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Susan Cunningham

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Steamboat offers skiing on champagne powder

When people come to ski Steamboat Springs, they look forward to powder, trees, and world-class ski runs.

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The best way to guarantee an enjoyable time in the Steamboat Ski Area is to be dressed right and outfitted with good equipment.

CHS students get medieval

Event is a celebration of students' achievement during first quarter of school

Christian Heritage School was filled Friday with princes wearing royal cloaks, princesses with their puffy dresses and knights covered in armor.

Sizing down

The small-class debate

Class size is perhaps the central debate in the only contested race for the Steamboat Springs School Board on Nov. 1.

Union endorses DeVincentis

The Steamboat Springs Education Association has endorsed candidate John DeVincentis for the School Board's District 1 seat.

Middle school abandons survey

After complaints from several parents, Steamboat Springs Middle School students will not take a survey about student attitudes and behaviors.

National program encourages teens to read

Alison Lambart pointed to the books lining the shelves in the young adult reading area at Bud Werner Memorial Library. In an ideal world, there wouldn't be any books there, she said.

School salary package passes

Plan wins approval in every school and department

Steamboat Springs School District employees overwhelmingly approved a revised salary package Thursday.

School candidates debate

The two candidates for the District 1 seat on the Steamboat Springs School Board highlighted their strengths during a candidates' forum Wednesday.

Choir performances to bring taste of Halloween

Expect spooky decorations, fog and first-rate music in Steamboat Springs High School's commons area tonight.

Vote on salary package set for Thursday

Steamboat Springs School District employees will vote Thursday on a revised salary package.

Schools plan for higher fuel

The South Routt School District's budget for the 2005-06 school year is not very different from last year's.

Loomis funds small against DeVincentis

Steamboat Springs School Board incumbent Michael Loomis has raised only a fraction of the money accumulated by his challenger for the board's District 1 seat, according to campaign finance reports turned in to the Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office on Monday.

Local woman dies in rollover

A 45-year-old Steamboat Springs woman died Sunday night when her car rolled down an embankment off U.S. Highway 40 near the base of Rabbit Ears Pass.

Man tries to steal noodles, candy

A man was arrested at City Market on Saturday night after he tried to leave the store with more than $100 worth of Top Ramen noodles and candy that he hadn't paid for.

Kidd arrested in grocery incident

Steamboat Springs ski legend Billy Kidd was arrested last week after taking a package of buffalo steaks and a dozen pink roses from City Market while it was closed for renovations.

No Soroco board races contested

There will be no election for the South Routt School Board because there are no contested races this year.

Quakes have history of rockin' 'Boat

Much of Northwest Colorado shook violently Feb. 10, 1955, when an earthquake later determined to be of intensity VI originated on one of the area's many faults.

One percent payment raises concern

A proposed salary and benefits package for Steamboat Springs School District employees could be revised to exclude administrators from receiving a one-time bonus payment. But that doesn't mean high-level school officials won't receive the bonus.

School district evaluates learning programs

The Steamboat Springs School District now has a process to evaluate programs. For the first time, officials last year considered the Montessori strand at Strawberry Park Elementary School, the elementary Spanish program, the alternative high school and the Students Engaged in Active Learning, or S.E.A.L., program.

Schools seek input on facilities

The Steamboat Springs School District has scheduled 13 meetings to gather public input about what to do with its facilities.

Eat pizza, learn about parenting

The "Parenting and Pizza" event Oct. 25 is designed to attract busy parents -- it's short, child care is provided, and dinner is free.

Revised salary package on table

All Steamboat Springs School District employees -- teachers, staff and administrators -- might receive a one-time payment of 1 percent of their salaries this school year.

Role reversal sees teachers hitting the books

Educators from across regionparticipate in development day

On Monday, the tables were turned on about 250 teachers from Northwest Colorado -- they were the ones being taught.

Fund Board discussed

School Board to address whether it is directing policy

Whether or not the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board is trying to direct district policy will be discussed tonight.

Man arrested after fight

A fistfight in Oak Creek sent one man to the hospital on Saturday, police said.

Rain a sign of winter

The storm that pushed through Steamboat Springs on Sunday and was expected to continue through today likely will not cause snow in town.

Steamboat Springs School Board: District 1

Former principal faces incumbent board member

The two candidates for the Steamboat Springs School Board's District 1 seat say they have a lot in common. But they also said differences between them do exist.

Retired teacher is unopposed in District 3

Denise Connelly has an intimate knowledge of the Steamboat Springs School District. She retired last year from teaching English and Spanish for 28 years in Steamboat's middle and high schools, and she and her husband have three children in district schools. She also has been involved with curriculum, has chaired departments and served on the Steamboat Springs Education Association.

Miller-Freutel uncontested in District 5

Tom Miller-Freutel said his desire to serve on the School Board reflects his commitment to "education first."

Growth, no pains, at school

North Routt Community Charter School has increased enrollment, new program

It was chilly in North Routt on Wednesday morning -- snow coated yellow-leaved aspens -- but the kitchen of the North Routt Community Charter School was warm, its air filled with the sweet smell of freshly baked blueberry muffins.

ELL enrollment jumps

Steamboat Springs School District officials expected another increase in the enrollment of non-English-speaking students. They just didn't expect such a big increase.

Tax would help land preservation

It has been nine years since voters approved a 1-mill property tax to preserve ranchlands and natural areas. More than 7,400 acres spread among 13 projects have been preserved, with another 1,400 acres on the way.

Area preschools expanding

Under the pressure of growing waiting lists and increasing demand for child care and education, preschools across Routt County are expanding.

The Yampa Valley through a fourth-grader's eyes

Strawberry Park Elementary School fourth-graders spent Thursday morning writing about what they saw and felt as they stood along the Yampa River near the Boardwalk at Rotary River Park.

Board discusses how to use funds

Some Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board members said Wednesday night that more of the city's half-cent sales tax for education should be used for small class sizes.

School candidates debate

Potential board members discuss taxes, class sizes in forum

The two candidates for the only contested Steamboat Springs School Board race have similar priorities for the future.

Student enrollment counted

Final tally falls between projections, estimations

Official enrollment in the Steamboat Springs School Dist�--rict is 1,915 full-time funded students, almost 20 more than was expected at the end of last year.

Teen's autopsy still pending

A complete autopsy report about the death of 17-year-old Adele Dombrowski is expected today, according to the Routt County Coroner's Office.

A different learning environment

Steamboat, Hayden middle school students are taught about -- and in -- nature

On Tuesday afternoon, with gray clouds looming overhead, a group of sixth-graders sat in a circle in the middle of an aspen grove.

Panel mulls graduation requirements

The committee looking at graduation requirements for Steamboat Springs students met for the first time last week.

Teachers union sues district

Seven months after first considering legal action against the Steamboat Springs School District, the teachers union filed a lawsuit against the district about alleged policy violations.

State education department awards schools

The Colorado Department of Education has recognized five Routt County schools for improvement or sustained achievement on standardized tests.

Students work together to help hurricane victims

Students from across Routt County have raised more than $10,000 for Hurricane Katrina victims during the past couple of weeks.

Enrollment numbers on the rise at CMC campus

This fall marks the fifth straight year in which the number of full-time students attending Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus has increased.

School distribution policy updated

The Steamboat Springs School District now has legally up-to-date policies about what materials students and adults can distribute at schools.

Schools react to tragedy

As soon as Steamboat Springs School District officials learned that a 17-year-old senior had died at her home, they began preparing ways to provide support for students, parents and staff.

Kids are climbing the walls

Thanks to fundraising, elementary schools put rock climbing into PE curriculum

On Thursday morning, fifth-graders at Soda Creek Elementary pulled, stepped and hefted their way along a 60-foot-long traverse rock-climbing wall. They climbed quickly, using their hands and feet. They looked for their next moves while trying not to fall to the mats below.

Class offers choice

New tastes for Senior Odyssey

Kim Mayer, a Senior Odyssey teacher at Steamboat Springs High School, has sensed a more positive feeling in the classroom this school year.

For SSMS, math's a plus

Steamboat Springs recognized for gains on assessment

Steamboat Springs Middle School has been named a "2005 Gain-Maker School" for its continued improvement in math during the past three years.