News for Friday, June 29, 2012



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.