Stories for October 2012


Wednesday, October 31

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Routt County comes out for Downtown Halloween Stroll

The Downtown Halloween Stroll on Wednesday night attracted hundreds of children and families for trick-or-treating through the streets of downtown Steamboat Springs.

Men suspected of kidnapping man, forcing him to withdraw money from ATM

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.

Unbuilt land factors prominently in worth of Steamboat's downtown commercial property

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.

Hotel operations at Iron Horse Inn will cease Saturday

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.

Preliminary hearing set for suspected shooter

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.

Chris Richardson: What we know is right

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.

Mackenzie Carnahan: Get out and vote

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.

Dan Kuechenmeister: Bombast on both sides

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.

The Record for Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

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.

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Steamboat Springs resident inducted into Robert Morris Hall of Fame

Steamboat Springs resident Darcey Johnston was inducted into the Robert Morris University Hall of Fame for volleyball.

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Steamboat's Strings Music Festival announces winter lineup

“One of the things we’ve found is that people in Steamboat love an occasion to go out on the holidays,” said Betse Grassby

Scope of Oak Creek petition open to interpretation

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.

Mild temperatures haunt fright night in Routt County

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Wednesday, Oct. 31

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

Steamboat City Council discusses options for public safety campus

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.

Fundraiser for West Slope FM station ends Sunday

West Slope FM, a classical music radio station that plays on 91.1 in the Yampa Valley, is holding a fundraiser through Sunday.

Our View: A beneficial use of water during winter

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.

Nearly 2,000 miles away, Steamboat residents affected by hurricane

Walking the streets of Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, Steamboat Springs resident Jody Corey witnessed firsthand the destructive power of Hurricane Sandy.

First Friday Artwalk listings for Nov. 2

First Friday Artwalk runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at various downtown Steamboat Springs venues.

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Joanne Palmer: Are we not better than this?

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.

Steamboat Springs police investigating death of 37-year-old man

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.

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Annual Steamboat Springs Downtown Halloween Stroll full of quirks

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.

The Record for Oct. 29, 2012

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.

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Flax brothers to take over Steamboat Youth Lacrosse

Andy and Jake Flax will take over for Neill Redfern, who is stepping down from the Steamboat Youth Lacrosse he founded a decade ago.

Thoughtful Parenting: Limit your child's 'screen time'

Watching too much television is associated with an increased prevalence of obesity, lower reading scores and attention problems.

Game time announced for Hayden's Saturday football playoff tilt

The Hayden High School football team opens the playoffs at 1 p.m. Saturday in Akron.

Vehicle crashes into Oak Creek fire station; suspect sought

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.

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Former Steamboat rodeo cowboy Travis Darling dies in Texas crash

Throughout five seasons, Darling won at least a share of 10 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association saddle bronc riding titles.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Tuesday, Oct. 30

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

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Catching up with local collegiate athletes for Oct. 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

Dessert Bake-off offers sweet retreat in Steamboat

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.

Council to consider budget, public safety campus

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.

Joel Reichenberger: Sailors broke the rules and won big with two-point attempt

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.

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Airport chief says reliability of flight schedule from Denver was subpar in October

Schedule reliability became more acute this month when service was temporarily shifted entirely to Republic Airlines.

Girls on the Run returns to Steamboat Springs on Saturday

The Girls on the Run 5K returns Saturday, and it will be packing a huge field of runners.

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Jimmy Westlake: Great balls of fire

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.

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Tom Ross: Sandy calls out absence of climate change from debates

There is news this month that the Rocky Mountain region may be unintentionally exporting the pine beetle epidemic to the Eastern U.S.

Routt County high school sports roundup

The high school fall sports season is nearly finished, but a couple of Routt County football teams are still knocking out wins.

The Record for Oct. 28, 2012

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.

Snow boosts Yamp River, but flows still below average

The Elk River got a bounce out of last week’s twin snowstorms but is not faring as well as the Yampa.

Steamboat Springs to have warm, dry weather for the week

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Monday, Oct. 29

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

The Record for Oct. 27, 2012

12:48 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a drunken person at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Steamboat briefs: Early voting ongoing at the Routt County Courthouse

Early voting ongoing at the Routt County Courthouse

Monday Medical: Safeguard your snow days with ski fitness

“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.

Deb Babcock: Trademarked and patented plants

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

County Agenda for Oct. 29 and 30

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No. 14 Hayden draws Akron again

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 and Recreation building gets deep cleaning

Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services offices behind the Howelsen Ice Arena are having mold remediation done by EcoTreck Environmental Solutions.

John F. Russell: Braving the cold and the Rapids in search of a new experience

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

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Hayden's small stature doesn't prevent big win

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

Real estate transactions for Oct. 19 to 25

Real estate briefs: Jamie Alperin to open Dietary Designs in town

Jamie Alperin, a registered dietitian, recently has moved to Steamboat Springs to open her own private practice, Dietary Designs.

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Hayden football team blows out Simla

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.

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Steamboat ice castle to grow from the ground up in Ski Time Square this winter

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.

Lynn Abbott: Classical music fans

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

Betty Aldworth: Colorado can lead on sensible marijuana regulation

This fall, Colorado voters will vote on an amendment that will end the similarly irrational policy of adult marijuana prohibition.

Our View: Helping with Yellow Line gives CMC chance to show it is the community’s college

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.

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Tom Ross: November can sneak up on skiers and riders

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.

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Colorado Mountain College fundraisers still working to meet $2.8 million goal

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.

The Record for Oct. 26, 2012

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.

Top 10 most viewed stories for the week of Oct. 18 to 24

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

Jail Report for Oct. 19 to 25, 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.

Aging senior lunch menus for the week of Oct. 29

Aging senior lunch menus for the week of Oct. 29

Routt County School lunch menus for the week of Oct. 29

Routt County School lunch menus for the week of Oct. 29

Steamboat briefs: Hunters advised to avoid shooting the wrong game

Hunters advised to avoid shooting the wrong game

Friday, October 26

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Steamboat Springs football team rallies late, beats Lutheran

The Steamboat Springs High School football team overcame a late deficit Friday, beating Lutheran, 21-20, in a wild finish.

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DIA executive: Ski towns like Steamboat play a role in attracting flights

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.

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Steamboat Springs bluegrass musician releases album of banjo tunes

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.

Steamboat Stinger announces 2013 race dates

The third annual Steamboat Stinger races will take place Aug. 17 and 18.

The Record for Oct. 25, 2012

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.

High-end homes influence September dollar volume

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.

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CMC's entrepreneurship center gets fresh start in new professional digs

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.

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Bruce’s Trail ready for Nordic weekend warriors after 1 foot of snow falls on Rabbit Ears

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Oct. 26

Navigator Awards honored Friday, skiers sharpen and shine their gear and the Screamboat haunts a new venue.

Steamboat briefs: LIFT-UP will distribute coats donated starting Monday

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.

Rob Douglas: Yampa Street deal unfair to citizens

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

Oak Creek Town Board to educate residents about budget

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 applies to drill in Thompson Divide

SG Interests of Houston has filed its first, formal application for a permit to drill a single gas well in the Thompson Divide area.

Building construction picks up in Grand County

The building pace in Grand County is picking up, according to anecdotal reports as well as statistics from local building departments.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Taste the real West Colorado

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.

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Steamboat Springs Navigator Award recipients honored for commitment to community

Steamboat Springs individuals and businesses are being honored Friday for their many contributions to the community.

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Sharpen and shine time arrives for Routt County skiers

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.

Roger Sherman: Legalization not simple

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.

Christopher Morson: Charting the course

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.

Hill Blackett Jr.: A simple answer

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.

Kate Elkins: Youth substance abuse

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.

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Steamboat's Screamboat 14 haunts a new venue at CMC

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.

A Dog's Eye View: Locate, lock, launch

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.”

Energy Diet: Make home comfort a priority

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.

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Hayden football team preps for crossover game

The Hayden High School football team hosts its first crossover game Saturday against Simla.

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Steamboat Springs Mustache Ride donates $6K to Humane Society

In its sixth year, the Steamboat Springs Mustache Ride raised $6,000 for the Routt County Humane Society.

The Record for Oct. 24, 2012

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.

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Tricks and treats on tap for Steamboat Halloween events

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.

Steamboat Springs to offer 3-on-3 basketball league

A 3-on-3 basketball league is coming to Steamboat Springs.

Fire nearly destroys logging equipment in North Routt County

A half-million dollar piece of logging equipment nearly was destroyed after catching fire early Wednesday.

Former city manager Alan Lanning has until 2014 to repay home loan to Steamboat Springs

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.

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Eagerly awaited snow in Steamboat also brings car accidents

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Thursday, Oct. 25

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

Steamboat briefs: Motorists reminded to prepare vehicles for inclement weather

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.

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Work on Steamboat theater progresses for Friends of the Chief

Friends of the Chief is working on a temporary setup for the Chief Plaza Theater and searching for a facilities manager.

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Steamboat couples return from Livestrong event in Texas

After returning from Austin, Texas, and the Ride for the Roses, a Steamboat group says Livestrong is as strong as ever.

The Record for Oct. 23, 2012

12:08 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear on Weiss Circle.

Routt County sports teams prep for weekend

The fall sports season winds down this weekend with most teams competing in their last contests.

Randy Baumgardner: Proud to be the conservative choice

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.

Emily Tracy: Strong, independent voice is needed

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.

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Steamboat's Kyrill Kretzschmar to join DU Hall of Fame

Steamboat's Kyrill Kretzschmar and his 2000 DU skiing teammates will enter the school's Hall of Fame on Thursday.

Hunters seeing success in Routt County woods

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.

Wolford Mountain Reservoir at lowest level since 2002

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.

Steamboat in process of bidding for 2013 Pro Cycling Challenge

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge announced the dates of the 2013 tour Wednesday. An expected route should be announced in December.

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Snowmaking at Steamboat Ski Area could begin Friday morning

Snowmaking could begin in the early hours of Friday morning as temperatures plummet into the teens.

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Steamboat Springs Middle School PE teacher receives state honor

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.

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Winter weather advisory in effect for Steamboat until midnight

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.

Cow manure being used to power Vermont resort's gondola

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Wednesday, Oct. 24

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

Ed Miklus: Time for change

Who’s that knocking at Steamboat’s front door? Hmmm … of all things, it’s opportunity.

Sharon Ort: Protect our open spaces

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.

Sabrina Blauvelt: Importance of rhetoric

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.

Our View: Roberts’ departure offers lesson for future

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 briefs: Volunteers needed for tree identification at Howelsen

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.

The Record for Monday, Oct. 22, 2012

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.

Attack ads use outside money to target Mitsch Bush in House District 26 race

Hundreds of thousands of dollars of outside money is flowing into Colorado state house races, including District 26 in Routt and Eagle counties.

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Steamboat officials seek community feedback on proposed Yellow Line changes

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.

Hahn's Peak Roadhouse music plays on with limits

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.

Thoughtful Parenting: An apple a day ...

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables provides vitamins and minerals needed to support healthy growth and development and for optimal immune function.

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Joanne Palmer: Gluten free or sanity free?

Poor gluten. No one likes you anymore. It’s getting hard to find a food product that doesn’t have a gluten-free option.

Oak Creek to open bids for trash services Thursday

At its meeting Thursday, the Oak Creek Town Board will open bids for the town's solid waste and recycling services.

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Steamboat winter sports athletes prepare to rev up

Most of the U.S. ski and snowboard teams begin competitions in the next month, and the teams are heavy with Steamboat athletes.

Steamboat residents campaign for legislature in Eagle County

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.

Mountain news roundup for Tuesday, Oct. 23

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Tuesday, Oct. 23

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

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Tom Ross: The presidential candidates are messin' with the blues

Thank goodness the candidates for president don’t have my cellphone number.

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Catching up with local collegiate athletes for Oct. 23

Catch up with Routt County collegiate athletes in this weekly feature. If you know of someone you'd like to see featured here, email

Urban renewal attorney outlines funding options for Yampa Street improvements

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.

Food assistance demand in decline in Routt County

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.

Joel Reichenberger: No reason to support Lance's lies

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.

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'As Goes Janesville' screens Wednesday in Steamboat

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.

Early voting ongoing at the downtown courthouse in Steamboat

Routt County voters can cast ballots during the early voting period that began Monday and continues through Nov. 2.

Tim Corrigan: Listen, learn and compromise

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.

Jim 'Moose' Barrows: A vision for the future

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.

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Jimmy Westlake: Sea monster fills eastern sky

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.

The Record for Oct. 21, 2012

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.

Green Truss Bridge replacement in Routt County would cost $816,000

Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan estimated that the grant match approximates the cost of repairs to the Green Truss Bridge.

Push to test water quality in the Yampa River Basin could expand to groundwater

Water samples are being tested for chemical content, nutrients, E. coli and alkalinity, among other properties.

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Routt County preps sports weekend roundup

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.

Yampa Valley Electric Association's Larry Covillo to retire

Covillo has been the rural electric co-op's general manager since February 1994. YVEA's board plans to soon begin recruiting his replacement.

Sierra storm expected to send pulses of wintry weather Steamboat's way

The cold is forecast to settle in Thursday with a high of 41 degrees and a 40 percent chance of snow.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Monday, Oct. 22

Steamboat's dry weather could end Tuesday, the school board meets Monday and Yampa Street stakeholders seek funding.

Sunday, October 21

Doug Monger: Proud of my accomplishments

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.

Tina Kyprios: It’s time for change in Routt County

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.

Monday Medical: Flu, pertussis vaccines recommended

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.

Steamboat briefs: Booths are available for Dec. 15 Holiday Craft Fair

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.

Steamboat Springs School Board meets Monday

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.

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Stakeholders meet to explore funding mechanisms for Yampa Street improvements

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.

Soroco loses final football game

The Soroco High School football team wrapped up its season Friday with a 60-28 loss to West Grand.

Hayden volleyball digs deep for huge win before district tournament

The Hayden volleyball team bounced back from a deep hole to win a thrill match against Vail Christian on Saturday.

Steamboat soccer left out of playoff field

The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team was left out of the Class 4A playoff bracket.

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Forecast calls for colder, wetter weather in Steamboat starting Tuesday

Steamboat Springs' recent warm and dry streak is forecast to end Tuesday with the arrival of colder and wetter weather.

Deb Babcock: Protecting your trees this winter

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

County Agenda for Oct. 22 and 23

The Record for Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012

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.

Business briefs: Routt County grants 3 new building permits

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.

Real Estate transactions for Oct. 12 to 16

Transactions for Oct. 12 to 16

Saturday, October 20

Elena Nunez: Vote for Amendment 65

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.

Diane Mitsch Bush: Working across the partisan divide

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.

Chuck McConnell: Decisions guided by principles

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.

Our View: City Council makes decisions out of order

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.

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Relocation of Steamboat's downtown police, fire stations enters critical phase

City officials say too many good opportunities will be squandered by delaying the relocation project.

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Soroco volleyball hopes for turnaround at district tournament

The Soroco Rams volleyball team lost Saturday, falling in four sets to North Park. That put the team’s season record at 2-13.

Police encourage parents' continued vigilance

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.

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Steamboat cyclists react to Lance Armstrong doping reports

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.

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Work under way on $1.45 million SmartWool remodel

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.

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Tom Ross: Routt County residents soon may debate wolf management

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.

The Record for Oct. 19, 2012

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.

Jail Report for Oct. 12-19, 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.

John F. Russell: Hanging on to fall in Steamboat Springs

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.

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Rocky Peak Village's new townhomes priced for 2012 market

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.

Top 10 most viewed stories for the week of Oct. 11 to 17, 2012

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

Friday, October 19

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Steamboat football can't compete with No. 1 Rifle

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 beats Vail Christian, wraps up home game

Hayden ensured it would play at home next week in the first postseason game, beating Vail Christian, 49-20, on Friday.

Steamboat briefs: Get free legal advice from Feldmann Nagel on Tuesday

Free legal advice with the attorneys at Feldmann Nagel, 1120 S. Lincoln Ave., is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Tisha Casida: Common-sense solutions

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.

Gregory Gilman: A better future for America

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.

Man shoots self in leg at Steamboat shooting range Friday

A 62-year-old man is expected to be fine after shooting himself in the leg Friday.

Sal Pace: Colorado needs new leadership in Washington

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.

Scott Tipton: Balance is key to prosperity

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 Council on Aging senior lunch menus for week of Oct. 22

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Oct. 22

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Oct. 22

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Ambassador bats coming to Steamboat Springs to help dispel stigma

Bat specialist Rob Mies will be bringing four ambassador bats from around the world to Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library on Sunday.

Steamboat ranked No. 13 in SKI Magazine reader poll

Coming in at a respectable No. 13, Steamboat slid from a dazzling No. 8 ranking last year.

The Record for Oct. 18, 2012

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 Routt County voters not notified of tax measure

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.

Legislative candidates say Western Slope is misunderstood on the Front Range

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.

Weather to dry out in Steamboat Springs area

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Oct. 19

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

Summit sinks Steamboat soccer, 3-0

The Summit High School boys soccer defeated Steamboat, 3-0, on Thursday night.

Jessica Garrow: I will fight for affordable education

This November, voters across the 3rd Congressional District will vote for a new CU regent to represent the entire district.

Glenn Gallegos: Experience makes me the best candidate

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

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Candidates for county commissioner, statehouse spar over government's role

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.

Rob Douglas: Roberts needed to go

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.

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Glenwood Springs volleyball downs Steamboat in thriller

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.

Hunt of the Week: Garrett Pohlman

Steamboat Springs resident Garrett Pohlman, 16, had his first successful elk hunt.

Bat program for families is Sunday in Steamboat

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.

Steamboat briefs: Food safety basics course Wednesday in Steamboat

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.

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Elk season bountiful, at least for Spencer-spun stories

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.

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5 questions with The Delta Saints' Ben Ringel

The Delta Saints' Ben Ringel took a few minutes Thursday to talk with The band will play a free show at 10 p.m. Friday at Carl’s Tavern as part of its first trip to Colorado.

Steamboat athletes named to Rocky Mountain Division All-Star, US Nordic Combined Ski teams

The Rocky Mountain Division named its All-Star Team and the U.S. Ski Team officially named its Nordic combined team.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Fighting for property rights

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.

Routt County digs into socioeconomic impacts of energy exploration

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.

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Watch live video from today's candidate forum at Colorado Mountain College

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.

A Dog's Eye View: Zoey's end of the candle

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.

Energy Diet: 5 easy actions to save energy

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.”

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Steamboat Symphony Orchestra's future in danger

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.

Steamboat briefs: Heather Savalox speaking on suicide, bullies in Florida

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.

The Record for Oct. 17, 2012

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.

Steamboat Springs police break car window to get to unconscious man

It is thought a man who was found unconscious in a car Thursday morning in Steamboat Springs might have died from a heart attack.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Thursday, Oct. 18

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 Mike Yurich honored with Leckenby Pioneer Award

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.

Steamboat cross-country runs well, doesn't qualify for state

The Steamboat Springs High School cross-country team set personal bests Wednesday at the regional meet but failed to qualify for state.

Steamboat City Council members: Severance pay warranted for Roberts

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.

Petition could force Oak Creek budget decision to public vote

The budget line item that might make or break some services in Oak Creek could make its way to the ballot.

Campaign finance reports detail fundraising of Routt candidates

The most recent campaign finance reports show some disparities in fundraising efforts by Routt County residents running for elected office.

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Steamboat's Honey Stinger, 4 Yellow Foundation respond to Armstrong scandal

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.

Steamboat briefs: Networking meeting set for Wednesday morning

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.

Preview of Routt County prep sports games this week

Get a peek at what to expect for this week's games for Routt County high school sports.

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Yampa Valley School students revel in artistic opportunities

Yampa Valley School, the alternative high school for Steamboat students, didn’t have an art program until three years ago.

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Steamboat students thrilled by local's tale of Everest summit

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.

The Record for Oct. 16, 2012

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.

Hayden football team needs win to host crossover game

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.

Steamboat golf courses prepare to close for season

With the weather changing, area golf courses are prepping for the homestretch.

Meet candidates at CMC election forum Thursday in Steamboat

Some residents already have received their ballots, but another opportunity to meet local candidates before the Nov. 6 election is Thursday night.

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Overnight rain boosts Steamboat's October total to nearly an inch

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

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Wednesday, Oct. 17

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.

Election Guide 2012: Yampa to decide on board seats

The town of Yampa is asking voters to approve reducing the number of Town Board seats from six to four.

Election Guide 2012: Barkey running unopposed for district attorney for 14th Judicial District

Brett Barkey is running unopposed for district attorney for the 14th Judicial District, which encompasses Routt, Moffat and Grand counties.

Election Guide 2012: Amendment S would change state personnel rules

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.

Election Guide 2012: Baumgardner and Tracy square off for Senate District 8

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.

Election Guide 2012: Tipton, Pace headline race for 3rd Congressional District

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.

Election Guide 2012: Doug Monger

Doug Monger is running for the Routt County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat.

Election Guide 2012: Tina Kyprios

Tina Kyprios is running for the Routt County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat

Election Guide 2012: Amendment 65 takes on campaign finance

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.

Election Guide 2012: Jim 'Moose' Barrows

Jim Barrows is running for the Routt County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat

Election Guide 2012: Tim Corrigan

Tim Corrigan is running for the Routt County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat

Election Guide 2012: Chuck McConnell

Chuck McConnell is running for Colorado House District 26

Election Guide 2012: Colorado voters to decide on marijuana legalization

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.

Election Guide 2012: CU Board of Regents has 2 seats on the ballot

2 CU Board of Regents seats are on the ballot this year.

Election Guide 2012: Diane Mitsch Bush

Diane Mitsch Bush is running for the Colorado House District 26 seat

Election Guide 2012: Voters will decide whether to retain Judge Michael O'Hara III

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.

Election Guide 2012: District seeks to increase mill levy cap

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

Steamboat City Council rules out replacing Iron Horse with police station

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.

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Steamboat Springs volleyball team falters in the end

After winning the first two sets, the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team collapsed and lost to Middle Park.

Our View: Pivotal election warrants strong turnout, informed votes

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.

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Steamboat City Manager Jon Roberts resigns

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.

Athlete of the Week: Hanson Buchner

Hanson Buchner is the Athlete of the Week.

Steamboat briefs: Clerk and Recorder’s Office will close at 4 p.m. Wednesday

The Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office will close at 4 p.m. Wednesday for election staff training.

Peabody confirms plans for Trout Creek Reservoir to meet coal mining needs

A planned micro hydropower plant at the proposed dam is projected to generate enough electricity to meet the annual needs of about 125 homes.

County commissioners willing to work with Hahn's Peak Roadhouse

The owners of the Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse won a chance Tuesday to demonstrate they can host live music without disturbing their neighbors.

Ice castle a possibility for Steamboat this winter

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.

Routt County Search and Rescue sees string of calls

Business suddenly has picked up for Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers who have received five calls for help since Oct. 9.

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Joanne Palmer: Tuning out the complaints

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.

The Record for Oct. 15, 2012

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.

Thoughtful Parenting: Making meals a family affair

One of the most effective ways to promote a healthy lifestyle and behaviors for children is to adopt healthier habits as a family.

Christopher Morson: What is democracy

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

Adult League Volleyball Scores for Oct. 15, 2012

Steamboat sales tax collections increase in August for 5th straight month

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.

Steamboat Springs cross-country team prepares for regional meet

The Steamboat Springs High School cross-country team competes in the regional meet Wednesday in Delta.

Yampa Valley high school students invited to barn dance in Hayden

Yampa Valley teens are invited to a free barn dance Saturday at the Hayden Granary.

Showers could bring more relief to Yampa River flows

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 in Colorado, Utah, California and Oregon up slightly

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Tuesday, Oct. 16

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.

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Jimmy Westlake: View Southern Fish this month

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

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Catching up with local collegiate athletes for Oct. 16

Catching up with local collegiate athletes for Oct. 16

The Record for Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012

12:04 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a disturbance in the first block of Seventh Street.

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Tom Ross: Lovable Alex Karras wasn't so beloved in Title Town

The late George Plimpton wrote about his misadventures as a journalist trying to play quarterback for the Detroit Lions.

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Steamboat Springs city manager's contract again a topic of discussion

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.

Steamboat Springs City Council could decide relocation of fire and police stations

The future of Steamboat Springs' police and firefighting presence on Yampa Street could be decided at Tuesday's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting.

County reviews permit because of live music complaint

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.

Joel Reichenberger: Looking for my favorite player

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?”

Steamboat city planner selected as finalist for Housing Authority director

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.

Hayden, Steamboat youths show well in regional Punt, Pass and Kick challenge

A number of local athletes competed Sunday in the Punt, Pass and Kick sectionals at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.

Routt County high school sports roundup from this weekend

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.

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Steamboat Today raises more than $3,600 with pink issue

For one day, on Oct. 15, the Steamboat Today newspaper was printed on pink newsprint to draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Peabody plans to go public with plans for Trout Creek Reservoir southwest of Steamboat Springs

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Monday, Oct. 15

The Steamboat Today is going pink for breast cancer awareness month. Read stories about technology, treatment and survivors.

Deb Babcock: Mushrooms of the Routt County forest

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.

Monday Medical: A closer look at mammography

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.

Steamboat briefs: Medicare Part D open enrollment ends Dec. 7

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

County Agenda for Oct. 15 and 16

Sunday, October 14

Knowing what to look for and when to look key with breast cancer

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.

Steamboat tennis 8th at state

The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team got several chances in the consolation bracket but didn't score any medals at the state tournament.

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New technology, treatment options aid in local fight against breast cancer

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.

The Record for Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012

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.

8 Yampa Valley breast cancer survivors share their stories

Eight women in the Yampa Valley share their struggles and triumphs in their battle with breast cancer.

Saturday, October 13

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Yampa Valley women with breast cancer not alone in fight

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.

Steamboat volleyball scores big win against Rifle

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.

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Steamboat artists get resourceful for annual recycled art project

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.

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Hayden volleyball falls to West Grand in 3 sets

The Hayden volleyball squad lost in three sets at home Saturday against West Grand.

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Steamboat Springs soccer team keeps playoff hopes alive

The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team kept its playoff hopes alive with a 4-1 win against Glenwood Springs on Saturday.

Motorists breeze through wintry weather

As the clouds began to lift, a fresh dusting of snow was visible at Steamboat Ski Area and surrounding mountains Saturday.

The Record for Oct. 12, 2012

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.

Rick Akin: Whom do you trust?

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.

Our View: Vote 'yes' on Amendment S

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.

Jail Report for Oct. 5 to 11, 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.

Real estate transactions for Oct. 5 to 11, 2012

Real estate transactions for Oct. 5 to 11, 2012

US foreclosure activity falls to 5-year low

U.S. foreclosure activity fell to a five-year low in September, according to a report by RealtyTrac released Thursday.

Steamboat's Penny Fletcher, Marne Roberts complete negotiation program

Penny Fletcher and Marne Roberts have completed the Master Certified Negotiation Expert designation program conducted by the Real Estate Negotiation Institute.

John F. Russell: Steamboat Olympian recalls Atlanta games while creating new memories in London

Steamboat Olympian Anne Kakela recalls what it was like coaching in London and competing in Atlanta.

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Steamboat school district rediscovers it owns historic schoolhouse

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.

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Tom Ross: Ski pioneer Perry brought Howelsen to Steamboat

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.

Top 10 most viewed stories for the week of Oct. 4 to 10, 2012

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 senior lunch menus for week of Oct. 15

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Oct. 15

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Oct. 15

Steamboat briefs: Make Halloween-themed cards Saturday in Steamboat

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

Soroco football falls at Rangely, from postseason picture

The Soroco High School football team’s postseason hopes were doused Friday night as the Rams fell at Rangely, 54-7.

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Steamboat Springs football crushed by Palisade

The Palisade football team did whatever it wanted Friday, crushing Steamboat, 52-7.

Jim Webster: Mayor for a year

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.

Howard Bashinski: Finding a better way

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.

Steamboat volleyball falls in 3 at Palisade

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.

Steamboat audience told bloggers enjoy increasing clout in travel industry

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.

Google Travel exhorts tourism conference attendees to win the Web

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.

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Realtor's website blends Steamboat lifestyle, personalized tech

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,

Vail flies in towers for new gondola

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.

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Routt County hunters ready for rifle season, snow

Saturday marks the beginning of the rifle hunting season for elk in Colorado, and area hunters are looking forward to some forecast snow.

The Record for Oct. 11, 2012

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.

Shrinking hours of daylight govern Steamboat lifestyle

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Oct. 12

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

Routt County commissioner candidates speak at Oak Creek Town Board meeting

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.

Steamboat tennis hoping for playback opportunities

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.

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Steamboat soccer wins against Moffat, 4-1

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.

Steamboat briefs: VNA issues reminder about World Arthritis Day on Friday

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is reminding readers that Friday is World Arthritis Day.

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Helicopter plucks dead trees from Steamboat Ski Area

A helicopter is making quick work of removing hundreds of beetle-killed lodgepole pine trees from Steamboat Ski Area.

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Climber Tori Allen finding solace in Steamboat Springs

Tori Allen experienced tremendous success in professional climbing. Now the 24-year-old is making a new life for herself in Steamboat.

Jay Weinberg: Keeping it respectful

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.

Omar M. Campbell: Smoke and mirrors

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.

Ken Collins: Substance versus style

Debate night in Denver saw a mugging. But the victim was not President Barack Obama; it was honesty.

The Record for Oct. 10, 2012

9:50 a.m. Deputies were called to a report of political signs vandalized throughout Routt County.

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11-year-old guitar prodigy to play in Steamboat on Friday

Jaden’s guitar looks enormous in her 11-year-old arms. But her skill, attitude and heart match those of seasoned musicians.

A Dog's Eye View: My dog is friendly

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.

Community Agriculture Alliance: What expiration of 2008 Food and Farm Bill means

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.

Energy Diet: Nice and easy 1st steps

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.

Explore Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Dance Theatre auditions are Sunday

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.

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Andy Bockelman: 'Frankenweenie' a tale from the heart

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.

Colorado Tourism Office used as Web analytics example at conference

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.

Hayden football game against South Park canceled

The Hayden High School football game scheduled for Saturday in South Park has been canceled.

Colorado man who buys wild horses won't say where they are

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.

Storm could bring snow to Steamboat Ski Area late Friday

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Thursday, Oct. 11

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

The Record for Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012

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.

Stahoviak foresees no abrupt changes in oil, gas permitting

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.

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Professionals gather in Steamboat for culinary tourism workshop

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.

Steamboat Springs wildlife officials trap, relocate injured bear

Hibernation time is near, but the local bear population still is keeping a high profile in Steamboat Springs as it packs on the pounds.

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Preview of Routt County prep sports games this weekend

Get a peek at what to expect for this weekend's games for Routt County high school sports.

Steamboat briefs: ‘The Things They Carried’ community read is Thursday

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.

New hearing set for man accused of firing gun into Steamboat bar

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.

Steamboat's KBCR 1230 AM and 96.9 FM gets new station manager

Craig Koehn has been added as a market manager for Steamboat Springs’ KBCR 1230 AM and 96.9 FM.

Oak Creek to host Routt County Board of Commissioners candidates

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 Wildcats return to Steamboat from Dec. 15 to 21

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Wednesday, Oct. 10

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

Fall Adult League volleyball scores for Oct. 9

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Catching up with local collegiate athletes for Oct. 9

Catching up with local collegiate athletes for Oct. 9

Athletes of the Week: Corbin Diehl and Ben Wharton

Corbin Diehl and Ben Wharton are the Athletes of the Week

Permits for private-property elk, mule deer hunts available

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.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden resident graduates from US Marine boot camp

Pvt. Gage M. Webb, 18, of Hayden, graduated from U.S. Marine Corps boot camp Friday at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.

Carl's Tavern in Steamboat to host 4-H night Thursday

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.”

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Steamboat Springs tennis team readies for state tournament in Pueblo

The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team leaves for the state tournament Wednesday.

Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs bringing back pros

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.

Routt County holiday shoppers expected to boost December sales

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.

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Sisters in Steamboat enters 4th year

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.

Thoughtful Parenting: The importance of the family dinner

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.

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Emerald Mountain School to celebrate 20th anniversary at fundraising auction

Each year, students at Emerald Mountain School await their campus's annual fundraising auction like it's a major holiday.

Brita Horn appointed Routt County treasurer

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.

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Joanne Palmer: Choosing our next leader

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.

Yampa River flows drop below 10th percentile for early October

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.

Steve Lewis: Kudos to county

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.

Andy Kennedy: A huge success

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.

Ruth Young: Redistribution of wealth

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.

Tara Stroman: Letter to a vandal

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?

Cold snap increases urgency for winterizing lawn irrigation systems

The sudden change in weather and the hard freeze Monday might have caught by surprise some homeowners with automated lawn irrigation systems.

Our View: Vote ‘no’ on Amendment 65

Amendment 65 is a toothless attempt to get Colorado lawmakers and the federal government to limit campaign contributions and spending.

The Record for Oct. 8, 2012

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.

Colorado Tourism Conference held in Steamboat Springs

The Governor’s 2012 Colorado Tourism Conference starts Wednesday in Steamboat Springs.

Medication linked to meningitis outbreak not used in Steamboat

Colorado did not receive shipments of steroid medication linked to an outbreak of meningitis, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Routt County residents recycle 90 yards of electronics Saturday

Residents dropped off 1 1/2 tons of hazardous waste during Saturday's community recycling day at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Tuesday, Oct. 9

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

Wayne Coen: Who benefits

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.

Jack Horner: Casinos and hypocrites

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?

Carole Milligan: Integrity of our elections

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.

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Jimmy Westlake: Here come the Orionid meteors

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.

Steamboat Springs School Board starts tech tour

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.

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Tuesday is final day to register to vote

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

Joel Reichenberger: 8-man playoffs inspire Aspirin

Hayden's Friday loss to West Grand threw a wrench in the things we thought we knew about local 8-man football.

The Record for Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012

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.

Routt County could modify open records policy to include charge for research beyond 15 minutes

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.

Air service program open house is Tuesday in Steamboat's Library Hall

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.

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Tom Ross: It's not just moose and bears in Steamboat Springs

If it isn’t bears in this town, it’s raccoons acting like Dumpsters are luxury condos with a meal plan.

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Roundup of Routt County prep sports scores from this weekend

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.

County, Steamboat combine for 22 single-family building permits in third quarter

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.

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Steamboat bears surprise woman who was unloading groceries

The three black bears had their sights set on groceries in a car on Meadowbrook Circle on Monday.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Monday, Oct. 8

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

Steamboat Springs Challenge Fund set to distribute 1st set of grants

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.

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Butch Cassidy relative entertains at museum

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.”

Steamboat briefs: Deadline to register to vote in 2012 election is Tuesday

Those who are not registered to vote can do so at 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

County Agenda for Oct. 8 and 9

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Award-winning authors delight Steamboat Springs crowd

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.

Deb Babcock: Mulch helps plants make it through the winter

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.

Monday Medical: Introducing Yampa Valley Medical Park

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.

The Record for Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012

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

Real estate transactions: Oct. 1 to 4

Saturday, October 6

Hahn's Peak Wild Flower Loop results for Oct. 6

Hahn's Peak Wild Flower Loop results for Oct. 6

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Summit tops Steamboat in league volleyball match

A couple of weeks after dropping a volleyball match to Steamboat in straight sets, the Tigers dominated the Sailors on Saturday in Frisco.

Man killed in Thursday night crash in South Routt County identified

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.

Our View: Vote 'no' on Amendment 64

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.

The Record for Oct. 5, 2012

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.

Steamboat Springs tennis team snaps regional title streak

Despite having its regional title streak snapped, the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team qualified all seven spots for the state tournament.

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Steamboat's literature community celebrates 20th annual Literary Sojourn

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.

Officers investigate bloody bear paw prints in Steamboat Springs

A resident on Willowbrook Court was concerned when she discovered bloody bear paw prints on her driveway Saturday morning.

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Man arrested after car crashes into Steamboat Springs home

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.

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Retro chalet holds choice spot by Thunderhead Express

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.

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Steamboat Springs soccer rallies to beat Palisade

The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team kept its playoff hopes alive with a 4-2 win against Palisade on Saturday.

John F. Russell: The rematch is to sports what the 2nd chance is in life

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.

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Steamboat officials work to strengthen Iron Horse proposal

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.

Top 10 stories for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, 2012

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

Jail Report for Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, 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.

Routt County candidates speak out about business issues

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 Area won't begin making snow for several weeks

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

On The Market: Bank sales plummet from 18 to 8 in August

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.

Prep sports briefs: Soroco football team rolls South Park

The Soroco High School football team easily beat South Park on Friday.

Hayden football loses to resilient West Grand team

West Grand beat Hayden, 32-28, on Friday behind a methodical run game and stifling defense.

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Steamboat football shuts out Battle Mountain, spoils homecoming

The win puts the Sailors at 3-3, the first time the team has been .500 or better since the magical 2009 season.

Scare at private Steamboat Springs school results in arrest

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.

Steamboat briefs: Fund set up to aid victims of Steamboat house fire

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.

Steamboat Springs man accused of stealing from bosses

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 Council on Aging senior lunch menus for week of Oct. 8

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Oct. 8

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Oct. 8

The Record for Oct. 4, 2012

3:49 p.m. Deputies were called to a report of political signs damaged in the 32500 block of Routt County Road 35.

Steamboat tennis players advance to regional finals

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.

Soup Bowl Supper fundraiser set for Wednesday in Steamboat

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.

Car crash victim identified as 72-year-old Denver man

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.

Steamboat skier Fletcher trains with Norwegians in Utah

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.

Car spins out on 'black ice' Friday morning on Rabbit Ears Pass

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Oct. 5

Rod Hanna gives photography tips, Domestic Violence Awareness Month is honored and a car accident kills one.

Thursday, October 4

Rob Douglas: There's no free money

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.

1 dead after car crash in South Routt County

A car accident in the southern part of Routt County killed one person Thursday evening, according to the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.

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Battle Mountain soccer blanks Steamboat, 4-0

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.

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Advocates celebrates Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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.

Energy Diet: How much can you lose?

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.

Jim Webster: No Trauma Center

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.”

Steve Lowrie and Tom Valicenti: Upset at the Tennis 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.

Steamboat Tennis Association board of directors: Commitment to tennis

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.

Ken Collins: A scary thought

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.

Paul Bonnifield: It's basic competition

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.

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Rod Hanna's fall color photography tips worth absorbing

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.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Conservation support and assistance

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.”

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Community recycling event Saturday in Steamboat Springs

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.

Steamboat briefs: Some trails on Emerald Mountain to be closed Saturday, Sunday

Some trails will be closed Saturday and Sunday on Emerald Mountain during tree removal operations, according to a news release.

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'1 + 1' offers Steamboat artists a chance to show off muses

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.

A Dog's Eye View: The power of hand signals

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.

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Bellwether Prize recipients to speak in Steamboat Springs

Bellwether Prize winners Naomi Benaron and Hillary Jordan will talk about their books during a free event Sunday at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.

The Record for Oct. 3, 2012

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.

Steamboat Springs Running Series to introduce Hahn's Peak loop

The Steamboat Springs Winter Running Series continues Saturday with the inaugural Hahn's Peak Wild Flower Loop.

Copper Mountain begins snowmaking operations

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.

Fire near Rifle could produce haze over Yampa Valley

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 morning roundup for Thursday, Oct. 4

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

Oak Creek enterprise fund transfer plan done in other towns

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.

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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.

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Steamboat Springs woman thankful for son's lifesaving act

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.

Tennis flare-up causes City Council to push off repaving projects

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.

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Steamboat Springs High School tennis team readies for regional tournament

The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team heads to regionals this weekend looking for its 15th regional title

Aggressive bears reported in Steamboat Springs

The bears may just be bluffing, but it still can be scary when one takes a few quick steps in your direction.

Steamboat briefs: First Friday Artwalk will feature decorated hat boxes

Hat boxes decorated by local interior designers will be featured during First Friday Artwalk.

Roundup of Routt County prep sports games this weekend

Roundup of Routt County prep sports games this weekend

3-on-3 youth lacrosse tournament set for Oct. 13

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.

House District 26 candidates spar over importance of oil and gas to economy

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 takes the helm of Steamboat Symphony Orchestra board of directors

Jeff Wolf was named president of the board of directors for the 20-year-old nonprofit orchestra.

The Record for Oct. 2, 2012

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Wednesday, Sept. 3

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

Athlete of the Week: Sydney Finkbohner

Thoughtful Parenting: Ready to read, ready to learn

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

Steamboat briefs: Applications for Register of Historic Properties due

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.

Ken Brenner: We owe thanks

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.

Our View: A better measuring stick is needed for marketing

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.

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Steamboat Springs volleyball team struggles in 3-game loss to Battle Mountain

The Battle Mountain High School volleyball team swept Steamboat Springs on Tuesday.

Steamboat Springs Mustache Ride to benefit Routt County Humane Society

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.

Voter registration deadline approaching

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.

Oak Creek Town Board member appears in court

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.

Candidates for commissioner acknowledge strain between rural Routt and Steamboat Springs

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.

Loss of TIC jobs to be gradual, manageable for Steamboat

The effects of TIC leaving Steamboat Springs likely will be gradual and manageable for the local economy, a local economic analyst says.

Steamboat sales tax collections see modest gain in August

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.

Water education series wraps up Thursday in Steamboat Springs

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.

The Record for Oct. 1, 2012

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 listings for Oct. 5

First Friday Artwalk runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at various downtown Steamboat Springs venues.

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Friends of the Chief closes on historic theater in downtown Steamboat

The nonprofit group closed on its purchase of the historic downtown theater Tuesday morning, and members hope the theater makes a comeback.

Steamboat Springs City Council votes to save Yellow Line

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 open space funds boost river access for Routt County floaters

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Tuesday, Oct. 2

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

Indoor league volleyball scores for Oct. 1

Catching up with local collegiate athletes for Oct. 2

Here's a roundup of what's going on with Routt County athletes competing at the collegiate level.

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Jimmy Westlake: Super comet coming next year?

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.

Steamboat briefs: Victim advocate volunteers sought; training set for fall

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities is in need of victim advocate volunteers. A 25-hour training session is set for this fall.

Monday, October 1

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Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs shakeup ousts Aragon and Toy

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.

Steamboat, Hayden football shine in sports roundup

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.

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Hayden community members pitch in to help woman displaced by fire

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.

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Tom Ross: Colorado hasn't tapped into international tourism the way Arizona has

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.

Karl Koehler: The assault on coal

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.

Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board to talk process at Wednesday meeting

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.

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State oil and gas commission reopens oil well setback, water rules

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.

The Record for Sept. 30, 2012

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.

Mandatory water restrictions lifted for Steamboat Springs

The restrictions had been in place since late June and resulted in a 15 percent reduction in water consumption, officials said.

Local candidates to attend Pilot & Today's Wednesday gathering

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.

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Architecture students help Hayden Granary's future come into focus

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.

Shell's Trout Creek oil well southwest of Steamboat Springs scheduled for Nov. 1 public hearing

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.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Monday, Oct. 1

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 with book scavenger hunt

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.