Gilbert Anderson and his wife, Stephanie, received the Heritage Family Award from the Community Agriculture Alliance at the Mountain Valley Bank Ranch Rodeo on Friday night. The Andersons raise cattle and hay in Clark with their two sons, 12-year-old Will and 10-year-old Tyler.
Lucy Middleton accused of taking money from Yampa Valley Bank
Lucy Middleton, former assistant vice president at Yampa Valley Bank in Steamboat Springs, can no longer conduct affairs for a bank. She is accused of taking money from Yampa Valley Bank in 2009, which a bank official said she later returned.
Routt County unemployment increased more than a percentage point in May, to 11.2 percent from 10.1 percent in April, according to figures released Friday by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The figures for May represent 11,643 people with jobs, out of a labor market of 13,106. Up until the economic recession, the labor force in Routt had steadily increased.
Candidates to interview with public, board next week
The Steamboat Springs School Board has invited Rosanne Fulton, Michelle Johnstone, Bradley Meeks and Lance Villers to interview next week with members of the public and the board. The process will be open to the public.
Numbers don’t account for normal seasonal changes, including end of ski season
Unemployment numbers increased from March to April in Routt County, from 8.3 percent to 10 percent. The county figures, released Friday by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, don’t include typical seasonal changes.
Area was slow to get into recession, could be slow to recover
Foreclosure filings are slowing in Colorado’s metropolitan counties, but the positive trend hasn’t made its way to Routt County. Filings decreased 40 percent in metro counties in April, compared with the same month in 2010.
High schoolers organize fundraiser for Abby Voorhis
Three weeks ago, Abby Voorhis was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The Oak Creek 7-year-old, a first-grader at South Routt Elementary School, was flown to Denver to start chemotherapy the next day, said her father, Josh Voorhis. Now the community is rallying in support of the Voorhis family with a talent show scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Soroco High School.
Harbert Lumber in Steamboat Springs is slated to reopen Monday as a ProBuild, store General Manager Rod Wille confirmed today. Wille said the change in ownership to Denver-based ProBuild would result in "business as normal."
The former CEO of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association received the 2011 Be More Award from Rocky Mountain PBS at a luncheon Thursday.
Unemployment was 8.6 percent, up from 7.9 percent in December
The unemployment rate in Routt County increased from December to January, from 7.9 percent to 8.6 percent. The figures show an increase from 1,183 people unemployed in December to 1,321 unemployed in January.
18 units in other First Tracks building, 56 luxury units remain unsold
Wildhorse Meadows celebrated a milestone last week. The residential development off Mount Werner Road near the base of Steamboat Ski Area sold out one of its two First Tracks buildings with the signing of a contract Wednesday.
7 single-family home permits issued in Steamboat through November
Building permits for single-family homes in Routt County continue to come through at a trickle, according to recent figures. One permit was issued for a single-family home in Steamboat Springs in November, bringing the year-to-date total to seven.
Number is an increase from 9.3 percent in October
Routt’s numbers for November represent a continued decrease in the size of the labor force and in jobs. Last month, 1,326 people were unemployed out of a work force of 13,583.
YVRA manager hopes to offer hot food within 2 weeks
Hot Dog’n Paradise and HDN Paradise Bar & Grill were shut today because of contract issues with the concessionaire, YVRA Manager Dave Ruppel said. He said he hopes to get a food offering in place within two weeks. The concessionaire hasn't yet returned a call seeking comment.
Annual scavenger hunt ends in Dr. Rich Weiss Park
The 2010 Yule Log hunt is over, and the winner is a familiar face. Sue Petrillo, who won the search in 2009 with her daughter, found the Yule Log at 4 p.m. Tuesday under the picnic deck at Dr. Rich Weiss Park. Petrillo said the family has decided to donate the prize money to a fund for Michele Dunklin, who was injured in a car wreck Dec. 8.
Ski area officials deny search allegations by Denver Post, 5280
An editorial in Friday's Denver Post that was based on an article in the most recent edition of 5280 magazine calls Steamboat "the most extreme example" of security crackdowns at Colorado ski resorts. The problem, Ski Corp. officials said, is that no such crackdown exists outside of April Fools' Day and closing day.
Republican’s departure eliminates Western Slope representation
State Sen. Al White a Hayden Republican, essentially was ousted from the powerful House-Senate committee by his own party after serving on it for four years. He said one negative impact for Northwest Colorado residents would be the lack of Western Slope representation on the committee.
Emerald Mountain, dog parks will be part of Tuesday's meeting
Tuesday’s Steamboat Springs City Council agenda will include more discussion of the possible purchase of 586 acres on Emerald Mountain as well as an ordinance establishing off-leash dog parks. The issues have attracted public interest and comments, and at least one City Council member expected a fair amount of discussion.
Children take to pools at Old Town Hot Springs, paint pumpkins
Children bobbed in the water at the Old Town Hot Springs on Sunday afternoon, ready and waiting with numbers printed in marker on the backs of their hands. When they got the go-ahead, they set off on their mission: Find the pumpkin whose number matched their own so they could snag it, dry it, paint it and take it home.
Foreclosures could be slowing down in Routt County, but interest in them is growing. There are 38 single-family residential properties in foreclosure across the county. In September, there were 12 closings on foreclosed properties. In October, 18 are under contract and three have closed.
Julie Taulman will serve in organization’s 1st paid position
Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports has hired its first executive director, Julie Taulman. She started her position Sept. 15 and said the move is a sign of progress for the 4-year-old nonprofit organization, which runs camps for adaptive athletes in Steamboat.
All 2,500 tickets sold at hospital auxiliary fundraiser last year
At 10 a.m. Saturday, 2,500 yellow rubber ducks will tumble from barrels into the Yampa River at the Brooklyn Bridge. They’ll bob along, most likely helped by hordes of children and other onlookers, the unwitting participants in a race from Fifth Street to the Depot Art Center.
Construction zone likely to stretch from 3rd Street to 11th Street
Get ready, Steamboat Springs: Construction is back. Barriers and orange cones return today to Lincoln Avenue downtown as the Colorado Department of Transportation continues the $5.6 million road upgrade project.
Former Federal Reserve chairman will participate in moderated discussion Thursday
Paul Volcker’s visit to Steamboat Springs might have as much to do with the fish waiting to be caught in Routt County rivers as it does with the fate of the U.S. economy. In addition to being former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve and an economic adviser to President Barack Obama, Volcker is an avid fly fisherman. He’ll speak Thursday at the second event of the summer Seminars at Steamboat series.
Republicans Nick Bosick, Garrett Wiggins discuss education, cooperation
Nick Bosick and Garrett Wiggins said that no matter what happens in the Republican primary for Routt County sheriff, the important thing to them is to unseat the incumbent.
Greg Koehler says officials still investigating Rabbit Ears incident
A fire that started in Room 106 at the Rabbit Ears Motel on Saturday evening probably was electrical, motel owner Greg Koehler said Sunday. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue officials were at the motel investigating Sunday, he said.
Blues musician is also a top storyteller
The blues musician promises a night of stories and laughter at his show Monday night at First String Music. The performance is the first concert at the store's new Loggers Lane location.
Police officer suffered from smoke inhalation
The fire was in Room 106 at the downtown motel. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue responded, and one police officer suffered from smoke inhalation. A witness said the room was empty at the time of the fire.
Russ Martin will take job as town manager in Camp Verde, Ariz.
Russ Martin has resigned to take a position as town manager in Camp Verde, Ariz. His resignation is effective Aug. 7, and he starts the new job two days later.
Susan Shoemaker can do anything. That’s the opinion of longtime friend and local Barb Shipley, who refers to Susan as a one-of-a-kind Renaissance woman.
Cruising New Zealand’s capital
During my whirlwind trip to New Zealand, I took in all the capital city had to offer — and it didn’t include bungee jumping or skydiving.
In the six years they have owned Hahn’s Peak Café, the Bessey family has doubled in size. Katie and D.J. Bessey run the cozy North Routt County restaurant with the help of their 3 1/2-year-old son, Sal, a beguiling, big-eyed charmer. Their daughter, Ramona, was born in April.
Crowds packed Yampa Street, Howelsen Hill and the bars lining the Yampa River on Sunday night, as Steamboat Springs residents and visitors prepared for one of the biggest Fourth of July fireworks shows yet. The display was the most successful so far, organizer Tim Borden said Monday.
Collections are off 5% year over year, according to figures
Collections are down nearly 5 percent year to date, from about $7.6 million in 2009 to about $7.2 million in 2010, according to city figures released today. The city budgeted for a 10 percent decrease in collections for the year.
Volunteers place thousands of trees across Routt County on Saturday
Tristan Frolich organized the event Saturday, sending planting parties to Steamboat Lake, Spring Creek Trail, Seedhouse campgrounds, Hinman Park campgrounds and Mount Werner. More than 300 volunteers planted nearly 14,000 trees.
E. coli slightly elevated in water samples
New water samples have been sent to a Denver-area lab but had not come back as of Saturday afternoon. Steamboat Lake State Park ranger Matthew Schuler expects the beach to be closed until at least Monday.
Western Slope office manager expects government project to be completed by mid-August
Census 2010 work is wrapping up in Northwest Colorado, and the region’s manager said the majority of data collection work should be finished by mid-August.
Show features 3 bands along Elk River; event expected to sell out
Saturday’s North Routt Music Festival had a decidedly chill North Routt vibe as Jed Clampit started his set, with concert goers chatting, sipping beers, eating barbecue and lounging on blankets. Several folks moved up toward the stage, dancing and cheering Clampit on.
Routt’s figure for May is 1.1 percent higher than April, highest since 1992
May's jobless rate is the highest for the month since 1992, according to the state agency that tracks employment figures.
Cooperative to decide whether to deregulate from Wyoming agency
Yampa Valley Electric Association members will elect a board member and decide whether to deregulate from the Wyoming Public Service Commission on Saturday.
Local Democrats praise focus on business
Gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper spoke to about 60 people at the Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs on Saturday, leaving a favorable impression on at least a couple of them.
Police Capt. Joel Rae: Co-worker might have saved woman's life Friday
Police Capt. Joel Rae said Joan Ganz might have saved Rhonda Cash's life by calling police Friday when she did not arrive at work. Rhonda Cash had been shot at her home that morning. Rhonda and Robert Cash remained hospitalized in Denver.
Colorado Ski Country USA says its 22 members resorts experienced a slight increase in skier visits in 2009-10. Locally, ski area officials tout strong customer satisfaction.
Volunteers asked to help remove trash, plant flowers
Folks are invited to pitch in to help beautify the city Saturday during the annual Green Up, Clean Up Day. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.
Mainstreet low on booths for weekly event that starts June 12
It hasn’t even started for the season, but the Mainstreet Farmers Market is going gangbusters. Only four of 66 full-time booth spaces remained available Wednesday afternoon.
Teens attribute success to more than just friends, family
Twenty-three Soroco High School seniors attracted hundreds of well-wishers to the school gym Saturday, the day they’d say a final goodbye to the school’s hallways and classrooms.
Johnny B Good’s owner praises graduates for academics, athletics, character
When preparing for his speech, Steamboat Springs High School valedictorian Jeffrey Lambart presented a question to teachers and students at the school: What one word defines the Class of 2010?
Community Roots Garden dedication draws more than 40
A cleanup day Saturday was held in conjunction with several other environmentally themed events. The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council was promoting Every Day is Earth Day: Steamboat Celebrates the Planet.
Band performs today with Arts Council singer-songwriter series
Those who venture to the Depot Art Center tonight can expect a high-energy show featuring jazz classics with a fresh twist, Lianne Pyle pledged. The lead vocalist of Lianne and the Jazzjets said her band would reintroduce classic jazz standards, such as songs by Ella Fitzgerald, in arrangements all its own.
Performance features music, parody, sweet dance moves
One of the strengths of Cabaret is the element of surprise. As often as not, a glance through the program reveals almost nothing about the real topic of a sketch or song. You can try to guess if you like. Sketch titles include “Some,” “Best Shot,” “Scramblin’ Man” and “Lady are you Okay?”