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Steamboat doctors offer tips on how to stay safe in extreme cold

Routt County residents might be accustomed to hunkering down during severe cold snaps, but that doesn’t make them immune to the potential dangers. Overnight lows Monday night and tonight are expected to dip to minus 15 degrees.

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Brent Boyer: Explore Steamboat adds features

Throughout the next few weeks, I’ll be writing about a number of new editorial initiatives at the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Some, like the two-story front page, we’ve already adopted. Today marks the first edition of an expanded Explore Steamboat weekend arts and entertainment section.

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Steamboat winter air service program begins today, ramps up Saturday

The significance of today isn’t lost on Chad Gagliano. It’s why he spent part of his Wednesday morning visiting local hotels and reminding concierges about Slopeside Grill’s operating hours, specials and new menu. “This weekend is when things really start to change,” said Gagliano, Slopeside’s general manager. The 25th season of the Fly Steamboat winter air service program touches down today at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Lost snowshoers found on Rabbit Ears Pass

The mother-daughter duo called 911 at about 5 p.m. after spending four hours on the trail. They were found by Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers at 7 p.m.

Laundry catches fire in Oak Creek home

The pile of clothes was stacked in front of an electrical wall heater that wasn't typically used by residents. Damage from the fire was confined to the home's upstairs bathroom.

Brent Boyer: Best of the Boat survey ready for Steamboat community input

Vote in the online survey for your favorites between today and Jan. 15

Pilot & Today staff members have spent the past several weeks compiling a comprehensive list of 130 or so questions asking residents and visitors to name everything from their favorite pizza place to their favorite hiking trail.

Hayden's Ray Birch accepts Routt County undersheriff position

Routt County Sheriff-elect Garrett Wiggins has offered his undersheriff position to Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch, who said today that he'll take the job.

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Brent Boyer: Passing the powder test

It was an ethical dilemma only a ski town professional could appreciate. The scenario: You’re enjoying the first epic powder day of the ski season when you come across a boundary marking closed terrain. You know the closed terrain well. What do you do?

Snow in the forecast for Sunday; ski area opens more trails

The Northwest Colorado mountains are expected to bear the brunt of the next storm to sweep through the Colorado Rockies. Even without snow over the past couple days, the Steamboat Ski Area opened all of Pioneer Ridge today, but not the Pony Express chairlift.

Routt County Search and Rescue finds woman dead on Rabbit Ears Pass

Foul play ruled out in death of local 37-year-old

Foul play was ruled out in the death of a local 37-year-old. Routt County Search and Rescue also was sent to search for a lost hunter south of Hayden. The hunter was found in good condition.

Steamboat awaits Quiznos Pro Challenge verdict

The leader of the committee that submitted a bid for Steamboat Springs to host a stage of the inaugural Quiznos Pro Challenge professional cycling stage race next summer remained optimistic for Thursday’s announcement of host cities.

Minor injuries in head-on crash at Anglers Drive

A Ford Crown Victoria and a Volvo SUV collided after the driver of the Volvo attempted to turn left on a yellow light. Traffic was reduced to one lane on westbound U.S. Highway 40 for about 30 minutes Friday night.

Oak Creek power eventually restored

A power outage that left an unknown number of Oak Creek homes without electricity Tuesday night and into Wednesday was the result of an allegedly drunken driver who ran into a utility pole.

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Final tweaks under way on US 40 construction project in Steamboat

End of paving brings relief to businesses

Joe Kboudi isn’t ready to give a final verdict on the major U.S. Highway 40 construction project through downtown Steam­­­­boat Springs, but he’s sure happy it’s done. Kboudi, the longtime owner of All That Jazz, has been a Lincoln Avenue retailer for 33 years.

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Leckenby, Larson award winners to be announced this month

The list of past award winners reads like a who’s who of Routt County history. But make no mistake: Each of the five dozen past and present Routt County residents who have been chosen as recipients of the Leckenby and Larson awards has made tremendous contributions to the community.

Final push needed for trail in Steamboat

Rotary Trail workday coincides with National Public Lands Day

More than 170,000 volunteers nationwide are expected to participate in Saturday’s National Public Lands Day. Grant Fenton hopes Routt County residents answer the call to action here.

Rain keeps lid on wildfire south of Hayden

Firefighters battling a wildfire south of Hayden got an assist from a rainstorm Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The fire is expected to be fully contained today, officials said.

Steamboat men OK after Kremmling explosion

Two Steamboat men injured in a house explosion in Kremmling on Tuesday are in stable condition and recovering at University Hospital in Denver. The men suffered burns to their hands, arms and legs and are expected to be released in the next couple of days.

Karl Rove headed to Steamboat

Republican strategist will be keynote speaker at Freedom Conference in August

The influential GOP strategist and analyst will be the keynote speaker at the Freedom Conference, sche­duled for Aug. 27 and 28 at The Steamboat Grand. The conference is put on by the Steamboat Institute, a local conservative nonprofit group.

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Locals 2010: David Taylor

David Taylor always has been fascinated by fabrics, but it took a chance friendship to turn that obsession with material into a lucrative career and international fame.

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Brent Boyer: Amazing Steamboat

I met David Taylor recently in his basement apartment on Cherry Drive. I’ve actually known David for many years — he was a Steamboat Pilot & Today employee when I first started here — but our early June meeting was the first time I really got to know David Taylor. And I was fascinated.

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Locals 2010: Steve & Denise Hitchcock

Steve Hitchcock’s career has been a whirlwind tour of jobs with some of the most respected outdoor apparel companies in the world. But Denise Hitchcock has a better job title. The self-proclaimed “domestic coordinator and engineer” and her husband have spent the better part of the past 12 years carving out successful business niches in Steamboat Springs.

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Cooking With: Biscuits built right in Steamboat

Lil’ House’s Chris McKenzie perfects the comfort food

Chris McKenzie has been a chef at a five-star French restaurant and an elite hotel, but his biggest culinary challenge may have come in the form of a biscuit.

Bosley running for CU Board of Regents

It’s been a busy six years on the University of Colorado Board of Regents for Steve Bosley. Still, Bosley said he can’t imagine doing anything else. Bosley, a Republican, is running for another six-year term this fall against Democrat Melissa Hart, a law professor on the CU-Boulder campus.

No iPhone 4s available in Steamboat

Lack of AT&T dealers in Routt County means no walk-up sales

Today is the official release date for the much-hyped iPhone 4, but unless you pre-ordered one through Apple or AT&T, don’t expect to find the new smart phone at any local retailers.

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Grant means Steamboat's fireworks show will be bigger than ever

Tim and Scott Borden just keep coming up with ways to improve the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show. Nevermind that the Bordens already contribute priceless expertise and equipment to the extravaganza that lights up the slopes of Howelsen Hill and much of the surrounding valley each summer.

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Brent Boyer: The cost of a free republic

I suppose I’m not alone in saying that I can’t wait for Memorial Day weekend. Three days of outdoor activities, good food and time spent with family. And if the forecast holds true, it might even be our first prolonged taste of summer here in Routt County.

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Marimba player to give free community concert tonight in Steamboat

Marimba player Simon Boyar hopes his energy and approach to live performance gets the audience excited tonight during his free community concert at 7 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion. The doors open at 6:15 p.m., and no tickets are needed.

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Brent Boyer: Addressing online civility

Steamboat resident Paul Hughes’ letter to the editor (“Require identities”) Wednesday was well-timed. Web anonymity and civility is a subject being debated in news organizations across the country.

U.S. 40 closed over Rabbit Ears Pass

A winter storm warning remains in effect for Steamboat Springs until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Between 3 and 5 inches of snow are expected tonight in city limits, and there’s a 40 percent chance of snow Wednesday before the storm moves out of the region in the afternoon.

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Weather cancels US 40 work for day

Crews return to US 40 road project; big storm expected to leave 8 to 16 inches

A significant winter storm has started dumping snow just as Steamboat Springs’ major downtown road construction project was expected to get under way. Work was canceled for the day, the Colorado Department of Transportation said in an e-mail notice this morning.

Powerful winter storm heading to Steamboat

A winter storm warning is in effect for Steamboat from noon today through 6 a.m. Wednesday. Strong winds and heavy snow could leave 8 to 16 inches in town, with significantly higher drifts in areas.

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Winter weather wreaks havoc in Steamboat

Storm brings power outages and wrecks

A spring storm settled over Northwest Colorado on Thursday and was blamed for knocking out power to hundreds of residences, causing numerous car wrecks and delaying and canceling flights to and from Yampa Valley Regional Airport. However, the powerful storm provided some fresh snow to the ski slopes on Mount Werner

Winter storm blanketing Steamboat

More than a foot of snow could fall in Steamboat Springs by Friday morning, with even more possible on the slopes of Mount Werner. Strong winds and dangerous driving conditions are expected. The chain law is in effect over Rabbit Ears Pass, and power outages have been reported in Hayden and Craig.

Brent Boyer: Honoring our military men and women

Tomorrow we’ll gather once more as a community to celebrate the tremendous athletic accomplishments of the 17 Winter Olympians with ties to Steamboat Springs, a group headlined by the medal-winning U.S. Nordic combined skiers. That got me thinking about heroes and how it’s all too easy to forget about those putting their lives in danger on a daily basis.

Crews make headway on Blacktail burn

Bureau of Land Manage­ment crews Monday and Tuesday burned about 350 acres of sagebrush and mountain shrub within the Blacktail Mountain prescribed burn area just north of Stagecoach Reservoir.

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Steamboat senior earns trip to national forensics competition

‘Ugly’ performed beautifully

Watching Paula Ninger jump from character to character in her humorous interpretation of “The Ugly Duckling,” one doesn’t know whether to laugh at her or with her. But as long as you’re laughing, it doesn’t really matter. Ninger will head to Kansas City, Mo., in June for the National Forensic League’s national event.

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2 large-scale prescribed burns could begin as soon as Monday

Northwest Colorado’s quickly vanishing snowpack might raise early concerns about summer wildfires, but the smoke residents will see west and south of Steamboat Springs in the coming weeks shouldn’t cause alarm. The Bureau of Land Man­agement is scheduled to conduct two large-scale controlled burns to reduce built-up fuel loads.

Brent Boyer: I love my mountain bike

I bought a Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo mountain bike just before the start of my freshman year at the University of Colorado. New to Colorado and thrilled to have the Rocky Mountains as my backyard, I envisioned myself quickly adopting the increasingly popular sport of mountain biking.

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High winds in Steamboat bring bust, boom

Ski area closure not expected to affect today’s operations; businesses benefit

Gusty winds forced the all-day closure of Steamboat Ski Area on Friday, caused pockets of small power outages around the county, and resulted in an unexpected boom for some local businesses. High winds that ski area officials said reached peak gusts of 79 mph shut down Mount Werner for the entire day.

Lost snowshoers rescued in Steamboat area

Search and Rescue helps 3 people in 2 separate incidents

Two men were rescued by helicopter Thursday after bec­oming lost and dehydrated while snowshoeing near Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

Helicopter rescues lost, dehydrated snowshoers Thursday

The two men in the mid-30s started up the Lower Bear Trail near Strawberry Hot Springs but were quickly slowed by difficult terrain and soft, deep snow.

Brent Boyer: Spring — it’s time for Sunshine

When is the last time you attended a school board meeting, or went down to City Hall to inspect the planning documents of that building project down the street? Have you looked over your city’s annual budget in the past couple of years, or did you take the time to download and read the Steamboat 700 annexation agreement?

Residents weigh in at local caucuses

Routt Democrats want Romanoff; Republicans like Norton, McInnis

A tense political landscape sure to heat up as November approaches attracted more than 300 registered Routt County Democrats and Republicans to Tuesday night’s party caucuses. Save for one race, the straw poll preferences of local caucus-goers largely reflected the will of their peers across the state.

Hurt Routt County man picked up by Flight for Life helicopter

A 44-year-old Routt County man was taken from the North Routt backcountry by a Flight For Life helicopter Saturday night after injuring his leg in a snowmobiling accident. The group of four Routt County men, described as experienced snowmobilers, were riding in the Quaker Mountain.

Party caucuses set for Tuesday in Steamboat

Community gatherings set stage for delegates, party platforms, candidates

As Democrats in Washin­gton, D.C., attempt to push reform legislation through the House of Representatives and Republicans work to block a bill they don’t support, health care also will be a primary topic of discussion in much smaller venues Tuesday at party caucuses across Routt County.

Hurt snowmobiler rescued by helicopter Saturday night

The 44-year-old man was flown to Yampa Valley Medical Center with a leg injury. The man was part of a group riding in the Quaker Mountain area of California Park.

Steamboat party caucuses set for Tuesday

Routt County Democratic and Republican party leaders are urging registered members of their parties to attend Tuesday night’s caucuses at locations across the county. At their core, party caucuses represent politics at the grass-roots level.

Geologist: Incident that killed Craig resident near Hayden was rare

No additional dangers identified in area on US 40

A Colorado Department of Transportation geologist said the rocky cliff in Mount Harris is relatively safe and that no mitigation work is needed to try to prevent future rockfalls similar to the one that killed Craig resident Karen Evanoff on Wednesday.

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Woman killed when boulder hits car near Mount Harris on Wednesday

Craig resident headed to work in Steamboat when rock struck car

Craig resident Karen Lynn Evanoff died Wednesday morning on U.S. Highway 40 east of Hayden when a boulder fell on the roof of the car she was riding in, killing her instantly.