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Lisa Schlichtman

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Best Fitness Instructor and Best Personal Trainer: Rebecca Williams

Two-time podium topper: Old Town Hot Springs personal trainer and fitness instructor Rebecca Williams finished at the top of both categories in this year's rankings.

Best Floral Shop: The Tall Tulip

You won’t find roses or carnations at Tall Tulips Flower Shop, which has been selected for the fifth year running as Best Flower Shop in the 2015 Best of the Boat contest. Instead, the Tirones order flowers from the Aalsmeer Flower Auction in Holland.

From the Editor: Picking our battles

Steamboat Today and the city of Steamboat Springs have reached an impasse over the release of three portions of the police investigation conducted by independent investigator Katherine Nuanes.

USA Pro Challenge: Soon to be a Steamboat Springs keepsake

To commemorate the Steamboat Springs start of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge, artist Chula Beauregard was tasked with creating a poster that would highlight the Stage 1 start route, which begins with parade laps through downtown.

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Exploring Steamboat: An anniversary camping trip to Mica Lake

While hiking up to the Royal Arch in the Flatirons of Boulder two weekends ago, I decided it was time for me to push my boundaries a bit. It had been 29 years since my husband Mike and I had last done a real backpacking trip, so we decided that’s how we’d spend our 30th anniversary weekend — hiking up to Mica Lake in the Mount Zirkels Wilderness Area and camping overnight.

CenturyLink reports telephone outages in Steamboat Springs, Yampa and Oak Creek

CenturyLink is currently working to restore telephone outages in Steamboat Springs, Oak Creek, Yampa, Fraser and Granby.

From the editor: Lovin' those Steamboat summers

This summer’s photo contest is not limited to selfies. You may also send in photos of you, your friends and family enjoying summer in Steamboat that are taken by others.

Steamboat firefighters extinguish fire at marijuana-growing facility

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue responded to a fire at a marijuana growing facility on Downhill Drive Saturday morning, and firefighters were able to suppress the blaze before it spread to adjacent units.

From the editor: Step up and serve

“Step Up and Serve” is the name we’ve chosen for a pair of forums the Steamboat Pilot & Today will be sponsoring June 10 and 17. The events, which will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. both nights in the newspaper’s community room, are open to anyone in the community interested in running for Steamboat Springs City Council.

Spirit Challenge is an event for the whole family

The 2015 Spirit Challenge features 10K and 5K running races beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Middle School.

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Steamboat Art Museum announces $500,000 capital campaign

The Steamboat Art Museum has launched a capital campaign to raise an estimated $500,000 to renovate the museum’s home in the historic Rehder building at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Eighth Street.

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Cabin turned Craftsman: Novel home arises from abode of famous novelist

The iconic, two-story Craftsman-style home that Susan Handloff and Bert Halberstadt built at 173 Maple Avenue downtown rose from humble beginnings. At its heart is a simple log cabin, one of three constructed by Steamboat’s most famous author, John Rolfe Burroughs, upon his return to Steamboat in 1945 after spending four years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II.

From the editor: Continuing the community conversation at a new time

After more than four years of hosting Coffee and a Newspaper events, the Steamboat Pilot & Today has decided to change things up a bit. The April 1 event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the newspaper office.

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Dave Wittlinger named Steamboat Pilot & Today's new digital sales manager

Long-time Steamboat Springs resident Dave Wittlinger has joined the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s staff as digital sales manager for Explore Steamboat Digital Services.

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Ski Corp. unveils prices for 2015-16

Season pass price increases to $1,049

Unrestricted adult season passes will cost $1,049 next winter, which represents a $50 increase over this season. Last year, season pass holders saw a $20-a-year bump in price.

From the editor: A year of recreational pot

The Steamboat Pilot & Today team is looking back on the past 365-plus days of legalized pot, and we’re publishing a five-part series of articles breaking down the first year and what it means for Steamboat Springs and Routt County.

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Steamboat Springs library tastes lean toward the literary

The top-circulated adult fiction title at Steamboat Springs' Bud Werner Memorial Library in 2014 was Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Invention of Wings.” The book choice provides a glimpse into the literary likes of Steamboat readers.

Single-engine Cessna crashes south of Rabbit Ears Pass

A single-engine Cessna aircraft crashed late Sunday morning south of the summit of Rabbit Ears Pass.

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2014 Year in Review: Top news stories

From problem bears poaching food from trash cans and sneaking into condominium hot tubs to Steamboat’s first foray into recreational pot sales, 2014 was a year to remember.

Exploring Steamboat: A community that gives where it lives

The longer I live in Steamboat, the more impressed I become with this community’s spirit of generosity and the willingness of local residents to step up and get involved when there’s a need.

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Entries wanted for Holiday Dessert Bake-Off

Aspiring bakers have until Friday to register for the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s 2014 Holiday Dessert Bake-Off.

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Best of the Boat: Rocket Fizz places second in best candy shop category

If you want to go retro, Rocket Fizz on Lincoln Avenue is the bee’s knees. Open since May, the candy and soda pop shop has vintage appeal that attracts old-timers and youngsters in droves.

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Best of the Boat: Moose Mountain Trading Co. is best woman's clothing store

After 20 years, Jenny Wall, owner of Moose Mountain Trading Co., knows how to fill her Lincoln Avenue store with clothes and gifts that women crave — luxurious sweaters, gorgeous knit dresses and the perfect selection of stylish accessories that add the crowning touch to any outfit.

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Best of the Boat: Fuzziwig's is #1 candy/sweets store

For kids of all ages, a trip downtown or a family vacation to Steamboat Springs just isn’t complete without a stop (or two or three) at Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory at Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Exploring Steamboat: Social club is a bridge builder

Steamboat Springs' Over the Hill Gang is one of the most active organizations I’ve encountered since moving here a little over a year ago.

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Breast cancer survivors connected by faith

Beverly Engle and Marcia Merchant both agree they were fortunate to have discovered their cancer early thanks to their practice of getting annual mammograms.

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.