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Scott Stanford

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Scott Stanford: American Skiing Co., readers deserved better

Quote selection, context and source credibility integral to keeping stories fair, balanced

If you are going to criticize something, you should, at a minimum, know its name. On Page 1A of Sunday's Steamboat Pilot & Today we published a story about local residents' reaction to Friday's announcement that American Skiing Co. has put the Steamboat Ski Area on the market.

Scott Stanford: Trust wasn't built in a day

What's the No. 1 reason that readers pick up a newspaper?

Scott Stanford: The newspaper and the Rainbows

In the latest edition of American Journalism Review, there is a story detailing how some newspapers have started using Internet "click" totals to help shape the content of their print products.

Scott Stanford: Checking my bias at the door

I'm a big Kelly Stanford fan -- have been from the moment I met her on Thanksgiving Day in 1990.

Scott Stanford: The place for sports geeks like me

My fascination and interest in newspapers began with the sports page. It wasn't the stories or the photos that attracted me -- it was the scores, standings and statistics. It was the numbers.

Scott Stanford: Newspaper shifts staff

Change is one of the exciting parts of this business

I have worked many jobs in the newspaper business.

Scott Stanford: Ready for a busy summer

School's out for summer, and so is our Sunday education page.

Scott Stanford: Provoking each other, not thought

Reader Forum's competitive keyboarding

My wife spent some time Wednesday in's Reader Forum.

Scott Stanford: Keeping public records public

I read some distressing statistics in this month's edition of Presstime about attitudes toward public information. A few of the highlights:

Scott Stanford: Delivering today's news today

In fall 2001, my wife and I had to drive to a funeral in Washington state. It was then that I broke down and bought our first cell phone. I'm pretty sure we were the last couple to get one.

Scott Stanford: Writing for readers, not sources

One of the fundamental lessons reporters must learn is to write stories for the benefit of readers, not sources. This isn't as easy as it sounds. Why? Because reporters spend much of their days interacting with sources and a lot less time interacting with readers. Most often, it is sources' judgments of their work that they hear, not the public's.

Scott Stanford: Naming illegal immigrants

Newspapers struggle with hot-button issue

The April-May edition of American Journalism Review raises the issue of whether newspapers should name names when it comes to illegal immigrants.

Scott Stanford: Horrific story qualifies as news

Different readers have different expectations of newspaper

Reader Robert Skorkowsky took us to task Wednesday for running a story about an Oklahoma man accused of killing a 10-year-old girl.

Scott Stanford: Recruiting, teaching, saying goodbye

I've always wondered why the University of Hawaii doesn't have one of the best football programs in the country year after year. How tough can it be to sell recruits on Honolulu?

Scott Stanford: Looking for a few good funnies

Question: Where do cows go for a night out? Answer: To the mooooo-vies. That's it -- my best joke. You're welcome to use it.

Scott Stanford: Sounding off about Sound Off

I regularly get questions about Sound Off. Sound Off is a weekly feature we started about four years ago. The gist is that people call in or e-mail comments to us about community issues, and we publish a selection of those comments every Sunday. The controversial part is that we publish the comments anonymously.

Scott Stanford: This one's on the record

I learned a lesson about going "off the record" years ago.

Scott Stanford: To err is ... unacceptable

During employee orientation at a newspaper for which I once worked, the publisher asked everyone in the room: "In any given newspaper, how many mistakes are acceptable to readers?"

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Marsha Daughenbaugh: On and for the ranch

Marsha Daughenbaugh was going to leave. After she graduated from high school in 1971, Marsha thought briefly that she might be ready for a new adventure. "I got in my car, and I was going to travel," she said. "But then I got sick, and I stayed around."

Scott Stanford: Where we stand

I think every community and every newspaper needs an Omar Campbell. Omar and I don't see eye to eye on many issues, but he is my friend, and I enjoy reading and hearing his views about community issues. It would be hard to find somebody who invests more time in reading our newspaper.

Scott Stanford: Knowing our left from our right

A reader once told me the Steamboat Pilot & Today is the most liberal newspaper he ever read because we print columns by Maureen Dowd. Another reader once told me we are the most conservative newspaper in the country because we put Mallard Fillmore on our editorial page.

Scott Stanford: Seeking fairness in crime reporting

The most common request I get as editor is to withhold names from the arrest report published every Sunday in the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Scott Stanford: Back in the saddle

Last fall, I headed to Texas. I thought I was going home -- back to the place where people dress like I dress and talk like I talk, y'all.

Steamboat has suffered rash of incidents

Ten plane crashes in little more than 6 years

Steamboat Springs has been affected by a rash of plane crashes in recent years. Since 1999, there have been 10 incidents involving aircraft based in Steamboat or flying to or from Steamboat Springs Airport-Bob Adams Field. Fourteen people have died in those incidents.

City Council District 2

Incumbent Antonucci faces two challengers

The three candidates for the District 2 seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council all say they will bring leadership and vision to the position. Each of the candidates -- incumbent Loui Antonucci and challengers Warren Harner and Charles McConnell -- says he is fair-minded and independent.

Down to the final play

West Grand wins against Soroco, 21-19

The Soroco Rams and West Grand Mustangs battled until the game's final play Saturday night.

Steamboat downs defending state champ

The Steamboat Springs Sailors already have beaten a Class 5A team and a Class 4A team this season. On Friday night, they added the defending Class 3A state champions to their list of victims, downing the Rifle Bears, 14-12.

Variety of Easter week events planned

The ministerial association will sponsor the "Ecumenical Stations of the Cross," a commemoration of Christ's journey with the cross.

Steamboat Homefinder wins national award

Steamboat Homefinder has been named the best real estate Web site in the nation among newspapers its size by the Newspaper Association of America.

Taylor, White pleased with budget deal

Steamboat Springs' state legislators are happy with the bipartisan budget deal they helped to craft last week. Now, state Sen. Jack Taylor and state Rep. Al White said, comes the hard part -- selling the plan to voters.

Porzack attacks water bill

The Colorado Water Congress will support Senate Bill 62, state Sen. Jack Taylor's legislation regarding recreational in-channel diversion rights.

Hayden pulls out a win

Tigers get scare but hold on against Meeker Cowboys

Levi Sheldon knows what the Hayden boys basketball team will be doing Monday at practice.

Cowgirls run past Hayden, 61-42

Meeker had four players in double figures Saturday night as the Cowgirls pulled away from Hayden for a 61-42 win in the final regular season game for both teams.

Taylor amends RICD measure

State Sen. Jack Taylor has amended a bill on recreational in-channel diversion rights, adding a cap on the amount of water such diversions can request but exempting existing applicants from having to meet that cap.

Hospital to review air ambulance

After fatal crash, program is on hold until comprehensive review is complete

The Board of Trustees for Yampa Valley Medical Center will begin a comprehensive review of the hospital's air ambulance program in the wake of a crash that killed the pilot and two hospital employees.

Ambulance decision coming

Yampa Valley Medical Center's announcement expected Monday

The Board of Trustees for Yampa Valley Medical Center will make an announcement Monday regarding the future of the Yampa Valley Air Ambulance, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Former resident dies in car accident

A memorial service will be held Monday in Maryland for a former Steamboat Springs resident killed in a car accident Sunday in Summit County.

Three dead in air ambulance crash

Three of four members of a Yampa Valley Air Ambulance crew died late Tuesday night when the plane crashed near Rawlins, Wyo., Yampa Valley Medical Center officials reported. The plane, a 1978 Beech E-90 King Air turbo prop operated by Mountain Flight Service of Steamboat Springs, carried a pilot and three Yampa Valley Medical Center employees. Pilot Tim Benway, 35, was killed. Also killed were air ambulance director and flight nurse Dave Linner, 36, and flight nurse Jennifer Wells, 30.

Avalanche kills backcountry skier

A 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man died Monday in an avalanche on Soda Mountain.

Sales tax revenues up slightly

Sales tax revenues rose 3.1 percent in October from the same month a year ago, according to the city's sales, use and accommodation tax report.

Hypothermia kills Hayden man

Funeral services will be held today for a 19-year-old Hayden High School graduate who died of hypothermia in Idaho last week.

YVMC to celebrate 5th anniversary

Yampa Valley Medical Center will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its new facility with an open house Saturday.

District: Allegations not true

Woman wants school district to fund daughter's education

A woman who filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of her developmentally disabled daughter against the Steamboat Springs School District said she thinks the school district should pay for her daughter to attend a private school that can meet her daughter's needs.

Tigers roll past Byers

Hayden moves on to face Wray in the playoffs

When the two most prolific passing attack teams in Class 1A square off, as they did Saturday in Hayden, it's natural to think the team that has the best day throwing the ball stands the best chance to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

Woman sues school district

A woman has sued the Steamboat Springs School District and four male teens, alleging that the teens sexually abused and harassed her developmentally disabled daughter for more than a year while all were students in the district.

Steamboat blasts Delta, still misses playoffs

Big plays on offense and an overpowering defense paced the Steamboat Springs Sailors to a 42-0 win over Delta on Friday night.

Kerry leads Pilot survey

The incumbents running for Routt County commissioner enjoy comfortable leads with less than two weeks to go until the Nov. 2 election, according to a telephone survey of registered voters conducted by the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Hayden topples Meeker

The Hayden Tigers found just enough big plays and defense to escape with a 26-20 win Friday over the Meeker Cowboys.

Maddox drops complaint

Bob Maddox, the owner and operator of Mountain Flight Service, has dropped a campaign finance complaint against Combined Airports Now LLC.

Mountain West not involved in petition

Mountain West Environments Inc. is not seeking a zoning change from Routt County to expand its business, contrary to previous articles published in Steamboat Today.