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Larissa Keever

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Teachers workshop focuses on literacy

A handful of local educators attended a four-day workshop in Grand Junction recently that focused on new techniques for integrating literacy into the classroom.

5-car accident slows morning rush hour

A multiple-car accident bogged down rush-hour traffic Wednesday morning on U.S. 40 near Shield Drive when one car rear-ended another, causing a domino effect involving three other vehicles.

100-mph drive down CR 129 leads to arrest

The driver of a red Dodge Durango that flew down County Road 129 going 100 mph Monday evening spent part of the night in jail after being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and speeding. His wife, who was the passenger in the vehicle, also spent a portion of Monday night in protective custody before the two were released Tuesday morning around 1.

Irate patient destroys $5,000 worth of hospital equipment

A Hayden man who was taken from a party to the hospital emergency room caused an estimated $5,000 in damages to ER equipment after tearing objects from the walls and throwing them, and fighting to get loose from leather restraints attached to a hospital bed.

Fisherman lost in Fish Creek area finds his own way home

Routt County Search and Rescue members spent much of their weekend searching for a fisherman in the Fish Creek drainage who ended up finding his own way home.

Pennsylvania teen-agers aid Habitat for Humanity effort

Five Hillside Village apartments are receiving a facelift from a volunteer group of children and adults who traveled from Allen-town, Pa., to rip out carpets, paint walls and make other repairs needed to improve the residences for low-income people.

Broadway actors advise P-M students

A group of young aspiring actors at Perry-Mansfield gathered in the Louis Horst Studio recently to absorb the advice given by Broadway actors Andrea Burns and Peter Flynn.

Fires in national forest brought under control

The Hinman Fire and the nearby South Fork Fire were declared under control Thursday after they burned 10 acres of blown-down trees and vegetation in the Routt National Forest about 20 miles north of Steamboat Springs.

Crews battle 2 blazes in Blowdown

While small, fires in Blowdown area have dangerous amount of dry fuel

A fire in the Routt Divide Blowdown burned eight acres before it was contained Wednesday night, while a second smaller fire continued to burn about a mile away.

Man injured on Willow Creek Pass recovering

A Front Range man who was critically injured when his car rolled over near Willow Creek Pass in June has returned home in remarkably good shape.

Energy Impact grant requests up for review

Oak Creek and Hayden could soon know whether they will receive a combined $1.15 million that they have requested in Energy Impact Assistance grants.

CMC creates 'Business Incubator'

The long-vacant Lucy Bogue Hall on the Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus has been turned into a "Business Incubator" where start-up businesses and non-profit agencies can find affordable office space.

Lightning likely cause of 2 small forest fires

The electrical storm that rumbled through Routt County Monday night may have caused two fires that were reported no more than a mile from each other, 20 miles north of Steamboat Springs in the Routt National Forest.

Give of yourself on Wednesday

The Yampa Valley Medical Center Auxiliary and the Bonfils Blood Center are joining forces again to collect as much blood as they can at the Steamboat Community Blood Drive. The drive will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Steamboat Airport

Construction worker appears in court

A construction worker who was arrested in June on suspicion of assault after allegedly slashing the arm of another man appeared in court on Monday for a preliminary hearing in his felony assault case.

Man suspected of stealing hotel faucet

A former employee of the Steamboat Grand Hotel and his friend were arrested at 12:30 a.m. on June 16 after allegedly taking a Moen faucet and hardware accessories from the hotel.

Former employee arrested for stealing

A former employee of M&M Auto was arrested at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday after allegedly breaking into M&M several times and stealing money from the cash register.

Man leads police on night-long chase

A local man led police on a brief car chase and escaped into the dark on foot early Monday morning before being arrested near Central Park Plaza five and a half hours later.

Projects to impact drivers

Railway and road projects will impact motorists from Steamboat Springs to Hayden starting this week.

Artisans wow crowds on the green

West Lincoln Park became a tromping ground this weekend as large numbers of locals and visitors wandered between 146 booths at the 26th annual Art in the Park.

Improvement projects keep college buzzing in summer

For students, fall, winter and spring are the busiest times of year at Colorado Mountain College. But for building and grounds workers, summer is the time when they are cramming, making sure the campus will be in good shape for the next school year.

Girls outscore boys in reading, writing

Steamboat Springs girls scored better than boys on standardized reading and writing tests this spring, consistent with a split seen across the state.

Students best state in 3 tested subjects

Steamboat Springs fourth- and seventh-graders scored above the state average in reading and writing last spring, according to the latest standardized test results released Wednesday. Local fifth-graders also bested the Colorado average in math.

State's roadway plan open for review today

Local residents will be able to review and comment on the Colorado Department of Transportation's 20-year plan during a public open house from 5 to 8 tonight at Olympian Hall. The meeting is part of a series of statewide public meetings meant to gather input on the 2020 Statewide Transportation Plan.

Summer school programs expanding

With summer school enrollment on the rise nationally, more students are choosing to spend some of their time off polishing up on their academic skills. Steamboat and Hayden schools seem to be following the national trend by offering a variety of remedial and enrichment classes.

Small fire smokes out supermarket patrons

An electrical fire at City Market in Steamboat Springs smoked out the supermarket, causing shoppers and employees to be evacuated.

Bike Aid members serve Steamboat

A group of 16 Bike-Aid members who are biking 3,600 miles from San Francisco to Washington D.C. stopped in Steamboat Monday and spent their rest day doing community service projects with Yampatika and the Community Use Bicycle program.

Musical next on centennial agenda

From a cattle drive down Lincoln Avenue over the Fourth of July weekend to the town pageant, "Signatures," scheduled to begin Aug. 17, this year's Steamboat Springs centennial is being honored in various ways.

City's water gets clean bill of health

The next time Steamboat Springs residents turn on their taps for a refreshing glass of water, they can be assured that the water they're drinking carries a clean bill of health.

Three minor fires mar long holiday weekend

Steamboat Springs firefighters responded to two minor fires on the Fourth of July, and another Wednesday afternoon, the biggest commotion on what was otherwise a business-as-usual weekend for local law enforcement officers.

Retiring postal clerk leaves friends, fond memories

A considerate, caring person with a happy morning laugh said good-bye to fellow employees and friends on Friday as she retired from 21 years as a U.S. Postal Service worker.

Lawmen will be out in force over holiday

The Colorado State Patrol, city police officers and Routt County deputies will be out in force this holiday weekend to enforce laws against drunken driving.

Businesses bracing for big 4th weekend

Despite rising gas prices throughout Colorado, many local businesses anticipate large numbers of travelers to cruise into Steamboat for the July Fourth weekend. Many of the local hotels and camping areas already have booked their spots for the weekend and most of the rental boats are reserved at the Steamboat Lake and Stagecoach marinas.

Legal fireworks OK under fire ban

The use of legal fireworks in the city and the county isn't banned over the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, despite the fact that countywide fire restrictions are in place.

Fisherman struggled to be seen by rescuers

An 82-year-old fisherman who was rescued Monday morning from the Flat Tops Wilderness Area received a first-hand lesson in survival skills as he spent two nights lost in the woods without food or matches.

Cat owners looking for help in rash of shootings

Residents of North Steamboat Boulevard are concerned about letting their cats outside, for fear that their pets will mysteriously disappear or show up on the doorstep with a .22-caliber pellet buried in their skin.

Cancer-beater CEO pedals through town for support

When three-time cancer survivor Patrick Byrne pedaled into Steamboat Springs en route to Massachusetts, he had nothing more than his bike, a small carrying bag and a big heart.

People soak in the sun during summer solstice

A clear, blue sky and bright sun provided the perfect backdrop for the first day of summer Wednesday.

Fire sparked amid Monday downpour

About half of an inch of rain fell on the Steamboat area Monday night, but it wasn't enough to prevent lightning from starting a small fire amid the downpour.

Some mailed solicitations bear confusing resemblance to bills

Some businesses in Steamboat have received from a California yellow pages firm a solicitation invoice that looks deceptively like a bill. It's the kind of solicitation that, although legal, raises the ire of Better Business Bureau representatives.

County implements fire restrictions

Countywide fire restrictions went into effect at 8 a.m. today on all private, state and federal land outside Steamboat Springs city limits.

Forest Service institutes fire restrictions

Despite Monday's rainstorms, the U.S. Forest Service is issuing fire and smoking restrictions that will go into effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the Routt National Forest. The restrictions come in response to high temperatures, dry conditions and a dwindling snow pack, which officials say are not counterbalanced by the recent rain.

FLITE students leavelegacy for wildlife area

Before venturing off to enjoy a summer of fun, Steamboat Springs High School freshmen involved in a team learning project left a lasting impression on members of the Colorado Wildlife Commission.

Youth Corps gears up for another summer

With trenching tools in hand, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps leaders will begin their summer today by leading groups of teen-agers through the backcountry.

Vet warns cars quickly turn into ovens

A pet confined in a hot metal vehicle is like a human sitting in a sauna. The only difference is that pets can't sweat to cool themselves they need access to proper ventilation so they can pant themselves to cooler temperatures.

Twentymile one of the industry's safest mines

The realization of the potential dangers of coal mining tumbled down on Bill Morgan, a coal miner at Twentymile Coal Co. for 11 years, as he was fire-bossing the area where Kyle Webb was recently injured. While doing a pre-shift inspection of the area, Morgan looked around and started thinking about all of the things in the Glory Hole area that possibly could hurt a person.

Property tax deadline No. 2 looms for some

For those who didn't pay their property taxes in full on April 30 and opted for a two-payment installment plan instead, the final payment deadline of June 15 is approaching fast.

Ski area mechanic named state's best

Steamboat's Frank Case wins top award

Working in grease and getting dirty every day is why Frank Case, a master mechanic for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., enjoys his job. During a weeklong ski area maintenance industry convention in Grand Junction, Case was recognized for being an outstanding mechanic. His elbow grease, so to speak, paid off with the Tim Crouse Memorial Award for being the Ski Area Vehicle Maintenance Institute's Technician of the Year. Case is the first Steamboat recipient in the history of the award.

Licensing clinic offered for child care providers

In response to the large demand for child care providers, First Impressions of Routt County is sponsoring a free pre-licensing training class for child care providers who want to become licensed. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Steamboat. It will be taught by Janet Martinez, who was a licensed provider for 14 years and currently is a trainer for Wildwood Resources. Martinez will cover information spanning from the business aspects of child care to child development and guidance of behavior.

Perry-Mansfield a gem on historical register

Perceptive visitors stepping through the welcoming gates of Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp can spot bits of history in the rustic buildings and feel the special aura of the area.