Saturday, June 30
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.
A Craig man’s 10-year-old black Labrador retriever was shot Saturday afternoon along Colorado Highway 131 just south of Steamboat Springs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is anyone else concerned about the youths and youthful adults who will want to continue the holiday tradition with their “leftovers” from last year?
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.
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.
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.
It saddens me to think about Colorado Mountain College closing the only disc golf course in Steamboat Springs because of high fire danger.
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?
An ambitious fundraising effort spearheaded by 10 Steamboat Springs parents is notable not only for what it produced but for what it prevented.
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.
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.
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
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.
12:15 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear in the 3200 block of Village Drive.
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.
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.
Streamflows in the Yampa River are trending upward with the first release of additional water from Stagecoach Reservoir on Thursday morning.
With wildfires burning across the state, Steamboat Springs residents and businesses are stepping up efforts to help their Colorado neighbors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Graham “Bushy” Muir opened Manic Training in Steamboat Springs, it would have been an understatement to say he was a little nervous.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sherry Holland is more than a librarian because today, the media center at Strawberry Park Elementary School is much more than a library.
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.
Teachers in Steamboat Springs are wondering how Beth Wendler finds time to do so much good.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
Longtime local and former U.S. Ski Team member David Lamb won’t soon forget his first heli-skiing trip to Alaska this spring.
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.
Steamboat Scuttlebutt for summer 2012
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.
Laundry's Executive Chef Chris Randall brings southern flavor to Steamboat Springs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, June 28
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.
2:47 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers investigated an open door at a storage unit in the 1200 block of 13th Street.
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.
By late Thursday night, firefighters were able to knock down a structure fire about 12 miles southeast of Stagecoach along Routt County Road 16.
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 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.
As humans, our bodies can betray attempts to mask our intent. For dogs, body language is their primary form of communication.
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.
Events across Routt County for the week of June 29 to July 5.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Coed D League Standings and Game Results for June 27
Outdoor soccer league scores for June 26
Wednesday, June 27
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Waldo Canyon fire has now grown to 18,500 acres, officials said Wednesday night.
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.
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.
The Hayden Planning Commission will meet Thursday night to discuss possible changes to Hayden’s historic downtown district.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Steamboat Men’s Rugby Club opened the season with a win Saturday, outlasting Breckenridge, 24-17.
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.
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.
As riders prep for the third race in the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series, dry trails and heat are the main factors.
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 Men's I and II league softball results for June 25
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.
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.
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.
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 have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to weigh in on primary contests.
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.
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.
Steamboat II Metropolitan District officials enacted mandatory water restrictions ahead of schedule Friday, limiting the district's 400 customers.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
12:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear in the 1100 block of Crawford Avenue.
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.”
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.”
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.
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
Hayden High School football coach Shawn Baumgartner seems to squeeze the best out of his players the way few others do.
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: Rising stars
2012 Routt County High School Sports Awards: All-stars
A year ago, Hayden High School’s Erin Koehler made the decisions that revolutionized her basketball game and made her tremendous senior season possible.
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.
Money always has been part of politics, but it should not be a determining factor in the outcome of presidential elections.
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.
The Athlete of the Year segment we do every summer honoring high school sports is often among my favorite and most hated assignments.
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.
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
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.
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.
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’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.
Condolences to the family and friends of John (Sid) Wheelock. John passed away Monday at his home.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whoever decided to run that disgusting “editorial cartoon” on June 17 should be fired on the spot.
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.
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.
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.
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
Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perry-Mansfield aims to incorporate more visual arts while also attracting more members of the Steamboat community with a new program.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 County is among the 56 rural Colorado counties receiving more than $27.7 million from the federal Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A local cycling advocate involved in a scary collision Wednesday on the popular Spring Creek Trail is urging fellow cyclists to ride responsibly.
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.
Need help addressing your natural resource concerns? The Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for 2013 funding in its Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local officials are asking everyone to stay out of the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs to protect the waterway’s ecology.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Several locals garnered top finishes at the Ute Valley Pro XCT mountain bike race in Colorado Springs on Saturday.
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.
The Steamboat American Legion team went 2-3 during the weekend, finishing sixth in the Green River, Wyo., tournament.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Widening, repaving and rockfall mitigation are among the projects being undertaken by the Colorado Department of Transportation this summer in Routt County.
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.
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.
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.
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 league volleyball results for June 18
Monday, June 18
The Steamboat Springs School Board said Monday night that the city’s lucrative accommodations tax is an opportunity too good to pass up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
I am running for commissioner because I have a passion for the Yampa Valley, cultivated throughout 60 years of living the dream.
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.
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 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.
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
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
This past spring, Jodi Dorris went through an event we all dread. She lost her father, Joe Lacko, to a chronic illness.
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.
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.
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
Local real estate broker Charlie Dresen has joined Prudential Steamboat Realty.
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.
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.
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.
Happy Father’s Day to all those great dads.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The directors of several local nonprofits say Gloria Gossard’s generous gifts of nearly $9 million help guarantee the future of their organizations.
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.
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.
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.
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
Because of retirements and relocation, there is a major shortage of officials in all sports, specifically basketball and football.
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.
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.
The annual fundraiser starts with a dinner, auction and art gallery beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s annual two-day Hospice Celebration of Life event is Monday and Tuesday.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
12:13 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear on Hemlock Court.
Steamboat widely is recognized for its symbiotic relationship between incredible winter skiing and agriculture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Healthy Solutions announced on its Facebook page today that Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has purchased the interest in the space.
The removal of dead trees that have fallen over popular hiking trails has become a never-ending task for area volunteer organizations.
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.
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.
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
Town Challenge results: Marabou Cross Country
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.
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.
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 commissioners authorized District 3 Assistant Road Foreman Scott Belton to spend an extra $294,000 this summer to patch sections of deteriorating roads.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 approved a fire ban for unincorporated Grand County on Tuesday.
Coed outdoor soccer league scores for June 12
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.
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 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.
Coed B League Standings and Game Results for June 12
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Men's I and II league results for June 11
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
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.
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.
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.
LiveWell Northwest Colorado is working to help Routt County become the healthiest community in the healthiest state.
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.
Routt County Habitat for Humanity is changing its weekday volunteer day to Friday.
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.
Tami Thurston is having an action-packed initiation to her role as Routt County’s new 4-H extension agent.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
These creepy insects are unpleasant little vampires, hungrily and efficiently seeking animals and people to bite. Infected ticks can transmit diseases.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
What is it about a couple of hours of softball that leaves me sore for days afterward?
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.
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
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.
Two hundred volunteers showed up for the third annual ReTree Steamboat event Saturday morning.
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.
Happy birthday wishes to Roxanne Delay, Jeremy Boyd, Arty Munoz and Karen Gilroy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Springs High School volleyball coach Wendy Hall will host a volleyball camp for rising fifth- and sixth-grade students.
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.
This month at Ciao Gelato, Abraham Rodriguez is presenting his first solo art show, which features detailed graphite drawings of Steamboat scenery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What motivates a 57-year-old woman to compete in the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series?
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
Thursday, June 7
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.
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.
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.
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?
12:06 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a drunken pedestrian in the 1900 block of Pine Grove Road.
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
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.
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.
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.
The realignment of 12th Street in Steamboat Springs will begin Monday. During construction, access to 12th Street is restricted to everyone but area residents.
Thanks to strong team registrations, the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament closed its registration early for the first time in 28 years.
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.
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.
A Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife spokesman said late Thursday that after hearing public input, the proposal will be pulled back.
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.
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
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.
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.
Signs of summer are apparent. But maybe none more evident than the start of Triple Crown in the Yampa Valley.
Fire restrictions are coming Friday for federal lands in Routt County and Northwest Colorado. The Bureau of Land Management also is considering restrictions.
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.
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 Sheriff Tim Jantz recommended Tuesday that the Moffat County Board of Commissioners consider enacting an ordinance restricting open fires in the county.
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.
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.
12:49 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a disturbance on Latigo Loop.
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.
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
Coed B League Standings and Game Results for June 5
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
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.
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.
12:54 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a man dancing in the street at Lincoln Avenue and 13th Street.
Aerial spraying for mosquitoes will take place during the evening Thursday in Hayden, if weather permits.
Soroco High School honor roll for spring semester
A jury is hearing testimony this week to decide whether Del Herman should pay for shooting and killing the Arnone family’s dog, Duke.
The two brothers accused of dealing heroin in Steamboat Springs have reached agreements with the Routt County District Attorney’s Office.
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.
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.
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.
Routt County Riders’ trails committee will lead its fourth workday of the summer at Steamboat Ski Area on Saturday.
It’s time to give up on mowing, aerating and fertilizing. Instead, lay down some love by transforming your backyard into a salad bar.
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.
Boosted by four podium finishes, including three individuals in top spots, Steamboat was well represented at the annual Teva Mountain Games in Vail.
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.
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.
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 League Volleyball results for June 4
The Steamboat Springs School District will award $1 million in raises to its employees during the next two school years.
Monday, June 4
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.
12:21 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear on Cortina Lane.
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?
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.
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.
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?
The record heat on Monday was likely just enough to suck the remaining snowpack out of the mountains surrounding 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
4:18 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear in the 700 block of Conifer Circle.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
A disappointing first season for Yampa Valley Regional Airport’s Three Wire Bar & Grill means it’s time to adjust course, not abandon ship.
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 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.
A windstorm Saturday capsized a small fishing boat at Stagecoach Reservoir.
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.
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.
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.
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 seniors at Steamboat Springs High School, Soroco High School, Hayden High School, The Lowell Whiteman School and Heritage Christian School.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.