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Mike Lawrence

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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.

Steamboat Springs City Council re-election bids are unclear

Medical marijuana likely will play key role in ballot decisions

Much remains to be decided about this November’s city ballot, including which Steamboat Springs City Council members will seek re-election. There’s little doubt, however, that medical marijuana will play a key role come fall.

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Christian Heritage School graduates 6 in Sunday ceremony

Valedictorian Kirsten Williams gives heartfelt thanks

Kirsten Williams began her address as valedictorian of Christian Heritage School’s Class of 2011 with, she said Sunday, “a gigantic thank you.” More than 100 friends and family members gathered at the school just west of Steamboat Springs to honor this year’s class of six graduates.

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Skier, geologist and WWII vet Bowes leaves legacy

Longtime Routt County resident Bill Bowes dies at age 88

Longtime Strawberry Park resident William A. “Bill” Bowes died Monday at age 88. The legacy that Bill Bowes leaves behind includes a family that has spread roots across Routt County and beyond; more than six decades of marriage and loving companionship with his late wife, Marie Rose Bowes; a lifelong love of skiing capped with a stint as an alternate to the 1948 U.S. Ski Team; and much more.

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Census data show slight shift in households with children in Routt

A smaller percentage of Routt County households contain married couples with children than a decade ago, according to new census data that shed light on family demographics in towns, cities and counties across Colorado. For Steamboat Springs and Routt County, many of the statistical changes are incremental and show shifts of less than 5 percent when compared with data from 2000.

Steamboat City Council wrestles with potential tax surplus

City officials debate what to do with revenue

City officials gave initial support Tuesday night to allocating more than $600,000 in surplus sales tax revenues for deferred maintenance and operational costs but held back from allocating nearly $1 million more for less immediate needs, such as bike lanes and summer marketing, citing questions about spending funds that are based on projections and not in the bank.

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City Council rejects ban on medical marijuana centers in 4-3 decision

Members unanimously support sending issue to voters in November

Steamboat Springs residents will vote in November on whether to ban medical marijuana businesses in the city. Steamboat Springs City Council decided not to enact a ban themselves Tuesday night in Centennial Hall, after nearly two hours of passionate public comment from a standing-room-only crowd that spilled into the hallway.

Steamboat City Council to discuss ban on medical marijuana businesses

Council will also discuss noise ordinance at meeting Tuesday

A city report regarding whether to ban medical marijuana centers in Steamboat Springs leaves the door open for final approval of a ban as soon as June 7, a future public vote, or final approval of revised regulations that would allow centers to continue operating, setting the stage for a wide-ranging conversation tonight in Centennial Hall.

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Steamboat Springs expects $2M surplus from tax revenues

Additional funds could fulfill unmet community support, deferred capital projects

The city is projecting more than $2 million in surplus sales tax revenues this year and could allocate much of the money to numerous community groups, local events and deferred maintenance projects.

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Raper family wins two 1st-place awards in annual North Routt Chili Cook Off

Charter school fundraiser drew more than 300 people to Steamboat Lake Outfitters

North Routt County residents might want to start inviting themselves over for dinner at the Rapers’ residence in the Deep Creek area. Todd and Lori Raper accounted for three awards Sunday at the ninth annual North Routt Chili Cook Off, which drew more than 300 people to sunny festivities at Steamboat Lake Outfitters.

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Phippsburg native Elvis Iacovetto retires from water job

Iacovetto departs from position after 24 years of service

After 24 years of early mornings along South Routt County reservoirs, creeks and ditches, Elvis Iacovetto might be sleeping in a little bit more. Iacovetto, a Phippsburg native, has retired from his longtime role as water commissioner for the Colorado Division of Water Resources. For more than two decades he regulated water use and flows along the upstream portion of District 58.

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Daddio's tavern and convenience store to open in Milner

County resident wants to open in former roadhouse by mid-June

David Mansbridge, a Chicago native who lived in Aspen in the 1970s before moving to the East Coast about 30 years ago, said he hopes to open Daddio’s Bar & Grill in mid-June in the western Routt County community, in the building that formerly housed the Olde Milner Roadhouse.

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Tap fees cause sticker shock to Steamboat building owners

Residents criticize bill of more than $6,000; city cites water costs

Increased tap fees that caused little stir when approved in September drew an outcry from owners of a downtown building when the bill for a new business tenant came this spring.

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Steamboat kayakers raise concerns about Charlie's Hole

Repairs to downtown water feature questioned as runoff surges forward

Concerns are rising that fall’s repairs to the Charlie’s Hole whitewater feature are not playing out well as river flows increase, creating a situation that could affect upcoming boating events in a season with high expectations from record-setting snowpack.

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Program to give Routt County dads a helping hand

7-week Nurturing Fathers class provides resources, parenting advice for free

The Fatherhood Program of Routt County is offering Nurturing Fathers, a seven-week program to provide resources and parenting training for dads, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Routt County Courthouse Annex, 136 Sixth St. The program is free.

Steamboat Springs water counsel appointed to national position

Fritz Holleman to become deputy solicitor for water

Fritz Holleman, a water attorney who has worked for Steamboat for eight years, received an advisory position with the Interior Department, placing someone with firsthand knowledge of local water issues close to the highest levels of national government.

Steamboat to hold meeting about sewer work

Meeting to address details of upcoming construction in alley

Despite uncertainties involved in digging up 100-year-old pipes, city Public Works Director Philo Shelton said he doesn’t expect too many surprises in upcoming sewer work slated for the alley between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street.

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Firefighters reflect on 1961 blaze in Steamboat

Fire services in transition 50 years after county annex destroyed

Henry Muhme can’t remember all the details, but he’s pretty sure what woke him up shortly after 4 a.m. on May 4, 1961, was the siren. “Whenever that went off, we could hear it all over town,” Muhme recalled last week. That morning, Muhme and maybe nine others were at the county annex building for 12 hours, fighting one of the most destructive blazes in Steamboat history.

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Report: Jobless stress easing in Routt County

Yampa Valley Partners says workforce to jobs ratio improving

Retail sales through June are projected to be slightly better than the second quarter of 2010, and stress related to unemployment is decreasing in Northwest Colorado, according to a regional economic forecast.

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Promenade at Steamboat Ski Area hits bump

Easement talks with Sheraton could change plans as deadlines near

The city is negotiating with the Sheraton Steamboat Resort for use of a private easement near the base of Steamboat Ski Area, in talks that, if an agreement isn’t reached, could scale back plans for a section of the public promenade.

Steamboat Springs Fire Chief assesses flood risk

Ron Lindroth: Streams through town more worrying than Yampa

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Ron Lindroth and Street Superintendent Doug Marsh discussed the city’s flood risk Tuesday night, citing the potential for “a perfect storm” if warm weather melts snowpack quickly and accelerates flows in area creeks and streams.

Steamboat City Council approves plan for West End deed restrictions

Future requests to go to city manager

City officials gave final approval Tuesday night to the removal of some deed restrictions on a West End Village home and set a two-year window for future requests, illustrating a willing but cautious approach to changing affordable housing policies.

Steamboat lodging spurs a sales tax increase

Ski base leads way to citywide March revenues 8.6 percent greater than March 2010

Local talk about a March that appeared strong for local businesses and the lodging industry played out on paper Monday, as the city announced sales tax revenues that show the biggest financial boost Steamboat Springs has seen in months.

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Water deal eases tensions along the Yampa and Colorado rivers

Officials see no direct impact to Yampa River, but less pumpback pressure

A landmark agreement unveiled last week could make talk of massive pipelines and trans-mountain diversions from the Yampa River nothing more than water under the bridge. At least for the foreseeable future.

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Dairy Queen on the way to Steamboat's Central Park Plaza

Ice cream store, Orange Julius to open, possibly in summer

After a winter of heavy snow and a spring of surging runoff, there’s going to be some Blizzards in Steamboat this summer. A leasing agent confirmed that a Dairy Queen restaurant, with an Orange Julius, is coming to Central Park Plaza this summer.

Bin Laden's death stirs Routt County's veterans

Former service members reflect on news of US killing al-Qaida leader

President Barack Obama announced late Sunday that U.S. troops killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in a firefight in Pakistan. The news sent seismic impacts across the world, including Routt County. Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch, a Marine Corps veteran, said Sunday night that the search for bin Laden sometimes took a back seat for soldiers, mentally, to the daily duties of deployment in a war zone, but never went away.

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Steamboat resident plans fresh produce market to benefit nonprofit organizations

John Fielding is a man of many projects, and his latest is the construction of a wood-beamed greenhouse in the backyard of an Old Town Steamboat Springs home. His latest project is intended to benefit area nonprofit groups through sales of locally grown foods, plants and more in a new market on the city’s west side.

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Brooks Kellogg agrees to jail time

Steamboat developer in murder-for-hire case pleads guilty to 1 charge; sentencing set for June 30

Real estate developer and part-time Steamboat Springs resident Brooks Kellogg agreed to a deal Thursday that acknowledges his role in a murder-for-hire plot. Kellogg will be sentenced June 30 and is likely to get at least six years behind bars.

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Consumers, city officials change habits as fuel costs increase

Increasing fuel costs affect nearly everyone, including shoppers in grocery aisles, energy consumers and just about anyone who puts a nozzle into a tank — or buys a product or service from someone who does.

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Plea deal possible in Kellogg murder-for-hire case

The part-time Steamboat Springs resident has asked for a change of plea in his murder-for-hire case, indicating an agreement has been reached that could prevent a trial. He is scheduled to appear during a 2:30 p.m. Thursday hearing in federal court in Denver.

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Deed restriction buyout proposal illustrates economic shifts

Local affordable housing advocates say a proposal that would reduce deed restrictions on some West End Village homes is not a death knell for their efforts and results — rather, they said, it indicates the need to periodically change policies to suit changing markets.

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Construction, tree removal lead to busy spring for ski area

Logging to remove beetle-killed pines, installing new pavers and sidewalk snowmelt systems along Ski Time Square Drive and the daylighting of Burgess Creek are some of the construction projects under way at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Kyteler's Irish Pub in Steamboat faces repossession

Steamboat Partners owns Wildhorse Marketplace on Mount Werner Road, where Kyteler’s is located. The pub never opened, and Steamboat Partners is repossessing the site.

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Steamboat II water main break has minor impacts

About 20 homes lost water service for a few hours Tuesday

A broken water main in the Steamboat II subdivision left about 20 homes without water Tuesday morning but caused no reports of property damage or water contamination. The break occurred in front of a house at 40620 Anchor Way, and the homes were without water from about 2 a.m. to noon, the metropolitan district manager said.

Routt unemployment rate drops slightly in March

Unemployment was at 8.3 percent in March, down from 8.4 percent in February. Colorado’s unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in March, compared with 9.3 percent in February and 9.7 percent in March 2010.

Routt County could see effects from state redistricting

Democrats suggest joining West Slope, Front Range districts

Democratic proposals for con­­gress­­ional redistricting would join Routt and other North­­­­­­west Colo­­rado counties with part of the Front Range, potentially splitting the Western Slope’s voice in Con­­gress and opening the door to local representation from, for example, a Boulder resident.

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Steamboat's Big Agnes adds to trophy case

Copper Spur 3-season tent wins Outside magazine Gear of the Year award

Outside magazine awarded Steamboat Springs outdoor gear company Big Agnes a 2011 Gear of the Year honor for the company’s Copper Spur UL4 tent, a three-season tent that sleeps four. Outside magazine’s spring/summer buyers’ guide reaches newsstands April 26.

Tax credit could cut costs for Steamboat's small businesses

Expert gives tips for last-minute filers

A health care expert gave a reminder last week that could help small business owners filing last-minute federal income tax returns Monday. Taxes were one of many health care-related topics on the table Thursday at Steamboat Smokehouse, where Neil Waldron, of Rocky Mountain Health Plans, spoke to about 20 members of the local business community.

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Steamboat homeowners could soon buy out of deed restrictions

City Council could give final approval to housing policy proposal May 3

When U.S. Forest Service employee Rebecca Roof got a transfer to Arizona, she found it difficult to get out from under her roof in Steamboat Springs. What has unfolded since indicates a new approach to affordable housing policy.

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Routt County bank officials report positive outlook

After loan, market challenges and low ratings several institutions say worst is behind them

Leaders of several banks with Routt County branches said this week that despite troubling ratings from two financial research companies, the worst is behind them and profits are returning.

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City of Steamboat Springs revamps its website

The redesign, performed internally, is intended to make it easier for residents to find information and data as well as offer online bill pay for water and sewer customers. Other features are planned for the coming months.