Tuesday, December 31
Designed to bring additional art education to the community, docents will lead group tours in the gallery, assist at special events — including lectures and workshops — greet daily visitors to the gallery and conduct art sales.
I wish to thank all the nursing staff, hospice and doctors at Yampa Valley Medical Center for the compassionate care given my husband in our greatest time of need.
I have read with sadness the recent news of trials occurring within the United Methodist Church.
The news this week that three Front Range men spent the night huddled by a campfire in Diamond Park while family members worried about their safety reminds us of the limits of modern communications technology and the unforgiving nature of the Rocky Mountains in all seasons.
Looking back on 2013 reveals a roller-coaster year marked by celebratory highs and heartbreaking lows. It was the year Steamboat Ski Area marked its 50th anniversary, and the Winter Carnival and Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp turned 100.
Horizons Specialized Services provides support for people with developmental disabilities in a five-county region including Routt and Moffat. The new residential buildings for Horizons clients were built with the help of a $1.27 million HUD grant.
Records kept by Steamboat Ski Area indicate there was measurable snow at Thunderhead on 18 of 30 days in December. Daytime snow Dec. 31 counts toward Jan. 1.
1:21 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a very intoxicated woman who was upset that she was refused service at a bar in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. Police told the woman she needed to leave the bar.
Leaner, Lunker and Betsy, a mainstay in Steamboat during the early 1970s, plays a reunion show Sunday at the Chief Theater.
Top 10 stories of 2013
The Steamboat Pilot & Today's top 10 stories of 2013.
On Tuesday, Steamboat Springs Public Safety Director Joel Rae led a group of city officials through an inspection of Rocky Mountain Remedies’ new medical and retail locations in Downhill Drive Plaza.
The famous Heart Spring that feeds all of Old Town Hot Springs' spas and pools has a rich history in Steamboat. It is thought the Ute Indians frequented the spot for the healing powers of the natural spring water, and James Crawford, Steamboat’s founder, discovered the spring soon after he moved to the valley in 1875.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting a 40 inch base at mid-mountain and a 51 inch base as the summit.
The star-studded E3 Chophouse opened in downtown Steamboat, "Duck Dynasty" stars will appear live on Fox News from Steamboat and stuck snowmobilers weathered a night north of Steamboat.
"Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson will talk about his outspoken father as he helps Fox News Channel ring in the new year.
Monday, December 30
This month’s Coffee and a Newspaper will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Jan. 8 rather than Wednesday because of the New Year’s holiday. Members of the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s management team will be available to answer questions and tours of the newspaper always are available. Free coffee and pastries will be served.
Steamboat Springs’ newest and most heralded steakhouse had a soft opening Sunday night at its heavily renovated Yampa Street location.
Three men from Fort Collins and Longmont spent a long night in the backcountry of North Routt County after their snowmobiles bogged down repeatedly in deep snow on Sunday as the men attempted to return home over Farwell Mountain from Diamond Park
For several years, cities around the state including Steamboat have used tax increment financing to inject millions of dollars worth of property and sales tax gains from “blighted” areas into redevelopment projects.
The South Routt Medical Center board had its work cut out for it after an advisory committee presented its report to the board at a Dec. 13 meeting.
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic skiers competed over the weekend for World Junior and Junior National slots alongside the Olympic Trials in Park City, Utah.
2:30 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 1700 block of Lincoln Avenue. A person saw an unattended vehicle running and thought it looked suspicious. Police checked it out and determined everything was OK.
Jae Seifert, a former employee, has resurrected The Mac Ranch name as his own business with the blessing of David Sessions, former owner of the Steamboat location who still owns the Durango store.
Early risers on the mornings of Friday, Jan. 3 and Saturday, Jan. 4 might see as many as 40 to 60 meteors per hour in the dark hours before sunrise.
Meteorologist Mike Weissbluth reported at his blog that two different forecast models predict differing amounts of snow for Steamboat over the next two days, but he’s leaning toward the more robust model.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 2.25 inches of new snow at mid-mountain in the past 48 hours.
Service dogs ease the stress of travel at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, Tree Haus neighborhood experienced a power outage and the Steamboat Town Challenge Ski Race had its first winter series.
The wide variety of volunteer opportunities at YVMC offers something for everyone interested in giving back to the hospital.
According to the American Dental Association, fluoride helps prevent cavities in children and adults by being a natural cavity fighter.
Sunday, December 29
1:24 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a suspicious incident at a complex on 13th Street. A drunk person was pounding on a resident's door, trying to get into the building.
The Steamboat Town Challenge Ski Race had its first winter series at the Ski Area on Sunday afternoon, attracting athletes ages 16 to 68.
Heeling Friends, a local nonprofit organization using dogs to ease pressure in high-stress situations, is trying out a new thing, greeting tourists coming in and out of the Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
About 100 YVEA members in Steamboat Springs' Tree House Neighborhood were without power Sunday afternoon, but full power is expected to be resolved shortly.
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering free mammograms and pap tests for women 40 to 64 who are uninsured or underinsured, have not had a pap test or mammogram in the past 12 months and meet income requirements.
Routt County Board of Commissioners agenda for Dec. 30 and 31, 2013
Two Hayden residents have jumped at an opportunity to purchase a historic downtown building to house their H Town Underground fitness center.
A fabulous meal to celebrate the New Year with your friends. Ask each guest to bring one topping to lighten the work. The long noodles symbolize long life!
Year 2014 will be one of eclipses. Two total eclipses of the moon and a partial eclipse of the sun will be the real headline grabbers in 2014, but there are plenty of bright planets and showers of shooting stars to keep us looking up all year long.
JImmy Westlake's 2014 cosmic calendar of celestial events
Real estate transactions for Dec. 20 to 26, 2013
Saturday, December 28
The Colorado Department of Education could not have been more blunt Dec. 19 when it turned down the Steamboat Springs School District’s plan to withdraw from the regional body that supplies special education services to children in six school districts in Northwest Colorado.
Steamboat Cup results for Dec. 28, 2013
Steamboat's Todd Lodwick made the U.S. Olympic Nordic combined team Saturday at the trials in Park City, Utah, and he did it in dazzling form.
New Year's Eve events in Steamboat Springs.
Saturday's Steamboat Cup served as a learning opportunity for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Alpine team as it prepares for its first Rocky Mountain Division competition in early January.
While patrolling the streets of Hayden on Friday, recently sworn in police chief Greg Tuliszewski said moving to the town has felt like coming home.
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.
12:19 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a suspicious car in the 2100 block of Curve Plaza. The driver was sober.
Top 10 most-viewed stories for the week of Dec. 19 to 25, 2013
A New Year’s resolution to improve one’s health is likely worth the time and effort involved, but those who have a long track history of breaking these promises to themselves aren’t likely to stick with it past January, let alone for the rest of 2014 or the rest of their lives.
Friday, December 27
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Partners in Routt County’s AmeriCorps school-based mentors are participating in a statewide book drive. The group is collecting new or gently used reading material for children and young adults; Spanish-language books are needed in particular.
Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for the week of Dec. 30
Next weekend, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic team will be back on course, this time at the U.S. Cross-Country Championships at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah.
On Jan. 7, the Steamboat Springs City Council will call roll, then immediately adjourn and reconvene as the Steamboat Springs Marijuana Licensing Authority.
Hayden residents and visitors are following their noses to the west side of town where savory smoke billows from a large smoker.
How many years now, since our Steamboat Springs City Council passed the no smoking ordinances? I’ve yet to ever see a “No Smoking” sign at one of our bus stops. At some point, I’d recommend that every City Council member actually spend some time riding the bus.
The number of foreclosures in Routt County continued to drop throughout 2013, with the total for the year expected to be about 140 or fewer, according to county treasurer/public trustee Brita Horn.
People visiting Steamboat Springs this winter have an opportunity to learn a little more about the science of snowflakes while admiring their beauty in a photo exhibit at the Tread of Pioneers Museum called "Snowflakes, Nature’s Dazzling Design."
I am in Kenya now for Christmas. An intense rainstorm flooded the town of Narok last year during Christmas, leaving the town market underwater.
7:57 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to help a person who had a stroke in the 1000 block of High Point Drive.
Steamboat Springs High School basketball player Garrett Bye is well known for his appearance. But the 6-foot-9 junior is determined to get noticed for his play, hopefully in the form of a college scholarship.
Thousands of skiers and riders are arriving in Steamboat this week without ski and snowboards, four free concerts were announced for MusicFest and Steamboat retailers are transitioning from Christmas shopping to a visitor surge.
Community Agriculture Alliance: Colorado landowners have new source to search for land management services
CSU Extension offers an avenue for landowners to connect with local contractors through our new landowner services database.
A series of New Year's resolutions from the dog's point of view.
Thursday, December 26
Yampa Valley Regional Airport has scheduled airport tours for the first part of 2014. Tours will be held Jan. 15, Feb. 12, March 19, April 16 and May 14. Part of the airport’s 20-year master plan process, the tours provide participants with a firsthand look at airport operations.
Those who do not have a ticket to the sold-out Steamboat MusicFest will be able to take in four free concerts beginning next weekend at the Steamboat Stage.
The prevailing wisdom in the ski travel industry is that ski vacationers either don’t own equipment or increasingly are leaving their own equipment behind. Instead, they favor avoiding airline baggage fees by renting freshly tuned skis and snowboards at the resorts.
Last year in “Argo,” we saw a movie about the Central Intelligence Agency going through unusual channels to pull off a vital mission several decades ago. Now, we see a similar kind of story in the same time period in “American Hustle,” albeit with a different government body where apparently “intelligence” is not a prerequisite for being hired.
The shopping sprint toward Christmas is over, but Steamboat retailers have the gift of incoming visitors to open this weekend.
Steamboat Springs native Jill Wernig is putting together a new variety show.
In association with Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, Phillip Hernandez and Jeremy Wall will put together a week of activities to help fund a local scholarship.
2:31 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of vandalism in the 400 block of Eighth Street. A man was confronted about writing a word on a person’s door using a marker. The man then got upset and broke a window.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting a mid-mountain base of 45 inches and a summit base of 54 inches.
Christmas dinner in Steamboat draws hundreds, TV18's morning show has a new host and Hayden High School English students got to talk with a best-selling author.
Wednesday, December 25
The Stars at Night fundraising gala, “100 Years of Going for the Gold,” on Monday will be a celebration of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s 100th year. The event will be held at The Steamboat Grand beginning at 6:30 p.m.
TV18's morning show has a new co-host. With his thick Kiwi accent and infectious personality, Julian Bristow is hoping to take the show to a whole new level.
On Christmas Day in Steamboat Springs, there is no excuse for anyone to go hungry.
2:13 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a missing person at a Mexican restaurant on Snapdragon Way. A man said he went to the bathroom, and his wife was gone when he returned. The wife had a 2:30 p.m. hair appointment, and she was located at a salon in Marketplace Plaza.
Hayden High School English students got to conduct a Skype interview with the author of the book they had spent weeks working on before winter break.
Tuesday, December 24
The 25th annual Community Christmas Dinner, sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, will be held at the Steamboat Community Center from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. The dinner is free and open to everyone.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today is continuing its Christmas tradition of reprinting one of the most famous newspaper editorials of all time, “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.”
The days leading up to the holiday aren’t typically the busiest of the season with many travelers choosing to remain home for Christmas Day. Passenger numbers can be expected to climb above 1,000 by Saturday.
10:44 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a man harassing hotel guests in the 2200 block of Village Inn Court. He was not a guest at the hotel and was escorted off the property and told not to come back. The 42-year-old man was arrested Monday morning after he reportedly threw a laptop at officers at a hotel in the 1100 block of Lincoln Avenue.
Former Steamboat Springs snowboard cross rider Jarryd Hughes picked up his first World Cup win Saturday in Canada and, in the process, earned a spot on the Australian Olympic team.
Olympic gold medalist Bill Demong and the rest of the U.S. Nordic combined team look towards this weekend's Olympic Trials.
Oak Creek police officer Bobby Rauch was sworn in as the town’s new chief Dec. 12.
Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division has approved nine retail marijuana licenses in the city of Steamboat Springs, according to a news release.
Making an Olympic team has been a life-long quest for Steamboat Springs snowboarder Justin Reiter. Now that he's facing his best chance to earn the trip, he can't ignore the enormity of it all.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 14.5 inches of new snow in the past 48 hours at mid-mountain.
More snow could be on the way for Steamboat, a West Routt property rights group hopes for greater influence and the Steamboat Springs Community Christmas Dinner solicits volunteers, donations and guests.
Monday, December 23
Riding the city bus to work takes my car out of Steamboat’s traffic every day. It’s a nice way to commute and a great benefit. Why smoking is allowed at the bus stops isn’t clear to me.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today office at 1901 Curve Plaza will close at noon today and will be closed all day Christmas.
Senior meteorologist Norvan Larson in Grand Junction wrote at 4:45 p.m. that he was upgrading the forecast for the mountains bracketing Steamboat to a winter storm warning through Tuesday.
10:46 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a suspicious person in the 34000 block of U.S. Highway 40. A man with a sore foot was hitchhiking.
Now, 22 years later and 12 years after Glenna Clark-Olmsted handed over the reins to others, the Community Christmas Dinner continues to grow.
Citizens Supporting Property Rights asserts there is a way to put in adequate protections for sage grouse while allowing for future oil and gas development.
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic skiers had an impressive showing over the weekend in Crested Butte, grabbing a handful of top finishes at the Solstice Showdown.
The slate of tours for the beginning of 2014 has been announced by Yampa Valley Regional Airport, and those who make the trip to Hayden during winter will get to see the facility in the full swing of its peak season.
For centuries, astronomers have wondered about the nature of this Star of Bethlehem. Was it a one-time supernatural event, never seen before and never seen since?
As he rumbles up the steepest part of Howelsen Hill at 10 p.m., David "Marv" Shively shakes his head every time his snowcat hits ice or leaves behind an imperfection.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 13.5 inches of new snow at mid-mountain in the past 24 hours and 5.5 inches at mid-mountain since the resort closed yesterday.
Steamboat Springs School District's request to withdraw from NW BOCES was denied, LiveWell announces the winners of its 5210 challenge and Bryan Fletcher paces all Americans at a World Cup Nordic combined event.
It may not have tasted all that great, but the 8-ounce shots of a dark green concoction that included kale, frozen berries, heaps of spinach, orange juice and other veggies helped Debbie Aragon's insurance office prevail in Livewell Northwest Colorado's first 5210 challenge.
Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s vital records services, where individuals can obtain birth and death certificates, will be closed Monday through Wednesday and Jan. 1 in Steamboat Springs and Wednesday and Jan. 1, 2 and 3 in Craig.
Sunday, December 22
The Howelsen Hill Ski Area special holiday operating hours are as follows.
On Thursday, the Colorado Department of Education denied Steamboat Springs School District's months-long push to withdraw from NW BOCES and become its own special education administrative unit.
Somewhere between the cutesy nostalgia of “A Christmas Story” and the vileness of “Gremlins” lie the best holiday films that exemplify how much Christmas can change your whole outlook. You may not think about how depressing some of your favorite flicks appear, but that’s because by the end, all is well even after the worst circumstances.
Serina Kidd led all SSWSC Alpine skiers — men or women — in Sunday's finale of the Surefoot Holiday Classic at Howelsen Hill.
Routt County high school wrestlers took on their final invitational before the holiday break. Then, the heart of each team's schedule ramps up in January.
Bryan Fletcher followed up his top-20 finish in Saturday's World Cup Nordic combined competition with a top-10 placing on Sunday.
12:21 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a fight at a business on Seventh Street. An intoxicated person was fighting and was kicked out by bouncers. He tried to get back in and was given a ticket for disorderly conduct.
Buying health insurance is tough enough for anyone. It’s hard to slog through the terminology. You have to ponder the unknowns about next year’s illnesses and make your best guess about the coverage you’ll need.
A delicious twist to a classic side dish.
Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement.
Routt County Board of Commissioners agenda for Dec. 23, 2013
The famous roving Christmas tree will be marking its 75th anniversary on Dec. 24, and after talking to Cindy Wright, the woman spearheading the current effort, I discovered the legend behind the holiday tradition was Steamboat electrician and “sound man” Walt Webber, Wright’s grandfather.
Laura Steinke never had imagined herself sleeping through the daylight hours and working all night, but when the traffic in Colorado Springs began to wear on her, she returned to Steamboat Springs to take a position at the former Doak Walker Care Center just months before its recent move to Casey’s Pond Senior Living.
It’s 5:45 a.m. on a frigid November morning, and Shealynne Yeager is bustling about behind the bar and in the tiny waiter’s aisle at Johnny B. Good’s diner in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Rising before dawn and preparing for work does not come naturally to an old ’60s rocker. But Kip Strean and his Australian shepherd mix, Sox, usually are up by 5 a.m., sometimes not until 5:30 a.m., to rub the sleep out of their eyes and make the 10-minute walk to the studios of KQZR radio, The Reel 97.3.
On nights when there aren’t so many press runs, the crew always is busy keeping its offset presses in tip-top shape. Their press room may be one of the cleanest you’ll ever visit.
Holidays often are a chance to catch up with family members and relatives we don’t see often. Conversations around the dinner table or fireplace can be good occasions to learn about our family’s health history and our disease risk.
LiveWell Northwest Colorado challenged the county to 5210 in October. The “2” component reminds us to engage in two hours or less of recreational screen time each day.
Saturday, December 21
It just keeps getting better for Steamboat’s snowboarding siblings, Taylor and Arielle Gold. Saturday, Taylor was first among the men and Arielle second for the women, pushing both athletes to the edge of the Olympics.
A pair of SSWSC ladies junior Alpine skiers showed they could hang with the best of them Saturday during the Surefoot Holiday Classic at Howelsen HIll.
I was not surprised at the Dec. 20 Rob Douglas commentary slamming President Barack Obama for appointing openly gay delegates to the U.S. delegation for the 2014 Olympics.
Yesterday I dashed to the post office at 4:30 p.m. to mail my Christmas packages just under the deadline. There was a long line winding out into the hallway.
The entire community has a great deal riding on the success of the new Hospitality Resource Panel recently formed by the law enforcement and restaurant/bar industry communities. The panel’s goal is to rein in the growing problem of people in Steamboat Springs who consume alcohol in excess.
Steamboat Springs High School hockey dropped its opening two home games, but the Sailors aren't panicking.
Only one of the United States' Nordic combined competitors in Saturday's World Cup event in Germany jumped well enough to advance to the cross-country ski race portion.
For the first time in many, many years, Soroco High School boys basketball has won a pair of games against cross-county rival Hayden. But Rams coach Jake Eskridge said his team can't afford to be satisfied with a 4-1 start.
Hayden officials were receptive to the idea of finding ways to improve business signage and facades and to take a look at future parking needs.
Soroco High School girls basketball dominated its cross-county rival Hayden on Friday night, but both squads are facing long layoffs over the holiday break.
Top 10 most-viewed stories for the week of Dec. 12 to 18, 2013
8:15 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a person who was upset about where a neighbor was putting snow in the 800 block of Crawford Avenue.
Not that long ago, wrestling was king in the Steamboat Spring gymnasium and around the state. A lot has changed since the sport's glory days, but today's athletes are keeping the sports image alive in our town.
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.
Friday, December 20
Surefoot Holiday Classic results for Dec. 20, 2013
The Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Jan. 1. The museum’s regular hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team couldn’t keep a good thing going Friday afternoon playing at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team fell, 2-1, at home in overtime Friday against Columbine.
The Sailors fell 57-25 to Glenwood Springs, dropping to 5-2 on the season.
Racing in the annual Surefoot Holiday Classic event kicked off Friday with a pair of slalom skiing races at Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat.
Steamboat Springs snowboard cross racer Mick Dierdorff qualified for the second day of a World Cup event Friday at Lake Louise, Alberta, finishing the day’s qualifying runs in 18th place, easily enough to get him into the 32-man field.
The fairways and cart paths of Haymaker Nordic offer cross-country skiers gently rolling terrain with some surprises, including a few quick hills that are steep but easy to overcome because of their brevity.
On Sunday, the library will show "Ready to Fly," a documentary about the women's U.S. Ski Jumping team's plight to get into the 2014 Olympic Games.
Several local hunters participated in Outdoor Buddies, helping three mobility-impaired outdoorsmen harvest an elk this hunting season.
Seminars at Steamboat announced two dates for summer presentations.
Real estate transactions for Dec. 13 to 19, 2013
Jim Walters has joined RE/MAX Partners in Steamboat Springs, according to a news release.
Steamboat Springs swimmers Frank Ruppel and Parker Kortas led the pack at the FAST midseason finale in Fort Collins.
The World University Games' Alpine skiing events in Trentino, Italy, wrapped up Friday. Winter Sports Club alum Hig Roberts took 19th in the men's slalom.
Fawn Racoma said that her new restaurant is about balancing the body and will incorporate her background as a holistic health practitioner and experience as an executive chef.
The move to Steamboat Springs has been a huge boon for Sandi Nelson and her daughter Heather Philmon. Their Cider Fixins business went from selling a few thousand packages of holiday-themed mulling spices through shows in the lobbies of Houston area office buildings to a year-round operation that distributes to both coasts and countless places in between.
The Yampa Valley Regional Airport kicked off the third annual airport quilt exhibit with tours Dec. 10. The exhibit includes 34 quilts created by local artists in the Yampa Valley.
4:54 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a stabbing in the 1600 block of Shield Drive. A mother and daughter were in an argument, and the daughter grabbed kitchen knives and went after the mother. The mother was not stabbed but suffered a bite from the daughter. Human services was called, and the daughter was taken to another home for the time being.
First, instead of more, more, more, we — the Steamboat Pilot & Today Editorial Board, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and the Steamboat residents — need to take a broader, more long-term look at the big picture of Steamboat’s very diverse economy.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day church services in Routt County.
Steamboat Springs police plan to increase bar checks this winter with the hopes of curbing over-serving and the accompanying drunken debauchery.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 3 inches of new snow at mid-mountain and 2 new inches at the summit.
Winter flights ramp up at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, Steamboat Springs City Council will set goals at a facilitated retreat and indicators are positive for key sales tax sources.
After a life enriched with outside activities and basking in the sun all summer long, our dogs can start feeling all pent up and bored, too.
Thursday, December 19
Just as it was wrong back in July for Sen. Lindsey Graham to call on the United States to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, because Russian President Vladimir Putin granted asylum to NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, President Barack Obama’s decision this week to use the U.S. Olympic delegation as a political tool to oppose Russian laws against “nontraditional sexual relations” is shortsighted.
Justin Iacovetto, of Phippsburg, was among about 900 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees from the University of Northern Colorado during fall 2013 commencement ceremonies last week.
Billy Demong dominated the final day of Continental Cup competition in Utah.
Canadian Darren Gardner and Steamboat's Maggie Rose Carrigan finished off sweeps at the Race to the Cup snowboarding event at Howelsen Hill.
Steamboat Winter Sports Club Alpine Program Director Deb Armstrong said her youthful night skiing at Alpental, Wash., outside Seattle was a vivid experience that has stayed with her all of her life.
The city of Steamboat Springs is banking the extra money from sales tax revenues that are outpacing budgeted amounts, and sales tax gains could continue into the next year as indicators are positive for key contributing sources.
It will be the first time in recent years the council has turned to a facilitator for help with such planning.
The Stars at Night fundraising gala returns to Steamboat Dec. 30. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 26.
The majority of winter flights at Yampa Valley Regional Airport start this week, and on Wednesday, passengers on Alaska Airlines’ new nonstop from Seattle were the first of the season from outside of Colorado to touch down in Hayden.
Steamboat Springs High School graduates Tyler Johnson and Lindsay Marias are helping budding country star Cam make a name in the music industry.
12:08 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a suspicious man wearing chef pants who was claiming to be a mixed martial arts fighter and offering to give marijuana to people in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue.
Last winter, we were reintroduced to a place that a decade before had captivated our imaginations. Reactions to the second attempt at cinematic greatness were varied, to say the least — some hated it, some were indifferent and others claimed, “I liked it, but …” The good thing about “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is it likely will win over some who were put off by the changes made to a beloved classic. Still, the haters have an uphill battle.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting a 32 inch base at mid-mountain and a 42 inch base at the summit.
The Steamboat Springs police station project is on pause, Yampa Valley Regional Airport is trying out having a ski rental kiosk and Bill Demong placed second in a Continental Cup Nordic combined race.
Wednesday, December 18
Steamboat Race to the Cup results for Dec. 18, 2013
The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team survived another white-knuckle thriller Wednesday, beating Aspen, 2-1.
Four Steamboat-connected riders advanced while competing in the snowboard half-pipe preliminaries Wednesday at a Grand Prix event at Copper Mountain.
Steamboat's Maggie Rose Carrigan ran away with the women's division at Wednesday's Race to the Cup event in Steamboat.
Before you shop for health insurance for the coming year, take the time to find out whether you are among the one-third of Routt County residents who may be eligible for financial assistance to help you pay for health insurance.
The 25th annual Community Christmas Dinner, sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, will be held at the Steamboat Community Center from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Town employees are asking Hayden Town Council members to consider spending about $10,600 to upgrade the computer systems used by town employees.
Bill Demong again skied to a strong finish Wednesday, the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team athlete cruising from seventh to second in a Continental Cup Nordic combined event at Soldier Hollow, Utah.
7:35 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of fraud in the 40300 block of Anchor Way.
Currently, the city is projecting sales tax collections will come in about 11 percent, or $1.9 million, over the Steamboat Springs City Council's budget figure.
The competition is heating up at the World University Games in Italy this week, as several local athletes continue to push toward top finishes against some of the best college winter athletes in the world.
In the meantime, the city still is looking for community feedback about its list of potential locations.
Yampa Valley Regional Airport is trying something new with a ski rental kiosk around the corner from baggage claim in the terminal.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting that 14 lifts and 158 trails are open.
Olympian Johnny Spillane purchased Steamboat Flyfisher, a Routt County jury awarded $1.251 million to a woman involved in a fatal car crash and Routt County District Attorney Brett Barkey announced that he will not pursue the death penalty against Lisa Lesyshen.
Routt County United Way’s Holiday Wishes program is in urgent need of donors who would like to donate $25 food gift cards or adopt a family or person.
Tuesday, December 17
A Routt County jury has awarded $1.251 million to a Steamboat Springs woman who was a passenger in a car involved in a fatal crash Feb. 5, 2011.
Routt County Riders will have to come up with another way to fund the purchase of a specialized $100,000 bulldozer that would be used to build new hiking and biking trails.
Come Jan. 1, Steamboat Springs, and other mountain towns across Colorado, will be faced with the task of educating visitors about the rules and regulations governing the sale and use of recreational marijuana.
My opposition to Triple Crown in the park and the machinations of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association to make that happen is based on my understanding of what the town’s kids’ sports need. I say this from long experience with local kids’ sports.
Routt County District Attorney Brett Barkey announced Tuesday that he will not pursue the death penalty against Lisa Lesyshen, the woman accused of killing her 9-year-old son, Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan.
Bill Demong, in hopes of getting the U.S. another World Cup slot, jumped off the plane and won a Continental Cup event Tuesday in Utah.
World Champion and three-time Olympic silver medalist Johnny Spillane completed the purchase of Steamboat Flyfisher from Tim Kirkpatrick on Saturday.
12:05 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of loud music in the 2900 block of Alpenglow Way. The people there were asked to turn the music down.
Commissioner Steve Ivancie expressed concern that the new system places significant responsibility on the gravel pit foreman to make the safety decision.
Members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club were off and racing in Winter Park last weekend and managed to collect several top finishes in a pair of giant slalom races.
The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Sketchbook Project will bring a mobile library featuring 5,000 eye-opening sketchbooks to Steamboat Springs in August 2014.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting that 14 lifts and 157 trails are open.
The night skiing era at Steamboat Ski Area starts Friday, a former Craig teacher was targeted in the Arapahoe High School shooting and efforts to reopen Laurel Street Preschool were unsuccessful.
The winter solstice is the astronomical moment that marks the end of the season of fall and the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It happens this year at 10:11 a.m. MST Saturday.
Monday, December 16
Prudential Steamboat Realty is collecting toys again this year to take to Denver Children’s Hospital on behalf of Moose Barrow’s Mickey’s Fund. This annual toy drive collects more than 3,000 toys every year for children and families who will be spending their holiday season in the hospital.
Regarding your Triple Crown editorial, your readers should bear in mind that the Steamboat Pilot & Today is targeted at the general public of, and visitors to this area, but it completely is funded by the businesses that advertise.
Colorado was the scene of yet another school shooting on Friday, and the librarian targeted used to teach in Craig. A student gunmen, Karl Pierson, came into Arapahoe High School in Littleton with a shotgun, demanding one teacher present himself: Tracy Murphy. Pierson shot a 17-year-old student, Claire Esther Davis before turning the gun on himself, taking his own life. Davis is in a coma, according to The Denver Post.
World University Games is giving local freestyle skier Katie Hitchcock a chance to get back on the snow and make an impact on the international field.
In recent months, some parents and new school board members who were passionate about Laurel School Preschool were trying to raise enough money to get the doors back open.
Storm Mountain Ranch owners failed in their appeal to keep agricultural tax status for the building envelopes of their luxury homes but succeeded in reducing the valuation of that land.
1:56 a.m. Officers were called to a report of harassment in the first block of Seventh Street. A man told police two women were harassing him inside of a bar. Police arrived to investigate and determined the women were under 21 and had consumed alcohol. Police didn't find enough evidence to substantiate the harassment claim, but both women were issued court summons for consuming alcohol as minors.
The Steamboat Springs City Council will hear about the idea Tuesday night as Routt County Riders asks the city about the potential of it guaranteeing a loan from Alpine Bank to purchase the equipment.
Colorado experienced another school shooting incident last Friday at Arapahoe High School. Routt County schools have measures in place to help avoid such situations, but improvements are still in the process.
Although the lyrics aren’t nearly as catchy as the popular song by a similar name, here’s what the 12 days of historic preservation have given to me.
The new lights on the mountain are ready to go and will allow skiers to ride down 1,000 vertical feet of terrain from the top of the Christie Express lift to the base area.
Cookie Lockhart is expected to figure prominently in the broadcast after the show’s stars, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, along with their crew, devoted an entire day of taping at her auction business.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting a mid-mountain base of 34 inches.
Educational workshops about health care continue in Steamboat, Hayden is planning for future guests and Bryan Fletcher and Billy Demong earned top 10 finishes at a Nordic combined World Cup event Sunday.
Steamboat Springs business, health care leaders continue educational workshops on Affordable Care Act
While the last major health care workshop here last month looked at the challenges Obamacare is facing from a national level, Friday's presentation had more of a local flavor and was attended by several small business owners.
Sunday, December 15
Toys for Tots of Routt County is collecting new, unwrapped toys for children ages 1 to 18 as well as gently used blankets, coats and other winter items such as scarves, gloves, hats and gently used boots.
Steamboat had eight first place finishes in Sunday’s Howelsen Hill races.
Heritage Christian School physical education students will get a taste of a brand-new sport in their curriculum when they return from winter break.
A pair of Steamboat Springs girls hockey teams advanced to the finals for their age class this weekend during the Adele Dombrowski girls hockey tournament at Howelsen Ice Arena in Steamboat, but both fell just short of winning the home tournament.
There will be a free Affordable Care Act open community enrollment session about the Connect for Health Colorado website from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
The High Country Apple Crisp recipe is comfort food to warm the entire family!
12:43 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a fight at a business at the 700 block of Yampa Street. One man was arrested and the other party involved had a large wound on his mouth from the fight.
Bryan Fletcher and Billy Demong earned top 10 finishes at the Nordic combined World Cup event Sunday.
With the potential for as many as two new hotels being built, officials in Hayden want to make sure the town can accommodate its guests.
Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: You have questions, we have answers for health insurance
It is crunch time for community members looking for insurance coverage through Connect for Health Colorado beginning Jan. 1.
Because so much of the national discussion lately has focused on health, the Affordable Care Act and its troubles, you might think that health insurance is all that matters when it comes to making people healthy. It isn’t. That good health is more than health care was a point I heard many times on my recent Fulbright fellowship visit to Canada, and it’s a topic we don’t talk much about in the U.S.
The frigid air that kicked off winter in Northwest Colorado has been a reminder of the risk of cold injury, especially frostbite. Preparing for changing conditions and the potential of being outdoors longer than planned are the first steps in preventing cold injuries.
If you’ve lived in Steamboat Springs or Routt County for any amount of time, you’re familiar with the term “location neutral.” The segment of the local population and workforce that conducts business outside of the Yampa Valley has been growing and assuming an even more prominent role in discussions about the area’s economic future.
After about eight years traveling and working at home and abroad, Hannah Gary ended up right where she started: Steamboat Springs.
Eric Schneider is a runner. Not just a daily jog around town kind of runner — an ultra runner. You’d assume ultra runners have to be passionate to treat 50- and 100-mile races like a thrill rather than a harrowing punishment, and Schneider’s officemate Sally TeStrake in Green Courte Partners’ Yampa Street space can attest to his enthusiasm.
There wasn’t much at the home office for Oracle program manager Amy Anderson. She’d head to her company’s space in downtown Chicago’s Willis Tower if she needed to print a big document or to touch base every now and then, but most of the people she interacted with for work weren’t even in Chicago themselves.
Saturday, December 14
Steamboat Springs High School hockey rebounded from its Friday loss with two third-period goals in a 2-0 win over Chatfield Saturday night.
U.S. Freestyle Ski Team star Hannah Kearney won the first moguls World Cup event of the season on Saturday in Ruka, Finland.
Area wrestlers competed in tournaments on the Front Range and in Oak Creek on Saturday, snagging some wins and making some noise on the state level in the process.
The Soroco boys basketball team snapped a long losing streak against Hayden on Saturday, blasting the Tigers in the Meeker Cowboy Shoot-Out.
County Commissioners agenda for Dec. 16 and 17, 2013
Golden has Steamboat boys basketball's number. After ending the Sailors' season in last year's district tournament, the Demons dropped Steamboat in the Shoot-Out championship Saturday.
Steamboat girls basketball improved to 5-1 on the season with a win over Montrose in the Shoot-Out No. 3 versus No. 4 game on Saturday.
Steamboat Spring skiers Todd Lodwick and Bryan Fletcher teamed up in a relay to place fourth at the World Cup in Ramsau, Austria.
Taylor Gold was third and Arielle Gold fourth at the half-pipe finals at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, giving the Steamboat siblings a step up on their competition as the chase for the Olympic team begins.
We think the time has come for the city of Steamboat Springs to allow a pilot program to permit a limited number of Triple Crown youth baseball games to be played on the forbidden diamonds at Emerald Park.
Check out our most-viewed stories from the past week, and see what you missed.
The following is a list of people booked into Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.
On Friday, news of a high school shooting rocked Colorado. In a state that has been plagued by shootings, this one hits way too close to home.
2:11 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken man passed out at a bar in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue.
The advisory committee for the South Routt Medical Center presented its report to the board Friday night at a special meeting.
"Rising From Ashes," an acclaimed documentary by several Steamboat filmmakers, plays at the Chief Theater on Friday.
Medical providers as well as women of reproductive age can thoughtfully and positively discuss different aspects of getting ready for pregnancy.
Real estate transactions for Dec. 6 to 12, 2013
Friday, December 13
As I read the opinions and related comments about Obamacare, I cannot help but want to shake some people awake. The public “clarity of thought” needs to improve on this subject.
I would like to thank the Steamboat community for the love and support given to the Forney family at Sean’s memorial.
Steamboat lost Friday, falling to 2-1 on the season with a 5-2 loss to Resurrection Christian.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team rebounded from its first loss of the season to steal a home win over Discovery Canyon Friday night. The win landed the Sailors a spot in the Steamboat Shoot-Out's third-place game Saturday.
Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball is now 5-0 after its second-round win in the Steamboat Shoot-Out. Saturday the Sailors will play Golden in the tournament's championship game.
The Soroco and Hayden boys basketball teams are scheduled to meet on Friday, but they'll get a chance at one another tomorrow first, in the final round of the Meeker Cowboy Shoot-Out tournament.
Nik Baden finished ninth in the men’s snowboard slopestyle division, earning the chance to compete again on Sunday. He advanced thanks to a score of 73.2 on his first of two runs.
Denver band The Recovery Act plays Old Town Pub on Saturday.
City staff and SmartWool say the odors have not posed any sort of health or safety threat to the 65 employees who work inside the newly renovated building Smartwool is leasing from the city, but the fumes have at times become bothersome enough to send some employees to work from home.
Sonja Hinrichsen and her volunteers will tackle the challenge of tramping into the snow the major tributaries of the Yampa River, representing the entire basin in a linear metaphor
The 35th annual Community Holiday Wishes Party returns Sunday.
After 39 years of service, West Routt Fire Protection District Chief Bryan Rickman is retiring, and the fire district’s board has began looking for the department’s new leader.
1:35 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a pedestrian in the 800 block of Broad Street. It was cold out so they gave the pedestrian a ride.
A man was sentenced to 4 years in prison for shooting a gun into a Steamboat bar, two retail marijuana applications pass the planning hurdle and a the 2013 Yule Log was found on the third clue.
A free community Christmas Dinner, sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, is planned for Dec. 25. The meal will be served from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.
The Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Concert Series returns for its 15th year, opening Jan. 20 with Shooter Jennings.
Thursday, December 12
A slow offensive start for Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball Thursday night quickly turned into a blowout win in the Sailors' home tournament opener.
There is much to react to in Ken Collins’ recent letter to the Pilot (“The ‘other’ party,” Dec. 7). As a Republican who had the privilege of serving the American people as a Senate-confirmed presidential appointee, allow me to speak to the question posed in Mr. Collins’ letter with reference to the GOP: “Just how cruel does one have to be to be in that party?”
Down by as much as 18 points in the second half, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team mounted a furious fourth-quarter comeback. It wasn't enough, though, as the Sailors lost their first game of the season Thursday night.
The Soroco boys lost in the first round of Meeker's Cowboy Shoot-Out in overtime, 63-57.
Steamboat’s Taylor Gold stuck a big run on his second attempt to finish ninth while fellow Steamboat rider Benji Farrow was 15th, both earning spots in Saturday's men's half-pipe finals.
Judge Shelley Hill on Thursday sentenced Steven Torres to four years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Torres will get credit for the 1 1/2 years he has been held at the Routt County Jail.
On Wednesday night, Tennis Center Director Jim Swiggart stood before the city's Parks and Recreation Commission to "talk about the cool things" that have happened at the facility this year.
At a Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meeting where two permits for retail marijuana stores were recommended unanimously, the biggest issue seemed like it was parking.
Record September 2013 rainfall in Steamboat Springs and in other mountain valleys could help boost runoff in the rivers when the snow begins to melt in the spring of 2014.
At 13 years old, Brooke Lynn Bracegirdle is dead set on what she wants to do and is putting all her time and energy into modeling.
The 2013 Yule Log has been found and returned. This year's winner needed just three clues to spot the prize, found near Howelsen Hill.
Holiday season cheer returns with the fourth annual Oak Creek Holly Festival beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. The South Routt community will be treated to premium deals at local shops, holiday events such as visiting Santa and caroling and even a chance to have coffee with the mayor.
This weekend's annual Adele Dombrowski Memorial girls hockey tournament is drawing such a large crowd, teams were turned away.
1:44 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken man stumbling around at Curve Court and Lincoln Avenue.
Steamboat Pilot & Today photographer Matt Stensland's photo of a bear falling out of a tree was recently featured in a full page of Time magazine.
The dog gear industry is booming, even in these difficult economic times. I’ve made a list of a few gift ideas for the family dog, or the family who has a dog.
Colorado State University Extension and Goodwill Industries of Denver work together on the Colorado AgrAbility Project to provide disability workshops, on-site evaluations, resource information, equipment modification and assistive technology for ag producers.
The sixth annual Merry MainStreet returns to downtown on Saturday.
When the franchise agreement with Prudential runs out Jan. 1, broker/owners Cam Boyd and Pam Vanatta and their team of more than 50 sales agents will jump right into Sotheby’s International Realty.
If you’re upset by the approach of spring and seeing the snowman in your front yard evaporate into nothingness, fret not. The movie “Frozen” teaches us that the coldest creatures welcome the warmth as much as anyone. You can even kick their head off, and they’ll just giggle and ask for a hug.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting a 35 inch base at mid-mountain.
A Craig man died in a crash on U.S. Highway 40 near Hayden, access to Emerald Park in Steamboat is back in the spotlight and Lisa Lesyshen's attorney is considering an insanity plea.
Wednesday, December 11
Pamela Lane residents and three former members of the Steamboat Springs City Council on Wednesday night told their city's Parks and Recreation Commission it still isn't time to allow Triple Crown to play on the ballfields at Emerald Park.
It doesn’t come with quite as many teams as usual, but the annual Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out is back, with three high school basketball-filled days packing the gyms at Steamboat Springs High School.
As if living with cancer-induced anxiety weren’t enough, many Sloan-Kettering patients must think again about their treatment, since the cancer center is among many prominent hospitals no longer “in network” for most Obamacare-compliant insurance plans.
Lisa Lesyshen is scheduled to enter a plea during her arraignment Dec. 20, but her attorney, public defender Scott Troxell, is asking that the arraignment be delayed.
The Norwegian ski film "Supervention" will show on Friday at the Ghost Ranch, followed by hip-hop band Salem.
Author and illustrator Andrew Beckham will sign copies of his book “The Lost Christmas Gift” Saturday at Off the Beaten Path.
Prudential Steamboat Realty is collecting toys again this year to take to Denver Children’s Hospital on behalf of Moose Barrow’s Mickey’s Fund. This annual toy drive collects more than 3,000 toys every year for children and families who will be spending their holiday season in the hospital.
The Soroco High School wrestling program will play host to nine teams Saturday, an important tournament for wrestling in the region, according to Rams coach Jay Whaley.
Steamboat begins running the Sundown Express, Sunshine and South Peak chairlifts Thursday, providing access to the sunniest trails on the upper ski area.
What Arielle Gold hopes is a journey to Russia kicked off with a great first step.
The Ghost Ranch will host a benefit for the Philippines on Thursday. Local band Acutonic and DJ Dra-La will perform.
City Clerk Julie Franklin said Wednesday that two other existing medical marijuana dispensaries are in the process of applying for a retail permit. Should all three succeed, they would fill out the limit of three in Steamboat Springs under an ordinance approved by the Steamboat Springs City Council in September.
After hearing from staff and members of the public, the Routt County Board of Commissioners directed staff to look into creating a process for minor amendments to the boundary and a way to define what is considered minor.
8:42 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of trash that had been left outside for several days in the 2500 block of Val D’Isere Circle.
U.S. Highway 40 was closed for part of the day Wednesday about 1 mile east of Hayden as officials investigated a fatal crash.
Chris Cole, currently the airport operations officer at the Albuquerque International Sunport in New Mexico, has been named the city of Steamboat Springs' next airport manager.
Some water bills temporarily higher than usual as city of Steamboat gets everyone on same billing cycle
Some bills are higher because the city is working to get all of its customers on the same billing cycle, and the latest round of bills included 45 days of service for some customers instead of the usual 30.
The Nordic skiers of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club couldn’t be off to a better start to the season after the weekend’s performance at Grand Mesa.
Yule Log Clue No. 3 of 10
We trust our endorsement of the Tennis Center and the management may add weight to the decision to maintain and improve a first-class asset for all the community to enjoy in years to come.
When you shop Steamboat, your dollars stay local, too. For every $1 spent at a locally owned business, it is estimated that 45 cents is reinvested in the local economy. When you shop online, that number is zero.
While the UGB has been beneficial, the Steamboat Pilot & Today thinks the plan should not be treated as a “sacred cow” that is never subject to review or revision. The proposal to discuss possible adjustments to the plan is healthy and an important step in planning for the city’s continued growth.
Tuesday, December 10
It was a dominating performance Tuesday night at home for the Soroco High School girls basketball team.
The Soroco High School boys basketball team got off on the right foot Tuesday night as it opened the season with a 55-34 win against North Park.
The city of Steamboat is hosting Kids Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Igloo at Howelsen for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. The PG-rated movie “Planes” will be screened and macaroni and cheese and carrots will be served. Register at the Parks and Recreation office or online at www.steamboatsprings.net/youth.
The Hayden High School girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season.
Leroy Fief, 49, of Craig, was sentenced to 30 years in prison, one year after he stabbed Shane Arredondo to death.
The West Routt Fire Protection District has filled its ranks with a third full-time firefighter, and a fourth should be hired in January.
Former Steamboat Springs racers Shane McLean, and Hig Roberts will take on the best college ski racers in the world over the next week as the World University Games take center stage in Trentino, Italy.
Downtown stakeholders in Steamboat Springs to take first step toward getting funding for improvement district
Next week, the Steamboat City Council will be asked to approve several new appointments to the city's seven-member downtown business improvement district board that has sat dormant and inactive since the last tax vote failed six years ago.
12:39 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a car doing donuts at a parking lot hotel in the 3100 block of South Lincoln Avenue. The driver was given a warning.
Brisk winds across the Steamboat and Flat Tops area were expected to create shallow, easterly wind slabs, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, but the real danger in the backcountry remains slabs sitting on surface or deep hoar.
The city received more than 20 applications for the trails steering committee, and 11 applications for the Yampa River Promenade steering committee.
A slight warm-up is in the forecast for Steamboat, the city of Steamboat Springs has launched a new map for Nordic ski trails and the city was flooded with applications for lodging tax committees.
Yule Log Clue No. 2 of 10
Monday, December 9
With great foresight, the founders of this nation endeavored to protect private property from the federal government. In the West, we know that this protection extends to privately held water rights. Unfortunately, recent history has shown that the federal government is more than willing to overreach its authority to try and acquire private water rights, through coercion if necessary.
Colorado Gives Day is today. The 24-hour fundraising event, which ends at midnight, is designed to encourage people to donate to nonprofit organizations in their hometowns.
The Steamboat Springs School District has battled for months to withdraw from the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services. The district is now within two weeks of finding out if CDE granted its wish.
Extremely cold temperatures have arrived in Routt County, making it harder to start and warm up vehicles. But one local program is pushing a no-idling campaign in hopes of saving folks money and releasing fewer toxins into the air.
The map shows the status of all the trails and when you click on a trail, more information such as grooming notes is displayed.
The trails committee alone attracted 28 applicants, many with diverse professional backgrounds ranging from a welder at Moots cycles to a nurse at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
12:41 a.m. Officers spotted a man riding on the back of a Colorado Department of Transportation snowplow at Walton Creek Road and U.S. Highway 40. After he was spotted, the man jumped off the vehicle and tried to run from the police. Police caught up with the man nearby and determined he was intoxicated. The man said he rode on the plow from downtown to Walton Pond. The man was issued a ticket for illegally riding on the back of a vehicle.
The bad news for powderhounds is there isn’t much snow expected to accompany the ongoing cold spell.
At 6 p.m. Thursday, the Oak Creek Town Board will consider a supplemental budget for 2013, three items related to the town’s 2014 budget, an update in the salary schedule, adoption of a capital improvements plan and a snow removal plan, among other items.
The Steamboat Springs High School varsity girls basketball team didn't exactly play the toughest teams on its schedule over the weekend, but after a pair of big wins, the Sailors are ready to line up against some better competition on Thursday.
Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball opened up a huge halftime lead and cruised to a big win Saturday against Basalt. The Sailors are now 3-0 on the season heading into their home tournament this weekend.
Plenty of cross-country skiers Saturday will be enjoying the third year of the partnership between Rossi Ranches and Oak Creek that created a skate ski trail loop on the town's southern edge.
The best annual meteor shower of the year is in progress this week and is rising toward a spectacular peak before dawn next Saturday morning Dec. 14. It’s the Geminid meteor shower, and it could bring as many as 120 shooting stars per hour to our sky.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 10 inches of new snow in the past 48 hours at mid-mountain and the summit.
Storm Peak Brewing Co. should be open by the end of April, Steamboat School District was honored among the state's best and a Soda Creek Elementary School teacher is using healthy foods in lesson plans.
A couple of weeks ago, I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My parents joined us as did some close friends, and I even got to ski with my family. And then perhaps best of all, at dinner was the sharing of gratefulness that took place around our table. With thoughtful insights from the youngest to the oldest, we enjoyed laughter as well as tears as we clinked our glasses together.
Sunday, December 8
The log hunt will begin across Steamboat Springs today. The Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association sponsor the 34th annual event.
As Colorado Mountain College’s “Campaign to Sustain the Miracle on a Mountain” winds to a close, each of us involved and all of those who have benefited want to express our gratitude to the philanthropists who supported Lucy Bogue’s dream that is now the “new” CMC-Steamboat. The new student Academic Center on Woodchuck Hill truly is something in which each of us takes great pride.
The Elevation Dance Studio's second production of "The Nutcracker" opens with its first of three shows at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Steamboat Springs High School theater.
Serina Kidd’s maintained momentum to her strong start to the season Saturday and Sunday, the 17-year old Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athlete logging two strong results at College Spectacular FIS U races in Loveland.
It was only the first wrestling tournament of the season, but the results for Routt County wrestlers were huge and coaches can only hope it’s a sign of things to come.
The U.S. Nordic combined Ski Team got a jolt Sunday as Bryan Fletcher and Todd Lodwick combined to finish 10th and 11th in Norway.
Steamboat Springs School District was recognized for the fourth straight year as one of the top districts in the state. Three of the districts' schools also received high honors at last week's Colorado Department of Education awards ceremony.
Colorado Gives Day is back for its fourth year running, starting at 12:00 a.m. Tuesday. It is a 24-hour online fundraising event for nonprofit organizations, and this year, 12 Routt County nonprofit groups are participating.
Routt County Search and Rescue was able to pull two lost snowmobilers to safety near Buffalo Pass on Sunday morning.
Spend time with Tom Litteral, and you’ll soon discover someone who is passionate about birding and nature in general. The retired park ranger and firefighter, who now serves as a city bus driver, has been able to share his love for feather finding through involvement in Yampa Valley Birding Club, a group he helped begin shortly after he moved to Steamboat 20 years ago.
12:53 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a parking complaint at the corner of Missouri Avenue and Larimer Street. Officers didn't take action.
Here's a recipe for a delicious high fiber breakfast for a cold Colorado morning.
Fresh, healthier recipes that highlight the taste and nutrients of plant-based holiday dishes were the focus of the “Real Food” presentation at Yampa Valley Medical Center on Dec. 4.
Yampa Valley Medical Center will celebrate 100 years of hospital heritage with the publication of a history book in 2014, according to a news release.
Because so much of the national discussion lately has centered on health, the Affordable Care Act and its troubles, you might think that health insurance is all that matters when it comes to making people healthy. It isn’t. That good health is more than health care was a point I heard many times on my recent Fulbright fellowship visit to Canada, and it’s a topic we don’t talk much about in the U.S.
I received a call last week from a very unhappy home baker. She recently had relocated to Northwest Colorado and made her family’s favorite chocolate cake with miserable results. When she opened the oven, she discovered that it had overflowed the pan, making a mess of her oven and leaving a dense, sunken blob behind.
Grady Turner started incorporating healthy food in the classroom when he noticed childhood obesity was on the rise.
The desire to compete in the Olympics is almost a nationwide dream, but for all of us, statistically, those rings never are more than a figment of our imagination. In Steamboat Springs, it’s at least a little different. In Steamboat, athletes and their families have to make difficult decisions, have honest conversations about the chances and ask, “Is it worth it?”
Saturday, December 7
With all the news these days about iPhones being stolen by not so stellar people, it is wonderful to experience just the opposite here in Steamboat.
There have been some very anti-Obama and anti-Democratic letters in the paper lately. Fine. It’s called free speech. Maybe not fair, but free.
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in the Christmas rush — putting up the tree, stringing the house with lights and filling wish lists for family and friends. But in the middle of all the excitement, it’s important to slow down, take a deep breath and really grasp the meaning of the season.
Steamboat Springs High School hockey pulled out a thrilling win Friday night. On Saturday night, the Sailors easily handled Kent Denver with a six-goal victory.
Hayden High School boys basketball coach Mike Luppes has injuries and inexperienced players lining up on his bench. The Tigers went 0-2 during Saturday's doubleheader, but Luppes is confident in the direction his squad is traveling.
Playing four quarters is troubling Hayden High School girls basketball, the Tigers' coach said. On Saturday, Hayden played eight quarters but dropped both contests to Saratoga and Encampment.
Patrick Kueng of Switzerland was nearly flawless as he raced to his first World Cup victory and halted Aksel Lund Svindal's super-G winning streak at four.
Rocky Mountain Division Nordic combined results for Dec. 7, 2013
Saturday's first Nordic combined event of the season at Howelsen Hill didn't necessarily feature household names, but it did serve as a critical start and qualifier for upcoming world events.
Soroco High School girls basketball is 2-1 after a 23-point win against Rangely on Saturday afternoon at the Meeker Shoot-Out. A hot-shooting second half and a stifling defense proved to be key in the Rams' win.
The Americans once again made up considerable differences in their overall scores at the World Cup's second Nordic combined competition Saturday. Steamboat's Bryan Fletcher paced all Americans with a 16th-place finish.
Real estate transactions for Dec. 2 to 5, 2013
10:29 a.m. Officers were called to a report of an ex-boyfriend who called a business and fraudulently said his ex-girlfriend was going to work while on drugs.
Storm Peak Brewing Co. recently signed a lease and should be open by the end of April.
Top 10 most-viewed stories for the week of Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, 2013
Routt County Board of Commissioners agenda for Dec. 9 and 10, 2013
Sage grouse numbers have declined slowly in recent years, prompting conservation groups to have the federal government consider the bird for the endangered species list. If that happens, it could have negative economic impacts on Colorado and Moffat County.
Dec. 7, 2013, marks the 72nd anniversary of the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese — also our entry into WWII. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, bless his memory, called it “a day that will live in infamy.”
The Yule Log hunt will begin across Steamboat on Monday. The Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association sponsor the 34th annual event.
Friday, December 6
Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for the week of Dec. 9
Routt County school lunch menus for the week of Dec. 9
Soroco scored 19-unanswered points in Friday's game against Meeker, but it wasn't enough to give the Rams the win.
The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team got an overtime goal from Ben Wharton, giving them a thrilling 4-3 win against Battle Mountain that, at the start of the third period seemed impossible.
The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team erupted for a 22-point third quarter to pull away from Roaring Fork on Friday night.
Steamboat trailed 10-1 early but rallied for a comfortable win against Roaring Fork.
As usual, Aksel Lund Svindal was super fast on this hill. And it didn’t matter that organizers altered the layout. The Norwegian star still navigated it to near perfection, even with falling snow, freezing temperatures and low visibility.
CDOT has budgeted to spend $6 million on the project on U.S. Highway 40 where it runs between Snow Bowl Plaza and 13th Street, and between Third Street and the pullout near the base of Rabbit Ears Pass.
Michael Buckley is the latest addition to RE/MAX Partners in Steamboat Springs, according to a news release.
Hopping onto a snowboard for the first time in a decade can be a frightening experience for a Steamboat rookie. With the patience of the right instructor, however, it can build enough confidence to make it a memorable winter season.
12:08 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a very drunken man at a bar in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. The man was given a ride home.
At a South Routt Medical Center board meeting Monday, members of the public showed up to ask questions and gain more insight into the health of the center’s finances.
Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports will be putting on a two-day event at Steamboat Ski Area in late March. A black-tie dinner and a series of ski and snowboard challenges will highlight the weekend.
A 19-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces two felony charges after police said a debit card was stolen from a car in the Fairview neighborhood and then illegally used.
Partners in Routt County is moving to Sundance at Fish Creek to join a slew of other nonprofits.
You could look at a movie like “Out of the Furnace” and say things only go from bad to worse to rock bottom. Then, once the floor caves in, there’s a new standard for substandard conditions, but that just makes the climb back up all the more important.
The graffiti artist who found himself in jail after tagging his own pumpkin has been sentenced to 20 days in jail.
Thankfully for Broncos fans the choice is still a few years down the road, but I have to wonder if Peyton Manning will retire as a Bronco, or a Colt?
Jim Snyder spoke to the attendees of Tuesday's Business Outlook Breakfast about Steamboat Ski Area’s newest projects, such as Four Points Lodge and night skiing, and items that will be happening during the upcoming season.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting a 32 inch base at mid-mountain and a 39 inch base at the summit.
A Steamboat dog is recovering from ingesting what's suspected to have been marijuana, two men are arrested after Steamboat homes are searched and the Triple Crown wants more fields to play on in Steamboat.
Thursday, December 5
Injuries and foul trouble threatened to spoil Soroco High School girls basketball's first game of the season, but a bench full of freshmen and sophomores stepped up and got the Rams an overtime win on the road.
Holiday Wishes program volunteers are hoping to collect gifts this year for more than 400 local families selected by Routt County United Way.
A strong fourth quarter by North Park sank Hayden High School girls basketball to 0-1 after its season opener Thursday night.
For some reason, when it comes to education, the benchmark is another school just down the road or across the state. Rarely, if ever, do school systems compare themselves to their international counterparts.
Two men were arrested after two separate searches were conducted Wednesday in Steamboat Springs by the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force.
It has been more than a week since Hailey ingested suspected marijuana, and she still has not returned to being her old self.
St. Paul’s is about halfway through its funding campaign to retire the debt on its new sanctuary and to fund the new internship program.
The city's Parks and Recreation Commission next week will talk about the possibility of adding baseball games at Emerald Park this summer.
The Steamboat Springs School Board approved an official high school swim team less than a month ago, but because very few girls turned out for the program, the season was cancelled Thursday.
The 10th annual Steamboat Mountain Film Festival concludes Friday with the Reel Awards.
1:59 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a business that wanted to complain about snow being pushed onto the business's property in the 2600 block of Jacob Circle.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is going through the city of Steamboat Springs’ process to establish a new rental location on Downhill Drive in west Steamboat.
I’ll bet every dog- and cat-owning family has their special Christmas traditions. Our family did, and much of it revolved around sparing the beautiful heirloom ornaments on the tree, not to mention the tree itself.
The bill affects every resident, and the ripple effect from the changes, or lack of changes, will be felt by all of us. The sheer size of the bill at $500 billion in these times of budget gridlock has increased the controversy in what historically has been a relatively bipartisan bill.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 2 inches of new snow at mid-mountain in the past 24 hours.
Community members are buzzing about the future of the vacant TIC campus, the deadline to apply for new lodging tax committees is Friday and dry snow is in the forecast for Steamboat.
Bud Werner Memorial Library is hosting a free All About Sketchbooking workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Library Hall to offer information, inspiration and guided instruction for anyone who wants to participate in The Sketchbook Project.
Wednesday, December 4
Routt County residents have until Friday to apply for their chance to help oversee the spending of Steamboat Springs' lodging tax dollars on trails and the Yampa River Promenade.
Overnight lows on Wednesday and Thursday nights were expected to reach 15 degrees below zero with highs of just 13 degrees on Thursday and 11 on Friday, but temperatures should bounce back to daily highs of 18 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.
The holiday season is ramping up this weekend in Hayden with a series of events.
The man involved in a standoff with police at a Steamboat Springs hotel has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years of unsupervised probation.
Casey Earp, an economic development Intern for the city of Steamboat Springs, acknowledges the idea is "pie in the sky," but he's hopeful community groups can come together and boost the local food market regardless.
Business leader says company considering selling large office park at the city's western edge as two parcels.
City Manager Deb Hinsvark was speaking at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Business Outlook Breakfast Tuesday about the recent change in the City Council’s composition.
6:26 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the first block of Steamboat Boulevard. A resident said a car was parked in a neighbor’s driveway, and the neighbor was out of town. Everything was fine.
Winter Sports Club skiers got off to a strong start last weekend at a season-opening meet in Montana.
The early returns are good for the Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team. The Sailors opened their season Tuesday night with a win against Summit.
Routt County high school sports kick into gear this weekend as teams head for tournaments and other action.
Wednesday marked the first powder day of the year at Steamboat Ski Area. While opening day was last week, Wednesday is the true skiers rite of passage.
Anti-Second Amendment Colorado Sen. Hudak resigned last Wednesday rather than face a recall election, which she was certain to lose.
The First Friday Artwalk runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at venues across Steamboat.
The Steamboat Art Museum opens "The Russian Experience" during the First Friday Artwalk.
The inaugural Art & Soul of Hospice art show benefits the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Hospice and Palliative Care Program.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting that 7.5 inches of new snow fell at mid-mountain since the resort closed yesterday.
The historic Butterfly Barn could be moved to create a new entryway to Steamboat Ski Area, Steamboat City Council voted to give itself a raise and Oak Creek will address the tire pile on its own property.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife information-gathering, the large migrations of elk in far Northwest Colorado didn't come early enough to make the big-game hunting easy on everyone.
Tuesday, December 3
The Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club will be selling a specially designed Christmas ornament commemorating the 100th anniversary of Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. This marks the 31st year the local club has been selling unique ornaments as its major fundraiser.
The funding for base area improvements from the city's urban renewal authority is scarce again for 2014, but that won't stop several smaller-scale projects from going forward.
Steamboat residents 12 years ago voted to give the council annual pay raises based on the consumer price index in Denver and Boulder. But when the city cut the pay of its employees four years ago during the Great Recession, the council at the time didn't feel comfortable receiving those raises and voted them down every year until Tuesday night.
The informational sessions should be especially helpful for people who are shopping for a new health insurance plan that they would like to take effect as soon as Jan. 1.
Sensing a void for leaders of Steamboat Springs businesses, Jay O’Hare and Todd Musselman have created Radiate Forum to show it doesn’t have to be lonely at the top.
The 4 Yellow Foundation is moving on. Our volunteer committee members have returned to their family and business lives. However, 4 Yellow is forever.
Throughout the Amendment 66 discussions, we heard three things loud and clear — this community supports education, and given our growth and education goals, there is a funding need on the horizon. Third, supporting our education system is a bipartisan, shared value.
Two people have been extradited from Florida and charged with dealing heroin in Steamboat Springs.
This past week, Routt County commissioners tabled a request to amend a gravel hauling permit to expand the hours gravel can be hauled from the Steamboat Sand and Gravel pit on Colorado Highway 131 south of Steamboat Springs.
Now, both city and county government are revisiting the criteria for expanding Steamboat’s city limits and asking, “Is it too hard for landowners to win an exception to the hard urban growth boundaries?”
The automated forecast for Storm Peak at the top of the ski area expects between 15 and 23 inches to fall overnight and during the day Wednesday.
Oak Creek staff is working toward disposing of a tire pile on town property that was once part of a shooting range.
A 21-year-old Steamboat Springs man who police said approached several underage teenage girls and asked them for sex in exchange for money in July has been arrested for violating probation.
6:35 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a person who found a driver's license in the 2800 block of Riverside Plaza.
The town of Oak Creek has launched a new website, www.townofoakcreek.com, for town business and information.
A snowy weather pattern is in store for Steamboat, state and county officials plan to visit a South Routt tire pile and Scholarship Day set a new record for Steamboat Ski Area.
Monday, December 2
Pharmacists cannot determine with any certainty where a prescription drug has been and whether it has been secured or safely stored on its way to the pharmacy. Making matters worse, there is no uniform oversight of this supply chain, where prescription drugs pass through many different hands (manufacturers, distributors, dispensers and re-packagers). All that exists is a patchwork of state regulations that vary enormously from state to state.
Most of us have been hearing these words for years and attempt to make at least some of our purchases locally. But, with the ease of shopping on the internet in the middle of night with our jammies on, or the perceived great deals we think we can get in Denver or at big box stores, we often don’t even look to see if the same products are available here in Steamboat.
There is a land-use proposal being discussed by the City of Steamboat Springs and Routt County. This proposal to modify the criteria for changes to the Urban Growth Boundary could affect the long-term quality of life of our community. This initiative is under the radar even though it is the most important land-use proposal since Steamboat 700.
The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team trailed for all but two minutes of its season opener on Monday night, but a late rally pushed the Sailors to 1-0 on the season.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball followed the lead of seniors Mikaila Jegtvig and Ashley Spitellie Monday night, beating Grand Junction Central 46-32 to start the season with a win.
The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team opens up its season Friday at Battle Mountain. The Sailors are hoping a small but speedy, tenacious lineup will carry them to a winning season.
Skiers who ventured out for last week's Scholarship Day at the Steamboat Ski Area helped set a new record for donations and helped local skiers in the process.
12:17 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a vehicle complaint at Howelsen Hill.
The wind direction at and above mountain top is from a westerly direction, which means all mountains can see good snow because this wind gets lifted up by the mountains and rising air creates snow.
The case stemming from Cooper Larsh’s death at Howelsen Hill in 2011 has reached the oral argument stage at the Colorado Court of Appeals.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and a representative from Routt County plan to survey the site of a waste tire complaint in South Routt County.
Comet ISON 2012 S1 made its death-defying plunge into the sun’s atmosphere on Thanksgiving Day, and the sun won.
See what some local athletes are achieving in their collegiate careers.
Steamboat Springs City Council will discuss employee salary increases Tuesday, the forecast calls for snow and cold temperatures and poor jumping results hamper the U.S. Nordic combined team.
Sunday, December 1
Mark Maseros used to be a repeat customer at the ER — when he wasn’t in jail for drugs or theft. Now 54, Maseros spent three decades living homeless in Denver. Hooked on heroin that he took to self-medicate what he now recognizes as an anxiety disorder, he was taken to the emergency room after overdosing. Or he walked in with panic attacks.
They’re victims of car accidents, they’ve been shot or they threatened their parents. They have overdosed on cocaine, swallowed too many pills or passed out drunk. On an average Friday or Saturday night, they can make up about half of the sick, injured and wounded crowding the rooms and hallways of the emergency department at Denver Health.
The wrestling teams of Routt County high schools don’t return with all the experience that they have had in past years, but coaches of the tree area teams are excited and confident nonetheless.
Opening weekend conditions at the Steamboat Ski Area were some of the best in recent memory, and the forecast is calling for even more snow and the season's coldest conditions to date.
A bereavement support group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Rollingstone Respite House. The group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Call 970-871-7628 prior to attending your first meeting.
The U.S. Nordic combined Ski Team placed seventh Sunday in a team relay event at the World Cup, capping two days of competition that were hampered by the team's poor jumping.
Tuesday's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting will focus on the new pay plan for city employees as well as the individual roles for those who will serve on the 2A steering committees.
1:44 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a disturbance at the 900 block of Pine Grove Circle. A woman said her brother showed up next to her bed and said he was evil and then he threatened her with a knife. Other relatives came in and tackled the man and restrained him until officers arrive. Police said everyone was drunk. A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing.
Skier Grant Juschka was enjoying a classic powder day in February when he stopped on a steep pitch to wait for skiers ahead to find a lost ski. When the line was clear, he pushed off a cornice, eager to meet his buddies at the bottom of the hill. Chilled and in a poor position, he awkwardly turned and faltered, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.
Despite the fact there is more research than ever before on effective parenting techniques, it can be confusing to know what to do, what to say or when to reward or discipline.
Enjoying the fall harvest of fruits and vegetables is one of the reasons for celebrating Thanksgiving — the fruits and vegetables are fresh, low cost and delicious.
Walt Evans served as the executive director of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club from 1979 to 1983.
This fall, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Board of Directors announced the hiring of Jim Boyne to serve as the club’s new executive director, effective Oct. 21. Boyne replaces 14-year director Rick DeVos.
This is a great way to use those turkey leftovers.
A timeline of notable events from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's 100-year history.
These days, former freestyle skier Lauren Crawford is living hundreds of miles from the snow-covered ski slopes of Steamboat Ski Area, but she will never forget the influence the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club had on her as a child.
When former Alpine ski racer Andy LeRoy came to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club at age 8, he was hoping to learn to ski while also finding a place to go when the school bell rang at the end of the day. But many years after his last top-level race, he realized that the club not only taught him to ski, it gave him a path to find success.
Sunshine Owens landed in Steamboat Springs in the mid-1990s after searching the country for a place that offered top-level ski training and a true high school experience. Once she arrived in Steamboat, Owens quickly discovered that being part of the Winter Sports Club was about a lot more than skiing.
Lane Shipley knew he had it good growing up in Steamboat Springs, and he took advantage of almost every opportunity the town provided. “I was a product of the Steamboat Springs lifestyle,” Shipley said. “When you are young, you can do anything in our town, and I did everything.”
As the owner of Nordic Excavating, Ricky Mewborn's phone rings when people need a hole for a foundation, have snow moved from the driveway or want to place a few big rocks along the banks of the Yampa River to improve river flow. But before that, he was representing the United States as one of the top special jumpers in the world.
Historian Sureva Towler set out in the mid-1980s to tell the story of one of Steamboat Springs’ most cherished institutions. It took four years, but when she finished, Towler had published “The History of Skiing in Steamboat Springs,” and she created a reference where people could access our town’s rich and long skiing history in one place.
Our good friend, the brilliant (late) Tony Blankley, told me shortly after President Barack Obama was inaugurated a truly scary story. Obama’s first major executive order to be signed as he entered his first term in office was for the eventual closure of the Guantanamo Bay facility. Upon signing it, he handed one of the pens to his lead counsel, Greg Craig, while offhandedly asking, “Where are we going to put them?”