Stories for November 2012

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Friday, November 30

Hayden, Soroco girls basketball teams set for tourney matchup

The unexpected meeting of the Tigers and the Rams at the Cowboy Shootout in Meeker is an extra surprise for an early-season Saturday.

Steamboat Springs boys hoops team opens with win

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team won its season opener Friday.

Steamboat Springs girls basketball team wins opener

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team won its season opener Friday.

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Soroco, Steamboat wrestlers ready for season

Soroco has seven wrestlers out this season. The team is excited to start things up Saturday, with a trip to a tournament at Middle Park High School.

Routt County teenager sentenced to probation, public service

A local teenager suspected of breaking into cars and a cabin as well as setting fires in Stagecoach in June has avoided jail time and instead will be on probation for three years.

Steamboat shooting suspect faces additional charges

The Routt County District Attorney’s Office has filed nine additional charges that a potential jury could consider against the man accused of firing a gun toward two male bouncers and a woman in a bar.

Steamboat briefs: Donate to local nonprofits for Colorado Gives Day

Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday. The fundraising event is designed to encourage people to donate to nonprofits in their hometowns.

Wolf Mountain builds access to new oil well before permit OK'd

Brent Romick, who represents Wolf Mountain Ranch, confirmed that the new road to the oil well and its pad already has been built without final county approval.

U.S. Freestyle Selections moved from Steamboat for lack of snow

The mid-December event that gives skiers the chance to qualify for World Cup starts now will take place at Copper Mountain.

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Tradition lives on with Steamboat Orchestra's Holiday Concert

On Friday, music director Ernest Richardson led the orchestra through a rehearsal of Franz Schubert’s "Unfinished Symphony,” preparing for two concerts this weekend that almost didn’t happen.

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Cellar Liquors in downtown Steamboat Springs to close Dec. 15

Stephanie Reineke and Lori Bourgeois are closing Cellar Liquors in downtown Steamboat Springs after five years of running the Lincoln Avenue business.

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Hayden High School wrestling team gets back to the mat

The Hayden High School wrestling team begins its season Saturday at a Middle Park tournament with a little extra help from a new trainer.

The Record for Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012

3:44 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to help a person with chest pain in the 400 block of Tamarack Drive.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Nov. 30

Experts discuss funding for downtown improvements, snow enters the weekend forecast and no suspects identified in Oak Creek bottle bomb case.

Steamboat briefs: Applications for the Holiday Wishes program due Friday

Applications for the Routt County United Way Holiday Wishes program are due Friday.

Thursday, November 29

Rob Douglas: Time for clarity regarding infrastructure expenses

Are the residents of Steamboat being presented with a straightforward, complete and timely picture of what future infrastructure expenses they will be asked to shoulder?

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Hayden overpowers Soroco in boys basketball opener

Hayden was too big and too talented for Soroco, delaying at least for a night the Rams’ resurgence by virtue of a 65-45 victory in Oak Creek.

Hayden girls basketball team drops opener to Rangely, 34-15

Hayden’s young team struggled with Rangely’s post players and couldn’t overcome a slow start.

Expert discusses process for funding downtown Steamboat improvements

Blight may be a strong word, but downtown Steamboat Springs officials and stakeholders plan to move forward with identifying the areas of downtown that need some work.

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There are plenty of ways to make the most of this no-snow November

No snow blues got you down? Here are some ways to stay active while we all wait.

Routt County officials recognized for service, dedication

Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger was honored with the CCI Distinguished Service Award by Colorado Counties Inc. during the organization’s annual conference Nov. 27, according to a news release.

Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs to keep holiday tradition alive

The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs has stepped up to keep the community holiday party alive after the city of Steamboat Springs cut funding for the annual holiday tradition.

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Father-daughter team in Steamboat collaborates on sculptures

The pair collaborate on the final products, and the pieces on display this month at the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat bear the marks of father and daughter.

A Dog's Eye View: Investment banking

Let’s take a look at some of the science behind building the value of a particular behavior and then take a look at the Dog’s Eye View of reinforcement strategies.

Community Agriculture Alliance: The power of an old building

What do you see when you look at an old building? Before I became involved with historic preservation work, I never gave them much thought. But I now realize that these buildings house our past, present and future.

Routt County girls basketball teams prep for weekend openers

Hayden, Steamboat Springs and Soroco high schools' girls basketball ball teams get their seasons started Friday.

The Record for Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

10:11 a.m. Oak Creek Fire Protection District firefighters were called to a report of a person in the 200 block of East Highlands Street who found the remnants of a homemade bottle bomb.

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Rodina brings 'high-powered ambient dance' music to Steamboat

Aoife Hearty’s jazz-inspired vocals sets the band apart immediately, but there are some subtle structural differences that result in Rodina’s unique sound.

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Lack of natural snow hurts lodging reservations in Steamboat Springs

The cancellation that stood out most for the Rabbit Ears Motel was the 10-day reservation by a party that comes to Steamboat every winter and summer.

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Andy Bockelman: ‘Breaking Dawn’ lacks bite

The best thing you can say about “Breaking Dawn — Part 2” is that it means the end of glitter-skinned heartthrobs, gawky staging and endless off-screen drama.

No suspects have been identified in Oak Creek homemade bomb case

The Oak Creek Police Department is pursuing multiple leads to determine who set off homemade bottle bombs around town Monday, but no suspects have been identified.

Chance of snow enters weekend forecast for Steamboat

There’s a slight chance of snow in town Friday night, and odds are a little better for Mount Werner, according to the National Weather Service.

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Steamboat kayaker featured on 2012 Kiwanis Club holiday ornament

Members of the Steamboat Kiwanis Club will sell their collectible holiday ornaments for $8 at City Market on Dec. 8 and 9.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Thursday, Nov. 29

Oak Creek residents find bottle bombs, three Steamboat high school students are finalists for prestigious scholarships and the Chief Theater gets an executive director.

Wednesday, November 28

Hickenlooper to create task force on Colorado marijuana legalization

Gov. John Hickenlooper will create a task force to deal with the fallout from the state’s legalization of marijuana use, possession and sales.

Steamboat briefs: Habitat for Humanity and ReStore needs volunteers

Steamboat’s newly expanded Habitat ReStore is open in Riverside Plaza next to Pisa’s and needs volunteers to help price and sell donated furniture, lighting and building supplies.

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Steamboat Springs hockey opens season with convincing win

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team opened the season Wednesday with a 8-2 win against Battle Mountain.

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Executive director hired for Chief Plaza Theater in downtown Steamboat

The Friends of the Chief hired Tamara Beland to be the executive director of the Chief Theater in Steamboat Springs. Beland comes to Steamboat after spending six years in Denver.

Steamboat Cloud works to bring cohesive Wi-Fi to downtown

People come to Steamboat Springs to have fun, spend time with friends and family, get away from it all and unplug — but only in the literal sense of Ethernet cables. Wi-Fi still is a requirement.

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3 Steamboat Springs High School seniors closing in on prestigious scholarships

Steamboat Springs High School seniors Zach Schmidt, Garrison Osteen and Jessie Wallace each have very different resumes. But they are united by their humble attitudes, and their smarts.

The Record for Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2012

7:45 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of graffiti in the 400 block of Seventh Street. Police said spray paint graffiti also was reported at about six other locations downtown, including on vehicles, homes and public buildings. Police did not have any suspect information.

Steamboat Springs' Burger to serve as ball girl at pro tennis event

Steamboat Springs 13-year-old Tatum Burger will rub elbows Thursday with legendary tennis players Andre Agassi, Patrick McEnroe, Jim Courier and Michael Chang.

Routt County prep sports teams open winter season

Things get started Thursday with a cross-county rivalry seldom seen this early in the season: Hayden at Soroco boys basketball.

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Oak Creek residents find homemade bottle bombs; police searching for suspects

Authorities are encouraging anyone who finds a bottle bomb to avoid touching it and to call 911 because the detonated remains can be dangerous to handle.

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Routt County rancher Vernon Summer embraced changes that skiing brought to the Yampa Valley

Vernon Summer, who personified the historic bridge between the ranching and skiing communities in Routt County, died peacefully in his easy chair in the Doak Walker Care Center on Tuesday night.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Wednesday, Nov. 28

A Steamboat business owner was invited to design an exhibit at the Denver Zoo, Howelsen Hill opens Saturday and Scholarship Day raised $24,220 for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Tuesday, November 27

Teva out as 11-year title sponsor of Mountain Games

The Teva Mountain Games in Vail have lost their title sponsor for the winter and appear to be moving forward without the shoe brand for their popular summer event.

Rerouting of Continental Divide Trail could ban bikes

Opposition is mounting to a proposed plan to ban bikes from a new rerouting of the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail — or the CDNST — in southern Colorado’s Cochetopa Hills area of the Rio Grande National Forest.

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Joanne Palmer: Dreaming of an iChristmas

There will be no Christmas next year. I have looked into my crystal ball and am here to announce, sadly, that Christmas will only be an app in 2013. The iChristmas app.

Steamboat briefs: Kremmling police looking for witnesses to accident

The Kremmling Police Department is seeking potential witnesses to a car crash that occurred at about 6:10 p.m. Nov. 21 on Colorado Highway 9 just south of Kremmling.

Chula Beauregard: Mindful of our roots

The article you published about the future of the Old Town Hot Springs (“More than mineral water,” Nov. 24 Steamboat Today) impels me to write. With all due respect to Pat Carney and the board of directors, I feel we need to refocus our priorities regarding one of our valley’s greatest gifts.

Ed Miklus: Time for leadership

Instead of standing around re-arranging deck chairs, here are a few suggestions, in priority order, that may help preserve our economic future and our viability as a community.

Our View: Board needs a say, for accountability’s sake

The Steamboat Springs School District needs to strike an appropriate balance between allowing administrators to spend money to cope with specific challenges caused by increased student enrollment and providing the oversight needed to make sure such expenditures are made in a transparent manner as part of a public process.

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Steamboat business owner lights up the night at Denver Zoo

Max Halterman, owner of OM Gallery in downtown Steamboat Springs, was invited by the Denver Zoo to design and install the new Festival of Lanterns exhibit.

Craig woman charged with felony after Thanksgiving hit-and-run

A Craig woman suspected of being involved in a Thanksgiving hit-and-run at Kum & Go in Hayden has been charged with vehicular eluding, a Class 5 felony, as well as five misdemeanors.

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country team begins season

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club ability cross-country team kicked off the season Nov. 23 and 24 with the Yellowstone Ski Festival in West Yellowstone, Mont.

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Howelsen Hill Ski Area in downtown Steamboat to open season Saturday

Skiers and snowboarders will have the chance to ski the steep face of Howelsen Hill starting Saturday, when the historic downtown ski area opens for another season.

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Steamboat Springs hockey team looks to new season, new coach

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team begins play at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at home under the direction of new coach Brent Tollar.

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Luke Graham: University of Colorado has a decision to make

The problems that plagued football coaches Jon Embree, Dan Hawkins and Gary Barnett are still present at the University of Colorado.

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Changes to Steamboat Springs' Yellow Line bus service take effect Dec. 9

The test drives are complete. An abundance of community feedback has been weighed. Now, Steamboat Springs Transit is ready to tweak its Yellow Line in an effort to increase its ridership and make it run more efficiently.

The Record for Nov. 26, 2012

7:10 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to an intrusion alarm in the 800 block of Oak Street. It was a false alarm.

Steamboat's Scholarship Day raises $24,220

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. announced that the ski area raised $24,220 at last week’s annual Scholarship Day fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Kremmling wood pellet plant lands deal for dead timber on Routt National Forest

The $4.75 million contract awarded to Confluence Energy of Kremmling for beetle-kill removal is one of two such contracts totaling $13.4 million.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Tuesday, Nov. 27

Hayden officials consider a new airport tax, local schools are warned of suspicious activity and off-duty pot use is debated.

Monday, November 26

Colorado case debates off-duty pot use

A case pending before the Colorado Court of Appeals could have a big impact on whether employers will be able to fire workers who smoke marijuana off duty.

Routt County Sheriff’s Office alerts area schools to suspicious activity

An attempted child abduction in Kremmling last week has prompted the Routt County Sheriff’s Office to call local schools and tell them to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.

The Record for Nov. 25, 2012

12:16 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint about loud music in the first block of Anglers Drive.

Hayden looking into legality of air tax to pay for YVRA water upgrades

Hayden officials are looking into whether Yampa Valley Regional Airport passengers could help pay for a major infrastructure upgrade they say would benefit the airport and the town.

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Jimmy Westlake: Awaiting the big news from Mars

NASA’s intrepid robotic explorer Curiosity has made a significant discovery this month in the red sands of Mars, but NASA officials are being very tight-lipped about what that discovery is.

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Mild weather propels construction at Casey's Pond senior community in Steamboat Springs

Doak Walker House, where residents will receive skilled nursing care, already has windows installed and the roof membrane in place.

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Tom Ross: Learning to wedel, and surviving the hot dog skiing era in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat veterans like Jon Smalley, Rusty Chandler and Suzie (Williams) Lord might admit to having once been hot dog skiers.

Amendment 64 could cause Carbondale council to hit pause on new medical marijuana shops

Town Manager Jay Harrington said medical marijuana dispensaries in Carbondale have shown an interest in retailing under Amendment 64.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden library to close Tuesday through Dec. 3

The Hayden Public Library will be installing new carpet beginning today.

Sunday, November 25

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College Roundup for Nov. 26

Checking in on how local athletes have fared in collegiate competition through the last week.

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Weather forecast holds little chance of snow in Steamboat Springs

The weather forecast for the Yampa Valley this week is more favorable to bikers and anglers than skiers who are hoping to make turns in natural snow.

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Holiday gathering in Oak Creek raises money for good causes

As she prepared to travel to Steamboat to ring a bell for the Salvation Army outside City Market, Virginia Rossi said the holiday gathering in Oak Creek is a welcome pause during a busy part of the year.

Bryan Fletcher 22nd in World Cup race Sunday

Bryan Fletcher provided the only highlight for the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team on Sunday, finishing 22nd in a penalty race in Lillehammer, Norway.

Deb Babcock: Indoor whimsy with clay vessels

Each year around Christmas, you start seeing advertisements for one of the funniest gardening plants: Chia Pets.

Monday Medical: Healthful tips for the holidays

Shopping, travel, parties, family visiting, children’s activities, end-of-the-year obligations — the commitments this time of year might seem endless.

Routt County Democrats start search for new county commissioner

The Routt County Democratic Party on Sunday officially started its search to find a county commissioner candidate to replace Diane Mitsch Busch, the representative-elect for House District 26.

The Record for Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012

12:41 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious person at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Saturday, November 24

Turkey Trot results for Nov. 22, 2012

Turkey Trot results for Nov. 22, 2012

Our View: Steamboat Ski Area’s uphill access policy balances user rights, safety concerns

Steamboat Ski Area’s newest attempt to mitigate the danger of uphill ski access for skiers and resort employees is a fair, reasoned approach that should be applauded by uphillers.

The Record for Friday, Nov. 23, 2012

7:05 p.m. Officers were called to a report of shots fired in the 400 block of Pine Street. A woman threw a baseball into her neighbor’s window in an attempt to get her attention. The ball left a hole in the glass but did not break through, and the woman picked it up. The neighbor heard the crash, saw the hole and thought someone had shot a bullet into the home. The woman later called police and admitted she threw the ball. The neighbor did not want to press charges.

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Hayden boys basketball keeping big-time dreams on the down-low

The goal, even if the Tigers won’t come out and say it, is a deep run in that big tournament at the end of the season.

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Steamboat Springs basketball team full of potential

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team has potential to be good, thanks to an impressive sophomore class.

U.S. Nordic combined team struggles in Norway

Todd Lodwick was the top American on Saturday in the opening World Cup of the season.

John F. Russell: Opening Day conditions don't define season

I've seen a lot of conditions on Opening Day throughout the years. The one thing I've learned is that Opening Day rarely defines a ski season.

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New businesses opening across Steamboat

We’re entering a new season in Routt County. Yes, ski season. But it’s also the time of year when a new crop of businesses opens in Steamboat Springs.

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Tom Ross: Memoirs by noted inventor recounts 1st hot spring soak

Big Jim Crawford was on his way home to his family's log cabin after a hunting trip in early winter 1876 when he discovered the hot spring bubbling up in Spring Creek.

Jail Report for Nov. 17 to 23

The following is a list of people booked into Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses. Residencies were not available.

Business briefs: Bank sales reach 15 in Routt County in October

Land Title Guarantee Co. reports 15 bank sales of properties in Routt County in October.

Real estate transactions for Nov. 16 to 21, 2012

Real estate transactions for Nov. 16 to 21, 2012

Top 10 most-viewed stories for the week of Nov. 15 to 21

Check out our most-read stories from the past week, and see what you missed.

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Long-established Inn at Steamboat gets new life as boutique hotel

The new owners of the recently remodeled Inn at Steamboat have a plan to build repeat business, particularly from Front Range guests, at their boutique hotel near the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

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City's search for public safety campus continues to evolve

The city of Steamboat Springs' mission to find a new home for its downtown fire and police stations continues to evolve. Interim City Manager Deb Hinsvark said city staff is continuing to “poke at every possibility it can poke.”

Steamboat briefs: Toys for Tots will start to place donation boxes today

Toys for Tots will begin placing donation boxes across town starting today. Business owners who would like to have a box at their stores are asked to call Teri Wall at 970-819-5620.

Friday, November 23

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Steamboat, Hayden basketball set for preseason scrimmage

The Sailors will play host to the Tigers for an 11 a.m. scrimmage Saturday, and it’s an opportunity both teams are relishing.

The Record for Nov. 22, 2012

10:04 p.m. Officers were called to a report of snowmaking guns being too loud in the 2900 block of Trails Edge. A man called officers and said he could not sleep and would break the snowmaking guns if they were not turned off. Officers talked to snowmaking personnel from Steamboat Ski Area, and they turned off the guns.

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Steamboat's Old Town Hot Springs eyes $6M in improvements

The board of directors at Old Town Hot Springs would like to make $6 million in improvements to the recreational facility that has been around as long as there has been a town called Steamboat Springs.

Nordic combined team readies for 1st World Cup

The U.S. Nordic combined team begins the World Cup circuit Saturday in Norway.

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Steamboat Springs retailers see upswing on Black Friday

Although Black Friday historically is a little different in Steamboat, the American tradition of shopping the day after Thanksgiving gave local shop owners reason for optimism.

Real estate sales bounce back in October on $43M in sales

The last time Routt County saw more than $40 million in October real estate dollars was in 2008, when it crested $49,600, according to Stan Urban, of Land Title Guarantee Co.

Temperatures rise into 50s Saturday before chance of snow Sunday

The National Weather Service expects the unseasonably warm daytime temperatures to moderate into the low 40s by Monday.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Nov. 23

The Turkey Trot draws a crowd, Steamboat Ski Area opens and we take a look at new winter gear.

Thursday, November 22

Community Agriculture Alliance: Why I believe in the Alliance

As the executive director of the Community Agriculture Alliance, I have the opportunity to discuss issues that impact agricultural interests as well as the need to protect agriculture in Northwest Colorado.

The Record for Nov. 21, 2012

12:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a person who passed out in the 3100 block of South Lincoln Avenue. Officers checked on the person and waited for a taxi to arrive to take the person home.

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Newest skis and snowboards combine some new with some old

Every trend comes to an end, and even as the newest crop of skis and snowboards push the envelope in some areas, manufacturers have doubled back in others.

Steamboat briefs: Secret supper club starts in Steamboat on Dec. 6

A secret supper club is starting in Steamboat, and you’re invited.

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Routt County's Community Thanksgiving Dinner provides way to connect

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner is a cross section of the community in socioeconomic terms, but it also provides a place for Steamboat residents long in the tooth to mingle with those who might be getting their first experience of the town.

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Steamboat Ski Area kicks off 50th anniversary season

As Rich Rucker was wrapping up skiing on Opening Day at Steamboat Ski Area, he paraphrased Warren Miller: There’s never been a bad day of skiing.

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Turkey Trot draws record crowd in Steamboat on Thanksgiving

Pushing, pedaling, pulling, rolling and — oh yeah — running, a record number of participants took part Thursday morning in the annual Turkey Trot race.

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Steamboat Springs to host Dirty Dozen Brass Band on Saturday

In its 35th year, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band still brings it. The band opens the Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series Saturday.

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Bill Fetcher: Rope tows and skiing, ’50s style

While of little historic value, the rope tow hill that served the ranching community of Clark, 20 miles north of Steamboat Springs, was perhaps typical of weekend rope tow hill operations.

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Andy Bockelman: ‘Life of Pi’ a complex coming-of-age tale on the high seas

Filled with depth, good humor and life lessons, “Life of Pi” is consistently riveting as we follow an unlikely pair — a meek, young Indian man and a full-grown Bengal tiger — adrift at sea.

A Dog's Eye View: Thanksgiving is for dogs, too

You get out what you put in plus dividends

In my life, Thanksgiving always has been a holiday dedicated to and enriched by the four F’s: family, friends, food and football. In my particular household, the letter D, for dogs, also was always a part of the alphabetic litany.

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Steamboat's Teri Rose fills holiday season with musical and artistic endeavors

While seeing her father play with the Roswell Symphony, a young Teri Rose was seated such that, in order to see her father play the trombone, she had to look through the harpist’s strings.

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Steamboat Living: Quick Hits - Bordens plan super-sized fireworks for Winter Carnival

Tim Borden was a wide-eyed second-grader in Montreal, Quebec, when he laid eyes on his first love.

Steamboat Living: Tom Ross Remembers - Of Howelsen & Boat Tows

How great is it that Steamboat gets to celebrate two big anniversaries within a month of each other in January and February 2013?

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Steamboat Living: From the Editor - Mushing into a New Season

The ritual is always the same. Move everything from its summer berth in the garage — the kayaks, rafts, bikes, pogo sticks, tents, backpacks, fishing gear, coolers and more — back into its crawl space nook to make room for two cars and ski gear.

Steamboat Living: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

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Steamboat Living: Quick Hits - Ski area turns 50, Winter Carnival turns 100

Two of the town’s strongest ties to snowsports are celebrating special anniversaries this season, with Steamboat Ski Area turning 50 and Winter Carnival turning a whopping 100.

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Steamboat Living: Quick Hits - Steamboat Powdercats Turns 30

If cats have nine lives, Steamboat Powdercats, founded in 1983 by Jupiter and Barbara Jones, is doing pretty well, celebrating its 30th birthday this year.

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Steamboat Living: Quick Hits - Steamboat Symphony Orchestra training high-caliber performerse

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club might create virtuosos on the snow, but another nonprofit in town is doing the same on a different playing field.

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Steamboat Living: Quick Hits - Marquee rapid on Yampa rearranged from rockfall

River runners who run Warm Springs Rapid in Yampa Canyon next year might want to give the rapid a second look while scouting. In early August, rockfall altered the landmark drop significantly.

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Steamboat Living: Quick Hits - Rainbow Town USA

Dorothy would have been right at home singing in Steamboat Springs this summer.

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Steamboat Living: Essay from the Boat - How a local author/filmmaker tries to stay on task in Steamboat

That damn window. If I lean back, I can see the top of the gondola from my desk. Staring out on a day like this, it’s anyone’s guess what my mind is gathering. Inspiration?

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Steamboat Living: Making snow an old hat for Steamboat’s snowmakers

“It was a tough year, the fourth lowest snowfall in 33 years,” sighs Doug Allen, vice president of mountain operations at Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., when describing last year’s ski season.

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Steamboat Living: BASE jumping enthusiast Kerry Lofy discusses love for skiing, teaching and Steamboat

It was a bad place to slip. Standing at the edge of the Eiger’s 4,000-foot vertical face in Switzerland in late August, Steamboat Springs local Kerry Lofy readied his gear for his first wing-suit BASE jump and launched off the lip.

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Steamboat Living: Capturing Kidspiration with Susanmarie Oddo

In 7-year-old Hazen Kreis is a blossoming sense of curiosity; a world of energy beaming out through his wide, bespectacled eyes.

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Steamboat Living: Cooking with Mahogany Ridge Chef Jason Salisbury

Jason Salisbury remembers the humble and messy start to his cooking career.

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Steamboat Living: Green Building Tour offers lessons in homebuilding

The home of Mayling Simpson and Paul Hebert offers a spectacular location in Old Town Steamboat Springs. But before the couple could feel cozy and secure in the house that has been remodeled several times, they had to unravel a complex knot of issues from the crawl space to the attic and roof.

Steamboat Living: 8 questions with Steamboat skiing icon Billy Kidd

8 questions with Steamboat skiing icon Billy Kidd

Steamboat Living: Quick Hits - Hero to zero snow years make 2013 hard to predict

If ever there were two schizophrenic snow seasons in Steamboat, it was the back-to-back winters of 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Wednesday, November 21

Steamboat briefs: Hayden Christmas Tree Auction is Dec. 2

The annual Hayden Christmas Tree Auction is at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.

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Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs welcomes new staff

Bill and Loretta Conway come to Steamboat after 18 months in Denver, where Bill served as the head tennis pro at the Colorado Athletic Club Inverness in south Denver.

The Record for Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012

7:52 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a person who was scratched by two aggressive German shepherds in the first block of Seventh Street. Police said the dogs were tied to a truck bed but were able to jump out of it and scratch the woman as she walked by. The owner of the dogs was given a warning.

Steamboat anticipating 2,600 guests for 1st Saturday of ski season

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association projects that mountain hotels will be 19 percent full Saturday and mountain condos will be just 14 percent full.

Steamboat Springs' Chix with Stix wins 2 games

The Steamboat Springs Chix with Stix women's hockey team won its opening two games of the season during the weekend.

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Skiers excited by Scholarship Day, Steamboat Ski Area opening

The sound of snowmaking guns was in the air Wednesday morning as the faithful gathered in front of Christie Peak Express chairlift and waited for the rope to drop on the first turns of the season.

Allison Andrews: Be the change

For a community that prides itself on sustainability, there are a significant number of local businesses that blatantly are not on board.

Tim LyBarger: Statistical anomaly or paradigm shift?

I propose that Battle Mountain’s championship season is a reflection of a paradigm shift in student-athlete participation — specifically, the advent (unfortunately) of single-sport specialists.

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Steamboat businesses to repeat pairing of chocolate, shopping

After perhaps waking up early Friday to wait in line or elbow your way through a crowd for a deal, take Saturday easy with a chocolate-fueled stroll through downtown Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Ski Area to open gondola Friday

Steamboat Ski Area officials announced Wednesday that the gondola and Heavenly Daze trail will open for the season at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

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Steamboat Ski Area drops the ropes on 2012-13 season

Wednesday morning marked the official opening of the ski area's 50th anniversary season. A group of dedicated skiers and riders lined up early to be among the first to board the Christie Peak Express chairlift.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Wednesday, Nov. 21

Find some tips for staying healthy during the holiday season, Steamboat freestyle skiers see some action and Yampa Valley High School has hopes for a Thanksgiving tradition.

Tuesday, November 20

Adult League Volleyball Scores for Nov. 19, 2012

Adult League Volleyball Scores for Nov. 19, 2012

Routt County Commissioners approve Trout Creek oil well

The Routt County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the new oil well with baseline testing on two neighboring water wells as a condition of approval.

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Yampa Street revitalization effort expands focus

What started months ago as an effort to revitalize Yampa Street has evolved into a broader mission to attract more people to downtown Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat briefs: Free winter coats are available at LIFT-UP until 5 p.m. Wednesday

Free winter coats are available from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at LIFT-UP Food Bank, 2125 Curve Court.

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Yampa Valley High School hopes to start Thanksgiving tradition

There was no time for homework or lectures this week at Yampa Valley High School with a large Thanksgiving feast to prepare for.

Our View: Fees are like taxes, except without a vote of the people

If there is a real need for major stormwater system upgrades, then the city of Steamboat Springs needs to go before its residents and make that case.

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Joanne Palmer: Over the edge of the fiscal cliff

Treat yourself to a digital detox and turn off the news for 24 hours, or longer if you can stand it. Hide your iPads, iPhones and iPods. Turn them off for a few hours.

Proposed Routt County budget restores employee pay cuts

County Finance Director Dan Strnad said increases in property taxes will allow the county to restore pay cuts and fully fund its schedule of asphalt road overlays.

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Steamboat Springs cheerleading team does well in Denver

The Steamboat Springs High School cheerleading team finished well during the weekend and is eyeing a national competition in February.

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Tips for staying healthy during the holiday season

On average, an adult will get two to five colds per year, according to a study cited by the Common Cold Centre at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom.

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Steamboat freestyle skiers get early on-snow action in Vail

Three Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club moguls skiers participated in an all-star camp in Vail over the weekend.

The Record for Monday, Nov. 19, 2012

12:51 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a rollover crash at mile marker 2 on Routt County Road 16.

Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed until Dec. 3

Tread of Pioneers Museum in downtown Steamboat Springs will be closed Monday through Dec. 3 because of a remodel.

Thoughtful Parenting: Managing materialism during the holidays

In addition to the stress and anxiety that come with the business of the holiday season, we have the materialistic bug that creeps into our lives from every angle.

Colorado ski resorts offering weather-based deals

If the Thanksgiving weekend is any guide for the season, skiing and snowboarding in Colorado are up in the air.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Tuesday, Nov. 20

Uphill, after-hours hikers are a concern for Steamboat Ski Area, several changes are in store for local mountain bike races and Dollar Tree is closing.

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Jimmy Westlake: Tale of 2 clusters

Stars are born in clusters — families of dozens to hundreds of stars that share the same age and chemical makeup — but they don’t remain in clusters their whole lives.

Monday, November 19

Cuts to Steamboat Springs School District's nursing staff has teachers worried

A group of concerned teachers told the Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night that recent cuts to the district's nursing staff puts their students at risk. School district officials said they are working diligently to come up with a solution to alleviate the teachers' concerns.

Trout Creek oil well southwest of Steamboat renews debate

If last week’s Routt County Planning Commission meeting is any indication, a group of residents that advocates for personal property rights will be on hand Tuesday night during a hearing for a new Shell Oil well permit.

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Christie Peak Express and $20 lift tickets launch 2012-13 season in Steamboat

Ski area officials said Monday that with continued snowmaking they will work toward opening a portion of Heavenly Daze to skiers’ right along with the gondola over the weekend. As for Wednesday's Scholarship Day, tickets will be $20, and lift access will serve only a handful of trails.

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Steamboat Ski Area adopts new uphill ski policy

The safety of uphill, after-hours hikers are a growing concern for the ski area, and the issue has pushed resort officials to institute a new policy that will ask users to sign a document and wear a reflective armband when climbing up Mount Werner.

Local, regional mountain bike races cut for 2013

Several changes are in store for area mountain bike racers next summer. In addition to the local Buffalo Pass Enduro not returning in 2013, the Mountain States Cup circuit also has been canceled.

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Steamboat's Dollar Tree store to close in January

Dollar Tree employees confirmed that the store's last day in Central Park Plaza will be Jan. 15. The staff was told earlier this month that the store would be shutting down after the holidays.

Hayden finds room in 2013 budget for employee raises, capital projects

The town of Hayden has found room in its 2013 budget to embark on major capital projects and offer all its employees salary increases for the first time since 2008.

The Record for Sunday, Nov. 19, 2012

12:32 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunk man who passed out in a bar in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. Police called an ambulance for the man.

Vail joins list of open ski areas during weekend; Steamboat is next

Across the Central Rockies in the past 48 hours, Colorado Ski Country USA was reporting an inch of new snow at A-Basin, Loveland and Winter Park. All three of those ski areas reported an 18-inch base at mid-mountain.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Monday, Nov. 19

Catch up with local news, collegiate athletes and highlights from the weekend.

Steamboat briefs: Job tools available to veterans

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.

Deb Babcock: Plant Select — a cooperative effort

Plant Select® is a cooperative program of the Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension and the Green Industry.

Monday Medical: Hospice focuses on the present

Hospice clients frequently choose to float into rest to the calming sounds of Tom Litteral’s Native American flute. Surprisingly, one client didn’t want to simply listen to the flute — she wanted to learn to play.

Sunday, November 18

The Record for Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012

5:49 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 2000 block of Shield Drive.

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Catch up with local collegiate athletes for Nov. 18

Updates on the fortunes of local athletes competing at the collegiate level

Steamboat Springs School Board to discuss surplus spending

Board also to start search for new member

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday afternoon will discuss their district's recent spending of a $143,000 surplus and also start the process of seeking a new board member.

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Hayden Town Council looks to protect roads from oil and gas related traffic

Council says oil company must find alternate route or invest in town infrastructure

Oil and gas operators looking to send heavy trucks south through the town of Hayden to access well sites in rural Routt County will have to find an alternate route or work with the town to invest in its infrastructure.

Business briefs: MusicFest credentials available at All That Jazz

Steamboat fans of contemporary Texas honky-tonk music can purchase credentials for the 2012 MusicFest when a limited number go on sale 10 a.m. Tuesday at All That Jazz, 601 Lincoln Ave.

Transactions for Nov. 13 to 15

Transactions for Nov. 13 to 15

Saturday, November 17

Harry Thompson: On the right track

I am very pleased that Routt County’s Chris Brookshire noted during Thursday’s Planning Commission oil and gas work session that the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s local government designee program was “thorough and working well.”

Doug Monger: To all Routt County voters

Thank you so much for your confidence in electing me to the 2013-16 Routt County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat.

Scott Wedel: The people's choice

The simple initiative petition would end the town of Oak Creek’s practice of using the electric, water, sewer and trash utilities as slush funds and make the Town Board run those enterprises like businesses.

Michelle Hale: Time for state to act

Recently, the Routt County Board of Commissioners put in place regulatory restrictions that effectively stop energy development in Routt County.

Our View: Respecting the will of the people

Petty is the word of the week in Routt County, describing both the minor marijuana infractions that local law enforcement officers appropriately no longer are citing, as well as the draconian decision of 14th Judicial District Attorney Brett Barkey to move forward with prosecution of pot cases still in the judicial system.

In the service: Aaron Arellano

Former Steamboat Springs resident and Petty Officer 3rd Class Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 3 Aaron Arellano, who is stationed with the U.S. Navy aboard aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, returned Aug. 7 to his new homeport in Norfolk, Va., after an eight-month deployment.

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One stop, 30 years for Steamboat ski shop

Downtown Steamboat Springs' One Stop Ski Shop is 30 years old, having survived three decades in the up-and-down ski and sport industry.

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Steamboat musical tech crew gets hands-on learning

While a cast of 30 told the story onstage, there was a different narrative going on behind the scenes, where 10 students were responsible for the lighting, sound, set design and backstage traffic of “Urinetown.”

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Steamboat graduate Jenny Allen returns to Winter Sports Club

Steamboat Springs High School graduate Jenny Allen has returned to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club to help coach the Alpine team.

The Record for Friday, Nov. 16, 2012

1:18 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a woman who found a drunken man passed out outside her door in the 200 block of James Street.

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State senator discusses push for funding with Routt County superintendents

Colorado state Sen. Michael Johnston told Routt County's three superintendents Wednesday in Oak Creek that they should expect to see another push next year to get voters to approve increased education funding.

Jail Report for Nov. 10 to 16, 2012

The following is a list of people booked into Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses. Residencies were not available.

John F. Russell: Racing for the future of Alpine snowboarding

Alpine snowboarders in the United States opened the season with top results and high hopes for the future of their sport.

Routt County law enforcement lax on marijuana laws

Local law enforcement officials said enforcing existing marijuana laws has not been a burden, and the numbers prove it.

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Tom Ross: Planned obsolescence is a pet peeve of mine

My problem is that the little plastic ring that holds the keyless entry fob on my key ring wore through. The manufacturer could have made it virtually indestructible. But if it had done that, it wouldn’t have a chance to sell me a new one.

Top 10 most viewed stories for the week of Nov. 8 to 14

Check out our most-read stories from the past week, and see what you missed.

Friday, November 16

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Class 4A numbers show how special Battle Mountain soccer run was

There is a competitive imbalance in Class 4A between schools with enrollments of less than 1,000 and those with more than 1,000. The numbers highlight how impressive Battle Mountain's state soccer title was.

Steamboat briefs: Howelsen Hill Ski Area season passes are on sale Nov. 27 to 30

Season passes to Howelsen Hill Ski Area will be on sale from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 27 to 30 at the Howelsen Hill Concession Stand and during normal operating hours throughout the season.

Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for the week of Nov. 19

Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for the week of Nov. 19

Routt County school lunch menus for the week of Nov. 19

Routt County school lunch menus for the week of Nov. 19

Turkey Trot to return Thursday in Steamboat

The Turkey Trot will be back Thursday, and as always, it's inclusive. This year, skateboarders will be included in the annual race Thanksgiving morning.

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Routt County's Election Day votes checked for accuracy

Just because the political winners and losers usually are known by the conclusion of Election Day doesn't mean the work is done for the election judges and officials who oversee the democratic process.

Steamboat snowboarders jump out to fast start on NorAm

Local snowboarders open season with strong finishes at Copper Mountain NorAm events.

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Final 30 units at Trailhead Lodge in Steamboat Springs go under the gavel Dec. 15

For the second time in seven months, Salt Lake City-based SilverLeaf Financial will offer at auction the remaining unsold condominiums in Trailhead Lodge

Final report: Steamboat sales tax collections down for 2nd month this year

September sales tax collections in the city of Steamboat Springs were down more than 2 percent compared with the same month last year despite a slight improvement from the city's preliminary report issued earlier this month.

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Ski area adds horse-drawn dinner sleigh rides at Haymaker

Steamboat Ski Area will unveil horse-drawn sleigh rides at Haymaker Golf Course this winter, but others who offer dinner sleigh ride excursions, often booked through the ski area’s Central Reservations service, are worried about the impact on their businesses.

The Record for Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

7:38 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an unruly customer at a hotel in the 3100 block of Ingles Lane. A guest was upset about the amount of tax he was expected to pay. The guest left and was asked not to come back to the hotel.

Enduro bike series won't return to Steamboat

Steamboat Springs played host to one of the Big Mountain Enduro Cup’s inaugural events last summer, but it was announced Friday that the town wouldn’t get a second go-round with the event in 2013.

Aspen Ski Co. harnesses methane from coal plant for energy

Aspen Ski Co. has partnered with Elk Creek coal mine, Holy Cross Energy and Vessels Coal Gas to harness the methane gas vented from the coal mine in Somerset.

Next 4 days in Steamboat produce varying forecasts at different elevations

The current forecasts through Monday from the National Weather Service in Grand Junction tell two stories: one for the valley floor and another above 9,000 feet.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Nov. 16

Take a look at new ski and snowboard gear for the new season, food donations are needed for United Way's Thanksgiving dinner and the Big Snow Dance and Backcountry Ball team up.

Thursday, November 15

Rob Douglas: Barkey, Wiggins, Rae and 64

Last week’s decision by Colorado voters to legalize the recreational use of marijuana has triggered an avalanche of local, state and national reaction.

Steamboat briefs: Large part of Spring Creek Trail closed until April 15

A large portion of the Spring Creek Trail has been closed to public access as part of the annual seasonal wildlife closure that began Thursday.

Routt County's district attorney won't drop petty pot cases

Despite imminent changes to the state’s marijuana laws, 14th Judicial District Attorney Brett Barkey said Thursday he has no plans to dismiss petty pot cases currently being prosecuted in the courts.

Thoughtful Parenting: Cutting back on sugary drinks

Cut the habit. How can you reduce or eliminate the amount of sugar-sweetened beverages your family consumes?

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Ski and snowboard touring gear finding its way to Steamboat shelves

A new wave of boots, bindings and other equipment could be the perfect answer for the occasional backcountry skier.

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Routt County's Three Wire Bar & Grill on pace to lose at least $100K

The assistant airport manager said the first year of operation included one-time start-up costs that affected the bottom line.

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HS45 jump finished at Steamboat Springs' Howelsen Hill

The new HS45 jump at Howelsen Hill is finished, and it will provide a year-round jump for all abilities.

Steamboat's annual Big Snow Dance and Backcountry Ball team up

The Big Snow Dance Backcountry Ball begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at Olympian Hall at the base of Howelsen Hill.

Food donations needed for Thanksgiving dinner in Steamboat

Organizers do not want to contend with a turkey shortage again this year during the Routt County United Way Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Adopting a Colorado Environmental Education Plan

There is a movement within Colorado to provide education that is nature-based, promotes practical, 21st century skills, improves critical thinking, connects youths to the broader community and helps educators teach to core curriculum and TCAP test standards.

A Dog's Eye View: Teaching your dog 2nd gear

Combining management and training when teaching a pup to calm down in a non-aversive way helps to build the trust bond necessary for a positive lifetime relationship.

Ranchers, sportsmen have plan to protect land from oil, gas drilling

Colorado ranchers and sportsmen have hatched a novel plan to protect 220,000 acres of high-country public land from oil and gas drilling: Buy back the leases from energy companies.

Ski resorts dig deep for revenue

It wasn’t just weak snow that pinched resort communities last winter. Rising fuel prices, airline woes and reticent vacationers forced resort towns like Steamboat, Telluride, Crested Butte and Vail to pay more to airlines for consistent flights into regional mountain airports.

The Record for Nov. 14, 2012

12:27 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a person who was rolling on the ground at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue.

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Steamboat Mountain Film Festival brings legends to life at Chief Theater

“Legend of Aahhh’s” will screen at the annual Steamboat Mountain Film Festival, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday with Standard Films’ “2112."

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Thursday, Nov. 15

A Steamboat Springs gondola carriage will be in a Houston parade, a Steamboat resident is starting a sunscreen company and work has started on restoring a stretch of the Yampa River.

Wednesday, November 14

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Steamboat Springs High School performs musical 'Urinetown' this weekend

What kind of place is Urinetown? As Officer Lockstock says in the beginning of the show, “It’s a place filled with symbolism and things like that.”

Teresa Audesirk: Preserve energy

I was impressed by Rich Beason’s series of Energy Diet Challenge Checklist articles. After reading his final “Advanced actions to save energy” article in Friday’s Steamboat Today, I couldn’t help but think that Steamboat’s Lincoln Avenue businesses currently are a showplace for “Simple ways to waste huge amounts of energy.”

Lynn Abbott: Limit election money

Before putting the campaign season of 2012 on the dusty shelves of memory, let’s consider the vast amount of money spent and its effect. As I look back, this campaign was often as much about money as candidates and issues.

Steamboat briefs: Outside magazine ranks ski area as the 6th best resort

The Steamboat Ski Area has been ranked the sixth best ski resort in North America by Outside magazine, and it was ranked the 12th best ski resort in North America by Conde Nast Traveler.

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Jimmy Westlake: Jupiter rules the night

Have you noticed the really bright “star” rising over the eastern mountains shortly after darkness falls? It’s not really a star at all — it’s the giant planet Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.

The Record for Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012

10:54 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of harassment in the 600 block of Tamarack Drive. A property manager reported receiving unwanted phone calls from a company.

Routt County DA to make decision soon on pending pot cases

District Attorney Brett Barkey said Wednesday that he plans to meet with senior staff members Thursday to decide whether to proceed with prosecuting petty marijuana cases that are pending in the courts.

Steamboat man starts sunscreen company tailored to athletes

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Freestyle Director Erik Skinner has started his own sunscreen company called SkinDog.

Steamboat Ski Area officials confident about terrain openings

The resort community is hoping for the arrival of clouds that signal snowfall, but the cloud that hovered over the Chamber breakfast meeting Wednesday had to do with economic uncertainty going into the first six weeks of the ski season.

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Crews working to restore stretch of Yampa River west of Steamboat Springs

The city of Steamboat Springs is starting to see the benefits of hefty grants from Great Outdoors Colorado and the Bureau of Land Management as crews work this week to restore a stretch of the Yampa River just west of town.

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Yampa Valley Singers concerts offer an escape into 'a world of song'

The concert, called “What a Wonderful World,” sails through an hour-long program of 13 songs. The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday and at 4 p.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church in Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat Springs gondola carriage to appear in Houston parade

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is bringing Winter Carnival to the Lone Star State during the Houston Holiday Parade on Thanksgiving Day.

US representatives send letter urging president not to act against Colorado pot law

U.S. Reps. Barney Frank and Ron Paul have written a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to not prosecute individuals in Colorado and Washington obeying the states' marijuana laws.

Activists send letter denouncing wild horse slaughter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign delivered a letter with 25,130 signatures to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar demanding action on the possible slaughter of wild horses.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Wednesday, Nov. 14

The long-term weather forecast for Steamboat is a wild card, Steamboat Ski Area gets a new terrain park manager, another We the People petition was started for Colorado.

Tuesday, November 13

Steamboat briefs: Volunteers are needed for Salvation Army bell-ringing

The holiday Salvation Army Kettle Campaign begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs through Christmas Eve.

Steamboat Springs City Council passes on emergency marijuana ordinance

The council voted unanimously Tuesday to table an emergency ordinance proposed by Public Safety Director Joel Rae that would have prohibited the establishment of recreational marijuana facilities for the next 90 days.

Uncertainty in short-term, long-term forecasts for Steamboat Springs

The long-term climate forecast is presenting a bit of a wild card when it comes to predicting what kind of winter is in store for Northwest Colorado.

The Record for Monday, Nov. 12, 2012

8:31 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to a report of a gas leak in the 100 block of Ninth Street.

Our View: County is best served when both parties are viable

One might assume, based on the results of the Nov. 6 election, that the two-party system in Routt County is on life support, if not already dead. On the surface, it seems the Democrats are in full control.

Ken Brenner: Clean Water Act anniversary

The Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1948 became the Clean Water Act (CWA) in 1972 as concerns about water pollution led to significant amendments to the old legislation. The CWA established regulations for the discharge of wastewater and other pollutants into the waters of the United States. It also set water quality standards for surface water pollution and funded the construction of wastewater treatment plants.

Paul Bonnifield: Greatness of the US

Having read Rob Douglas’ political rant “Mary Jane and the GOP” (Nov. 9 Steamboat Today), I think it is time to take a variable look at the constitution of the United States.

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Steamboat students delve into 'The Things They Carried' with workshop

Decisions and consequences were the centerpiece of the interdisciplinary Literature to Life workshop in Steamboat Springs High School’s American Studies class.

South Routt School Board earns state honor

When a panel of six judges from across the state met this year to select an outstanding school board to recognize at the Colorado Association of School Boards' state convention later this month, South Routt quickly rose to the top of the list.

Steamboat Springs set to host 2nd annual Paddle Battle

The ping pong tournament is Friday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs and McKnight's Irish Pub.

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Steamboat Ski Area names new terrain park manager

Dave Reilly will be responsible for developing features and implementing the ski area's ParkWise safety initiative, among other duties.

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Steamboat's Sleeping Giant Gallery to close at end of November

Steamboat Springs photographer Don Tudor, known mostly for his images of the outdoors, is closing the Sleeping Giant Gallery in the Alpen Glow building after nine years in downtown Steamboat Springs. Second-home owners seek Tudor out for his photographs of Yampa Valley landscapes, horse drives and wildlife.

Petitions about Oak Creek enterprise funds certified

Five petitions about Oak Creek’s plan to charge its enterprise funds management fees have been certified.

Online petition started asking White House to support states' right to legalize marijuana

Now that the We the People petition website is front and center, another online petition has been started to ask the White House to support a law respecting the rights of states to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana.

Mountain locations around Steamboat Springs register more than 1 inch of moisture

There is a chance of snow showers in the Elkhead Mountains along the Colorado-Wyoming border in northwest Routt County sometime after midnight Wednesday.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Tuesday, Nov. 13

Steamboat Ski Area announced its Bud Light Rocks the Boat winter concert lineup, the Steamboat City Council will consider a marijuana moratorium and a petition was started to allow Colorado to secede.

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Local collegiate athletes update

Local collegiate athletes update

Monday, November 12

Fall Adult League volleyball scores for Nov. 12

Fall Adult League volleyball scores for Nov. 12

Steamboat Springs' teachers union at odds with district over surplus spending

The tension between the two sides could spur the Steamboat Springs School Board to adopt a new policy giving it more control over how the district spends large surpluses in the future.

Steamboat Springs City Council to weigh marijuana ordinance

Council also set to vote on second reading of city's 2013 budget

The Steamboat Springs City Council meets Tuesday with a light agenda highlighted by its consideration of an emergency ordinance that would place a moratorium on facilities that could sell marijuana to any adult 21 and older for recreational use.

Joel Reichenberger: BCS tends to sort itself out

It will all work out. That’s the mantra that’s defined most of my consciousness now for nearly two months. It’s the drumbeat of the BCS.

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Tom Ross: 19th century Routt County pioneers relied on neighbors to survive the winter

During the long winter of 1984, the pioneer Suttle family ran out of eggs, meat and vegetables, and the Burgess family shared its food supplies.

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Former Steamboat Ski Area president Hans Geier elected to US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame

Under Geier's leadership, Steamboat established its airline flight program and built the world’s first eight-passenger gondola when some said it wasn’t practical.

Steamboat snowboarders start season with wins

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboard team kicked off its season Sunday with a race at Copper Mountain. It took only that one event for local riders to start hauling in top results.

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Leftover Salmon, Robert Randolph highlight Steamboat's free winter concert series

The Steamboat Ski Area announced its 2012-13 lineup for the Bud Light Rocks the Boat winter concert series on Monday.

Steamboat's discounted airfares are incentive for November bookings

The Steamboat Ski Area has launched an airfare program designed to encourage travelers in specific cities to book ski vacations before the end of November.

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Steamboat hockey pair part of tournament-winning team

Cassett Yeager and Libby Lukens, playing for a U14 ice hockey squad, earned their way to a February international tournament in Ontario, Canada.

The Record for Nov. 11, 2012

12:52 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a possible drunken driver at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

Online petition seeks Colorado's secession from the union

A petition has been started on the White House’s We the People website asking the Obama administration to grant Colorado the ability to secede from the union and start its own government.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Monday, Nov. 12

Steamboat Ski Area is optimistic about the weather, veterans reminisce Sunday and other highlights from the weekend in Routt County.

Sunday, November 11

Posts host Veterans Day events in Routt County this month

Steamboat Springs American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts host Veterans Day events throughout November.

Deb Babcock: Garden-worthy evergreens

As you look out into the garden at this time of year, it’s easy to see where you might want to add some winter interest and green color outside the regular growing season.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden library closed Monday in honor of Veterans Day

The Hayden Public Library will be closed Monday for Veterans Day. The library will reopen Tuesday.

Monday Medical: iTriage, a doctor in your pocket

If you have a smartphone — and approximately half of the all mobile phone users have smartphones — take a look at iTriage, a feature-rich mobile app for health information.

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Weather forecast has Steamboat Ski Area more optimistic about Opening Day

Cold temperatures allow snowmaking to resume

The recent snowstorm over Northwest Colorado and a much colder forecast this week has Steamboat Ski Area more optimistic about Opening Day on Mount Werner.

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Veterans Day a time for Routt County vets to reminisce

Local vets swap war stories at annual breakfast

Each man who arrived at an intimate breakfast at VFW Post 4264 in downtown Steamboat Springs on Sunday came with a powerful reminder of the battles they endured.

The Record for Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012

12:08 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a fight in the first block of Seventh Street. Police helped bouncers at a bar escort the people who were fighting out of the establishment.

Saturday, November 10

Top 10 most-viewed stories for the week of Nov. 1 to 7, 2012

Check out our most-read stories from the past week, and see what you missed.

Real estate transactions for Nov. 2 to 12, 2012

Real estate transactions for Nov. 2 to 12, 2012

Business briefs: Kyra Alexander, Matt Eidt join Colorado Group Realty

Kyra Alexander and Matt Eidt have joined the Colorado Group Realty team. They are the newest associates to a group of more than 60 owners and fellow associates.

Battle Mountain wins 1st state soccer championship

Battle Mountain soccer toppled the No. 1 team in the state, Palmer Ridge, 1-0, in a snowstorm in penalty kicks (4-2) on Saturday for its first state title, wrapping a perfect 20-0 season.

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City of Steamboat Springs considering fee system to pay for stormwater upgrades

Proposal depends on results of ongoing infrastructure study

Interim City Manager Deb Hinsvark said Thursday that the scope of the fee, or whether it will be assessed at all, will depend on the results of an ongoing infrastructure study of Steamboat's bridges, culverts and dams.

Our View: City Council's marijuana business moratorium unnecessary

The Steamboat Springs City Council ought to consider the will of the people before it enacts a premature and unnecessary emergency moratorium Tuesday banning marijuana establishments within city limits.

Harriet Freiberger: Thanking our defenders

Veterans come home, some alive, and too many dead. As civilians, they seek no recognition, only to be part of everyday life in communities of their choice. On Sunday, we honor them.

Vicki Barron and Katy Thiel: Hospice care

Hospice isn’t a place. It’s a type of care that focuses on living — living as fully as possible, up until the end of life.

Diane Mitsch Bush: Dear voters

To Eagle County and Routt County voters, I am humbled and honored to be your representative-elect for the Colorado state House of Representatives District 26.

Kathleen Huron: Please slow down

I am writing this letter to urge people who use 13th Street and pass through the Fairview neighborhood to please slow down.

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Steamboat tech startup shifts Grokker to commercial applications

U Grok It has raised cash from three angel investors, one in Steamboat, another in the Bay Area and a third in Florida, that will allow them to build working prototypes.

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Foreclosure numbers for Routt County follow downward trend

Realtor Doug Labor said Friday there are 25 actively listed bank-owned residential properties on the market with 22 more under contract.

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Winter weather advisory in effect for Steamboat through Sunday morning

Local weather observer Art Judson recorded 4 inches of snow in Steamboat on Saturday and .49 inches of total precipitation.

The Record for Nov. 9

4:47 p.m. Police were called to a report of an animal bite in the 1700 block of Burgess Creek Road. A person had been bitten by a dog in the leg, and the dog was taken to a shelter to be quarantined.

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Steamboat Springs senior Nikki Fry battling back from knee injury

Steamboat Springs High School senior Nikki Fry is working her way back from an ACL tear, with hopes of returning Jan. 1.

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Tom Ross: Canada's 1st rope tow was copied outside Woodstock, Vt.

The trick with rope tows was to let the rope slip through your hands at first, then gradually increase your grip so that your skis accelerated smoothly.

Pot not purely a partisan issue in Routt County

It wasn’t just the ski bums and liberals in Routt County that supported the legalization of marijuana.

John F. Russell: I can only imagine what it would be like to own the Colorado Rockies

What do baseball fans in Colorado want from the state's only major league baseball team? They could have more pitching, different coaches and so much. This is what I would do if I could find $33 million.

Jail Report for Nov. 3 to 9, 2012

The following is a list of people booked into Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses. Cities of residence were not available.

Steamboat sees 4 inches of snow, more possible Saturday and Sunday

The mountains of Southwest Colorado have seen significantly more snow than the northwest part of the state.

Steamboat briefs: VNA reminds community to get pneumonia, flu vaccines

Monday is World Pneumonia Day, and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is urging at-risk children and adults to get pneumonia and flu vaccines.

Routt County Council on Aging lunch senior menus for the week of Nov. 12

Routt County Council on Aging lunch senior menus for the week of Nov. 12

Routt County school lunch menus for the week of Nov. 12

Routt County school lunch menus for the week of Nov. 12

Friday, November 9

No plans to market pot in Steamboat Springs

While some see opportunities, others have expressed concerns. One thing is for certain, though. The passage of Amendment 64 has put Colorado in the national spotlight.

Former Steamboat councilmen Ivancie, Brenner eyeing open District 3 commissioner spot

Routt Democratic Chairwoman Catherine Carson says “There are absolutely zero favorites and zero frontrunners” for the Board of Commissioners' District 3 seat being vacated by House District 26 representative-elect Diane Mitsch Buh.

The Record for Nov. 8, 2012

8:46 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a woman who was driving a car after stumbling out of a bar at Yampa and Seventh streets.

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Steamboat Rocky Mountain Cheer welcomes back Dan Atkins

After closing his Steamboat Springs gymnasium in 2007, Dan Atkins is back helping Steamboat Rocky Mountain Cheer.

Hayden High School to host second Activities Gala

The Hayden School District will host its second annual Activities Gala on Nov. 17.

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs exploring plan to bring summer concerts to Yampa Street

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is hoping to liven up Yampa Street next summer with a series of weekly or monthly concerts.

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Steamboat Ski Area revives membership club in Torian Plum Plaza

The Steamboat Base Club will be open to the public daily from 3 to 8 p.m. for après ski with a full-service bar and food.

Senior citizens driving class is Nov. 26 at Steamboat Springs Community Center

The AARP is offering the seniors driving class for free to veterans and their dependents who register online this month.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Nov. 9

A storm is heading to Steamboat, Wayne Lemley resigns from Steamboat's School Board and a man gets 90 days in jail for a downtown fight.

Thursday, November 8

Rob Douglas: Mary Jane and the Republican Party

On Tuesday night, it’s a safe bet more than a few card-carrying members of the Grand Old Party sought tearful solace in the company of Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Johnnie Walker.

Oak Creek holds public hearing on budget, awards trash contract

On Thursday, the town of Oak Creek held a public hearing on its 2013 proposed budget as part of a budgeting process that has lasted for months.

Steamboat briefs: LIFT-UP's Pasta 4 the People fundraiser is Wednesday

LIFT-UP of Routt County’s second annual Pasta 4 the People fundraiser is at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Northwest Colorado property rights advocates vow to carry on

Three of the four candidates from Northwest Colorado whose views most closely matched up with the goals of Citizens were defeated in the election.

Energy Diet: Advanced actions to save energy

Of the eight advanced actions, five require detailed planning, additional financial resources and most likely contracting skilled professionals to be effective.

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Luke Graham: Battle Mountain's run to state title a win for Western Slope

Steamboat's longtime rival on the soccer pitch is on the cusp of something rare in the state of Colorado. Soccer on the Western Slope has been defined by the two mountain schools. Steamboat and Battle Mountain have waged classic battles for years.

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Skiing with the US Ski Team at Copper Mountain’s new Speed Center

Don’t be surprised if you notice a little less skid in my turns this year. I had a little help on Halloween. While the rest of the country was carving pumpkins, I was carving turns with members of the U.S. Ski Team at the new U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain.

United Way hopes for big donations in small window Friday

The collection effort will be centered around Untied Way partner City Market, capturing the lunch crowd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

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Steamboat duo Chamberlin Birch releases debut EP

The local contemporary folk and country duo is releasing a debut EP of five songs in conjunction with a free concert at 6 p.m. Friday at Sweetwater Grill. The album is available on iTunes and at the CD release party.

The Record for Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

7:04 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a person in the 2900 block of West Acres Drive who was receiving unwanted text messages from a family member.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Drought effects on grazing permits

Just as private interests must cope with uncontrollable external influences, public land managers also must evaluate changed conditions and adapt accordingly.

5 things Routt County voters can take away from 2012's general election

The results for Routt County in the 2012 general election were somewhat predictable, but some interesting information can be gleaned from individual races.

A Dog's Eye View: Head halters and harnesses — times have changed

Thankfully, our equipment and methods for teaching dogs have changed dramatically since then. We now have so many more choices of equipment that are effective and gentler on our dogs and us.

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Steamboat's annual Festival of Trees lights up Saturday

The decorated trees will be on display from Nov. 10 to 19, after which the sponsor for each tree will collect them to either display in their business or to donate to a needy family this holiday season.

Thoughtful Parenting: It takes just 1 (hour)

Regular physical activity is essential for weight maintenance and prevention of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and osteoporosis.

Steamboat man gets 90 days in jail for role in downtown fight

A Steamboat Springs man was sentenced this week to 90 days in jail for his involvement in a Dec. 11 fight in downtown Steamboat that led to another man being airlifted to Denver with a skull fracture.

Steamboat Springs School Board member Wayne Lemley resigns

Lemley's resignation Thursday came amid an effort by the School Board to declare his seat vacant because of three consecutive missed meetings.

Steamboat cyclists show well in time-stretched event

A group of Steamboat riders logged top finishes at a 25-hour race in Utah, squeezing one last big race in before winter.

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Mouthguard fitting fundraiser supports local youth hockey

Pine Grove Dental Arts will offer fitting for custom sports mouthguards from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday for a $20 donation to the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association.

Thursday is deadline to vote for Steamboat over Bellingham, Wash., in ski town contest

Time is running out to vote for Steamboat Springs in round one of Powder Magazine's Ski Town Throwdown.

Timely winter storm forecast for Steamboat inside 2 weeks to start of ski season

Perhaps more important than the natural snow will be frigid overnight temperatures that could allow snowmaking crews at Steamboat to kick into full gear Saturday and Sunday nights.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Thursday, Nov. 8

Find continued coverage on election issues and more local news.

Wednesday, November 7

Part of CR 52 north of US 40 will be closed Thursday

Routt County Road 52 will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday one mile north of its intersection with U.S. Highway 40.

Officials: Routt County wildfires highlight persistent dryness

Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit officials warn that two wildfires in Routt County this week highlight the persistent dry conditions that have kept the area’s fire risk unusually high for this time of year.

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Passage of Amendment 64 gives way to questions about implementation, federal intervention

Colorado voters, especially those in Steamboat Springs, made it clear Tuesday they wanted marijuana legalized, and the passage of Amendment 64 has ignited a complicated process.

Early voting results key to Democratic wins in Routt County

Democrats in Routt County as well as across Colorado celebrated Tuesday night after taking control of the state House and Senate and seeing the passage of two amendments with widespread liberal support.

The Record for Nov. 6, 2012

6:45 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a person who found a handgun on a trail near Mountain Vista Circle. Police retrieved the gun.

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Routt County GOP seeks comeback after losses in general election

When they woke up Wednesday morning, Routt County Republicans didn’t wait long to start planning a comeback.

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Jimmy Westlake: Catch a view of Pisces the Fish this month

Tucked in just beneath the constellations of Pegasus and Andromeda, Pisces represents the mythological characters of Venus and her son Cupid.

Democratic state legislators rare in Northwest Colorado

When Dick Soash was elected state senator in 1976, it was the first time a local Democrat held the seat since Republican rancher Charlie Murphy wrestled the seat away from Steamboat’s "Preachin’" Bob Norvell in 1928.

Sponsorships on sale for Steamboat Winter Sports Club Foundation fundraiser

Tables currently are available for the second annual Stars at Night fundraiser. Individual tickets go on sale Nov. 21.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Wednesday, Nov. 7

Find all the election results from local and statewide races here along with local news.

Voters in Colorado support Obama for 2nd presidential term

Colorado voters picked President Barack Obama on Tuesday, the first time the state backed a Democratic presidential candidate for a second term in 76 years.

Coloradans say 'yes' to recreational use of marijuana

Voters approved an amendment legalizing recreational marijuana use in Colorado on Tuesday, making this one of two states to end prohibition of the drug but also raising new legal questions and setting up potential court battles.

Colorado voters back pursuit of campaign spending limits

Amendment 65, which would theoretically stop the influence of corporate spending in political campaigns, was projected to win by The Denver Post, netting more than two-thirds of the votes.

Amendment S gains voter approval to change Colorado personnel system

Amendment S would change the state charter, allowing as many as six finalists for a job, allowing temporary workers to work as long as nine months and allowing job applicants to live within 30 miles of the Colorado border.

Mitsch Bush wins Colorado House seat

Mitsch Bush beat Republican opponent Chuck McConnell with 55 percent of the vote.

Tipton brushes off Democrat Sal Pace in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District

Tipton ran away in what was expected to be a much closer contest for one of the country's largest congressional districts.

Our View: An open letter to Tuesday's election winners

Despite the closely contested elections, there are a number of things most Americans feel strongly about and on which you must focus during your next term.

Tuesday, November 6

Baumgardner wins Senate District 8 race

The state representative from Cowdrey used the district's strong Republican majority to cruise past Breckenridge Democrat Emily Tracy.

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Routt County turns out in large numbers for presidential election

Voters young and old turned out in large numbers for the 2012 election, headlined by a hard-fought battle for the presidency.

Corrigan defeats Barrows to win Stahoviak's open County Commissioner District I seat

County commissioner elect Tim Corrigan said he would reach out to all county employees to seek their buy-in.

Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger wins 4th term in District 2

Democrat cruises past Tina Kyprios to maintain his seat representing western Routt County.

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Catching up with local collegiate athletes for Nov. 6

Get a look at what Routt County collegiate athletes are up to these days. If you'd like to see someone featured, email sports@SteamboatToday.com.

Steamboat briefs: Child care is free at Old Town Hot Springs on Wednesday

Children 8 weeks to 10 years old can take part in the service while their parents or caregivers use the Old Town Hot Springs facility for workouts.

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Updates on local races in the 2012 general election

Follow live updates from Routt County and Northwest Colorado races. Tim Corrigan leads in the District 1 county commissioner race, and Doug Monger will hold his District 2 seat.

Updates on statewide and national races: Election called for Obama, Amendment 64 passes

Follow for live updates on Colorado and national issues and elections.

The Record for Nov. 5, 2012

11:27 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a man at Yampa Valley Medical Center who had been involved in an assault. The man did not want to talk to police about the assault.

Election coverage is live on KEZZ Easy 94.1 FM

Brian Harvey, of KEZZ, and Scott Stanford, of the Pilot & Today, will provide live election results from the Steamboat Today office from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday on KEZZ Easy 94.1 FM.

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Steamboat-led U.S. Nordic combined team gears up for new season

The U.S. Nordic combined team is gearing up for the 2012-12 season. The team leaves for Norway Nov. 17.

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Colo. 131 now open after wildfire extinguished

A wildfire between Yampa and Phippsburg temporarily closed Colorado Highway 131 on Tuesday afternoon.

Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust chooses Steamboat for 1st satellite office

Cattlemen's Land Trust Executive Director Chris West said the recent marriage of staffer Megan Manner to South Routt rancher Tyler Knott was a contributing factor in the decision to open an office here.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Tuesday, Nov. 6: Election Day

Polls are open in Routt County from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and mail-in ballots can be dropped off at any polling place.

Monday, November 5

Adult league volleyball scores for Nov. 5, 2012

Adult league volleyball scores for Nov. 5, 2012

Steamboat Springs School Board member's absence from meetings could cost him his seat

Under state statute, Wayne Lemley will lose his seat on the board unless his fellow board members adopt a motion at its next meeting excusing his recent absences.

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Firefighters contain wildfire at base of Sleeping Giant

Routt County Emergency Management Director Bob Struble said firefighters still were working Monday morning near Routt County Road 46 to put out some hot spots around the blaze.

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No lines reported at polling stations in Routt County as voters decide presidency, local races

Boosted by strong early voting and mail voting turnout, Election Day waits have been non-existent in Routt County and Steamboat Springs. The polls close at 7 p.m. today.

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Tom Ross: Framers of the US Constitution gave us bewildering Electoral College

In Maine, electors for one of its two congressional districts — the one with the most lobstah — could go for Obama. The other district — comprising the woodsier, mooseier part of Maine — could go for Romney.

Jeff Peters: Douglas off-base

Regarding Rob Douglas’ “Are we not better than this?” in the Nov. 2 Steamboat Today: Yes, Rob Douglas, we are better than that. We also are better than being apologists for a self-serving conservative commentator of the likes of Ann Coulter.

Madison Ruppel: Respect needed

We are taught to respect our elders and to emulate their wise ways. Right now it is easier said than done.

Michael Swartz: Poor comparison

I have been a resident of Steamboat for just more than a year now and I am an avid daily reader of the Steamboat Today. While I don’t agree with every opinion piece you print, I appreciate the fact that you try to present a counterpoint as well.

Steamboat briefs: Election results discussion at the Pilot on Wednesday

The Steamboat Pilot & Today’s monthly Coffee and a Newspaper, to be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, will feature a roundtable discussion of Election Day results.

Joel Reichenberger: 2012 was a season of opportunities for Hayden

The Tigers came close this season, and in that lies both the joy and the pain.

Loss of gym use trips up Steamboat's indoor soccer league

Steamboat Springs Middle School Principal Tim Bishop said an adult soccer league has caused too much wear and tear on the school's gymnasium, so the league is no longer welcome at the facility. Local soccer players have put together a petition to protest the decision.

Like Steamboat, Summit County facing transit budget woes

Summit County is facing a transit budget shortfall for 2013 despite a countywide transit sales tax of 0.75 percent that raised $7.2 million in 2011.

The Record for Nov. 5, 2012

12:35 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a fight in the 100 block of Hillside Drive. Officers contacted the victim of the fight, and the person refused to cooperate.

Edith Lynn Beer: Van Gogh seen in a different way

Whether you are an art lover or an aspiring artist trying to develop your own style, “Becoming Van Gogh: Only in Denver” on display at the Denver Art Museum until Jan. 20 will grab your imagination.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Monday, Nov. 5

Steamboat Springs officials ready for potential Amendment 64 passes, an agricultural burn gets out of control and Steamboat runners qualify for regionals.

Sunday, November 4

Jane McLeod: Bergamot a nice addition

An herb that has a variety of uses and that has made a strong transition to the flower garden is bergamot, or bee balm.

Steamboat briefs: County Clerk’s office will be closed Monday and Tuesday

The Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, including motor vehicle, will be closed at noon today and all day Tuesday for election business.

Monday Medical: Whole grains 101: Beyond the wheat box

Are you confused about whole grains? A trip to the bread aisle of any grocery store may cause confusion in anyone — with so many labels shouting “whole grain” or “gluten free.”

The Record for Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012

9:56 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 200 block of Willett Heights Trail. A woman called a tow truck driver to unlock her car, and the woman said the driver had acted weird and scared her.

City of Steamboat Springs plans ahead for potential Amendment 64 passage

If Amendment 64 passes Tuesday, Steamboat Springs officials wants to make sure they have local rules in place to regulate the businesses that could sell marijuana for recreational use.

Pair of Steamboat runners advance

Meg O’Connell and Alex Tumminello both competed in Centennial at a Junior Olympics state championship event and both managed to qualify for a regionals race Nov. 17 in New Mexico.

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Wildfire burned Sunday at the base of Sleeping Giant

A agricultural burn got out of control near the base of Sleeping Giant on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, November 3

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Hayden good but not good enough in 8-man playoffs

The No. 14 Hayden Tigers played close but couldn't upset No. 3 Akron on the road in the 8-man playoffs, falling, 44-28, in a season-ending loss.

Local law enforcement officers: Vote 'no' on Amendment 64

We are law enforcement leaders in Moffat, Routt and Grand counties who want to express our concerns about Amendment 64, the effort to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado.

Our View: City Council playing with funny money

By continuing to increase revenue projections for the purpose of funding non-budgeted expenses, the Steamboat Springs City Council is making a bad habit of irresponsible fiscal practices.

Transactions for Oct. 26 to Nov. 2

Transactions for Oct. 26 to Nov. 2

Business briefs: Prudential's future lies with Berkshire Hathaway

Real estate agents at Prudential Steamboat Realty were processing the news this week that they now are associated with an affiliate of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center makes flu shots mandatory for employees

On the heels of a February decision by the Colorado Board of Health, all state-accredited health care facilities in Colorado must prove 90 percent of their employees are receiving the vaccination by the end of 2014.

November events at Steamboat's Old Town Hot Springs

The Cool Pool Pentathlon is at 10 a.m. Thursday at Old Town Hot Springs.

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Fire chief: Routt County 'dodged a bullet' during wildfire season

Drought conditions led to an active wildfire season in Routt County, especially early on, but officials say it could have been a lot worse.

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Girls on the Run draws huge crowd in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs hosted Saturday's Girls on the Run event, which drew about 900 participants and is part of a program designed to empower girls.

The Record for Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

1:16 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a man who refused to pay for a cab ride and then threatened the driver with a knife in the 2100 block of Resort Drive. A 20-year-old Steamboat man was arrested on suspicion of theft, menacing and possession of a dangerous weapon.

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Steamboat Symphony Orchestra saved by Arts Council, community support

In two weeks, the orchestra raised nearly $40,000 in donations to stave off an immediate financial crisis that could have canceled the annual Holiday Concert set for Dec. 1 and 2.

John F. Russell: Playing the name game, hoping for fame

I've always dreamed of being a professional athlete. It didn't happen for me, but I'm lucky enough to share a name with more than a few.

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Tom Ross: Photographer zooms in on Yampa Valley with presentation

Yampa Valley residents have a chance Sunday to admire images from John Fielder’s newest books while gaining renewed appreciation for the wealth of benefits millions of dollars in Great Outdoors Colorado grants have bought to the Yampa Valley.

Jail Report for Oct. 26 to Nov. 2, 2012

The following is a list of people booked into Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses. Residencies were not available.

Top 10 most viewed stories for the week of Oct. 25 to 31

Check out our most-read stories from the past week, and see what you missed.

Friday, November 2

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Steamboat Springs football shut out in season finale

The Steamboat Springs High School football team lost its last game of the season, falling to Delta, 35-0.

Steamboat briefs: Annual Arts & Crafts Fair is Saturday at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

The Yampa Valley Regional Airport will host the annual Arts & Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the airport terminal.

Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for week of Nov. 5

Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for week of Nov. 5

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Nov. 5

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Nov. 5

Wanted Steamboat man turns himself in to police

The third man wanted in connection with a burglary, aggravated robbery and kidnapping turned himself in to police Friday.

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US Capitol tree rolling through Steamboat on Tuesday

An extra dose of patriotism and holiday cheer will be present in Steamboat Springs on Election Day, when a semitrailer pulls the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree through town.

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Jack Finney Memorial Gallery opens in Steamboat Springs High School

The Jack Finney Memorial Gallery was named for a local sculptor who loved the Yampa Valley and sharing his passion for creative endeavors.

Ski and Sport Swap set for next weekend in Steamboat

Rick DeVos said the excitement nearly is palpable every autumn when the doors are opened to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s annual Ski and Sport Swap.

The Record for Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012

1:28 p.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a person who was bitten by a rat at Strawberry Park Elementary School.

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Remodel renaissance in Steamboat's Tree Haus neighborhood

Tree Haus residents enjoy unique views of the ski area’s best profile from a 30-year-old subdivision that recently has launched into a quiet remodeling renaissance.

Steamboat's September sales tax collections see small decrease

Sales tax collections in the city of Steamboat Springs saw a small decrease in September, marking only the second such decrease this year.

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Trout Creek oil well wins Routt County Planning Commission nod

Planning commissioners on Thursday recommended that Shell Oil be required to build a subsurface water quality monitoring well between the well’s bore hole and six domestic water wells in the vicinity.

Thursday, November 1

Battle Mountain soccer beats Evergreen in quarterfinal game

Battle Mountain goalie Christian Espinoza will be a getting everyone's vote after Thursday's state quarterfinal game at Evergreen. The senior goalie made three clutch saves as in the decisive shootout, as Battle Mountain finally beat Evergreen, 2-1.

Steamboat briefs: Yampa Valley Singers to hold fall concert this month

Yampa Valley Singers will perform its fall concert “What a Wonderful World” at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 and 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs.

Hayden, Akron set for 8-man football playoffs

The Hayden High School football team learned firsthand in 2007 that Akron plays a tough, in-your-face style of football. They'll find out Saturday if they match up any better against the Rams.

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Record number of Routt County voters favors mail-in ballots

Routt County mailed 8,675 ballots in October, and about 50 percent have been returned as of Thursday afternoon.

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Interactive art show on display in Steamboat Springs this month

From oil paintings of realistic scenes to glass collages and literary works, local artists contemplated Gregory Block’s work in the context of their own with the parameters only of a 12-inch-by-12-inch canvas.

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Steamboat football seniors prepare for 1 more stand

For 12 Steamboat Springs High School football seniors, Friday's game marks the last time they'll play together.

The Record for Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012

8:03 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a man wearing a green Army jacket seen carrying a handgun at Walton Creek Road and South Lincoln Avenue. The man could not be located, and police think it may have been part of a Halloween costume.

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Season's 1st turns excite Routt County enthusiasts

Steamboat's Michael Martin said a trip to nearby Cameron Pass yielded some of the best October turns he's had, and after last season's lackluster winter, the trip was the perfect medicine.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Have you met the challenge?

Two years ago I challenged you, in this same column, to turn 5 percent of your out-of-town buying into local purchases.

Steamboat police searching for 3rd man suspected of wielding knife during kidnapping

Police on Thursday were looking for a third man who they think used a knife to threaten another man, kidnap him and then forcibly take him to a Steamboat Springs bank to withdraw money.

Rob Douglas: Are we not better than this?

What are we to make of a society that stands mute while unborn children who test positive for undesired mental or physical conditions are at risk of being aborted by their parents?

A Dog's Eye View: Locate, lock and launch for results

Last week, we looked at a scenario in which a dog’s focus turned from walking with his human to becoming obsessed with a running rabbit.

Energy Diet: Are you losing yet?

The Northwest Colorado Energy Diet Challenge checklist has three sections of action items you can implement in your home to save on energy usage and on energy costs.

City to keep new downtown Steamboat police officer position

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday voted to spend $86,000 to fund an additional police officer position that is dedicated to downtown.

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Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue to play in Steamboat

Jake Wolf, drummer for Shakedown Street for 15 years, assembled the Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue on Jerry Garcia's birthday in 2005.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Thursday, Nov. 1

Two men were arrested after police say they kidnapped a man, unbuilt land factors into the value of downtown commercial property and the Iron Horse Inn will cease hotel operations Saturday.

Steamboat briefs: Annie Ochs named Rotary Club Student of the Month

Annie Ochs, a senior at The Lowell Whiteman School, was named the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs’ October Student of the Month.