Stories for November 2001


Friday, November 30

Vigil honors victims

Locals gather at courthouse for AIDS Day memorial

Cold white breaths blew out candles Friday night. It was an image fitting for a vigil remembering the nearly 22 million lives snuffed out by AIDS.

Airlines to get hit with tougher security costs

Airline carriers that use Yampa Valley Regional Airport can expect to pay for heightened security, according to county officials.

Skiers call opening day 'best ever'

Skiers getting off the gondola at Mount Werner Friday hooted and hollered about the prime conditions on opening day.

Christmas in the Rockies starts today

Strawberry Park Elementary will house more than 45 booths of holiday arts and crafts and photos with Santa today at the 12th annual Christmas in the Rockies.

Teachers allegedly threatened

Two Steamboat Springs High School students may face criminal charges after allegedly making threats against teachers and staff earlier this week.

Budget, taxes top discussions

Post election 2001, the city's decisions aren't getting any easier.

Boys basketball team nets title berth

In its season opener, the Sailors boys basketball team pounded the West Grand Mustangs in a 74-47 win in Carbondale Friday at the Roaring Fork Tournament.

Girl hoopers head to finals

Jennifer Weber and Bayli Stillwell hooked up for 23 points on Friday night, and Emily Hines anchored the Sailors' defense, as Steamboat Springs rolled to a 58-20 victory over West Grand.

Thursday, November 29

Candle vigil at courthouse to remember AIDS victims

For a world with 36.1 million people living with HIV or AIDS, a country with over 400,000 AIDS deaths and a state that reports a 20-year total of 7,272 AIDS cases, Routt County's numbers might seem like a drop of water in an ocean of AIDS victims.

The word on the slopes

The four most overused words in the Steamboat ski bum dictionary, according to employees of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., are: "Gondy," "Freshies," "Pressing Glass," and "Stoked."

Night lights

Twentymile Road west of Steamboat is normally a dark road to drive at night. But drive the road this time of year, and you're bound to find it brightly lit in the vicinity of Jim and Jo Stanko's ranch home.

Band brings versatile groove to Tugboat

You might see Brian Hull in a middle school classroom or a band room somewhere on the Front Range, but he won't be studying at a desk with textbooks and study guides.


Big Head Todd tickets go on sale today Tickets are on sale today for Colorado band Big Head Todd and The Monsters at 9 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Steamboat Grand Hotel Ballroom.

Museum celebrates first birthday

Nearly one year ago, Hands-On! Children's Museum was opening its doors to a world that children only create in their imaginations.

Johnson trial costs $50,000

The successful prosecution of convicted murderer Thomas Lee Johnson came at a cost of $50,000 to the Steamboat Springs Police Department, said J.D. Hays, Steamboat's director of public safety services

Locals hoping to get new radio show on the air

Theater or music radio shows seem almost a century ago.

Steamboat boys hope to three-peat

Steamboat's boys basketball team will be looking for a three-peat when it travels to Carbondale today for the Roaring Fork Tournament.

VNA to help residents beat flu bug

Cheriene Marchus doesn't feel quite as robust as she used to during the winter.

Sailors tip off season

Steamboat girls basketball team to play in Roaring Fork Tourney

West Grand might be the defending 2A state champion, but Steamboat coach Bruce Altston is confident his girls basketball team has what it takes to beat the team.


Today Funk jazz and rock band Meadowlark Jivin' from the Front Range plays at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.

'The right kind of snow'

Wet, heavy powder will greet skiers today

Skiers and riders won't encounter the bottomless powder this morning that greeted them on opening day 2000.

Wednesday, November 28

Language unites 'II Plays'

Seth Bograd was about to give up on his sixth direction in six years when he found producers David Ives' and Shel Silverstein's scripts staring him in the face.

Record opening day on tap

Skiers, riders can enjoy 1,183 acres starting Friday

Office and construction workers all over town will be invoking the "powder clauses" in their contracts with employers on Friday, as the Steamboat Ski Area launches the season with an unprecedented opening 60 trails, seven lifts and almost 1,200 acres of skiing.

Study: Many locals uninsured

A new study released by a statewide association dedicated to helping all Coloradans attain full insurance coverage proves what many in Routt County already know: Many people in the county are uninsured.

New charges dropped

Prosecutor: Johnson 'will breathe his last breath' in prison

Convicted murderer Thomas Lee Johnson will not be prosecuted for a felony charge stemming from an alleged attempt to stop his sister from cooperating with authorities.

Stage now set for Scholarship Day

Last year, deep powder and great skiing weather helped the Steamboat Ski Area rake in $31,110 from ticket proceeds on Scholarship Day.

Deadline for Australian bus drivers approaches

If they don't secure visas by Dec. 1, a group of 10 Australian bus drivers may lose their spots with the city's transit department, the city's transportation director said Wednesday.

Transportation meeting today

The city will hold a state-mandated meeting today to gauge the public's reaction to the services it offers and explain the city's attempts to improve its transit system.

Hayden athletes honored at fall banquet

Hayden High School honored its athletes Tuesday night at its fall sports banquet. The evening topped off a memorable football season filled with highs and lows, Hayden football coach Kevin Kleckler said.

Flying high

Gold Cup tryouts take place this weekend

Ready or not, the first ski jumping competition of the season is here. Despite the fact that the status of Howelsen's large hill is still in doubt, coach Chris Gilbertson said 40 special jumpers and Nordic Combined skiers will come to Howelsen Hill this weekend for the first of two Gold Cup tryouts.

Tuesday, November 27

Kids benefit from Christmas Tree Auction

The fairgrounds exhibit hall will come alive with the sounds and smells of Christmas Sunday afternoon. The annual Christmas Tree Auction, sponsored by the Hayden Heritage Center, begins at 1:30 p.m.

Skiers cash in on Scholarship Day

It's almost a weekly occurrence, at least in the winter, for the members of the Belz family. Normally, by the time Thursday rolls around, parents Shirley and John are busy helping at least one of the family's three sons pack for a weekend road trip to a skiing event.

Crunch time

Sailors wrestling squad to host 16-team tournament

The Steamboat Invitational is a sort of harbinger for area wrestling teams. Drawing from different-sized schools throughout Northwest Colorado, Saturday's tournament is the first chance many coaches have to see how their athletes stack up outside the training room.

Appeal in the works

Johnson's attorney says he will contest his client's conviction after sentencing

Once Thomas Lee Johnson is sentenced to life in prison without parole next year, an appeal of his conviction is likely to follow. Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 16 in Larimer County for first-degree murder and criminal trespass and mischief.

Council to prepare for its future at retreat

The City Council's retreat this Thursday and Friday will begin with a meet-and-eat session at a local restaurant and end with the council defining its goals for the coming year.

New hockey director welcomed

There might have been a change in the new director of coaching for Steamboat's youth hockey program, but don't expect too many other changes.

Changes planned on mountain

City discusses new configuration for Mount Werner Circle

Mount Werner Circle is ready for some major changes to improve pedestrianization, traffic flow, visibility and safety, say city officials and local business owners.

Monday, November 26

CMC, CDOT compete for spot

Groups want to broadcast own programming on radio

A state agency and a local college are battling to secure the same free frequency on Steamboat's FM dial.

First Impressions board getting back on track

This week First Impressions of Routt County will regroup after two ballot referendums meant to improve child care in the county were defeated decisively earlier in the month.

Public addresses concern about Yampa River plan

Low river flow, nonnative fish threaten endangered species downstream

There are two definite factors that could threaten four endangered fish species in the Yampa River living below Craig.

Others looking at Hayden smoking law

Hayden's success with curbing smoking among its youth has inspired some neighboring communities to follow its lead.

Mount Werner bombarded with snow

Ski area official unsure of terrain that will be opened Friday

The snow situation has turned around so dramatically on Mount Werner that Steamboat Ski Area officials say they'll wait until Wednesday or possibly Thursday to decide just how much terrain they'll open Friday.

Group to discuss river health

Balance between fish, water rights sought for Yampa

Each year 125,000 acre feet of water is taken out of the Yampa River and a portion of the Little Snake River for agriculture, power plants and municipal use, which is 15 percent of the river's yield. By 2045, officials at the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program estimate that number will increase to 155,000 acre feet per year.

Vigil to bring awareness for HIV, AIDS

On Dec. 1, the White House lights will dim in remembrance of the millions worldwide infected with HIV.

Fire council plans for 2002

City may discuss option of rejoining organization

As the Wildland Fire Council starts planning for next fire season, city of Steamboat Springs officials say the city is open to the possibility of rejoining the council.

Weather finally allows Howelsen to open K-90

Sunday didn't come fast enough for many members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Lodwick takes 8th place

Steamboat's own Nordic Combined skier earns two top 10s over weekend

Two races into the World Cup season and two top 10s for local Olympic medal hopeful Todd Lodwick.

Sheriff's deputy suspended for arrest

A 51-year-old Routt County Sheriff's deputy has been suspended without pay because of a recent drunken-driving arrest.

Tour of Lights shines again

Annual event brightens beginning of holiday season

The 2001 Tour of Lights sponsored by the Steamboat Pilot & Today and Yampa Valley Electric Association is designed to help get the community into the holiday spirit, organizers said.

Newark flights cut a 2nd time

The Steamboat Ski Area has cut back the frequency of direct flights from Newark into Yampa Valley Regional Airport near Hayden for the second time in 20 days.

Tennis Center marks 10 years

A party this Sunday will mark the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs' 10th anniversary, but the event could just as easily celebrate the completion of the original plan.

Sunday, November 25

Home, Sweet Hole

Ferrets find sanctuary in Rangely

The high plains around Rangely have a naked beauty. The sage-brushed earth stretches out like a khaki-colored ocean, finally succumbing to sandstone hills in the distance.

Shoppers out in full force

Locals keep stores busy over holiday weekend

Post-Thanksgiving Day shopping remained strong through the weekend, easing some worries of a letdown in retail sales, while some store owners say locals are making up the core of people buying goods.

GrandKids celebrates 20 years

Pioneer program hosting open house Tuesday

Twenty years ago, GrandKids began as a pilot project in Colorado to bring together Steamboat Springs' youngest and oldest residents.

Keep your nose out of the hospital

Your mother told you not to pick your nose. Most nosebleeds are mere nuisances, but some are frightening and a few are even life-threatening.

Residents hit hard

Unpredictable economy leaving some locals pressed to find ways to pay the bills

Steve Nowak has been drinking a lot of coffee lately and reading. He is looking for a job in a Steamboat Today that is regularly filling 50 percent less of its pages with classified ads than it did at this time last year. Nowak is an unemployed 26-year-old Steamboat Springs resident who has spent the past four years relying on the seasonal tourist economy to pay the rent. But this year, as he combs the back pages of the paper and waits for more snow to fall, he realizes the climate has changed.

Preserving a precious piece of Steamboat

Now that we've rounded the corner of Dec. 1 and the last month of 2001, it's not too early think about what lies ahead in 2002. As eager as I had become for this week's snowfall, November's hikes up Emerald Mountain in record warmth will help sustain me through a winter that could last into May.

Saturday, November 24

Penny's fills dining void in Yampa

When much of downtown Yampa goes dark and silent at the end of another day, the town's newest business gains its second wind. The Nov. 1 opening of Penny's Diner ushered in a unique dining experience fairly unheard of in the Yampa Valley.

No substitute for substitutes

Steamboat Springs is hoping to avoid a shortage of those who fill in for teachers

On a bad day, Strawberry Park Elementary School secretary Mary Beth Johnson spends more than an hour and half trying to find a substitute teacher.

Behind the headlines

Susan Corser is a private planning consultant and past City Planning Commissioner, currently sits on the Routt County Purchase of Development Rights Board, and is a member of the Friends of Fish Creek Falls Meadow, a group trying to raise $4 million to purchase and preserve the meadow.

Meadow drama

Residents trying to save Elkins Meadow from development

A group of residents, many of whom live on Fish Creek Falls Road near the falls, are attempting to purchase and conserve a 104-acre piece of land slated for a luxury development.

Hayden hoping for comeback

Last year, Donald Rolando and his girls basketball team found themselves in an awkward position. For the first time in three years, Hayden failed to qualify for the regional tournament.

Rams can only get better

After a season filled with low points, Soroco boys basketball coach Andy Johnson spent most of his off-season looking for a silver lining to his squad's 1-18 showing last year.

Construction woes

Permits, valuations and fees indicate significant downturn is looming

The value of new construction in Routt County this year is 14 percent behind last year, but that may be the good news professionals in the building trades say they expect construction activity to drop off even more dramatically in 2002.

4A boys league 'well-balanced'

Balanced. It's a word that is not often used to describe the boys basketball 4A Western Slope Conference, where Steamboat and Rifle have reigned as perennially powerhouses. But, that is exactly how coaches around the conference are sizing up this year's competition.

Girls hope to stay ahead of last season

Despite only a week's worth of practice, it didn't take long for Steamboat's girls basketball team to get down to business.

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Nov. 15-20

Molding men

Partners create niche business to serve home construction industry

Most people don't give the wood trim in their homes a second thought. But people building $2 million homes in snow country care a great deal about every detail in their new homes, and the last thing they're going to do is pay to install cheesey "case and base."


Mother Nature's November fireworks

There is something perfect about a meteor shower. An energy is in the air that stimulates a curiosity, a welcomed anxiety and creates a memorable bond between the people around you and the place you are standing.


Baby Fitness? Are you Kidding?

Is there such a thing as baby fitness? Are there things parents can do to help their wee ones grow up determined to live a healthy lifestyle, embrace exercise, eat mindfully and feel good about their bodies?

Around Town

Around Town for Nov. 25, 2001

Time for a tune-up

Wax makes the difference for smooth skiing experience

Imagine standing at the top of Storm Peak looking down on the freshies and out over the Yampa Valley. You have checked all your gear before heading out on the snow boots, poles, hat and gloves. But have you looked on the bottom of your skis? Did you forget to wax?

In the Service

A milestone for the snow rider

Snowmobile technology evolves each year to stronger engines on better handling sleds, responding to riders' taste for power and control in the backcountry and on the racetrack. Now, the guys over at Extreme Power Sports are claiming this year's Arctic Cat Sno Pro 440 is the next milestone in snowmobile technology.

Our View

Winter's arrival in Steamboat Springs was swift and none too late. One day it's a sunny 60 degrees outside. Twenty-four hours later, it's in the 20s and there's a foot of snow on the ground.

Tree sellers: Let it snow

Truckloads of firs and spruce trees arrived early last week in Steamboat Springs much to the chagrin of businesses and charitable groups and organizations.

The Record

The Record for Nov. 17-23, 2001

Local briefing

Local briefing for Nov. 25, 2001


Birth announcements for Nov. 3-17, 2001

Asked & Answered

With Friday's opening of the Steamboat Ski Area, locals have less than a week to do those last minute activities or make those last minute preparations before the mountain consumes their days.


Truck mishap closes U.S. 40 over Rabbit Ears

A tractor-trailer carrying food and supplies for McDonald's slid down an embankment on Rabbit Ears Pass, forcing the closure of U.S. Highway 40 for much of the day.

West Grand and Grand Valley are the early favorites

The West Grand and Grand Valley boys basketball programs are the early season favorites in the 2A Western Slope League this season, but don't tell that to the other four coaches in the league who will be taking the court this week looking for the title.


Safeway sets grand opening The Steamboat Springs Safeway store plans to celebrate a grand opening of its newly remodeled store on Dec. 5.


Deadline for photo contest nearing LAKEWOOD The deadline for the "'s AgriCultural" photography contest is approaching.


A change of color

On Thursday, Broncos fans discovered they had at least a couple of things for which they could be thankful.

Inexperience could hurt Tigers

The Hayden Tigers boys basketball program will be going through some growing pains early on in the season.

Strong North Park team uniting challengers

Rams looking to surprise

The standard in the Western Slope league this season might be set by the team with the fewest players.

Class Notes

Class Notes for Nov. 25, 2001

Paula King


In Brief

In Brief for Nov. 25, 2001

Bonnie J. Baxter

Weekly Planner

Weekly Planner for Nov. 23-29, 2001

'Dogs have good shot at title

With five of its starters back from last year's league championship team, the Moffat County Bulldogs are on top of the dog pile in this year's Class 4A Western Slope League.

Young guns

The Sailors lack some experience, but the talent runs deep

One of the top eight teams in the state, 4A Western Slope Conference Champions, a 16-game unbeaten streak and an 11-0 undefeated home record.


Letters for Nov. 25, 2001

Thursday, November 22

Many spend their holiday on the job

They speed healing and recovery. They care for the elderly. They keep the streets safe. They put out fires. They provide strangers with a place to stay. They ensure that holiday travelers arrive at their destination. They keep their doors open to all frantic shoppers in search of last-minute table trimmings.

Feast for all

United Way and LIFT-UP sponsor community Thanksgiving dinner

The Lincoln Park Community Center bustled with hungry locals and tourists Thursday as the annual Thanksgiving dinner gathered an estimated 300 people.

City reviews industrial park

Though industrial parks are not often thought of as particularly beautiful, one such park being proposed next to the airport will have to be easy on the eyes for the City Council to approve it.


Wedding film series' feature The Steamboat Springs Arts Council presents the Chinese film "Wedding Banquet" for the Friday Film Series in cooperation with the Yampa Valley Film Board. The first 75 seats are free to the public, doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.

Let Freedom Sing

A walk through the woods with her dog Duke seems to spark revelations for local Jo Lauter. Like many Americans, Lauter felt helpless and a loss of control soon after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But a walk with her dog and a talk with God led her to come up with a day of unity that she hopes will continue throughout this community.

Sucker, friends pack venues on Front Range

Scott Stoughton is all about the positive vibe and joining his friends on stage for a highly energized performance for the fans.


Today Groove rock band Zeut plays at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.

Author shares Native American stories, wisdom

In a story that speaks symbolically yet straight forward about the ethics of life, Joseph Marshall III teaches his lessons through the roles of various Native American folk tales and anecdotes.

CD a tribute to local western lore

The Yampa Valley in 2002 would never be described as a hotbed of musicians performing original popular music. There were more homegrown bands in Steamboat Springs 20 years ago than there are today.

Wednesday, November 21

Local 4-Her receives state honor

Jay Whaley was recently honored by his peers across the state for his work and dedication to the Routt County 4-H program.

Family thankful for holiday 'miracle'

When Ken and Cindy Ursell sit down to Thanksgiving dinner today, all three of their sons Adam, Luke and Josh will be with them.

Snowstorms likely to strike

Steamboat Springs is on the verge of its first significant winter weather flow pattern of the year, the National Weather Service reported Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 20

Several options available to enjoy traditional holiday meal

If you can't muster the energy to cook a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or simply don't know how, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy such a dinner in Routt County.

Social worker a gift to children

Linda Andrews directly impacted the lives of many children in Routt County, placing 50 children with new adoptive parents during her 29 years as a social worker in Steamboat Springs.

Revenues down in September

Decrease likely due to slowing economy, Sept. 11 attacks

The city may have felt its first sign of the financial fallout stemming from the events of Sept. 11 as city sales-tax revenues dropped by about 6 percent in September as compared to last September.

Making an event a success

Volunteers are needed to pull off World Cup, Gold Cup events

This year, Steamboat Springs resident Mary Monger will earn a new Columbia jacket for her efforts as a volunteer at the Nordic Combined World Cup.

4-H program celebrates success

The Routt County 4-H program wrapped up one of its most successful years in its 72-year history.

Programs teach more than benefit of giving

Toys for Tots, Christmas Wishes offer invaluable learning experiences

In the showroom of Steamboat Motors, a glossy, red Ford truck awaits prospective buyers. However, the contents of the pickup make it far more valuable than its price tag this Christmas.

New book shows changing of scenery over time

The Colorado State University Cooperative Extension in Routt and Moffat counties will unveil a book tonight that depicts how area rivers and ranges have changed in the past 100 years.

Ecumenical service a chance to give to community

An Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service tonight at Concordia Lutheran Church will offer residents of all faiths a chance to worship together and help LIFT-UP of Routt County.

Rash of dog poisonings hits county

Official believes actions are deliberate

Authorities suspect someone may be trying to kill pets with rat poison in an area south of Steamboat Springs. Since Sept. 15, five dogs have been poisoned with strychnine, said Cindy DelValle, Routt County animal control officer. One of the dogs has died.

Gravel pit permit still debated

Lafarge must address county commissioners' concerns

The Routt County Board of Commissioners has determined a gravel pit in the south Yampa Valley is needed but is not yet ready to make a decision regarding a proposal by Lafarge Corp.

Monday, November 19

Skiers may qualify for Olympics at Gold Cup

A couple of top results in Steamboat Springs this December may be the best chance a young ski jumper or Nordic Combined athlete has to be invited to Utah this February.

Forest Service wraps up beetle-suppression work

The U.S. Forest Service wrapped up bark beetle suppression work at the Steamboat Ski Area and other portions of the Routt National Forest and is just about finished with work near Coulton Creek.

County to choose consultant

Firm sought to aid in hiring of information systems director

Routt County plans to hire a consulting firm to help fill one of the highest-paid positions within the county.

No snow? No worries

Officials aren't panicking, though World Cup events are scheduled in 24 days

In just 24 days, the Howelsen Hill and Steamboat Ski areas are scheduled to host four World Cup and Gold Cup events in less than a week.

Pianist reaches out to kids

Musician performs as part of 'Musical Awakenings' program

Students watched intensely Monday as Shields-Collins "Buddy" Bray's fingers danced across the piano at Steamboat Springs High School. Bray, the principal pianist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and a representative of the Fort Worth-based Van Cliburn Foundation, walked through the auditorium gathering crowd participation from the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders.

School district seeks to fill two vacant spots

With just three candidates representing Steamboat Springs' three school districts, voters did not have much of a choice as to who would fill the open school board positions on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Gravel pit hearing revisited

Lafarge to continue presenting plan to commissioners

The Routt County Board of Commissioners will continue its hearing of a proposed gravel pit in the south Yampa Valley tonight.

First Impressions honored

A Routt County program has been recognized for its work by Colorado Counties Inc.

Officials: Sewer line will not aid new growth

A sewer line that may be extended out to the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp will not open the door to future development in that area, city officials said Monday.

Saturday, November 17

Hayden team might be too top-heavy

In the sport of wrestling, being strong on top and weak on the bottom is not all that uncommon, but it is not often used to describe a team.


Bumper battles

Whether it's the weaving one-lane highways, the unpredictable weather, or something to do with why water boils at a lower temperature at higher elevations, bad drivers become horrible drivers in the high country.


Letters for Nov. 18, 2001

The record

The record for Nov. 10-16, 2001


Thinner thighs? Less jiggle means more energy

Are you prone to inner thigh jiggle? Would you like to whip those adductor muscles into shape so one thigh isn't rubbing against the other when you walk across the room in your underpants?

Soroco faces low turnout

Coach says Rams that have come out are good athletes

Quality, not quantity, is what Soroco's wrestling program will be selling this year.

Residents upbeat about giving thanks

Thanksgiving 2001 comes at a time when people might struggle to find reasons to be thankful.


Eleven-year-olds Tara Conlin and Missy Krous were the first muggles in line for the 7 o'clock showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone at the Chief Plaza Theater Friday night.

Back to the mats

Small but dedicated group of Sailors out for the wrestling team this season

The weight room head coach Jay Muhme knew when he was in high school is nothing like the one he saw Monday afternoon when he arrived for his first practice as the Sailors' head coach.

Bazaar brings arts awareness for Hayden students

Promising young artists at Hayden High School might be the unlikely recipients of a new holiday tradition in Hayden.

Building permits

Building permits for Nov. 1-9

Mixing it up for the holidays

The traditional menu sees a transition

If stepping out on a limb with holiday food this Thanksgiving or Christmas feels a little too unnatural but staying with traditional items seems too bland, try a variation with your favorite foods. Patrick Lowe, Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel executive chef, said he thinks people are curious to try new variations of traditional holiday food. However, since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, people have returned to traditional or comfort foods.


What's right with wrestling

I can't help but wonder if new wrestling coach Jay Muhme is one of those guys who has a Rubix Cube sitting on the table next to his favorite recliner at home.

Teachers learn to delve into data

Technology could assist educators in their approach to CSAP

They might not have been wearing hard hats or brandishing pick axes, but the school administrators and support staff that gathered at Steamboat Springs High School this weekend were learning to mine. Mine for data, that it is.


Vitek and Draper

Still time for the 'Big One'

The most aggro anglers in Routt County won't be putting away their poles when winter finally grips the valley and the ski runs are open. However, for many, when the white stuff comes it's time to grab the sticks and go skiing.

Around Town

Around town for Nov. 18, 2001


The changing of the guard

Kathy Connell became the new president of the Steamboat Springs City Council last week an unenviable task given the recent divisive elections, an uncertain economic forecast and a thinning city budget. What differences in leadership will she bring and how does she see her next two years as council president? We asked her to give her thoughts on upcoming issues.

Doctor earns teaching award

McCaulley honored by students who learn from him

The necessary training for a doctor to excel in his practice stems from his education in the classroom and through his clinical experience under the guidance of physicians. Dr. Mark McCaulley, one of many physicians in Steamboat Springs who teaches medical students, has received the Outstanding Clinical Faculty Medical Student Teaching Award through the University of Colorado's Department of Medicine.

New rules take effect

New state rules about losing weight at the last minute will change how Colorado high school wrestlers weigh in this year.


Apartment vacancy rates on increase The vacancy rate for apartments in Steamboat Springs is lower than the statewide average, but still higher than most mountain towns.

Dollar volume down 50 percent

Sept. 11 attacks, eroding economy have taken their toll on Steamboat housing market

A shaky economy and eroding consumer confidence in the face of terrorist attacks have combined to cut the dollar volume of Steamboat real estate sales in half during the first nine weeks since Sept. 11.

United ups total seats out of YVRA

Airline returning to airport and will stay for summer

A spokesman for United Airlines said this week his company intends to serve the Yampa Valley again beginning Dec. 14 and continue next summer and beyond.

Steamboat Grand's future is a mystery

ASC won't say if hotel and conference center is part of pending ski area sale

American Skiing Company officials declined this week to say whether the Steamboat Grand Hotel and Conference Center will be included in the pending sale of the Steamboat Ski Area.


It's been more than a year since Steamboat Springs residents learned of the tragic loss of Lori Bases in their community. Bases was brutally murdered slashed repeatedly and left to die by someone who had little compassion for a person who has been described as "the best friend anyone could ask for."


Local briefing

Local briefs for Nov. 18, 2001

In Brief

In brief for Nov. 18, 2001

Weekly Planner

Weekly planner for Nov. 19-24, 2001

Class notes

Class notes for Nov. 18, 2001


War of the waistline

Soon enough, stuffing, potatoes, butter and pies will surround our kitchens and invade our homes. You have two choices: get ready to have some will power or get ready to get fat.

Meteor shower spells doom for Denver Donkeys

I didn't recognize it at the time, but looking back on it now, I can see quite clearly that in the early morning hours of Nov. 18, I received a cosmic sign, a celestial caution if you will, that Sunday would not be a good day to hang around the hacienda and watch the Denver Broncos attempt to play football.



A gathering to give thanks

Soroco High School honors its community's senior citizens

Jim Pitzer returned to familiar surroundings Thursday for the first time in seven years. Pitzer, who taught speech and English for seven years at Soroco High School before retiring almost 20 years ago, shared a Thanksgiving meal at the high school with other senior citizens.

Weekend storm deemed 'weak'

NWS: Winter weather likely to hit later this week

Rain, sleet and snow fell in Routt County on Sunday, and up to 3 inches of the white stuff was forecast to have fallen in Steamboat Springs by today. However, the National Weather Service says the moisture is not the beginning of the first substantial winter storm in the High Country but that storm could be right around the corner.

Council vets say they've left the city a little better off

Bennett, Engelken and Brenner discuss their time in city government

Picture roads clear cut into the rock 50 feet from the chairlift on Howelsen Hill, 6,000-square-foot luxury homes plopped onto the ridgeline of Emerald Mountain.

Slip-sliding away: Tips for safe driving

Believe it or not, winter will soon be here.

Johnson back in Routt County

Before convicted murderer Thomas Lee Johnson starts serving a life sentence in prison, his last two months will be spent in the Routt County Detention Center.

High and dry

Skiers, farmers keeping their eyes to the skies

Colorado's dryland wheat farmers and ski area operators have a couple of things in common. They both put on bibbed overalls to go to work (although wheat farmers typically pay $200 less for their overalls than do skiers) and they both look to the jet stream for their salvation. It's all about snow.

Cookie dough dispute

'Hot Cookies Steamboat' calls it quits instead of paying more for lease

A fixture at the entrance to the Steamboat Ski Area for the past 17 years disappeared unceremoniously this week when a crane loaded the gazebo that housed "Hot Cookies Steamboat" onto a Low-Boy truck that hauled away the little blue and white building with the peaked roof.

Friday, November 16

Luck of the draw

Area hoopsters to undergo league draft

It might not come with press conferences or million dollar contracts, but Parks and Reaction has decided to draft basketball players for this year's adult A league.

City begins winter parking enforcement

Although most people have been waiting to see white and fluffy signs of winter on their cars every morning, some were confronted with a very different sign in the form of a bright pink piece of paper Friday after the city began enforcing no-parking bans for the winter.

Alcohol a factor in death

Alcohol and the cold weather led to the death of 51-year-old Bonnie Baxter, Routt County Coroner Doug Allen said Friday.

Opening day postponed

Steamboat Ski Area pushes back season kickoff to Nov. 30

For the first time in two decades, officials of the Steamboat Ski Area have decided to postpone opening day of the ski season.

Doak Walker Center treated to tunes

Residents of Doak Walker Extended Care Center found themselves tapping their feet, singing and clapping to western folk music from fiddle player Jesse Burns and guitarist Gib Manzanares Friday morning.

Thursday, November 15

Area residents prepare to be pampered

People needing medical or cosmetic assistance can find comfort in the first ever Health and Pamper Fest at Yampa Valley Medical Center Saturday.

Sailor athletes pick up academic honors

Although the term does not find its way into newspapers very often, student athlete is what high school sports is all about.

League specialists

Sailors soccer players collect all-conference awards

The team dominated league play this season, so it didn't come as a big surprise that the members of the Steamboat Springs boys soccer team also dominated the all-conference voting in 2001.

Saturday skies should shine bright

Tempel-Tuttle comet expected to provide light show

Colorful flashes of light may appear to dart through the sky Saturday night as the orbit of comet Tempel-Tuttle will intersect with the Earth's atmosphere.

Family band rolls into town to 'Pray for Snow'

Pedal steel guitar wizard Robert Randolph may not have seen a future of commercial record labels and a mass production of his music, but that's probably what he'll get.

Artist looks to nature for inspiration

After hearing Mary Martin Stockdale's newest CD, "Trout Creek Lullaby," nurses living on the East Coast called Stockdale to tell her the music contains healing qualities that are good for the soul.

Novel brings to life struggles of ranching families

In a book that peels back the fibers of life's simplistic yet tantalizing ways, Laura Pritchett gives birth to the true expression of families drawn together through their Colorado ranches.

O Tannenbaum

At 8:30 a.m. Monday, a delivery truck of Christmas trees arrived on the doorstep of the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

High school's 'Wizard of Oz' takes stage

Although the debut night of Steamboat Springs High School's production of "The Wizard of Oz" has passed, people still can catch performances today and Saturday.

Investigation of death continues

An autopsy on the body of Bonnie Baxter was completed Thursday, but authorities are waiting for toxicology results to determine the woman's exact cause of death.

Steamboat's Lalive gears up for NorAm races

Caroline Lalive will be taking it one day, and one race at a time this weekend when she competes along with the World's best women skiers in a pair of NorAm slalom races at the Loveland Ski Area.


Holiday concert set for tonight A December's Eve Concert features Nashville musicians guitarist Brent Rowan and pianist Regi Stone at 7:30 p.m. today at the Steamboat Christian Center off U.S. 40.

Pit opens despite unfinished road construction

Safety measures residents fought for prior to the opening of the Camilletti-Milner Pit will not be present when the pit opens for operations.


Today Worried Men, playing all your favorites from Willie to Dylan, perform at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.

Wednesday, November 14

Pit meeting lasts until midnight

The Routt County Board of Commissioners Tuesday said it would postpone making comments about a proposed gravel pit and concrete plant on the More Ranch until next week because presentations and public comment lasted until midnight.

Goal: Deal by year's end

Ski area officials 'continue to work the marketplace'

American Skiing Co. officials said Wednesday they might have already closed on the sale of the Steamboat Ski Area had it not been for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Locals hope to rescue Emerald City

With the city unable or unwilling to fund the lease for Emerald City next year, a group of concerned residents and local philanthropic groups are getting together to try to foot the bill and come up with a long-term home for the city's youth programs.

Students admit tipping toilets

Area youths pushed over one portable toilet too many.

Rowan to perform Christmas concert

After a recent appearance on "Late Night with David Letterman" and "Live with Regis and Kelly," guitarist Brent Rowan is returning to Steamboat Springs with a holiday concert.

Seizing the stage for students

In a community where performing and visual arts thrive, it seemed insufficient to Christopher Morson that Steamboat Springs did not have a performing arts club for students until now.

H.S. ski team to start practice

The coach of the Steamboat Springs High School ski team came out of Tuesday night's organization meeting with a new motto for the season.

The best around

Sailors volleyball players recipients of all-conference honors

Last weekend, members of the Sailors volleyball team sat in the Denver Coliseum watching teams they had beaten this season play in the state tournament.


Jury convicts Thomas Lee Johnson of first-degree murder for killing Lori Bases

Before Sherry Mesecher entered the Fort Collins courtroom Tuesday afternoon to hear a jury render a verdict against the man accused of killing her daughter, the Steamboat Springs woman looked to the sky and with her right hand touched her forehead and then the middle, left and right sides of her chest.

City budget approval delayed

A vote on the 2002 city budget will have to wait until December, pushing the City Council to the brink of the new year without any assurance that the budget will be passed in time.

Volunteers, food sought for holiday

The annual Thanksgiving dinner at the community center sponsored by the United Way and LIFT-UP Food Bank is looking for a few good cooks.

Sister: Baxter was thoughtful, kind

Police investigating death of Steamboat woman whose body was found Tuesday

Bonnie Baxter arrived in Steamboat Springs almost 30 years ago with a college degree that she never used and a deep love for her new home that she never lost.

Tuesday, November 13

No decision made on Lafarge gravel pit in south valley

The Routt County Board of Commissioners adjourned Tuesday night's meeting at midnight without comment after hearing presentations regarding a proposed gravel pit in South Routt County.

Ski area opening in doubt

Lack of snow may force officials to delay first day

Officials of the Steamboat Ski Area acknowledged Tuesday the resort's scheduled opening date of Nov. 21 is in jeopardy because of a lack of snow.

New council members peruse budget

The new members of the City Council were given notice of their first big test Tuesday night. They will need to spend the next week doing a lot of homework before voting on the initially-rejected 2002 budget next Tuesday.

Johnson found guilty of first-degree murder

Sentence hearing to be held Jan. 16

A Larimer County jury on Wednesday found Thomas Lee Johnson guilty of killing Lori Bases last year in Steamboat Springs.

Districts discuss alternative school

The biggest challenge to bringing an alternative school to the Hayden area may be in name only. The Hayden and South Routt school districts would like to offer their students an alternative school, but they must first convince the public that such a school fills a need for students who do not fit in a traditional school setting and require something else an alternative.

Tree ushers in tradition

The story of the boy who once jumped over the spruce tree that stands in David and Neveille Spencer's yard in Hayden may seem a little far-fetched to people who see the tree today.

New program teaches freeskiing

Freestyle skiing at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is stepping to the next level this winter and it's pretty extreme.

Local 'boarders fall just short

Eleven members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's snowboarding team took a shot at qualifying for the World Cup this week in Copper Mountain.

Jury deliberates Johnson's fate

Jurors request to see exhibits from murder trial again

There are no more witnesses to call, evidence to submit or arguments from lawyers to hear the fate of Thomas Lee Johnson is now in the hands of 12 Larimer County residents.

Body found in West Steamboat

A body was found early Tuesday afternoon in West Steamboat, according to a news release from the Routt County Coroner's Office.

Speakers fare well at tourney

Three members of Steamboat Springs High School's speech team members placed in a tournament last weekend.

Monday, November 12

Sailors set sail

Teams gear up for winter season with first practices

At first glance, the activities taking place at Steamboat Springs High School Monday seemed to have very little in common.

New members sworn in

School board's Buchan resigns from post

Gary Buchan's time on the Steamboat Springs School Board may be record-breaking.

Lafarge moves on gravel plan

Lafarge Corp. will meet with the Routt County Board of Commissioners tonight in the second of its four public meetings as it attempts to get a permit to operate a gravel pit in the south Yampa Valley.

School board adopts new policy in regard to public comment

The Steamboat Springs School Board also adopted a new governance process into the school board policy clarifying the role of public comments and amending the proposed policy.

Council to look at water rates

If the City Council follows its consultant's advice, water rates in the city will likely go up before the end of the year to bring in 11.28 percent more revenue than they currently do. Sewer fees will probably stay at the same level as they are right now, but tap fees for both sewer and water hook-ups also could be raised.

Visas slowing drivers' arrival

Ten Australian bus drivers scheduled to arrive in Steamboat Springs by mid-October are still not here, and it's costing the city thousands of dollars.

Population of city off

Census Bureau missed neighborhood

Contrary to initial census reports, the city of Steamboat Springs had more than 10,000 people in 2000, state officials said. The city used mapping data to argue the Census Bureau undercounted Steamboat's residents when it said the city's population was 9,815 in 2000.

Turnout good for weekend mixed doubles tennis tourney

Local tennis players flocked to the Tennis Center last weekend for the biggest Steamboat Mixed Doubles championships ever.

Sunday, November 11

Diabetes sufferers at higher risk for eye disease

Although diabetes is one of the leading causes of eye disease in the United States, vision impairment is largely preventable.

Bowling for the common constituent

It takes a special person to sit on Steamboat Springs City Council. One must be willing to sit, and sit, and sit. That special person must be able to endure sitting through a five-hour meeting with just one potty break. Many are called, but few can hold it.

Vandals strike Sanctuary again

Vandals tipping over toilets at the Sanctuary struck again last weekend after the company's owner offered a reward for their capture.

Saturday, November 10


Letters for Nov. 11, 2001

Steamboat gets free plug on TV

Sprint PCS commercial worth advertising millions

Who ever heard of jetting off to Palm Springs, Calif., for a ski vacation? And how did Steamboat Springs manage to score millions of dollars of free network television exposure by tagging along on a national commercial for a giant wireless phone company?

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Nov. 1-7


Leaders of the pack

I've always thought that packing for a long trip was a major pain.

Day of honor

Today is Veterans Day

The men who filled the backroom of the local VFW post Saturday evening stood apart from one another and yet they stood together. They fought in different wars but they fought for the same flag. They represented different branches of the military but they were soldiers just the same.

Niwot knocks Steamboat out of playoffs

Cougars top Sailors, 20-13

Five yards. That's how close the Sailors' chance was to advance to the second round of the state playoffs for the first time in almost eight years. It was as close as a fourth down, five yards from the end zone with less than 40 seconds left on the clock.

The hot trail goes cold

Last week, Colorado Division of Wildlife public relations specialist Todd Malmsbury was scrolling through e-mail updates from DOW officers all around the state on how the big game hunting season is going and a theme was repeating in the information.


In brief

In brief for Nov. 11, 2001

Behind the headlines

A long, cold winter ahead?

The 3-2-1 tax proposal to fund guaranteed air service to the Steamboat area was soundly defeated last week. What does this mean for an already economically uncertain winter season? What role should the Chamber Resort Association play in Steamboat? Bill Stuart, the president of the association, gives his thoughts on the matter.



A sticky situation

My jaw dropped when I saw a Fox Denver news story on the Loveland High School Indians football team being in trouble.

Changes on Lincoln

F Stop moving, Alpine Bistro expanding and Palomino opening

A pair of longstanding local businesses aren't as close to one another as they once were, and it's all good.


Births for Oct. 19 to Nov. 2, 2001

Around Town

Around Town for Nov. 11, 2001

A tangled Web

Monitoring Internet use in school causing concern

Though the debate over whether to ban books in schools and libraries rages on, a new controversy is brewing locally over Internet access. As new communication avenues open up, the ability for minors to access information and images has grown exponentially. Meanwhile, schools have to balance the right to know with the need for protection in an on-line world filled with both opportunities to learn and opportunities to be confronted with material many deem unsuitable.

Waiting for the verdict

Jury deliberations begin this week

This week a Larimer County jury will decide the fate of Thomas Lee Johnson for the death of Lori Bases. The 12-member jury will decide if Johnson murdered the woman at her Steamboat Springs apartment May 11, 2000, or protected himself and killed the woman in self-defense.

Changing places

Former SSWSC member hopes to ski for Lithuania at Salt Lake City Olympics

Back in 1998 Linus Vaitkus made his Olympic debut as a member of the Lithuanian National Ski Team.

A novel occupation

South Routt librarians live life by the book

Mary Jeane Perry and Lexie Iacovetto don't take sick days. Missing work is not an option for the two women who single-handily run the libraries in South Routt.


The record

Sylvia L. Boggs



Build a team, boost your immunity

I've said it before and, unfortunately, I feel the need to keep on saying it: Homeland security begins at home, your home, and the things you do starting NOW to boost your immunity and lower your risk of whatever you are currently afraid of. Anthrax? Bombs? Endless anxiety?

Resorts pass teacher raises

When Steamboat Springs' voters passed a cost of living adjustment Tuesday, they were not the only taxpayers in Colorado to approve an increase in taxes to raise teacher and staff salaries.

New name, new look, new hotel

Owners believe remodeled Ski Town Inn will succeed as Hampton Inn & Suites

Roland Balloun is convinced there is room for a new property in Steamboat's crowded hotel/motel resort condominium market. Balloun is the general manager of the new Hampton Inn & Suites at 725 S. Lincoln Ave.


Yampa Coal wins prestigious award Colorado Yampa Coal Co., a northwestern Colorado coal company, has won the U.S. Interior Department Office of Surface Mining's prestigious Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Award for outstanding environmental work at its surface mine. The award was presented Nov. 6 in Washington, D.C.


Since the events of Sept. 11 and the start of war against terrorism, many people feel at a loss about what they can do to contribute to the effort. Some locals have offered some tips on what we can do here.


Walk-In Atlas now available to hunters DENVER The Walk-In Access Program Atlas is now available to hunters and they will not need a bird dog to find it.

Building permits

Building permits for Oct. 29-31

Business and Shopping

Food and Drink

Odds and Ends

Weekly planner

The Weekly Planner for Nov. 12-17, 2001

Home for the holidays

Winter sparks community traditions

With numerous national holidays peeking around the corner, interior and exterior dr have become just as important as holiday recipes or gifts for some.

Class Notes

Class notes for Nov. 11, 2001

Our View

A week to reflect

The following quote is worth our reflections, especially now during our national crisis and as we begin what has been designated National Veterans Awareness Week: "Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history.We of this Congress and this administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us.The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.We even we here hold the power, and bear the responsibilityWe shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth."

Local briefing

Local briefing for Nov. 11, 2001

Lessons from teachers in uniform

Veterans Day celebrated in Routt County classrooms

Pictures of veterans of World War I and World War II, of the Korean War and Vietnam War, of Operation Desert Storm and even the most recent war Operation Enduring Freedom hang on a bulletin board of Strawberry Park Elementary School.

Talking trash

The future of recycling depends on community commitment

While Skylar Hughes competed for elbowroom with the empty detergent bottles, soup cans and cereal boxes that crowded the cardboard box he sat in Thursday afternoon, his classmates learned how one 10-year-old boy's trash could become everyone's treasure.

Friday, November 9

Jury instructions determined

Johnson trial deliberation begins Tuesday

When the 12-member jury decides Thomas Lee Johnson's fate, it can consider the prosecution's claim he killed Lori Bases in first-degree murder, as well as lesser charges including the defense's claim of self-defense.

Forest of the free

Fees into national parks waived for Veterans Day

A trip to one of the country's national parks may not be what most families have in mind to honor veterans this weekend, but the U.S. Forest Service is offering some incentive to make those trips more plausible.

Veterans Day Dinner planned for tonight

The Annual Veterans Day Dinner and a Marine Corps Birthday party starts at 6:30 p.m. today at the VFW post in Steamboat Springs. The dinner and dance that follows is to honor all local veterans.

Thursday, November 8

Resorts pass teacher raises

Steamboat joins other communities in passing ballot issue

When Steamboat Springs' voters passed a cost of living adjustment Tuesday, they were not the only taxpayers in Colorado to approve an increase in taxes to raise teacher and staff salaries.

More room to roll

Kayakers get new river obstacle

As kayaking holes go, Steamboat has everything from A to Z. Once the construction of a new kayaking play hole next to the Depot is completed, the city will get the chance to name and play in a new hole.

The defense rests

Jury to begin deliberating on the fate of Thomas Lee Johnson next week

A Larimer County jury will begin deliberating the fate of Thomas Lee Johnson next week after Johnson's attorneys called a handful of witnesses Thursday and then rested their case.

U.S. Nordic Combined team off to Finland

U.S. Nordic Combined coach Tom Steitz glanced out his car window Wednesday as he cruised down the highway.

Phone lines to be repaired today

Some 1,500 phone lines in the Walton Creek area were still out of service Thursday evening but were expected to be up and running by this morning, according to a Qwest spokes woman.

Wednesday, November 7

Ski corp., Continental to trim winter schedule

The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and Continental Airlines have agreed to trim more than 5,000 inbound seats from their winter schedule between Newark and Yampa Valley Regional Airport near Hayden.

Prosecuting attorneys rest case

Defense for Thomas Lee Johnson begins today

After six days of testimony where 35 witnesses testified and 118 exhibits were entered into evidence, attorneys prosecuting Thomas Lee Johnson for the alleged murder of Lori Bases finished their case Wednesday evening.

Rams football to return to varsity action in 2002

When Soroco football re-enters the 1A Western Slope League after a two-year hiatus, it won't be the only newcomer in the league next year.

Brand new ball game

Coaches believe 3A football playoffs will be more competitive this year

If anything is for certain about this year's Class 3A state football playoffs, it is that it will not be a repeat of last year.

Hayden gets energy impact grant

The town of Hayden is now $300,000 closer to seeing its water plant receive some badly needed upgrades.

Council unveils new impact fee plan

The members of the City Council presented the public with a new and improved version of impact fees Tuesday, though they admitted that the fees may still not be the solution to ending subsidies to growth.

Tuesday, November 6

Judge reviews recording

The taped conversation in which Thomas Lee Johnson admitted that he killed Lori Bases was heard by Justice Joseph P. Quinn and the courtroom gallery Tuesday evening.

Alleged confession overheard by police

Telephone conversation reveals details of victim's death

Crying at times, Thomas Lee Johnson confessed to Michelle Linnebur that he stabbed Lori Bases to death and then returned to her apartment to pray over her, Linnebur testified Tuesday at Johnson's murder trial.

At-large seat closely contested

Ivancie comes away victorious for council position

Steve Ivancie is no good at hiding his emotions. With one precinct left to be counted and a 16-vote lead in a race that had flip-flopped all night, Ivancie paced back and forth down the long hallway of the Routt County Courthouse. He hugged his daughter. He smiled at his wife. He sat. He got back up. He waited.

Antonucci upsets Brenner

Ken Brenner arrived at the Routt County Courthouse late Tuesday night looking for some news. Unfortunately, for the incumbent, the news was bad.

Child-care tax nixed

Residents overwhelmingly decided that they didn't want to increase taxes to support a plan to subsidize early childhood education.

North Routt says 'yes' to fire district

North Routt residents can feel a little safer in the future.

Kramer to view 'the big picture'

Nancy Kramer said she wants to be a proactive City Council member who sees the big picture. She now gets her chance.

Teacher raises approved

Steamboat Springs voters on Tuesday approved a property tax increase to fund pay increases for public school teachers.

Voter turnout strong for 'off year'

For an election void of a major state or national candidate race and with only two state ballot issues, the turnout of voters was uncommonly strong in Routt County.

City OKs wilderness resolution

The City Council stood strong Tuesday night in upholding a resolution to support a statewide proposal that would designate 1.6 million acres of federal land in Colorado as wilderness.

City Council secures monthly pay increase

The members of the Steamboat Springs City Council will receive their first raise in 12 years, after voters approved by a referendum to increase council salaries.

Connell wins in close race

City Council President Pro Tem Kathy Connell did not take her 180-vote victory as a mandate to keep the city on the same track Tuesday night.

3-2-1 gone

Failure of sales-tax question may have major effect on flights into the valley

Voters in Steamboat Springs withheld the boarding pass Tuesday for a sales tax to fund ski season jet flights. Referendum 2A was defeated after it received just 42 percent of the vote. Steamboat Ski Area President Chris Diamond said Tuesday night the failure of the tax question could jeopardize a portion of this winter's jet schedule.

Hoza snares Hayden School Board position

A current School Board member, a former School Board member and a newcomer with plenty of experience in education will take their place on the Hayden School Board after an election on Tuesday that was both predictable and unpredictable.

Monday, November 5

Sailors begin title run

Steamboat to enter playoffs in Longmont against 8-2 Niwot

A year ago at this time, the members of the Niwot Cougars football team were storing away their uniforms after completing a disappointing 2-8 season.

Board studies capital needs

With approval from the Steamboat Springs School Board, Education Fund Board and Capital Commission, the district could be looking at land acquisition near Soda Creek Elementary and renovations to the middle school in the next five years.

Moffat pressures city council

County wants city to recant support of wilderness proposal

With future funding for regional transportation potentially at stake, the Steamboat Springs City Council will decide tonight whether to stick by an earlier vote to support new wilderness or give in to Moffat County's demands for a reversal.

City, county to hold talks on community plan

Whether it's a discussion with city or county planning commissions, a meeting with the Routt County commissioners or a night with the Steamboat Springs City Council, one document seems to come up more than any other the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan.

Ex-wife testifies

Kim Goodwin tells of rocky relationship with Thomas Lee Johnson

Nearly 40 days passed before Kimberly Goodwin had any suspicion that her husband killed her best friend in Steamboat Springs the evening of May 11, 2000.

Sunday, November 4

Caring for Alzheimer's patients

Tragic disease robs memory, ability to reason

It's the fourth leading cause of death in individuals older than 60 years old, although it may afflict persons as young as 40 years of age. The tragedy of Alzheimer's disease is its relentless destruction of memory and the ability to reason.

A 'brief' sortie through the SnowSports Expo

Sunday did not mark the first time I've ever worn underpants on my head. But it was certainly the first time I've ever done so in front of several hundred strangers.

Residents ponder mail safety

Only a few locals are concerned about anthrax here

In March 1860, western newspapers ran an ad that said, "Wanted: young, skinny, wiry fellows not over 18. Must be expert riders willing to risk death daily." In April, the men who responded became the first mail carriers of the Pony Express.

Group to discuss number of issues

Grant application on board agenda

Steamboat Springs School Board members and guests will meet today for a study session to have a roundtable discussion on a variety of subjects.

Saturday, November 3


Sticky fingers

Last week the players and coaches at Loveland High School learned the hard way that football and home economics just don't mix.

Class notes

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for Oct. 24-31

Local briefing

Local briefing for Oct. 4, 2001

'We're all here for the free ski pass'

Steamboat Job Fair sees far more applicants than available opportunities

Jorma Nicander wasn't looking for a full-time job on Saturday. He was just looking for a second source of income to help him survive the ski season.


Letters for Oct. 4, 2001

Our view

Cast your ballot

Judging from early voting totals, residents have taken a keen interest in Tuesday's city, county and school elections. Already, more than 1,200 people have cast ballots in the election through early voting. That's a healthy turnout considering the last time similar elections were held, in November 1999, half of that total voted early. Indications are there will be a healthy turnout, which doesn't usually happen in odd-numbered years when we're not voting on a president, governor or congressman.

Good sports

Hayden football team still upbeat despite 30-plus point loss to Dolores County Bulldogs

A surprisingly optimistic Hayden football team huddled at midfield after Saturday's 45-12 loss at the hands of Dolores County.

In the Service

Local graduates for basic training

Art of the wild

A local woman stood at the B & L Quality Taxidermy shop about three years ago with tears streaming down her face, desperate because she had just lost her best friend.


How can the city and county plan?

Growth management have become the buzz words of the moment. How can the city and county come together to plan for future growth and how can the public participate. We asked Chad Phillips, a planner with the Routt County Planning Department, his take on the situation.

Girls go camping

Steamboat Springs girls basketball coach Bruce Alston will open a preseason camp starting Monday at the high school.

The right stuff

With winter just around the corner, innovative and fun items can come in handy

Having "stuff" may be one component in a human's life that separates the species from the plethora of other living organisms on the planet.

Steamboat places 3rd at volleyball regionals

Perhaps the only consolation Steamboat had as it walked off the court after a heartbreaking loss to Alamosa in the tie-breaking game at the regional tournament was the thought of next year.


Are you funky?

Is Steamboat Springs funky? A longtime local brought up the question to me last week. I thought maybe Steamboat was a little bit more rock 'n' roll or bluegrass. Not funky-jazzy, but maybe it was soulful. But this wasn't what he was talking about.


Youth Corps gets $187,000 grant The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in Steamboat Springs received a $187,000 grant from AmeriCorps to run year-round programs in Routt County.


Brad Barkey joins Northwest Data Brad Barkey joined Northwest Data Services in October as an information technology consultant.

Attacks claim a Steamboat travel agency

The double whammy of an economic recession and the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks has claimed a Steamboat Springs travel agency.

Weighing the I-70 monorail election issue

Steamboat officials are wary of supporting Amendment 26

Colorado voters are being asked this fall to give up $19 to help fund a $50 million feasibility study of a monorail intended to zap 10,000 people per hour along Interstate 70 between the airports in Denver and Eagle.

First National eyes new digs

Bank building will feature heated drive-through lanes and additional office space for lease

John Kerst has spent enough time as a Rocky Mountain bank president to know what he wants in a new building.

The record

The record for Oct. 27 to Nov. 2, 2001

School focuses on ability over age

Teachers say the 'multi age classroom brings attention to the individual

In Erica Gallagher's youngest science class at Lowell Whiteman Primary School, her students know all about the new millipede introduced Thursday, the pet snake over in the corner of the room and the pumpkin seeds they have just planted in small plastic cups. But some of them might not know which grade they are in. That is because at Lowell Whiteman, specific grade levels are not that important.

Loyce E. Huffstetler


John Burin



Don't leave your health out in the cold

With frigid temperatures, high stress preceding the holidays and enough food around to roll you down the mountain, many people need a plan of attack to keep healthy this late fall and winter season.

Fight for life

Local woman suffers from rare bone marrow disease

Deb Freseman is playing a high stakes game of poker, or more appropriately in her case, a hand of euchre. The stakes are nothing less than her long-term health, even her life. Deb isn't really a gambler. She's an emergency room nurse in her early 40s with a pretty smile and a mild Southern accent that can be traced to North Carolina.

Building permits

Building permits for Oct. 22-26


Sport taught you life lessons? Me, too

I'm a big believer in smart magazines coming to the house. For anyone wishing to lead a healthier lifestyle more energy, less sickness I would say it's vital to subscribe to at least two magazines a month that remind you to pay attention to your mind, your body, your silliness. (You thought I was going to say "spirit," right?)

Weekly planner

Weekly planner for Nov. 5-10, 2001

Residents get better idea of possible gravel pit

Tour provides information, dispels hearsay

Bill and Sonja Norris stepped over cowpies and hurdled ditches to stand in the middle of a field of dreams of sorts. Several people from Oak Creek joined them on Tuesday afternoon as they trekked through a stretch of pasture south of Steamboat Springs on Colorado 131 to see where the valley's newest gravel pit might sit. Routt County planning staffer John Eastman and Lafarge area manager Bruce Daniel directed the tour of the proposed site.

In brief

In brief for Oct. 4, 2001

Changes at Catamount

Developer and original sales agent decide to part company

Catamount Ranch & Club has closed its Lincoln Avenue sales office and is seeking a presence at the base of the ski mountain.

Around town

Around town for Oct. 4, 2001

Friday, November 2

Photos may have tainted juror

Alternate could be needed in Johnson trial

Autopsy photos of Lori Bases were so gruesome they may have impacted a juror who will decide the fate of Thomas Lee Johnson.

Sailors rally past Panthers

It took a blocked field goal and a heroic stance from the Sailors' defense in the fourth quarter to seal Steamboat a spot in the state playoffs.

Rifle wins league title outright

After spoiling the Sailors' perfect season last weekend, the Rifle Bears put on another big-time performance Friday night to knock off rival Palisade, which made the Bears undisputed league champions.

Thursday, November 1

Early voting sees jump

Turnout could have ramifications for 3-2-1 transportation tax proposal

With one day left for early and absentee voting, the number of people who have already cast their ballots is twice what it was two years ago.

Sheriff sees improved FBI communications

When Routt County Sheriff John Warner came to work Thursday, there were 12 e-mail messages in his in-box from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Jurors get glimpse of murder scene

A graphic video that police shot of Lori Bases when she was found dead in her Steamboat Springs apartment last year was shown Thursday to the jury in the Thomas Lee Johnson murder trial.

The Wapiti ranch takes top honors

The Wapiti ranch's white barn stables and fenced-in pastures that houses some of the nation's best miniature horses has been recognized again as one of the premier ranches as two miniatures horses won in the American Miniature Horse National Show.

Area to recieve conservation funds

The Yampa Valley stands apart from many places in the West because its natural landscape has remained relatively untouched.

Spreading some warmth

LIFT-UP's annual winter coat drive begins

LIFT-UP of Routt County will begin collecting winter coats to distribute to local people who are in need of assistance.

Preparing gardening tools for winter

Late autumn seems to be the time of year that golf clubs get cleaned up and stored; it's when skiers take their planks in for wax and a tune-up. It's when we call our friends at the New Holland dealership for help attaching the snowblower to the garden tractor. And it's when gardeners finalize winter clean-up and start putting their tools away for the season.

Former boyfriend of victim gives conflicting testimony

Lori Bases' former boyfriend gave conflicting testimony Thursday that left at least one member of the jury confused during the murder trial of Thomas Lee Johnson.

Debate team to start competition

As the Steamboat Springs High School fall sports season is quickly coming to a close, a different type of Sailors team is just beginning its five-month long competition.