Mike Lawrence

Reporter

Email: mlawrence@SteamboatToday.com Call: 970-871-4233

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Mike Lawrence is the business and features reporter for the Pilot & Today. He began working at the paper on Oct. 31, 2005, as its city and county reporter. (His first story in Steamboat was about Halloween trick-or-treating on Lincoln Avenue.)

Mike has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from St. Mary's College of Maryland. He has worked as a reporting intern at the Rocky Mountain News, Boulder Daily Camera, Longmont Times-Call, Gunnison Country Times and the Colorado Statesman, a weekly political newspaper based in Denver.

Mike's hometown is Dover, N.H. He enjoys hiking, reading, soccer, spending time with friends, listening to music, cheering for the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox and the three-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

Recent Stories

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Locals 2011: Michael Savory

World traveler ready for next trip

Michael Savory knows a thing or two about packing up and leaving town. His father is in the oil business and worked on projects that would take about two years each, at locations around the world.

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At Home: Sambi on a roll

Downtown Japanese/Thai restaurant spicing up The Victoria

Ceron Scott, the energetic, 24-year-old head chef at Sambi Cafe in downtown Steamboat Springs, says the idea for the Asian restaurant’s Sambi Roll came from a simple culinary desire. “I wanted to combine spicy with crunchy,” Scott says.

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New eatery coming to Steamboat Springs' Wildhorse Marketplace

The Rusted Porch aims for late-summer opening in Wildhorse

Malcolm Scott used three nouns Wednesday to describe the kind of food he’s planning for The Rusted Porch, a restaurant coming in late summer to Wildhorse Marketplace. “Bacon, burgers and beer."

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Steamboat's Sweet Pea nears reopening

Katherine Zambrana planning to open cafe June 15

Katherine Zambrana said she’s planning to open Sweet Pea’s cafe June 15, serving lunch and dinner with seating for 28 indoors and 49 more outdoors on the cafe’s newly renovated deck along the Yampa River.

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Women veterans in spotlight for Steamboat Memorial Day

Memorial Day ceremony to focus on local females who served

Many female military veterans with local ties will be remembered and honored Monday during Steamboat’s annual Memorial Day ceremony, which starts at 11 a.m. at Steamboat Springs Cemetery. “This year, we’re going to do something that’s long overdue. We’re going to honor the women from the Steamboat Springs area who have served,” said local veteran and ceremony organizer Jim Stanko.

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Soldier likely fought for Union, not Confederacy

Routt County resident buried in Steamboat Springs Cemetery

Century-old census records and federal Civil War soldier lists indicate that William E. Harvey, who is buried at Steamboat Springs Cemetery at a grave where local veterans planned to place a Confederate flag on Thursday, likely fought for the Union.

Economist at Steamboat summit predicts connectivity will help Yampa Valley grow

Social technologies, increased connectivity having global and local impact

Economist Carl Steidtmann said Wednesday that the rapid global spread of social media technologies and faster Internet connectivity ultimately could be very good news for Steamboat Springs and Northwest Colorado.

Group forms to oppose medical marijuana business in Routt County

Tuesday meeting intended as strategic session for local action

A Tuesday meeting could be the first step toward formalized public support for a ban on medical marijuana businesses.

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Veterans to post Confederate flag at Steamboat cemetery

The Memorial Day plan, intended to honor a veteran, draws rebuke

Local veterans plan to place a Confederate flag this week, for the first time, on the grave of a veteran buried at Steamboat Springs Cemetery. William Harvey was a rancher near Pleasant Valley and Sidney and a pioneer of Bear River Valley. Little else is known about the man, but a new history indicates he was also a Confederate soldier.

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Interest in Routt County oil leases increases

Planner reports increased interest from oil companies in lease process

Routt County officials are expecting local oil speculation to increase in coming months. Routt County planner Chris Brookshire said there have been inquiries about the county's lease process in the past months from three oil companies.

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Harry Rubinstein never had used Twitter before his wife had a stroke Aug. 15. After his son and daughter-in-law set up a way for him to provide his family with medical updates via Twitter, Rubinstein now is trying to share that knowledge with others through a site called Tweet for Health.

Francis Abate and his wife, Ruth Abate, use this converted school bus for their seasonal Buffalo Gal ice cream business. The bus is in a garage at the couple's Create a Stir commercial kitchen facility in Hayden.

Steamboat Toffee Co. owner Pete DeWolf, left, talks with his toffee team earlier this month at the Create a Stir commercial kitchen rental facility in Hayden. Create a Stir owners Francis and Ruth Abate are hoping to attract caterers, culinary classes and more to the business.

Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger checks statistics Friday while testifying in Denver before the Public Utilities Commission, which is conducting hearings about potential impacts of new state energy legislation.

Oak Creek residents J.D. Fuchs, left, and James Singleton talk with Theresa Kelliher of the Oak Creek Fire Protection District on Sunday, as the town adjusted to a "boil alert" after a leaky valve drained the town's water storage for about four hours Saturday night.

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