Tom Ross columns


Tease photo

Remember when future president Ronald Reagan starred at Chief Theater in Steamboat Springs?

Longtime Steamboat residents in their 70s and 80s who have really good memories might recall the time future president Ronald Reagan played the Chief Theater in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Tease photo

The late longtime KBCR newsman John Larson displayed dry sense of humor

The late KBCR newsman John Larson would broadcast election coverage live from the Routt County Courthouse by using the output jack on his cassette recorder to plug into any phone in the courthouse he could gain access to.

Tease photo

A sentimental ski to a special backcountry hut

Deb Proper recalled this week that, for her first backcountry hut trip on skinny skis to the Fowler Hilliard hut in 1984, she wore wool knee socks and knickers.

Tease photo

Tom Ross: Childhood holiday gifts can create enduring memories in the minds of seniors

Holiday gifts that make memories

A modest holiday gift that makes a child feel like they fit in with their peers can mean a great deal. When their parents recognize it, and come through in the end, it creates a lasting memory.

Tease photo

Powder day lures skiers to climb for their turns in pre-dawn

Endorphins are uphill skiers' reward

In the age of high speed quads, why would anyone in their right mind climb a couple of thousand vertical feet for the equivalent of two ski runs and then go home? Answer: endorphins.

Tease photo

Old cabins at Perry-Mansfield retain the spirit of 'the Ladies' who found the arts camp

Charlotte and Portia's spirits live on

Longtime Perry-Mansfield drama teacher senses the presence of "the Ladies" in vintage log cabins

Tease photo

Longtime newspaper outdoor writer, Neil Cantwell, off to 'fishing hole in the sky'

I would be surprised if Cantwell didn’t have the brass to ask St. Peter for permission to fish some private water.

Tease photo

Searching for the holy grail of river cleanup day: a matching pair of river sandals

My most precious find? A bright little orange container of mosquito repellant that looked brand new. It’s mine now!

Tease photo

Where in Colorado is Scooby Doobie Do?

Lance Koch grew up in Dinosaur, which is about 100 miles west of Scooby Doobie Do, and frequently sticks out his thumb as he travels between Steamboat, Carbondale and Grand Junction.

Tease photo

Mid-May the ideal time for foals to be born in Elk River Valley

Nothing compares to a newborn colt

Friday marked the first time Squirt had left the barn and the stall he was born in, but within 15 minutes, he was making short dashes around his mother.

Tease photo

May 8 should be a great day to make a memory, skiing on Rabbit Ears Pass

We weren’t the first to pull into the parking lot at the North Walton Peak on Saturday, and the presence of other skiers meant that somebody else got first tracks, but it also meant somebody else had broken trail to the peak.

Tease photo

Septuagenarian logs 100 days on skis in memory of husband

Septuagenarian logs 100 days on skis

During a celebration of life for Ross Theadore in July 2015, his ski clothing was spread out on a table and guests were invited to help themselves to an article of clothing on the condition they occasionally take it out for a spin.

Tease photo

Astronauts rocked Boulder's Tulagi

Warning: This column is intended for mature audiences

1964 was the year the Beatles released 'A Hard Day’s Night' in the U.S. Jan and Dean put out a groovy California surf record, 'The LIttle Old Lady from Pasadena.'

Tease photo

The crowd waiting in line in Steamboat's Gondola Square Friday wasn't carrying skis

Texas musicians warm up cold day in the 'Boat

Cody Quillin, of Fort Worth, said the opportunity to see a couple of living Texas music legends, Joe Ely and Johnny Bush, made his week during the 31st Steamboat MusicFest.

Taking the long way from Denver to San Diego via Madison, Wisconsin

Canadian family smiles through 'bargain' flight

It was just minutes after I settled into a seat at my gate in the B Concourse at Denver International that I realized I was in the midst of a family from Canada caught up in their own John Candy moment.