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Melinda Dudley

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Needling away stress with acupuncture

Most people do not find needles a stress-decreasing experience, but many others turn to acupuncture and Chinese medicine to help relieve the symptoms of stress.

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Sunshine Kids brings children with cancer to slopes

Less than two weeks before she triumphantly sailed down a slalom course on the Stampede run Friday morning, Keyah Worthy finished a round of chemotherapy.

South Routt transit gets red light

Vanpool proposal lacks start-up funds

A proposed commuter vanpool between Steamboat Springs and South Routt County is stuck in a holding pattern, unable to garner sufficient funds to get rolling.

Plea agreements pending in alleged kidnapping case

Two Hayden men accused of kidnapping a 17-year-old boy and threatening to shoot him in an alleged dispute about a stolen handgun are poised to accept plea agreements next week.

Snowmobiler dies in Buffalo Pass rollover

A 37-year-old Nebraska woman died of unknown injuries Friday afternoon after a snowmobile rollover accident on Buffalo Pass.

5 contend for emergency management job

Three first responders from Routt County are among the five finalists vying to fill Chuck Vale's former position as county emergency management director.

Yampa pursues energy impact grants

Town plans to replace public works department equipment

Yampa Town Board approved a $30,000 energy and mineral impact grant application for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs on Wednesday, to help the town purchase a new tractor with a loader for its public works department.

Man arrested after bicycle accident

Bicyclist OK after being hit by pickup on CR 33 on Tuesday

A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Tuesday after police said he ran into a bicyclist on Routt County Road 33 and hit two parked cars in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Oak Creek examines police pros, cons

Community involvement, professionalism top residents' concerns

The take-home message from Tuesday night's police forum was that Oak Creek residents say they care more about who the officers providing their law enforcement are than what type of agency they work for, Police Commissioner Dave Ege said.

Toxicology reports pending for Steamboat man

Stephen Thomas, 21, died Sunday morning after party

Preliminary autopsy results show that a Steamboat Springs man who died Sunday after a party in North Routt aspirated vomit into his lungs, which contributed to his death, according to the Routt County Coroner.

Felony drug charges filed against Jensens

Steamboat couple accused of growing, selling marijuana out of their home

Marijuana possession and cultivation charges have been filed against a Steamboat Springs couple accused of growing the drug at their Ninth Street home.

20-year-old dies after party

Steamboat man's Sunday morning death under investigation

A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man was pronounced dead of unknown causes early Sunday morning at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Charter school supporters forming committees

Stagecoach proponents to explore options, submit application to district for 2010-11 academic year

The steering committee has set a goal of submitting its charter application to the South Routt School District by Aug. 15, and if it decides a school is feasible, opening the charter school in some form for the 2010-11 school year, steering committee member Kim Rabon said Saturday.

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Cultures unite at charity soccer game

Tournament serves as fundraiser for Brazilian children

Just because Sunday's international soccer games centered on cultural understanding and uniting around the sport for a good cause did not mean that long-standing soccer rivalries took a back seat.

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Ski area ambassadors tackle range of tasks with a smile

After eight years as an ambassador at Steamboat Ski Area, Margot Johns can spot people who need assistance almost instantly, regardless of poor visibility and the difficulty in reading facial expressions through goggles and neck gaiters.

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Oak Creek split on police issues

Survey: Residents want code enforcement, unwilling to raises taxes to fund it

Opinion in Oak Creek is split nearly 50/50 on whether the town needs its own police department, according to the results of a survey conducted earlier this month.

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Water district opposes Shell Oil request

Yampa River rights under contention would be used for oil shale development

The Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District filed a statement of opposition on Friday to Shell Frontier Oil and Gas' Dec. 30 request for substantial water rights on the Yampa River. "We're in it to look after the constituency and our district," Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District General Manager Kevin McBride said.

Transportation plan feedback sought

Solutions committee highlights recommendations for local, regional needs

Wide-ranging recommendations from the Transportation Solutions Committee include proposals for extending the Yampa River Core Trail, adjusting parking restrictions in downtown Steamboat Springs and studying options to reduce congestion on U.S. Highway 40.

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Semitrailer rolls on Rabbit Ears Pass

Sharp corner near The Timbers has history of truck accidents

The driver of a semitrailer sustained minor injuries when his truck rolled Wednesday night near mile marker 141 on U.S. Highway 40. The driver failed to check his brakes at the west summit before heading down the pass toward Steamboat Springs, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Airport crash investigation ongoing

Plane heavily damaged after rollover in Steamboat Springs

An official decision on what caused an airplane to skid off the runway at the Steamboat Springs Airport on Feb. 15 may be a month away, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Water meter talk flows on

Oak Creek Town Board also to address construction contracts

The Oak Creek Town Board will continue its discussions of a proposed water meter installation project for Oak Creek utility customers at its meeting tonight, with a presentation from a water consultant and a representative from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

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Hayden boys top Vail Christian, 51-34

2 matchups remain for Tigers boys basketball in district tournament

The Hayden boys basketball team struggled offensively Saturday, but opponents Vail Christian struggled even more and the Tigers kept their season alive with a decisive 51-34 win.

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Hayden girls basketball advances to district tournament

Tigers defeat Rams in postseason, move on to Meeker

The Hayden girls basketball team dealt Soroco a season-ending 61-40 loss Saturday, grabbing two more weeks of play for the Tigers.

Taste of South Routt at risk

Economic Development Council considers going dormant

Struggling with participation from its members, the South Routt Economic Development Council is toying with the idea of going dormant or canceling the annual Taste of South Routt event, unless some new blood steps up.

DA takes over Lopez case

Oldham: Material to be reviewed; charges may take weeks

The investigation surrounding the Jan. 5 death of Richard Lopez is being turned over to the District Attorney's Office, though it will take a few weeks to review the case before charges are filed against the two suspects, District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham said Wednesday.

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Harris promoted to communications director

Former interim head to lead county department

Former interim Director of Routt County Communications J.P. Harris was selected earlier this month to lead that department permanently. Harris joined the department in April 2007.

Lost snowmobilers safe in North Routt

Group of 13 from Chicago area became disoriented near Forest Service Road 409

Thirteen snowmobilers who reported themselves lost in North Routt County on Tuesday afternoon made their way back to safety at about 4 p.m., according to Routt County Search and Rescue.

Jensens confirmed as suspects in marijuana case

Steamboat couple accused of growing, distributing drugs

Steamboat Springs couple David W. and Marie Sellitto Jensen were confirmed Tuesday as the suspects in a marijuana growth and distribution operation discovered at their Old Town home on Feb. 7.

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Parachute man seriously injured in US 40 crash

Driver ejected after colliding with semitrailer Tuesday morning

A Parachute man sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries Tuesday morning when he was ejected from his Jeep Cherokee after colliding with a semitrailer on U.S. Highway 40.

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Fetcher's water legacy to increase Stagecoach Reservoir capacity

It didn't take long after Stagecoach Reservoir was filled for the late John Fetcher to already have a "twinkle in his eye" about raising the water level, said Kevin McBride, district manager of the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District.

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New shooting range facility planned

Northwest Colorado law enforcement to use 40-acre site west of Steamboat

Thanks to a land donation from Peabody Energy, plans for a Northwest Colorado firing range and training facility for law enforcement are poised to get off the ground.

Water meter hopes are high

Oak Creek Town Board optimistic about installation project

Although Oak Creek town officials have yet to hire a consultant to guide them through a proposed water meter installation project, it's looking very likely that the town will be able to make good on that goal, Mayor J. Elliott said Friday.

Suspected drug dealers arrested Friday

Undercover officers, confidential sources lead to 2 local men

Two Steamboat Springs men were arrested Friday on suspicion of drug charges after selling marijuana to undercover officers or confidential sources, according to the All Crimes Enforcement Team.

Marijuana case turned over to DA

No charges filed against Steamboat couple for grow operation

The investigation into a Steamboat Springs couple suspected of running a marijuana growth and distribution operation out of their home was turned over to the District Attorney's Office on Thursday, according to the All Crimes Enforcement Team.

Stagecoach water, sewer fees skyrocket

Tap charges increase from $8,000 to $30,000

Water and sewer tap fees in the Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District, which serves Stagecoach, took a leap from $8,000 to $30,000 at the beginning of the year. The fees now are by far the largest flat-rate tap fees in Routt County.

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Snowmobiler cited for entering wilderness area

Forest Service: Riders often access Mount Zirkel from Buffalo Pass

A snowmobiler was cited during the weekend for entering Mount Zirkel Wilderness, the only ticket of its kind issued this season in the Hahn's Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District.

Charges pending in marijuana case

Steamboat couple suspected of growing, distributing drug

Charges are expected to be filed by the end of the week against a Steamboat Springs couple suspected of running a marijuana growth and distribution operation out of their Old Town home.

County could recoup traffic ticket revenue

Commissioners move toward increasing penalties for local infractions

The Routt County Board of Commissioners gave preliminary approval Tuesday to adopting the Colorado Department of Transportation's Model Traffic Code, which not only would raise fines for local traffic offenses, but also send some of that money back to Routt County's general fund instead of to the state.

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Traditional Winter Carnival street events bring spills and smiles

When Heather Wilhelm participated in Winter Carnival street events on skis, her childhood favorite was skijoring - being pulled down Lincoln Avenue by a horse at top speed.

Yampa against Shell's water request

Leery of Shell Oil's recent filing for substantial water rights on the Yampa River, the Yampa Town Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to join any official opposition to the plan to pull water from the waterway whose name the town shares.

Missing snowmobilers located in North Routt

Rescuers: no injuries and men had equipment for a night in the backcountry

Rescuers said no one was injured and the Iowa men had sufficient equipment to spend the night in the backcountry.

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Carl Howelsen statue unveiled downtown

City honors local ski jumping pioneer who helped found Winter Sports Club

From his perch in front of Howelsen Place, Carl Howelsen will be able to watch every future Winter Carnival, his son Leif Hovelsen said Friday night.

County officials look to fill emergency management post by April

Routt County received 57 applications last month from people seeking to be its next emergency management director. That's the largest applicant pool for a department head position that County Manager Tom Sullivan said he has seen since joining the county staff in 2001.

Yampa Town Board dissects survey results

Report shows preference for limited growth

In Yampa's recent community survey, the town learned that residents' wants, needs and issues have not changed very much in the past six years.

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Beetle epidemic to restrict camping

Pearl Lake campgrounds not expected to open this summer

The Dutch Hill Campground at Steamboat Lake State Park once was densely packed with lodgepole pine. But blue marks on bark now dominate the landscape.

Routt County residents hit by phone fraud

Callers pretend to be family members, acquaintances in distress

Two fraud cases resulting in losses of nearly $5,000 were reported to law enforcement on Wednesday. Both cases involved individuals who wired money to someone posing as a friend or family member.

Annual pet registrations lagging

Spay/neuter discount coupons available at shelter for 'Spay Day USA'

Nearly 2,000 Routt County pet owners registered their dogs and cats in 2008. Since last year's registrations expired more than a month ago, only 195 dogs and 33 cats have been brought up to date, according to the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter.

Yampa reviving traditional Groundhog Day supper

Nothing less than groundhog is on the menu at Yampa's Groundhog Day Supper on Monday night. But rather than fillet of Punxsutawney Phil, locals diners will feast on fresh pork sausage and biscuits and gravy.

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Oak Creek explores residential growth options

With restricted space in town limits for future residential growth, the current draft of Oak Creek's comprehensive plan identifies Routt County Road 25 and agricultural lands north and south of town as ideal places for future annexation.

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Now in its 96th year, Winter Carnival has history on its side

Although Steamboat Springs is known as Ski Town USA, winter sports didn't become ingrained in local culture until the legendary Carl Howelsen organized the first Winter Carnival in 1914.