Wednesday, October 31
The Downtown Halloween Stroll on Wednesday night attracted hundreds of children and families for trick-or-treating through the streets of downtown Steamboat Springs.
Two men were arrested and a third is wanted after police say they kidnapped a man at knifepoint and tried to force him to withdraw funds from an ATM machine at a bank in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Downtown buildings that don’t cover their entire lot they sit on can bring with them the advantage of on-site parking, possibly the opportunity to expand on site, or even the ability to sell off a piece of land to defray the cost of the building.
The city of Steamboat Springs, which owns the Iron Horse and has managed the hotel business for more than a year, has been losing money on the nightly rental portion of the operation.
A preliminary hearing has been rescheduled again for the man accused of firing a gun toward three people June 9 outside a downtown Steamboat Springs bar.
In response to the Steamboat Today’s editorial and Roger Sherman’s letter to the editor regarding Amendment 64, I would like to contest that it is, in fact, a simple civil rights issue of whether Coloradans feel they have a right to possess and consume cannabis.
Are you going to vote? You should. About 206 million U.S. citizens are eligible to vote, while only 146 million of them actually are registered to vote.
It was somewhat of a surprise to see the column by Joanne Palmer (“Are we not better than this?”) on the front page of the Oct. 31 paper. This piece seemed more appropriate on the editorial page than the front page.
1:17 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a portable toilet knocked over in the 300 block of Second Street. The toilet was put back up.
Steamboat Springs resident Darcey Johnston was inducted into the Robert Morris University Hall of Fame for volleyball.
“One of the things we’ve found is that people in Steamboat love an occasion to go out on the holidays,” said Betse Grassby
The petition submitted to the town of Oak Creek to either limit the town’s ability to collect management fees from its utilities or put the matter to a vote edged closer to completion this week.
The Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service is reporting that the ridge of high pressure over the upper Yampa Valley should strengthen Wednesday, producing a possible high temperature of 65 on Thursday.
A former Steamboat rodeo cowboy died in a car accident, Steamboat residents witness the power of Hurricane Sandy in Manhattan and foul play is not expected in the death of a 37-year-old man.
Tuesday, October 30
The Steamboat Springs City Council is looking for other proposals for a public safety campus. Even if it’s a half-baked idea, council member Kenny Reisman said to Public Safety Director Joel Rae, bring it up, and let the council at least know it’s been eliminated and why.
West Slope FM, a classical music radio station that plays on 91.1 in the Yampa Valley, is holding a fundraiser through Sunday.
The seasonal ice castle project to be built on the empty section of Ski Time Square is a creative, worthwhile effort to bring some vitality to the otherwise lifeless chunk of base area property.
Walking the streets of Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, Steamboat Springs resident Jody Corey witnessed firsthand the destructive power of Hurricane Sandy.
First Friday Artwalk runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at various downtown Steamboat Springs venues.
It’s been 45 years since schoolyard bullies called my brother “retard,” but every time I hear that word my hands still instinctively curl into fists.
Police don't think foul play is involved, but they would not speculate as to the potential cause of the man's death Monday night in a Steamboat neighborhood.
The Downtown Halloween Stroll annually draws thousands of kids, teens and adults downtown for a concentrated trick-or-treating free-for-all with stops at about 75 businesses.
1 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of people fighting in a parking lot at Colorado Mountain College. Two men were given tickets for disorderly conduct, and they were given rides home.
Andy and Jake Flax will take over for Neill Redfern, who is stepping down from the Steamboat Youth Lacrosse he founded a decade ago.
Watching too much television is associated with an increased prevalence of obesity, lower reading scores and attention problems.
The Hayden High School football team opens the playoffs at 1 p.m. Saturday in Akron.
The Oak Creek Police Department on Tuesday morning was trying to figure out who crashed a vehicle into the town’s downtown fire station Monday night.
Throughout five seasons, Darling won at least a share of 10 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association saddle bronc riding titles.
Steamboat is poised for a dry week, the City Council will address the city manager search and flight scheduling was an issue in October for Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
Monday, October 29
Here's a roundup of what's happening with Routt County athletes at the college level. Know of a collegiate athlete that you'd like to see featured? Send information or inquiries to Sports@SteamboatToday.com.
For the fourth straight year, the Steamboat Today is hosting its Holiday Dessert Bake-off and Community Open House, an event that encourages locals of all ages, genders and baking experiences to enter their favorite recipes in one (or more) of four categories.
Pro Cycling Challenge sponsorship also among agenda items facing Steamboat’s governing body Tuesday
The 2013 city budget, a city manager search process, hosting and sponsoring a stage of the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge and providing direction on where to potentially construct a new police and fire station are among the topics to be tackled by the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night.
The rule is almost as old as the game of football itself: “Play for the win on the road and the tie at home.” It wasn’t written for the situation the Steamboat Springs football team found itself in Friday night.
Schedule reliability became more acute this month when service was temporarily shifted entirely to Republic Airlines.
The Girls on the Run 5K returns Saturday, and it will be packing a huge field of runners.
Don’t be surprised if you see a blazing fireball or two streaking across the heavens while you are out trick-or-treating this week.
There is news this month that the Rocky Mountain region may be unintentionally exporting the pine beetle epidemic to the Eastern U.S.
The high school fall sports season is nearly finished, but a couple of Routt County football teams are still knocking out wins.
12:13 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken man in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. The man was given a ride home.
The Elk River got a bounce out of last week’s twin snowstorms but is not faring as well as the Yampa.
While the East Coast braces itself against Hurricane Sandy, folks in Steamboat Springs will enjoy mostly clear skies and warm fall weather through the week.
Hayden drawn Akron in playoffs, a Steamboat Springs city building gets a deep clean and find the top stories from last week.
Sunday, October 28
12:48 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a drunken person at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue.
Early voting ongoing at the Routt County Courthouse
“Don’t think you can ski yourself into shape.” That’s the No. 1 piece of early ski season advice from Sue Ring, director of Rehab Services at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
While it’s unlikely the “Patent Police” are patrolling the gardens of Routt County to make sure we’re not illegally propagating plants, it behooves us to know which of our plants we’re allowed to propagate and which ones it is illegal to reproduce.
County Agenda for Oct. 29 and 30
The 16-team playoff bracket was announced Sunday and Hayden, seeded 14th, is set to travel to play against No. 3 Akron. The Tigers also matched up with the Rams in the 2007 Class 1A playoff semifinals.
Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services offices behind the Howelsen Ice Arena are having mold remediation done by EcoTreck Environmental Solutions.
This weekend, I drove to Denver and braved the cold to watch my first professional soccer game. Call me crazy, but in some ways, it sounded like fun.
Saturday, October 27
The simple answer to what’s kept mountain teams down against their plains brethren has been beef. None have been able to get past the grain-fed muscle that defines football elsewhere.
Real estate transactions for Oct. 19 to 25
Jamie Alperin, a registered dietitian, recently has moved to Steamboat Springs to open her own private practice, Dietary Designs.
The Hayden High School football team easily beat Simla, 52-12, on Saturday, advancing to the 8-man playoffs. Hayden now waits for the release of the 16-team, 8-man playoff bracket.
Brent Christensen and his partner, Ryan Davis, will be overseeing the creation of a unique ice castle, which will be open to the public for tours sometime in mid-December in Ski Time Square.
Are you enjoying the classical music at 91.1 on your FM dial? West Slope FM is proud to bring this music to you all the way from WWFM in Trenton, N.J., and now we need your help. T
This fall, Colorado voters will vote on an amendment that will end the similarly irrational policy of adult marijuana prohibition.
CMC officials have earned the accolades they’ve received, but if they really want to be the community’s college, then they will work in earnest on a deal to help the community with the Yellow Line, the free bus route that serves CMC and the surrounding area.
The monster winter of 2010-11 started with a sizzling 90-inch November and that turned out to be the biggest month of a very memorable season. So look after your equipment, and don't get caught unprepared.
The dust finally has settled at CMC's new academic center, but behind the scenes, fundraisers with the college still are working to raise $750,000.
8:02 a.m. Police were called to a complaint that two mastiffs were running at large in the 1300 block of Blue Sage Drive. Animal control officers arrived and found two small heeler mixes and cited the owner of those dogs, but they did not find any mastiffs.
Check out our most-read stories from the past week, and see what you missed.
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.
Aging senior lunch menus for the week of Oct. 29
Routt County School lunch menus for the week of Oct. 29
Hunters advised to avoid shooting the wrong game
Friday, October 26
The Steamboat Springs High School football team overcame a late deficit Friday, beating Lutheran, 21-20, in a wild finish.
A DIA executive said Friday that the 11th busiest airport in the world has its eyes on inaugurating service from Panama City, Panama, and it’s not unrealistic to think that flight to Denver could deliver ski vacationers from many other cities in Latin America.
It’s in the rich Appalachian tradition that Steamboat's Johnny Mason releases a new album this week of raw and bare, stripped-down bluegrass songs featuring himself on banjo and singing with his soft yodel.
The third annual Steamboat Stinger races will take place Aug. 17 and 18.
5:28 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a person in a parking lot taking pictures of another person’s car in the 1800 block of Central Park Drive. The person could not be found.
Through September, 2012 has seen the sale of 41 homes in the range above $1 million. That compares to 56 for the same period in 2011.
Logan Banning, a 17-year-old senior at The Lowell Whiteman School, already is a serial entrepreneur and has launched his latest business, Parka, in the new Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center.
Volunteer snow groomer Dave Miller received a surprise when he arrived Friday morning at Bruce’s Trail on Rabbit Ears Pass: a foot of fresh snow. Also Friday morning, Steamboat Ski Area began snowmaking operations for the season.
Navigator Awards honored Friday, skiers sharpen and shine their gear and the Screamboat haunts a new venue.
Coats that were collected as part of the LIFT-UP Community Coat Drive will be distributed from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday starting Oct. 29 at the Lift-Up Food Bank.
It’s unconscionable to spend millions of dollars on extravagant new police headquarters when those funds could be used to prevent the need for property owners to pay for storm water infrastructure.
Thursday, October 25
A petition submitted to Oak Creek about management fees for the town’s utilities once again was a topic of interest during the Town Board’s budget work session Thursday night.
SG Interests of Houston has filed its first, formal application for a permit to drill a single gas well in the Thompson Divide area.
The building pace in Grand County is picking up, according to anecdotal reports as well as statistics from local building departments.
Have you ever gone on vacation and simply eaten your way across the countryside? Italy springs to mind as one of the best places for this, or perhaps the vineyards of Sonoma County or barbecue in the deep South.
Steamboat Springs individuals and businesses are being honored Friday for their many contributions to the community.
The season is right around the corner. There’s no better time to haul out the gear and see what fits, what doesn’t and check what maintenance needs to be done on skis and snowboards.
Amendment 64 raises serious questions about the proper role of our state constitution, the effect liberalizing our marijuana law will have beyond our state borders and whether we want to defy existing federal law.
It is up to us choose the representatives who will help guide us on that journey. If we don’t do it this election and choose wisely, there can be no regrets, no whining about the outcome.
Recently, Ruth Young wrote a letter to the editor questioning why Yampa Valley ranchers would put up Mitt Romney signs while at the same time receiving transfer payments (subsidies) from the federal government.
Our kids need and deserve us — their parents, caregivers, educators, community leaders and role models — to take action, get involved and make a difference in their lives and their community.
The memory of the now demolished Monson Hall won’t be resting in peace after its spirit as the home of the Screamboat Chamber of Horror is resurrected in the Screamboat 14.
Just because the dog is released off the leash does not mean you should tune out. There has to be a plan for “out of nowhere.”
The Northwest Colorado Energy Diet Challenge is a tool that encourages us to take steps to reduce our energy usage and thus reduce how much we pay in our monthly energy bills.
The Hayden High School football team hosts its first crossover game Saturday against Simla.
In its sixth year, the Steamboat Springs Mustache Ride raised $6,000 for the Routt County Humane Society.
10:13 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a person who was threatened in the 3800 block of Whistler Road. Two men had gotten into an argument about dogs being off leash. The situation was mediated.
There’s treat and tricks a-plenty in Steamboat leading up to Halloween, including Wednesday's annual downtown Halloween Stroll and a special Amputators show at The Tap House Sports Grill on Saturday.
A 3-on-3 basketball league is coming to Steamboat Springs.
A half-million dollar piece of logging equipment nearly was destroyed after catching fire early Wednesday.
The city of Steamboat Springs will continue to wait until June 2014 for former City Manager Alan Lanning to pay back the $133,000 home loan the city gave him six years ago when he was hired.
Slick conditions led to numerous car crashes Wednesday and Thursday, but no serious injuries were reported. One of the crashes involved a South Routt County school bus.
A Steamboat group says Livestrong is doing fine, Friends of the Chief is working on a temporary theater and a Steamboat skier is going into DU's Hall of Fame.
Wednesday, October 24
As part of Colorado Winter Weather Awareness Week, which ends Saturday, the Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado Office of Emergency Management are offering tips on getting vehicles prepared for inclement weather.
Friends of the Chief is working on a temporary setup for the Chief Plaza Theater and searching for a facilities manager.
After returning from Austin, Texas, and the Ride for the Roses, a Steamboat group says Livestrong is as strong as ever.
12:08 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear on Weiss Circle.
The fall sports season winds down this weekend with most teams competing in their last contests.
For the economy to recover, we need to support sensible legislation in the Senate that limits burdensome regulations and encourages private industry to invest in Colorado.
There is a lot at stake in the election this year, and the need for our elected officials to work together across the Continental Divide as well as across party lines is more important than ever.
Steamboat's Kyrill Kretzschmar and his 2000 DU skiing teammates will enter the school's Hall of Fame on Thursday.
Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife Area Wildlife Manager Jim Haskins has been seeing a lot of happy hunters and dead animals emerging from the woods this season.
Engineers are trying to determine why the dam at the reservoir between Steamboat Springs and Kremmling is settling faster than expected. Denver Water controls 40 percent of the water in Wolford Mountain Reservoir.
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge announced the dates of the 2013 tour Wednesday. An expected route should be announced in December.
Snowmaking could begin in the early hours of Friday morning as temperatures plummet into the teens.
Instead of “squad lines,” dodgeball battles and synchronized calisthenics, Chris Adams more commonly coaches his students while they use digital pedometers, spring off of Bosu balls and break sweats playing motion capture video games on the Xbox 360 and Wii.
The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a winter weather advisory for Rangely, Dinosaur, Craig, Hayden, Meeker, Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas.
Killington Resort is partnering with Green Mountain Power and Vermont dairy farmers to convert the methane gas from cow manure to electricity to power its K-1 Express Gondola for the 2012-13 season.
Outside money lands in local races, residents have a chance to comment on the Yellow Line bus route and U.S. winter sports teams prepare for snow.
Tuesday, October 23
Who’s that knocking at Steamboat’s front door? Hmmm … of all things, it’s opportunity.
Yampa Valley Electric Association power poles and lines effectively have taken over an absolutely gorgeous open space area and have been placed directly on the path to our schools.
The most important lesson of this experience is to listen to both sides, allow yourself to see the bigger picture, make an educated decision and vote for your beliefs.
In the end, Roberts’ resignation to a Steamboat Springs City Council that increasingly had grown wary of his ability to fulfill its expectations of him was the right decision for both sides.
Steamboat Springs teen Foster Ramirez spent the past two summers volunteering for ReTree Steamboat, an effort to plant and care for young trees in areas of Routt County decimated by the pine beetle epidemic.
5:04 p.m. Officers were called to a report of harassment in the 1400 block of Conestoga Circle. A person reported doing everything possible to be removed from call lists, but the person was still receiving five to seven calls a day that were political in nature.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars of outside money is flowing into Colorado state house races, including District 26 in Routt and Eagle counties.
Steamboat Springs residents who passionately defended the Yellow Line at Centennial Hall earlier this month will have a chance to help shape the future of the free bus route at an open house next week.
The Hahn's Peak Roadhouse would be allowed to host one musical act a week, not the two owners asked for, and the music must stop by 10:30 p.m. until a decision about amending the permit is made.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables provides vitamins and minerals needed to support healthy growth and development and for optimal immune function.
Poor gluten. No one likes you anymore. It’s getting hard to find a food product that doesn’t have a gluten-free option.
At its meeting Thursday, the Oak Creek Town Board will open bids for the town's solid waste and recycling services.
Most of the U.S. ski and snowboard teams begin competitions in the next month, and the teams are heavy with Steamboat athletes.
Diane Mitsch Bush and Chuck McConnell are from Steamboat Springs, which raises the question of how well they are coming across in Eagle County, the only other county besides Routt in House District 26.
Late Aspen resident gets a backcountry hut in his honor, seniors get jail time for disturbing a burial site and Apsen Art Museum to keep Lance Armstrong on its board.
Fewer students are enrolling in free and reduced-cost lunch programs, a USGS representative will talk water monitoring programs with the county and Yampa Valley Electric Association's Larry Covillo is retiring.
Monday, October 22
Thank goodness the candidates for president don’t have my cellphone number.
Catch up with Routt County collegiate athletes in this weekly feature. If you know of someone you'd like to see featured here, email sports@SteamboatToday.com.
The 22 downtown stakeholders and elected officials who attended a Monday night meeting about the future funding of Yampa Street improvements had plenty of questions for the attorney who charted out three possible ways to pay for the upgrades.
For the first time in five years, Routt County's three school districts all are seeing fewer students enroll in the free and reduced cost lunch program.
There are many losers in the scandal that has brought professional cycling to its knees, but none greater than Lance Armstrong and the fraud he perpetrated.
In a documentary that details the closure of a General Motors plant in Wisconsin, it may be the rebuilding efforts that most interest Steamboat Springs residents.
Routt County voters can cast ballots during the early voting period that began Monday and continues through Nov. 2.
For those of you who don’t know me, I am Tim Corrigan, and I am running for the Routt County Board of Commissioners’ District 1 seat. I’m a dedicated husband, a parent of four, a community volunteer, a local businessman and the president of the Soroco School Board.
After 60 years of living the bounties provided by Routt County, I would like to give back to this very special Yampa Valley community by serving as a county commissioner.
Wedged in between the bright star Fomalhaut to the south and the glittering Pleiades star cluster to the east is the huge, lumbering constellation of Cetus the Whale.
1:32 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a man who was urinating on a bush and rocks in the 700 block of Yampa Street. He was given a summons for public urination and a verbal warning for having an open container of alcohol.
Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan estimated that the grant match approximates the cost of repairs to the Green Truss Bridge.
Water samples are being tested for chemical content, nutrients, E. coli and alkalinity, among other properties.
The fall sports season is coming to an end for local high school teams. Here's a recap of the action from the weekend and a look at this week's games.
Covillo has been the rural electric co-op's general manager since February 1994. YVEA's board plans to soon begin recruiting his replacement.
The cold is forecast to settle in Thursday with a high of 41 degrees and a 40 percent chance of snow.
Steamboat's dry weather could end Tuesday, the school board meets Monday and Yampa Street stakeholders seek funding.
Sunday, October 21
Who is Doug Monger? I’m a fiscal conservative, a moderate Democrat, a problem solver, and a consensus maker who takes pride in thinking outside the box. I am a strong advocate for private property rights and multiple uses of our public lands. I am a leader and have consistently shown leadership qualities.
I am running because I believe we need a fresh perspective and vitality to address the critical issues we face in our county. Right now, we need to work together through all areas of our county to get our economy moving.
Every flu season there is a lot of talk about the importance of getting immunized to protect ourselves and others vulnerable to getting sick from the flu.
The Haven Assisted Living Center will host the Holiday Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 15. There are 21 booths available for vendors at $30 per booth, $10 for electricity and tables available to rent.
Board to discuss Unified Improvement Plan, Education Fund Board application process
The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday afternoon will meet at Soda Creek Elementary School to review a Unified Improvement Plan for the district's two elementary schools.
Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager says several funding options on the table
They have plenty of energy and a clear road map. But stakeholders working to kickstart a major revitalization effort on Yampa Street still must figure out how to get what eluded the stakeholders before them: the money to pay for it all.
The Soroco High School football team wrapped up its season Friday with a 60-28 loss to West Grand.
The Hayden volleyball team bounced back from a deep hole to win a thrill match against Vail Christian on Saturday.
The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team was left out of the Class 4A playoff bracket.
Steamboat Springs' recent warm and dry streak is forecast to end Tuesday with the arrival of colder and wetter weather.
Our really cold, windy winters and intense daily sunshine here in the mountains can damage the trees in our gardens, especially young ones that haven’t yet developed a thick, rough bark.
County Agenda for Oct. 22 and 23
12:13 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 1400 block of Bob Adams Drive. Police cited one of the occupants in the vehicle for possessing alcohol as a minor.
The Routt County Regional Building Department reported this week that it is issuing a building permit valued at $1.3 million in Sidney Peak Ranch.
Transactions for Oct. 12 to 16
Saturday, October 20
Amendment 65 invites every voter to take a stand against the way big-spending corporations and millionaires have come to dominate our elections and it challenges our elected officials to rein in the influence of all that money.
I will cultivate our common ground, ditch the partisan bickering and heated ideological rhetoric and work earnestly across the partisan divide and the Continental Divide to make a better Colorado.
I will work every day if elected to help small businesses in our state hire more employees; invest in property, plants and equipment; and help contribute to the American Dream.
The city of Steamboat Springs unnecessarily is forcing its own hand by negotiating the sale of its downtown police and fire station before having a plan in place for where to build a new public safety campus.
City officials say too many good opportunities will be squandered by delaying the relocation project.
The Soroco Rams volleyball team lost Saturday, falling in four sets to North Park. That put the team’s season record at 2-13.
The Steamboat Springs Police Department is encouraging people to “be a good witness” and report any suspicious behavior. Some community members have reported a suspicious vehicle near local schools this week, perhaps indicative of increased vigilance since Jessica Ridgeway's abduction on the Front Range.
After the release of a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report about Lance Armstrong, Steamboat Springs cyclists have mixed feelings about the Livestrong foundation and the future of professional cycling.
On Friday, workers were laying new sod in front of the building where there used to be a driveway. SmartWool President Mark Satkiewicz envisions employees will use the large grassy area for activities that represent SmartWool’s brand and company culture.
According to the National Wildlife Federation, the average male gray wolf is 73 inches in length and ranges in weight from 70 to 145 pounds.
2:15 p.m. Deputies were called to a report of a 62-year-old man who shot himself in the leg with a 9 mm pistol at the Routt County Rifle Club shooting range. The man was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center and is expected to be OK.
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.
This is the time of year when a person's true love of skiing shows, the time of year when some rush back to winter, the time of year when I attempt to hold on to a few last days of fall.
The Kreissigs earned a reputation for building midrange townhomes with high-level finishes at Bear Meadows in 2001, Willowbrook in 2002 and The Willows in 2003 and 2004.
Check out our most-read stories from the past week, and see what you missed.
Friday, October 19
From the film room to the weight room to the practice field, Rifle certainly put in the work, and it showed Friday in a 56-0 win against Steamboat Springs.
Hayden ensured it would play at home next week in the first postseason game, beating Vail Christian, 49-20, on Friday.
Free legal advice with the attorneys at Feldmann Nagel, 1120 S. Lincoln Ave., is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
I think there are several agencies within the federal government whose functions could be pushed down to state and local governments, where there is more transparency and more accountability.
The federal debt and lack of spending control, the inability of Congress to manage the federal government and our current “war mentality” are major issues that I feel must be addressed in order to move our country forward.
A 62-year-old man is expected to be fine after shooting himself in the leg Friday.
If the past few years of gridlock and partisanship have taught us anything, it’s that our current Congress is no longer capable of coming up with solutions to our problems.
It’s important that as we develop energy resources including oil, gas and clean coal, we put equal effort into common-sense conservation and environmental protection.
Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for week of Oct. 22
Routt County school lunch menus for week of Oct. 22
Bat specialist Rob Mies will be bringing four ambassador bats from around the world to Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library on Sunday.
Coming in at a respectable No. 13, Steamboat slid from a dazzling No. 8 ranking last year.
8:19 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a theft in the 1700 block of Lincoln Avenue. A man thought someone was taking scrap metal from his pile.
Some residents who own property in the Stagecoach area but do not use it as their residence weren't notified about a proposed mill levy cap increase on the November ballot for the Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District.
Emily Tracy, the Democratic candidate for Senate District 8, said Colorado’s statehouse is occupied by “very much an urban/suburban Legislature.” Republican candidate Randy Baumgardner said collaboration between parties is the only way to get things done in Denver.
After a storm with heavy precipitation hit the Steamboat area Oct. 13 and 14, Routt County looks to be in for a dry extended forecast.
A candidate forum was held Thursday, Routt County will looks at the socioeconomic impacts of energy exploration and the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra is in danger.
Thursday, October 18
The Summit High School boys soccer defeated Steamboat, 3-0, on Thursday night.
This November, voters across the 3rd Congressional District will vote for a new CU regent to represent the entire district.
As we move into the last days of this political season, I want to call to your attention to the race for the University of Colorado Board of Regents for the 3rd Congressional District
House District 26 candidate Diane Mitsch Bush said she felt vindicated upon learning that the state is considering new rules on water quality testing for oil wells. Her opponent, Republican Chuck McConnell, argued that developing the state's many natural resources without burdensome regulations is the quickest way to boost the economy.
This week, a desire by a majority of the City Council to fire City Manager Jon Roberts culminated with Roberts resigning. Truth be told, it was time for Roberts to go.
When Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs meet on the volleyball court, it quite often ends up being a long night. That certainly was true during Thursday's five-game thriller in Glenwood, where Steamboat lost, 3-2.
Steamboat Springs resident Garrett Pohlman, 16, had his first successful elk hunt.
A live bat program for families is at 3 p.m. Sunday in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Learn about the benefits of bats, their habitats and ways to protect them.
A food safety basics course is from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Learn the leading risk factors linked to food-borne illness.
For the Spencer family, long-time locals, the first day of elk hunting season is about the stories as much as it is the elk. The first day of 2012 provided a classic that won't be soon forgotten.
The Delta Saints' Ben Ringel took a few minutes Thursday to talk with ExploreSteamboat.com. The band will play a free show at 10 p.m. Friday at Carl’s Tavern as part of its first trip to Colorado.
The Rocky Mountain Division named its All-Star Team and the U.S. Ski Team officially named its Nordic combined team.
Why are so many farmers and ranchers in Routt County rallying for responsible energy development? Because property rights are important, and mineral rights are private property.
Tuesday's meeting will offer case studies from other western communities like Sublette County, Wyo., where a natural gas boom led to a 20 percent increase in the population.
Today's candidate forum is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CMC auditorium. Follow the link to watch live video from the forum.
My life has become a chaotic quilt patch-worked together by events driven by either Zoey, my 15-year-old dog, or Willa, a puppy who’s now 5 months old.
Reducing your energy consumption and costs doesn’t have to be difficult or costly. The Northwest Colorado Energy Diet Challenge Checklist provides a list of easy energy-reducing actions to “Do Right Away.”
With a sharp drop-off in donations, Steamboat Symphony Orchestra officials said they will have to decide by the end of the month whether to cancel the holiday performance and perhaps disband the orchestra.
Members of the group It Takes Courage, a community outreach team dedicated to raising awareness about bullying and preventing suicides, are traveling to Florida in November to speak at an Erase Hate Tampa Bay event.
5:19 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a person who thought someone was dumping trash in Fish Creek in the 200 block of Anglers Drive. Workers with a landscape company were putting down mulch.
It is thought a man who was found unconscious in a car Thursday morning in Steamboat Springs might have died from a heart attack.
Meet the candidates at an election forum Thursday, Mike Yurich gets the Leckenby Pioneer Award and Steamboat nears one inch of rain for October.
Wednesday, October 17
Oak Creek’s Peter “Mike” Yurich, who translated a voracious appetite for collecting items of historic significance into a new museum, was recognized for his passion Wednesday night, when he was given the annual Leckenby Pioneer Award.
The Steamboat Springs High School cross-country team set personal bests Wednesday at the regional meet but failed to qualify for state.
Jon Roberts' employment contract didn't require a severance payment if he resigned as city manager, but City Council members said Wednesday that giving him six months of pay was the best outcome for both sides.
The budget line item that might make or break some services in Oak Creek could make its way to the ballot.
The most recent campaign finance reports show some disparities in fundraising efforts by Routt County residents running for elected office.
In the wake of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's scathing report on Lance Armstrong, local company Honey Stinger says it will remove the famous cyclist's image from its products.
The Steamboat Sustainable Business Program networking meeting and awards breakfast is from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Ranch at Steamboat Conference Center, 1800 Ranch Road.
Get a peek at what to expect for this week's games for Routt County high school sports.
Yampa Valley School, the alternative high school for Steamboat students, didn’t have an art program until three years ago.
When Bowden Tumminello looks at photos of his dad summiting Mount Everest, the 9-year-old says he gets a better sense of what his own climb of the world's tallest mountain will look like.
4:20 p.m. Deputies were called to a report of a person who had been shot in the 41600 block of Routt County Road 44. A doctor reported treating a man on a previous day, and the man reported shooting himself in the thigh while cleaning a .22-caliber gun. Deputies were following up on the incident Wednesday.
A win against Vail Christian on Friday would mean a home game in the Week 9 cross-divisional game. A loss means the Tigers take to the road.
With the weather changing, area golf courses are prepping for the homestretch.
Some residents already have received their ballots, but another opportunity to meet local candidates before the Nov. 6 election is Thursday night.
For the second time in a week, there was visible evidence of fresh snow on Mount Werner as the sun rose Wednesday morning, and Steamboat is unofficially close to reaching the 1-inch threshold for October precipitation
Hahn's Peak Roadhouse gets another chance, plans for Trout Creek reservoir confirmed to the county and an ice castle might be coming to Steamboat.
The town of Yampa is asking voters to approve reducing the number of Town Board seats from six to four.
Colorado voters soon will decide the latest attempt at marijuana legalization, this one in the form of Amendment 64, which proposes amending the state constitution to allow adults 21 and older to possess and use small amounts of marijuana.
2 CU Board of Regents seats are on the ballot this year.
Brett Barkey is running unopposed for district attorney for the 14th Judicial District, which encompasses Routt, Moffat and Grand counties.
Diane Mitsch Bush is running for the Colorado House District 26 seat
Voters on Nov. 6 will decide whether to retain Judge Michael O’Hara III as the chief judge for the 14th Judicial District, which encompasses Routt, Moffat and Grand counties.
Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District seat has been one of the most fiercely contested in the state — if not the nation — the past few years, and for good reason.
Doug Monger is running for the Routt County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat.
Tina Kyprios is running for the Routt County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat
Jim Barrows is running for the Routt County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat
Tim Corrigan is running for the Routt County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat
Chuck McConnell is running for Colorado House District 26
Amendment S, put on the ballot by Colorado lawmakers, would reform the state’s government employee personnel system through a variety of changes that supporters say are necessary to modernize and make flexible the state’s rigid personnel rules.
For the first time in 12 years, Northwest Colorado will not be represented at the state Capitol by someone named White. The real question is whether Senate District 8, a typically safe Republican seat, will stay in GOP hands, or if Breckenridge Democrat Emily Tracy can topple two-term state Rep. Randy Baumgardner.
Amendment 65, one of three statewide ballot questions to be decided by Colorado voters this fall, seeks to strike down the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial 2010 Citizens United decision by instructing state lawmakers and Colorado’s congressional delegation to push for and support campaign finance reform at the federal level.
The Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District in South Routt County near Stagecoach is requesting an increase in its mill levy cap.
Tuesday, October 16
The mission to find a new home for the police officers and firefighters who work at 840 Yampa St. became more urgent Tuesday night after the Steamboat Springs City Council voted, 5-2, to negotiate the sale of the city-owned building to Big Agnes and Honey Stinger for $2.1 million.
After winning the first two sets, the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team collapsed and lost to Middle Park.
It may sound cliche, but Routt County voters absolutely will have an impact in races up and down the ballot this year, starting with the presidential contest.
City Manager Jon Roberts resigned Tuesday night at the end of the Steamboat Springs City Council meeting. The outgoing city manager was praised by council members for his leadership during tough economic times.
Hanson Buchner is the Athlete of the Week.
The Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office will close at 4 p.m. Wednesday for election staff training.
A planned micro hydropower plant at the proposed dam is projected to generate enough electricity to meet the annual needs of about 125 homes.
The owners of the Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse won a chance Tuesday to demonstrate they can host live music without disturbing their neighbors.
A base area developer and the builders of a large-scale ice sculpture attraction are looking for a location in Steamboat to possibly create an ice castle this winter.
Business suddenly has picked up for Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers who have received five calls for help since Oct. 9.
Listen to yourself and your friends, and you might be surprised at what you complain about. Is it really a problem? There are people in Steamboat who don’t have enough of the basics.
11:11 a.m. Deputies were called to a report of a portable toilet knocked over on Buffalo Pass. The person who reported it wanted deputies to make sure no one was inside.
One of the most effective ways to promote a healthy lifestyle and behaviors for children is to adopt healthier habits as a family.
Democracy requires and encourages change. It brings new perspective, opinions and ideas. It stimulates conversation and discussion. It spawns responsibility and self-determination.
Adult League Volleyball Scores for Oct. 15, 2012
The city collected $1,440,663 in August compared with $1,411,179 in August 2011, a 2.09 percent increase, marking the fifth consecutive month of year-over-year increases and the seventh month this year. Year-to-date collections are up more than 2 percent.
The Steamboat Springs High School cross-country team competes in the regional meet Wednesday in Delta.
Yampa Valley teens are invited to a free barn dance Saturday at the Hayden Granary.
The next chance of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service, was expected Tuesday night with a 30 percent chance of showers in the midst of gusty winds.
Mountain resort bookings taken in September for arrival in October, November and February were up. However, those gains were offset by declines for December, January and March.
City Manager Jon Roberts' contract will be discussed, the Yampa Valley Housing Authority selects a new director and Peabody Energy will go public with plans for a reservoir.
Shining brightly in the southern sky as darkness falls is one of autumn’s few bright stars, a blue gem named Fomalhaut (pronounced FOAM-a-low).
Monday, October 15
Catching up with local collegiate athletes for Oct. 16
12:04 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a disturbance in the first block of Seventh Street.
The late George Plimpton wrote about his misadventures as a journalist trying to play quarterback for the Detroit Lions.
The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night is set to discuss City Manager Jon Roberts' contract months before his regularly scheduled performance evaluation. Council members refused to comment on the agenda item.
The future of Steamboat Springs' police and firefighting presence on Yampa Street could be decided at Tuesday's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting.
Routt County Planner Jake Rosenberg notified Hahn's Peak Roadhouse owners Aug. 30 that any future hosting of live music would constitute a violation of their permit.
How do you pick your favorite college football player? A fellow Steamboat Today sports reporter Luke Graham recently shot me a text message, “Is Collin Klein your favorite K-State football player of all time?”
The Yampa Valley Housing Authority — which has been without an executive director since this summer — has narrowed the choices for its next top staff member down to a single finalist.
A number of local athletes competed Sunday in the Punt, Pass and Kick sectionals at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.
Postseason pictures are beginning to come into focus for Routt County high school sports teams. Check out a roundup of what happened this weekend, and what looms in the days ahead.
For one day, on Oct. 15, the Steamboat Today newspaper was printed on pink newsprint to draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Peabody contemplated in April that the reservoir capturing water from both Trout and Middle creeks would store about 11,720 acre-feet of water with a surface area of about 385 acres.
The Steamboat Today is going pink for breast cancer awareness month. Read stories about technology, treatment and survivors.
If you’ve been hiking the forests around Steamboat Springs this fall, you might have noticed a wide variety of mushrooms that are poking their heads through the leaf litter and conifer needles at the base of our Alpine trees despite this year’s low amount of moisture.
For women ages 40 and older, having an annual screening mammogram is the best method of detecting breast cancer in its earliest, most curable stage.
Open enrollment for Medicare Part D runs through Dec. 7. Medicare beneficiaries are able to change plans during this time.
County Agenda for Oct. 15 and 16
Sunday, October 14
One in 7 women in Colorado are diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer advocates and medical professionals said regular check ups and awareness are important in saving lives.
The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team got several chances in the consolation bracket but didn't score any medals at the state tournament.
The medical network in place to detect and treat breast cancer in the Yampa Valley is vast, and it is growing. Medicines have become more targeted. New surgeons and radiologists have arrived in town. And the fight is staying closer to home.
12:38 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 300 block of Mount Werner Road.
Eight women in the Yampa Valley share their struggles and triumphs in their battle with breast cancer.
Saturday, October 13
Here in the Yampa Valley, women with breast cancer are not alone: Local organizations and fundraisers are there to fill in the gaps in resources, funding and support, adding an extra boost of hope along the arduous path to recovery.
In the third set of Saturday's match against Rifle, Steamboat's young players showed they could win without their senior leader, Alex Feeley, who went down with a sprained ankle.
This year, Home ReSource’s Creative Community Art project invited artists, or anyone with an “outside the box” mentality, to use recycled materials to create a unique new identity for castaway items.
The Hayden volleyball squad lost in three sets at home Saturday against West Grand.
The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team kept its playoff hopes alive with a 4-1 win against Glenwood Springs on Saturday.
As the clouds began to lift, a fresh dusting of snow was visible at Steamboat Ski Area and surrounding mountains Saturday.
6:26 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a porcupine stuck in the wheel well of a car in the 2000 block of Curve Plaza.
While both political parties have a tendency to extol the virtues of expansive government more than I would like, plainly the liberals (or as they like to call themselves, the “progressives”) are in the forefront of expanding government.
We think the constitutional amendment, which would update the state’s personnel system to allow for greater flexibility in appointments and hiring, is reasonable, and we urge residents to vote “yes” on Amendment S.
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.
Real estate transactions for Oct. 5 to 11, 2012
U.S. foreclosure activity fell to a five-year low in September, according to a report by RealtyTrac released Thursday.
Penny Fletcher and Marne Roberts have completed the Master Certified Negotiation Expert designation program conducted by the Real Estate Negotiation Institute.
Steamboat Olympian Anne Kakela recalls what it was like coaching in London and competing in Atlanta.
When Brian Kelly and Rebecca Williams entered the Cow Creek Schoolhouse for the first time in January, a stray fast food cup and fresh scribbles on a chalkboard were the only items that hindered their dramatic leap into the past.
Marjorie Perry was an early member of the Colorado Mountain Club and was named to the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1988. There won’t be another like her anytime soon.
Check out our most-read stories from the past week, and see what you missed.
Routt County senior lunch menus for week of Oct. 15
Routt County school lunch menus for week of Oct. 15
Make Halloween-themed greeting cards from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym. The cost is $15. Call 970-870-0384 for more information. 1280 13th St.
Friday, October 12
The Soroco High School football team’s postseason hopes were doused Friday night as the Rams fell at Rangely, 54-7.
The Palisade football team did whatever it wanted Friday, crushing Steamboat, 52-7.
I think it would be fun to be mayor of Steamboat Springs for a year. It would be a “test run” to see how it felt and what could be learned. Of course, it might be the worst year of my life.
Socialism already is a fact of life in 21st-century America. We pool our resources to pay for fire and police protection; this avoids us having to have our fire or police account number ready when we dial 911.
The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team lost Friday night, falling in three sets on the road against Palisade. The Sailors lost, 25-16, 25-18, 25-23.
Resort marketers and executives of visitors bureaus overflowed a conference room as part of the Colorado Tourism Conference to learn how to leverage their marketing budgets by cultivating bloggers.
In one of the last breakout sessions of a Web-heavy Colorado Tourism Conference, John Thornton, with Google Travel, exhorted attendees to make the Web work for them.
Increasingly, prospective buyers rely on their mobile devices to get things done, and Steamboat Realtor Jon Wade gets it. He recently earned recognition for his website, www.thesteamboatgroup.com.
Vail Mountain's new gondola will feature heated leather seats and free Wi-Fi access, and it will hold 10 passengers per cabin. It’s also slated to be the fastest gondola of its type in the world, according to Vail Resorts.
Saturday marks the beginning of the rifle hunting season for elk in Colorado, and area hunters are looking forward to some forecast snow.
11:11 a.m. Officers were called to check on the welfare of a drunken person in the 500 block of Ore House Plaza. The person was turned over to a friend.
By Oct. 19, the span of daylight residents of Steamboat Springs will enjoy for work and recreation will have shrunk to 10 hours and 57 minutes.
Helicopter logging is going on at Steamboat Ski Area, a storm Friday could bring snow to the ski area and county commissioner candidates speak in Oak Creek.
Thursday, October 11
Jim “Moose” Barrows, Tim Corrigan, Tina Kyprios and Doug Monger got a chance to introduce themselves to Oak Creek Town Board members and South Routt residents at Thursday's meeting.
The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team had a good morning, but a rough second round at the state tennis tournament in Pueblo left the team hoping to get a chance Friday.
Steamboat broke open a close game to beat Moffat County on Thursday night, 4-1. The Sailors return to action at 6 p.m. Saturday at home against Glenwood Springs.
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is reminding readers that Friday is World Arthritis Day.
A helicopter is making quick work of removing hundreds of beetle-killed lodgepole pine trees from Steamboat Ski Area.
Tori Allen experienced tremendous success in professional climbing. Now the 24-year-old is making a new life for herself in Steamboat.
The outcry about John Aragon and Don Toy's dismissal shows just how much they are loved and embraced by all those they touch. However, I am dismayed by the lack of civility displayed by some of those involved.
Nov. 6 is the time to choose which fork of the political path we take. The left-hand fork leads to European-style socialism and probably to a failed state like Greece.
Debate night in Denver saw a mugging. But the victim was not President Barack Obama; it was honesty.
9:50 a.m. Deputies were called to a report of political signs vandalized throughout Routt County.
Jaden’s guitar looks enormous in her 11-year-old arms. But her skill, attitude and heart match those of seasoned musicians.
Well-meaning but misinformed dog owners who let their dogs run loose may call out, “Oh, don’t worry. He’s friendly!” We hear it every day.
The 2008 Food and Farm Bill expired Sept. 30, and the House adjourned until after the election, leaving the 2012 Food and Farm Bill stuck in Congress and many important agriculture, energy and nutrition programs unfunded.
The goal of the Energy Diet Challenge is to make the action of turning off all lights and power strips as much of a habit as turning off your bathroom light in your morning routine.
Steamboat Dance Theatre will host its 41st annual concert auditions at 8 a.m. Sunday at Elevation Dance Studio. A $30 annual membership fee to Steamboat Dance Theatre is due at the auditions.
It’s been a long time coming for this expanded version of the 1984 short film that famously got Tim Burton axed from the staff at Disney, but it looks like he’s had the last laugh.
Gunnison may not have as many Facebook “Likes” as Estes Park, but of their respective tourism agencies, Gunnison has more engagement with those looking to travel to Colorado.
The Hayden High School football game scheduled for Saturday in South Park has been canceled.
All the Missing Horses: What Happened to the Wild Horses Tom Davis Bought From the Government
The main buyer from a federal program designed to protect wild horses is a Colorado man who advocates slaughter. He’s bought more than 1,700 since 2009 but won’t say where they are.
The slopes of Steamboat Ski Area above 9,000 feet could see as much as 1 to 3 inches of snow overnight Friday into Saturday as a complex storm system takes over in Colorado’s northern mountains.
An injured bear is moved, a hearing is set for a man accused of firing a gun in a downtown bar and outgoing Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak predicts no abrupt changes for energy exploration.
Wednesday, October 10
1:49 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a car that hit a bear at Pine Grove Road and Rollingstone Drive. The bear was fine.
The outcome of the Nov. 6 election has the potential to shift county government’s regulatory outlook on permitting oil and gas wells, but it would take time for any policy changes to be noticed.
The participants in Wednesday’s culinary tourism workshop — tourism professionals from advertising agencies, chambers of commerce and visitors centers from across the state — were treated to breakfast, snacks and lunch made from regional foods.
Hibernation time is near, but the local bear population still is keeping a high profile in Steamboat Springs as it packs on the pounds.
Get a peek at what to expect for this weekend's games for Routt County high school sports.
A community read of Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” with a live reading by Mike Forney is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Bud Werner Memorial Library as part of One Book Steamboat.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled again for the man accused of firing a gun toward three people June 9 in a downtown Steamboat Springs bar.
Craig Koehn has been added as a market manager for Steamboat Springs’ KBCR 1230 AM and 96.9 FM.
If Oak Creek residents want a chance to hear what the four candidates for the Routt County Board of Commissioners have to say about South Routt, they should make sure they’re at Thursday’s Oak Creek Town Board meeting at 7 p.m.
Northwestern's ski club president said a lack of snow was an issue in Utah last year and Steamboat’s reputation for receiving early snow factored into the decision for this year’s destination.
Emerald Mountain School prepares for its annual fundraising auction, Brita Horn is appointed Routt County treasurer and a local economic report shows retail sales slightly up.
Tuesday, October 9
Fall Adult League volleyball scores for Oct. 9
Catching up with local collegiate athletes for Oct. 9
Corbin Diehl and Ben Wharton are the Athletes of the Week
The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife and the Miller Creek Ranch in Meeker are offering big-game hunters an opportunity to apply for a limited number of private-property elk and mule deer hunts beginning Nov. 3, according to a news release.
Pvt. Gage M. Webb, 18, of Hayden, graduated from U.S. Marine Corps boot camp Friday at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.
The restaurant has put together a dinner menu featuring dishes made from animals purchased at the Routt County Fair, including the Reserve Grand Champion steer, “Big Red,” as well as a second steer and a pig named “Porky Pie.”
The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team leaves for the state tournament Wednesday.
Three Steamboat Springs tennis pros agreed to new contracts Tuesday, less than two weeks after their non-renewals caused an uproar among many supporters of the Tennis Center.
A local economic report shows retail sales are up slightly compared with 2011, and holiday shoppers are expected to boost sales by 4 percent in December.
Soul and real sisters will use Steamboat as their playground for shopping, spas, enrichment workshops and parties during the fourth annual Sisters in Steamboat weekend.
It goes without saying that adults are impressed by children who have a sophisticated vocabulary. Our ability to communicate verbally is one of the most important social intelligence assets we have.
Each year, students at Emerald Mountain School await their campus's annual fundraising auction like it's a major holiday.
Brita Horn, the South Routt County Republican who lost her bid for the Routt County Board of Commissioners in the primary election, has been appointed Routt County treasurer.
Election season is here, and in Canada a cat has decided to get in on the action. Tuxedo Stan, a striking 3-year-old black-and-white cat, is running for mayor of Halifax.
Relief could come Friday night into Saturday when the National Weather Service is predicting a 50 percent chance of showers and an overnight low of 35 degrees.
Citizens Supporting Property Rights may benefit from a reminder of some problems new zoning regulations on oil and gas production in Routt County seek to address.
The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and Yampa Valley Recycles is pleased to announce that our annual public service event, the Community Recycles Drop-off Day, was a huge success.
In passing the beautiful scenery in the Yampa Valley and the Elk River Valley, one cannot help but notice the beautiful ranches with big Romney/Ryan signs on their property. I’ve seen no Obama/Biden signs on any ranches.
Hey vandal: How about the next time that you feel like picking up a spray can, instead you get creative and make a sign that supports all of the things that you like about your guy?
The sudden change in weather and the hard freeze Monday might have caught by surprise some homeowners with automated lawn irrigation systems.
Amendment 65 is a toothless attempt to get Colorado lawmakers and the federal government to limit campaign contributions and spending.
9:13 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a dispute about money that led to one person calling the other person names and spitting on him or her in the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue. A 32-year-old Steamboat man was arrested on suspicion of harassment.
The Governor’s 2012 Colorado Tourism Conference starts Wednesday in Steamboat Springs.
Colorado did not receive shipments of steroid medication linked to an outbreak of meningitis, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Residents dropped off 1 1/2 tons of hazardous waste during Saturday's community recycling day at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.
The deadline to register to vote in Routt County is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, three bears surprised a woman unloading groceries and it's not just bears and moose in Steamboat Springs.
Monday, October 8
I attended the meeting in Steamboat where the proposed Hayden casino was discussed and I came away with the feeling that the Sleeping Giant Group is driven more by potential profits to be made from off-casino ventures than its desire to better serve the Routt County community.
In reading many letters to the editor, one might be led to think every economy in the valley is wonderful. But then you turn the page and read that school athletic programs need funds, small county communities can’t afford law enforcement, the city of Steamboat Springs is contemplating cuts to services, the airlines need help filling seats, the county can’t afford to maintain gravel roads, and there are many locals searching for jobs where there are none. Which page is correct?
Questioning the integrity of our electoral process is all the rage among conservatives during the past four years, and the visit by Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote to the Steamboat Institute last week was no exception.
Did you see Halley’s Comet when it sailed past Earth in 1985 and 1986? If not, you’ll have to wait until 2061 for another chance, because Halley’s Comet only comes around once every 76 years.
Shutterfly. Blabberize. Glogster. iMovie. The Steamboat Springs School Board was thrilled Monday night when a group of six elementary school teachers briefed them on these new tech and Web tools being deployed in local classrooms.
Voters have little time left to register to vote in the upcoming election. Routt County residents still can visit the Clerk and Recorder's Office to register by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday or can register online at www.govotecolorado.com.
Hayden's Friday loss to West Grand threw a wrench in the things we thought we knew about local 8-man football.
2:10 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers pulled over and arrested a 24-year-old man from West Virginia who was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol at Seventh and Yampa Streets.
People making records requests would be required to post a deposit of $25 when the county determines such a request would result in more than 15 minutes of work.
The meeting is hosted by the board of the Local Marketing District, which oversees the flight program that is funded in part by a 0.25 percent general sales tax in Steamboat.
If it isn’t bears in this town, it’s raccoons acting like Dumpsters are luxury condos with a meal plan.
A busy weekend in Routt County high school sports was highlighted by another big win for the Steamboat Springs High School football team. Up next: a showdown with Palisade.
There were six permits issued for new homes with a combined value of $5.3 million in the county last month, producing a third-quarter combined valuation of $6.9 million.
The three black bears had their sights set on groceries in a car on Meadowbrook Circle on Monday.
The Steamboat Springs Challenger Fund gets ready to distribute grants, Literary Sojourn authors impress and a relative of Butch Cassidy speaks in Craig.
Sunday, October 7
Funds will support new curriculum, tech tools
Money collected from the inaugural Steamboat Springs Challenge Fund soon will equip students at Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools with new iPads, robotic Lego kits and a traveling planetarium.
Author Bill Betenson attended a book discussion at event in Craig
A large contingent from Craig and the surrounding area also came to meet and speak with Bill Betenson, a great-grand-nephew to Butch Cassidy and author of the new book, “Butch Cassidy, My Uncle: a Family Portrait.”
Those who are not registered to vote can do so at www.govotecolorado.com if they have a Colorado driver’s license or ID card. People who don’t have the required forms of ID or don’t want to use the website can register at the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office in the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs.
County Agenda for Oct. 8 and 9
The two authors and their anecdotes, some of which were more serious than others, were well-received by the large crowd that attended the library's event billed as a bonus to Steamboat's 20th annual Literary Sojourn.
Well, we’ve had our first frost and the plants are retreating into their shells, so to speak, to weather our cold winter. While plants that grow here generally are pretty hardy and designed to withstand our cold winters, we can make the winter easier on them by providing a blanket of mulch.
At the corner of Walton Creek Road and South Lincoln Avenue, you may have noticed a new sign — Yampa Valley Medical Park. Formerly known as the Fagen Building, Yampa Valley Medical Park now is home to two services of Yampa Valley Medical Center: Integrated Health and YampaWorks.
12:08 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a complaint about a noise in the first block of South Chestnut Street in Hayden.
Real estate transactions: Oct. 1 to 4
Saturday, October 6
Hahn's Peak Wild Flower Loop results for Oct. 6
A couple of weeks after dropping a volleyball match to Steamboat in straight sets, the Tigers dominated the Sailors on Saturday in Frisco.
After contacting family Saturday, Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg was able to release the identity of the 72-year-old Denver man killed in a car crash Thursday night in South Routt County.
While we can sympathize with some of the arguments proponents make, the state’s Constitution isn’t the place to address marijuana legalization, especially when such legalization will be in direct conflict with federal law.
11:52 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a woman picking up trash and taking it back to her home at Après Ski Way and Village Drive.
Despite having its regional title streak snapped, the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team qualified all seven spots for the state tournament.
Literary Sojourn is a nonprofit event supported by a guild and community members who have become like a giant book club of Sojourners. So loyal are the Sojourners that this year's event sold out in 1 1/2 hours.
A resident on Willowbrook Court was concerned when she discovered bloody bear paw prints on her driveway Saturday morning.
Police on Saturday arrested the man they think was drunk when he crashed his car into a house at about 5 a.m. at 492 Tamarack Drive.
How long ago was it? In 1972, the year when the home at 2910 Burgess Creek Road was built, women took part in the Boston Marathon for the first time.
The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team kept its playoff hopes alive with a 4-2 win against Palisade on Saturday.
You don't always get a second chance in life, but that's not the case in sports, which is why the rematch is one of the best things in the world for athletes, coaches and fans.
A buzz of public commentary, which has included both support and opposition to the plan, has convinced several Steamboat Springs City Council members they need more time to decide the Iron Horse's fate.
Check out our most-read stories from the past week, and see what you missed.
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.
Business issues from the need to support lone eagles to the role of government in economic development got a close look Wednesday when the Steamboat Pilot & Today hosted local candidates.
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s Doug Allen said Steamboat’s low elevation (6,900 feet) and west-facing orientation make early October snowmaking less productive.
Friday, October 5
Stan Urban, of Land Title Guarantee Co., reports that bank sales in Routt County during August took a nosedive from 18 in July to eight in the last full month of summer.
The Soroco High School football team easily beat South Park on Friday.
West Grand beat Hayden, 32-28, on Friday behind a methodical run game and stifling defense.
The win puts the Sailors at 3-3, the first time the team has been .500 or better since the magical 2009 season.
An incident at a private Steamboat Springs school Thursday morning led to the arrest of a Routt County man, who subsequently was charged with intentionally setting his home on fire in 2010.
A donation fund has been set up to assist Debbie Mosser and her son, Dillon Silcox, whose rental home on Willett Court was damaged in a fire Sept. 29.
A 31-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Thursday and is suspected of breaking into the homes of his two bosses and stealing thousands of dollars from their locked safes.
Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for week of Oct. 8
Routt County school lunch menus for week of Oct. 8
3:49 p.m. Deputies were called to a report of political signs damaged in the 32500 block of Routt County Road 35.
The members of the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team had a good day Friday and will face Aspen in six of seven finals at the regional tennis tournament in Grand Junction on Saturday morning.
The Soup Bowl Supper takes place Wednesday with seatings at 5:30 and 7 p.m. This year's event benefits Court-Appointed Special Advocates.
Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg on Friday morning was trying to locate the family of a 72-year-old Denver man who was killed Thursday night in a car crash in South Routt County.
The bromance between the U.S. and Norwegian Nordic combined teams is being renewed in Utah, this week as the Norwegians have arrived for their second training camp of the year with their counterparts on the U.S. Ski Team.
The overnight forecast on Rabbit Ears for Friday night into Saturday calls for a 10 percent chance of light snow and a low of 15 degrees.
Rod Hanna gives photography tips, Domestic Violence Awareness Month is honored and a car accident kills one.
Thursday, October 4
This week, while watching residents plead for the continuation of the Yellow Line as a “free” bus service, a variation of the adage “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” kept coming to mind.
A car accident in the southern part of Routt County killed one person Thursday evening, according to the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.
Steamboat couldn't keep up with Battle Mountain on Thursday night, and the Huskies completed a season sweep of the Sailors with a 4-0 win.
Decorated by victims, survivors and family members of domestic violence, the Clothesline Project's T-shirts told a crowd of about 50 people the stories of hope, anger, justice, heartbreak and courage that otherwise might not be told.
Take the Northwest Colorado Energy Diet Challenge with homeowners across Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties to see how much you can lose in home energy usage.
I admit it, I am addicted. I am a tennis player and I play almost every day at the Tennis Center — perhaps better known today as the “Trauma Center.”
The tennis community is feeling betrayed as well as deceived. Many will boycott the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs until there is an amicable resolution and the three pros are allowed to teach lessons again.
The purpose of the STA is to promote and support youth tennis in Steamboat Springs. The STA does not have standing to intervene in any operations of the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.
Clean coal — an oxymoron if ever there was one. Karl Koehler’s letter to the editor about how clean our air is and our coal-burning power plants brings to mind an experience I had two winters ago.
In his letter “The assault on coal,” Karl Koehler let his politics get in his way. The greatest threat to coal, and especially coal mined in Routt County, is natural gas.
The Steamboat Art Museum’s fall colors workshop required early mornings, long days and plenty of hard drive space. As important as any of that, though, may have been a good memory.
Today, the Routt County Conservation District’s mission is “to encourage stewardship of our natural resources, which will ensure the preservation and sustainability of working landscapes, through education, financial, and technical assistance.”
Routt County residents can make more room for their winter gear by taking household junk down to the community recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Howelsen Hill.
Some trails will be closed Saturday and Sunday on Emerald Mountain during tree removal operations, according to a news release.
The “1 +1” Invitational Show offered the chance for Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat members to celebrate an artist they share a connection with by hanging their work side by side.
My older dog, Zoey, learned basic obedience using a clicker, voice cues and hand signals. Throughout the years we’ve had ample opportunities to proof them all, especially the hand signals.
Bellwether Prize winners Naomi Benaron and Hillary Jordan will talk about their books during a free event Sunday at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.
1:10 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a burglary in the 100 block of Mountain Village Circle. A property manager reported seeing someone trying to break into an apartment through a window. Officers contacted a suspect and arrested a 19-year-old Steamboat man on suspicion of criminal attempt and criminal mischief.
The Steamboat Springs Winter Running Series continues Saturday with the inaugural Hahn's Peak Wild Flower Loop.
Snowmaking began Tuesday at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain, and the resort announced a contest that would allow the winners to ski with members of the U.S. Ski Team.
As of Thursday morning, a fire 15 miles northwest of Rifle had burned 600 acres of conifer, subalpine fir and spruce with a heavy component of beetle-killed timber.
Steamboat Springs officials look for Yellow Line savings, a woman is thankful for her son's lifesaving act and House District 26 candidates spar about oil and gas jobs.
Wednesday, October 3
Similar to Oak Creek, the town of Holly manages its water, sewer and electric utilities through a proprietary fund. And like Holly, Oak Creek plans to move funds from its utilities to its general fund.
City officials weigh more efficient ways to run Yellow Line, the costliest and least-used bus service
The Yellow Line is off the chopping block, but its long-term future is far from certain. In the wake of city council's decision to save the bus service, city officials are looking at more efficient ways to run it.
A Steamboat Springs woman is grateful for the heroic efforts of her 14-year-old son, who helped her escape a fire Saturday morning on Willett Court.
The Steamboat Springs City Council voted Tuesday to delay the resurfacing of clay courts at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs after a large group of Tennis Center users protested the ouster of coaches.
The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team heads to regionals this weekend looking for its 15th regional title
The bears may just be bluffing, but it still can be scary when one takes a few quick steps in your direction.
Hat boxes decorated by local interior designers will be featured during First Friday Artwalk.
Roundup of Routt County prep sports games this weekend
It may be offseason for the Steamboat Springs High School lacrosse programs, but girls coach Betsy Frick is betting there will be no shortage of enthusiasts for the 3-on-3 tournament she’s organizing for Oct. 13.
Chuck McConnell says "Oil and gas creates jobs today — these are high-paying jobs," while Diane Mitsch Bush counters that "Research and experience show small businesses are the job creators."
Jeff Wolf was named president of the board of directors for the 20-year-old nonprofit orchestra.
2:08 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of graffiti on the back of a building in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue.
The Steamboat Springs City Council votes to save the Yellow Line, Friends of the Chief closes on the historic downtown theater and the effects of TIC leaving Steamboat likely will be gradual and manageable.
Athlete of the Week: Sydney Finkbohner
Parents want to set up their children for success by signing them up for the right sports team, art class or summer camp. As parents, you know instinctively that the earlier you get your kids involved in something, the more likely they are to become proficient at it or find joy in it.
Tuesday, October 2
Applications for designation on the Routt County Register of Historic Properties are due Wednesday in the Routt County Board of Commissioners Office in the Routt County Courthouse.
The Yampa River Valley owes a huge thank you to the Colorado Water Trust for supplementing the in-stream flow with its purchase of water from the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District. Thank you to all the others who supported the effort.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association has its sights set on summer 2013, but before the city dedicates more money to that effort there needs to be a well-defined method for measuring the desired outcome.
The Battle Mountain High School volleyball team swept Steamboat Springs on Tuesday.
The Mustache Ride kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday at McKnight’s Irish Pub & Loft and includes stops at nine other local establishments throughout the evening.
With the voter registration deadline less than a week away, Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland is encouraging voters to verify their information online.
The Oak Creek Town Board member accused of committing a hate crime against a black teenager has retained an attorney and appeared briefly in court Tuesday.
Much of the friction has come from frustration over the approval process for permitting new oil and gas wells and some residents’ inability to collect royalties.
The effects of TIC leaving Steamboat Springs likely will be gradual and manageable for the local economy, a local economic analyst says.
Sales tax collections in Steamboat Springs saw a modest gain in August marking the fifth consecutive month of year-over-year increases and the seventh month this year.
Some of the state’s leading water experts are coming to Steamboat Springs to share their knowledge during a forum Thursday at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus.
1:43 a.m. West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters were called to a report of a car on fire near mile marker 111 on U.S. Highway 40. An older-model Mercedes-Benz had an oil leak and the fire was out when firefighters arrived.
First Friday Artwalk runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at various downtown Steamboat Springs venues.
The nonprofit group closed on its purchase of the historic downtown theater Tuesday morning, and members hope the theater makes a comeback.
In the final hour of its six-hour budget retreat Tuesday, the Steamboat Springs City Council voted 6-1 to increase the city's revenue projection for next year.
Eagle County opened the 10-acre State Bridge access on the Colorado River at a cost of $1.4 million and the 17-acre Two Bridges access four miles downstream from State Bridge at a cost of $690,000.
Hayden community members step up to help a woman displaced by fire, the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board meets Wednesday and the state oil and gas commission reopens some rule discussions.
Indoor league volleyball scores for Oct. 1
Here's a roundup of what's going on with Routt County athletes competing at the collegiate level.
This week I have some really exciting celestial news to share. Astronomers have announced the discovery of a new comet that might — and I emphasize might — become the brightest comet seen from the Northern Hemisphere in many decades, if not centuries.
Advocates Building Peaceful Communities is in need of victim advocate volunteers. A 25-hour training session is set for this fall.
Monday, October 1
The local tennis community was shaken recently as longtime local pros John Aragon and Don Toy didn't have their contracts with the Tennis Center renewed.
It was a big weekend for the Steamboat Springs and Hayden high school football teams and a mixed bag for the rest of the local fall high school sports programs in Routt County. Check in and see how the teams fared, and what they have ahead.
It didn't take long for community members in the town of Hayden to step up and help a woman who was displaced Sunday night after her home caught fire, killing two cats.
If you’re planning a road trip to the American Southwest late this fall or perhaps next spring, you might want to brush up on a few conversational phrases in German and get ready to make friends.
Each year, the American Lung Association publishes its “State of the Air” report. In 2012, Denver managed to avoid the most-polluted cities lists but was absent from the list of the cleanest.
The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board will meet Wednesday night to weigh some proposed changes to its grant vetting process, which kicks off in February.
Mike King, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, rejected any notion that the state’s recent lawsuit filed against the city of Longmont signals that the governor’s office is not looking out for local communities in energy matters.
12:23 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious person at Secluded Court. Police found a couple of teenagers hanging out in a car and told the teens to leave the area.
The restrictions had been in place since late June and resulted in a 15 percent reduction in water consumption, officials said.
The newspaper's Coffee and a Newspaper gathering will provide opportunity for an informal meet and greet with local candidates. All are welcome to stop by between 7 and 9 a.m. Wednesday.
The group is there to focus on the Hayden building owned by Tammie and Patrick Delaney, but the discussion ebbs and flows along the ladder of abstraction from insulation in the wedge section off the coffee shop to a plan for the building and the future of Hayden.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners will consider approving a reimbursement agreement with Shell Oil on Tuesday for $354,217 in improvements to County Road 65 needed for the approved Gnat Hill well.
One Book Steamboat scavenger clues are here, a house fire in Hayden displaces the homeowner and City Council will discuss the budget Tuesday.
One Book Steamboat kicks off Monday with a scavenger hunt for 10 free copies of Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried,” which are hidden across Steamboat Springs. Here are the clues.