to 3rd base

This is going to pain Troy Tulowitzki more than a trip to the disabled list, but the best shortstop in the game needs to consider a new job. Tulowitzki is a third baseman waiting to happen. Not this season. But soon. Sooner than he or the Rockies dare think.

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Photo of jump in Steamboat backcountry wins Teton Gravity Research contest

It may have seemed like a sick joke or maybe a death wish considering the winter — or lack thereof — Steamboat Springs just endured, but winter 2009 was perfect, and local skier Kerry Lofy still is reaping the benefits for the leap he took that season from Hell’s Wall, a massive cliff in the Steamboat backcountry.

Saturday, June 2

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Steamboat’s Madi McKinstry to focus on 2013 World Cup season

Madi McKinstry has progressed to the top American woman on Telemark skis. With high school graduation behind her, she will spend the 2013 season fully on the World Cup tour for the first time.

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Step by step, year by year, Steamboat Marathon binds lives

To many, the Steamboat Marathon is much more than a date in June and a long ribbon of pavement. To the regulars, it’s an annual ritual that has woven itself tightly into their life stories.

Joel Reichenberger: Marathon is a joy

I felt positively embarrassed Friday as I interviewed Steamboat Marathon race director Paul Sachs for a couple of stories that have printed in the past few days.

Our view: No reason to ground eatery

A disappointing first season for Yampa Valley Regional Airport’s Three Wire Bar & Grill means it’s time to adjust course, not abandon ship.

The Record for June 1

12:08 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear in the 1300 block of Blue Sage Drive. It was gone when officers arrived.

The Jail Report for May 25 to June 1

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.

Men OK after boat capsizes at Stagecoach Reservoir

A windstorm Saturday capsized a small fishing boat at Stagecoach Reservoir.

Dance educator Joan Lazarus takes over as Perry-Mansfield executive director

Joan Lazarus’ career as a dancer and educator always has subtly intertwined with the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in some way. Now, she’s landed a position as the new executive director.

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Tom Ross: A suite adventure in Room 102

You might want to make a note of this in case you are ever stuck in Green River, Utah. Room 102 at the Super 8 has a large, heart-shaped jetted tub smack dab in the middle of the floor.

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Task force to examine Steamboat high school foreign language offerings

In September, a task force of five teachers and administrators will begin meeting regularly to examine Steamboat Springs School District’s foreign language curriculum and to help decide the future of a program.

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Steamboat Springs High School graduates told to be adventurous

Steamboat Springs High School commencement speaker Matt Tredway told the 142 graduating seniors Saturday that he sensed they had a fresh perspective that will lead them to success if they are passionate about what they do.

Scholarships awarded to graduating Routt County seniors

Scholarships awarded to graduating seniors at Steamboat Springs High School, Soroco High School, Hayden High School, The Lowell Whiteman School and Heritage Christian School.

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Organizers expect about 1,700 runners for Steamboat Marathon

About 1,700 runners are expected to answer Sunday morning’s early wake-up call to participate in the races of the 31st annual Steamboat Marathon, half-marathon and 10K.

Teva Games start with splash near Vail

On Thursday, 46 kayakers from around the world raced, crashed and rolled down Homestake Creek for $7,000 in prize money to start the Teva Mountian Games.

Effects of gas wells on health unknown

Department of Public Health and Environment official says not enough data exist

In the face of booming natural-gas production across the state, Colorado’s public health officials remain unsure about the effects of gas and oil development on the health of nearby residents.

Spoke Talk: The challenge is on

The Bike Commute Challenge began Friday. If you already are riding your bike to commute, you might as well get a little credit. If you are a newbie, this is your chance to park the car and feel some fresh air on your face.

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Canadian hip-hop collective comes to Steamboat

Sweatshop Union plays a show at The Tap House Sports Grill at 9 p.m. Tuesday. The cover is $10. The show also features Denver hip-hop act Prime Element and Canada’s DEF3.

The Record for May 31

9:24 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a theft in the 1400 block of Athens Plaza. It was a civil matter involving an estate.

Steamboat briefs: Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for the week of June 4

All lunches are served at noon. There is a recommended donation of $3 per lunch for those 60 and older and $6 for those younger than 60.

‘Doc Willett’ award winners announced

Birch, McCaulley to be honored for health care contributions

Two highly respected local health care professionals have been named the 2012 recipients of the Doc Willett awards: Sue Birch and Dr. Mark McCaulley.

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Excel Gymnastics hopes fundraiser flips its fortunes

All-day open house at Steamboat gym Sunday aims to keep the doors open

The slow economy and dwindling enrollment numbers are catching up with Excel Gymnastics, and the gym in west Steamboat is facing the possibility of closing its doors.

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Moose calf frees itself after getting trapped in barbed-wire fence near Steamboat

A baby moose drew a crowd of worried onlookers just south of Steamboat Springs on Friday after it became trapped in a barbed-wire fence. The moose calf ended up freeing itself from the fence and walking away into the willows with its mother.

Several Routt County hiking, camping sites still closed

Downed trees across U.S. Forest Service roads and trails, a reservoir repair and a culvert project on the road to Buffalo Pass are conspiring to put the high country on hold.

Friday, June 1

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5 graduate from Yampa Valley High School

The five graduates in Yampa Valley High School’s Class of 2012 sat in the sunny and serene Yampa River Botanic Park on Friday afternoon as they listened to their mentor and teacher Sarah Peed offer words of advice and encouragement.