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Melinda Mawdsley

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Mountain chic: Don't neglect your feet

Colorado's dry air and intense sun can wreak havoc on feet

They're hardworking, under-appreciated and most often hidden from plain sight. And unfortunately, they're often neglected when it comes to routine body maintenance.

Woman twice diagnosed with cancer survives

Sara Lindsey can't pinpoint a moment when she thought of herself as a cancer survivor. She never really asked, "why me?" when the doctors told her the lump on her neck was non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and the lump on her breast was cancer.

So long, Soda Creek

Former principal, teachers will remember school fondly

The demolition of Soda Creek Elementary School is expected to begin later this month, but memories that date back to 1956 won't vanish with the disposal of thousands of bricks.

Craig-Scheckman awards grants

School districts and area nonprofit organizations receive needed money

Sara Craig-Scheckman aspires to be more than a face with a checkbook.

Two candidates apply for District 4 seat

Steamboat Springs School Board appointment to be made Monday

The Steamboat Springs School Board has received two applications from women interested in filling the vacant seat on the board.

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The man behind the music

Beethoven's life revealed in Sunday play, concert

Imagine being a world-class musician going deaf. How would that change your life? Ludwig van Beethoven contemplated suicide.

Nature in all its colors

Local artists use gems, watercolor, oil to spice up nature

Don't mind if Melanie Guerra doesn't make eye contact because she is too busy looking at people's ears, fingers and necks.

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Small group, big impact

Impact 100 enables citizens a way to give back to nonprofits

Inspired by a desire to give back to the Yampa Valley, a group of adults in their mid-20s to mid-40s formed Impact 100 as a way to donate time and money to nonprofits in the area.

Road leads Clark to Steamboat church

New Pastor at First Baptist Church believes varied background helpful

The last time Jason Clark took a dirt road to get to church was during a mission trip in Mexico, so the route to the First Baptist Church is somewhat symbolic for the new pastor and his family.

Board, superintendent seek understanding

Five workshops dedicated to help define school district roles

Recent workshops aimed at reviewing how the Steamboat Springs School District uses policy governance could help resolve instances of miscommunication and distrust, officials said.

Lion sightings rare but possible

Hikers in county should make noise, keep pets under control

Routt County residents must remember when hiking, biking and recreating, they live in mountain lion country.

Spring is tenuous season for wildlife

Humans, pets pose danger to animals

Early summer is a good time to see baby animals, but people are urged to leave them alone - even if the animals appear to be abandoned.

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Lowell Whiteman prepares for 50th anniversary

Instead of graduating from Midland, Texas, in the late 1960s, Peggy Barnes Garrett wrote a letter to the Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce to inquire about schooling in a remote region of Colorado.

End of a South Routt era

Longtime teacher Mary Shanklin retires; colleague Peggy Barnes reflects

Despite sitting in miniature chairs made for kindergartners, teachers Mary Shanklin and Peggy Barnes looked comfortable Tuesday.

EPYCS awards $48K in grants

High school program teaches students about philanthropy

Cheri Trousil is so appreciative of the granting process through El Pomar Youth in Community Services that she tries mightily to invite the grantees to her office and makes sure to attend as many EPYCS functions as possible.

Strawberry Park sees sweet response to effort

Estimated 240 parents, students, staff ride bikes or walk to school Friday

Olivia Satkiewicz usually rides the bus to Strawberry Park Elementary School, but Friday was different.

A voice for smaller schools

Poole named League of Charter Schools board member

Colleen Poole's voice is now louder.

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A musical message

Anna Roder, 15, puts violin ability on display

Anna Roder doesn't remember the first time she picked up a violin. She also doesn't remember living without it.

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Hop on a bike and see Northwest Colorado

From racing to leisure, plenty of bikes to go around

Biking - be it on a paved road or a mountain trail - is one of the most popular recreation activities in Northwest Colorado.

On Scene

Mud season at its best

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An area guide to biking

Continental Divide: Gives bikers the option of spending the day or a few days on the trail. Get a break from the crowds at the more popular rides, but remember that bikes are not allowed in wilderness areas.

Spellers the bee's knees

Channing Conner wins Strawberry Park competition

The inspiration for Wednesday's spelling bee at Strawberry Park Elementary School came from a movie.

Christian Heritage seniors look toward future

With just nine graduates, the Christian Heritage School took the time Tuesday night to honor each senior, adding a personal touch through prayers, a multimedia presentation and speeches.

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Steamboat Springs Middle School's Barbier named Teacher of the Year

Ben Barbier didn't want to be a teacher when he grew up. It wasn't until he started coaching at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club that he developed a rapport with teenagers.

Concerts highlight progress

The annual Spring Concert is supposed to represent one year of musical progress, and it doesn't take more than a glance at the program for tonight's Steamboat Springs Middle School band concert and Wednesday's Steamboat Springs High School band concert to be impressed.

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Steamboat student honored

Stoddard recognized for state, national success in math

Plain and simple, Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Charlie Stoddard is a mathematics wiz.

Group claims 600 signatures

School Board says e-mail investigation still 'ongoing'

A group seeking to recall Steamboat Springs School Board member John DeVincentis has gathered about one-quarter of the 2,300 petition signatures it aims to collect.

Nine close-knit Christian Heritage graduates found it necessary to one-up anyone

Christian Heritage School teacher Mary Ann Cutter was surprised to learn the 2007 graduates of Christian Heritage were scattering around the country after high school.

Raising state standards

Changes to Colorado admissions process near

High school graduates with aspirations of enrolling in select Colorado universities and colleges will find the admission process more difficult.

Yampatika offers slew of camps

Nonprofit expands summer programs for kids

This summer, Yampatika is extending its programs to include children ages 3 to 11. The camps are designed to foster a connection between youths and their natural environment in Northwest Colorado.

Capital concern boils over

South Routt has $2.5-million boiler replacement issue on its hands

During Wednesday's School Board meeting, South Routt Superintendent Kelly Reed told board members the coal-fired boilers at the Soroco secondary campus in Oak Creek and at South Routt Elementary School in Yampa need replacing - to the tune of about $2.5 million.

Board to approve calendar tonight

Hayden School Board has two options to choose from on agenda

Hayden Superintendent Mike Luppes doesn't expect the School Board to spend much time discussing the two school calendar options before approving one tonight.

Yampatika hosts eighth annual Wild Edible Feast on Friday

Yampatika found the perfect fit when seeking a fundraiser that would be both unique and environmentally oriented.

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Spring ahead of schedule

Yampa River nearing peak; wildfire season may be close behind

Mark Cahur is concerned he won't have much free time this summer. Although the current fire danger in the Routt National Forest is low, early season signs point to a ripe fire season.

South Routt School Board talks Early Learning

Meeting is tonight instead of Thursday

During tonight's South Routt School Board meeting, South Routt Superintendent Kelly Reed will ask board members to take the next step in the construction of a new South Routt Early Learning Center.

CMC searches for new president

Robert Spuhler's retirement effective June 2008

For the first time in nearly five years, Colorado Mountain College is searching for a new president.

Middle school art club paints mural at LIFT-UP

Pam Graham stared at the light brown walls at the new LIFT-UP of Routt County building thinking they needed a little color.

Education Fund Board gifts $3 million

Small-class size and changes in district technology warrant substantial gifts

The Education Fund Board has approved the gifting of more than $3 million to help the Steamboat Springs School District preserve small-class size and to revamp its aging technology system.

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Strawberry Park searches for principal replacement

The search to find Strawberry Park Elementary School's new principal has begun. Mark MacHale's resignation last week created an administrative vacancy at one of the Steamboat Springs School District's highest performing schools, and making sure a strong leadership team of principals is in place to guide district schools "is critical," Steamboat Springs Superintendent Donna Howell said.

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New alternative school looks ahead

Program nears end of its first year

Cole Breland is an artist, and he has no problems painting a picture of what would have happened had he remained at Steamboat Springs High School.

Whiteman students take annual foreign trip

Don't be fooled. Although Peru, Bolivia, Russia, Vietnam and South Africa could be attractive vacation destinations, the Lowell Whiteman School students who spent nearly four weeks in those locations did anything but relax.

Increasing number of children assuming healthcare responsibilities for parents

A vase of lavender tulips sits on a table to the right of Marie Bowes' recliner. To Marie's left is a picture window overlooking a giant meadow turned green with the change of seasons. Snow still covers the mountain peaks that tower above the meadow.

School Board to announce Teacher of the Year by end of month

The Steamboat Springs School Board will name its Teacher of the Year before the end of the month.

Board passes resolution on investigation

The Steamboat Springs School Board wants its internal e-mail investigation finished, and it took steps Thursday to try and make that happen.

Board nixed random tests

School officials were worried about legal issues

Concerns about the legality of randomly selecting students for Breathalyzer tests stopped the procedure from taking place at last weekend's Steamboat Springs High School prom.

Hayden students complete projects for school, town

Hayden Middle School students had few problems trading in their pens and pencils for wheelbarrows and paintbrushes Wednesday.

Ex-board members stay silent

Investigation into obtained DeVincentis e-mails continues

Former Steamboat Springs School Board members are wanted for questioning, but it is unlikely they will cooperate with an ongoing School Board investigation.

Haselden receives projects bid

A key piece of the upcoming $30 million in Steamboat Springs School District construction projects is now in place.

Bear on a hot diner roof

Bruin leaps from Johnny B.'s, flees on foot through town

You've heard the expression "raining cats and dogs," but bears? At approximately 10:30 p.m. Sunday, a bear jumped from the roof of Johnny B. Good's Diner startling window shoppers standing or walking on Lincoln Avenue.

CMC meeting held in 'Boat

Board of Trustees in town to talk about college's direction

Kerry Hart knows Steamboat Springs has a perception of Colorado Mountain College, and he's out to change it.