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Delectable donations

Allison Plean: Paying it forward

My friend lost his wallet on a subway in Tokyo, and someone returned it with all the contents intact. Tokyo has a population of more than 12 million people.

Allison Plean: Cowbells, golf tees and crayons

The rules were simple. Do nothing illegal, do not destroy public or private property and don't wear roller skates. However, encouraging complete (male) strangers to dress up as women for a Polaroid picture was encouraged.

Catch and release

The first and only time I went deep-sea fishing, I caught a huge ocean tally. Sadly watching the life slowly escape him as he flopped around on the deck trumped any feeling of victory I had while reeling him in.

On Scene

Ironclad performance

CD reviews

Nine Inch Nails, Fergie

Random acts of kindness

Editor's note: This Allison Plean column originally was published Aug. 11, 2006.

Allison Plean: Ahoy matey!

Bad pirate jokes and cheesy comments about "booty" are perfectly acceptable when flying a pirate flag on the back of your flotation device on the Yampa River.

Art in the Park brings visitors from all over

Like many local Steamboat Springs events, Art in the Park grew from meager beginnings to now attracting more than 100 national artisans.

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Mud season at its best

Allison Plean: Fade in

The first thing my professor asked me in the first film class I took in college was: "Which actress would play you in a movie about yourself?"

Cell phones of 2DAY R GR8

TXT MSG is used by everyone BC it's EZ

The cell phone has become the Swiss Army knife of communication in our techno-society, and style sometimes trumps function.

Runners enjoy sunny day for 8.4-mile uphill race in Hayden

It was a nice day for a run.

Steamboat Springs Orchestra presents Russian 'fusion piece'

Russians never write happy endings, said Ernest Richardson, the musical director of the Steamboat Springs Orchestra.

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Leaving his mark

Tattoo artist interprets an ancient art form

Tattoo artist Brad Cramer would rather get a tattoo than go to the dentist.

Far from the ranch

Local horse trainer competes for $50,000 on national TV

Jason Patrick laughed so hard that his face hurt during the filming of the TV show "America's Top Cowboy." Patrick, a Routt County resident, was a competitor on the show that will air at 7 p.m. Saturday on Country Music Television.

Teen bands confident about performance

The four members of the teenage punk rock band and Battle of the Bands contender allieappleoponess still hadn't had a full-band rehearsal as of Tuesday.

Highway Clean Up Day needs volunteers

On Saturday, whoever finds the strangest piece of trash will win a prize during the Yampa Valley Highway Clean Up Day event sponsored by the Routt County Board of Commissioners.

Allison Plean: I'm going off the record

I can still picture my two best friends in my U-Haul's rearview mirror - running down the street crying and waving - when I traded North Carolina for Colorado.

Mother Daughter Day Event offers a time for family education, bonding

Rebecca Duryea, a mother of four daughters, knows how hard it can be to talk to your children about certain issues. On Saturday, she will attend her third Mother Daughter Day with her daughter Amaris, and the two will hear professionals address some of those difficult subjects in a nonthreatening way.

Paradigm Theater opens its stage to wordsmiths

Paul Bonnifield realizes there is no venue in Routt County that gives writers other than poets a platform to share their art.

Allison Plean: Not the mirror image

One of the scariest things I could imagine doing was posing nude for a photographer. So I made a Tuesday night appointment with bodyscape artist and photographer Kim Keith, and then bought a bottle of wine.

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Beadazzle mom

Art gym offers beaded earring class for Mother's Day

Kate Huntington has come full circle at the Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym. She has taken two beading classes and The Artists' Way Series, and consequently developed so much enthusiasm for beading that she is now teaching the Beaded Earrings for Beginners class Saturday.

Cabaret's a changin'

Annual production has smaller cast, shorter program, more singing

Kelly Anzalone said the seasoned cast of "Cabaret" doesn't need to rehearse for the production.

Hard hats for humanity

Carpenter's Ball benefits affordable housing

Cathryn Marie slept on her couch for six years before becoming a homeowner last November.

Holden's homecoming

Transplanted band members return with new sound

Singer-songwriter Holden Young has taken his show on the road.

On Scene: Notes from around town

The odds were against Nick Marzano and I for hosting a three-piece-of-clothing Local Brigade event Friday night.

Workforce Forum Series addresses issue of workforce housing

Affordable housing issues have trickled down into the workforce in several ways that will be addressed Wednesday at the second session of the Workforce Forum Series at Rex's American Grill & Bar.

Wall space for every student

Steamboat Springs High School art exhibit opens Tuesday

More than 200 pieces of artwork by Steamboat Springs High School students will be exhibited at the Depot Art Center beginning today through Sunday. The opening reception is Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Hats on for high tea celebration of women of Oak Creek

The women of Oak Creek and South Routt probably never held a high tea event within their 100 years of history.

Soles that are good for the soul

Steamboat residents prefer function to fashion in spring footwear

Imagine a shoe that has more height than the average stiletto heel, but is more comfortable. Sky-high wedges are street chic this spring, and can be no less than four inches, according to

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Measures taken to ensure safe prom

The most important message that school faculty, police officers, parents and community members want to send Steamboat Springs High School prom attendees is to be safe and make good choices tonight.

Boys' workshop teaches movement

Juggler Kelly Anzalone says dropping the ball is simply a sign of learning.

Allison Plean: Fad or fixture

American pop culture needs to be constantly inundated with new ideas - things people can love and then love to hate - like pop songs.

The new education

DJ changes his name, but never leaves a genre behind

Nick Marzano learned a deejay should never play his own birthday party.

Personalized pieces

Let's Dance Spring Program is customized to each dancer

There is a lot involved in being a stage mom for the Let's Dance Spring Program.

Heavy metal

Stanley S. Madeja brings his 50-year retrospective to Steamboat

For 50 years, metalsmith Stanley S. Madeja, Ph.D., has been skiing in Steamboat Springs and making jewelry.

National Day of Prayer unites residents and faiths

The students from Holy Name Preschool sang a modified version of, "This Land is Your Land" for the 56th annual National Day of Prayer on the courthouse lawn Thursday.

Local middle school students place in state competition

Hannah Barkey and Jeff Sperry spent the first day of their spring break winning awards at the Colorado Science Olympiad.

Director looks down art track with confidence

Marion Kahn has a broad definition of art.

Footloose and fancy free

Community dance a chance to kick up heels

On Tuesday, Susan Merrill was already thinking about what she will wear to the community dance Saturday night at the Depot Art Center.

Allison Plean: The middle of the road

My grandmother never purchased a DVD player, a VCR or a personal computer. She still doesn't have a CD player and never got her driver's license or owned a car.

Busy summer ahead with capital improvement plans

The city of Steamboat Springs has approved $800,000 to repave city streets that are in need of repair, and for other improvement projects this summer.

Four peas in a pod

Three-piece band adds guitarist to its groove-oriented show

When the band 3 Peas rides in the car with manager Paul Johnson, the musicians are often forced to listen to Mariah Carey. But the band's sound has no correlation to pop music. 3 Peas is an instrumental band that will play its jazz funk fusion at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill on Saturday night.

On Scene

You are either are a Will Ferrell fan or you aren't. The manager of Blockbuster told me he can't even watch one of Ferrell's movies because he annoys him so much. I'm not one of those people.

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Starting with a blank canvas

Two new CMC instructors to revolutionize art programs

Cynthia Zyzda is the first-full time art professor to be hired at any of the Colorado Mountain College campuses, and she hopes to change the canvas of the Alpine Campus's curriculum.

Full bellies without empty wallets

Area restaurants offer mud season food specials for locals

Doug Mouton hopes poultry won't take Pollo Loco night personally. His restaurant has made a spring tradition of putting a dent in the chicken population.

Bears endangered by trash

Police to begin issuing tickets to garbage violators May 1

Beginning May 1, the Steamboat Springs Police Department will start issuing tickets to people who put their trash at the curb before 6 a.m. on trash collection day (or after 8 p.m. the night before), unless it is in a wildlife-proof container.

Get ready to rock

Teen Battle of the Bands registration deadline is May 11

Kyle Hornor and his four band members have been practicing two days a week to get ready for the fourth annual Teen Battle of the Bands.

Grasshoppers no threat

Infestation of insatiable insects not expected this summer

Grasshoppers consume more aboveground biomass than any other animal in the North American plains, said CJ Mucklow, agriculture extension agent for Routt County.