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CD reviews of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks and Chatham County Line

CD reviews of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, "Real Emotional Trash," and Chatham County Line, "IV"

Game cancellation raises snow removal questions

Steamboat Springs School Board President Robin Crossan is worried that promises made to parents and students about the artificial turf field installed at Steamboat Springs High School are not being fulfilled.

Fund Board approves $4.4 million budget

The Education Fund Board on Wednesday approved a record budget of more than $4.4 million for the 2008-09 school year, including $1.5 million to complete the long-delayed construction at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Dingman, Shields drop bids for Hayden superintendent

Jacob Dingman and Joseph Shields, two of the four finalists for the Hayden School District superintendent position, dropped out of the running Sunday.

No word from Sandra Smyser

Steamboat interim superintendent mum on applying for full-time position

The deadline to apply for the Steamboat Springs School District's superintendent position closed Tuesday, but whether interim superintendent Sandra Smyser applied for the job remains unconfirmed.

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'Kids Give' program tops $4K at charity-driven birthday parties

When Lisa Gamber began encouraging Steamboat Springs students in October to give rather than receive at birthday parties, she hoped to raise $4,000 for charities this year. Five months later, students have met and exceeded those expectations.

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A passion for the outdoors

Wildlife biologist Skorkowsky honored for work in forest

Robert Skorkowsky, a wildlife biologist with the Routt National Forest, said being recognized for hard work is always memorable. But winning an award named after someone who mentored him in wildlife conservation is truly special.

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CMC tuition to rise

Increasing cost of energy, faculty salaries push price higher

Colorado Mountain College is increasing its tuition rates for the first time in three years.

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Soroco High School students display musical excellence

Soroco High School senior Mandy Meyer said what she liked most about performing Tuesday at the school's solo and ensemble festival was the slate of excellent performers from all across Northwest Colorado.

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Sunshine Kids provides adventure for cancer patients

At the age of 4, Christopher Rodriguez was diagnosed with stage-four Burkitt's lymphoma, a highly aggressive form of cancer.

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A lesson in self-reliance

LWPS students learn winter survival skills, gain self-esteem

Loaded with backpacks and survival kits, Lowell Whiteman Primary School students trekked into the wilderness near Pearl Lake State Park last week for the school's annual winter skills trip.

Hayden students thrive in Destination ImagiNation

Queen Elizabeth was coming for a visit, and the challenge was to put her to work doing household chores.

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Nelson case shows larger issue

Attorney, witness to speak about race at CU Law School

Almost six weeks after 15-year-old Randall Nelson was found not guilty of assault and disorderly conduct charges stemming from a racially charged February 2007 incident that left another boy with a broken jaw, legal and financial ramifications remain for the family.

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Covillo sings his way to Italy

Steamboat alumnus accepted to prestigious Italian vocal school

Keaton Covillo, a 2005 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, is on the verge of realizing his childhood dream - singing opera in Italy.

Health care costs hit districts

Insurance expenses eating up bigger chunks of budget

Divvying up the Steamboat Springs School District's budget is more difficult as rising health insurance costs eat up more pieces of the pie each year, said Dale Mellor, the district's director of finance.

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Forensics team qualifies four Sailors for state tourney

The Steamboat Springs High School forensics team will send four of its members to the state tournament after dissecting the regional competition last weekend in Delta.

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Another piece of the pie

School district offering all-day kindergarten online survey

Steamboat Springs School District officials have created an online survey to gather more community, parent and staff input on how to best implement all-day kindergarten.

Hard work pays off for student

Boettcher Scholarship a crowning achievement for Janna Hoza

Janna Hoza always has wanted to study math and business at the University of Denver.

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Aid can make or break college choice

Federal financial assistance often key to selection of institution of higher education

The college application process never seems to end, according to Gayle Dudley, Steamboat Springs High School's career and college adviser.

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Beetle-killed trees spark own industry

Patches of lodgepole pine have been harvested for building materials or firewood for three generations on Jim Ritschard's ranch in Kremmling.

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The great outdoors

Soroco students visit Stagecoach State Park for Winter Studies Day

Seated atop a bucket on the frozen surface of Stagecoach Reservoir on Friday, Soroco Middle School student Eric Hanes waited patiently for a nibble on his fishing line.

Hayden school calendar proposed

Four-day weeks remain throughout 2008-09 draft schedule

The draft of the Hayden School District's 2008-09 calendar again includes two Fridays off each month throughout the school year to allow collaboration time for teachers.

Hayden chooses four superintendent finalists

School Board invites community to participate in candidate interviews first week of March

After receiving eight applications for its superintendent position, the Hayden School District has pared the field of candidates to four finalists.

Hayden beef not part of recall effort

School officials dispose of meat as precautionary measure

The Hayden School District did not possess beef that was part of a massive U.S. Department of Agriculture recall last weekend. Rather, school officials discarded 30 pounds of meat from the same California slaughterhouse that was part of the recall strictly as a precautionary measure.

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South Routt, Hayden schools dispose of recalled beef

Of the 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse recalled Sunday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 120 pounds remain in the South Routt and Hayden school districts.

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Soroco school to realign

Sixth grade will move back to middle school next year

South Routt School District officials have announced plans to transition sixth-graders back to Soroco Middle School, five years after dropping the grade to the South Routt Elementary School.

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School days drafted

Students get MLK Day off, more five-day weeks in 2008-09 calendar

The draft of the Steamboat Springs School District's 2008-09 academic calendar creates more five-day school weeks and gives students Martin Luther King Jr. Day off. But despite the objection of some local families, spring break may continue to fall the week after the Steamboat Ski Area closes.

Crossan, Connelly see value, not conflict, with Fund Board

Robin Crossan and Denise Connelly said Tuesday their dual membership on the Steamboat Springs School Board and Education Fund Board does not present a conflict of interest and is valuable to both boards.

Student writing contest nearing March 3 submission deadline

Steamboat Springs High School Gifted and Talented teacher Lisa Ruff says it's a shame the creative writing talents of many students often are never subjected to an appreciative audience.

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Bargaining agreement gives $210K in raises to district staff

A Collaborative Bargaining Team agreement approved Monday by the Steamboat Springs School Board will put an additional $210,000 into the pockets of teachers, administrators, support staff and hard-to-fill positions.

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Flu fighters

Steamboat students honored for their influenza prevention posters

Steamboat Springs students Caroline Wilson and Hannah Barkey don't take influenza lightly.

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Fund Board debates reserves as sales tax renewal vote looms

Education Fund Board members are questioning how to best manage the fund's reserves in light of the possibility that voters reject an extension of the city's half-cent sales tax for education in November.

Steamboat Springs High School's Knowledge Bowl team dominates

As a junior on the Steamboat Springs High School's Knowledge Bowl team last year, Sam Chovan said the squad was lucky to break 100 points. This year, the senior said, triple-digit scores are the norm.

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Pennies to fund playground

'Penny Drop' to raise money at Strawberry Park and Soda Creek

If the old adage that a penny saved is a penny earned holds true, then students at Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools are on their way to securing two new playgrounds.

Audit offers advice

School district to implement some ideas

The auditing firm hired to conduct the 2007 fiscal year assessment of the Steamboat Springs School District recommended eight changes to be made by the district's finance department.

It's all business with FBLA

State tournament awaits students, future entrepreneurs

Some students join the Future Business Leaders of America to boost college applications, while others enjoy the sense of competition. But Steamboat Springs High School students who join the team also receive a dose of real-world experience.

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Going to ski school

Hayden elementary students hit the slopes in P.E. class

As Matalinn Haptonstall skied down a gentle slope Tuesday afternoon next to Hayden Valley Elementary School, her kindergarten classmates fell one by one. At the bottom of the hill, Matalinn was the only student left standing.

Officials partner for universal playground

Commissioners work with school district for $200,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant

Routt County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to team with the Steamboat Springs School District to apply for a $200,000 state grant to be used toward replacing the aging, wooden playground at Strawberry Park Elementary School.

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Hayden seeks more funds

Vocational education facility needs additional $300,000

The Hayden School District needs $300,000 to complete an expansion of its career and technical education center, and Hayden Town Board trustees declined Thursday to provide additional funds for the project.

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Snow removal calls on the rise as powder continues to fall

Standing near the edge of a roofline Monday, Tom Williams chipped away at an ice dam from a home on Clubhouse Drive in Steamboat Springs - one of 90 jobs booked for his snow removal crew.

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Strawberry Park students strap on skis for morning commute

Strawberry Park Elementary School student Brenden Selby said it was a shame he had to spend Thursday sitting behind a desk on a powder day.

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Stories of a bygone era

Contributions by black Routt County residents immeasurable

The stern, coal-dusted faces of about 20 miners are fixed straight ahead in a 1942 photograph of a Moffat Coal Mine crew. The unity of the racially diverse men belies the segregation of the era.

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From the slopes to the tube

Ski personality Glen Plake to film TV show at Winter Carnival

Skiing icon Glen Plake, who has graced the covers of ski magazines and dazzled winter sport enthusiasts in movies, will soon appear on Steamboat tv18.

Playground may get $250,000

Fund Board votes to gift sum to Strawberry Park project

The Education Fund Board voted, 7-4, to gift up to $250,000 to replace an aging wooden playground at Strawberry Park Elementary School with one that will be accessible to all children, including those with disabilities. The funds also will be used to build a playground at the new Soda Creek Elementary School.

Colorful ski personality Glen Plake to visit Winter Carnival

Some call him skiing's bad boy, while others say he's a Mohawk-hairstyled extrovert. But whatever title is bestowed upon Glen Plake, the legendary skier claims to be a traditionalist at heart.

Superintendent ad posted

The job description posted Tuesday for the Steamboat Springs School District's open superintendent position included a list of qualifications that School Board members conceded may be tough for even the most skilled candidate to meet.

Seeking answers

School Board directs Smyser to gather all-day kindergarten input

The Steamboat Spring School Board directed interim Superintendent Sandra Smyser on Monday night to gather the pros and cons of implementing all-day kindergarten.

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Cuckoo for caucuses

Democratic and Republican leaders hope for strong turnout

Local Republican and Democratic party officials may be divided on the issues facing voters and the candidates best suited for office, but they agree there is a special buzz in the air for today's caucuses.

Continuing the debate

All-day kindergarten, school security grant discussion continues

At tonight's meeting, the Steamboat Springs School Board will continue a years-long discussion about implementing all-day kindergarten. The discussion won't result in board action.

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Snowed in

More winter weather in store for Steamboat Springs

Ace at the Curve hardware employees have had a difficult time keeping snow removal equipment in stock this winter. Today's expected weather won't help.