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Doug Crowl

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Routt County Woolens making a name for itself

Routt County Woolens LLC made a memorable first appearance at this year's National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, winning a vendors' Best in Show prize.

Fielder presenting slide show in Steamboat

Nature photographer John Fielder said he's probably driven on every road in Colorado over the past 30 years, capturing the state's most beautiful open spaces on film.

Topping the charts

The book "Hiking the Boat II" is No. 1 on Off the Beaten Path's list of the top 100 books sold in 2002.


What do you say?

The first thing I learned about newspaper column writing is that no one really cares about the writer.

Students showcase talents

For roughly 40 years, local children and high school students have been able to strut their stuff in the Kiwanis' "Stars of Tomorrow" talent contest.

Snowboard style

The next Small Works Gallery show will have three times as many entries as any other show in the history of gallery.

Sculptures display student creativity

It takes a community to make sure the annual snow sculpture competition is pulled off for the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival.


Locals gear up for Super Bowl

There is an urban legend that water and sewer lines across the United States are in danger of rupturing during halftime of the Super Bowl because of so many people flushing their toilets.

Health clinic sees growing clientele

VNA's Family Planning service fills void left when Planned Parenthood lost funding

Since quietly opening six months ago, the Visiting Nurse Association's Family Planning and Women's Health Clinic has seen a growing clientele.

Strumming banjos for benefit

The guys from the band 3-Wire organized something scary for last year's Jimmie Heuga Center benefit, and they're hoping to top it this year.


Dish: Bowl of Gumbo

Dish: Bowl of Gumbo Cost: $6.99 Where: Lucile's in Curve Plaza

Boyfriend pops the question, Steamboat style

Man wins 'Perfect Proposal Contest' for wanting to propose at ski area

Courtney Poynter looked startled Thursday when 10 tuxedo-clad skiers and snowboarders carrying roses and champagne sped down Rainbow trail toward her, coming to an abrupt stop and kneeling in two lines at her feet.


Super entertainment

Super Bowl weekend is upon us. It's funny to me how the day has transformed itself into the biggest unofficial holiday in the nation, and it's just a sporting event.

A moment in time

Artists of the new plein air exhibit opening at the Depot capture the 'Allure of Light' throughout their paintings

Every good painter has probably had a similar epiphany about light, plein air painter Frank LaLumia said.

The showcase must go on

High schoolers work together to get performance ready to go

Organizing two dozen teen-age girls on stage for a finale piece for the Steamboat Springs High School Dance Showcase looked like a daunting task, especially with no song picked out and none of the dance choreographed yet.

In search of skiers

Horizons seeking volunteers

Horizons is looking for a few good skiers who are willing to spend several Saturdays through the winter skiing with its clients. A volunteer training session will take place Friday through Sunday.

Group gathers in protest to possible Middle East war

Protesters carry candles, make signs

Nearly 65 people gathered around the American flag at the Routt County Courthouse Monday to protest a potential war with Iraq.

Cowboy tradition

National Western Stock Show riders still enjoy competing in annual downhill event at ski area

After 29 years of the Cowboy Downhill in Steamboat Springs, the event has gone from first-time skiing rodeo pros racing out of control to a crew of veteran skiers serious about winning.

Celebrating 40 years

Ski Corp. has a variety of activities planned for Steamboat Ski Area's 40th birthday

The Pepsi Aerial Pyrotechnics Performers will buzz the crowd and perform an aerial display in a fireworks-equipped airplane at the Steamboat Ski Area's 40th Anniversary Community-Wide Celebration Sunday. After that is a big fireworks show.

Moffat Co., wilderness groups disagree about maintaining area roads

By asserting its right to maintain roads on federal land, the Moffat County Board of Commissioners has rekindled wilderness-proposal conflicts in Vermillion Basin.


Celebrating a sense of community

Forty years of the Steamboat skiing experience are coming to a head this weekend and next week, marked by several events scheduled by the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.


Dish: The Roast Beef Garlic Melt

Sucker ready to showcase its true sound here

After five years of touring, Sucker has developed its true sound -- and more people are beginning to listen, said lead man, singer and rapper Scott Stoughton.

Fielder comes to town

Top photographer to showcase work

One of the most notable photographers of Colorado landscapes will give a local presentation of his work.

Mountain of Venus returns to Steamboat

Young people generally come and go in ski towns and the scene has a short memory. The band Mountain of Venus, which formed in Steamboat Springs, experiences that phenomenon first hand when it comes back to the valley to play.

Marketing campaigns focus on western heritage

The most recognizable marketing image of the Steamboat Ski Area is of a man and woman on horses, with skis across their laps, breaking trail through deep snow. The majestic old More barn is in the background and the ski-trail-striped Mount Werner is behind that.

Expansions important to ski area growth

With more than 65 miles of trails and almost 3,000 acres of terrain, the Steamboat Ski Area has a reputation for being one of the biggest in North America.

Strings for sale at 3-Wire Acoustic

Hayden store buys, rehabs used instruments

Dave Hanley wants anyone who has an interest in music to visit his instrument shop in Hayden, look at what he has, and sit down and play a tune with him.

Oak Creek native fills position

Photos takes over as public works director

It's been about 20 years since town officials in Oak Creek have had to fill the public works director job.

Artist's approach on life: Bring it on

Steamboat Springs' own Amber Voiland is powerful in front of a piano. Playing on the Depot's piano earlier this week, her fingers caressed the keys while she spun her honest, personal tales with a strong voice -- a voice that demands to be listened to.

History of Steamboat depicted in new film

For his latest project, documentary filmmaker Smokey Vandergrift found 16-millimeter film footage from a trip up a one-chair lift that, in the 1947-48 winter, went from the bottom of Howelsen Hill to the top of Emerald Mountain.

Syncopatin' Sailors

Steamboat Springs High School Dance Team prides itself on its original performances and chance for each dancer to become a choreographer

Anyone who frequents Steamboat Springs High School athletic events has seen them.


Tales from a former Village Person ...

My editor suggested that I defend -- from personal experience -- the honor of male dancing and male cheerleading for my column, as a tie-in to the Steamboat Springs High School Dance Team story in this issue of 4-Points.

Search and Rescue locates skiers

Lost party called rescuers from cell phone

Routt County Search and Rescue was back to work, finding three lost skiers on Rabbit Ears Pass. Though the volunteer group has been working hard this winter, members say the call load has been normal.

Skiing accident revisited

Man who suffered severe injuries on opening day

Scott Fox said he thought his friend Eric Heffley would die on the mountain. Heffley returned home from Craig Hospital in Denver this past week, recovering from injuries after a ski accident on the opening day of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat gears up for college week

Central Park Liquor gets a good share of business when college week comes along in Steamboat Springs, store manager Aimee Kimmey said.

Colorado Springs woman dies in plane crash

Three men in good condition; dogs rescued

The Colorado Springs woman trapped for eight hours in a small plane that crashed Sunday near Rabbit Ears Pass has died, Yampa Valley Medical Center personnel said this morning.

Two snowstorms possibly in Steamboat's near future

The projected 13,700 people visiting Steamboat Springs this weekend may see a genuine Colorado Rocky Mountain snowstorm, but they'll probably have to wait until Sunday.

Torchlight parade tradition continues

There are always many choices for those looking to celebrate on New Year's Eve. Bands, dinner parties, shows and parties are all planned for the big night.

Puppeteer brings 'Peter and the Wolf' to Steamboat

Jim Gamble and his company, Jim Gamble Puppet Productions, perform their unique puppet shows around the country and around the world.


Straight from the source

I didn't get a chance to chat with Joshua Cullen-Carrozza on the phone.

Juilliard School phenom headlines holiday concert

At 18 years old, Joshua Cullen-Carrozza is the youngest student graduating with a master's degree from the Juilliard School of Music this spring. Cullen-Carrozza made his concert debut at age 9 with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. He is performing at the Strings in the Mountains annual Gala Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Grand Ballroom.

Guitar guru moving in his own direction

Steve Kimmock getting rave reviews on a mostly instrumental act

Many deadheads thought jam guitar guru Steve Kimmock was destined to pick up the Grateful Dead's lead torch after Jerry Garcia's death in 1995.

Nearly 14,000 visitors expected

Lifts to open early to accommodate crowds

Jitters Manager Greg Smith paused for a moment Thursday to describe the scene at the coffee shop on the mountain.

An existence under the snow

Though the snow-covered terrain of the Routt National Forest may appear to be a still, seemingly lifeless environment to humans, underneath the snow proves to be a whole different story.

Blowdown prime habitat for birds

Anyone who has scratched his or her way through the Routt Divide Blowdown knows it isn't the most hospitable place.

Merry and bright

And the winners are ...

The 2002 Holiday Tour of Lights winners were voted on by ballot at the Steamboat Pilot & Today after 11 homes were selected by Pilot & Today readers.

Fish Creek fee goes up

Rate increases from $3 to $5

Hikers, snowshoers or skiers will have to pay a higher fee to get into Fish Creek Falls.

Departments get grants to combat drunken drivers

Patrols for DUIs to be increased

Annual grants given to the Routt County Sheriff's Office and the Steamboat Springs Police Department are being used to increase DUI patrols.

Snowmobilers decry changes to map

Local snowmobilers are expressing frustration over the potential loss of available terrain after the Routt National Forest recently made changes to its recreation map.