Stories for May 2000


Wednesday, May 31

Affordable housing bond issue debated

Community members involved in affordable housing issues are considering a ballot question this fall that would tax new construction or tax every employee in the city.

School district starts on '01 budget

While the Steamboat Springs School District has received an additional $300,000 in funding from the state, the most noticeable addition to the district's preliminary fiscal year 2001 budget is the inclusion of some $800,000 in projected half-cent sales tax revenues.

Judge: Criste can keep building

Court chastises city for focusing on 'fine print' to defend its case

Steamboat Springs chiropractor David Criste can stop worrying about the city tearing his house down.

DOW monitors bald eagle chicks nesting along Yampa

A climber scaled 50 feet up the branches of a tree to remove two bald eagle chicks from their nest over the weekend so local Division of Wildlife officials could put tags on the birds. For the last few years, the DOW has put identification bands on chicks from this particular nest, located by the Yampa River near Milner, where two adult eagles live year round.

Economic Summit opens this evening

More than 200 Steamboat residents and business people are getting ready to speak their minds.

State Wildlife Commission hosting workshops locally

Whirling disease will be the primary focus of Colorado Wildlife Commission workshops that are being held today and Friday in Steamboat Springs.

Catamount water line goes before planning board

Catamount developers plan to use a water line from the Yampa River to irrigate hay meadows and a golf course, not to supply drinking water to homeowners, according to a plan submitted to the county.

Tuesday, May 30

H. Lloyd Lufkin 1920-2000

Congratulations to the Class of 2000

Walking the plank

When Dustin Hoffman graduated from college and became "The Graduate," he was offered a succinct and stellar piece of advice: "Plastics."

Ice rink upgrade hung up

Town seeking state grant extension; trustees, hockey group short $4,000

Faced with the prospect of losing $64,000, dismayed town trustees decided at their last meeting to ask the state for another extension to fulfill the terms of a lottery grant for the municipal hockey rink.

William W. Harvey 1915-2000

Consumer Counsel office wants customer protections spelled out before deal closed

The Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel is concerned that U S West's sale of telephone lines in 17 rural communities to Citizens Communication isn't as sweet a deal as both companies would have customers believe. Telephone lines in Yampa and Oak Creek would be included in the sale, which is expected to be completed by February.


Students learn science, naturally

Yampa Valley outdoor school taught in the biggest of laboratories

Two dozen Routt County sixth-graders got down and dirty as they got close-up to their environment through the Yampa Valley Science School. The school brought the sixth-graders together with high school-aged junior counselors and older senior counselors outside of the classroom. The goal of the school is to put students in a hands-on learning atmosphere, according to Gretchen Van De Carr of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

City to review Sunray plans

118 units on two parcels proposed for Village Drive

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission recently approved two different developments that would add 118 new dwellings to the multi-family residential neighborhood south of Walton Creek Road.

4-H teams gaining confidence

Livestock judging allows youngsters to hone their public speaking skills

The Routt County 4-H livestock judging team is teaching young people with an interest in agriculture essential knowledge of the industry and helping them build confidence in themselves.

Trial begins over Oak Street building addition

Attorneys on both sides in the city of Steamboat Springs' lawsuit against a local chiropractor squared off in district court here Tuesday.

High waters should start receding today

The horses on Snake Island have been moved to higher ground, bicyclists on the Yampa River Core Trail are battling river currents in many spots and a few homes and businesses are trying to prevent water from escaping the swollen banks of area creeks and rivers.

Mentoring proposed to help lift CSAP scores

Elementary school teachers, Principal Mike Luppes, and superintendent Scott Mader are not the only Hayden residents determined to raise Hayden CSAP scores.

Local panel to discuss erosion control tonight

Who is responsible for erosion and sediment control contractors, designers, permitting agencies, project owners, someone else? Are local water resources remaining healthy? These are just a couple of several important questions that will be addressed at tonight's panel discussion on erosion control, sponsored by the Routt County Department of Environmental Health, the City of Steamboat Springs, and the International Erosion Control Association.

KBCR ownership shakes up staff

KBCR Big Country Radio has undergone some big staff changes. Program director Tom Palmer has been promoted to station manager, replacing longtime station manager Nathleen Rife. In a prepared statement, the board of directors of KBCR said that Rife was offered a sales position with the radio station but chose to resign. Rife did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Middle ground may be where solutions found

Variety of local 'stakeholders' to meet at Economic Summit

This year's Economic Summit is all about action and will be the table around which community leaders and residents are invited to join forces and face the uncertainty that growth and change can bring. The challenge for participants will be to work together instead of against each other. "It's unusual that there is common ground in civil society," said Chris Diamond, president of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. "But there always comes a point when people have to find it."

Firm hired to help hospital CEO search

A professional search firm has been hired to help the Steamboat Springs Health Care Association find a suitable new chief executive officer, but the firm's name is being kept confidential for now.

County planner promoted to assistant director

A Routt County planner with 17 years of land use experience, two of those locally, has been promoted to the position of Assistant Planning Director.

Realtors' scholarship golf tourney June 13-14

The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors will host its 25th annual Scholarship Golf Tournament, Dinner and Auction June 13 and 14. All proceeds from the event will go to a scholarship fund for Routt County high school students graduating in 2001. Since 1976, the board of Realtors has been giving back to the community with the annual event. Last year's tournament raised more than $16,000 and awarded 15 scholarships to graduating seniors of Steamboat Springs and Hayden high schools.

Women's shooting event supports charity

The Routt County Rifle Club will host a charity shooting competition for women June 17 and 18 to raise money for Northwest Colorado Aid and Support. The fund-raiser, sponsored by the Women's Recreational Shooting Association, is being called the Women's Charity Handgun Event.

Ski areas counting on success 'formula'

'Six and One' retention plan touted as a way to stop skier numbers from steadily declining

Faced with predictions that say skier visits will slip away like a beginner on a green run slowly but surely the National Ski Areas Association is developing a plan it hopes will turn the trend around.

Sign up or shut up

We hear it often around election time: If you don't vote, don't complain.

Local marathon's popularity growing

Event filled up faster than ever this year

f you were thinking about registing for this year's Steamboat Marathon or half-marathon and had hopes of running on June 4 forget it. The field has been closed since April.

Leona Agusta Krueger Zuschlag

Sailors earn all-conference

Five members of the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team were honored by the coaches in the Western Slope Conference this month.

New courthouse not tops on county's list

But need for one appears significant

How to pay for improvements at the courthouse won't come before voters until at least 2001, but there are probably plenty of courthouse workers who think yesterday wouldn't be soon enough.

Monday, May 29

Big weekend crowds open summer season

Near-perfect weather brought carloads of weekend travelers to Steamboat Springs for the traditional Memorial Day kickoff to the summer tourist season.

For emergency workers, weekend relatively quiet

Police officers were out in full force this Memorial Day weekend, but they didn't have a whole lot to do.

Veterans honored on sacred ground

Small children whimpered and clung to their mothers' legs as 21 rifle shots were fired to salute war veterans at Monday's Memorial Day service, when newer generations acknowledged the sacrifices of millions of veterans they will never know.

Sunday, May 28

City, Criste back in court over Oak Street addition

Local chiropractor David Criste's ongoing legal dispute with the city of Steamboat Springs will go to District Court here this week.

New treatments spelling relief to arthritis sufferers

Nearly 43 million Americans suffer from arthritis, an often painful and debilitating condition. Although there is no prevention or cure in sight, the Arthritis Foundation, which sponsors National Arthritis Month in May, is spreading a message of hope for the future based on new research and drug therapies.

Dedicated teen coach leaving Special Olympics swim team

Before Steamboat Springs High School senior Christy Warner leaves for Colorado State University in the fall, she will show her dedication to Special Olympics by personally finding someone to replace her as the coach of the swim team. She wants to make sure her team will continue on next year without missing a stroke.

DOW stocking 359,000 trout locally

The Yampa Valley will receive at least 359,000 fish when the Colorado Division of Wildlife starts stocking lakes, streams and ponds this summer.

'Trophy homes' on city, county meeting agenda

City and county officials will cover both ends of the spectrum when they meet in a joint session this week. Trophy homes and affordable housing are two topics to be discussed when representatives from the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County get together for lunch on Wednesday.

Friday, May 26

Rivers being watched closely by authorities

Rivers in Routt County probably won't have to be closed to the public, even though they are predicted to be over peak levels this weekend.

Full of history, Heritage Center opens for 2000 season

The Hayden Heritage Center museum opened for the summer Friday, offering residents a place to experience the history of the Old West and the Yampa Valley, and long-time residents a place to explore their regional roots and family histories

Murder probe yet to produce arrest

Two weeks after the murder of Steamboat Springs resident Lori Bases, police have not yet made an arrest.

Chamber promotes new chief

Sandy Evans chosen for open position

After two months of searching, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association named one of its own as the next executive vice president.

Parks panel endorses Howelsen master plan

Dr. Seuss didn't attend the last Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meeting. But he was there in spirit. Asked by a commissioner if the master plan for the future of Howelsen Hill Park was geared for locals or tourists, Chris Wilson replied: "Our position was: This is for the public. We didn't identify if you were a star-bellied sneech or not."

Thursday, May 25

Heat is on in county

Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start to summer, means increased traffic patrols for drunken drivers.

2 hurt in wreck

A 23-year-old Craig man was cited for careless driving after rear-ending a truck on U.S. 40 near Hayden on Wednesday and causing a three-car wreck with minor injuries.

FedEx foiled again

A tie vote was definitely not a win for representatives of Federal Express Thursday night. With two members absent, Steamboat Springs Planning Commission split right down the middle on a FedEx plan to build a new facility in the Copper Ridge Business Park on Elk River Road. The 4-4 vote amounts to a technical denial and means the company will go back to City Council sometime next month to appeal Planning Commission's vote.

Wednesday, May 24

Silver Spur gets more time for improvements

As development continues in the new Silver Spur Estates subdivision, Routt County officials have extended the deadline for the project's infrastructure improvements.

Damaged toe teaches teens lesson in safety

A clever idea fueled by good intentions ended with a lawn-mowing accident that tore a hole in 13-year-old Nick Garrett's shoe and shaved off part of his toe bone.

Person who started fire being sought by police

County investigators feel confident they know how the fire on Lynx Pass started last week, but they still aren't sure exactly whose fault it is.

Vets worry day's importance lost on youth

Even as they remember fallen comrades today and Monday, local veterans are wondering whether patriotism and the importance of Memorial Day is fading with every new generation of Americans.

Student educators exert positive peer pressure

Peer pressure isn't always a bad thing, particularly not when it comes from a group of highly trained student-educators who talk to their classmates about tough topics like dating violence and drug use.

FedEx plan bounces back to planning board

If the new Federal Express building was a shipping package, it would have been "returned to sender" more than once.

Steamboat patroller named best in state

Steamboat Ski Area took top honors at the Colorado Ski Country USA awards luncheon Wednesday in Denver. Ski patroller Scott Halliday and instructor Larry Adams both brought home major awards.

Young man pleads guilty to taking gun from truck

One of the young men involved in the theft of a $700 rifle has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

Old school buses being sold to highest bidder

It can hold 65 of your closest friends and may inspire you to sing "Come On Get Happy." It is, naturally, a school bus, the giant yellow mode of transportation glorified in "The Partridge Family" and alternately hated and revered by schoolchildren everywhere. This year, the Steamboat Springs RE-2 School District has two buses for sale and it is looking for the highest bidder to take them away. In fact, it is looking for any bidder.

Blee task force focuses on new witnesses, leads

Steamboat Today The task force investigating the 20-year-old disappearance of Marie Blee case has new leads to follow. The group has identified at least 25 new witnesses to interview, and has almost a dozen new sites, places where the Hayden teen-ager's body might be found, that it plans to investigate this summer.

Mulch provides plants spring protection and so much more

Even though the danger of frost doesn't pass until mid-June here in the Yampa Valley, it's pretty tempting to plant things in the garden when we experience a few warm, sunny days.

Student enrollment dropping

Hayden schools are going to have to watch their budget as student enrollment dwindles in the next few years.

Town set to prohibit tobacco use by teens

It will be illegal for minors in Hayden to smoke, chew tobacco or possess any tobacco products under a proposal that is one step away from becoming law.

Tuesday, May 23

Businessmen chosen to invigorate airport board

Eight people from Routt and Moffat counties with an interest in aviation issues will join the three remaining members of the Yampa Valley Regional Airport Advisory Board.

Pamela Lane needs a break, City Council

We were encouraged to learn that the Steamboat Springs City Council is going to revisit its decision about Pamela Lane. It's imperative that our city leaders have the guts to make tough decisions. But it is equally important that they be tough enough to admit when a decision was the wrong one or at least didn't produce the desired outcome. Such is the case on Pamela Lane.

Are we too busy staying busy?

Walking the plank

It's summertime. Those words used to bring my mother to her knees when I was younger and may have been one of the biggest reasons she returned to work by the time I was in junior high school. Back in those days, once the final school bell rang, the kids in my class would race home for roughly three months of fun and sun. Well, the sun usually lasted all summer, but by the end of the first week my mom was well prepared for that two-word sentence that would ring in her ears for the next 10-weeks.

Choices, choices

Lacking priorities, 'wish list' comes with big price tag

If residents in and around Steamboat Springs indulged in all the things on the "community wish list," the tab would come to about $201 million. The trouble is the community can only come to the table with about $139 million. That means $62 million needs to be trimmed from the bill, or somebody is going to have a serious stack of dishes to wash.

Adult summer rec season looks strong in Steamboat

There will be a few more softball players legging it out to first base this June as the adult summer leagues gear up for the 2000 season. "Every league is full with the exception of the Men's A League," said Christina Freeman, Parks and Recreational Services adult league coordinator.

Hot Springs to challenge runners

Last weekend, Jim Harkness of Steamboat Springs covered 8.2 brutal miles faster than any of his fellow competitors to win the annual Cog Run. Harkness beat other local hard-core runners Paul Sachs and Rich Hager to the finish line in a time of 49 minutes, 32 seconds. The mostly uphill race makes athletes overcome the steep climbs of the Cog Road as it leads out of Hayden.

Good resigns position after first year

Business is good for Jeff Good, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's director of marketing and public relations real good.

Christian school hosts multimedia art show

The Christian Heritage School will become a multimedia gallery Thursday night as its students present the second annual "An Evening of the Arts."

Board questions city hall materials change

Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will ask for more details before it gives its blessing to a plan to change a portion of the exterior building materials on Centennial Hall.

Sailors girls hoops star signs with UNC

Steamboat Springs basketball standout Alyssa Simon's high school career came to an end this week. It wasn't with the swoosh of a net, but instead the slash of the pen. Simon made the transition from the Steamboat Sailors high school ranks to the University of Colorado Bears ranks by signing a letter of intent to play with the Bears next fall.

Steamboat Stars shine in Meeker

Gymnastics a year-round dedication

The members of the Steamboat Stars will tell you that the sport of gymnastics is a year-round love.

City trolling for solution

Airport a drain on public coffers

City Council President Kevin Bennett said this week the city isn't looking for a gleaming knight to ride in on a white Lear jet and rescue its airport. It just wants to find a creative entrepreneur interested in forming a successful business arrangement.

Alpine ski coach resigns after 15 years

Steamboat Springs ski coach Werner Schnydrig has the skill that comes from 15 years with the same club. That is why the news that the long-time coach will step down from his position at the top of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine program saddened his former skiers and the staff members.

Lori L. Bases 1968-2000

Ski Town Inn developers told to repay bank $6.3M

Future of vacant U.S. 40 hotel still up in the air

The three principals who developed the vacant Ski Town Inn have been ordered by a judge to pay Vectra Bank at least $6.3 million for defaulting on a loan. But before Vectra sees any of that money if at all the claims of a handful of other companies will have to be dealt with by the former owners of the failed hotel.

Cluster subdivision rules under review

Several developers with successful cluster subdivision projects say they'd go through the county process again, but planners who created the regulations say the land preservation subdivision option is not being used the way it was intended. Land preservation subdivision, or LPS, was developed to encourage landowners, particularly ranchers, not to sell off their land in 35-acre chunks.

Mortarboards start flying Thursday

Seniors at four of Routt County's five schools will be stepping up to the platform and stepping down to a new stage of their lives this weekend. Graduation ceremonies for the Hayden, Lowell Whiteman, Soroco and Christian Heritage high schools begin Thursday and continue through Sunday. Steamboat Springs High School's graduation ceremony is still more than a week off, set for 2 p.m., June 3. The gowns and diplomas are ready, but they are only a small part of the pomp and circumstance planned for this weekend.

Branch president: New name, same bank

Norwest now officially Wells Fargo

The biggest change Norwest customers will see now that their bank has merged with Wells Fargo are the new red and yellow signs that went up Friday, the local branch president said. The Wells Fargo-Norwest merger was actually completed in November of 1998, but is just now being seen in the signs outside former Norwest banks, like the one at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs. Interestingly, it was Norwest that bought out Wells Fargo but Norwest accepted the name change, said Thomas Hopp, president of the erstwhile Norwest branch downtown.

Ag Alliance names its first executive director

After more than a year in existence, the Community Agricultural Alliance is taking its first step out of infancy by hiring an executive director.

Elsie A. Goranson 1918-2000


Community code far from finished

Rewrite of document meant to guide development in Steamboat Springs begun more than 4 years ago

The long process of rewriting Steamboat Springs' Community Development Code could come to an end this year. However, city government made the same prediction as long ago as September 1998.

Ranchers greet high court grazing ruling with a yawn

Little will change in Routt County since most permits are for Forest Service land

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last week that upheld a rangeland reform initiative is not expected to change the way the Bureau of Land Management issues its grazing permits. But it could change the way ranchers view the land they use for grazing.

Speed thrills

Tracksters take home lasting memories from state meet


Passion for science rewarded

Steamboat teacher finalist for presidential award

The botanical drawing above Cindy Gay's desk at Steamboat Springs High School could easily be overlooked. She is a biology teacher after all. But the drawing becomes more interesting when you find out that Gay is the artist who created it. Gay is a science fanatic, no doubt, but she also loves art. In fact, she almost chose a career in art before following her true calling.

Monday, May 22

Man gets 12 years for stabbing

A Steamboat Springs man who stabbed another resident in the back after a night of partying was sentenced on Monday to 12 years in prison.

More people taking recycling to the curb

The number of Steamboat Springs residents participating in curbside recycling has increased slightly to 543 single-family households since the service was rolled into the cost of regular trash pickup one month ago. That number is up from 389 before the new curbside program debuted April 24.

Top cop 'comfortable' murder will be solved

A Steamboat Springs woman found murdered in her home bled to death from multiple stab wounds and had no drugs or alcohol in her system, according to preliminary autopsy results released by Routt County Coroner Doug Allen.

Semipro soccer tourney may come to town

Steamboat Springs City Council gave its blessing this week to a new kind of soccer tournament that could bring up to 1,000 people here over Labor Day weekend.

Old recycling bins work fine

The number of Steamboat Springs residents participating in curbside recycling has increased slightly to 543 single-family households since the service was rolled into the cost of regular trash pickup one month ago. That number is up from 389 before the new curbside program debuted April 24.

High school embezzler gets four years in prison

Denise Martinez was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for embezzling more than $40,000 from a Steamboat Springs High School activity fund.

Sunday, May 21

Small Hayden girls team impressive at state

Hayden's Jaclyn Etzler may only be a freshman, but she already has her state title sights set high.

Youngest preemie heads home from hospital

Hannah McCreight wasn't due until today, but she's been fighting for life for two months already making it through an emergency flight to Denver in a blizzard, a Caesarean delivery and a month each at two different hospitals.

Forest Service roadless proposal goes to public

The issue of whether or not to halt road construction in certain areas of National Forest land an enigma.

Rabbit Ears Pass safety meeting set for tonight

Steamboat Springs resident Scott MacFarland started investigating the safety of Rabbit Ears Pass after his wife was killed by an out-of-control truck last winter.

Starr finishes seventh at state meet

Pueblo Central's Ronaleen Hancock raced to first place in the 400-meter dash on Saturday at Jeffco Stadium in Englewood, ending any state title hopes the Steamboat Sailors may have had.

Fitness training can begin at any age

We've all heard that life begins at 40, but increasing numbers of senior citizens are learning that a life of fitness and health can just as easily begin at 65 or even 90. Exercise is the key to living well in the golden years.

Friday, May 19

Hayden district gets school safety grant for CU technical assistance

Keeping Hayden schools safe and violence free that is the goal of a Safe Schools Grant that the Hayden School District was recently awarded.

Boat's Starr, Svendsen advance in state

Jefferson County Steamboat Springs junior Rachel Starr sat on the infield of Jeffco Stadium Friday afternoon following the 400-meter dash knowing just one thing for certain. "I'm exhausted," Starr said as she fell back into the cool green grass just a few feet from the hot all-weather surface where other heats of the 400 were still in progress. "I was happy because I'm pretty sure I got a PR (personal record). It felt pretty good for a 400."

Searchers mass in Steamboat for training

Attendees coming from across state

More than 125 search and rescue volunteers from all over Colorado are in Steamboat Springs this weekend. But the only search they're undertaking is the quest for knowledge.

Volunteers pick up trash along Yampa today

If you see a gaggle of locals picking up trash in the Yampa River today, don't just stand there, help out.

Volunteers needed for restoration work on historic Lincoln building

People who would like to try their hand at historic preservation can get involved in a work day at the old Routt National Bank Building this morning. Volunteers will be put to work scraping stucco off of brick and extracting loose mortar from between the bricks, said city historic preservation specialist Laureen Schaffer.

Pro baseball plan leaves local team off the roster

Concerns over costs force postponement

Steamboat Springs won't be in the starting lineup if the Colorado Rockies and six other cities are successful in creating a new baseball minor league.

Coal industry sees a tangled future

Environmental rules limit ability

Coal industry representatives expressed their concerns Friday about their ability to meet future power demands when political and legal barriers may prevent them from growing along with the population.

Thursday, May 18

Beyond the Face

"Beyond the Face," is an artistic exploration of the concept of the mask that is also a benefit for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Northwest Colorado.

Fire board reverses direction on chief job

The newly elected West Routt Fire Board has turned Fire Chief Bryan Rickman's job future around.

Town, county may partner in small land swap

The town of Hayden may partner with Routt County to swap a small piece of land owned by a Hayden resident.

Federal ban postpones planned burns in Routt

Two controlled fires planned in the Yampa Ranger District of the Routt National Forest have been postponed because of the recent suspension of prescribed fires on federal lands. The ban doesn't apply to people lighting campfires on federal lands.

Gas may hit $2 per gallon this summer

Local gasoline prices, already 20 to 25 cents a gallon higher than those in the Denver area, continue to rise and could reach $2 per gallon by summer, according to AAA and local gas station owners.

Coal industry struggles under heavy regulation

The Colorado coal industry, despite a stable market for its product, is beset by government regulation, lawsuits by environmental groups, and competitive pressures, according to industry representatives meeting here.

Coal haul route OK'd

Commission split on Blowdown timber storage plan

The Routt County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a request by Seneca Coal Co. to haul 50,000 tons of coal on County Road 27 from Twentymile for a test burn at the Hayden Station over a two-month period.

Local rider rallying others for M.S.-150

For the past three years, Steamboat Springs resident Lee Cox has waged a battle against multiple sclerosis from the seat of her Trek roadbike during the annual M.S.-150 bike tour event.


Cabra-racy offends some, amuses others

This year's Cabaret was definitely a little bit on the racy side and apparently raised some eyebrows among audience members. Criticism included too much sex, a skit offensive to Oak Creek and some tasteless songs in the face of an audience that included some teens. Cabaret organizers brushed it off as part of the show.

Improv showcase for the sharp of wit

To be good at improv, the consensus is that actors have to be quick on their feet, witty, smart and possess the ability to move the story forward. If not, things on stage just stagnate and while drawing a blank is admittedly the biggest fear, a dead-end skit strikes like a stake through improvisational actors' hearts. Although, there is a worse fate. "One scene is OK, but it would really be bad if the whole show flopped," actor Matt Murphy said.

Sailors tennis star earns collegiate all-conference honors in first season

Former Steamboat Springs tennis standout Casey Clagett in already making a mark with the Wittenberg University men's tennis team.

Brief Points

Brief items from 4-Points

City reconsiders its Pamela Lane choice

Steamboat Springs City Council President Kevin Bennett says it is time to take a fresh look at the traffic impact Emerald Park is having on the homeowners on Pamela Lane.

'Seedhouse' showcases local talent

Seedhouse, Steamboat's "Magazine for Modern Writers and Poets," is in its third year of publication. The not-for-profit, bimonthly periodical has expanded from 50 subscribers to more than 200 in that time-frame by showcasing electrifying work from published as well as neophyte authors. Short stories, essays, poetry and tips for aspiring writers color the pages of Seedhouse.

Wednesday, May 17

Census workers make final effort

Residents of Routt County can still expect to see Census workers knocking on their doors this month.

It's 'Good' bye to Winter Sports Club

Development director resigns

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Executive Director Rick DeVos said he was still a little shocked Wednesday afternoon by the news that Jeff Good, the club's director of marketing and public relations, is resigning.

No suspects named yet in murder investigation

The murder of Steamboat Springs resident Lori Bases is the police department's top priority, but officers are still investigating recent crimes such as the attack of a young woman at a playground last week.

Gun theft suspects appear in court

Two young men accused of stealing a $700 rifle from a truck in Phippsburg appeared separately in court Wednesday.

Assault suspect faces mandatory jail time

A local man charged with robbery and assault for pushing his friend to the ground and taking her truck without her permission faces six months mandatory jail time when he is sentenced next month.

8 Tigers head to state track

They're not backing down. Eight Hayden athletes qualified for the state track meet at the regional meet in Grand Junction May 13 and 14.

Steamboat selects top teacher

Steamboat Springs High School teacher Marty Lamansky. Lamansky was chosen Wednesday as the Steamboat Springs School District's Teacher of the Year by the Steamboat Springs School Board.

Lynx Pass fire smolders

With help from a snow storm, firefighters snuffed out hot spots, cut trees and dug fire lines Wednesday in an effort to control a still-smoldering forest fire on Lynx Pass.

Tuesday, May 16

Artistic contest connects

Students learn about Holocaust, relate it to today

The Holocaust seems a world away from Steamboat Springs, but its issues prejudice, struggle and survival are not.

Plenty of races open to area runners

Local series heats up next three weeks

The Steamboat Springs Running Series will begin to heat up this week with the first of three-straight races.

Flat Tops flatly rejected

The mountain village at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area isn't the right place for an urban-style row house project.

In a 4-1 vote Oak Creek police allowed extra pay

Town police officers will get paid for working more than 40 hours a week, just not at an overtime rate. That was the decision of the Town Board after considerable discussion May 11.

Five teaching jobs opening up in June

Several coaches needed too

When classes are dismissed for summer this year, the seniors won't be the only ones not coming back to Soroco schools. The district will have a handful of teaching vacancies to fill.

Recent events chip away at sense of safety

Walking the plank

I did something on my morning run Tuesday that I've haven't done in all the time I've lived in Routt County.

City may purchase cart for disabled golfers

On Tuesday afternoon, Steamboat Springs resident Ryan Baker knew the great feeling that comes when you drive a golf ball down the middle of the No. 14 fairway at the Haymaker Golf Course.

Ornamental grasses can provide garden with carefree, low-maintenance beauty

One of the best ways to add striking textural variety to your landscape is with ornamental grass.

6 teaching jobs open in Steamboat schools

The crop of Steamboat Springs RE-2 School district jobs being advertised are normal, according to Superintendent Cyndy Simms, although filling all the positions can be a challenge.

Hayden Station asking Seneca Mine to provide it with Twentymile coal

Seneca Coal Company provides coal to the Hayden Station, but the power plant plans to test Twentymile coal on a temporary basis this summer.



Ranch Days

"Ranch Days" is a special program for several hundred Routt County fourth-graders, who will each spend a day at one of five ranches, seeing firsthand how they operate and learning the source of many of their daily comforts.

More elk means more hunters this fall

But local businesses won't necessarily benefit as DOW tries to reduce herds

Large elk herds in Moffat and Routt counties mean more people will be licensed to hunt the animals this fall.

A greater sum: Human services organizations finding success in collaboration

While experiencing some minor complications during her second pregnancy, south Routt resident Candace Vassalluzzo joined the Prenatal Plus program.

A tragic lesson

It sounds more like the title of a book than the reality we have been forced to face in recent days.

Middle school athletes post top results

The middle school track teams nearly swept the competition in the final meet of the season May 13 at Steamboat Springs High School.

Tennis player happy after first state tourney

Nobody would blame Steamboat Springs freshman Allison Griffing if she was a little star-struck as she walked off the tennis court following her first state tennis tournament. She had just witnessed, either first-hand or courtside, some of the best tennis players in the state putting it all on the line at last weekend's state tennis tournament at the Gates Center in Pueblo. And she is ready to go back.

Rams send lone hurdler

Freshman Jessie DeGanahl of the Soroco High School track team took third place in the 300-meter hurdles at the regional track meet in Grand Junction, earning her a trip to the state meet this Friday in Pueblo.

Tigers gear up for state title run at Pueblo meet

Hayden Tigers tracksters raced to another set of school records and personal bests last weekend.

The Summit is in sight; Steamboat Grand in final push before opening day

Executives at the Steamboat Grand Hotel and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. say they've begun taking reservations for July 7 and beyond for Steamboat's newest and largest hotel.

Animal expert offers advice

Professor, well-known for her understanding of how livestock think, coming to town to speak

Dr. Temple Grandin is coming to Steamboat Springs to talk to ranchers, horse owners and animal trainers about the way animals think. In addition to being a designer of livestock handling facilities, Grandin is an assistant professor of animal science at Colorado State University who teaches courses on livestock behavior. She has designed animal chutes and restrainers that are used around the world. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center-track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants.

Sailors lax ladies among Colorado's best

The best girls lacrosse players in the state will meet at the University of Denver this month to take part in the all-state game.

Pined-for projects abound, but resources aren't infinite

If you had to build something for Steamboat Springs, what would it be? The Economic Development Council has compiled a "wish list" a sizable index of all the possible amenities needed or wanted by the community. "Compilation of this list was a joint effort. We tried to consult everybody commissioners, City Council, school districts, special districts any agency or governmental entity that we knew might have some type of future project in mind," County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said.



Record $1.85M in sales tax collected in March

Steamboat Springs businesses set a single-month record for sales tax collections in March with receipts of $1.854 million, an increase of $209,494, or 12.7 percent more than the same period last year.

Stagecoach fires burn into night

Firefighters from all available crews in Routt County worked for 10 hours Tuesday but were not able to contain a fast-spreading wildland fire that engulfed an estimated 160 acres near Morrison Creek, east of Stagecoach.

High school ponders hockey

The administration at Steamboat Springs High School has decided to take a cautious approach before stepping onto the ice for school's next varsity sport. Members of the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association came to the school board and the administration at the Steamboat Springs High School earlier this spring and asked them to consider making boys hockey the next school-sponsored sport.

Relay team surprised at regional meet

Sailors make tracks toward finale

The Steamboat Springs 400-meter relay team used a strange strategy Saturday, May 13, at the regional meet in Grand Junction.

Monday, May 15

Large and enthusiastic turnout for third neighborhood meeting

Almost 80 city councilwomen and councilmen showed up Monday night to solve Steamboat Springs challenges, and came up with some fresh ideas. "You all got to be city councilmen tonight," Ken Brenner, a real city councilman told the gathering. "You got a chance to solve the problems. I really appreciate your involvement."

Details emerge about vandalism of victim's car

A month before Lori Bases was murdered in her home, she reported to police that her new Toyota Rav4 was vandalized on two successive nights.

Fate of Flat Tops in Council's hand

No one can say the architecture for the Flat Tops Townhomes hasn't evoked a response from the public; Steamboat Springs City Council has received 33 letters, from as far away as Venezuela, expressing concern about the proposed development near the base of the ski area.

Report: Beetle treatment saved thousands of trees

Routt National Forest officials say action taken last fall to prevent the spread of the spruce beetle saved 8,000 to 14,000 trees in scenic corridors of Routt County.

Chief: Murder probe moving steadily

Steamboat Springs police say it will take time to identify a suspect in the murder of local resident Lori Bases. Just how much time isn't clear.

Sunday, May 14

For some, sleep disorders are eye-opening problems

When the alarm clock rings in the morning, sometimes it can seem more like a bad joke than the start of a brand new day. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of Americans regularly have trouble sleeping and 40 percent report that daytime drowsiness sometimes interferes with their daily activities.

Attendees call Women's Day 'empowering' event

"I am a glorious woman." These words were the bookmarks to Women's Day, a day where women could learn and talk in a comfortable atmosphere.

No arrests yet in murder investigation

An investigation into the murder of 31-year-old Lori Bases continued Sunday, but police were keeping tight-lipped about their progress.

Third survey meeting tonight

The Steamboat Springs Community Center is apt to be buzzing with discussion of growth and affordable housing issues tonight.

Sailor falls in state quarterfinals

There is little doubt that after her first trip to the state tennis tournament, Steamboat Springs freshman Allison Griffing will return to the tennis court in 2001 with a lot more experience and some pretty lofty goals.

Expect delays: Rabbit Ears repairs start today

Improvements to nine miles of U.S. 40 on Rabbit Ears Pass are scheduled to start today.

Food festival on menu for economic council

Committee heads from the Upper Yampa Valley Economic Development Council will give their first progress updates in a meeting tonight in Oak Creek.

Four teams recognized as academic standouts

Four Steamboat Springs teams have been recognized by the Colorado High School Activities Association's Team Academic Champions Program.

Coal conference chugs into Steamboat Springs

Maintaining a viable Colorado coal industry is the goal of this week's 13th annual Northwest Colorado Coal Conference.

Friday, May 12

Murder rare in Routt County

Since 1979, 6 homicides

The murder of Steamboat Springs resident Lori Bases was the sixth homicide in Routt County in more than 20 years. Not since the much-publicized shooting death of 52-year-old local businessman Gerald Boggs on Oct. 21, 1993, has there been a murder in the county.

Victim recalled fondly

Nick and Vicki Sharp have lived in Steamboat Springs for 20 years without their lives being touched by violence until this week. Sometime Thursday, Lori Bases, a tenant in the two-bedroom apartment that is attached to their garage, was stabbed to death.

School officials back ban on teen smoking

It may not make Hayden High School students quit smoking, but it might deter younger children from starting. For that reason, school officials are wholeheartedly supporting a recent community effort to enact a new underage smoking law.

Town trustees consider urban growth boundary

Unlimited annexations and development of agricultural land could be prohibited to encourage controlled growth under a proposal being considered by the Hayden Town Board.

Statistics show female victims often killed by intimates

Women in the United States are twice as likely as men to be murdered by a boyfriend, husband or an ex.

Homicide hits hard in a small town

When a tragedy such as a murder hits a small town, most people are impacted by it, even if they don't know the victim, according to local experts

Woman slain in her home

State investigators brought in by police

A woman found dead in her Steamboat Springs apartment early Friday was murdered, police have confirmed. As of 5 p.m. Saturday, no suspect had been identified.

Thursday, May 11

Middle school tracksters in gear for home finale

The Steamboat Springs Middle School track teams will race in an official meet this Saturday at the Steamboat Springs High School.

Officials: Rivers high but flood danger low

A warm spring and early snow melt have caused Routt County's two rivers to rise earlier than usual, but officials don't expect any flooding.

Injured construction worker rescued

Emergency crews had to use ropes to lower an injured construction worker from the third-story of a building without stairs on Wednesday.

Safeway gets go-ahead from planning group

The Steamboat Springs Safeway store won a positive vote for its planned addition on its second trip through Planning Commission Thursday night. But even if City Council agrees with Planning Commission when it conducts its own public hearing June 6, the addition will be put off until next year.

Assessor: Time is now to file property protests

If you are unhappy with your residential property's value, this is the time to contest it. From May 1 to June 1, Routt County residents can challenge the notice of valuation they received from the county assessor's office last year.

Woman found murdered in apartment

A 31-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was found murdered in her apartment early Friday morning, police said.

Donor demand pushes blood drive to airport

People in Routt County are so eager to donate blood, the upcoming community blood drive is being moved to a larger location.

Local firefighters sent to New Mexico blaze

Three people from Routt County are part of an 11-person team of northwestern Colorado firefighters who have travelled to New Mexico to fight out-of-control wildland fires there.

Wednesday, May 10

Panel discusses threat of rural sprawl to disappointing turnout

A Wednesday night meeting on rural sprawl was a wake-up call to anyone who thinks Routt County is immune from the traffic, health and environmental plagues of casual development.

Teachers, Board of Education try for reconciliation

After several long meetings last week, the Steamboat Springs School District staff, administration and Board of Education made strides in repairing a relationship that was fraying.

Tubing tempest tabled

The tubing debate "eddied out" Wednesday night. The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Com-mission wants to confer with its attorney before acting on a recommendation to ban commercial tubing on the Yampa River above Fifth Street. In effect, the commission pulled out of the white water into a calmer eddy until it can get legal advice.

City Council reverses its opinion, OKs Pine Grove medical building

Steamboat Springs City Council stopped just short of tabling the new Pine Grove Medical Building Tuesday, and ultimately voted 5-1 to approve the project.

Woman attacked on playground

A 19-year-old Steamboat Springs woman told police she was attacked by an unidentified man Tuesday evening at the playground at Mountain Village Apartments.

Bookstore thief pleads guilty to fraud

A former employee of Off the Beaten Path bookstore who admitted last month to stealing $2,500 from the store pleaded guilty on Wednesday to fraud for writing more than $5,000 in bad checks in Steamboat Springs.

Tuesday, May 9

Tracksters build toward regional meet

Coach feels like prom may have interfered with team's stride

The members of the Steamboat Springs high school track team will take a huge step toward the state track meet this weekend in Grand Junction or at least that is what the members of the coaching staff are hoping for.

Republican enters District II election

Monger has challenger for commissioner seat

The race for one of two open seats on the Board of County Commissioners is now a contested one. Republican John Shaw announced this week he will run for the District II seat being vacated by Democrat Ben Beall. Democrat Doug Monger announced his candidacy for the seat earlier this year. Shaw, a gentleman rancher from Hayden, said managing growth is the biggest issue of his campaign.

'Rural sprawl' focus of community forum

Rural sprawl in the Yampa Valley is not inevitable it can be managed by better planning. That's the idea that Steamboat officials and residents will be debating at an educational presentation tonight on sprawl.

Sailors post best regional finish ever

Griffing packs bags for state tournament

For the second year in a row, the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team will send a representative to the state tournament in Pueblo. The Sailors' No. 3 player Allison Griffing will get a shot at the title this weekend after placing second at the regional tournament in Grand Junction May 5-6.

City may deflate river tubingProposal to restrict commercialoperators floated by parks panel

Commercial tubing may meet its Water-loo on the Yampa River above Fifth Street in Steamboat Springs.

It's your forest, speak your mind

We were shocked to learn that the Routt National Forest may prohibit certain forms of winter recreation to protect the possible home of an endangered wild cat. More and more, we fear, Yampa Valley residents are feeling the pressure of the Clinton administration's green bootheel on their independent Western necks.

City Council is split on hangar proposal

Steamboat Springs City Council is split over the question of whether to borrow $1 million to build new hangars for private aircraft at Steamboat Springs Airport.

The Strength of the Spirit

If you listened carefully you could hear the sound of rubber shoes kissing the pavement in front of the Steamboat Springs middle school on Saturday morning. The sound was generated by more than 100 runners who took part in the 5- and 10-kilometer Spirit Challenge racing events the first events of the 2000 Steamboat Springs running series.

Rotary selects Brooke Leary as Student of the Month

The Rotary Club has selected Brooke Leary, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, as a Student of the Month.

Youth want more options locally

Forum held to identify needs

Grand Futures may be one step closer to forming a youth service council in south Routt after hearing public input about the needs of local youth at a community meeting Monday night in Oak Creek.

Good Times club sets money goals

The Good Times 4-H Club fund-raising committee and the community pride committee met just prior to the regular club meeting.

Ag gets mixed legislative bag

Local farming leader says plenty needs legal attention

When the Colorado Legislature adjourned last week, agricultural producers had more legal support than they had before the session. But at least one Yampa Valley rancher said the Statehouse action left much to be desired. Backing from the Legislature is a trend ranchers and farmers have been enjoying in recent years, according to Linda Clausen, communications director of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association.

Refurbished Mesa Schoolhouse is dedicated today

The 83-year-old red schoolhouse at the base of Rabbit Ears Pass holds memories of hundreds of shoes walking over its one-room floor. Today, that scuffed wood floor has been buffed, its wainscoting refinished and its plaster repaired as the group Historic Routt County gets ready to dedicate the Mesa Schoolhouse to the city of Steamboat Springs.

Tubing proposal to be floated at city meeting

The future of commercial tubing operations on the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs will be floated Wednesday at the regular meeting of the city's Parks and Recreation Commission.

Rams take second in Battle Mountain

The girls on the Soroco Rams track team placed second among five conference rivals in the league track meeting Saturday at Battle Mountain.

Local team improves record at home

Win, tie keeps Steamboat team at top of standings

A win and a tie keeps the Steamboat Springs U-16 boys soccer team tied for first-place at the top of the the Western Slope's competitive league standings.

Third-grade reading scores impressive

But schools superintendent sees room for improvement

South Routt third graders soared above the state average on a Colorado reading test but the students are still below what the school is shooting for. Seventy-eight percent of Soroco third-graders are proficient in reading, compared to the 69 percent state average.

Doctors chip in to help local athletes

Steamboat Medical will offer sports physicals at a reduced cost once again this spring to high school and middle school students who need them to participate in school sports programs.

Steamboat's first after-prom party was fantastic

The 2000 Steamboat Springs High School prom was a huge success, and an even bigger success was the first after-prom party.

Council wants guidance on city's fiscal future

Walking the plank

Let's get this right out in the open. There is an underlying theme behind the series of neighborhood meetings being conducted by Steamboat Springs City Council that isn't being voiced. Council members are a little shy about blurting it out, so I'm going to do them a favor and say it.



Winslows celebrating 50th

Jack and Melvadean (Branson) Winslow will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 1 to 4 p.m. May 21 at the home of LeRoy and Charlene Kirby in McCoy. The couple will renew their wedding vows at 2 p.m. during the open house.

Sailors pitcher earns all-conference honors

Three teammates get honorable mention nods

Steamboat Springs senior Jeremiah Kiely knows what it takes to be a leader on the baseball field.

Proper nutrition the key to growing healthy plants

In the recent production of the "Little Shop of Horrors" at Steamboat's Seventh Street Playhouse, the featured plant in the flower shop exhorts Seymour to 'Feed me! I'm hungry' which leads to unexpected consequences. That can happen to us gardeners if we aren't careful what we feed our plants.

Monday, May 8

City looks for a partner to help operate airport

Steamboat Springs City Council could decide tonight to seek a business partner to share costs and revenues at Steamboat Springs Airport.

Burglary nets $2,800 in store merchandise

Police are hoping physical evidence or a tip will help them in their investigation of last week's burglary of a retail store on Downhill Drive.

Townsfolk debate affordable housing

Members of a neighborhood meeting Monday night energetically proposed solutions to the riddle that is affordable housing in Ski Town U.S.A. The meeting was called to discuss the results of the 1999 Community Survey, which were released last month. More than 1,500 people filled out the survey. After a third meeting is held from 7 to 9 p.m., May 15, at the Community Center, the city will schedule a community-wide meeting in June.

Trash truck flips, spills load on road

A fully loaded Waste Management truck flipped on its side on Elk River Road early Monday, spreading a load of trash that took two hours to clean up.

Fire crews kept busy with wildland blazes

Fire investigators think a campfire left unattended last week may have burned about one acre of land south of Steamboat Springs.

Public affairs director named district ranger

Kim Vogel has been named the new Routt National Forest district ranger, taking over from Sherry Reed who resigned recently after 13 years in the position.

Sunday, May 7

City gearing up for summer paving projects

The unseasonably mild and dry May weather in Steamboat Springs translates into favorable weather for road work. The summer's list of paving projects in the city could be complete by the middle of June, according to street superintendent Doug Marsh.

Council hosts second survey meeting tonight

Residents of Steamboat Springs have a chance to share their hopes and concerns for the community Monday night when City Council hosts the second in a series of three neighborhood meetings.

Exercise offers fresh breath to some sufferers of asthma

Approximately 10 million people in the United States suffer from asthma, including Colorado's Amy Van Dyken, an Olympic swimming champion. Years ago, physicians suggested that their asthmatic patients should avoid exercise. This myth is being shattered as prominent athletes prove that regular physical activity improves their health.

Sailors lacrosse team takes on top-seeded Mustangs in playoffs

The state playoffs for girls lacrosse will open today and the Steamboat Springs High School team will be there.

Twentymile, Cog roads on county's agenda for summer construction

The road construction season has begun and Routt County has three major projects on its plate for the summer.

Saturday, May 6

CMC sends off 83 hopeful graduates

Eighty-three graduates turned their tassels at the Colorado Mountain College graduation Friday at the Steamboat Christian Center.

Friday, May 5

Sagewood project set to move ahead

Town and developer hope lawsuit will be resolved soon

Although the proposed Sagewood development is on hold because the town and developer are embroiled in a lawsuit, both sides are hopeful the issue will be resolved soon. The lawsuit was filed by developers late last year to try to force the Town Board to approve Sagewood's development plan without $52,000 in impact fees that it has stipulated as conditions of approval.

Funding for rec center to be on town's ballot

The proposed recreation facility in Hayden will require a $5 million construction bond that will be put on the ballot in November, according to Hayden Town Manager Rob Straebel.

Accident 'victim' imagines her life, cut short

Editor's note: In an effort to make students aware of the consequences of drinking and driving, Steamboat Springs High School uses a "sober prom" educational program. As part of the program this year,

Editor's note: In an effort to make students aware of the consequences of drinking and driving, Steamboat Springs High School uses a "sober prom" educational program. As part of the program this year, a drunken driving accident was staged and five high school seniors were "killed" in the accident.

Painful 'Sober Prom' paves way for painless night

The message was clear Friday: Don't drink and drive.

Tears flowed at an assembly at Steamboat Springs High School as students and parents gave simulated eulogies to children and friends, who were "killed" in a mock accident. Although emotional, the Sober Prom 2000 events powerfully demonstrated the result of youths dying in a small community, even when simulated. An auditorium packed with students, parents, emergency service workers, faculty and community members watched and wiped away tears.

Routt National Forest district ranger steps down

After 13 years as district ranger for the Routt National Forest, Sherry Reed has stepped down from her position to work in information services for the Forest Service.

Steamboat C-SAP scores higher than like districts

Steamboat Springs third-graders had higher C-SAP reading test scores than most districts of similar size and demographics in the state, with 85 percent scoring at or above the proficient level.

Local nurses nominated for prestigious award

Two nurses at Yampa Valley Medical Center have been nominated for The Nightingale Award.

Teacher putting down the chalk after 34 years

After three decades of teaching English and social studies to Hayden's seventh- and eighth-graders, Lucy Rickman is saying goodbye. The much-loved teacher is retiring this month.

Women's Day features seminars presented exclusively by women

Ticket prices for the third annual Women's Day increase after Friday and organizers are urging local women to buy them now.

Sailors shooters knocked out

It was a rough game. From the opening kick to the final blow. Literally.

State park near Hayden opening May 19

The new Colorado State Park Headquarters on the Yampa River is scheduled to open May 19, even though continuing problems with a wastewater treatment and distribution system are holding up the project's completion.

Planning commission: Landscape the landfill

A new era of landscaping arrived at the landfill Thursday night.

Wednesday, May 3

Council adds to 'wish list'

City Council President Kevin Bennett said this week he would like to see the city's contribution to the Yampa Valley Land Trust increased next year from $35,000 to $65,000, an 85 percent jump.

Fire chief feels election vindicates his position

Now that a new majority has been elected to the West Routt Fire Protection District board of directors, the fate of Fire Chief Bryan Rickman's current job may be a bit more secure. "I'm glad the public turned out in support of me that is essentially what happened," Rickman said.

Absentee voters decided water board election

Absentee voters were the deciding factor in Tuesday's water district election that replaced three incumbents with three new board members. "Had the election depended on the votes counted at the polling place it would have been completely opposite," Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District election official and district manager Steve Colby said.

Master agreement talks begin for local teachers

The Steamboat Springs Board of Education and staff started the first of three days of discussion about a master agreement Wednesday night. Board President Dan Birch cautioned participants that the meeting was meant to be informational rather than confrontational.

Building of decel lanes slows traffic on U.S. 40

Traffic on portions of U.S. 40 in Steamboat Springs was restricted to a single lane early this week as construction crews built new deceleration lanes for two development projects the Kum and Go and the Mid-Valley Business Center.

Construction company pleads not guilty to erosion-control violations

A construction company owner cited for violating the city's erosion-control laws pleaded not guilty in municipal court Wednesday.

Forest Service readying for lynx

Federal endangered listing of cat might impact backcountry recreation in Routt National Forest

Winter recreation and logging likely will be impacted after Routt National Forest officials adjust their management plans to make room for the lynx an animal that hasn't been seen around here in decades.

Aspen buys into beef program

Yampa Valley Beef is coming off its best year ever and now the company is setting its sights on expanding sales to Aspen Skiing Co. The local company that started as a good idea has now grown to the point that it sells 20,000 pounds of beef a year.

Crisis in care: Budget cuts are bad medicine

Born more than a month premature, tiny Jack Strotbeck needs regular medical attention. His parents are thankful that means visits at home from trained nurses rather than trips to a doctor's office.

Middle school hosting tree sale to help build ice-climbing wall

Proceeds from the sale of cottonwoods, aspens and spruce trees may someday help build an outdoor ice climbing wall at the base of Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.

Landfill goes back to planning group

Twin Landfill Corp. will try again tonight to win Routt County's approval for a new repair and maintenance building at the Milner Landfill.

Admitted thieves may face other charges

Undersheriff believes trio of burglary suspects is behind additional crimes

County authorities are trying to link three teenagers who admitted to stealing a gun out of a Phippsburg man's locked truck to four other rifles stolen from a south Routt County resident.

Runners take on Spirit Challenge Saturday

For a little more than 15 years, Steamboat Springs runner Larry Handing has looked forward to the first race of the season in Steamboat Springs.

Power grid link to cost $20,000

Town needs to put in upgrade before electricity can be sent from generator

The planned upgrade to Oak Creek's new power-generating system to ensure it can put energy on an electric power grid is a good example how difficult it is to get into the energy business, Western Area Power Administration Engineer John Wetzel said.

Tuesday, May 2

Third-graders top state average in reading

Steamboat Springs RE-2 School District third-graders topped the Colorado average in the Colorado State Assessment Program reading test, according to scores released this week.

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for April 21-27.

'Seedy' secrets can extend your plant-growing season

It might be Heavenly Daze for Front Range gardeners right now, but for gardeners in the Steamboat Springs area, a little Voo Doo is needed to make things grow outdoors this month.

Incumbents voted off Morrison water board

Voters replaced all three Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District incumbent board members with new faces in a special district election Tuesday.

Rodeo school days return to fairgrounds

World champ teaches art of roughstock riding during two days of instruction in Hayden

Future rodeo stars will get a chance to learn the sport this week when the folks at Soda Creek Western Mercantile bring Stewart Sheldan's Rough Stock Rodeo School to the Routt County Fairgrounds.

Civil Air Patrol members offer help from above

Don Heineman has located "downed aircraft" in some unlikely places like the back of a flatbed truck traveling down Interstate 40 outside Albuquerque. He even located one "missing plane" in a trash dumpster.

No shortage of space

Commercial projects keep coming

Developers aren't waiting for the retail rental market to tighten before building more commercial space in Steamboat. Instead, they seem to be following the "Field of Dreams" maxim: build it and they will come.

Records fall at Battle Mountain

The Hayden track team is breaking records. At the Battle Mountain Invitation last weekend in Avon, the Hayden girls set new school records in the 800-meter relay and 800-meter medley relay.

'Hayden wheat' shows promise

Test plots regularly produce hardy crop

A winter wheat that has been genetically modified to grow strong in the Yampa Valley is showing solid results. The crop is a red winter wheat that was developed in Idaho and has been named "Hayden wheat."

Regional will spell out Sailors' future

Tennis team hoping for a title run

Several Steamboat Springs tennis players added top tournament finishes to their season records in Loveland at the Northern Colorado Tournament.

YVEA, union square off

Local 111 suing electrical co-op over employment of 'conspirators'

Yampa Valley Electric Association workers who are refusing to pay monthly union dues are in a heated legal battle with their union, and the judge's final decision in the case could mean they will lose their jobs.

Terrance Stevens 1919-2000

Terrance "Terry" Stevens died April 21, 2000, in Grand Junction. He was 80.

Chamber summer calendar includes big Fourth of July

With the mountain closed and spring in the air, residents are gearing up for one of the best times of the year in Routt County summer. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association staff has been putting together a summer events calender that they hope will not only invite tourists to the area, but will provide events residents will enjoy. The summer season will be kicked off in June and programs are schedule through September.

Incumbents ousted from Fire Board

The few Hayden residents who voted in Tuesday's West Routt Fire Board election resoundingly ousted incumbents Chuck Grobe, Charlie Epp and Richard "Festus" Hagins.

Respected, 22-year veteran of building department enjoying private sector

Celeste Bacon supervised construction projects in the Routt County Building Department as it grew from a small office that handled approximately $2 million a year in the late 1970s to $400 million in annual construction in the late 1990s. And she did it with a smile, endearing herself to hundreds of contractors in the process.

John Willard Stees 1918-2000

John Willard "Jack" Stees died April 23, 2000, at the Extended Care Center in Steamboat Springs. He was 81.

School of Dreams: Whiteman students settle in

When the students at the Lowell Whiteman Primary school drew dream schools, they included a hot tub on the roof, a bungee jump, stables, an observatory, a spiral slide and a race track. While the new Lowell Whiteman Primary School is certainly not Elitch Gardens, it does include some of the simpler, yet no less important items the students asked for, like drinking fountains, a beautiful library and a skylight.

Oak Creek tourney final stop for Peewees

The season will come to a close for the Steamboat Springs Peewee wrestling team this Saturday in Oak Creek at the Soroco Invitational.

Local competitive soccer team piles up road wins

The Steamboat Springs U-16 boys competitive soccer team members are looking forward to playing their first games of the season at home this Saturday and Sunday.

Dolores County brings an end to Rams' season

After a great regular season, the Soroco High School baseball team played its last game last Friday afternoon, losing to Dolores County in Grand Junction, 6-5, in the first round of the 2A playoffs.

Construction trade fair scheduled

Colorado Mountain College's Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a construction trade fair May 13 in Glenwood Springs. The SBDC designed the fair to provide an opportunity for contractors to learn about the latest products, services and technologies available from suppliers all over the Western Slope and beyond.


Demons demolish Sailors in pigtail game

Steamboat Springs head baseball coach John Aragon may have wished that Zach Chicione still lived in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday evening. The Glenwood Springs player, who used to live and play baseball in Steamboat, led the Demons hit parade in the district pigtail game at Simillion Field. The Demons won the contest 19-4 and will advance into the district playoffs to face top-seeded Moffat County on Saturday.

Soccer team will travel to playoff

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team will open the regional playoffs at 5 p.m. Thursday in Montrose.

Game-day decision

Cable viewers in Steamboat Springs should check Channel 19 for Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings tonight but there is no guarantee Steamboat will get the game.

Margaret Summer 1911-2000

Margaret Summer died April 8, 2000, at the Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. She was 88.

Scott Robert Kirkland 1956-2000

Scott Robert Kirkland of Avon died April 26, 2000, in Gypsum. He was 43.

Earnings freedom means deeper employment pool

Like the rest of the nation, Routt County's tight labor market loosened a bit last month when some senior citizens were granted more freedom to make money without jeopardizing their social security benefits.

Girls relaxed as key regional playoff game quickly approaches

As the members of the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team calmly approach an all-important playoff game later this week, a new battle cry that brings back some bitter memories is being heard on the practice field.

Sailors hurdler hoping to break out in Craig

Steamboat Springs hurdler Darren Lucas continued to post impressive results at the Rifle Invitational track meet. "I feel good with where I'm at right now," Lucas said. "I'm going to put some pressure on myself to do well in Craig this week. If I have a solid meet there I like my chances of making it to state."

City Council remands FedEx back to planning

Federal Express can get your package to London overnight, no sweat. But taking a new building through the city permit process in Steamboat Springs has proven to be more arduous.

Steamboat to celebrate National Day of Prayer

No other country in the world has a national day of prayer, according to local organizers of just such a day.

Hooray for Hayden

Our hats are off to those residents of Hayden who are taking action to try to curb teen smoking in their town.

Working teen-agers earn more than money

Walking the Plank

The responsibility that comes from holding a job and the skills acquired at an early age are elements that stay with the child throughout life.

Young reader organizes writing workshop

When avid reader Jamie Gay picked up Kenneth Thomasma's books about Native American youth, she was hooked. "I didn't know I had this love for Indians and their culture until I bought 'Naya Nuki' at a sale," the Soda Creek Elementary third-grader said. In fact, she was so intrigued by Thomasma's work that she organized a writers workshop he will lead in Steamboat Springs.

Monday, May 1

Council gets 'wish list'

City Manager Paul Hughes will make a wish tonight make that seven of them. Hughes is scheduled to present City Council with a list of priority projects that either weren't funded or weren't anticipated in the 2000 budget. The items on the wish list would cost more than $300,000. And City Council could still modify the list.

Council kicks off series of neighborhood forums

City Council showed up to listen to its constituents Monday night and heard a thoughtful discussion on the dilemmas created by the issues of growth, affordability, prosperity and quality of life here.

Mock accident starts sobering prom week

The crash at the James Brown Bridge Monday evening was staged. No one was injured, no one died. If it had been real, five Steamboat Springs High School students would have died, becoming teen alcohol-related accident statistics.

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts appoints new executive director

June Lindenmayer wanted to come to Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp when she was 13. Years later, she is its new executive director.

Morrison Creek District elects board of director

The Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District will hold elections today for its board of directors.

Steamboat sluggers host district pigtail game today

For the second time in less than a week, the Steamboat Springs High School boys baseball team will square off against Glenwood Springs in a key conference match up.