Richard Tremaine

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Richard Tremaine

Locals 2012: Richard Tremaine

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Are You a Local? Quiz

Take Steamboat Living’s simple quiz to help determine whether you’re a cheechako or a sourdough when it comes to your tenure in Steamboat.

1. White out is used to:
A. turn legs into jelly
B. correct mistakes on a term paper
C. warm up your legs on the first run
D. A and C

2. Three current postal clerks’ names are:
A. Don, Tom and Ron
B. Fred, Hank and Harriet
C. Julie, John and Norbert

3. Locals used to gather atop Thunderhead in the early morning for:
A. advice from Billy Kidd
B. free coffee/mimosas
C. rope drop

4. I try this ski parking sequence, in order:
A. tiny lot below Knoll Lot, Ski Time Square, Knoll Lot, Meadows Lot
B. Meadows Lot, Knoll Lot, Ski Time Square
C. rodeo grounds, City Market, Wildhorse Meadows

5. Drink out of the Lithium Spring and you may get:
A. the trots
B. a euphoric feeling
C. a ticket
D. algae in your teeth

6. The original name of the Yampa River was:
A. Bear River
B. Steamboat River
C. Anything Town USA River
D. Billy Kidd Brook

7. The original hospital in town now is:
A. a medical marijuana dispensary
B. Old Town Pub
C. Old Town Hot Springs
D. a tattoo parlor

8. The following people attended Perry-Mansfield:
A. Dustin Hoffman, Julie Harris and Lee Remick
B. Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake
C. Marilyn Monroe

9. Touch the Buddy Werner statue atop Mount Werner and you’ll get:
A. arrested
B. good luck
C. cold fingers

10. The following Broadway musical resulted from Agnes de Mille square dancing in a schoolhouse in Hayden:
A. “Grease”
B. “Oklahoma”
C. “West Side Story”

11. The word “Yampa” comes from:
A. a flowering, edible root that grows along the river
B. the founder of town, Herbert B. Yampa
C. an Indian greeting

12. The real name of today’s Lighted Man is:
A. Tom Hanks
B. Jon Banks
C. Claudius Banks

13. The name of our local mountain range is:
A. Park B. Elk
C. Zirkels
D. Never Summer

14. These bands played at the Inferno:
A. Dave Matthews, Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Sonia Dada
B. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Taj Mahal and the Suburbs
C. Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull and Charlie Daniels

15. The original name of Steamboat Ski Area was:
A. Billy Kiddville
B. Storm Mountain
C. Grouse Creek
D. Wally World

16. The old Routt County license plates started with:
A. ZY
B. YK
C. WZ

17. Lincoln Avenue is so wide because:
A. it was designed to fit Hummers and Lincoln Navigators
B. it was used to drive cattle to stockyards
C. high school tuba players needed more room at Winter Carnival

18. The train depot once was one of the largest:
A. cattle shipping centers in the West
B. facilities to host Cabaret
C. coal-transfer stations in Colorado

How did you score?
5 points for each correct answer (90 total)
80 to 90: veritable John Crawford
70 to 79: Billy Kidd
60 to 69: five-year ski bum
50 to 59: came for the winter, stayed for the summer
Below 50: just visiting

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.

A tour around his house showcases what this means. He points to projects left and right, explaining the details of the garden he and his wife, Judy, maintain. He’s in charge of the potatoes and the garlic, but the fenced-off plot overflows with strawberries and other produce. A small greenhouse bristles with flowers and, a true test of any mountain-town gardener, tomatoes.

“That’s an ongoing learning experience,” he says. “We had a garden back in Virginia, and that was easy.”

There’s a large playhouse in back that he built for the grandchildren, but that pales in comparison to the North Routt cabin, which he and his wife also built themselves.

It wasn’t easy, he confesses, but for him, there was no other way.

Richard, 64, doesn’t mind getting dirty at his day job as a local attorney, either, taking on the cases of concerned citizens. Moving in 1988 from the high-speed legal world of Washington, D.C., to the slower-paced world of Steamboat Springs took some adjustment. His first case was helping a group of citizens oppose a proposed Walmart.

“One of the first things I did was sue the city and the city council,” he says, laughing as he recalls how sheriff’s deputies were sent to serve the council members and the grief that move still can bring upon him from those same council members, many of them now longtime friends.

Richard, who has one son in town, eventually served on the Steamboat Springs City Council in 1993, helping craft the community plan.

He’s fought similar fights throughout the years, his tactics changing as he learned the community. He’s served with the Community Agriculture Alliance and Yampa Valley Land Trust.

One of his most recent cases proves that not everything has changed, that he still likes to get his hands dirty: He took on the ultimately successful case to keep hunting restrictions in place for sandhill cranes.

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