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Lisa Schlichtman

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From the editor: The community’s newspaper celebrates 25 years

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.

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Routt County Fair marks 100th anniversary

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.

Routt County Fair gets started, celebrates 100 years

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.

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Locals 2014: Molly Hayes

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.

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Exploring Steamboat: Horses, mountains and opera

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.

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Exploring Steamboat: A peaceful paradise right in town

The Yampa River Botanic Park awaits exploration and is described best as peaceful and serene.

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Rotary announces plans to build pavilion along Core Trail in Steamboat

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.

Exploring Steamboat: A place where creative work gets done

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.

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Grant jump-starts local activities to commemorate Wilderness Act's 50th anniversary

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.

Steamboat Pilot & Today launches 2014 reader survey

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.

From the editor: A battle worth fighting

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.

Exploring Steamboat: Editor's column gets a new name

This week, I am officially changing the name of my column from Discovering Steamboat to Exploring Steamboat.

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Discovering Steamboat: A car that keeps away cancer

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.

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Discovering Steamboat: Still searching for my 1st crane sighting

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.

Discovering Steamboat: Bustling coal-mining community now a ghost town

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.

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SSWSC qualifies more cross-country athletes for 2014 Junior Nationals than any other Colorado club

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.

Discovering Steamboat: The healing power of dogs

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.

From the Editor: Live from Sochi

The Steamboat Pilot & Today has two reporters on the ground in Sochi, Russia, to bring the games to Steamboat Springs and our readers.

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Winter Carnival: Cara Piske to reign as queen

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.

Discovering Steamboat: Going underground at Twentymile Mine

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.

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Discovering Steamboat: A place of health and healing

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.

Discovering Steamboat: 75-year-old tradition marks Santa's arrival

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.

Discovering Steamboat: Feather finders flock together

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.

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Jimmy Westlake: A tale of two star clusters

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.

Discovering Steamboat: The arts are alive and well

The arts are alive and well in Steamboat Springs, in part, because of the existence of groups like the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.

Rotary Club accepting grant applications

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.

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Discovering Steamboat: Grass-roots effort saves a piece of history

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.

Discovering Steamboat: Historic depot repurposed into arts hub

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.

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Discovering Steamboat: Preserving rural school history in Routt County

The Foidel Canyon Schoolhouse is a reminder of a bygone era when one-room, white-clapboard structures dotted the Northwest Colorado landscape.

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Discovering Steamboat: Delving into Steamboat's past

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.

Local women battling cancer share their stories of hope

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.”

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Discovering Steamboat: For the love of words

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.

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Steamboat Springs breast cancer survivor is now an advocate for mammography

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.”

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Discovering Steamboat: Taking in the season's 1st snowstorm

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.

Discovering Steamboat: A community hub and peaceful sanctuary all in one location

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.

Phippsburg man dies in rollover crash on Colo. 131

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.

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Discovering Steamboat: Tread of Pioneers Museum a magnificent local resource

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.

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Discovering Steamboat: A legendary lady

There’s no forgetting Cookie Lockhart. The famed auctioneer's larger-than-life personality, deep voice and quick wit make a strong first impression.

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Discovering Steamboat: A hand up, not a handout

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.

City of Steamboat Springs issues water boil order, rescinds it

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.

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Discovering Steamboat: Steamboat Springs Airport's Ted is 1 cool cat

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.

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Discovering Steamboat: Editor launches new weekly column

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.

Steamboat Today launches annual reader survey

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.

Steamboat Pilot & Today collects 68 Colorado Press Association awards at annual contest

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.