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Kristin Bjornsen

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Competition heats up at chili cook-off

Three chefs sat Saturday at a long table with small bowls of rival chili stretching before them. Carefully, they inhaled the aroma of each chili, took a bite, chewed thoughtfully and scored it for texture, color, spice, aroma and taste.

Dems' convention shores up support

Steamboat residents reflect on politics

Three days after the Democratic National Convention ended in Boston, response to the event by Steamboat Springs' residents appears evenly divided. Many of those predisposed toward John Kerry remained so, and many leaning toward President Bush stayed with Bush. The convention did seem to further strengthen the feelings of Kerry supporters, however, and several Republicans tipped their hats at the energy and effectiveness of the Democrats' speeches.

Free ride to self-expression

Skateboarding becoming increasingly popular in Steamboat

"Genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration," Thomas Edison said.

Stain likely caused fire

Rags soaked in house stain likely caused the fire that destroyed two homes and heavily damaged two others Monday night, Fire Inspector Doug Shaffer said.

Tourneys filling ballfields, businesses

More Triple Crown baseball teams will visit Steamboat Springs this weekend than at any other time this summer, and the city's sold-out lodges reflect that. Steamboat's hotels, motels, condos and inns expect to be 88 percent full Saturday, which is 14 percent more than the same weekend last year. That equates to 13,400 visitors, compared with 11,300 a year ago.

Colorado Days offers fun for all

It was like Halloween in July, but without the costumes. Candy showered down from parade floats Saturday in Hayden, and children eagerly scoured Jefferson Avenue for the tasty treats. One little girl in a bright pink swimsuit filled a grocery bag with the Tootsie Rolls, lollipops and caramel she collected. She was not the only spectator with a sweet tooth.

Fire's aftermath draws unwanted crowds

The morning after a large fire destroyed two homes on Spring Valley Drive, hundreds of people flocked to see the aftermath. Some even walked into the burned building, prompting authorities to restrict access for safety and to protect the integrity of the scene.

Barrels of fun

Horse riders compete in barrel, pole and stake races through the Gymkhana Club

Astride a horse three times her height, 4-year-old Bailey Singer trotted her horse Bambi into the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena on Thursday night.

Man escapes plane crash with minor injuries

Homemade craft flips on runway

A half-size replica of a World War II fighter jet veered off a runway and somersaulted onto its cockpit Friday at Steamboat Springs Airport.

Democratic volunteers canvass in Steamboat

If you're interested in the Democratic platform, look for the people wearing red shirts outside Bamboo Market.

False alarms a growing problem

Since 2002, Steamboat Springs police and firefighters have responded to almost 1,500 burglar and fire alarms. All but three were false.

Budget discussed at candidates forum

A small but engaged group of people met Saturday night to meet local candidates running in the November election. Up for grabs are two county commissioner seats and the District 8 state Senate seat. About 20 people congregated in the North Routt Fire Station No. 2 to share a potluck with the candidates and ask questions on various issues.

'No vacancy' a common sight

Hotels, condos expect 87 percent occupancy tonight

It's another busy weekend for lodges in Steamboat Springs. Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association officials expect 13,200 visitors -- more than the city's population -- to stay at hotels and condos tonight. That's 87 percent of Steamboat's lodging capacity and 200 more people than were expected last year at this time.

Wilderness fire left to burn

A wilderness fire near Oil Springs will run its natural course rather than being actively extinguished, fire managers decided. The Northern Rockies Fire Use Team hopes that letting the fire burn will save manpower and help reap the benefits of controlled burns.

Open fires still allowed in county

Although fire danger is high in Northwest Colorado, no fire restrictions are in place. That could change if the hot, dry weather continues.

'9/11' movie heats up viewers

As the last scene of "Fahrenheit 9/11" faded Tuesday night, applause filled the nearly sold-out Chief Plaza Theater.

Man charged with fleeing accident

A Clark man was arrested Monday in connection with a car accident Saturday night on Routt County Road 62.

Local wins Best of Show

McClelland, Hibbard shine in Great Race

Of the 96 cars that competed in the 2004 Great Race vintage car rally, a local team's car was ruled the fairest of them all.

High winds prevail in Balloon Rodeo

Windy weather deflated high hopes for the Balloon Rodeo on Saturday morning.

Art in the Park offers cornucopia of crafts

It was like a candy shop for the eyes. Artistic creations of every color, shape and size delighted thousands Saturday at Art in the Park.

Farwell fire in final throes

Firefighters were close to extinguishing a wilderness fire that started Thursday afternoon near Farwell Mountain, said Kent Foster, the zone fire management officer for the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.

Windstorm inflicted significant damage

Two cars were totaled and power was lost for several hours after a windstorm swept through Steamboat Springs on Thursday night.

Uncovered blasting caps add bang to rancher's day

A loud explosion boomed through the air Tuesday afternoon near Yampa as the Arapahoe County bomb squad detonated old blasting caps found in a family safe.

Hearing set in stabbing case

A man accused of stabbing a Yampa resident three times appeared in court Wednesday and asked that his bond be reduced from $100,000.

Theft reported downtown

Merchandise worth $750 stolen from Favorite Things

About $750 worth of merchandise was reported stolen from Favorite Things on Sunday night or Monday morning.

Liquor laws controversial

Liquor stores and restaurants toasted changes to Colorado's liquor laws that went into effect Thursday. Law enforcers also applauded most of the changes but worried that some measures might promote drunken driving.

Taking a walk on the wild side

Colorado Mountain College offers 190 classes to keep people busy this summer

School's in for summer, and Colorado Mountain College has put together a variety of classes to tempt summer seekers of knowledge.

Eating ice cream for a cause

Old-fashioned ice cream helps preserve historic Hahn's Peak buildings

His mouth covered in chocolate and his blond hair tousled, 6-year-old Jared Nagode scraped the last bit of ice cream from a Styrofoam bowl.

Here's the scoop

Homemade ice cream a perfect summer treat

Sailing on the Silk Road, Marco Polo was one of the first Westerners to travel by sea to China. He brought back tales of tigers, paper money and the Imperial postal system, but more important, he brought back ice cream.

Man suspected of fleeing accident

One man was arrested Friday in connection with a rollover accident Thursday night on Routt County Road 129.

Friday clogged with accidents

Two car accidents caused turmoil on U.S. Highway 40 on Friday afternoon.

Horse in Yampa was stabbed by 14-inch branch

The owners of an injured horse near Yampa called the Sheriff's Office thinking the animal might have been shot Tuesday night, only to find out later that the hole in its side was the entry point of a 14-inch-long branch.

Police to crack down on drunken drivers

While most people watch the skies for fireworks, law enforcers will watch the roads for drunken drivers.

State liquor laws revised

Drunken driving law tightened; unfinished wine can be taken

Significant changes to Colorado's liquor laws come into effect today, affecting how alcohol can be distributed and transported and how drunken driving is defined.

Man accused of growing pot

Tipped off by the drip of a leaky ceiling, police uncovered a substantial marijuana-growing operation Tuesday night at Shadow Run condominiums.

Female trooper joins the CSP

A new trooper joined the northwest Colorado State Patrol this week, making her the first female trooper in the region in several years, Trooper Brett Hilling said.

Drive started to help Beach family

A Hayden girl injured in a rollover accident June 20 was in serious condition Tuesday after being downgraded to critical condition late last week, said Devra Ashby, spokeswoman for St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

Lincoln Avenue cattle drive

A hundred cows to be driven to arena for Cowboy Roundup

Four hundred hooves will clip-clop down Lincoln Avenue on Monday morning as almost 100 cows trek to the rodeo arena for the Ranch Rodeo.

Redo for Xanadu may be in the works

In 13th century Asia, Xanadu was the opulent summer capital of Kublai Khan's empire. In Steamboat Springs, Xanadu is a scenic tourist retreat. But some feel the 39-year-old Xanadu condominiums, like their Asian namesake, are a touch antiquated.

An uphill battle

Hills, brush challenge Spring Creek runners

Twenty-two year-old Jessica Gray sprinted across the finish line of the Spring Creek Memorial 5K run Saturday morning to win the women's division. But she then promptly turned around and ran back up the course. Several extra miles later, she returned.

A taste of tradition

Taste of South Routt fun for all five senses

Hundreds savored the Taste of South Routt on Saturday, but they also relished its sounds, sights and smells.

Oak Creek celebrates pit stop with locals' car show

Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek roll out the red carpet Monday for the 94 vintage cars coming to the towns as part of the 22nd annual Great Race, a vintage car rally that travels from Florida to California during two weeks.

Vintage race Rolls into town

It's the equivalent of completing the Tour de France on a tricycle. Drivers race 4,200 miles in early 1900s cars with no map, no power steering and no air conditioning.

Alpine Land for sale

1,200-plus-acre parcel represents last large, undeveloped property close to city

An area almost half the size of the Steamboat Ski Area is for sale south of Steamboat Springs. About two months ago, Mason & Morse Real Estate placed on the market Alpine Land, a 1,217-acre plot on the east side of U.S. Highway 40. The asking price for the land, which is bordered by Catamount Ranch and Club on the south and the ski area on the east, is $22.5 million.

Injured teen's condition worsens

A Hayden girl who was seriously injured in a rollover accident early Sunday was downgraded from serious condition to critical condition Thursday, said Dan Prinster, a spokesman for St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

HiWay Bar targeted again

More than $1,200 was stolen from a cash drawer at the HiWay Bar early this week.

Summerfest popularity up

Hayden's annual event features jugglers, music, dancers

African dance, Western music and flying knives are just a few of the activities planned for the third annual Hayden Valley Summerfest to be held Saturday in Hayden Town Park.

HiWay Bar targeted second time

More than $1,200 was stolen from a cash drawer at the HiWay Bar early Monday morning.

Summerfest growing in popularity

African dance, Western music and flying knives are just a few of the activities planned for the third annual Hayden Valley Summerfest to be held Saturday at Hayden Town Park.

Fire forces evacuation

Apartments damaged but no one injured at Vista Verde

A Vista Verde apartment caught fire Sunday morning. forcing evacuation of the complex.