Professional musician, camera store owner, portrait shooter, red-ski-suit-wearing photo seller, poster designer, custom woodworker, clothing entrepreneur. Rick Bear has been all those and more since moving to Steamboat in 1971. In the process, it’s put him in touch with countless locals and visitors and reaffirmed why he’s glad to call Steamboat home.
Donna Mae Hoots is a fourth-generation Routt County resident, her grandmother homesteaded next to Sleeping Giant, and the home where she lives with her husband and two daughters is built on the family ranch still worked by her brother, Larry Monger. But for a short time after college, the fashion merchandising degree-holder was an intern in Los Angeles.
Being a veterinarian means acclimating to every kind of furry or feathered animal an area might have. Steamboat’s creatures include everything from hulking moose to mewing kittens, which is exactly what Lee Meyring likes about his job.
Barry Castagnasso, 61, is a fourth-generation Clydesdale breeder who continues to produce many grand champions in the annual National Western Stock Show. “I like their temperament. I like their soundness,” he says about the horse he often refers to as the draft horse supreme.
All it took for Wayne Westphale to make Routt County his home for life was driving down Rabbit Ears Pass and seeing the Yampa Valley for the first time.
As the owner of dog-walking company Happy Tails, Lynne Miller’s clients always are wagging with delight to see her. The same can be said for their two-legged owners as well as everyone else she’s touched in her 40 years in the Yampa Valley.
Light and Don and Lesley Woodsmith share a unique relationship. Pay a visit to their 13th Street warehouse workshop, and you’ll be asked politely to close the door. “People always ask why we don’t have windows,” Don says. “We want to keep the light out.”
Since he retired from the U.S. Postal Service in November, Don Ciavarra has been staying busy on the 13 acres he and his wife, Kathryn, live on west of town. After joining the Postal Service in 1974 as a letter carrier in Denver, Ciavarra moved to Steamboat in 1980, when he quickly became the friendly face patrons see at the post office window.
Not many people have the opportunity to sample the country the way Dr. John Sharp and his wife, Patricia, have. She grew up near St. Louis, and he is from Monte Vista. They both attended William Jewell College outside Kansas City before living in Denver while John finished medical school at the University of Colorado. Two stints in the Air Force took the couple around the world.
Spend just a few minutes with Wendy Puckett, and you quickly feel like the world is yours. Those who know Puckett closely describe her as kind, motivational, an eternal optimist and a woman and mother with the highest integrity.
Richard Tremaine likes to get his hands dirty. In the literal sense, that defines much of his free time, whether it’s spent at his Steamboat Springs home or his North Routt cabin.
Dave Terranova and his wife, Jodi, once dreamed of going back to school to earn degrees in veterinary science. But with a couple of kids and a mortgage, a return to campus wasn’t an option. So they did the next best thing: They bought a pet supply store.
When Lil Gonzalez, 68, moved to the Yampa Valley from Los Angeles with her husband, Ben, and three sons in 1974, she didn’t know that she’d leave her mark on far more than the apparel at the T-shirt store they came to manage.
You don’t have to hide behind the bakery racks, shuffle cookies to the bottom of the cart or slide ice cream to the cashier like a CIA agent swapping national secrets. Cara Marrs has seen it all, and she’ll happily relate the benefits of healthy living to anyone willing to listen.
When her acceptance letter didn’t arrive like all her friends’ letters did, Emily Hannah wondered what she had done. Should she have applied to other schools? Should she have applied to more schools? Then one day, it was there. She had been accepted to Harvard.