Thursday, February 28
Smartphones provide skiers and boarders with an extension of the skiing experience and enhance the sport in many ways. But how much is too much?
Colorado’s two United States senators are hopeful the return of pat-downs and metal detectors at Yampa Valley Regional Airport is only temporary.
Blake Thomas Kelly, a 2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, has completed his first semester at Westminster College in Salt Lake City.
Gold put down a frontside 900, backside 540, frontside 720, cab 720 and a frontside 540 for her highest score of the day at 80.3.
The collection of graphite portraits, detailed pen and ink drawings and mixed-media pieces is on display for the month of March and opens during First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m.
It was a completely new experience walking into a fully equipped recording studio last summer, armed with several songs they’d honed on stages around the west.
Marsh Gooding soared to the top spot at the Snowbowl Cup last weekend near Missoula, Mont., marking the first time a Steamboat Springs Gelande jumper has won the event.
The race is expected to sell out quickly, and race directors encouraged people to be ready to register a noon Friday.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team pulled the biggest upset of the first round of the Class 4A tournament Tuesday and no doubt earn that distinction again if they find a way around Windsor in a 7 p.m. game Friday.
The Hayden High School boys basketball team plays Friday in the district tournament against Paonia.
This year’s concert is slated for 7 p.m. March 14, 15 and 16 in the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium.
Feathers were ruffled in August when eight irrigation ditches in the Elk River Valley were shut down because they didn’t have flow-measuring devices. This year, the Routt County CSU Extension is working to get ahead of the drought.
You might think rural youths don’t go to college because they work on the family ranch, but most families involved in Routt County agriculture send their children to obtain a college degree.
11:08 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a person who had friends who needed help because they were stuck in a set of handcuffs in the 2300 block of Storm Meadows Drive.
The phone and Internet service is back online at the Steamboat Springs School District's central office after an outage earlier in the day.
“He helps us in so many ways; it’s unbelievable. Offensively, defensively, scoring, passing, rebounding and blocked shots. He’s the whole package.” — Hayden coach Mike Luppes
Billy Demong led the way for the U.S. Nordic combined team Thursday in the large hill competition at the World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy, skiing to a 15th-place finish.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting a mid-mountain base of 63 inches.
Yampa Valley Regional Airport loses its full-body scanner to a larger airport, the mother of a skier who died on Howelsen Hill testified before the state Senate and a South Routt group focused on recreation is soliciting community feedback.
Wednesday, February 27
Yampa Valley Regional Airport official says TSA decision creates security concerns, passenger delays
The manager of Yampa Valley Regional Airport is concerned the entire country’s airport security system could be at greater risk because sophisticated passenger screening machines are being poached from smaller airports and moved to larger ones.
Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett announced Tuesday that the organization successfully raised the $2,200 needed to purchase flower baskets for downtown Steamboat Springs. Barnett wrote that more than 50 people donated $20 to $500 toward the summer tradition.
The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team fell to Golden in the first round of the state playoffs Wednesday.
With one of the biggest halfpipes ever, there’s no doubt that the best snowboarders in the world in town for the Burton U.S. Open this week are going to throw big runs in today’s semifinals and Saturday’s finals.
I’m sure that when the ski area’s development came into its own it must have seemed like an explosion to the locals. As an Easterner and a non-skier, I thought I’d throw in a few historic tidbits the old-timers, history buffs, ski historians and 10th Mountain Division heroes might not remember.
Freedom. Can’t live without it. So we have a conference every fall to reinforce it. The Steamboat Institute brings it to us. What a privilege we have in that respect, and another sterling set of speakers, too.
Maureen Ryan, the mother of a skier who died on Howelsen Hill in 2011, testified Wednesday before the state Senate Judiciary Committee about a bill that proposes to increase the damages cap for a lawsuit against a government entity.
Area forecasters are expecting 2 to 6 inches for the ski area by Saturday morning, and then it’s time to break out the sunscreen.
12:15 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of prescription drugs taken from a hotel room in the 2200 block of Village Inn Court.
A glance at how college athletes with ties to Routt County are doing
Parties in South Routt County have formed a coalition focused on recreation, and they’re now looking for input from the community.
At 6 p.m. Thursday, the Oak Creek Town Board will have another work session on the town's policy/action plan matrix.
The moves by the Moffat County Board of Commissioners and the Craig City Council mirror steps being taken by government officials in Hayden and Steamboat Springs.
A bill defining how high is too high to be behind the wheel of a car has cleared the initial hurdle after it was passed unanimously by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 10 inches of new snow at mid-mountain in the past 24 hours.
Steamboat Ski Area gets county approval for a new Four Points dining facility, a Hayden preacher is scheduled for a kidney transplant and Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball won a state playoff game.
Tuesday, February 26
With a 32-30 win at Green Mountain on Tuesday, the Steamboat girls basketball team won its first playoff game in more than a decade.
The Soroco boys basketball team gave district No. 2 Meeker a scare Tuesday night before falling, 64-53.
The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition is sponsoring a contest for the first crane sighting of the season.
The Soroco girls basketball team lost to Rangely on Tuesday in the opening round of the district tournament.
The Hayden High School girls basketball team lost in the first round of district playoffs Tuesday.
Tuesday was a day of breakthroughs for Montana Dalman and more than 20 other kids from across the country who traveled to Steamboat Springs to take part in the Sunshine Kids Winter Games.
The state's venerable Colorado Ski Safety Act, which outlines responsibilities for skiers and resort operators, could be tested in two wrongful-death cases in which judges recently denied resort-operator requests to dismiss.
The modest Hayden preacher who found it difficult to ask for help is scheduled to receive a kidney transplant Wednesday from a member of his church.
Steamboat Ski Area has tentative plans to replace the existing Four Points Hut at 9,700 feet on Mount Werner as soon as this summer with a two-story building that would allow for a new dining concept as well as more restrooms and seating.
Opportunities to substantially reduce emissions of so-called “greenhouse gases” and at the same time promote private-sector investment and create new jobs are rare. On Feb. 13, I watched just such an opportunity squandered in a state Senate committee hearing room in Denver.
Proposed legislation that would give firefighters in local municipalities like Steamboat Springs collective bargaining rights is bad policy that should be rejected by lawmakers in the Colorado House of Representatives.
Last year, the Autism Program’s largest annual fundraiser brought in $26,000 through the event's ticket sales as well as silent and live auctions.
Baby teeth have a purpose in the overall health and development of the young child. These teeth and healthy gums are needed for good nutrition and for learning to speak.
In the 2007 aftermath of a botched election with no transparency and blatant rigging, more than 1,000 Kenyans killed one another and as many as 600,000 were forced from their homes.
2:29 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bus driver who needed help with a drunken man on a bus at the Gondola Transit Center. The man was given a ride and released to a sober person.
Named for the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System atop Haleakala volcano on the island of Maui, Comet PanSTARRS is the first of a potential trifecta of bright comets coming in 2013.
Pacing Steamboat finishers was Tammy Jacques, who won her 45-49 division and was 16th overall in the Female Elite Wave.
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country team had 40 athletes compete in a pair of events at the Frisco Nordic Center during the weekend.
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle moguls team wrapped up the regular season during the weekend at the Rocky Mountain Divisional Championships in Steamboat.
Steamboat's Madi McKinstry and Jeffrey Gay each won U.S. Telemark National Championships during the weekend.
First Friday Artwalk runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at various downtown Steamboat Springs venues.
A marijuana blood limit for drivers is back before Colorado lawmakers, with special urgency now that the drug is legal for adults.
EAGLE-Net Alliance, the much-criticized taxpayer-funded broadband project that aims to connect every school district in the state to a high-speed fiber-optic network, has committed about $96 million of its $100.6 million federal grant.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 1 new inch of snow at mid-mountain since the resort closed yesterday.
More snow is on the way to Steamboat before it starts to warm up, United Express flight performance at Yampa Valley Regional Airport is improving and Moots' trail maintenance bike takes home trade show awards.
Teen Council leaders said Maddie Labor “has a positive and kind attitude and works hard to always include everyone.”
Monday, February 25
In Steamboat Springs, full-day kindergarten funding an ongoing challenge for both parents and educators
Paul Sachs told the leaders of the Steamboat Springs School District last month their inability to fund a full day of kindergarten forces some young students here to ask their parents a tough question: Why are some of my friends always going home halfway through the school day?
As the parents of two of the young men affected by last Friday’s house fire, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Steamboat Springs community. The outpouring of kindness and generosity bestowed on our sons and their roommates was absolutely awe-inspiring.
On Feb. 17, a group of friends got together to support a Steamboat local battling leukemia.
It takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to create a fun-packed Winter Studies Day.
This is a big week for basketball teams from Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Soroco as playoffs take the game to new levels.
The late-night flight from Denver to Hayden has been a source of frustration for passengers and resort officials since the fall.
A bike designed here to carry an 18-inch chainsaw, a rogue hoe and a six-pack of beer piqued the interest of several spectators and the judges at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Denver.
Tom Ross: With global luminaries gathering in Long Beach, conference video will be live in Steamboat's Library Hall
TED is a nonprofit organization bringing together creative people from the broad fields of technology, entertainment and design, and spreading their innovative ideas.
1:11 a.m. Officers were called to a report of four men in their early 20s throwing snowballs at a Steamboat Springs Transit bus at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Police caught up with the men and told them not to throw any more snowballs.
Steamboat was represented at the Mountain States Girls Hockey League championships in Littleton by U-12, U-14 and U-19 teams. None made it to the championship round.
Forecasters are calling for a few more days of snow showers this week in the Yampa Valley before a change in the weather.
A snowmobiler was injured on Rabbit Ears Pass, the U.S. Nordic combined team grabs bronze at the World Championships and the state tournament brackets for the Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls basketball teams were revealed.
National ag week, Spring Creek trail closure and the Livewell program highlight the comings and going in Steamboat.
Sunday, February 24
Monday work session and Tuesday meeting.
12:08 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to help a driver at Walton Creek Road and South Lincoln Avenue.
Every garden has a personality as unique as its creator. When we plant a garden, we choose plants for site and climate, plus color, shape, vigor, disease resistance, bloom time and fragrance.
It’s easy to talk to Leah Hemeyer and Ashley Prescott. They are friendly, compassionate and understand complex factors that can make a person feel hopeless about his or her life. They also know about resources that can help people who are struggling with depression get on a path toward feeling better.
Taylor Fletcher, Bryan Fletcher, Todd Lodwick and Billy Demong teamed up to place third in the team relay event at the World Championships in Italy on Sunday.
Winterfest in Oak Creek likely is to be the only time Irene Hoff can throw an egg at her mayor without getting into any trouble. After a six-year hiatus, Winterfest returned to the South Routt County town Sunday.
The Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls basketball teams found out their state fates on Sunday as the brackets for the Class 4A state basketball tournaments were revealed.
A Routt County Search and Rescue team is tending to an injured 33-year-old snowmobiler who reportedly drove his sled off of a cliff on Rabbit Ears Pass.
When she was 3, Torrie Smith tripped on an uneven sidewalk, fell face down onto some steps and broke four front teeth. An emergency room doctor stopped the bleeding and gave her something for the pain, but Torrie didn’t get to a dentist for six months — her first time ever to a dentist — because her parents didn’t have dental insurance and didn’t have cash to pay for an examination.
By upending the market for free-market homes, the financial crisis and resulting recession also upended the discussion about affordable workforce housing in Routt County. Now, before the next potential housing shortage develops, the community is faced with the opportunity to consider what was learned during the last run-up and what, if anything, should be done to influence how Steamboat Springs and Routt County grow in the future.
It’s been almost 10 years since the Yampa Valley Housing Authority was formed by an intergovernmental agreement between the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County.
Saturday, February 23
A scorecard that attempts to rank U.S. ski resorts by their environmental impacts falls short of fairly depicting the Steamboat Ski Area and its overall efforts at sustainability.
Recent slanted reporting that appeared in the Steamboat Pilot & Today insists Colorado racial minorities are harmed by less school funding than many other states receive. However, the I-News Network’s selective peek at the facts misleads readers and distracts them from real promising solutions.
Mary O'Connell won her second and third NCAA races of her career during the weekend.
Kent Eriksen Cycles won an award for the fifth year in a row for Best Titanium Construction at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show on Saturday in Denver.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today collected 50 awards during Saturday’s Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper Contest banquet, highlighted by the 2012 Advertising Innovation award.
Steamboat Pilot & Today General Manager Scott Stanford was named the 2012 Colorado Newspaper Person of the Year on Saturday. The honor is the highest bestowed upon a newspaper professional by the Colorado Press Association.
The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team lost in the fifth-place game at the district tournament Saturday, falling 41-37 to Montrose in overtime.
It wasn’t what he dreamed when he entered the tournament, but it also wasn’t what he feared when he was told last summer that a knee injury had eliminated any chance of his participation in the state tournament.
Lee Ball Jr., who holds a doctorate in sustainability education, will lead the discussion about college and community partnerships and integrating the arts into sustainability.
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.
The Aspen Institute is the latest U.S. organization to see some of its email accounts targeted in the purported wave of Chinese cyberattacks.
12:14 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bus driver who said nine people were fighting in the 1600 block of Mustang Run. Officers contacted some of the people involved, but the others ran away. No one wanted to pursue charges.
State wrestling championships give wrestlers a chance to step into the spotlight at one of the best events in high school sports.
The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team advanced Saturday to the state tournament after defeating Eagle Valley, 45-28.
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club member Sophia Schwartz continued her hot streak on the freestyle moguls NorAm tour, picking up a second-place finish Friday in Val Saint-Come, Quebec.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his oldest daughter, Liz Cheney, were announced Saturday as the keynote speakers for the fifth annual Freedom Conference in August.
Check out our most-viewed stories from the past week, and see what you missed.
Two Steamboat Springs women have dived into the specialty market of olive oils, balsamic vinegars and other kitchen condiments by opening a retail shop downtown.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today won 15 awards at the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters annual banquet Friday night in downtown Denver.
Friday, February 22
The Hayden boys basketball team easily beat Soroco, 82-44, on Friday.
The Soroco girls basketball team beat Hayden, 55-32, on Friday.
The Sailors rode their defense to a win against rival Glenwood Springs, 53-47, in a strange game at the district tournament in Grand Junction.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team broke down defensively in an overtime period and fell Friday, 54-49, against Durango.
Hayden senior Ryan Domson lost Friday night in the 182-pound semifinals at the Class 2A state wrestling tournament in Denver.
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Executive Director Sarah Jones thinks Steamboat already is well on its way to a sustainable Steamboat, but there’s still a long way to go.
US Telemark National Championships results for Feb. 22, 2013
Hayden Valley Elementary School students got a healthy jump on the weekend by breaking a sweat and cutting a rug during a school assembly Friday afternoon.
11:08 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a Mongoose bike found on Butcherknife Trail.
The Colorado Department of Transportation is scheduled to replace the U.S. Highway 40 bridge over the East Fork of the Elk River beginning in late February, according to a news release.
Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for the week of Feb. 25
Routt County School lunch menus for the week of Feb. 25
The number of new foreclosure filings in Routt County in the fourth quarter of 2012 fell to less than half of what they were during the same period in 2011.
There’s an art to riding a cow pony across the swollen Yampa River during spring runoff when it measures 200 feet from bank to bank.
On Feb. 16, 98 percent of Steamboat lodging properties were full, according to the lodging barometer’s sample of local properties.
The competition was won by Jason Lamy Chappuis, of France, in a wild finish that saw the top four finishers cross the line within one-half second of one another.
The United States has become a security state so large, so pervasive, and so classified, that no one — not the president or anyone else in the chain of command — has a grasp of the inherent waste resulting from our bloated national security apparatus.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 5 inches of new snow at mid-mountain in the past 24 hours.
A second energy company whose oil and gas leases in Thompson Divide are set to expire this year has asked the Bureau of Land Management to “suspend” the leases in order to keep them valid.
Town officials and medical marijuana business owners are waiting to make the move into the hazy world of recreational marijuana sales until state lawmakers come forward with regulations on the newly legalized herb.
A Vail business owner has been invited to speak on immigration reform in Washington D.C. Dale Bugby, owner of Vail Resort Rentals, a condo management and guest rental services company that has operated in Vail since the early 1980s, said he knows the reality of hiring foreign workers.
The Vail Valley Partnership awarded Crazy Mountain Brewery the Mid-Size Business of the Year award earlier this month in a Success Awards ceremony among hundreds of local business owners.
Thursday, February 21
During a colorful discussion at a Hayden Town Council meeting Thursday night, marijuana was considered a potential tax revenue source at one point and was called poison a few minutes later.
Hayden High School senior Ryan Domson got a win in the tournament’s first round, but his four fellow Tigers, as well as a pair of Soroco Rams, lost their matches and were cast to Friday’s consolation bracket.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team lost in the quarterfinals of the district tournament Thursday, falling 42-32 to Rifle.
Steamboat Ski Area lifts will begin operating on a spring schedule Saturday because of extended daylight hours, according to a news release.
Although it provides challenges, old age does not have to be a time of constant pain and discomfort for dogs. When dogs reach a certain age, owners too often assume there isn’t anything they can do to improve the lives of older pets.
Anyone who spends time outdoors in Routt County probably has encountered the seeds of the houndstongue as hitchhikers on clothing, equipment, pets, horses, wildlife or livestock.
Rifle, the No. 4 seed, came in as the hottest team in the league, winning its past eight entering Thursday’s contest. Steamboat has battled inconsistency all year but also had been on the wrong end of end-of-game situations.
Laura Karch, executive assistant for Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, said the seventh annual Moonshine Ski & Dine embodies the values of the nonprofit organization.
The 2013 Intermountain Tennis Association’s 14-and-younger Sweetheart Circuit Championships wrapped up at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.
Of the more than 170 expected exhibitors from countries as far away as Japan and Ghana, the ninth annual event will host repeat appearances from Steamboat bike manufacturers Kent Eriksen Cycles and Moots Cycles.
Bravo Vail 2013 features summer residencies by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.
The Vail International Dance Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary with special programming and exciting events, including a world premiere by a living legend of modern dance, Paul Taylor.
The Hayden School District is looking for parents and community members to serve on its District Improvement Team.
As educators in the Steamboat Springs School District continue to greet with apprehension a school finance bill unveiled this week in Denver, the leaders of Routt County's other two public school districts are much more optimistic about the legislation.
Broker/owners Kimberly Kreissig and Stephan Baden, who have a combined 43 years of experience in real estate, have opened their office at 155 Anglers Drive between town and the mountain.
The six-member team includes Steamboat Springs skiers Bryan and Taylor Fletcher, Johnny Spillane and Todd Lodwick. Billy Demong, who trained in Steamboat, and Michael Ward round out the team.
Spring is on the way: After the weekend storms clear Monday, Steamboat is headed for higher temperatures and longer days, with more than two minutes of daylight added each day.
Some people take these bets pretty seriously — who’s got a wager on how long it takes host Seth MacFarlane to break into the voice of Stewie Griffin? — and in case your pals have an inside line, here are some predictions and personal picks to help you fill out your Oscar ballot.
1:26 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers investigated a suspicious person who was outside and not wearing a coat in the 500 block of South Lincoln Avenue.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting a half inch of new snow at mid-mountain since the resort closed yesterday.
Oak Creek fire chief Chuck Wisecup rescued a dog from a roof with birthday cake, snow is set to return to Steamboat Springs and Ski 4 Yellow struck a new deal with Livestrong.
Wednesday, February 20
Adult dodgeball league results for Feb. 19
The 13,753-square-foot home includes an indoor swimming pool housed in a stone-lined room with a vaulted ceiling and large, multipane windows
Two Soroco High School wrestlers and five Hayden High School wrestlers are headed to the Colorado High School State Wrestling Championships, which begin Thursday in Denver.
I have been following some of the discussion on the accommodations tax spending options. It is interesting to see some of the creative ways that we can imagine spending the money.
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is in need of volunteers to help with the U.S. Telemark National Championships on Friday at Steamboat Ski Area and Saturday and Sunday at Howelsen Ski Area.
A deal has been struck with the Livestrong foundation that will allow more money raised during the Ski 4 Yellow event to stay here locally.
The town of Hayden is the latest community in Northwest Colorado to consider putting in place emergency rules related to recreational marijuana use.
A comprehensive analysis of emissions and ozone pollution in the Uintah Basin in eastern Utah concluded that the primary source is oil and gas operations.
12:42 a.m. West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters were called to help a person with abdominal pain in the 300 block of South Shelton Lane.
Last year, Mainstreet Steamboat Springs raised about $13,000 from donors for downtown flower baskets. This year, the group is working to raise only $2,200 because Interim City Manager Deb Hinsvark found a way to partially support the summer program.
Three Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association girls teams head to the state championships this week at Edge Ice Arena in Littleton.
Hayden and Soroco high school basketball teams wrap up their seasons Friday with the cross-county rival matchups.
Eight teams descend Thursday on Grand Junction for the three-day tournament. The Sailors boys are ranked fifth, the girls are ranked sixth, and the top seven teams from each bracket advance to the state tournament.
Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup used some sweet ingenuity to rescue a dog from the roof of a home Tuesday.
Steamboat meteorologist Mike Weissbluth thinks there is a good chance for back-to-back powder days at Steamboat Ski Area on Sunday and Monday.
Members of a task force proposing regulations for recreational marijuana in Colorado approved recommendations Tuesday that would allow for marijuana tourism but block out-of-state pot shop owners.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting a mid-mountain base of 56 inches.
Gun control bills pass the state House, former state Sen. Jack Taylor expected to make a full recovery from strokes and Steamboat restaurants are featured in a book of soup recipes.
Tuesday, February 19
The Routt County Republicans elected a new slate of officers at its February central committee meeting, according to a news release.
The majority of the Steamboat Springs City Council was right last week to propose an extended contract for Interim City Manager Deb Hinsvark.
The people of Colorado and Washington state are way ahead of the politicians in Washington, D.C. If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels, prohibition is a grand success.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team easily beat Summit, 50-20, in the opening round of the district tournament Tuesday.
Yampa Valley gun enthusiasts may have a few new hoops to jump through after legislators in the Colorado House of Representatives passed four new gun control bills Monday. It went down almost exactly as one local lawmaker predicted.
There are no minestrone or split pea soups here: You’re more likely to run across a Vermont curried apple soup or a Cajun corn chowder.
The Steamboat Kiwanis Club almost didn't make it to its 65th anniversary this week. When the club's membership dwindled below 15 volunteers last year, some members questioned whether the group could carry on.
Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday said he cannot support the current version of a bill that would make it easier to unionize firefighters in Colorado, an implicit veto threat to leaders of his own party in the Legislature.
Former state Sen. Jack Taylor is expected to return home to Steamboat Springs late next week after spending nearly a month at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood.
Women who are planning to start a family often are motivated to get healthier by exercising, eating better, quitting tobacco and avoiding alcohol. Pre-pregnancy also is a good time to pay attention to the health of teeth and gums.
2:29 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of an injured elk at U.S. Highway 40 and Routt County Road 52. It could not be found.
The Steamboat ski teams placed several members on the all-state list after competing in Winter Park at the Colorado State Skiing Championships during the weekend.
Competing in single duals Saturday and Sunday and a dual moguls event Monday, the Winter Sports Club had seven podium finishes at a Rocky Mountain Divisional event in Telluride.
Competing for Dartmouth, O’Connell won her first Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association race, a 15-kilometer mass start race.
White won the men’s Skimeister at the Colorado State Skiing Championships during the weekend. White, who was close to winning his sophomore year, was 15 points ahead of the second-place finisher.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 3 new inches of snow at mid-mountain in the past 24 hours.
The snow message might have boosted Presidents Day bookings, the City Council approves special events funds and Steamboat big mountain skiers place well at Sunlight Ski Resort.
What an amazing night for the inaugural opening of the Chief Theater.
Monday, February 18
Bud Werner Memorial Library has scheduled its spring series of free author talks.
A weekend of action set up the district tournament for the Steamboat Springs High School basketball teams. Teams from Soroco and Hayden also were busy.
The National Cattle Dog Association finals and a series of tennis getaways are among the new local attractions that will get some of the $113,000 the city has allocated for special events this summer and fall.
Steamboat Springs skiers showed well last weekend in a big mountain freeskiing event at Sunlight Ski Resort.
A weekly roundup of the performances of collegiate athletes with Routt County ties.
I have a recurring dream that a meteorite lands in my backyard and buries itself in a crater. I run out and sit on top of it, guarding it with a shotgun. Only in my dreams. For the good folks living in and near the town of Chelyabinsk, Russia, it was no dream.
Five years, I was told. I’d be a local in five years. Well guess what, Steamboat. I’m there.
I recently watched a TV segment featuring the two founders of a partnership called the One Woman Initiative, which, as they describe it, promotes entrepreneurship and job opportunities for women in developing countries. Among other things, they described one of their projects in Uganda, a trust fund for women farmers, and noted that a $150 microloan can change the life of a woman, her family and her community.
Lodging and business leaders here said Monday a strong snow message appears to have just made one of Steamboat Springs' busiest winter weekends a little busier.
1:23 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a man yelling in the 300 block of Third Street. Police were unable to find the man.
Steamboat Ski Area reports 9 inches of new snow have fallen at mid-mountain since the resort closed yesterday.
Steamboat's City Council opposes a bill giving local firefighters collective bargaining rights, the lodging tax committee considers whether a public vote is needed and Hayden's Ryan Domson is heading back to state.
Sunday, February 17
Local tennis results: ITA BG 14's Sweetheart Circuit
Hayden senior Ryan Domson was told there was no way he could recover from a devastating knee injury in time to compete in any sports in his senior season. One thing about Domson: he hates being told what he can and can't do.
Voters could be the final judges of the city's plan for how to spend its lodging tax in the future.
Hayden Public Library will be closed today in observance of Presidents Day. The library will reopen Tuesday
If you’re looking for a hardy houseplant, philodendron is king as far as I’m concerned. Not being a houseplant person but loving some fresh greenery in the house, I purchased a philodendron many years ago when we first moved into our home in Routt County.
An especially strong strain of norovirus has been causing short-term but intense illness across Colorado and the nation this winter. The new Sydney strain, which first was identified in Australia last year, is the culprit.
In a rare move, the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night agreed to send Gov. John Hickenlooper a letter opposing a Senate bill that aims to give all firefighters in the state collective bargaining rights.
2:44 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers pulled over a 31-year-old Steamboat man who was driving a vehicle with a headlight out on Apres Ski Way. Police arrested the man on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving a defective vehicle and driving with his vision impaired because he did not sufficiently scrape ice off his windshield.
Profiles of West African immigrants living and working in Steamboat Springs.
When Adama Dia looks out over the landscape of Northwest Colorado, he’s reminded of a past that’s distant in memory and geography. The cattle and sheep that dot ranch land in the Yampa Valley recall a home almost 6,000 miles away in a village in the West African country of Mauritania, where his job for many years was to watch the village’s wealth of livestock and, in turn, protect his people’s livelihood.
Through a history filled with political turmoil, the black Afro-Mauritanians, like the men who moved to Steamboat Springs, have weathered decades of oppression.
Two Colorado lawmakers plan to push for a comprehensive examination of racial and ethnic inequality in the state as a precursor to future legislation aimed at closing some of the gaps that separate Latinos and African-Americans from whites.
Saturday, February 16
ITA 14 and Under Championships results for Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013
Catamount Ski Marathon results for Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013
A First Steps seminar for those who are interested in starting a small business is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the new Academic Center, Room 127, at Colorado Mountain College.
The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team will enter this week’s district tournament on a bit of a roll after a 52-30 win Saturday in Gypsum.
The Eagle Valley and Steamboat boys basketball teams went to overtime Saturday to plead their case for Western Slope district tournament seeding, with the Devils eking out a 43-40 win.
The Rams had to fight through a lackluster first half before they finished off a 46-26 win against Plateau Valley.
The Soroco High School boys basketball team played a lackluster half, a great quarter and a good quarter, and that all added up to enough for a win against Plateau Valley, 59-46.
The Hayden High School wrestling team qualified five wrestlers for the state tournament, while Soroco sent two.
The Tigers gave up one point in the first quarter and just two more in the second en route to a 66-21 shellacking at home against De Beque.
The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team lost its season finale, 2-1, to Ralston Valley on Saturday.
Sometimes it takes a special milestone to recognize the significance of things we otherwise might take for granted. That sentiment was hard to escape last weekend during the 100th anniversary of the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival.
Real estate transactions for Feb. 8 to 14
The Colorado Mountain College board of trustees last week released documentation that indicates former President Stan Jensen and the college are not supposed to speak publicly about why Jensen was paid $500,000 to part ways with the college.
It's hard to imagine what Steamboat Springs would be like without the Howelsen Ice Arena. Luckily, we don't have to.
Steamboat Springs skier Eliza Outtrim finished second Friday in a moguls event in Sochi, Russia.
12:28 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of people yelling in the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle. It is an ongoing issue, and a verbal warning was given.
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.
Check out our most-viewed stories from the past week, and see what you missed.
Casey’s Pond is due to be completed in October and will offer four types of senior living including a collection of one- and two-bedroom apartments and assisted living suites.
Friday, February 15
The Steamboat Springs and Summit County high school hockey teams skated to a 3-3 tie Friday at Howelsen Ice Arena. The tie eliminated both teams from playoff contention.
Routt County high schools opened regional wrestling on Friday. Steamboat, Soroco and Hayden have athletes scheduled to wrestle in Saturday's semifinal matches.
The Soroco High School boys basketball team flew by De Beque on Friday night, winning on the road, 77-34.
The Hayden High School boys basketball team had no trouble with Plateau Valley on Friday night, winning on the road, 74-47.
Hayden beat Plateau Valley on the road Friday, 39-25.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team ran it up on Battle Mountain on Friday night, blasting the Huskies in Steamboat, 62-12.
Battle Mountain got a tip-in game winner as time expired Friday night to beat Steamboat Springs.
Hayden Public Library will be closed Saturday and Monday in observance of Presidents Day. The library will reopen Tuesday.
Routt County school lunch menus for the week of Feb. 18
Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for the week of Feb. 18
Steamboat Springs High School junior Peter White won the men's Skimeister award Friday at the Colorado State Skiing Championships.
I am writing to publicly air my disappointment in the Steamboat Today’s decision to print the Rob Douglas column about marijuana as a front-page article in Friday’s newspaper.
Anyone who has ever paid sales tax in Steamboat Springs has paid their share for the bus service. The majority of the funds for our local transit system come from sales tax.
The Steamboat Springs High School ski teams wrapped up the Colorado State Skiing Championships on Friday with the girls Nordic team and the Alpine teams placing fourth and the boys Nordic team in seventh.
12:36 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a disturbance in the 800 block of Weiss Circle. People got involved in an altercation when they were asked to leave a party. They could not be located.
In the midst of a divorce and a stack of criminal cases, Chris Ward on Wednesday closed his Aloha's medical marijuana center in Milner.
The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Feb. 14 reaffirmed its approval for the 42-unit Skyview Apartments by a 6-1 vote. The project came back through the approval process because neighbors weren’t adequately notified of the first hearing Dec. 20.
The ski area reported 5 inches of new snow Friday morning, bringing the season total to 228.5 inches, which is one-half inch more than the ski area closed the previous season with April 15, 2012.
The home is best known for its indoor swimming pool, set in a room lined with stoned under a vaulted ceiling
There was significant damage, but no one was injured when a house caught fire early Friday in Steamboat Springs.
Friday's fresh snow ushers Steamboat into a sunny holiday weekend before "a very snowy final two weeks of February," according to Joel Gratz, of www.opensnow.com.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 3 new inches of snow at mid-mountain since the resort closed yesterday.
Kailee Duryea, a 2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, was named to the president’s honor roll for the fall semester at Eastern Wyoming College.
Dr. Paul Chabot, who served in the presidential administrations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, thinks the 1,291,771 Coloradans who voted for Amendment 64 last November were deceived by ads with tricky words.
Thursday, February 14
We’ve all heard it said, “A wagging tail means a friendly dog.” It’s risky to live by this statement because there’s more to the story.
Stormwater is the latest hot topic in Steamboat Springs. The city recently presented a draft Stormwater Master Plan completed by consultant Short Elliot Hendrickson.
Adult League Volleyball Scores for Feb. 13, 2013
Little Vikings Wednesday Night Jump Series No. 3: Results for Feb. 13, 2013
December sales tax collections in the city of Steamboat Springs were down more than 5 percent compared with the same month in 2011, according to a report released Wednesday by the city.
The Steamboat Springs High School ski teams opened the Colorado State Skiing Championships on Thursday.
Steamboat Ski Area recently has seen a rash of incidents where skiers have gone into the backcountry and needed to be rescued. A ski area spokesperson said Thursday that ski patrollers had been on rescues five days during the past week.
On behalf of the Michael R. Gebhardt Memorial Fund, we would like to thank the Steamboat Springs businesses and community members who participated in and supported Snowflakes for Mike.
2 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of people who got into a shouting match with a bus driver over sports at the Gondola Transit Center. The bus driver kicked them off the bus.
Kent Baucke understands the challenges of marketing the sport he loves. It's not action packed. There are long moments of silence between the highlights. “But it's a relaxing day,” Kent Baucke said about ice fishing.
A sudden burst Tuesday of seven real estate contracts on homes in Steamboat Springs with list prices from $875,000 to $1.3 million gave the local market a healthy jolt.
Outlaw bluegrass, as Grandpa’s Cough Medicine calls its band's style, means songs about crooked cops, jealous lovers, heists and other sinful subjects.
When Feb. 14 rolls around each year, there’s no shortage of recommended viewing experiences for couples to share. Although you can’t beat the classics, there’s something to be said for new love stories, and the past year gave us some truly innovative romances.
Steamboat Springs Telemark skier Madi McKinstry won a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships on Feb. 9 in France. She'll also compete in the 2013 U.S. National Telemark Championships from Feb. 22 to 24 in Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat Springs Alpine skier Anna Marno reinjured her left knee in January, ending her season. She was leading the NorAm Tour and was on the cusp of earning a World Cup start before the injury.
Gold finished 11th on Thursday in the half-pipe finals at the Sochi World Cup Olympic test event. She qualified in first but couldn’t put together runs in the finals.
The National Weather Service is dialing up the perfect forecast for Presidents Day weekend, including 9 to 18 inches of new snow accumulating at the ski area by Saturday morning.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 4 new inches of snow in the past 24 hours at mid-mountain.
A Steamboat woman's leukemia diagnosis brings the community together, City Council members said the county's input will be weighed when considering funding for downtown improvements and the Chief Plaza Theater hosts its first local production in decades.
Messages from Routt County residents to their loved ones
Wednesday, February 13
Hitchens Brothers Wednesday Night Jump Series results for Feb. 13, 2013
It is thought as many as 21 skiers needed help getting out of the backcountry after going out of bounds at Steamboat Ski Area late Wednesday afternoon.
BookTrails, an organization that promotes reading and writing, will offer programming Monday and Tuesday during Blues Break.
On Saturday night, a V-Day Steamboat Springs performance of “The Vagina Monologues” will take place in the first finished room of the Chief Plaza Theater's renovation process.
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers; it’s for anyone who loves people. And there are at least a couple of gatherings planned this week for people who want to hang out but are unattached or temporarily ambivalent about romance.
On Saturday, the team scored high in the cheer portion of its routine, but several errors in the music portion caused the team to miss the finals.
The Steamboat Springs High School Alpine team has to be considered a big favorite to win the boys and girls Alpine events at the state championship meet Thursday and Friday in Winter Park.
12:26 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a wallet stolen from a bar in the 2200 block of Village Inn Court.
For 31-year-old Lesley Chambers, last fall's diagnosis came as a complete shock. But with support from friends and her employer — and an indoor cornhole tournament fundraiser scheduled for this weekend — Chambers is looking forward to the next phase of her battle against the disease.
My wife’s brother Peter Kenney finally coaxed us out to the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival. I blogged to friends that it was probably unique in America to find an all-volunteer event of that level of athleticism, pageantry and pyrotechnic sophistication.
2013 Winter Carnival horse event winners for Feb. 9 and 10
The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night assured the Routt County Board of Commissioners it will "have a seat at the table” when the city and a group of downtown stakeholders formally propose a way to fund revitalization efforts downtown.
The Oak Creek Town Board will have a work session on its policy/action plan matrix at its 6 p.m. Thursday meeting in town offices.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 2 inches of new snow at mid-mountain in the past 24 hours.
Steamboat Ski Area rates poorly on an environmental scorecard, Yampa's Crossan's M&A Market is added to the National Register of Historic Places and the Steamboat Springs City Council will consider extending Interim City Manager Deb Hinsvark's contract.
Adult dodgeball league results for Feb. 12
Tuesday, February 12
Saying they don't want to launch a search for a permanent city manager before November, members of the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night agreed to consider next month offering Interim City Manager Deb Hinsvark an extended contract.
In your Feb. 10 issue, you chose to publish a political cartoon that depicted a man with a gun getting blown up by a drone. What a sad comic to be printing.
The consistently subpar performance of United Express’ Denver-YVRA leg during the past few months has cast a pall over the operation of the airport and certainly the impression of the unfortunate travelers who have fallen victim to the late and canceled flights.
The Soroco High School girls basketball team easily beat Vail Christian on Tuesday.
The Yampa Valley Community Foundation is accepting annual grant applications from the 4 Yellow Foundation Fund for local cancer-related services. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Feb 28 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shell Social Performance Adviser Garrett Dolan said he would begin a socioeconomic impact analysis that would study potential effects on Routt and Moffat counties.
The historic Yampa building's weathered storefront reveals the ravages of time, but the interior is remarkably well-preserved.
Emotions give us information about what is going on around us, and children need adults to help them identify emotions. Understanding how we’re feeling helps us take action.
Steamboat Ski Area ranks among the worst five Western resorts for environmental practices in the newest Ski Area Environmental Scorecard. The scorecard is weighted heavily against resort expansion and expects a number of proactive resource efficiency efforts.
Catching up with Routt County's collegiate athletes.
Briana Peterson hit the game-winner with three seconds left Friday against North Park and then led the team with 14 points Saturday against West Grand in a pair of wins for the Rams.
4:12 p.m. Officers were called to a report of shoplifting from a grocery store in the 1800 block of Central Park Drive. A man reportedly went through the self-checkout lane and could not get his food stamp card to work. Police said the man then left without paying for the groceries. Police know who the man is because he left his wallet in the grocery store.
A bill that would create a training program for medical-marijuana workers passed the Colorado House on Tuesday.
Ninth Judicial District Attorney Sherry Caloia said the review of a fatal ski collision on Aspen Mountain will go on the “fast burner” next week for a decision by her and her staff on whether a criminal charge is warranted.
The National Weather Service predicts that snow showers could start as early as overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. And Steamboat-based meteorologist Mike Weissbluth predicted Steamboat could receive 6 to 12 inches of snow by Friday morning.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 2 new inches of snow at mid-mountain in the past 24 hours.
The Steamboat Springs City Council and the Routt County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday night, a fly-tying demonstration is set for Wednesday and Hahn's Peak Roadhouse refines its expansion plans.
Monday, February 11
I am a life-long gun owner, hunter, target shooter and collector of early Western firearms. Current legislation proposed at both the state and federal levels has me very worried.
School Board says potential cuts in state funding could put district in difficult position
It still hasn't been introduced, but a Senate bill expected to seek major changes to how schools in Colorado are funded continues to attract a lot of chatter and concern in the Steamboat Springs School District.
As part of its “Taking Care of Me” series of health-related presentations, Yampa Valley Medical Center hosts a discussion about Seasonal Affective Disorder at 11:45 a.m. Thursday.
“Beautiful” isn’t a word one usually uses to describe the face of a bull, but Taurus, the celestial bull, is an exception. The familiar V-shaped asterism of Taurus’ face hanging high in our winter sky is like no other group of stars visible from Earth.
Steamboat's Forever Fit hopes four free community seminars will provide wealth of knowledge to weekend warriors as well as the parents of youth athletes.
12:41 a.m. Oak Creek Police Department officers were called to a report of a fight in the 100 block of East Main Street.
The Routt County Planning Commission voted Feb. 7 to recommend that current restrictions that limit the Hahn's Peak Roadhouse to hosting one live music event a week be relaxed.
Improvisation is just as traditional as anything else that takes place at the annual Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival.
Tim Jacobs is an expert in tying grasshopper patterns that catch trout. Don't believe it? Watch him in action Wednesday night in Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat Springs City Council and Routt County Board of Commissioners to discuss county's opposition to downtown URA
County officials recently sent a letter to their city counterparts expressing opposition to a possible funding mechanism for downtown Steamboat Springs improvements. That issue will be among the discussion points during Tuesday night's joint meeting.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting a mid-mountain base of 54 inches.
A Steamboat Springs woman was arrested after crashing her car west of downtown, State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush had here first town hall here and the 100th Winter Carnival came to a close Sunday.
Sunday, February 10
Adult league men's basketball scores for Feb. 10
Yampatika summer camp for youths ages 5 to 14 will be from June 17 to Aug. 9.
“Let the light shine in.” That is Tom Traynor’s best advice to avoid developing a type of depression called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.
County Agenda for Feb. 11 and 12
Dieffenbachia maculata, commonly called Spotted dumbcane, is a popular home or office plant that is readily found in local garden centers in a variety of leaf patterns. With a spread of 2 to 3 feet and heights of as much as 8 feet, it makes its presence known in most any room you place it.
12:01 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious person on Yampa Street.
A Steamboat Springs woman was arrested Sunday morning after she crashed her vehicle after a short chase on U.S. Highway 40 west of downtown.
There was no shortage of hot topics to discuss Sunday during freshman State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush's first town hall meeting Sunday with her constituents here in Steamboat Springs.
The Hayden and Soroco high school wrestling teams got in their final work of the regular season Saturday and both reported goods results from a duals tournament in Meeker.
Street events, Diamond Hitch Parade mark end of action-packed carnival
The 100th Winter Carnival was a little bit bigger and a little bit better than many before it, 13-year-old Brenden Andrews explained. And it had to be.
Tim Magill has been jumping in Steamboat Springs for 50 years, but he's never had a jump quite like the one he had on Sunday.
Steamboat Ski Area has arranged for a powder day to help celebrate the 100th Winter Carnival. There are 10 inches of new snow at midmountain and 15 inches at the summit. Enjoy!
Sidecountry skiing is such a new term that many old-timers feel compelled to put air quotes around it. Backcountry skiing isn’t exactly an old term, either, because it wasn’t long ago that what’s now referred to as “backcountry skiing” was simply “skiing.”
An ongoing revolution in snow sports equipment has changed the way residents in Steamboat Springs recreate.
You know what would be great? A list of the best backcountry runs in Routt County. Or maybe a collection of the best backcountry stories from around Steamboat, the kind of runs they talked about in cheesy 1980s and ’90s ski movies. They’d have names like Dead Man’s Bluff or Slippery Pete’s Escape. There’s only one problem. Slippery Pete is quite content taking his escape to his grave.
Saturday, February 9
The city of Steamboat Springs, and its taxpayers, came perilously close to dumping another $1 million into the Iron Horse Inn last week before City Council members finally got it right by pulling the plug on the proposed sale of the fire and police stations at 840 Yampa St.
The Hayden High School boys basketball team blasted North Park on Saturday, winning on the road, 61-35.
The Soroco High School girls basketball team picked up a win at West Grand on Saturday.
Soroco fell in overtime, 77-74, on the road as West Grand avenged a game from earlier this season.
Many things have changed, but as laughter echoed around the event’s award ceremony, it was clear that in the event's 39 years, many things were exactly the same.
In Colorado, blacks and Hispanics face markedly higher infant mortality rates than whites
Lucero Barrios is Latina and a new mother. These are circumstances that place her squarely in a group of people affected by a shocking reality in Colorado: A Hispanic baby born in this state is 63 percent more likely than a white baby to die in the first year of life.
Winter Carnival Bump Jump results for Saturday
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.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team narrowly lost to Delta on Saturday.
When it counted the most Saturday, Steamboat was at its best. But it wasn’t enough, and a Steamboat team battling for its playoff life couldn’t do enough against Foothills-leading Monarch, falling 6-4.
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Sophia Schwartz won a NorAm event Saturday in Telluride.
The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team completed an impressive road trip by beating Delta on Saturday.
The Hayden High School girls basketball team couldn’t make it two in a row, falling Saturday on the road against North Park. The Wildcats broke away late in a close game, winning 41-36.
Landmark western wear retailer FM Light & Sons in Steamboat Springs received the Top Hand Award from the Western & English Sales Association during the National Western Stock Show in Denver last month.
Five new high-alpine bowls, 543 new acres and a 23 percent increase in skiable terrain. That’s the package of improvements Breckenridge Ski Resort is promising skiers and snowboarders with the opening of its fifth mountain, Peak 6, at the start of the 2013-2014 ski season.
Real estate transactions for Feb. 4 to 7, 2013
10:50 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of gunshots heard from the 200 block of Moffat Avenue. It was people doing target practice in a safe area.
While the East Coast was digging out from a massive blizzard Saturday, the Steamboat Springs Public Works Department was trucking in snow to pack down on Lincoln Avenue for the Winter Carnival street events.
Check out our most-viewed stories from the past week, and see what you missed.
Street events are one of the main reasons thousands of people come to Steamboat Springs each year for Winter Carnival. Sure, there are risks, but the chance to take part has become a right of passage in our mountain town
A former Harley executive, who spoke at the annual Airline Partners Summit, said in order to avoid becoming mere commodities, ski resorts need to inspire their guests to go home with the stories of a lifetime.
Friday, February 8
More than 30 riders turned out for the 25th annual dual slalom bicycle race Friday as part of Winter Carnival.
Playing a Fountain Valley team that was near the top of the Peak Conference, Steamboat played like its playoff lives were on the line and ran away with a 5-1 win.
The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team led wire to wire Friday in Palisade coming up with a 65-55 win.
The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team beat league-leading Palisade on Friday.
The Soroco High School boys basketball team got 22 points from Ryan Jeep and 20 from Nic Paxton on Friday as it pulled away from North Park in the fourth quarter, winning at home, 75-58.
The Hayden girls basketball team pieced together its best game of the season Friday. Behind Olivia Zehner's 22 points, the Tigers beat West Grand, 51-36.
Briana Peterson scored with three seconds remaining, lifting Soroco over North Park in a nail biter in Oak Creek, 49-48.
Juniors Dan Engle and Greg Frentress, who’ve played off the bench most of the season, came through Friday night to help Hayden hold off a determined West Grand squad, 71-52.
Routt County’s Twentymile Mine this week was presented with the President’s Safety Award from Peabody Energy for achieving the company’s best U.S. safety performance rating for an underground coal mining operation in 2012.
To this day, Nelson Carmichael said he's impressed with the talent, determination and focus that it takes classical musicians to learn and perfect a piece of music.
When the 100th Winter Carnival Diamond Hitch Parade unfurls down Lincoln Avenue on Sunday, one of the floats will carry 20 proud members of the Wither family. Its history in Routt County precedes the first Winter Carnival by a quarter of a century.
Billy Kidd skied Friday in his 1970 Dynamic race skis — the very pair he used to win bronze and gold medals at the World Championships that year in Val Gardena, Italy. Unfortunately for Kidd, the wax was 43 years old.
Routt National Forest officials last weekend ticketed six people for riding snowmobiles in wilderness areas, with fees totaling more than $3,000, according to a news release.
Council on Aging lunch menus for week of Feb. 11
Routt County school lunch menus for week of Feb. 11
An emergency assembly at Hayden High School this week resulted in a big surprise for one of its teachers: Vocational education instructor Kevin Kleckler was recognized through Peabody Energy’s Leaders in Education program.
6:37 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of people being loud in the 400 block of Ore House Plaza.
The Hayden School Board heard positive feedback this week about possibly changing the way School Board members are elected.
Local aerial videographer Cedar Beauregard, of Steamboat Aerials, captured this video using a remote-controlled device.
The 16-year-old phenom won her first major tour stop win Friday in Switzerland, topping fellow American and Olympic champion Kelly Clark.
The weather systems moving through the Steamboat Springs area this weekend should be strong enough to add a touch of fresh snow to the 100th Winter Carnival.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting a mid-mountain base of 48 inches.
Thursday, February 7
Hayden won both ends of its wrestling doubleheader Thursday. The Tigers took down Steamboat, 39-15, then Soroco, 54-15.
For any resident who ever had a frustrating run-in with government bureaucracy, the collapse of the city of Steamboat Springs’ controversial plan to house the police department temporarily at the Iron Horse Inn is a delicious tale sweetened with irony.
After sale of downtown public safety building falls apart, city and outdoor retailers still have same goals
With the sale of the city's downtown emergency services building scrapped, the major players involved in the deal have little choice but to move on.
While revelers are celebrating on Bourbon Street, Steamboat residents and visitors will be celebrating Mardi Gras this weekend as well during the third year of the annual Ski Mardi Gras celebration.
Because of Winter Carnival street events, vehicles parked overnight along Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs on Friday or Saturday nights will be towed.
Steamboat Springs' Jon Cariveau surged to a second-place finish in the masters 45 to 49 division at the Cyclocross World Championships last weekend in Kentucky.
The Winter Carnival flash mob is a dance organized by community members as a way to express Winter Carnival spirit throughout this weekend’s events.
Side by side with the momentous 100th Winter Carnival, Steamboat Ski Area will be celebrating its annual Ski Mardi Gras weekend with specials and events through Fat Tuesday.
Dogs are not a part-time, on-demand relationship. If you work long hours and travel for days at a time, please consider how to make this work if you plan to get a dog.
10:03 a.m. Officers were called to a report of juveniles snowboarding and building a jump at the Spring Creek tunnel under Fish Creek Falls Road. They were gone when officers arrived.
Members of the Everything Outdoor Steamboat group just returned from a backcountry skiing trip on Rabbit Ears Pass.
Throughout the next month, the U.S. Forest Service is asking for initial public comments on its Steamboat Front Fuel Hazard Reduction and Habitat Improvement Project, which proposes a variety of actions to reduce fuel hazards and improve wildlife habitat on the Routt National Forest near Steamboat Springs.
Time is growing short if the snowpack — water content in the standing snow — surrounding Steamboat Springs is to reach the historic norm by the end of winter.
The Old Town Hot Springs Swim Team and Steamboat Springs Swim Team have come together to form one team.
As if it needs to be said, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” manages to distance itself quite a ways from reality.
A plane made an emergency landing at Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Thursday a day after a plane ran out of gas after landing at the airport.
Quicksilver has told Routt County officials that drilling activities could begin as soon as the week beginning Feb. 11.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 2 inches of new snow at mid-mountain since the mountain closed Wednesday.
Steamboat Springs City Council passed a temporary ordinance banning private pot clubs, the pine beetle epidemic is slowing in Colorado and state Sen. Jack Taylor is recovering from a series of strokes in Denver.
Wednesday, February 6
Adult League Volleyball Scores for Feb. 6, 2013
The Steamboat Art Museum staff would like to thank the following volunteers for showing up last Saturday, rolling up their sleeves and working so hard to pull off the impossible.
Routt County residents between ages 18 and 44 have the opportunity to join the National Marrow Donor Program when Bonfils Blood Center visits Yampa Valley Medical Center from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday.
Steamboat Springs Community Youth Corps member Parker Temple was named Corpsmember of the Year during the annual Youth Corps awards ceremony Monday at the state Capitol, according to a news release.
United Express official tells Steamboat Springs leaders the company is working to address late flights
Airport Manager Dave Ruppel brought up the growing problems with the on-time record as long ago as October and said the difficulties persisted into ski season.
Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers were safely able to rescue three skiers who got stuck in the Fish Creek drainage Wednesday afternoon.
Typically a painter working in watercolor and acrylic, California–based minimal abstract artist Patsy Krebs has collaborated twice with Steamboat-based printmaker Sue Oehme.
An annual forest health survey released Wednesday shows the mountain pine beetle is on the retreat in Colorado, but the spruce beetle is gaining ground in parts of the state.
The cheerleading team departs Thursday for Orlando, Fla., where the team will compete in the coed, Division II competition.
The Hayden Town Council on Thursday is expected to welcome and swear in the town's newest police officer.
Steamboat Springs on Tuesday night joined a growing list of municipalities in Colorado that have adopted emergency ordinances temporarily banning the establishment of private marijuana clubs.
Events schedule for the 100th Winter Carnival
The light snow that was falling across Steamboat Springs on Wednesday afternoon really was just a warning shot. The real event is forecast to hit Saturday.
Former state Sen. Jack Taylor had a series of ministrokes Sunday and was taken to Swedish Medical Center in Denver, according to his wife, Geneva.
Catching up with Routt County's collegiate athletes.
Three Steamboat Springs snowboarders qualified for the finals of the Burton European Open in Switzerland on Wednesday.
It's an action-packed weekend in Routt County prep sports with all three high schools' wrestling teams kicking off the competition Thursday, Alpine and Nordic skiing, hockey, and county schools' basketball teams prepping for Friday and Saturday games
2:10 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a person who was about to urinate in the first block of Sixth Street. A written warning was issued.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting a mid-mountain base of 49 inches.
A Steamboat resident diagnosed with two rare blood diseases encourages others to join the marrow registry, the city will host an open house about stormwater infrastructure upgrades and a Steamboat woman is charged with taking control of her former employer's domain names.
Tuesday, February 5
Council also votes to delay any consideration of new police and fire stations until summer
The city's downtown public safety building no longer is for sale, and plans to build new, more efficient headquarters for the police officers and firefighters who work inside aren't scheduled to be heard again in Centennial Hall until May.
Winter Carnival begins Wednesday with the opening of the Ski Town USA exhibit at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.
Routt County school lunch menus for week of Feb. 4
Adult Dodgeball League Scores for Feb. 5, 2013
If you have questions about your child’s development, Child Find infant and preschool screenings can answer some of them.
Marsha Daughenbaugh will be the 25th recipient of the award that is given annually by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. to a woman who has achieved a standard of excellence in her field through the pursuit of personal goals.
We urge the county to promptly follow through on a proposed review of how Routt County regulates agriculture tourism, including on-farm food production.
The podiums just keep coming for a Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarding program that already is in the midst of one of the best seasons of its existence.
Rep. Jared Polis again is trying to bring some calm to Colorado’s jittery marijuana industry.
The top election officials in two of Colorado’s largest counties testified Monday that taxpayers are spending thousands of dollars mailing ballots to voters in uncontested primaries, a practice that upsets Democrats and Republicans.
Bohlmann won Saturday’s 5-kilometer classic ski race at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center. Bohlmann finished in 20 minutes, 51 seconds, just ahead of teammate Meg O’Connell.
1:44 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a drunken person at Yampa and Sixth streets.
The former manager of a Steamboat Springs entertainment venue faces a felony charge after being accused of taking control of domain names owned by her former employer.
The two-hour open house comes as the city seeks applicants for a task force that will help decide how to execute and pay for costly upgrades to Steamboat's stormwater system.
Winter Sports Club kids dominated in cross-country, special jumping and Nordic combined events during the weekend. And anyone interested in the 100-meter Nordic dash down Lincoln Avenue on Saturday still has time to sign up.
Typically, the best marrow matches are relatives, but when Amy Minotto first was diagnosed with a rare blood disease, her sister turned out not to be a match. So when she was diagnosed with a second rare blood disorder in November, she went to the registry.
Shell Oil has installed an ozone monitoring device at a well near Hayden, and the Desert Research Institute lab on Storm Peak is contemplating monitoring ozone levels, as well.
The U.S. ski team said Lindsey Vonn tore ligaments in her right knee and is out for rest of season.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting a mid-mountain base of 50 inches.
At least five avalanches were reported around Steamboat Springs this past weekend, classes at Hayden Valley Elementary School resume and educators wonder how a new bill might affect the area's state funding for public schools.
Monday, February 4
High overhead on February evenings you’ll find a close pair of bright stars, nearly equal in brightness. After seeing these stars, you probably would not be surprised to learn they always have been associated with the mythological Gemini twins.
The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden offers daytime and overnight respite care for older adults who need supervision. The Adult Activity and Care program is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays.
Steamboat Springs educators concerned by early drafts of Senate bill seeking major changes to school finance formula
The Steamboat Springs School District is among a small group of districts in Colorado that could lose a significant portion of their state funding under a new state Senate bill seeking major changes to Colorado's complex school finance formula.
It would not have made sense for betting establishments to have tried to throw down some voodoo on the Ravens’ halftime lead.
Hayden Valley Elementary School teachers are eager to welcome back their students Tuesday after a weekend flood filled some portions of the school with ankle-deep water and cancelled a day of classes.
12:17 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken pedestrian at Mount Werner Road and Montview Lane. The person was given a ride home and released to a sober individual.
“It is taking little additional stress to trigger large, deep and dangerous avalanches,” reports Scott Toepfer of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting a base of 51 inches at mid-mountain.
Hayden Valley Elementary School to be closed Monday, the Education Fund Board begins its task and the U.S. Nordic combined team skied to seventh in a World Cup event in Sochi, Russia.
Sunday, February 3
Ski Haus Classic Race results from Sunday
At the grocery store last week, I bought tomatoes even though I knew they wouldn’t add much flavor to our salad, just some color. Why are tomatoes from the store so tasteless in the winter?
What is frostbite? Simply put, it is the freezing of tissue with the formation of ice crystals between and even within the cells. Our high mountain environment, continental winters and outdoor-oriented lifestyles make it an all-too-common occurrence.
Routt County school lunch menus for week of Feb. 4
Lauryn Bruggink, a 2012 graduate of Soroco High School and current freshman at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, was placed on the president’s list with a 4.0 GPA for the fall semester. Bruggink is studying pre-med.
Hayden Valley Elementary School will be closed Monday due to a "major water damage issue," according to the school district's website.
Tanner Guire and Kent Miller led the Hayden High School wrestling team Saturday at a meet in Center.
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine skiers claimed a heap of podium finishes Saturday and Sunday at a pair of races in Steamboat.
School districts seek funds to keep class sizes small, add new technology
The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board soon will embark on its annual task of weighing millions of dollars in grant requests from Routt County's three school districts.
The proposed sale of Steamboat Springs' downtown public safety building could be delayed by more than a year because the city has learned it will cost a lot more than originally thought to temporarily house its police force in the Iron Horse Inn.
A United States Nordic combined team skied to seventh place Sunday in a World Cup competition in Sochi, Russia.
2:46 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a drunken man at the ice castle in Ski Time Square. The man was taken to detox.
Back in the early days of Routt County, skijoring was the thing to do. Whether behind a horse, sleigh or whatever pet could be wrangled, being pulled on skis beat pushing yourself. But it was a lonely ride. One tow rope pulled only one person on skis. Enter the diamond hitch.
Progress made by minorities in Colorado in the 1960s and 1970s faded in most every measure. One reason why: The state’s economic landscape shifted precipitously away from good paying blue-collar jobs.
Leif Hovelsen’s book about his father, Carl Howelsen, “The Flying Norseman,” originally was published by the National Ski Hall of Fame Press in 1983.
Annual celebration of Western flare and skiing heritage returns to Steamboat Springs
Steamboat has been a cowboy ski town for a century now, and the Winter Carnival riders who gallop their horses down Lincoln Avenue every February with young skiers towed behind are living proof.
In a snowy winter 100 years ago, a group of energetic visionaries created a celebration of winter that continues today.
The tradition is not quite as old as Winter Carnival itself, but what better exemplifies the down-home pageantry and annual coming together of community like the small, round buttons unique to each year’s midwinter celebration?
Carl Howelsen may be the father of ski jumping in Steamboat Springs and the founder of its Winter Carnival, but he was renowned as The Flying Norseman long before he happened upon Northwest Colorado.
To celebrate the 100th Winter Carnival, nearly every part of this year’s Night Extravaganza has received an upgrade, including the fireworks show.
No collection of marshals will represent quite the breadth of Steamboat as the selection for the 100th Winter Carnival. It’s a big year, and in response, the carnival is inviting every former Steamboat Olympian to serve as a grand marshal.
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club had its genesis in the first Winter Carnival in 1914, though it would be known by different names until Nov. 1, 1927, when the merger of the men’s Steamboat Springs Ski Club and the women’s S.K.I. Club led to the adoption of the name we know today.
As Winter Carnival enters triple digits, the event is highlighted by tradition. But who says an old event can’t learn new tricks?
Former Winter Carnival queens return to Steamboat for centennial celebration
The Winter Carnival queen is a tradition that began at the third Winter Carnival, but it was a different affair nearly a century ago.
Saturday, February 2
Routt County Habitat for Humanity is reminding residents that motor vehicle donations help fund new Habitat homes through the Cars for Homes program.
The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team tied Dakota Ridge, 4-4, on Saturday.
The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball fell to Rifle on Saturday.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team lost to Rifle on Saturday.
The Hayden High School boys basketball team took control of the 2A Western Slope League with a win at Meeker on Saturday.
Local coffee shop owners are trying to make their new Bud Werner Memorial Library location work one cupcake and cup of coffee at a time.
The Soroco High School boys basketball team lost to Rangely on Saturday.
The Soroco High School girls basketball team lost to Rangely on Saturday.
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council and Bud Werner Memorial Library brought snow drawings back to Steamboat after a similar and successful project last year on Rabbit Ears Pass.
Realtor Chris Paoli cites data that reveal fewer listings, a decline in foreclosure notices and homes selling well below their replacement cost.
The time has come for the Steamboat Springs School District to rid itself of an antiquated tiered sports system. We think such a change is possible with collaboration and funding from the district, the Education Fund Board, the Steamboat Booster Club, community supporters and the families of student-athletes.
The CU skis, with Ralphie’s horns set into hardwood top skins, are being made by the award-winning, Breckenridge-based company Ski Logik.
It was a long day for the Tigers, who lost 82-19 against a strong Meeker squad.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls Nordic team won its home meet on Saturday. The boys team finished seventh.
There was a time in Steamboat Springs when all high school sports were funded. But those days are gone, and as schools continue to struggle to make ends meet, the challenges of providing increased sporting opportunities in this valley will grow.
The U.S. Nordic combined skier led his country's team once again, placing fifth in Sochi, Russia, on Saturday. Sochi is the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
12:37 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a loud party in the 500 block of Buena Vista Court. A verbal warning was given.
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The Routt County Regional Building Department issued a permit this week for a single-family residence on Whisper Road (outside Steamboat Springs) with a permit valuation of $2.674 million, which does not reflect the complete cost of the home.
Friday, February 1
Hayden, undefeated in the Western Slope, fell behind 20-4 in the first quarter, but managed to claw its way back and emerge on top, defeating Rangely 49-42.
It was another loss on the schedule, but the Hayden High School girls basketball team came away from Friday night’s game convinced it was making progress.
Friday's 7-0 loss to Regis dropped the Sailors to 10th place in the Foothills Conference and further jeopardizes their chance of making the postseason.
A 22-6 first-quarter lead set the tone for the remainder of an easy win for the Sailors, who improved to 7-7 overall and 3-6 in league play.
Carter Kounovsky's 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter gave the Sailors a lead they wouldn't relinquish Friday night.
Meeker beat up the Rams on Friday night, cruising to a 64-43 victory in Oak Creek.
The Rams basketball team stumbled in the second quarter and that cost it against one of the state's best as Meeker ran away with a 54-37 victory.
Once on the ground, the eagle’s movement was restricted not only by the metal mesh fence, but by the spruce limbs above his head. And he wasn’t happy.
Council on Aging lunch menus for week of Feb. 4
A blood and bone marrow registry drive is from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Real estate transactions for Jan. 25 to 31, 2013
The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday will consider an emergency ordinance that for the next 90 days would keep private marijuana clubs from opening in Steamboat.
The 16-year-old snowboarder continued her torrid run, finishing second Friday at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, Utah.
When January came to a close Thursday night, the month ended with a respectable — but still below average — 56.5 inches of snow on the slopes of Mount Werner.
1:05 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken woman at Dream Island Plaza and Lincoln Avenue. She was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Despite the drop-off, 2012 tax revenues are poised to top 2011 revenues by about 1 percent, and the city is expected to beat its revenue budget by about 8 percent.
When the snow falling Friday begins to taper off, Steamboat Springs can look ahead to a week of mostly clear skies and moderate temperatures.
Steamboat Ski Area is reporting 4 new inches of snow in the past 24 hours at mid-mountain.
Routt County commissioners object to the creation of an urban renewal authority, Steamboat heads to SIA Snow Show and a flash mob is planned for Winter Carnival.
A car crash Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 40 between Steamboat Springs and Hayden still is under investigation by the Colorado State Patrol this week.