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Jennifer Bartlett

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Group improving lives of area children

Success of the Healthy Children Initiative 2001 celebrated

Many of the stories in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center highlight the heroic efforts of search and rescue crews working day and night to find victims trapped in the rubble.

4th festivities attract man and beast alike

The animals almost outnumbered the people in Tuesday's Fourth of July celebrations in downtown Steamboat Springs. Dogs, horses and sheep delighted the hundreds of spectators lining Lincoln Avenue for the parade and, later, those at the Tread of Pioneers block party.

Kaleidoscope takes thematic approach

The 12 girls at this summer's Kaleidoscope program will dance like pioneers, make African masks and construct ornaments for the Tread of Pioneers Christmas tree.

Horizons seeks volunteers for new summer programs

The Horizons ski program took off this year, with more than 60 volunteers helping disabled people to ski. Horizons volunteer coordinator Lisa Cutcheon wants to continue those relationships by establishing summer activities for the disabled people, or "clients."

Caregivers need help too

"Jan" cared for her husband, a victim of two strokes, for years before deciding he would be better off at the Extended Care Center. Before that, she was responsible for all his care and found it overwhelming. Jan, who does not want her real name used, has sought help from a group at the ECC and has educated herself on strokes.

Charter group, school board mum on meeting

A group of people trying to start a north Routt charter school met with Steamboat Springs School District officials Monday night, although they are being quiet about the details of the meeting.

Hop in the saddle on Bike to Work Day

Gas prices are through the roof, providing extra incentive for people to try out Bicycle Colorado's alternative to driving: bike to work.

Five new board members named

Routt County Habitat for Humanity added five new board members recently, after three stepped down for various reasons.

Habitat, RALF partner for housing

Routt County Habitat for Humanity is still looking for land, but in the meantime it is partnering with the county's other affordable housing organization on a project that should benefit everyone involved and may help Habitat in its challenge to acquire land.

Grant boosts child-care pay

Sixty-seven full-time child-care providers at licensed centers and home day-care centers in Routt County received a $283 bonus check from First Impressions of Routt County, a local early childhood care organization. The $20,000 grant from the state of Colorado was earmarked specifically for the wage bonuses, according to First Impressions Chairwoman Nancy Stahoviak.

Season ski pass price increases $50

Ski corp. sets early-bird adult rate at $845

The early-bird price of next year's adult season pass at Steamboat will increase by $50 to $845, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. announced Thursday.

Legacy Initiative heads toward last funded year

For the past two years, the Yampa Valley Legacy Education Initiative has made the phrase "place-based education" commonplace in Routt, Moffat and East Grand counties.

Big Apple ballet school beckons

Young dancer earns her chance

Sarah Steinberg hung around with Steamboat Springs arts patron Eleanor Bliss when she was a baby. Separated by decades in age, Bliss, for whom the Art Depot is named, and Steinberg watched ballet classes together. "From the time I could sit up, (my mother) would plop me down next to Eleanor Bliss and we'd sit and watch ballet class," Steinberg said. "From about the time I was one-and-a-half, I said 'I want to do that.'"

Cattle drive to be part of July 4 celebration

Organizers of this year's Fourth of July festivities are trying to put the "cowboy" back in Cowboy Roundup Days with a good, old-fashioned cattle drive.

CMC honors society honored by its peers

CMC's honor society honored by its peers

College asking voters to allow it to de-Bruce

Colorado Mountain College will ask voters to relieve it from the Taxpayers Bill of Rights Amendment so that it can improve its use of technology in course offerings and hardware.

Smiling student called a 'teacher'

John Allee has a mischievous smile. In fact, it is more of a grin and it lights up a room.

Caring by sharing

Thanks to 14 families, there is always a home in Routt County for youngsters who need one

Pam Montoya has a picture of a toddler in her wallet. She is the mother of four girls, but the photo is of a little boy to whom she is not related except in spirit. The child was one of her foster children and he came into her family's life at a time when she was sick.

No decision yet on fate of school's Whistler land

The Steamboat Springs Board of Education has decided to put on hold any decision about the district-owned Whistler property, which could be used as a school site or a site for affordable housing.

Yampa Valley provides backdrop for Indian film

The Yampa Valley will be known all over India later this year when its green fields and raging falls are captured on film in a Hindi love story.

Veteran sees a bright dawn

Everything came up roses this year for Strawberry Park media specialist Ann Mattlage Gilbertson and that makes her retirement even sweeter. "I'm going on to new adventures," Gilbertson said from the media center this week. "This has been a joyful year, not only academically, but personally."

Principal bids a sad so-long

Steve Kaufman gets a little bit choked up when he talks about his students. The long-time principal at Soda Creek Elementary told a story about a fourth-grader who came up to him, shook his hand and thanked him for being his principal over the years. Those are the moments and there have been many of them over the years that Kaufman, who is retiring, will cherish.

Local telecourse gives EMTs a chance to become paramedics

If a local emergency medical technician aspires to be a paramedic, he or she has to leave the valley. This fall, however, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is offering a video conferencing paramedic course in Steamboat Springs, working alongside the Yampa Valley Medical Center.

School district budgeted to go $14,000 in the red

The Steamboat Springs School District could overspend by $14,000 this year, according to its preliminary 2001 budget, but that will only happen if it spends every penny of its reserves.

LIFT-UP names pastor as executive director

LIFT-UP started as a mission from the local ministerial alliance and, several years later, that mission has come full circle as it hired its third executive director. The Rev. David Freseman takes the reins of the nonprofit organization, replacing Jan Jacobs, who resigned after four months on the job.

Retaining young residents needed for future health of Yampa Valley

Keeping young people in the Yampa Valley is crucial to its future, according to Erin Gilbertson and Megan Moore.

Obstacles to housing solutions identified by summit attendees

Affordable housing was a dominant issue at this year's Economic Summit and breaking the perceptions of affordable housing was part of the discussion of the "NIMBY" group, led by Katie Kiefer of West Elevation Architects.

Teens bettering BMX track

While some local teenagers complain there's often nothing to do in town, others are trying to improve what recreational opportunities already exist. A group of Steamboat Springs High School students are joining the ranks of those involved with the skateboard park and Emerald City teen center by making improvements to the BMX track at Howelsen Hill. The students decided the track wasn't up to snuff and decided to do something about it.

School proponents not releasing results of poll

Members of the north Routt County community were asked to vote on what kind of school charter or satellite they would want to see established in their part of the county Thursday night, but organizers are not releasing the results of that poll.

Grads described a group that fights for what it believes in

Members of the Steamboat Springs High School Class of 2000 will turn their tassels and let out a few cheers Saturday as they become official high school graduates.

School district starts on '01 budget

While the Steamboat Springs School District has received an additional $300,000 in funding from the state, the most noticeable addition to the district's preliminary fiscal year 2001 budget is the inclusion of some $800,000 in projected half-cent sales tax revenues.

Students learn science, naturally

Yampa Valley outdoor school taught in the biggest of laboratories

Two dozen Routt County sixth-graders got down and dirty as they got close-up to their environment through the Yampa Valley Science School. The school brought the sixth-graders together with high school-aged junior counselors and older senior counselors outside of the classroom. The goal of the school is to put students in a hands-on learning atmosphere, according to Gretchen Van De Carr of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

Congratulations to the Class of 2000

Walking the plank

When Dustin Hoffman graduated from college and became "The Graduate," he was offered a succinct and stellar piece of advice: "Plastics."

Old school buses being sold to highest bidder

It can hold 65 of your closest friends and may inspire you to sing "Come On Get Happy." It is, naturally, a school bus, the giant yellow mode of transportation glorified in "The Partridge Family" and alternately hated and revered by schoolchildren everywhere. This year, the Steamboat Springs RE-2 School District has two buses for sale and it is looking for the highest bidder to take them away. In fact, it is looking for any bidder.

Student educators exert positive peer pressure

Peer pressure isn't always a bad thing, particularly not when it comes from a group of highly trained student-educators who talk to their classmates about tough topics like dating violence and drug use.

Passion for science rewarded

Steamboat teacher finalist for presidential award

The botanical drawing above Cindy Gay's desk at Steamboat Springs High School could easily be overlooked. She is a biology teacher after all. But the drawing becomes more interesting when you find out that Gay is the artist who created it. Gay is a science fanatic, no doubt, but she also loves art. In fact, she almost chose a career in art before following her true calling.

Christian school hosts multimedia art show

The Christian Heritage School will become a multimedia gallery Thursday night as its students present the second annual "An Evening of the Arts."

Beyond the Face

"Beyond the Face," is an artistic exploration of the concept of the mask that is also a benefit for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Northwest Colorado.

Improv showcase for the sharp of wit

To be good at improv, the consensus is that actors have to be quick on their feet, witty, smart and possess the ability to move the story forward. If not, things on stage just stagnate and while drawing a blank is admittedly the biggest fear, a dead-end skit strikes like a stake through improvisational actors' hearts. Although, there is a worse fate. "One scene is OK, but it would really be bad if the whole show flopped," actor Matt Murphy said.

Cabra-racy offends some, amuses others

This year's Cabaret was definitely a little bit on the racy side and apparently raised some eyebrows among audience members. Criticism included too much sex, a skit offensive to Oak Creek and some tasteless songs in the face of an audience that included some teens. Cabaret organizers brushed it off as part of the show.

Steamboat selects top teacher

Steamboat Springs High School teacher Marty Lamansky. Lamansky was chosen Wednesday as the Steamboat Springs School District's Teacher of the Year by the Steamboat Springs School Board.

Ranch Days

"Ranch Days" is a special program for several hundred Routt County fourth-graders, who will each spend a day at one of five ranches, seeing firsthand how they operate and learning the source of many of their daily comforts.

6 teaching jobs open in Steamboat schools

The crop of Steamboat Springs RE-2 School district jobs being advertised are normal, according to Superintendent Cyndy Simms, although filling all the positions can be a challenge.

Artistic contest connects

Students learn about Holocaust, relate it to today

The Holocaust seems a world away from Steamboat Springs, but its issues prejudice, struggle and survival are not.

A greater sum: Human services organizations finding success in collaboration

While experiencing some minor complications during her second pregnancy, south Routt resident Candace Vassalluzzo joined the Prenatal Plus program.

Attendees call Women's Day 'empowering' event

"I am a glorious woman." These words were the bookmarks to Women's Day, a day where women could learn and talk in a comfortable atmosphere.

Homicide hits hard in a small town

When a tragedy such as a murder hits a small town, most people are impacted by it, even if they don't know the victim, according to local experts

Donor demand pushes blood drive to airport

People in Routt County are so eager to donate blood, the upcoming community blood drive is being moved to a larger location.

Teachers, Board of Education try for reconciliation

After several long meetings last week, the Steamboat Springs School District staff, administration and Board of Education made strides in repairing a relationship that was fraying.

Painful 'Sober Prom' paves way for painless night

The message was clear Friday: Don't drink and drive.

Tears flowed at an assembly at Steamboat Springs High School as students and parents gave simulated eulogies to children and friends, who were "killed" in a mock accident. Although emotional, the Sober Prom 2000 events powerfully demonstrated the result of youths dying in a small community, even when simulated. An auditorium packed with students, parents, emergency service workers, faculty and community members watched and wiped away tears.