From its inception, Steamboat Today has been the community’s newspaper. The free daily was launched quickly with a small staff, and throughout the past 25 years, it has grown to become Routt County’s trusted source for news and information as well as serving as a catalyst for business growth through advertising.
It takes an act of God, or in Routt County, the annual fair, to entice local ranchers out of the hayfields and off the ranch for several days in August. For the past century, the Routt County Fair has been the one event that brings together ranch families and others from all corners of the county — Yampa, Hahn’s Peak, Pleasant Valley, Oak Creek and Clark — to congregate, compete and camp at the historic fairgrounds in Hayden.
The 100th rendition of the Routt County Fair begins Friday night at the fairgrounds in Hayden and lasts for a full week with several new events planned that pay tribute to the fair’s century-long history.
If you peeked into the window of Mambo Italiano at lunchtime May 29, you would have seen 100 fifth-grade students filling the tables — the boys in collared shirts and ties, and the girls wearing their best skirts and dresses. Sitting with backs straight, napkins in their laps and passing the salt and pepper to the right, they were practicing table manners they’d learned in the classroom from a woman they affectionately call Miss Molly Manners.
Keri Rusthoi always thought horses, mountains and opera went together, so in 2001, she set out to create that unlikely combination by hosting a summer opera production of “The Magic Flute” in Steamboat Springs. The events of Sept. 11, 2001, postponed the performance, but it eventually took place the following summer, marking the beginning of the Emerald City Opera, now in its 12th year.
The Yampa River Botanic Park awaits exploration and is described best as peaceful and serene.
The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs has launched a campaign to build a Peace Pavilion at Rotary River Park along the Yampa River Core Trail.
With a rich 101-year history, Perry-Mansfield is a gem somewhat hidden from the general public, but to the dance and theatre world, it’s a life-changing, iconic destination where young students from across the country gather each summer to immerse themselves in the pursuit of creating art and learn from on-site faculty who are among the very best in their professions.
Friends of Wilderness was one of only 20 organizations across the country to receive one of the $5,000 grants, which were established by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance to commemorate the Wilderness Act’s half-century mark.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today is launching its 2014 reader survey Wednesday, and everyone who completes the survey will be entered to win three great prizes.
First and foremost, it is the responsibility of news organizations and journalists everywhere to ensure elected officials and governmental bodies are adhering to open records law. We are on the front lines of this fight for open and transparent government, and we will remain diligent in fulfilling our watchdog role.
This week, I am officially changing the name of my column from Discovering Steamboat to Exploring Steamboat.
Jean Benton and her art-on-wheels car are a common sight in Steamboat Springs, and as Jean drives down Lincoln Avenue, she gets waves and honks and thumbs-up from the people she passes.
After talking about cranes with Nancy over coffee recently, I found myself genuinely intrigued by the magnificent bird, and I’ve been on the look out for one ever since.
After driving from Steamboat Springs to Craig and back at least a half a dozen times in the last six months, I could avoid it no longer, and last Wednesday, I felt compelled to stop at a “Point of Interest” sign located along U.S. Highway 40 between Hayden and Minturn. The visit introduced me to the former coal mining town of Mount Harris.
A large contingent of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country athletes will be competing in the USSA Junior National Cross-County Championships in Stowe, Vt., beginning Monday.
Barb Clark and her 6-year-old Bernese Mountain dog Julia demonstrated perfect teamwork during a recent visit to Yampa Valley Medical Center as part of the Heeling Friends hospital visitation program.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today has two reporters on the ground in Sochi, Russia, to bring the games to Steamboat Springs and our readers.
Steamboat Springs native Cara Piske has been Nordic skiing since she was 4 years old, the age when she joined the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Little Vikings program. Throughout the past 14 years, Howelsen Hill has become Piske’s second home, and she said she can’t imagine her life without the sport she now loves or the club and coaches who helped develop her skills as a cross-country skier.
Since joining the 2013-14 Leadership Steamboat class this fall, I’ve been looking forward to the day we would be traveling to Peabody Coal’s Twentymile Mine for a tour.
The famous Heart Spring that feeds all of Old Town Hot Springs' spas and pools has a rich history in Steamboat. It is thought the Ute Indians frequented the spot for the healing powers of the natural spring water, and James Crawford, Steamboat’s founder, discovered the spring soon after he moved to the valley in 1875.
The famous roving Christmas tree will be marking its 75th anniversary on Dec. 24, and after talking to Cindy Wright, the woman spearheading the current effort, I discovered the legend behind the holiday tradition was Steamboat electrician and “sound man” Walt Webber, Wright’s grandfather.
Spend time with Tom Litteral, and you’ll soon discover someone who is passionate about birding and nature in general. The retired park ranger and firefighter, who now serves as a city bus driver, has been able to share his love for feather finding through involvement in Yampa Valley Birding Club, a group he helped begin shortly after he moved to Steamboat 20 years ago.
On cold, crisp November evenings, you can spot two glittering star clusters in the constellation of Taurus the Bull, high up in the eastern sky around 8 p.m. They are the Hyades and the Pleiades star clusters.
The arts are alive and well in Steamboat Springs, in part, because of the existence of groups like the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.
The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs has announced it is accepting applications for its latest round of grant funding. Each year, the local service organization awards about $10,000 in grants to area nonprofits.
Steamboat Springs Arts Council Executive Director Lawrence Block said he vividly remembers hundreds of people wearing “Save the Depot” T-shirts and campaigning to spare the historic building from demolition after it had been condemned in 1980.
After months of passing by the old Steamboat Springs train depot during runs along the Yampa River Core Trail, I finally scheduled a personal tour of the building this past week. That visit has inspired me to plan a series of columns devoted to the historic building itself, the efforts to save it back in the 1970s and ’80s and the group that breathed new life into the beautiful old structure.
The Foidel Canyon Schoolhouse is a reminder of a bygone era when one-room, white-clapboard structures dotted the Northwest Colorado landscape.
Cemeteries are fascinating places. Spending an afternoon wandering through acres of gravestones, reading the names, dates and words etched on marble, is like embarking on a self-guided history tour of any community.
A private person, Carol Chapman agreed to speak about her cancer as a way of “giving back” because of the extraordinary care she received during her treatment and recovery. “I want women to know that there are people there (at the YVMC) to help you,” Chapman said. “If you’re anxious, if you don’t have insurance, if you can’t pay, they aren’t going to let you fall. And don’t wait, especially if you live here in the Valley. They’re going to take care of you.”
For a book lover like me, getting a ticket to attend this year’s Literary Sojourn was like landing a backstage pass to a Rolling Stones concert.
Knowledge is power when it comes to breast cancer. “Finding cancer early is the most important, because it is curable,” Dr. Malaika Thompson said. “Knowing what’s going on is the only way you can take care of it.”
The focus of this week’s column shifted suddenly after I woke up early Friday to discover more than 7 inches of fresh snow covering every inch of the landscape. I waited to hear about school closings and road closures before realizing that this type of weather was routine in Steamboat and other mountain towns.
For a community the size of Steamboat Springs, the local library here is phenomenal. It rivals libraries I’ve found in big cities and on university campuses. Not only does the library boast an impressive collection of about 90,000 items, but the 21,000-square-foot facility has managed to create a space that is both serene and a hub for community activity.
Alcohol and prescription drug use might have been contributing factors in a single-vehicle rollover crash that resulted in the death of a Phippsburg man early Monday morning, according to a news release issued by the Colorado State Patrol.
In my quest to learn as much as I can about the place I now call home, I took a step back in time and toured the Tread of Pioneers Museum in downtown Steamboat Springs. My guide was Candice Bannister, the museum’s executive director, and I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to provide me with an introduction to Steamboat’s rich history and to give me an overview of the expansive resources available at the local museum.
There’s no forgetting Cookie Lockhart. The famed auctioneer's larger-than-life personality, deep voice and quick wit make a strong first impression.
I’m not one to turn down a free lunch, so when David Freseman invited me to attend a “LIFT-UP 101 Luncheon,” I gladly accepted, and by doing so, I was introduced to a worthy, well-managed organization that makes a difference in the lives of needy and hurting families throughout Routt County.
The city of Steamboat Springs has rescinded a boil water advisory that was issued at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday for all city water users, including Steamboat II, Silver Spur and Heritage Park.
He's not a jazz musician or a rock star but a cat, who has become a bit of a legend, especially among pilots and guests who frequent Steamboat Springs Airport.
Each week, I will use this column to share my latest adventures and discoveries about Steamboat Springs and the other extraordinary Routt County communities. I invite readers to join me on my quest by suggesting places you’d like me to visit, people you want me to meet or activities you’d like me to try.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today wants to know what readers think about its newspaper, website and digital initiatives. This information will be collected through the 2013 reader survey, which launched this week.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today won the General Excellence award as the best overall newspaper in its circulation class, marking the 10th time the Pilot & Today has earned top honors during the previous 12 years.