Stories for November 2013

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Saturday, November 30

Our View: On the right path

Members of the new Steamboat Springs City Council didn’t delay late last month before taking the first step toward creating two new lodging tax steering committees, and that was welcome news — as was the possibility that the city could use a portion of the initial funds to extend the Yampa River Core Trail south of town.

Steamboat briefs: Entries for the Christmas stocking contest due Sunday

Sew Steamboat, 929 Lincoln Ave., is hosting a Christmas stocking contest. Entries are due today, and the winner will be announced at a Christmas stocking unveiling event Friday.

Gut is good again in super-G at Beaver Creek

It wasn’t a surprise that Switzerland’s Lara Gut won Saturday’s women’s World Cup super-G on the Raptor race course at Beaver Creek.

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Course claims Marno in Beaver Creek

Steamboat Springs Alpine skier Anna Marno got her first World Cup start Saturday at the Raptor Women’s World Cup at Beaver Creek, but she’s going to have to wait for her first finish.

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Hayden boys basketball fighting through inexperience, injuries

Graduation and injuries aren't doing Hayden boys basketball any favors in the early going, but head coach Mike Luppes said his young group has a chance to make some noise this season.

Jail Report for Nov. 23 to 29, 2013

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.

The Record for Friday, Nov. 29, 2013

6:01 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a man behaving strangely at Walton Creek Road and South Lincoln Avenue. He had been seen wearing a mask at times. Police received several other calls about the man during the morning.

Top 10 most-viewed stories for the week of Nov. 21 to 27

Top 10 most-viewed stories for the week of Nov. 21 to 27

Friday, November 29

Steamboat briefs: Gifts will be collected Saturday for Holiday Wishes program

The Young Professionals Network, Rotary Club members and Steamboat firefighters will be collecting gifts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Friday and Dec. 7 at Walmart. Volunteers will have a list of gifts that can be purchased at Walmart, and those who purchase gifts elsewhere also can drop them off at Walmart during those dates.

Council on Aging lunch menus for week of Dec. 2

Council on Aging lunch menus for week of Dec. 2

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Dec. 2

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Dec. 2

John F. Russell: Making a few turns with skiing legend Billy Kidd

I've skied with a lot of talented athletes throughout the years, but there is something different about taking to the slopes with a skiing legend like Billy Kidd.

Real estate transactions for Nov. 22 to 27, 2013

Real estate transactions for Nov. 22 to 27, 2013

Snow returns to the forecast for Steamboat Springs

While the Steamboat Ski Area does not anticipate opening any additional terrain this weekend, low temperatures will help with snowmaking operations.

Lara Gut bests Raptor downhill skiing course at Beaver Creek

Switzerland’s Lara Gut is on a streak, and the 22-year-old continued what has been a breakout season with a win at the first downhill of the World Cup season at Beaver Creek.

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Middle of the pack not good enough for Soroco boys hoops

Soroco High School boys basketball graduated three starters from last year's improved squad, but returning pieces could spell further improvement for the Rams.

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Haymaker to add cross-country skiing

Haymaker Golf Course will open as a touring center Dec. 20, operated jointly by Steamboat Ski Area and Steamboat Ski Touring Center. The new facility will offer a shop selling and renting gear, lessons and lunch at the Haymaker Patio Grill.

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Former Steamboat resident developing video game

Former Steamboat resident Nick Nieuwoudt has spent the past seven years developing Novus AEterno, a multiplayer online real-time strategy game. The game is set to release sometime next year.

The Record for Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013

12:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a snowboarder trying to sleep in his car in the 1100 block of Hilltop Parkway. He was told camping in city limits is illegal.

Business briefs: Garners join RE/MAX Partners in Steamboat

Michelle and Clay Garner have joined RE/MAX Partners in Steamboat Springs as associate brokers, according to a new release.

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Steamboat Springs' Howelsen Hill opens for skiing and riding

Howelsen has been operating, first as a ski jumping facility, since January 1915. Today ski jumping takes place in both summer and winter, but most members of the public zip down the steep slalom hill in front of the lodge, while many youngsters enjoy their first day of skiing on one of the gentle Magic Carpet lifts.

Football realignment could shake things up for Routt County teams

Proposed changes to high school football alignment could mean extra-long road trips for Hayden and Soroco, and the loss of a rival for Steamboat Springs.

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Yampa Valley Co-op represents new market for local products

Yampa Valley Co-op has been around in some form for eight years, but 2013 marked the start of its campaign to actively court consumers and producers in Northwest Colorado.

Data Sense: Steamboat’s high Opening Day snow depth bodes well for December

Strong early season snowfall has resulted in a robust snow depth level in Steamboat to start the 2013-2014 ski season

Community Agriculture Alliance: You might be a rancher if...

As we give thanks for our food, family and friends during this holiday weekend, it’s a good time to remember those farmers and ranchers who make the “food” part possible.

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Steamboat holiday shopping push extends through weekend

Whether because of second helpings of turkey, a lack of enthusiasm or deal hunting’s steady creep into Thanksgiving Day itself, Black Friday in Steamboat Springs lacked some frenzy.

Steamboat Ski Area snow report for Friday, Nov. 29

Steamboat Ski Area reports that six lifts and 60 trails are open.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Nov. 29

Four Points lodge elevates fine dining at Steamboat Ski Area, the Turkey Bowl draws a crowd for a cause and hundreds turned out for the fifth annual Turkey Trot.

Thursday, November 28

Steamboat briefs: Howelsen Hill Ski Area opens for season Saturday

The Howelsen Hill Ski Area and Nordic Center will open for the season Saturday. The Poma lift will operate with expert skiing on the Upper and Lower Face and beginner skiing on the Boardwalk lift from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Skier Lara Gut the downhill favorite as World Cup training ends

It’s just training, of course. But there is no one who wouldn’t want to trade places with Switzerland’s Lara Gut in the Raptor women’s World Cup field going into Friday's downhill at 10:45 a.m at Beaver Creek.

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Hayden Thanksgiving dinner draws crowd

The Hayden community Thanksgiving Dinner was as much about the community as it was the food.

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Hundreds again trot before their turkey

There were a multitude of reasons for Thursday morning’s runners to turn out for the fifth annual Turkey Trot in Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat Turkey Bowl draws crowd for a cause

The fourth annual Turkey Bowl brought together more than 30 players to help raise money for charities.

The Record for Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

12:57 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of two people running on the railroad tracks in the first block of Anglers Drive. They could not be found.

Howelsen Hill Ski Area opens Saturday

The Howelsen Hill Ski Area and Nordic Center will open for the season Saturday. The Poma lift will operate with expert skiing on the Upper and Lower Face and beginner skiing on the Boardwalk lift from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Steamboat Strings music directors enter last season

Strings Music Directors Andrés Cárdenes and Monique Mead will say goodbye to the music festival at the end of the 2014 concert season.

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Four Points Lodge elevates fine dining at Steamboat Ski Area to 9,700 feet

Steamboat will begin an exclusive fine dining experience at Four Points Lodge later this winter for no more than 52 people in four seatings per night. Guests will reach Four Points from the top of the gondola via a luxury snow coach that seats 13 in plush bucket seats.

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Steamboat Clay Artisans holiday sale begins Friday

The Steamboat Clay Artisans holiday sale kicks off the holiday shopping season Friday.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Catching Fire’ a sequel that satisfies your hunger

In the world of young-adult literature, some books only get less dynamic as they go. Although some series disappoint even when expectations are at their lowest, at least there’s one series that keeps “Catching Fire” after an auspicious introduction.

Dog’s Eye View: Activities to keep your dog busy

Winter is beginning in our valley. For some us who aren’t conditioned for winter sports, it leaves us wishing for more activities to fill our time and keep from experiencing the winter doldrums. After a life enriched with outside activities and basking in the sun all summer long, our dogs can start feeling bored, too.

Wednesday, November 27

Steamboat briefs: Kayla Guettich named Teen of the Month in September

Kayla Guettich, a 17-year-old senior at Steamboat Springs High School, was named the Optimist Club’s Teen of the Month for September, according to a news release. Guettich, who holds a 3.45 GPA, volunteers her time for a number of organizations, including It Takes Courage, Partners in Routt County, Steamboat Springs Teen Council and Young Life, among others.

Even without Vonn, US speed team looks strong

While most cameras were turned on Olympic downhill champ Lindsey Vonn this week after she bowed out of the Nature Valley Raptor World Cup Races with a partially torn ACL, the rest of the U.S. women’s speed team quietly continued on with what they hope will be another record season.

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Steamboat skier Anna Marno eager to get first World Cup start

Were it not for injuries, Steamboat's Anna Marno would have already earned her first World Cup start. On the verge of starting Saturday's super-G in Beaver Creek, however, she isn't worried about what could have been.

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Steamboat Ski Area kicks off 2013-14 season with Scholarship Day on Wednesday

It was a very chilly night for one Steamboat Springs skier determined to have a spot on the first chair of the 2013-14 ski season. At about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Kerry Lofy set up his tent at the entrance to the Christie Peak Express lift.

The Record for Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013

11:25 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to help a person having a seizure in the 900 block of Central Park Drive.

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6 Steamboat Springs athletes named to US Snowboard Team

The U.S. Snowboard Team, announced Tuesday, is loaded with local talent. It included six Steamboat Springs athletes.

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Steamboat specialty food entrepreneur starts consulting business

Terry Brown has started TSB Food Consultants to help others who are in the beginning stages of their own specialty food companies.

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Denver's cheap fares a barrier to new airline service at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

It’s the affordability of flights in and out of Denver International Airport that raises one of the biggest hurdles to expanding air service out of the Yampa Valley.

Steamboat Ski Area snow report for Wednesday, Nov. 27

Steamboat Ski Area is reporting that 5 lifts and 56 trails will be open for Scholarship Day.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Wednesday, Nov. 27

Steamboat police want to make sure visitors are following marijuana laws, Colorado residents are reminded about use tax requirements and Routt County leans toward expanding hauling hours for a gravel pit.

Steamboat briefs: Tread of Pioneers Museum to be closed on Thursday

The Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving. For more information, call 970-879-2214.

Tuesday, November 26

Our View: Celebrating a Steamboat tradition

On Wednesday, Steamboat Springs area residents will be hitting the slopes for the first day of the 2013-14 ski season and enjoying more than 630 acres of open terrain while donating to a local organization that exemplifies the spirit of the community.

Routt County leans toward expanding hauling hours at Steamboat Sand and Gravel

The Board of Commissioners will take the request up again Dec. 17. In the meantime, planning staff is assigned to review the proposed system for alerting gravel hauling companies that the pit is shut down due to heavy fog on the highway and convert it into formal conditions of approval.

Steamboat's marijuana laws differ from those proposed in Denver

As the busy winter tourism season approaches, Steamboat Springs police want to make sure those visitors seeking a Rocky Mountain high are following the rules.

The Record for Monday, Nov. 25, 2013

1:29 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a man pushing a shopping cart down the street at Mount Werner Road and South Lincoln Avenue. He was fine.

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US moguls team features 5 with ties to Steamboat

The U.S. moguls team was announced earlier in the week and features five skiers with ties to Steamboat Springs.

Colorado residents are reminded about use tax requirements

The Colorado Department of Revenue is reminding residents they are required to pay use tax on purchases for which state sales tax was not charged.

Routt County real estate has solid showing in October

Gross sales volume in October was $54.85 million, making it the second best month of 2013 to date and more than 26 percent higher than the same month last year, according to the report from Land Title Guarantee Co.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Tuesday, Nov. 26

Steamboat Ski Area announced Monday the terrain that would be open on Scholarship Day, a study at Yampa Valley Regional Airport could make the case for more summer air service and the Alpiner Lodge in downtown Steamboat is closed.

Monday, November 25

Steamboat School Board to re-evaluate facilities upgrade plan

The Steamboat Springs School Board will re-evaluate the scope of a proposed school facilities improvement project at the request of Superintendent Brad Meeks.

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Gov. Hickenlooper speaks to Northwest Colorado residents in Craig

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper met with Northwest Colorado residents Monday morning at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion in a community forum to address issues facing the area.

Study could make the case for more summer air service at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

Assuming Steamboat Springs can convince an airline to take on a non-ski-season route that makes business sense, it isn’t likely to come without subsidies.

Sen. Steve King: The Wildfire Games

My friends and family who have enjoyed the hit movie “The Hunger Games” have no idea how close that fiction is to reality every wildfire season here in Colorado. In the federal version of the movie, “The Wildfire Games,” our communities are thrust into the same deadly contest every year and left with the barest resources to save their homes from burning to the ground.

Steamboat briefs: ‘Light Up the Night’ event at courthouse lawn Friday

The annual “Light Up the Night” community tree lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Friday on the Routt County Courthouse lawn in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Rams girls hoops young but loaded with talent

Soroco High School girls basketball returns just one senior, but its core group of leaders and scorers is back. Leadership isn't the question. Whether or not the team can contend with league powers is.

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Jimmy Westlake: A tale of two star clusters

On cold, crisp November evenings, you can spot two glittering star clusters in the constellation of Taurus the Bull, high up in the eastern sky around 8 p.m. They are the Hyades and the Pleiades star clusters.

The Record for Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013

2:10 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a person in the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue. Everything was fine.

Routt County businesses work to attract local customers

Routt County business owners know well the benefits of making sure their stores fill the needs of locals, and they’ve adapted to an environment where online shopping has become increasingly convenient and big box stores in other cities draw Routt County residents.

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Alpiner Lodge in downtown Steamboat closes to re-evaluate future

Chris Paoli, who owns the Alpiner with fellow Colorado Group Realty broker owner Jon Wade, said it was shut down to re-evaluate the options for the 33-room motel that the pair purchased with investors in 2007.

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Steamboat Ski Area to open Wednesday with more than 630 acres

Steamboat Ski Area announced Monday that it will have five lifts, 52 trails and 635 acres of terrain open when the season starts with Scholarship Day on Wednesday, according to a news release.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Monday, Nov. 25

Hayden and Steamboat Springs prepare for Thanksgiving feasts, find tips to eat right this holiday season and economic data can highlight the potential of increased local spending.

Sunday, November 24

Steamboat briefs: Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed on Tuesday

The Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed Tuesday to deliver Festival of Trees items to sponsors and Thursday for Thanksgiving.

Steamboat Springs School Board to take 2nd look at facilities improvement plan

The Steamboat Springs School Board will reassess Monday night the idea of implementing a more expensive facilities improvement plan at local schools.

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Turkey Trot returns, 5 years strong on Thursday

The fifth annual Turkey Trot will begin at 9 a.m. at Steamboat Springs High School and head 4.6 miles into Strawberry Park for an entirely paved out-and-back route.

The Record for Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013

9:27 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a theft complaint at the 1300 block of Bob Adams Drive. A person reported a wallet was taken out of their vehicle in the area, and a report was taken.

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Local dietitians offer tips to eat right this holiday season

You're probably thinking about it right now. You know, all that rich stuffing, fried turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries and the like. It's the holiday eating season, and chances are there will be plenty of calories to consume along with all of the joyous memories you are about to gain.

Challenge Fund presents school board with annual grants check

The Steamboat Springs Challenge Fund presented a $42,000 check to the School Board earlier this month for local elementary schools to use for grants.

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Hayden, Steamboat Springs prepare for Thanksgiving feasts

The communities of Hayden and Steamboat Springs are ready to crank up the ovens for their free Thanksgiving feasts.

Monday Medical: Know the signs of gastroesophageal reflux disease

There are many things to look forward to on Thanksgiving. Heartburn isn’t one of them. Occasional heartburn is normal, but frequent or severe heartburn can affect your daily life and result in serious complications if not treated.

Thoughtful Parenting: Practicing gratitude benefits well-being

Gratitude is a feeling of being grateful or thankful, realizing that something good happened and appreciating that it did. Gratitude is difficult to muster when times are hard, so what can we be grateful for when things aren’t going our way?

Thinking About Health: Your options for Medicare open enrollment

After recently reviewing options for next year’s Medicare coverage, it’s important to understand how Medicare fits with the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. With all the media attention focused on shoppers in the individual market and their troubles navigating the government’s website, it’s no wonder seniors want to know if they have to sign up somewhere to keep getting their Medicare benefits. Do they have to shop in the exchanges? What happens to their premiums?

Healthy eating: Fresh cranberry, raspberry sauce

This is a wonderful Thanksgiving side dish, and leftover sauce can be served on pancakes or waffles.

Health briefs: Veterans Affairs health care programs meet Affordable Care Act requirements

Veterans who are enrolled in Department of Veterans Affairs health care programs do not need to take additional steps to meet the Affordable Care Act coverage standards, according to a news release from the VA.

Saturday, November 23

Routt County Board of Commissioners agenda for Nov. 25 and 26

Routt County Board of Commissioners agenda for Nov. 25 and 26

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Economic data highlights potential of increasing local spending

Economic data can lend some insight into how Routt County residents already are spending their money and identify the areas a buy local campaign might be able to affect.

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Nuts & Bolts of Opening: Ski Patrol starts scouring the mountain

Walk into the Steamboat Ski Patrol office in mid-November, and the season is underway. On one side of the room, stacks of “No sledding” signs with stakes look like the childhood game of pickup sticks. On the opposite side are lift and gondola rescue seats ready for training and — worse-case scenario — use in an emergency.

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Nuts & Bolts of Opening: Yampa Valley Regional Airport preps for ski season madness

Yampa Valley Regional Airport was barren a week ago. There were no lines, and one private plane from Salt Lake City was making touchdowns and takeoffs on a deserted runway. “But then, we go from two flights on Dec. 18 to 17 or 18 overnight,” airport Assistant Manager Dean Smith said.

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Nuts & Bolts of Opening: Slope and Vehicle Maintenance get ski area and machines prepped to go

If nothing else signals the start of ski season, a mid-November trek up Burgess Creek and into Steamboat Ski Area’s Slope and Vehicle Maintenance shop is all that’s required.

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Nuts & Bolts of Opening: Retail businesses ready to open shop for Steamboat ski season

To think, three weeks ago, the Steamboat Ski & Sport shop was full of bikes, tubes, tires and staff members who were wearing shorts. Last week, ski and snowboard rentals stacked the back area. Boxes of retail merchandise had been transformed into displays, showing off the latest lines in ski fashion and functionality.

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Nuts & Bolts of Opening: Work never stops for Lift Maintenance at Steamboat Ski Area

What Lift Maintenance Director Kurt Castor's staff does to ensure people can press glass in the mornings, make it to the top of Storm Peak on below freezing days or ride any of the ski area’s 18 lifts is remarkable.

Steamboat briefs: Tree auction looking for nonprofit participation

Nonprofit organizations are needed to participate in the annual Hayden Christmas Tree Auction at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 365 S. Poplar St., Hayden.

Our View: Cell tower planning process needs work

Increasing our telecommunications connectivity is of the utmost importance to the community, but nobody wants that new cell tower in his or her picture window. We get that. But we think the bumpy trip through the Routt County planning process, which is being endured late this fall by Union Wireless and residents of two rural subdivisions south of Steamboat Springs, could have been avoided.

Annual holiday gift giving campaign launches this week in Routt County

The season for giving is beginning to ramp up in Routt County as residents begin shopping for those in need. This year, the Holiday Wishes program is hoping to collect gifts for more than 400 local families that are selected by Routt County United Way.

Hayden runner Chris Zirkle hungry to return to nationals after 1st trip Saturday

Former Hayden and Moffat County athlete Chris Zirkle raced at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics nationals in cross-country during the weekend.

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Hayden girls basketball hopes to bounce back after 4-win season

The Hayden High School girls basketball team already has sustained the bruises that came with last year’s 4-15 campaign. Now it’s up to the Tigers to prove they learned a little something.

Discovering Steamboat: The arts are alive and well

The arts are alive and well in Steamboat Springs, in part, because of the existence of groups like the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.

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Sailors girls opt for uptempo attack this season

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team is looking to improve on a 13-12 campaign last season. The pieces are there, and the new coach is hoping his Sailors realize their potential.

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Familiar face takes over Steamboat girls hoops

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team has a new coach, but Mack Spitellie is hardly an unfamiliar face on the Sailors' sideline.

The Record for Friday, Nov. 22, 2013

3:56 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to help a drunken woman with a broken ankle at Après Ski Way and Val D’Isere Circle.

Jail Report for Nov. 16 to 22, 2013

The following is a list of people booked into Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Routt County real estate transactions for Nov. 15 to 21

Routt County real estate transactions for Nov. 15 to 21

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Steamboat businesses look to revive campaign to stress local spending

The push for local shopping this holiday season is a partnership among the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, Mainstreet Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Mountain Village Partnership and the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Business briefs: HLCC Construction Co. earns Pinnacol safety award

HLCC Construction Co. was one of the recipients of Pinnacol Assurance’s sixth annual Circle of Safety Awards, according to a news release.

Top 10 most-viewed stories for the week of Nov. 14 to 20

Check out the most-viewed stories on our desktop site from the past week, and see what you missed.

Holy Name Catholic Church hosts craft bazaar today

Holy Name Catholic Church is hosting its 16th annual Work of Human Hands Holiday Craft Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Ninth and Oak streets in Steamboat Springs.

Council on Aging lunch menus for week of Nov. 25

Council on Aging lunch menus for week of Nov. 25

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Nov. 25

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Nov. 25

Noreen Moore: Have faith in work

The recent article about the major tire transfer prompts me to highlight the amount of work that has been accomplished by Saw Wisecup and the Cole family.

Friday, November 22

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Hayden students set to put on 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'

The Hayden High School drama troupe will put on "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" at 7 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Both will take place in the Hayden High School auditorium.

All-conference honors announced for Routt County prep athletes

The fall high school sports season in Routt County didn’t result in any long playoff pushes, but it did yield plenty of awards for area players. Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Soroco high school athletes littered all-conference lists.

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Steamboat grad Alex Wood reflects on career as a Buffalo

Steamboat Springs graduate Alex Wood will wrap up his football career with the University of Colorado on Saturday as the Buffaloes play host to University of Southern California in Boulder.

Tom Ross: News of Intrawest’s IPO plans, and Crested Butte’s suitor closely timed

Triple Peaks LLC led by Tim and Diane Mueller entered into an agreement to purchase Steamboat Ski Area from a previous owner, American Skiing Company, in January 2002 for $91.4 million. It never came to pass.

Rotary Club accepting grant applications

The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs has announced it is accepting applications for its latest round of grant funding. Each year, the local service organization awards about $10,000 in grants to area nonprofits.

Steamboat middle school anti-bullying club raises money for It Takes Courage

An anti-bullying club at Steamboat Springs Middle School pulled together part of its annual fundraising money to give a $500 scholarship endowment to the high school's club, It Takes Courage.

The Record for Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

9:02 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a noninjury accident in the 27300 block of Home Ranch Road. There were 12 other crashes during the day, but no injuries were reported.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Nov. 22

November is the third straight month of above average moisture in Steamboat Springs, Tom Ross writes about his memories of the day JFK was shot on its 50th anniversary and a tire pile in Oak Creek Canyon elicits environmental complaints.

Thursday, November 21

Steamboat briefs: 2,100 visitors expected to be in town this weekend

About 2,100 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer.

Matt Rice: Bill is a disaster

Water Rights bill is a disaster for rivers and public lands.

Omar M. Campbell: US falling down slope

The Constitution provides for removal from office of public officials. “Bribery, treason and other high crimes and misdemeanors” are the most often cited reasons. However, actions that “subvert the structure of government or undermine the integrity of office or even the Constitution itself” are also “high” offenses deserving impeachment. Charges are made by the House and tried by the Senate.

Rob Douglas: 2014 elections already taking shape

With the elections of Nov. 5 receding in the rearview mirror, a glance ahead shows 2014’s local, state and federal races coming into focus. With Colorado’s precinct caucuses scheduled for March 4, some incumbents and candidates already have begun the grunt work associated with running for office.

Gov. John Hickenlooper to visit Craig

Gov. John Hickenlooper is coming to Craig on Monday. As part of a tour of western Colorado, the governor will be stopping at Colorado Northwestern Community College for a town hall meeting. He will provide a short presentation on some pressing issues, and then turn it back to Moffat County, said Reeves Brown Executive Director of the Department of Local Affairs. Hickenlooper’s trip to was spurred by “more than one request for the governor to visit Moffat County,” Eric Brown, director of communications for the governor, said in an email.

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Depth, experience anchor Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball

Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball coach Luke DeWolfe said this year's team has more experience than ever before. He's hoping it will advance the team to the playoffs come February.

Steamboat's Serina Kidd wins NorAm ski racing circuit spot

Steamboat Ski Area isn’t even open, but Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Serina Kidd already is off to a fast start to the competitive season.

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Service dog recovering after being hit by car

Ian Engle's service dog, Zuma, is recovering after getting hit by a car. Zuma’s hips were shaved for emergency surgery to repair a shattered pelvis with plates and screws.

The Record for Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

7:02 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a noninjury accident near mile marker 118 on U.S. Highway 40.

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November marks 3rd straight month of above-average moisture in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat is poised to complete an autumn precipitation trifecta the likes of which it has not seen for more than 25 years. Not since 1985 has Steamboat recorded above-average precipitation in September, October and November.

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Steamboat grad returns to roots with children's book illustrations

After initially shying away from pursuing art, Heritage Christian School graduate Dana Schlingman dove in all the way. She recently illustrated her first published children's book.

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Steamboat Symphony Orchestra education concert set for Library Hall

The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra education concert features local musicians of all ages — including students, adult professionals and amateurs — coming together to play a concert of classics from Beethoven to Mozart.

Vail gets new six-rider Chair 4; mountain set for opening day this Friday

It’s a sunny day on the soon-to-be-opened Vail Mountain at Mid-Vail, where it’s a bustle of activity, mostly centered around the mountain’s newest lift addition.

Mountain resort airports hit turbulance in attempts to grow number of flights, seats

Mike Berland has nearly 9 million frequent flyer miles between United and American Airlines. When you fly that often, convenience is key.

Feds raid Denver-area pot dispensaries, grow operations

Seven weeks before the nation’s first retail marijuana shops open in Colorado, federal authorities Thursday morning raided more than a dozen Denver metro area marijuana facilities.

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Steamboat Mountain Film Festival continues Friday with 'Into the Mind,' 'McConkey'

The critically acclaimed documentary “McConkey” plays as part of a double feature Friday at the Chief Theater. Sherpas Cinema’s two-year project “Into the Mind” also will play.

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Tom Ross: Vivid memories from a grim November weekend 50 years ago never will fade

There are moments in human history that have such a personal impact that the details and emotions of the day stay with us even a half-century later. For me, it was the violent death of a president that triggered the loss of innocence that sets us all on the path to adulthood.

Where were you? Readers share memories surrounding JFK's death

Steamboat Today readers can share their memories of where they were when they heard of President John F. Kennedy's death by emailing them to share@steamboattoday.com.

Tire pile in Oak Creek Canyon elicits environmental complaints

A pile of tires along Colorado Highway 131 between Oak Creek and Steamboat Springs has elicited from a South Routt resident complaints that now are working their way back up to the state level.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Thor’ follow-up still not that mighty

Until American folk hero John Henry gets his own feature film, there will be only one movie character renowned for his hammer. So swings the blunt instrument once again in “Thor: The Dark World.”

3 Routt County nonprofit organizations receive $15,000 from The Colorado Trust

The Community Agricultural Alliance, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps each will receive $5,000, according to a news release.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Thursday, Nov. 21

The U.S. Nordic combined team is eyeing the Olympics, Friends of Crossan's M&A Market is working on stabilizing the historic building and the Steamboat Springs City Council approved a controversial liquor license.

Wednesday, November 20

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US Nordic combined team eyeing Olympics as World Cup begins

An Olympic medal can’t be lost in December, and it certainly can’t be won. Still, the quest for those medals will define the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team's start to the World Cup season.

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'Murder in the Knife Room' opens Thursday at Steamboat Springs High School

The latest production from the Steamboat Springs High School theater troupe is a murder mystery that runs through Saturday.

Steamboat briefs: Christmas tree permits are available for $10

Christmas tree permits are available at all Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest offices in Colorado and Wyoming for $10. Each permit allows for the cutting of one tree on National Forest land. There is a limit of five permits per household.

Routt County tackles repairs, paving on busy road to Stagecoach State Park in 2014 budget

The Routt County Board of Commissioners are optimistic enough about the county’s fiscal position this year to plan a two-year $1.5 million paving and repair project on a decaying stretch of Routt County Road 14 used heavily by commuters between Stagecoach and Steamboat Springs.

The Record for Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

5:32 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers checked a suspicious car in the 1100 block of Central Park Drive. Officers knew the car from previous contacts with a person sleeping in it. No one was in the car.

Exploring the Sacred to host 3rd annual Multifaith Gratitude Celebration

The air will be full of thanksgiving Thursday night at Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library as the third annual Multifaith Gratitude Celebration will be hosted by Exploring the Sacred.

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Friends of Crossan's begins work on stabilizing historic South Routt building

Friends of Crossan's is dedicated to restoring the historic Yampa grocery store, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Work on stabilizing the building started Thursday.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Putting down the smartphone and exploring the great outdoors

Returning to an understanding of nature and the environment is one of the most important parts of education. Yampatika’s Environmental Literacy Program works with more than 40 classrooms across Routt County to inspire environmental stewardship and build a solid foundation for environmental education.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Wednesday, Nov. 20

The city of Steamboat Springs is inviting 14 people to help oversee the spending of lodging tax funds, Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush gives the county an update and House District 26 could see a Republican primary contest between two Routt County residents.

Dog’s Eye View: Unchain my heart

We’ve all seen dogs tied up in front of stores and restaurants downtown. They are tethered, and their owners are not there to intervene on their behalf.

Ellen Golombek: November: Time to remember and time to act

Before he served in Congress and before he went to the White House, Lieutenant John Kennedy was the commander of torpedo boats in the South Pacific during World War II. His distinguished military career resulted in being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and the Purple Heart. He was proud of his service and once said, “I can imagine no more rewarding a career.”

Our View: Shop locally this holiday season

The National Retail Foundation predicts the average American shopper will spend $737.95 this Christmas, which translates to total forecasted holiday sales of $602.1 billion nationwide during the 2013 holiday shopping season. Keeping those staggering totals in mind, the Steamboat Pilot & Today encourages area residents to consider spending those dollars locally rather than shopping online or traveling to the malls and big-box stores in Denver.

Steamboat briefs: Howelsen Ice Arena to be closed Thursday morning

Howelsen Ice Arena will be closed Thursday morning for a scheduled refrigeration repair. Stick and Puck as well as public skate sessions will be canceled in the morning. The rink is expected to reopen in the afternoon for regularly scheduled practices. For more information, call Mike at 970-871-7039.

Tuesday, November 19

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City of Steamboat to invite 14 people to help oversee spending of lodging tax

The formation of the steering committees is a big step forward following the approval of Referendum 2A, which will dedicate an estimated $5.1 million to trail projects and $900,000 to the Yampa River promenade in the coming years.

State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush seeks to reduce red tape for small businesses in Colorado

As a member of the house committee that oversees natural resource issues, state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush said, she’s interested in what the legislature can do to facilitate the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s task of developing a new long-term state water plan.

More osprey nests pop up in Northwest Colorado

A small flock of osprey once again might call Moffat County home this spring. Dr. Allan Reishus and several volunteers successfully installed two additional artificial nests Nov. 12.

The Record for Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

12:21 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to perform a welfare check in the 500 block of Rollingstone Drive. A life alert alarm was activated.

Colorado House District 26 could see Republican primary contest between Routt County residents

Chuck McConnell, who ran for House District 26 in 2012, has stated he will vie to be the GOP’s candidate in the 2014 race. Fellow Routt County Republican Dave Moloney also has declared his candidacy for H.D. 26

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Jimmy John's sandwich shop opens in Central Park Plaza

The Jimmy John's sandwich shop that has been planned for Central Park Plaza since late summer opened its doors Tuesday.

Avalanche forecasters watching recent wind slabs in Colorado mountains, including Buffalo Pass

The depth of the standing snow at the Tower measuring site currently stands at 34 inches, according to a remote snow measuring device operated by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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Steamboat Springs City Council approves controversial liquor license in resort area

Citizens Hall felt like a courtroom during the 1 1/2-hour hearing as a lawyer representing the landlords for Market on the Mountain said the city should deny the liquor application because the market already is serving the liquor needs in Steamboat's resort area.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Tuesday, Nov. 19

The Steamboat City Council will discuss extending the Core Trail, Steamboat is short on winter bus drivers and two Routt County Republicans declare their intent to run for political office.

Monday, November 18

Steamboat briefs: Community Thanksgiving Dinner is Nov. 28 at center

Routt County United Way will host the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 28 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. To sign up to bring traditional Thanksgiving food items or to volunteer, call 970-879-5605 or go to www.routtcountyunitedway.org.

Dr. Russ Fasolino: Fixing Obamacare

In regards to Rep. Scott Tipton’s commentary about Obamacare, I appreciate his concern with the huge difference in policy price between rural vs. urban Colorado residents and his attempts to offer an alternative (H.R. 2300).

Steamboat Sand and Gravel pit owner seeks change to hauling hours

Former Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak, who stepped away from her post almost 11 months ago after 20 years as a commissioner, has rejoined the debate about gravel hauling hours at Steamboat Sand and Gravel.

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Steamboat's new school board members sworn into office

Newly elected Steamboat Springs School Board members Joey Andrew and Roger Good were officially sworn into office Monday evening, but one seat remains vacant on the five-person board.

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Steamboat Springs City Council to discuss Tuesday possible Core Trail extension

A possible extension to the south of the hyper-popular concrete pathway will be one of the discussions at Tuesday night's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting.

2 Routt County Republicans declare intent to run in 2014

Two Republicans from Routt County have set their sights on political office with Dave Moloney announcing his intention to run for state House District 26 and Cari Hermacinski filing an affidavit for her intent to run for Routt County Board of Commissioners District 3.

VNA, Boys & Girls Club address grief for Craig, Steamboat youths

As part of Children’s Grief Awareness Day on Thursday, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado will feature special events intended to help children learn how to handle loss.

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Steamboat Springs struggles to hire enough bus drivers to run full winter service

In a report to the Steamboat Springs City Council, City Manager Deb Hinsvark outlined five options the city could implement until more drivers are on board.

The Record for Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013

1:29 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department were called to a report of two suspicious men hanging out near a liquor store in the 1800 block of Central Park Drive. Police determined the men were intoxicated, and arranged for them to take the bus home.

Routt County collegiate athlete roundup for Nov. 19

See what some local athletes are achieving in their collegiate careers.

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Celestial News with Jimmy Westlake: Comet ISON springs to life

After lagging behind its projected brightness curve for weeks, Comet ISON suddenly sprang to life late last week and now is the brightest of five comets visible in our predawn sky.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Monday, Nov. 18

Yampatika concludes its 20-year anniversary celebration with a moonlit hike, the Steamboat Education Fund Board Grant Commission will discuss how last year's money was spent and health insurance experts answered Obamacare questions in Steamboat.

Sunday, November 17

Steamboat briefs: Annual Holiday Dessert Bake-Off is Monday at CMC

The Steamboat Pilot & Today’s annual Holiday Dessert Bake-Off is Monday in the Colorado Mountain College auditorium, 1275 Crawford Ave.

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Yampatika celebrates 20 years on the moonlit trail

Under some sparse moonlight, eight trail tourists took to Skyline Trail as the conclusion of Yampatika's 20-year anniversary celebration. The tour provided history of the area and its surrounding plants and animals.

Tumminello sets record in time trial championships

Steamboat's Lisa Renee Tumminello set a record in the 6-, 12- and 24-Hour Time Trial Championships in Palm Springs, Calif.

Steamboat Education Fund Board Grant Commission to discuss how last year's money was spent

On Wednesday, the Education Fund Board and the Grant Commission will be discussing last year's money allotment and the lessons they learned.

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Health insurance experts answer Obamacare questions at luncheon in Steamboat Springs

The dozens of people who gathered at Colorado Mountain College to try and learn more about the impact Obamacare will have on them and their businesses learned even the experts on the issue still are trying to understand all of the changes.

County Agenda for Nov. 18 and 19

County Agenda for Nov. 18 and 19

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Steamboat girls swim team opens practice this week

It's been a week since the Steamboat Springs School Board approved official high school swim teams. The process has been full speed ahead, as the girls team opens practice this week.

The Record for Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013

4:35 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to a theft complaint at the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle. A couple people skipped out on their taxi cab fare. After the cab driver called police, the party returned to pay the fare.

Search continues for disc golf course site

Even though it was never an option for Emerald Mountain Park, some are still working to find a home for a disc golf course in Steamboat Springs.

Monday Medical: Prevent foot problems from diabetes

Our feet take a beating, but what can be uncomfortable and inconvenient foot problems for some people are a serious health concern for individuals who have diabetes.

Healthy eating: Cauliflower Dijon

Cauliflower will remain snowy white as it cooks if you add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the cooking water.

Health briefs: Tobacco users urged to quit during Great American Smokeout on Thursday

Quitting tobacco usually takes multiple attempts, but studies show support can significantly improve a person’s chance for success. Several free support services are offered in Routt County.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Teaming up to help children cope with grief

Experiencing a death can be overwhelming for anyone, but it especially is difficult for youths, and the first step of support is for the rest of us to become more aware of what these kids are going through.

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For the sake of others: New programs and training aim to prevent bullying, suicide in local schools

Facing a barrage of holiday music and happy Christmas shoppers at a supermarket in Maryland, Ronna Autrey abandoned her heavy shopping cart in the middle of the store and left in a hurry. All of the happiness and music was too much for the mother to bear as she was grieving her son’s recent suicide. “I just lost it,” she said. Back in that grocery store 12 years ago, it would have been hard to imagine the things Autrey would go on to do in the Yampa Valley.

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For the sake of others: Cyberbullying

When a misunderstanding becomes a motive for saying hurtful things, students can act upon it within seconds from behind the safety of their keypads and the veil of anonymity. That is why cyberbullying is so hard to prevent.

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For the sake of others: Emotional triage

The chaplain for the Steamboat Springs Police Department says he can’t solve that survivor’s guilt and grief in the hours or days after the tragedy. He doesn’t try to. But he does help to plant a seed that long-term help is available and that there are many people who will help them regain control of their lives.

For the sake of others: Jaelyn Kohl

I was bullied throughout elementary and middle school by my peers. By the time I heard Heather's story, I had found myself. I wanted to pass on my message to other kids in the community to tell them it does get better, what the mean kids say doesn’t matter and that kindness always will prevail.

For the sake of others: Brittney Schrader

Being part of It Takes Courage is absolutely amazing. I feel as if I am changing lives for the better. It feels great knowing that I am making a positive impact on people.

For the sake of others: Alex Bryant

Every day at school, I see people become victims of teasing or “jokes.” To some people, these jokes might seem all in good fun, but I know the words stick to the person they were directed at like glue, looping themselves on a constant antagonizing replay that haunts the individual indefinitely.

For the sake at others: Abby DeShazer

I try to stick up for people when other kids are mean to them, which I think gives them the message not to do it.

For the sake of others: Kayla Guettich

I was working towards starting my own anti-bullying and suicide prevention campaign, when coincidentally Heather walked into my life. Things simply fell into place. I am very passionate about stopping the increase of adolescent suicide in our community, as it has been very prevalent in my personal life. I knew that Heather’s big heart and beautiful message was exactly where I needed to be.

For the sake of others: Resources

Suicide prevention resources.

For the Sake of Others: Olivia Rudolph

I joined It Takes Courage because I wanted to share the story of my friends from Pennsylvania who committed suicide 2 two years ago and to teach kids about the consequences of bullying.



Steamboat briefs: Alive at 25 class to be held Wednesday at high school

An Alive at 25 Defensive Driving Class will be held from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Steamboat Springs High School.

Saturday, November 16

Real estate transactions for Nov. 8 to 14, 2013

Real estate transactions for Nov. 8 to 14, 2013

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Vandahl is 'breath of fresh air' on Sailors hoops sideline

Mike Vandahl, a 2008 Steamboat Springs High School graduate and Sailors basketball record-holder, is back on campus. His new role? Assistant coach, with the season just around the corner.

Rep. Scott Tipton: Coloradans deserve affordable, accessible health care

During the past month, there have been lots of changed attitudes in Washington about President Barack Obama’s health care law. With new issues arising almost daily from the disastrous rollout, the president and congressional Democrats can’t escape the fact that the law is broken.

Our View: Cooperation needed to stop bullying

According to the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of high school students reported being bullied electronically. The CDC also reported that victims of cyberbullying were more likely to attempt suicide, contemplate self-injury, skip school, suffer from low self-esteem and depression and be plagued with health and psychological problems.

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Discovering Steamboat: Grass-roots effort saves a piece of history

Steamboat Springs Arts Council Executive Director Lawrence Block said he vividly remembers hundreds of people wearing “Save the Depot” T-shirts and campaigning to spare the historic building from demolition after it had been condemned in 1980.

Retired biology professor publishes pocket-sized guide to Steamboat wildflowers

"Blooms 'Round the Boat" is destined to become a hiking companion for many outdoor lovers who often find themselves asking, “Is that Alpine pussytoes or American Bistort?”

Thoughtful Parenting: Child oral health and learning

Early tooth loss caused by dental decay can result in failure to thrive, impaired speech development, absence from and inability to concentrate in school and reduced self-esteem.

John F. Russell: Making memories on the slopes that will last a lifetime

The ski season, and the chance to make lasting memories with your children, is just around the corner.

The Record for Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

1:42 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to a disturbance in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. Bouncers said there was a man trying to fight another guy. Officers were able to escort the man outside and issued the man a summons for disorderly conduct.

Jail Report for Nov. 9 to 15

The following is a list of people booked into Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Business briefs: Yampa Valley Electric Association hires operations manager

Yampa Valley Electric Association has hired Steve Johnson as operations and information technology manager, according to a news release.

Top 10 most-viewed stories for the week of Nov. 7 to 13

Check out the most-viewed stories on our desktop site from the past week, and see what you missed.

Friday, November 15

Kathy Cain: Keep up the good work

I always enjoy the beautiful wildlife photos that are regularly featured in the Steamboat Pilot & Today papers. Whether they are from the staff photographers or are submitted by local resident photographers, they are all wonderful!

Steamboat briefs: Yampa Arts & Crafts Fair at elementary school Saturday

The Yampa Arts & Crafts Fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at South Routt Elementary School in Yampa.

Council on Aging lunch menus for week of Nov. 18

Council on Aging lunch menus for week of Nov. 18

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Nov. 18

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Nov. 18

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Around the world in 80 adventures for Steamboat's Kerry Lofy

An around-the-world trip was everything Steamboat's Kerry Lofy dreamed, but make no mistake, it didn't scratch an itch that pushes the adventurer to some of the world's most extreme sports.

Steamboat Springs sales tax collections increase for 9th straight month

The city of Steamboat Springs collected $1,383,290 in September compared with $1,329,202 in September 2012 for a 4 percent increase, according to a report released Thursday by the city. Collections have increased in every month of 2013, which puts year-to-date sales tax collections up 6.3 percent compared with the first nine months of 2012.

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Sew Steamboat creates new ownership model to keep social hub running smoothly

When Sew Steamboat on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs lost one partner to an illness in the family and the other received a job offer that was too good to pass up, the store that serves as a social hub for all types of people who enjoy creating art with their hands was in jeopardy of closing its doors.

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Intrawest IPO says Steamboat Ski Area owner could look near and far for acquisitions

Intrawest’s apparent interest in acquiring more resorts comes about 11 months after Vail Resorts announced its intention of acquiring smaller but high-performing Midwest ski areas Afton Alps, Minn., and Mount Brighton, Mich., for $20 million.

Routt County District Court sees cases related to distribution of controlled substances

Two men went before the Routt County District Court this week for charges related to selling controlled substances across state lines.

Hayden gala Saturday helps fund school programs

Hayden Secondary Schools will host its third annual fundraising gala Saturday night. The event plays a big role in funding school organizations, including band, Tigers sports and the speech and debate team.

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Rachel's Smokin' Cafe moves to Oak Creek's Main Street

After three years of 15 seats and sometimes lines out the door, Rachel’s Smokin’ Cafe has moved from a small building near Oak Creek town offices to Main Street.

The Record for Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

7:24 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to a report of an elevator emergency in the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue. A man was stuck in the elevator at Old Town Hot Springs. The door was broken, and an elevator repairman was called.

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Steamboat 5th-graders spend day as scientists

On Thursday, Soda Creek Elementary fifth-graders took the field to do experimental research in renewable energy. The scientific opportunity was made possible through grants from local organizations.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Nov. 15

Routt County United Way exceeds its $20K day fundraising goal, the Hayden School Board race avoids a recount and a Steamboat fitness camp is hoping for a nationwide appeal.

Thursday, November 14

Steamboat briefs: United Methodist Church hosts annual fundraiser Friday

The United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, 736 Oak St., hosts its annual Fall Fare fundraiser from 10 a.m. to noon Friday. Annual luncheon includes soup, bread, pie and beverage for $7 or the meal and $15 to sped at the bake and craft sales for $20.

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College Career Day at Soroco High School gives students crash course in various opportunities

Thursday was College Career Day at Soroco High School, and classrooms were filled with professional presenters from various career and educational opportunities.

Steamboat Planning Commission tables changes to public notice

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday chose to postpone considering amendments to the rules governing public notice until a proposed website is ready to review.

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Steamboat Springs fitness camp hoping for nationwide appeal

Steamboat's Sarah Coleman hopes her newest business venture, a destination fitness camp set in Steamboat Springs, is a hit.

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Holiday Dessert Bake-Off deadline Friday, community tasting Monday

There’s encouraging news for aspiring entrants in this year’s Holiday Dessert Bake-Off hosted by the Steamboat Pilot & Today: Meghan McNamara — winner of back-to-back Community Choice Awards in 2011 and 2012 (as well as the Best Cake Award in 2010) — won’t defend her titles.

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Festival of Trees to open at Tread of Pioneers Museum on Saturday

Christmas spirit is back with the 19th annual Festival of Trees fundraiser at the Tread of Pioneers Museum in downtown Steamboat Springs. The festival opens Saturday and runs through Nov. 25.

Dog’s Eye View: Stop jumping on me!

You’ve tried turning away only to have him jump up and scratch your back or pounce on you while biting at your clothes or your hands, but have you been proactive by not giving attention to the jumping? Remember, attention still is attention, even if it’s negative.

The Record for Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

1:14 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a minor in possession of alcohol in the 1400 block of Bob Adams Drive. A student at Colorado Mountain College reportedly was under the influence of alcohol. Residence staff found alcohol in his possession, and he was issued a citation.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Greening your holidays

Going green this holiday season does not have to be difficult. Instead, you can keep it simple and eco-friendly with just a few changes to your holiday traditions. Here are some tips to green your holidays.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Last Vegas’ is mostly a bust for prolific stars

Since its inception, Sin City has been a haven for people making bad decisions that, with any luck, won’t impact their real lives. When you look at a movie like “Last Vegas” that way, it’s easier to understand what its actors were thinking when getting involved with it, but it’s still clear that no one was expecting a jackpot.

Routt County United Way works toward fundraising goal with $20K day

United Way’s first $20K day last year was a success, and new Executive Director Kate Nowak continued the event Thursday at City Market.

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New Warren Miller ski film to screen Friday, Saturday in Steamboat

The Chief Theater will host two nights of the new Warren Miller ski film, and proceeds will benefit the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Hayden School Board race avoids recount

Two Hayden ballots that were not counted because there was something wrong with them, such as not being signed, will not affect the outcome of the Hayden School Board race nor will they trigger a recount.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Thursday, Nov. 14

Lisa Lesyshen was bound over for trial on first-degree murder charges, the Parks and Recreation Commission sent plans for Emerald to City Council and the International Mountain Biking Association World Summit will be held in Steamboat in 2014.

Wednesday, November 13

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Parks and Recreation Commission sends Emerald plans to City Council

It was a "go" and a "go slow" Wednesday night meeting for the Parks and Recreation Commission. The group voted unanimously to endorse a master plan for Emerald Mountain Park while also hearing arguments for and against allowing fat bikes on Howelsen Hill.

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International Mountain Biking Association World Summit headed to Steamboat in 2014

The International Mountain Biking Association announced this week that Steamboat Springs will play host in August to the 2014 IMBA World Summit, an event that is expected to bring more than 400 mountain bike riders to town from around the world.

Yampatika's 1st full moon snowshoe tour of season planned Sunday on Steamboat's Skyline Trail

With a forecast of fresh snow on Saturday night, snowshoe conditions on Skyline Trail could be ideal.

Steamboat briefs: United Way aims to raise $20K on Thursday

Routt County United Way will strive Thursday to raise $20,000 in one day to help fund more than 37 health and human service organizations in Routt County. United Way’s staff and board will be manning the office telephones from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.

JD Hays: Stop talking, start acting

The last few years I was police chief/director of public safety, I spoke to several people about a variety of options for a new police facility — everything from purchasing/renting, and then remodeling, an existing structure to finding an appropriate location for new construction.

Book sale, movie night at Colorado Mountain College to focus on bees, sustainability

The Colorado Mountain College Beekeeping Club and Students for Sustainability are hosting a book sale and movie night Thursday.

Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush to give presentation at Oak Creek Town Board meeting Thursday

On Thursday, when the Oak Creek Town Board switches to its winter meeting time of 6 p.m., Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, will give a presentation about issues for the 2014 session and potential bills.

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Lisa Lesyshen bound over for trial on 1st-degree murder charges

The preliminary hearing of Lisa Lesyshen, the Routt County woman accused of killing her 9-year-old son before attempting suicide May 29, was held Wednesday in Denver, and emotional testimony was offered by the victim's father and police detectives.

The Record for Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

8:59 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to a report of fraud in the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza. A resident reported that checks had been cashed from an account that had a hold on it. Officers took a report.

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Series of moderate storm fronts heads for the Yampa Valley

Meteorologist Joel Gratz, of the snow forecasting Web page www.opensnow.com, said the evolving forecast was trending toward a more active storm system with the possibility of 6 inches of snow or more by Sunday afternoon.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Wednesday, Nov. 13

Steamboat Ski Area's owner, Intrawest, has filed for a $100 million IPO, the Colorado Tourism Office's John Ricks talked about emotional pull at the Navigator Awards and the Steamboat Springs City Council approved $600,000 in salary increases.

Tuesday, November 12

Steamboat briefs: Holiday Dessert Bake-Off set for Monday at CMC

The Steamboat Pilot & Today’s annual Holiday Dessert Bake-Off is Monday in the Colorado Mountain College auditorium, 1275 Crawford Ave.

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Steamboat Springs City Council approves $600K in salary, benefit increases for city employees

The council's decision Tuesday night means the city will be able to increase the base wages of several city employees who have sustained years of furloughs and salary freezes.

Our View: Don’t sweat the small stuff

Because of the lack of competitive council races, debate about city issues was tame, and candidates did not fall under the intense scrutiny of an engaged electorate. So in other words, the easy part is over, and now the work begins as the council is faced with several important decisions right out of the gate, including employee pay raises and funding for a new police station.

Steamboat ski season flight program boosts inbound capacity by 21 percent on Saturdays

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Airline Director Janet Fischer told the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that the emphasis for the upcoming ski season flight program into Yampa Valley Regional Airport has been on building capacity Saturdays, the day of the week that most winter vacationers prefer to travel in and out of the Yampa Valley.

Routt County sends contested cellphone tower back to Planning Commission

The Routt County Board of Commissioners let the air out of 40 rural residents Tuesday afternoon when they tabled a proposal by Union Wireless to locate a new telecommunications tower in their neighborhood.

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Colorado Tourism Office's John Ricks talks about emotional pull at Navigator Awards

With only a few weeks to scramble together a commercial campaign for the summer tourism season, a group of videographers were told to head into the wilderness with no script. The crew was given carte blanche to do what it wanted to get its shots.

Documentary highlighting Brooklyn school coming to Steamboat

Authors to host signing at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

To try and tell the story of the challenges in schools and the sudden emerging identity of a new America, the critically acclaimed documentary “I Learn America” will screen at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

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New video store offers DVD rentals, plenty of nostalgia in Hayden

Yampa Valley residents yearning for cheap DVD rentals, movie theatre candy, new-release Tuesdays and the pressure of some modest late fees have a new movie store to check out.

The Record for Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

7:55 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to a motor vehicle accident on Routt County Road 129. The driver was coming into town and lost control of her vehicle when the sun was in her eyes. Officers took a report.

Thoughtful Parenting: Developing your child's positive self-esteem

First Impressions, Routt County's Early Childhood Education Council, will be continuing its Parenting and Pizza series from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Soda Creek Elementary.

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Steamboat owner Intrawest files for $100 million IPO with eye on acquisitions

Returns from the initial public offering could provide working capital as well as potential investments in, and acquisitions of, ski and adventure travel businesses and assets, according to the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Tuesday, Nov. 12

Veterans were honored in Hayden, the Steamboat City Council will welcome new members Tuesday night and members of a water forum panel said the Yampa River Basin has a chance to buck the trends of other basins in Colorado.

Monday, November 11

Rob Perlman: Winter air program news

With just a month to go before we welcome winter flights from nine nonstop cities, I wanted to share some positive and exciting news regarding this year’s winter air program.

Vicki Barron: Having the conversation

Why wait until a health crisis arises or a terminal diagnosis is received to make your wishes known? Have you started thinking about and talking about how you want the end of your life to be? As hospice providers, we work with families facing these tough questions each day.  

Water forum panel believes Yampa River Basin has chance to do something different

Not that water hasn’t already been a major issue in the West, but Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, said, 2014 is the year of the Colorado water plan.

Board unanimously approves school facility plan, swim teams

At Monday night's Steamboat Springs School Board meeting, a school facilities improvement plan was approved as well as an official, CHSAA-sanctioned high school swim team.

Steamboat City Council to welcome new members, select president and tackle budget on Tuesday

At stake Tuesday is city funding for a new police station in 2014 and $735,000 worth of salary and benefit adjustments for some city employees.

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High school leaders get a lesson on 'How to be a Better Athlete'

With the help of a local grant and parent donations, about two dozen Steamboat Springs High School student-athlete leaders were treated to a presentation by a former Olympian and coach on what it takes to be a better athlete.

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Soldiers in the spotlight at Hayden's Veterans Day program

As James Diehl and Scott Berroth drove around Northwest Colorado in a GMC pickup on Monday, the two men talked about how great it was to be veterans.

The Record for Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013

12:11 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a citizen in the 800 block of Yampa Street. Officers in the police station heard moaning coming from outside. They found a man in the back of someone else’s truck in the parking lot and were concerned he had entered other cars in the parking lot. The man was drunk and was taken to detox.

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Winter Sports Club snowboarders shine in season's first event

In their first competition of the season, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders grabbed a handful of podium finishes Sunday at Copper Mountain.

Union Wireless appeals denial for new cell tower to Routt County Commissioners

The second time around in the Routt County Planning process, Union Wireless has proposed to build a “monopine” telecommunication tower that resembles a 50-foot evergreen tree.

Yampa Valley Electric Association purchases commercial parcel on Elk River Road

Yampa Valley Electric Association has purchased just less than 7 acres of commercial land on Elk River Road.

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Celestial News with Jimmy Westlake: Comet Lovejoy upstages ISON

Who would have imagined that another new comet would upstage the great and powerful ISON? Enter Comet Lovejoy, or Comet C/2013 R1, as astronomers like to call it.

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Yampatika event promotes soups for a healthier immune system

If Susan Mead could only grow one thing while she was stranded on a desert island, it would be garlic. Hands down, she says.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Monday, Nov. 11

The Green Building Tour showcased efficient homes, a number of Colorado veterans and their families received free lodging in Steamboat and the Steamboat city tennis tournament crowned its champions.

Sunday, November 10

Harriet Freiberger: Thank a veteran

When, in the process of growing older and growing up, do we sense that special something, which distinguishes the individual who has served in the defense of our country?

Steamboat briefs: Yampa Basin Water Forum is at 7 p.m. today at the library

The Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley will hold its 2013 Yampa Basin Water Forum at 7 p.m. today at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

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Green Building Tour showcases extreme energy efficient homes

Four Clark homeowners opened their doors to dozens of spectators Sunday as part of the 2013 Green Building Tour, put on by the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. The tour showcases extremely energy efficient homes.

Colorado veteran families get free Steamboat weekend getaway

A local hotel owner with no military affiliation opened up rooms for a free Veterans Day weekend getaway for a select number of Colorado veterans and their families.

Traveling Steamboat tennis players show well

It was a busy weekend for local tennis players, and not just with the in-town city tournament. Fourteen young players from Steamboat traveled during the weekend to tournaments around the country, and they brought back a heap of strong results.

The Record for Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013

12:23 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to a stolen vehicle complaint at the 400 block of 8th Street. As officers arrived, the vehicle was pulling back up to where it was left. There was miscommunication between friends.

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Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs crowns city champions

The Steamboat City Championship tennis tournament truly was a melding of the city’s tennis scene, young and old, experienced and otherwise matching up for two days of action at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

County Agenda for Nov. 11 and 12

County Agenda for Nov. 11 and 12, 2013

Routt County CSU Extension: Let’s talk turkey

As Thanksgiving approaches, the Extension office always receives numerous questions about cooking the traditional turkey dinner. People want to know if they should buy a fresh or a frozen turkey. They want to know how big of a turkey to buy and how to thaw, cook and store it. So as we approach the holidays ahead, let’s talk turkey.

Health briefs: Lunch series speakers to discuss Affordable Care Act

A new educational lunch series aims to focus on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on local businesses. The series will kick off at noon Friday at the Colorado Mountain College auditorium.

Healthy eating: 10-minute chili

This basic chili recipe can be adapted to your liking, so get creative.

Monday Medical: Get fit for the slopes

It’s not too late to begin a fitness routine that will get you into shape for skiing and snowboarding and help you prevent injury and maintain performance throughout the winter.

Previous recipients reflect on Navigator Awards

This year marks the Navigator Awards’ 15th anniversary, and in recognition of that milestone, past recipients were asked to reflect on the honor and speak about the importance of the awards.

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List of previous Navigator Award recipients

List of previous Navigator Award recipients

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Steamboat Springs marks 15 years of Navigator Awards

The Navigator Awards recognize the people and businesses who can inspire future leaders. This year, Chris Tamucci, director of operations for Big Agnes, Honey Stinger and BAP, is being honored as the Young Professional of the Year. Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare is the Business of the Year, and Jim Schneider, with Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., is the Business Leader of the Year.

Saturday, November 9

2013 Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Championships results for Nov. 9

2013 Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Championships results for Nov. 9

Steamboat briefs: Yoga Center temporarily relocating starting Sunday

Beginning today, the Yoga Center of Steamboat will relocate for six to eight weeks to the Steinberg Pavilion at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp during construction at its current location. During the construction, class fees have been reduced to $10 per class. Find a class schedule at www.soulsparkjourneys.com.

Our View: Back to the drawing board for education reform

There are important lessons to be learned from the resounding defeat of Amendment 66. Despite pollsters predicting passage, the measure was rejected by 65 percent of Colorado voters. In Routt County, local voters spoke more loudly than their statewide counterparts, downing Amendment 66 by nearly 70 percent with 5,009 votes cast against the measure and 2,166 cast in its favor.

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New Winter Sports Club director confident different background is his strength

The life transition new Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Executive Director Jim Boyne went through when he took the job this fall simply is stunning. A lawyer who’d spent his entire life in Chicago, he was the president and chief operating officer of a $30 billion investment firm with reach around the globe.

Real estate transactions for Nov. 1 to 7

Routt County real estate transactions for Nov. 1 to 7

Discovering Steamboat: Historic depot repurposed into arts hub

After months of passing by the old Steamboat Springs train depot during runs along the Yampa River Core Trail, I finally scheduled a personal tour of the building this past week. That visit has inspired me to plan a series of columns devoted to the historic building itself, the efforts to save it back in the 1970s and ’80s and the group that breathed new life into the beautiful old structure.

John F. Russell: Understanding what it takes to be a fan

Nobody ever said it was going to be easy to be a fan. But for those of us who have spent our entire lives cheering for the same team, the love of the fan is easy to understand.

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Soroco High School grads receive FFA's highest degree

A few weeks ago, nine past and present Soroco High School FFA students traveled to the national convention in Louisville, Ky. There, two 2012 graduates received one of the FFA's most prestigious honors.

The Record for Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

2:04 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to a noise complaint in the 1300 block of Walton Creek Road. Officers knocked on the door, and it was opened and shut. The noise inside stopped.

Jail Report for Nov. 2 to 8

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.

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New program puts spotlight on businesses led by veterans in Steamboat Springs

Rick Meoli is one of dozens of veterans who left the service and rose to become a business leader in Steamboat Springs. Here, veterans run scuba diving businesses, chocolate factories, saw mills and propane companies.

Top 10 most-viewed stories for the week of Oct. 31 to Nov. 6

Check out the most-viewed stories on our desktop site from the past week, and see what you missed.

Business briefs: Steamboat's Brown moves from Wing-Time sauce to consulting business

Terry Brown, previously of Wing-Time sauce company, has formed TSB Food Consultants, according to a news release.

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Hayden man writes poem to help with war-related PTSD

John Kregar, of Hayden, deals with struggles pertaining to war on a daily basis. He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder related to the incredibly difficult situations he encountered while fighting the war in Iraq. Yet he’s found solace in a poem that took him four years to write. The act of writing the poem gave him a form of therapy that encouraged him to move past his strife.

Friday, November 8

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Fuzz Feddersen, formerly of Steamboat, elected to skiing Hall of Fame

Kris "Fuzz" Feddersen was 10 years old when he moved to Steamboat Springs with his family from Ohio. He found himself in the middle of a skiing revolution and rode an unstoppable work ethic all the way to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

Steamboat briefs: Framing basics workshop begins at 10 a.m. Saturday

A framing basics workshop titled “How to Make the Most of Your Finished Art” is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at East West Frame Shop, 810 Lincoln Ave.

Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for the week of Nov. 11

Routt County Council on Aging senior lunch menus for the week of Nov. 11

Routt County school lunch menus for the week of Nov. 11

Routt County school lunch menus for the week of Nov. 11

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Tom Ross: South Routt's Redmond family carries agriculture values forward

Routt County lost another member of an elder generation of ranchers Oct. 20 when James T. “Jack” Redmond died at his family’s historic ranch house at the edge of the Flat Tops on Bull Creek. Redmond was emblematic of a generation that grew up in the Great Depression and weathered the tumult and shortages of World War II to deliver their farms, ranches and families to more prosperous times.

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Strings opens winter season in Steamboat with Elephant Revival

Nederland band Elephant Revival plays the Strings Music Pavilion at 7 p.m. Sunday. The band is fresh off the release of its latest album, “These Changing Skies.”

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Steamboat man's survival tale to be featured on Discovery Channel show

On Monday night, Steamboat's Charles Horton will be featured on "Bear Grylls: Escape from Hell," which is making its premiere in front of American viewers.

The Record for Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

2:04 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a noninjury car crash at mile marker 15 on Routt County Road 14.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Nov. 8

A trout habitat project on the Yampa River is nearing completion, Routt County's real estate dollar volume was up in the third quarter and The Lowell Whiteman School appoints a head of school.

Thursday, November 7

Steamboat briefs: Food safety basics training retail course is Wednesday

A food safety basics training course for retail food establishment employees in Routt County is from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.

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Lowell Whiteman trustees appoint Morse head of school

Effective July 1, The Lowell Whiteman School will have an official head of school, and it's a familiar face. The board of trustees announced Tuesday that current interim Head of School Meg Morse will be taking over.

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Work nearing completion on Yampa River trout habitat improvements

The Yampa Valley Stream Improvement charitable trust is nearing the end of a major project that will see the Yampa River near Steamboat turned into a trout hot spot.

Routt County real estate volume up 14 percent in 3rd quarter

The latest analysis of real estate trends in seven Colorado mountain counties for the third quarter shows Routt County ranked in the top two with dollar volume up 14 percent compared with the same period in 2012.

Rob Douglas: Udall’s Affordable Care Act security concerns

On Wednesday, while folks in Routt County were absorbing Tuesday’s election results, Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet were in a private meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House.

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Interior design store resurfaces in Sundance at Fish Creek in Steamboat

Walk into the reincarnated Olivia’s Home Furnishings in Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center and it’s difficult to get beyond the rustic wooden spiral staircase that leads to nowhere, except perhaps interior decorator heaven.

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Holiday shopping gala set for this weekend in Steamboat

The Hometown Holiday Local Products Gala is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bud Werner Memorial Library. The event features all local products from varying businesses across the Yampa Valley.

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Handcrafted guitar stands donated to Steamboat schools in memory of Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan

This week, Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools got two handcrafted guitar stands to hold the instruments donated in memory of 9-year-old Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan, who was killed less than six months ago.

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Colorado Mountain College students in Steamboat take different approach to sustainability

Students in the Colorado Mountain College art and sustainability class transformed clothing into new pieces of wearable art. The collection will be on display through Dec. 2.

The Record for Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

2:01 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to help a person who fell in the 200 block of Logan Avenue.

Dog’s Eye View: Reinforcing good behavior

You’ve worked hard to teach your dog to greet people nicely at the door. No more paws on shoulders. No more shredded clothes. He’s sitting politely and waiting to be petted. Now, that job is over. Or is it?

Thoughtful Parenting: Building strong relationships with our kids

It is common for kids to go through phases when they are more connected to one parent than the other. Sometimes, although we love them deeply, we may butt heads more with one of our children than another. Here are some ideas to help you build strong relationships with your kids.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Subalpine fir declining in Routt County

The increase in subalpine fir decline fits the pattern we have been seeing in Routt County and throughout the state. The acreage affected in Routt County went from 2,000 acres in 2011 to 4,500 acres in 2012, according to a state aerial survey.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Free Birds’ a feather-brained fowl fable

Describing something as a “turkey” in the movie business usually isn’t a compliment. In the case of “Free Birds,” that term has another connotation, though not a wholly different one.

Steamboat briefs: Routt County Treasurer’s Office closed for tax lien sale Thursday

The Routt County Treasurer’s Office will be closed for regular business Thursday during the 2013 tax lien sale, which is from 7:30 a.m. to noon with registration closing at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, November 6

The Record for Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

3:07 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a crash near mile marker 124 on U.S. Highway 40.

2 uncounted ballots could trigger recount in Hayden School Board race

Uncounted ballots are not expected to change the outcome of Tuesday's Hayden School Board election, but it could trigger a recount.

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City of Steamboat Springs hopeful new salary adjustments can help attract, retain employees

The pay package includes $735,000 worth of salary and benefit increases that would impact about 129 of the city's 216 benefited employees.

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Steamboat hockey squad scores big in Aspen

Faced with a huge challenge to open its season, Steamboat’s U19 girls hockey team met it in winning style during the weekend at the Aspen Fall Face Off tournament.

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Runway paving at Yampa Valley Regional Airport bumped to April 2015

The runway at Yampa Valley Regional Airport won’t close for 60 days in spring 2014 after all. A delay in the grant funding process would have pushed the work to August and impacted summer tourism. Now the runway project is planned for spring 2015.

Steamboat Springs skier Avalena Everard selected to prep school conference ski team

Steamboat Springs skier Avalena Everard was selected to the All-New England New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class C Alpine ski team late last month. Everard is a sophomore at The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn.

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Nelson Carmichael wins Steamboat Business Plan Competition with performance outerwear line

Nelson Carmichael's business plan for an outerwear e-commerce business won the 2013 Business Plan Competition hosted by Colorado Mountain College and Yampa Valley SCORE.

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November off to a snowy start in Steamboat Springs

The storm cycle that entered Steamboat Springs on Sunday night had dropped 20 inches at Steamboat Ski Area by Wednesday morning and 12.8 inches in town by Wednesday afternoon.

Hayden to swear in new police chief during Thursday meeting

Hayden's new police chief will be formally sworn in during Thursday's Hayden Town Council meeting.

Denomy wins Colorado Mountain College trustee seat

Incumbent Colorado Mountain College trustee Mary Ellen Denomy, of Parachute, won re-election Tuesday night, garnering about 61 percent of the votes cast across the six-county college district.

Tuesday, November 5

2 of 3 Hayden School Board seats decided

Two Hayden School Board incumbents have been re-elected, but outstanding votes could determine who wins the third open seat. A recount might also be necessary.

Unofficial results show narrow win for West Routt Fire Protection District

Based on the final, unofficial votes from Tuesday night, the West Routt Fire Protection District now will be on better financial footing after voters narrowly passed a tax increase.

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Election: Secession question voted down in Moffat County

Moffat County will not act to secede from Colorado. The voters came out against the measure, 55 to 45 percent. Eleven counties put the question on their ballot. The counties were split, and the exact number in favor was not available at time of press. Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid introduced the idea of putting the secession question to voters in Moffat County. But, he said he wasn’t disappointed by the results.

Colorado passes tax on marijuana for schools, regulation

Those in favor of Proposition AA in Routt County reached 74 percent. Statewide, the tax was passed with nearly 65 percent of voters in favor with 71 percent of the vote counted.

Roger Good, Joseph Andrew elected to Steamboat Springs School Board

The two men said they look forward to helping a school district that already earns stellar academic ratings gain even higher marks.

Steamboat Springs School Board seats now at-large

Steamboat residents resoundingly passed Referendum 3A on Tuesday, making Steamboat Springs School Board seats all at-large.

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Tony Connell wins race for Steamboat Springs City Council

After winning with 59 percent of the vote Tuesday night, the local businessman won't have too much time to savor his victory before getting to work as a council member.

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40 percent of Routt County voters turn out in final 2 days of 2013 election

After the final ballots were counted Tuesday, 7,321 people cast ballots, representing 46 percent of eligible voters. Tuesday’s voter turnout represented 500 fewer voters than cast ballots in the last odd-year election in 2011, when record turnout of 7,826 voters cast ballots.

Morrison Creek water district mill levy defeated

Referendum 5A, which asked voters to approve a fixed 30 mill increase for the Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District, was voted down Tuesday.

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Steamboat Springs voters overwhelmingly support spending lodging tax on trails, Yampa promenade

With the approval of 71 percent of city voters, the 1 percent tax paid by lodging guests will be dedicated to local trail projects and a new promenade on Yampa Street for the next decade.

Colorado voters reject major education funding change

With 7,175 votes cast in Routt County, nearly 70 percent, or 5,009 voters, rejected Amendment 66. Statewide, the issue was losing almost 2-to-1, about 66 to 33 percent with 70 percent of the vote counted.

Steamboat briefs: Teen Council’s Teen of the Month is Aidan Gibbs

Aidan Gibbs, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, was chosen because he embodies the Teen Council values of demonstrating that teens are valuable community assets, acting as a leader or positive role model among peers and demonstrating commitment to community service.

The Record for Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

4:38 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a person who wanted to complain about a box truck parked and running at a hotel entrance in the 3200 block of South Lincoln Avenue.

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2013 election results

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Our View: City employees have earned a return to normalcy

We couldn’t fail to notice this week the relative ease with which the Routt County Board of Commissioners gave county employees a raise in marked contrast to the ongoing struggles of the Steamboat Springs City Council to do something similar.

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Boulder bluegrass band to play Wednesday in Steamboat

Boulder-based Monocle brings its unique flavor of bluegrass, folk and Americana to Steamboat on Wednesday.

Monday, November 4

Steamboat briefs: Kid’s Night Out program is Nov. 15 at Igloo at Howelsen

The next Kid’s Night Out program is from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Igloo at Howelsen Hill.

Business of Water Summit draws Colorado River stakeholders to Denver

Steamboat Springs nonprofits, including Friends of the Yampa and Protect the Flows, were represented at the summit, which aimed to advance water policy and incentivize conservation.

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Navigator Award winners to be honored during Nov. 12 luncheon

The winners have been chosen, and this year's Navigator Award recipients will be honored during a luncheon Nov. 12 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

The Record for Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013

6:10 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 1100 block of Mountain Village Circle. A man who was putting a bike back into his apartment was approached by a man who told him “you might die” before rambling on about other things. Police were unable to locate the man.

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Routt County collegiate athlete roundup for Nov. 5

See what some local athletes are achieving in their collegiate careers.

Stagecoach man sentenced to 2 years for violating probation

The Stagecoach man accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old boy has been sentenced again, this time to two years in the Routt County Jail because he did not comply with probation.

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Icy roads make Monday morning commute tough for some Routt County drivers

By 2 p.m. Monday, emergency responders had tended to several rollovers and crashes in Steamboat Springs and Hayden but reported no serious injuries.

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Jimmy Westlake’s Celestial News: Taurid meteor shower to treat us to November fireballs

Don’t be surprised if you see a blazing fireball or two streaking across the heavens while you are driving home after dark this week. It’s just the annual Taurid meteor showers reaching their peak of activity.

About one-third of ballots have been cast ahead of Election Day

The Routt County Clerk & Recorder's office had received about 5,300 valid ballots as of Monday evening, according to Elections Supervisor Kim Bonner.

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Steamboat not on 2014 USA Pro Challenge route

Steamboat cycling spectators will have to travel if they want to catch next year’s USA Pro Challenge live. The 2014 route was announced Monday morning, and Steamboat Springs is not included.

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Storm drops 5 to 6 inches of new snow on Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs residents on Monday morning were greeted by 5-plus inches of snow on the ground and some slippery road conditions that led to multiple car crashes.

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Passenger kept youth hockey players calm as plane skidded off runway Sunday at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

Passenger Jeff Brown said everything seemed normal as the plane made its final approach to YVRA. He said that before the plane touched down, it rose into the air, then came down sideways to the wind direction. That’s when the younger passengers reacted in fear.

2 Steamboat residents complete grueling races

Steamboat residents Diane Carter and Mike Schlichtman completed the ING New York City Marathon and the Ironman Florida, respectively, during the weekend.

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Steamboat Springs School District reports successful 1st year for health clinic

The district said the cost of the clinic and its current medical plan is running $98,000 below what was projected for the first quarter of the school year.

Sunday, November 3

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All OK after private plane crash at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

A sudden and strong gust of wind sent a private plane about 600 feet off the runway while it was in the process of landing at Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Sunday afternoon. The pilot and passengers all emerged safe.

Ski swap offers opportunity to score big deals

The annual Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Ski and Sport Swap is set for Friday and Saturday, and it offers shoppers the chance to score big deals on used gear.

Steamboat briefs: Register through Monday for Girls Reaching out Wider

Registration for the city of Steamboat Springs’ Girls Reaching out Wider program is open through Monday on a first-come, first-served basis at www.steamboatsprings.net/teen.

US Sen. Michael Bennet: Coloradans don't shut down

In stark contrast to Washington’s dysfunction, which brought us a 16-day government shutdown and the risk of default in October, Coloradans know what it means to do their jobs day in and day out.

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Voters have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to drop off ballots

Voters how just have a few days to get their ballots in for the Nov. 5 election. Locally, voters are strongly encouraged to drop off their ballots at the courthouse instead of mail them in.

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Early-week cold temperatures and light snow expected

By Tuesday night, temperatures in Steamboat Springs are expected to hit the low teens, and a few more inches of snowfall accumulation is predicted by the National Weather Service.

County Agenda for Nov. 4 and 5

County Agenda for Nov. 4 and 5

The Record for Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013

1:46 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to an animal complaint at the 100 block of Hillside Drive. A dog had apparently been barking since 8 p.m., and a party was concerned due to the cold weather. Police were unable to locate the barking dog.

Health briefs: Health Equity Learning Series to be presented at hospital

The Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership and The Colorado Trust will present the Health Equity Learning Series on Nov. 15 at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Those attending will watch a live stream of the event as it happens in Denver.

Thinking About Health: Choosing insurance in the state exchange

Buying health insurance is not fun. But if you make the wrong decision, it could cost you, so it pays to think carefully about the policy you buy in the state shopping exchange.

Monday Medical: Good nutrition for cold-weather exercise

Winter is just around the corner, and as we switch clothing and gear, we also should consider how we fuel our bodies for cold-weather exercise. A big mistake winter athletes can make is not drinking enough fluids.

LiveWell Northwest Colorado: Aim for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables

LiveWell Northwest Colorado introduced the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 campaign to the community last year. The “5” component of the 5-2-1-0 message reminds us to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

Healthy Eating: Sesame broccoli

This recipe will become your family’s favorite way to eat broccoli.

Gardening with Deb Babcock: Currants a great garden shrub

If you’re looking for a great shrub for your Steamboat Springs area garden, look no further than Ribes spp, commonly called the currant bush.

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Finding their voice: English-language learner students working to fit in while maintaining cultural identity

The Spanish for Spanish speakers class now being implemented at Steamboat Springs School Distrcit is a small part of an answer to a question that has been steadily growing in the district during the past decade.

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Finding their voice: Soda Creek homework club packed with English-language learners

Earlier this school year, a second-grader’s parents approached Soda Creek Elementary School English-language learner teacher Ann Coon. In their hands, the parents held their son’s math homework. Despite the student’s advanced math skills, Coon said, there was something keeping him from completing his homework. His parents couldn’t read the English instructions that came with the assignment.

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Finding their voice: Siblings flee violence in Mexico, find solace in Steamboat Springs

The three teenage Villa Parra siblings miss some of the things about the Chihuahua, Mexico, home they fled just four months ago. They’re the things you’d expect them to miss: family, friends and the home country where they grew up.

Saturday, November 2

Steamboat briefs: Wreath design class is at CMC on Wednesday

A wreath design class is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus.

Steven Hofman: Oppose amendment

The Steamboat Pilot & Today editorialized recently in opposition to Amendment 66. It also has published several letters both pro and con. Much of the discussion has been focused on the fact that Routt County will pay more in taxes than it will get back in education dollar benefits.

George Hresko: Proposed Amendment 66

If only it were true that the $1 billion tax increase was going to result in dramatically improved student performance. If it were true that Colorado per capita school spending is near the bottom of the list of all states, then perhaps there would be some reason to abandon our flat income tax rate for not only an increase, but also a progressive tax. But neither assertion is supported by fact.

Our View: Riders returning to commuter bus

If you already were planning to commute between Craig and Steamboat Springs this winter for work or school and we said you could save $5,000 to $10,000 annually by riding the Steamboat Springs Transit regional bus, you’d seize the opportunity, wouldn’t you?

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Season ends as Steamboat volleyball falls just short

The Sailors took No. 6 Montrose to five games but couldn't pull off the win. That loss helped end Steamboat's season Saturday in the regional tournament.

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Lots and lots of Girls on the Run on Saturday

Nearly 1,000 runners took to the road on Saturday for the Girls on the Run program in Steamboat Springs.

Jail Report for Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, 2013

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.

The Record for Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

12:01 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a fight at a bar in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

John F. Russell: Support the best thing a parent can offer

Parents will not find any clear-cut rules when it comes to watching young athletes play the game, but if they offer support, they might just discover the game can teach us all a lesson worth understanding.

Real estate transactions for Oct. 25 to 31, 2013

Real estate transactions for Oct. 25 to 31, 2013

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Steamboat's Black Tie Ski Rental grows through licensing

Now represented in ski towns in California, Utah, Colorado, Montana and British Columbia, Black Tie’s decision to start licensing its brand has proved successful for the Steamboat company and its individual owners.

Business briefs: Becky Sharp promoted to mortgage lender at Yampa Valley Bank

Becky Sharp was promoted to mortgage lender at Yampa Valley Bank this month. She has held multiple other positions at Yampa Valley Bank since 2009.

Data Sense: Health rankings place Routt County in top 10

The 2013 data reveals what local residents already know: When it comes to healthy living, Routt County is pretty darn good.

Top 10 most-viewed stories for the week of Oct. 24 to 30

Check out the most-viewed stories on our desktop site from the past week, and see what you missed.

Friday, November 1

Steamboat briefs: Hayden Congregational Church hosts fundraiser

Hayden Congregational Church will be hosting a Waffle Bar Dinner fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall at the church, 202 E. Jefferson Ave.

Routt County Council on Aging lunch menus for week of Nov. 4

Council on Aging lunch menus for week of Nov. 4

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Nov. 4

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Nov. 4

Don Edwards: Why?

I was born in Texas almost 65 years ago. I have lived all across the U.S. I lived and worked in Alaska, and I am ashamed that I worked in the oil fields there because we ship all the oil there to Japan for half the price of what we pay Saudi Arabia. Why?

PJ Howe: ‘No’ on 66

It astounds me to read from so many people that this measure being placed in front of us is so crucial to the survival of our current school system.

Steamboat's football season ends at Delta

The Steamboat Springs High School football team's season came to a close Friday night with a 50-12 loss at Delta. The 2013 season featured a lot of sophomores and juniors, and coach Lonn Clementson is hoping that will build a future contender.

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Early-season snow sweet for local skiers and snowboarders

Memories that involve “the earliest,” “the deepest” or “the best” tend to be foggy, but by all accounts, this season of skiing has been great, so far.

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Several construction projects wrapping up in Steamboat Springs

The road project perhaps most visible to Steamboat Springs residents was completed Friday morning when Native Excavating finished renovating the medians on U.S. Highway 40.

Hayden names Tuliszewski new police chief

Greg Tuliszewski will be sworn in during Thursday's Hayden Town Council meeting, and he will start his new job as chief the following week.

Tom Ross: Pioneer storyteller recalled days when large grizzly bear roamed Steamboat's Storm Mountain

Bears are wonderful to observe from a distance, but when they let themselves into one’s automobile or kitchen, they aren’t nearly as charming. Things could be a lot dicier in Steamboat. We still could have grizzly bears roaming the fringes of the Park Range.

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Minnesota jam band to play Saturday in Steamboat

Minneapolis band Circle of Heat made its way to and through Colorado for the first time this week. The band plays at 10 p.m. Saturday at Old Town Pub.

The Record for Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

3:04 p.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 900 block of Central Park Drive. The vehicle was not stolen. The owner forgot where it was parked.

Steamboat Springs morning roundup for Friday, Nov. 1

Snow guns kicked in this week at Steamboat Ski Area, the city of Steamboat saw 21 inches of snow in October and rumors of Steamboat Smokehouse closing are not true.