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Steamboat Today losing advertising director, editor

Meg Boyer, the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s director of advertising, has been named the new vice president of sales and marketing for the Idaho Statesman in Boise, Idaho. Her last day is June 3. Pilot & Today Editor Brent Boyer, Meg’s husband, will join her in Boise. His last day is June 20.

Power outage slows newspaper delivery

A power outage at the Steamboat Pilot & Today office early Wednesday morning delayed production and delivery of Wednesday's Steamboat Today newspaper.

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Bishop resigns as Steamboat Springs Middle School principal

Tim Bishop has announced his resignation as principal of Steamboat Springs Middle School effective June 30. Steamboat Superintendent Brad Meeks said the district would begin working next week to identify Bishop’s replacement.

Scott Stanford: ‘Losing Ground’ helps I-News Network gain ground

We’re one of more than a dozen newspapers and media outlets publishing the “Losing Ground” series, an in-depth reporting project by Denver-based I-News Network.

Scott Stanford: Newspaper makes right call on online comments

It has been 11 months since Steamboat Today stopped allowing anonymous comments on My overall impression is the policy has been a major success. Initially, I was a skeptic.

Scott Stanford: Reinventing the Sunday newspaper

A dozen years since moving publication of the Steamboat Pilot from Wednesdays to Sundays, new and exciting changes are in store for the Pilot & Today.

Scott Stanford: Reader survey helps guide newpaper decisions

The reader survey is one of many tools we use to make newspaper decisions. This year, 678 Routt County residents ages 18 or older completed it.

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Scott Stanford: Annual reader survey helps us be a better newspaper

On Wednesday, we kick off our 2012 survey, which will run for two weeks. We’re hoping for 1,500 responses before the survey ends Aug. 31.

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Scott Stanford: Barn Dance sponsors deserve proper thanks

We have been trying to run an advertisement for nearly a week thanking the sponsors and contributors to the Community Barn Dance and Barbecue at Sidney Peak Ranch. We have run the ad three times. Each time, the ad contained an error.

Scott Stanford: Encouraging readers to share

You’ll notice a few changes to Saturday's newspaper, and I wanted to explain them. First, we’re bringing Share Steamboat Today back to the paper Mondays through Saturdays. You can find this feature on page 19 of Saturday's newspaper.

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Welcome to Colorado Hunter

Welcome to the 2011 issue of Colorado Hunter, the premier guide to big-game hunting in this beautiful place we call Northwest Colorado. There’s a reason the hunters among us call the region home. Come fall, it offers some of the best deer and elk hunting in the world, whether you’re pulling back a bow or sighting in a scope.

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Scott Stanford: New classifieds pages start today

Today we have launched a new look for our classified pages. There’s a new full-color automotive section on Page 39. We’ve added color and photos to the real estate and rentals sections and we’ve adjusted pricing.

Scott Stanford: Addressing medical marijuana newspaper advertising

Recent discussions at the city level about restrictions and possibly bans on medical marijuana newspaper advertising are, as we recently said in an editorial, off target. The newspaper would oppose any such restrictions on the grounds that they would violate the state Constitution and the First Amendment.

Scott Stanford: Best to keep legal notices in print and online

The Steamboat Today has launched the website Routt­ this week. The site is a collection of all legal and public notices published in the newspaper. Legal notices from Sunday’s edition of the Steamboat Pilot & Today are on the site, and all future notices will be published there. We are in the process of adding everything that previously published in 2011.

$500 shopping spree winner announced

Denise Scifres of Nathrop is the winner of a $500 shopping spree from

Scott Stanford: Hoping my mistakes will help the next guy

It is your mistakes, not your successes, that teach you the most in this business.

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Mechanical problem delays newspaper

Monday's print edition of Steamboat Today has been delayed because of a mechanical problem with the newspaper's press. The press was repaired by 6:45 a.m., and delivery began shortly afterward. Most of the city of Steamboat Springs had been delivered by 8:30 a.m. Normally, the press rolls between 1 and 3 a.m. on the Today, with the goal of having all 11,000 copies of the newspaper delivered to racks by 6:30 a.m. Circulation director Steve Balgenorth said all newspapers should be delivered by noon.

Scott Stanford: I've got a test for you

The release of Colorado Student Assessment Program test scores for the Steamboat Springs School District put us in a quandary ever year.

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Los Lonely Boys comes to 'Boat

Grammy winners perform at Free Concert Series today

The Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series caught a break this year when Los Lonely Boys was booked for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

Scott Stanford: Energy industry fuels 'Power Play'

Mike Lawrence's first article in our Power Play series was more than 2,000 words. But it was the following paragraph that got my attention:

Scott Stanford: At Home: what a difference a year makes

Our summer edition of At Home magazine hits racks today. It is, in my opinion, our best edition yet.

Scott Stanford: If you start this column, you'll read most of it

I wish I had a nickel for every time someone has suggested that "readers only look at the headlines."

Scott Stanford: Giving it up for Bartender and Musknosumpin

Gotta give it up for the users of - specifically Bartender, Musknosumpin, the_Lizard and Dundalk. They beat us to the news time and again this week.

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Explosion kills 2 teens

S. Routt teenagers were jumping on oil storage tank

Two South Routt teenagers are dead after an oil storage tank they were jumping on in the Routt National Forest exploded, the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office reported. The incident occurred late Saturday night at a well site off Rio Blanco County Road 8 near Chapman Reservoir. Killed were 17-year-old Samuel Hedemark of Phippsburg and 19-year-old Christopher King Fuller of Yampa.

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How housing funds will be used still to be determined

Steamboat Springs' new affordable housing ordinance could generate millions of dollars annually.

Scott Stanford: What's up? The price of gas and other data

When we bought our Dodge Durango in February 2004, I read somewhere in the owners manual that our 5.7-liter, Hemi V-8 likes mid-grade fuel of 89 octane or higher.

Scott Stanford: Staff changes mean it must be May

We always seem to have a lot of turnover in the newsroom of the Steamboat Pilot & Today this time of year.

Steamboat artist, sculptor dies

Richardella, 30, produced kayaker Rich Weiss sculpture

Tyler Mark Richardella, a Steamboat Springs artist and sculptor, died Tuesday at University Hospital in Denver. He was 30.

Scott Stanford: Cancer takes its toll suddenly, quickly

My 64-year-old mother starts chemotherapy today to treat sarcoma, a cancer of the connective tissue that started in her thigh but has spread to her lungs and abdomen.

Scott Stanford: Scattershooting after Day of Caring

I spent Friday cleaning up the Moonhill Schoolhouse in North Routt County with other managers at the Steamboat Pilot & Today. We scrubbed down the building and moved a pile of bark mulch from the schoolhouse to the new North Routt Community Preschool.

Scott Stanford: Prior review would damage credibility

I have received requests recently to allow the subjects of stories to read those stories prior to publication.

Scott Stanford: Weighing positives and negatives in news reporting

Positive and negative are dangerous labels in the newspaper business.

Scott Stanford: Sorting out the future of newspapers

On Monday, the Denver Post announced it had offered buyouts to 90 employees in an effort to trim 37 newsroom staff.

Scott Stanford: Page 1: Reserved for seminal events

I got a message Tuesday from an anonymous caller complaining about our front page. The caller was blunt in his assessment, so let me paraphrase what he said: "How the heck could you put a picture of a girl with a horse on the front page of the newspaper when 33 people died at Virginia Tech University? How dad-gum stupid are you?"

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TV18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Scott Stanford of the Steamboat Pilot & Today provides the morning news, which airs on Steamboat Today between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Steamboat TV18. The top headlines include 911 tapes reveal miscommunication on police call; group moves forward with recall of John DeVincentis; and a preview of tonight's City Council meeting.

Scott Stanford: Pilot made right choice on e-mails

In the past week, the Pilot & Today staff has taken criticism for how we handled e-mails sent by School Board member John DeVincentis during his last year as principal at Strawberry Park Elementary School.

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TV18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Scott Stanford of the Steamboat Pilot & Today provides the morning news, which airs on Steamboat Today between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Steamboat TV18. The top headlines include a committee recommends that the city not move forward with a study into alternative uses for the Steamboat Springs Airport; a preview of the Steamboat Springs School Board meeting Thursday; and a visit with the new director of Historic Routt County.

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TV18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Scott Stanford of the Steamboat Pilot & Today provides the morning news, which airs on Steamboat Today between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Steamboat TV18. The top headlines include the Yampa Valley Housing Authority's efforts to buy Fish Creek Mobile Home Park; the School Board's investigation into who released John DeVincentis' e-mails; and the death of ski patroller Cody St. John.

DeVincentis issues apology for e-mails

Steamboat Springs School Board member says he will not resign from his seat

Steamboat Springs School Board Member John DeVincentis apologized Saturday morning for a series of e-mails he sent in 2004 and 2005.

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DeVincentis apologizes, won't resign

Pat Gleason warns board president that recall is coming

School Board member and former Strawberry Park principal John DeVincentis issued an apology Saturday morning for e-mails he sent in 2004 and 2005 that were highly critical of Cyndy Simms, a former Steamboat Springs Superintendent. Asked if he had any plans to resign from the School Board, DeVincentis said, "the letter speaks for itself." His letter states, "In the future I will serve as the board member the public expects and deserves." The following is his letter as submitted to the Steamboat Pilot & Today...

Scott Stanford: Your chance to serve

It's that time of year when the newspaper starts looking for new Editorial Board members.

Scott Stanford: If you start this column, you'll read most of it

I wish I had a nickel for every time someone has suggested that "readers only look at the headlines."

Scott Stanford: Readers get news delivery their way

Not too long ago, the newspaper announced its foray into television with the purchase of Steamboat TV18.

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TV18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Scott Stanford provides the morning news for Wednesday, March 21, 2007. The news airs on Steamboat Today from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. each morning on Steamboat TV 18 and also on

Scott Stanford: Sticking with Ann Coulter

A week ago, I invited readers to provide feedback on whether the newspaper should keep or drop Ann Coulter.

Scott Stanford: Here's a tip: Go with Winthrop

Sports commentary

Best sports experience of my college years at the Naval Academy? The 1986 NCAA basketball tournament. Navy beat 10th-seeded Tulsa in the first round but drew a tall order in the second - No. 2-seed Syracuse, which featured Pearl Washington and Rony Seikaly and had beaten us by 23 in December. Did I mention Syracuse's Carrier Dome was the site of the NCAA sub-regional?

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Stanford: Ann Coulter can't say that, can she?

I have only myself to blame. I'm the one who decided last year to add Ann Coulter to our ViewPoints pages.

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Video: News update for March 5

Luther Propst, the executive director of the Sonoran Institute, told the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley that good growth management and conservation practices would lead to economic prosperity; representatives from the Colorado Department of Education were in the Yampa Valley last week to gather input on local schools; and A 24-year-old Craig woman was hurt Saturday morning when her car collided with a truck on Rabbit Ears Pass.

ASC digs out from extensive debt

Steamboat the first of several sales that will shrink company

The sale of the Steamboat Ski Area is the linchpin deal in American Skiing Company's efforts to shed assets and transform the company into a much smaller, debt-free operation.