Stories for July 2002

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Wednesday, July 31

Race will push runners to limit

It's the kind of race that will test any runner's physical condition while pushing their dedication to the limits.

West End units filling

Most available lots have been claimed

William Samuelson is a part-time musician and his wife Debbie Duncan is a disc jockey at KBCR, so it is no surprise they are excited to move to a new house along Abbey Road. For two years, this music-minded couple has waited to move into the development also housing Penny Lane. But it has little to do with Beatle mania.

Oak Creek Town Board calls executive session

With lawsuits against city mounting, officials close meeting

For the nearly 20 people who showed up to Town Hall Wednesday night, there wasn't much to see aside from a closed door.

Sound Off Readers offer their views

City should explain - I see the city is going to want more taxes. I for one am not going to vote for new taxes until the city can tell me where all the money is going. Sales taxes keep going up and up and the city keeps saying it has less and less money. I just don't understand that. The city has some explaining to do.

Students perform well on CSAPs

Steamboat Springs schools finished well above state Colorado Student Assessment Program averages that were released Wednesday.

Math still gives Hayden students problems on CSAPs

Hayden students tested better than the state average in reading this year and more than 25 percent better in science, according to Colorado Student Assessment Program results released Wednesday.

Courthouse expansion addressed

Officials fear for safety of witnesses, jury members

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis remembers holding court in a crowded Routt County Courthouse. That was 14 years ago.

Tournament's popularity grows

Ski Town USA Golf Classic fills to capacity

One of Steamboat's best-kept secrets is out.

Tuesday, July 30

Couple will spread message abroad

Sherrills will teach, learn at Russian college

Mike and Becca Sherrill never anticipated going back to school so soon.

Playing through pain

Junior golfer overcomes back injury to win division at Haywhacker

Kristin Walla of Aspen had to dump about half of her clubs Tuesday as she did everything possible to lighten her load on the final holes of the third annual Haywhacker Junior Golf Tournament.

Water words change

New document different than one tabled July 9

When the City Council sees the Steamboat Springs Water Authority Agreement on Aug. 20, it will be a changed document from what was tabled July 9. The negotiating team between the city and the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District has met three times to iron out details in the agreement since July 9.

The Record for July 31

8:48 a.m. A stereo was stolen from a car parked along the 2300 block of Apres Ski Way.

Police make arrest in hit-and-run accident

Police on Tuesday arrested the driver and owner of the Porsche convertible that struck and seriously injured a Hayden man in June.

Steamboat woman biking to Nicaragua

Trip goals include school construction

Local education specialist Debbie Young is biking to Nicaragua in January to work with 10 women for six months on developing and implementing early childhood care models in the rural part of the country.

Yampa River trout offered breath of fresh water

Aerator installed to help boost oxygen levels

The struggling trout in the town section of the Yampa River have new hope and maybe even a little more oxygen this week with the installation of a mechanical aerator near the confluence of Fish Creek.

Caregivers eligible for financial aid

Program will reward those who provide elderly with care

People who give care to the elderly in their homes are now eligible for a well-deserved break. Anyone who provides care to people 60 and older in Northwest Colorado can receive financial assistance to offset the costs of supervision and care.

OUR VIEW

McInnis' Efforts Applauded

U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis convened a joint meeting last week of the House Forests, National Parks and Fisheries subcommittees to try to get Congress to do something it has never done fully fund the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program.

Monday, July 29

City Council hosts open house

Officials will gather input from residents

The city will be taking input from its residents Thursday during the daylong open house at Olympian Hall.

Merchant passes up in the air

Task force aims to raise $850,000 under flight program

Local business owners who want to secure the most advantageous pricing on merchant ski passes for their employees this winter will need to "Fly Steamboat."

A cow on the mooove

Popular Denver billboard fixture found posing in Steamboat art exhibit

A wayward cow was found Monday in Steamboat Springs, some 160 miles north of its home on a Denver-area interstate.

Sunday, July 28

Birthday bash was electrifying after all

Bolts from heaven interrupt peaceful slumber in the sand

I've resigned myself to the fact that in my middle age, I am no longer the party animal I once was.

Model of Judicial Facility will be available this week

A model of the proposed Routt County Judicial Facility will hit the road this week as a campaign is put in place to get the votes and money needed to build the full-scale judicial building.

Recycling efforts target computers

Group collects more than 40,000 pounds of electronics

It costs several thousands dollars to buy a new computer system, and this weekend it cost $10 dollars to get rid of it.

Saturday, July 27

Adapting to life a world away

Oak Creek man finds cultural differences as Peace Corps volunteer

When Peter "Mike" Yurich hears people grumbling about water restrictions, he has to laugh. In Armenia, where he was living two weeks ago, there also was a water crisis. As a result, his apartment received water for one hour every other day.

County treasurer guards $31.5 million portfolio

If the financial markets have the typical investor's stomach tied in knots, consider Jeanne Whiddon's situation she's charged with managing a $31.5 million portfolio.

Local investors learn to ride the market

Sherm Poppen wasn't impressed with the stock market's rally Wednesday afternoon. "It was a dead cat bounce," he said dismissively of the 500-point jump in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Towns face housing crunch

Hayden, Oak Creek feel pressure from Steamboat commuters

For Brian and Christel Houston, a 25-minute commute from Hayden is not a big deal. In Southern California, they knew people who commuted more than an hour and a half to work each way. For the past 10 years, the Houstons have rented a four-bedroom home in Steamboat Springs. When the youngest of their four children reached kindergarten age, the family began looking for a home to buy. They knew Steamboat, where the median price of homes sold this year is $395,500, was out of the question.

Hunting forecast

Difficult to predict what impact CWD will have on season, area economy

The last two big-game hunting seasons have been rugged for local businesses that depend on the orange army for a significant portion of their annual receipts.

OUR VIEW

A real choice

In a few weeks, Routt County will spend between $15,000 and $20,000 on primary elections that will accomplish nothing.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Thanks, South Routt I am writing this letter to express my appreciation for the whole South Routt community. Some of you deserve many thanks for allowing me to learn and grow as a person and teacher within your town.

Hispanic population continues to grow

Editor's note: The following is the first story in a six-part series examining the impact of a growing Spanish-speaking community in Moffat County. It will look at social ramifications from those on both sides of the issue.

Snowden

Congratulations to Leonard and Martha Snowden on their Golden Anniversary. Friends and family are invited to celebrate their Golden Anniversary at a reception given by family and friends starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at Soroco Elementary in Yampa.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

What does the future hold for ASC?

American Skiing Co. representatives talk about capital improvements made to the ski area. President Chris Diamond, Senior Vice President Bob Kuusinen and Vice President of Marketing Andy Wirth weigh in with their views on the upcoming season.

Triple Crown teams look to finals

The players on the Inland Valley Stealth are pretty close they've been together for five years. They are also pretty superstitious, so when the coin is tossed and they win the flip, they always choose to be the home team, right? Wrong. "We want to be the visitors so we can get out and get some runs," Jimmy Lambert said.

Part 4: Towns face housing crunch

Hayden, Oak Creek feel pressure from Steamboat commuters

For Brian and Christel Houston, a 25-minute commute from Hayden is not a big deal. In Southern California, they knew people who commuted more than an hour and a half to work each way. For the past 10 years, the Houstons have rented a four-bedroom home in Steamboat Springs. When the youngest of their four children reached kindergarten age, the family began looking for a home to buy. They knew Steamboat, where the median price of homes sold this year is $395,500, was out of the question.

Getting ready for the fair

Raising award-winning livestock a full-time job for local kids in 4-H

If you meet enough 4-H steers, there is one thing you learn about naming these one-ton gentle giants: colors are important. The names can be as simple as Blackie and Red. Some add twists, like Black Jack and Redhead. But invariably, the color of the animal is included.

The view from above

Mount Werner hiking trails will take you to new heights

Veteran local hikers might be prone to overlook the trails and slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area when casting about for their next trailhead. But any weekend when work or social engagements preclude driving an hour each way to get to a wilderness hike, Mount Werner is a great option.

OBIT: GUIRE

Corwin Lyle Guire was born Oct. 16, 1941, in Steamboat Springs to Ralph Fredrick Guire and Mavis Irene Young Guire. He attended school at Steamboat Springs High School and was active in wrestling, football and FFA.

OBIT: WHITECOTTON

Marilyn Whitecotton, a longtime resident of Routt County, died July 3, 2002, in Tucson, Ariz., at the age of 77.

OBIT: WORTHINGTON

John L. Worthington died of a heart attack July 16, 2002, at his ranch in Carr. Services were held July 19, 2002, in the Harmony Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Larry Kunter officiating.

Buntain

Bob and June Buntain were married June 27, 1942, in the Forked River New Jersey Presbyterian Church in Army dress uniform, prior to being shipped overseas with General Patton's 4th Armored Division in World War II.

BIRTHS

Alexander Lee Spiegel, son of Sharon and Benjamin Spiegel of Steamboat Springs, was born at 8:25 p.m. July 2, 2002.

TOWN TALK: Hayden

July Birthdays were celebrated July 20 at The Haven. Those honored are as follows: Connie Robinson, Susy Jarrell, Melvin Richardson and Lucillo Bartlett.

The Record for July 28

12:03 a.m. A missing person was reported on Overlook Drive.

New Hayden coaches ready for season

The stands were empty. The field wasn't lined, and the uniforms were cut-off shirts and the occasional backwards cap instead of pads and helmets, but work was being done. For the first time in nine years, Hayden has a new set of high school football coaches, and the July 21-23 mini-camp provided an opportunity for appropriate introductions to schemes and each other.

Big plans

Developers have long-range housing concept for Hayden

Developers are working on two major projects in Hayden that could dramatically shape the next 30 years of development.

BUSINESS FILE

Funeral home has new owners Kevin and Carla Sessions of Buffalo, Wyo., have purchased Steamboat's only funeral home from Mike Peterson.

John Russell: Rodeo cowboys have all the fun

Ever gone to the rodeo on Friday or Saturday night in Steamboat Springs and thought to yourself that riding rough stock, roping calves or chasing steers looked like something you might want to do? The idea of being a rodeo cowboy was something that might have appealed to me once upon a time.

THE WAY IT WAS

Two-Bar Bill down again

Marion (Two-Bar Bill) Winters was before Justice O.E. Mallory twice last week on Wednesday to answer a charge of having broken into the cabin at the Willow Creek placer property and removing a quantity of materials, including the doors and windows of the building. He entered a plea of guilty and was fined. The case had hardly been closed before Winters was again arrested, this time on a charge of having made away with 1.5 miles of four-wire fence in California Park belonging to the Clay Springs Cattle Company. Ralph Denney of Clark is accused of having been associated with Winters in taking the wire.

Days of swine and roses

As a two-time grand champion swine fitter, I know a thing or two about what it takes to get animals ready for a county fair.

Nearby Mount Werner provides excellent hikes

Veteran local hikers might be prone to overlook the trails and slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area when casting about for their next trailhead. But any weekend when work or social engagements preclude driving an hour each way to get to a wilderness hike, Mount Werner is a great option.

Camping for the arts

Dance, theater training highlights summer camp

Professional dance and theater training is not too far from home for local students participating in the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp.

TOWN TALK: Hahn's Peak

Let's shout for joy for the wonderful shower we had last week. Sure made the grass and trees greener, and the forest fire over east is contained. Of course, the flowers are about gone around this neighborhood. There are still some white daisies, and sneezewood and golden glow.

LETTERS FROM THE RANCH

Dear Bertha, In your last letter, you asked if the Jim Bowie of the Alamo was a relative of my grandfather?

The Porches at More's Corner

Luxury townhomes feature touches unique to market

With a name like The Porches at More's Corner, it is not hard to figure out one of the main features in the 64-unit, luxury townhome development.

Friday, July 26

Tugboat holding cancer benefit Sunday

The Tugboat Grill and Pub is celebrating and supporting one of its own Sunday night and hopes the public comes out to help as well.

Altitude adjustment

Air density throws athletes for a loop at XTERRA Central Championship

David Dietrich and Andrew Hyde picked a doozy of a place to make their competitive off-road triathlon debut, but they love trail running and dig trail riding, so they figured they would give the XTERRA Central Championship a shot.

Town starts water restrictions

Oak Creek residents must follow guidelines to conserve

Thursday night Oak Creek joined Hayden in the implementation of mandatory watering restrictions. Until this week, watering restrictions have been voluntary.

McInnis pushes for more funds

Representative holds hearing to promote bill passage

U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Grand Junction, held a committee hearing this week to promote passage of legislation to fully fund the federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes program, which could mean more money for several Northwest Colorado counties, including Routt.

Numerous tourists expected this weekend

Steamboat is predicted to be at 82 percent occupancy this weekend, but chamber officials expect to see more people here over the weekend because of all the last-minute bookings.

The Record for July 27

12:13 p.m. Damage and criminal mischief was reported in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. A ticket was issued.

Oak Creek will have only 2 police dept. members

When the Oak Creek Town Board voted to advertise for a police chief, then subsequently voted to limit the police department to two people, the police chief was to be included in that count.

Steamboat represented at derby

Coleman Holloway is representing Steamboat Springs in the five-day All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio.

Thursday, July 25

Don't doom the blooms

Dried flowers can preserve memories

How many times have you had a special bloom from your garden and wished to preserve it in a lasting arrangement or an aromatic potpourri? Think about drying these blooms yourself! It is easy to do and fun.

Off to the Olympics

11 Steamboat Springs swimmers qualify for JOs

It's amazing what happens when a swimmer's goggles stay on.

Computer roundup Saturday

Residents asked to safely recycle components

Protecting and preserving the environment will be prevalent in Steamboat Springs Saturday as Routt County residents are encouraged to recycle computers and check out the state-sponsored energy expo bus.

Oak Creek decides on 2 officers, 1 police chief

After three months of discussion and 4 1/2 hours into Thursday night's Town Board meeting, it seemed the fate of Oak Creek's Police Department would never be decided. Ten minutes later, the board voted to have two police officers and one police chief. An audible sigh rose from the audience and one man applauded.

Primary races uncontested

Neither Democrat nor Republican candidates running against incumbents

Voters who make it out to the polls for this year's Routt County primary race won't have to think too hard. There are no contested races in either the Democratic or Republican races.

An anthology for all

Ask anyone in Steamboat why they moved here and almost everyone will say, "The skiing." But talk to them for another 10 minutes and you will find there is more to it. Many people were searching for something. More often they were running for something. They were all headed toward a lifestyle, real or imagined, that is "away" from the rest of the world separated by altitude and mentality.

Perry-Mansfield presents Chicago

The cast of "Chicago" was well into Tuesday night's technical rehearsal when the death scene came for one of the musical's merry murderesses.

Committee to advise board on charter application

The Montessori Steering Committee members are hoping they will not have to wait too long before finalizing their plans for a public Montessori charter school.

The Record: Wednesday, July 24

1:03 a.m. There was a noise complaint in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue.

EDGE OF STEAMBOAT

End of the world or comeback tours

Get ready for overindulgence because Steamboat is getting hit by a couple of strange comeback tours. Yes, 2 Live Crew hits Steamboat Springs Aug. 9, and five days later, one of the kings of glam rock gluttony, Vince Neil, comes to town.

NIGHTLIFE

Today Local bluegrass band County Road 41 plays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mocha Molly's.

Insects gain advantage

Grasshoppers might lay more eggs this fall

Moisture and cooler temperatures in the Yampa Valley will aid grasshoppers, entomologist Frank Peairs said.

Young quartet making a mark

Being a member of the Hyperion String Quartet is like being married to three people.

Wednesday, July 24

Exhibit featuring local artists opens at Art Depot

When the new exhibit at the Art Depot opens on Friday, locals will see 30 years of art in Steamboat Springs hanging on the walls and displayed on the museum floor.

Efforts move to southern fires

Wildfires south of town now priority for crews

With the Hinman fire scheduled to be fully contained Wednesday, the Green Creek, Big Fish and Lost Lakes fires have become the firefighting priority in Routt County.

THE RECORD: TUESDAY

3:35 a.m. There was a noise complaint in the 3000 block of Village Drive.

County approves development

Hidden Springs still has water issues to work out

The Routt County Board of Commissioners approved the Hidden Springs Ranch Land Preservation Subdivision in Hayden on Tuesday, but not without first imposing a few conditions.

Colorado Days set for this weekend in Hayden

Saturday morning, large men in tiny cars will honk and wave as they circle endlessly on Jefferson Avenue in Hayden. The comedic display is recognized nationwide as the Shriners and heralds the beginning of Colorado Days.

Rink ready for Aug. 4 opening

With temperatures soaring into the 90s in recent weeks, Howelsen Ice Arena manager Stacey Foster is hoping that more than a few locals will look to the arena as a place to cool off this August. "We should have the ice sheet completed by Aug. 4," Foster said. "Everything seems to be going smoothly with our new system."

Ready, set, go

In preparation for its premier event of the summer, Mountain Sports Magazine is holding a mini-triathlon clinic and mountain bike time trials this weekend.

Tuesday, July 23

Community shows firefighters support, gratitude

Crews receive outpouring of gifts from North Routt residents

When Clark resident Sally Brody wanted to do something to thank the firefighters who have been working to protect the forests and her friends' homes along Seedhouse Road from the Hinman fire, she got out a cookbook and made a big chocolate cake.

OUR VIEW: Many Thanks to Firefighters

In June, we watched as the Hayman and Coal Seam fires wreaked havoc near Denver and Glenwood Springs. Smoke from fires near Durango and in Arizona shrouded our mountain views for days. At any moment, we knew the situation could be the same here.

60-mile walk raises money for breast cancer research

Suzy Lord walked 20 miles in 130-degree heat with 14 blisters on her feet during the final day of the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day last year. She said it wasn't fun, but it was worth the pain.

Send in your Routt County Spotlight

Want to be considered for Routt County Spotlight? Just complete the following form and e-mail it to sstanford@steamboatpilot.com

Rodeman defends interim chief

Oak Creek mayor wants to keep Lunnen on

When the town of Oak Creek found that they could keep Interim Police Chief Jason Lunnen in the office for a couple of more weeks, board members called off a meeting that would have decided the fate of the entire police force.

LETTERS

Look for warning signs

Look for warning signs We are writing this letter because of our concerns about the number of adolescents in Routt County who are struggling with issues of suicide and drug and alcohol abuse. Our concern is that most of these teens and parents are either not aware of resources or are somehow not utilizing them. We are afraid for our youth and families.

Colorado Days is this weekend

Saturday morning, large men in tiny cars will honk and wave as they circle endlessly on Jefferson Avenue in Hayden. The comedic display is recognized na-tionwide as the Shriners and heralds the beginning of Colorado Days.

Ski Corp. announces improvements

The third-floor cafeteria at the Steamboat Ski Area has needed an updated look for a few years, and now BK Corral is going to get it. The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. announced $2 million in capital improvements Tuesday, and refurbished public dining areas were high on the list.

Triple Crown World Series opens tonight

The Triple Crown World Series will open tonight with a parade of teams at the Romick Rodeo Arena.

Triathletes raise money for local Humane Society

Diane James is raising money for her best friend and others like him.

Control of Hinman changing

Forest district will resume responsibility of fire today

With the Hinman fire north of Steamboat Springs now 85 percent contained, control of the fire will return to the Routt National Forest district Thursday morning, and Seedhouse Road is expected to open to the public by 6 p.m. today.

Fishing ban lifted below Stagecoach

City stretch of Yampa River still off limits

Anglers who haven't been able to fish their home waters for most of July have been cleared to go back in the water.

The Record: Monday, JULY 22

1:55 a.m. Damage and criminal mischief was reported in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue.

County approves Hidden Springs subdivision

The Routt County Board of County Commissioners approved the Hidden Springs Ranch Land Preservation Subdivision in Hayden on Tuesday, but not without first imposing a few conditions.

Monday, July 22

Teacher pay in Hayden may increase

Hayden teachers are paid less than their counterparts in any of the neighboring towns.

Fire 60 percent contained

Crew members, equipment receive orders to go home

The Hinman fire 23 miles north of Steamboat Springs is now 60 percent contained, and some crew members and equipment being used to fight the fire are receiving orders to go elsewhere.

Grant receives preliminary OK

Water treatment and supply system looks to get update

Routt County's application for a grant to improve the Phippsburg water treatment and supply system received preliminary approval at last week's meeting of the state advisory committee for the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program.

Sunshine Loop may be most grueling race

With close to 14 miles of grueling dirt-track terrain, this week's Sunshine Loop race is one of the longest and most challenging in the Town Challenge Mountain Bike series.

Hayden may cut off lawn watering

Hayden is the only town in Routt County with mandatory watering restrictions, and at Thursday night's Town Board meeting, trustees announced water use had, in fact, gone down.

Organizations come together for Ranch Rendezvous Days

Several local organizations have banded together to host Ranch Rendezvous Days Saturday at Gondola Plaza.

Rain keeps record intact

Month could have been driest July in city history

The steady rain shower that followed a row of thunderclouds into Steamboat Saturday ended the chance the city would break the record for the least precipitation in the month of July.

Golf extravaganza

Cowboy shootout, City Championships, Haywhacker tournaments are back

For the past two days, local golfer Paul Berry has traveled to out-of-town golf tournaments but he knows his days of competing on the road are coming to an end.

South Routt newspaper ceases publication

The front page of the South Routt NOW announced its own end. The large headline, "NOW Ceases Publication" is ominous over a color photo of smoke destroying wilderness area south of Rabbit Ears Pass. It looks like the end of the world.

Sunday, July 21

Grasshoppers ... They're what's for dinner

Eating grasshoppers is gross. That was the only excuse he gave for not coming to the grasshopper dinner party.

Fires can't keep visitors from enjoying Steamboat

Wildfires, drought and an infestation of grasshoppers did not keep tourists away this weekend. With Triple Crown, the Mountain Soccer Tournament and the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, the weekend was predicted to be one of the biggest of the summer for an influx of people.

Weather continues to aid wildfire efforts

The skies opened Saturday night and a half-inch of rain provided relief for firefighters who have been battling wildfires burning southwest, southeast and north of Steamboat. The rain halted growth of the Green Creek fire in the Sarvice Creek Wilderness area, the Lost Lakes fire in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area and the newest fire at Big Fish Lake, five miles south of the Lost Lakes fire.

Tom Ross: Time to take a road trip

The full moon will rise over Soda Mountain on Wednesday. The Broncos report to Greeley on Thursday, and already the August calendar that hangs in the kitchen is filling with reminders and appointments. I've got an itch that needs scratching. I feel a road trip coming on. Summer is far from over, but it's definitely time to take stock and re-prioritize.

Saturday, July 20

Lwetter: Reader appreciate newspaper

After reading Terry Lyons' letter to the editor in the Steamboat Today, Thursday, I just had to comment.

Part 3: Second-home owners drive housing market

On any given day, the city of Steamboat Springs is only half here.

Letter: String Cheese concert unfairly maligned

Stigma (n.) A distinguishing mark or characteristic.Unfortunately, it's usually only the negative stigmas that are noticed, and in this case, reported in the newspaper.

Letter: Thanks for the help

'd like to express my sincere gratitude to the highway patrol officers, the EMT crew, the emergency room staff and docs and Dr. Van Patten and his surgical team for the exemplary care I received after my bike accident on Sunday morning. Their level of care was only surpassed by their excellent interpersonal skills and sincere demeanor.

Sound Off: Readers share their views

E-mail soundoff@steamboatpilot.com or call 871-4248

I just wanted to call and say that I appreciate the Pilot & Today's series on affordable housing. This is something that has a big impact on most of us who live here, but mostly all that has happened is lip service. Hopefully, someone that matters is reading the stories and taking note of what the people in the stories are going through.

Condo owners defend new legislation

A series of property tax appeals in Routt County this year provided the impetus for a new piece of state property tax legislation dealing with the way in which resort condominiums are taxed.

Frustrated Franklin to try again on Elkins Meadow

The City Council wants developer Paul Franklin to take his plans for Elkins Meadow back to the drawing board. In the preliminary plat approval for 20 luxury homes, council tabled Franklin's plan and asked him to reduce density, lot size and home size; give the project a more clustered feel; and lower the skyline.

Rains aid in fighting fires

Containment of Hinman jumps to 33 percent

Heavy rains that fell Saturday helped firefighters in their efforts to contain the Hinman fire 23 miles north of Steamboat Springs, as well as the Lost Green Complex fire, which includes the Lost Lakes, Green Creek and Big Fish Lake fires to the southeast of Steamboat.

Desperate for dissolved oxygen

Trout cling to life in tepid water

Every trout in the town section of the Yampa River can be found today in one 75-foot section of stream, jockeying for a little bit of the oxygenated water trickling into the Yampa from Fish Creek.

Big league hopefuls

Means, Kiely dream of life at the top

Perry Means and Jeremiah Kiely dream about baseball. Means isn't always playing. He is OK with just watching from the bleachers or maybe from the owner's box, like the one time his family stumbled upon Marge Schott's tickets for a Cincinnati Reds game when they were vacationing in Kentucky.

Three Steamboat teams advance to finals

Their older counterparts have played more soccer, but the Steamboat Springs Under 10 girls and boys teams proved they have the skills as well, earning trips to today's finals in the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament.

A family of firefighters

Men and women from all over the U.S. leave lives behind for gratifying work

Angie Carl is running for a county commissioner's seat back home. But campaign stumping will have to wait. Carl is miles from the voters of Allen County, Ind., fighting fires in another county where most people probably wouldn't recognize her name.

Letter: Craig supports Triple Crown

The Craig Chamber of Commerce has always welcomed the Triple Crown event, which would not be possible without the support of the city of Steamboat Springs. We truly appreciate the overflow to our area and the benefits it has to our business community.

Letter: Support Advocates

Are you aware of the fact that 41 sexual assault survivors have received services in our community since January of 2002? Are you also aware of the fact that the number of sexual assaults this year has already surpassed the total number of sexual assaults that occurred last year in Routt County? You may be further interested to know that most of our surrounding counties have not seen this increase in sexual assault and that the perpetrators of these Routt County crimes are for the most part local adults and adolescents!

Ski Country's Perlman could help Steamboat

For the second time in 2 years, the marketing consortium for Colorado's ski areas has hired an executive away from Intrawest. Rob Perlman, 32, will become the new president of Colorado Ski Country USA at the end of August. He has been the executive director of sales and marketing at Mammoth Mountain, Calif., for four years.

Our View: Voters facing full plate in November

Residents likely will have a lot to decide in November. Last week, the City Council gave initial approval to placing three taxes on the ballot: A 5 mill property tax to raise about $1.9 million per year for fire safety. A 2.8 mill property tax to raise $1.1 million for operation of the Howelsen Hill complex. And an excise tax that would charge 1 percent of valuation on new development. That tax, if approved, would replace the current impact fee assessed on new development.

Tourney helps raise funds for tennis

Supporting youth tennis is a worthy cause, so finding contributors and participants for the annual Ore House Championships isn't difficult.

Feat diluted by attempts

They come on bikes, they wear tennis shoes and a few even drive lawnmowers.

Fire should not have major impact on insurance

Wildfires throughout Colorado so far this year have prompted more than $80 million in insurance claims, but agents said homeowners should not see a dramatic increase in their insurance bills.

Friday, July 19

Steamboat hires hockey coach

Dave Strang named head of Sailors program

Dave Strang has been named the head coach for the newly created Steamboat Springs boys hockey team, Athletics Director Bruce Crowhurst announced Friday.

Council: Post office in violation of development agreement

The city has become the third party in the dispute about replacing the bridge connecting the Lincoln Avenue post office and the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center.

Golfing world opens its arms to girls

Haley Morris isn't sure why girls dodge golf.

Man hurt in 4-wheeler wreck

59-year-old trapped nearly 7 hours under machine

Larry Belton, 59, rode off on his four-wheeler Thursday morning to check a head gate on an irrigation ditch at Big Creek Ranch. Belton, who works part time at the ranch, soon found himself in a life-threatening situation.

Three men arrested for possession of drugs

Three people from Connecticut were arrested on drug charges Thursday.

Good conditions aid firefighters

Lightning causes several more fires in the area

High relative humidity and favorable weather conditions Friday allowed firefighters to aggressively attack the Hinman fire 23 miles north of Steamboat Springs. The fire remained fairly inactive except for a few spot fires and some torching of trees on the north end.

Pair impresses audience with footbag savvy

It's tough to tell what is more impressive, Bruce Guettich and Peter Shunny's ascent through the footbag world or their ability to seize the attention of youth campers for longer than 20 minutes. On Friday, before several dozen children at the Kids' Vacation Center in Gondola Square, Guettich and Shunny demonstrated freestyle and net footbag, mixing technical skill with comical charm that captivated the assembled audience.

Thursday, July 18

Helping one of our own

Auction Sunday will benefit woman living with cancer

After being diagnosed with stage four terminal cancer last fall, Linda Jespersen said she felt shocked and scared but then decided to focus her thoughts and energies on all of the living she had to do.

A Family Album

Lucy Temple's bathrobe made from brightly colored ties and sewn together by a neighbor; her husband Shorty's rusted, swinging spurs once used on his dude ranch; and her son Jim's red scrapbook holding the first brochure of Storm Mountain with illustrated ski runs that were then no more than dreams

Get the jump on hoppers before they jump on you

Hoppers got the jump on many gardeners this year.

Firefighters get handle on blaze

Southern end is nearly secure; 1,310 acres burnt

Fresh crews began making progress on the northern end of the Hinman fire Thursday as firefighters stationed along the opposite end of the blaze secured it from spreading farther south. Rocky, steep heights have so far helped to keep the fire's northern boundary in check. Bulldozers moved into the area Wednesday to construct containment lines, followed the next day by two 20-person hand crews.

Forest Service plan allows Lost Lakes fire to burn

Letting blaze take its course in predetermined area promotes the health of the forest

In a side room of the U.S. Forest Service office in Steamboat Springs, people are hunched over laptops studying maps, sitting at tables examining maps and scanning maps on the walls. This is command central for a team of eight Forest Service officials given the task of managing the Lost Lakes fire.

Vectra's Neas retires after 54 years

Irlan Neas has given many people the chance to make Steamboat Springs their home during his 54 years of work in the banking industry.

Lodging at 85 percent; many expected in town

A crew from a helicopter service helping to fight one of three area forest fires found there was no room at the inn Thursday morning.

All the way to State

Two local little league teams advance to finals

It wasn't the driving shot 11-year-old Alex Wood was hoping for when he came to the plate, but he didn't complain when the shallow pop fly found the dirt just past first base.

EDGE OF STEAMBOAT

Snubbed by James Brown? Maybe

The dust has largely settled from the String Cheese shows over the Fourth of July. Much has been said about the concerts and its fans in Sound Off, in the Reader Forum at the Pilot & Today Web site and over the phone to reporters. Most of the latter can't be printed.

X-C skiers will slide under road

Developer spends $300,000 to accommodate trail

Cross country skiers at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center will be going underground next winter if only for a few moments at a time.

Oak Creek's police woes

Interim chief can't get certification; another officer fired

Oak Creek is down one more police officer after Interim Police Chief Jason Lunnen failed the Colorado certification test for the third and final time.

Team travels to Tournament in style

As a part-time chauffer for Wild West Luxury Limos out of Denver, Kirk Lewis gets a rowdy bachelor party in his stretch Navigator limo every once in a while.

Strings presents chamber music concert

Intimate event one of many performances coming up

Listening to the world's best musicians in a beautiful setting throughout the summer is easy to come by in Steamboat Springs. Next week will be no exception, when Strings in the Mountains presents an extraordinary concert every day of the week.

Wednesday, July 17

Our View: Elkins Meadow plan should be approved

Pardon Paul Franklin if he is a little frustrated. Franklin is the owner of the 105-acre Elkins Meadow. He wants to build 20 luxury homes in the area, but the city is making it as difficult as it can for him to do that.

Age over ego

Black team can't pull off another win over more seasoned Blue team

The big inning, either giving one up or having one, is the key to winning or losing in the Yampa Valley Adult Baseball League.

Water conservationist hosts impromptu rain dance

Tourists contacting Chamber about Steamboat's wildfire status

Jan Terrell has already had two camping trips disrupted by wildfire this summer, and now she plans to take preventative measures. The Denver resident is hosting an impromptu rain dance at 7 p.m. Saturday in the small Granite Campground at Fish Creek Reservoir northeast of Steamboat Springs.

Field quality holds up contract

King says he will not sign agreement as it is currently written

Without the promise of more fields, Triple Crown founder Dave King said he is not willing to sign a contract with the city.

Winds force crews to retreat

Gusts up to 40 mph create dangerous situation for Hinman firefighters

Wind gusts up to 40 mph forced fire crews working the southern end of the Hinman fire to retreat Wednesday afternoon.

Tuesday, July 16

Hinman crews holding the line

Personnel, equipment still needed to effectively combat North Routt's 1,950-acre wildfire

There is only one way in and one way out for many of the people who venture close to the Hinman fire.

Allen tries to save elderly man

Student gives CPR aboard plane; status of victim unknown

Anya Allen, a senior this year at Steamboat Springs High School, never thought she would have to use the life-saving technique of CPR she learned in a class taught by the Steamboat Springs Fire Department.

Adding mill levies to ballot approved on 1st reading

For the first time in more than 20 years, city residents could see a portion of their property taxes go toward funding the city budget.

City OKs Triple Crown contract

But Council pulls use of Emerald Park from organization

The City Council approved a five-year contract with Triple Crown Sports but made Emerald Park off limits to the organization.

NIGHTLIFE

Today 3-Wire, a local folk and bluegrass group, plays on the Creekside Caf Grill patio, 131 11th St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

It's that time again

Soccer tournament invades Steamboat Springs

The Balvanz home has been soccer central since February.

Monday, July 15

Real estate broker ends home auction with no sale

Owner says he 'miscalculated' the number of people who would participate

The auction of Steamboat Springs real estate broker Thomas Willman's three-bedroom house on Blacktail Mountain ended Saturday without a sale.

Green Creek fire expands to 2,800 acres

The Green Creek fire southeast of Steamboat Springs has grown to 2,800 acres, the U.S. Forest Service reported Tuesday. The fire is burning mostly between Green Creek and Sarvice Creek in the Sarvice Creek Wilderness area. No structures are threatened by the fire, which is about five miles south of Rabbit Ears Pass, which remains open to traffic on U.S. Highway 40.

Green Creek fire spreads

Large patches of dry and dead timber fueled the spread of the Green Creek fire south of Rabbit Ears Pass Monday afternoon, creating dangerous conditions for firefighters and blackening the sky to the east of Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat surrounded by fire

Hinman reaches 1,600 acres, draws closer to homes in North Routt; Rabbit Ears shrouded in smoke

The slightest shift in Marsha Sanford's makeshift weathervane causes her heart to jump just a beat.

Triple Crown gets second reading

If passed, five-year contract would be ratified

The Steamboat Springs City Council will consider the second and final reading of a new five-year contract with Triple Crown at tonight's council meeting.

Sunday, July 14

Bark beetle attacking forests

Trees feeling insect's effects

The forests are taking a beating lately.

Firefighters battle four area fires

High winds help Hinman blaze increase to 850 acres

Firefighters working on the Hinman fire in Routt National Forest Sunday saw their progress on the 850-acre blaze go up in smoke twice.

Shampoo your neighbor in the name of conservation

Just a few ideas on how the Yampa Valley can save a little water

This just in ... 73 percent of adults in Routt County over the age of 37 get up to tinkle between the hours of 2:30 and 5:30 a.m.

Saturday, July 13

Camping with the dogs

Steamboat's Uhlr Gear marketing line of tents and sleeping bags for canines

Backpacking with a dog is a great experience until it rains; there's nothing quite like the smell of wet dog in a two-person tent.

THE WAY IT WAS

Boxing, baseball and rough riding

July 6, 1921 What had been planned by the Mount Harris Athletic Club as the most elaborate Fourth of July celebration in this part of the state Sunday and Monday was a big success though seriously interfered with by heavy rain. Races and other events had to be postponed until the track was in shape, as did Monday night's athletic events.

Local housing factors adversely affect employers

Home prices hurt efforts to recruit

Chris Thompson planned to make Steamboat Springs her home for many years.

Fire grows

Steep terrain, heavy timber slow

The Hinman fire in Routt National Forest 20 miles north of Steamboat Springs grew to about 800 acres Saturday and is now 2 percent contained.

A pedestrian friendly complex

The Pines III condominiums will offer residents convenient access to local businesses

Finding a distinguishing quality in Steamboat's condominium market can be a tough thing to do. But developer Brian Olson believes he has found a key distinction to the 65 multi-family residential units he is building pedestrian friendliness.

Big plans for Sundance Plaza

Shopping center to be remodeled, and hotel to be built across Anglers Drive

Walls block the view of Fish Creek as it flows behind Sundance Plaza. For two decades, retailers have turned their backs on this concealed jewel. But Sundance Plaza Property Manager Bob Larson feels the time has come to take this natural gem and give it storefront exposure.

LETTERS FROM THE RANCH

Dear Bertha, You asked what was meant by "passage in steerage." Passage merely means buying tickets to travel or, for that matter, perhaps to travel with or without a ticket. Steerage is the least accommodating (below deck) but least expensive transportation offered on a ship.

ENGAGEMENT: Hurt and Hanger

Robert and Marilyn Hurt of Dakota, Minn., announce the engagement of their daughter, Sabrina Suzanne, to Dr. Christopher Clay Hanger, son of Clay and Carol Hanger of Steamboat Springs.

ENGAGEMENT: Chapman and Davidson

Don and Faith Chapman of Jensen Beach, Fla., announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura "Lo" E. Chapman, to Brent C. Davidson, son of Arthur "Rusty" and Lena Davidson of Dumas, Texas.

4-H members make a splash

Youngsters learn the basics of diving in Discovery Scuba class

Exploring underwater life or helping in an underwater rescue were just two opportunities the High Point 4-H Club learned were available during a Discovery Scuba class Wednesday evening.

Mind and Body

Yoga, Pilates offer complete fitness workout

Joseph Pilates believed that physical fitness could not be acquired by wishful thinking or by outright purchase, which is bad news for the modern American seeking immediate results through late night infomercial devices.

Balloons over Steamboat

Annual event launches into 22nd year with wide variety of activities

Hot air balloons in a rainbow of colors sprinkled the sky around Mt. Werner yesterday morning during the 22nd annual Balloon Rodeo.

The high lonesome

North Park offers a fresh look

Novelist Thomas McGuane has a name for places like North Park, Colo. he calls them "The High Lonesome." McGuane typically writes about Montana, but his expression fits Jackson County, Routt County's neighbor to the east, perfectly.

Co-housing project planned

River Place Intentional Community to feature 18 units

A private partnership is proposing to develop 18 co-housing units, including a half dozen live/work lofts, on the city's east side.

BUSINESS FILE

Irlan Neas to retire from Vectra Bank

Friends, associates and customers will celebrate the retirement of one of Steamboat Springs' leading civic and business figures from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Vectra Bank.

Begay continuing Navajo traditions

In a small office above Lyon's Drug on Lincoln Avenue, Harvey Begay sits at a desk surrounded by shelves of tools and two tree stumps.

TOWN TALK: HAHN'S PEAK

Smoke! Smoke! and more Smoke! Thank goodness it isn't from local fires. However, it could happen here. We went up to Whiskey Park the other day and were surprised to see some people around a campfire. Thought we'd report them but when we came back, the camp area was cleared, the fire was out.

TOWN TALK: HAYDEN

Pete and Connie Barnes made a trip to Hayden week before last to attend the surprise 50th wedding anniversary celebration for Marilyn and Forrest Frentress.

Part 2: Man takes the 'build-it-yourself' approach

They have slept on couches and stayed with friends and family, lived out of suitcases and come to terms with feeling displaced. But that all changed last week when Jeremy MacGray, Brian Heit and Jake Drury moved into a home of their own.

Part 2: Housing factors affect employers

Home prices hurt efforts to recruit, retain employees

Chris Thompson planned to make Steamboat Springs her home for many years. But after three years as an English teacher, she abandoned Steamboat in May for the Front Range, where she will earn $10,000 more per year and pay less for housing.

Shopping is a sport for some

For some, summer in Steamboat is a chance to get back on the mountain bike, for others it is about playing softball or soccer.

Powderkeg volleyball tournament a hit

A trio of baseball players, gloves in hand, arrived at the Howelsen Hill baseball fields to find lines of volleyball nets in the outfields Saturday.

Let's compromise

The Steamboat Springs City Council made a wise decision last week when the council voted to postpone the Aug. 13 election on the proposed consolidation of Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District with the city's water department.

Cowpie Classic: A party both on and off the field

On Saturday, July 13, 2002, the Steamboat Springs Rugby Football Club won a Cowpie Classic game for the first time in, well, no one was for certain, but it had to be something like six years, so there was plenty of cause for celebration.

WEDDING: Fosdick and Anzalone

Amanda Fosdick and Kelly Anzalone of Steamboat Springs were married June 22, 2002, at Dutch Creek Guest Ranch. Judge Paul Sachs of Steamboat Springs officiated.

Crafty creations

Annual Art in the Park features entertainment, arts and crafts galore

A passion for creating works of art whether they are pieces of pottery, paintings or handwoven clothes drives many artists to spend long days and nights perfecting each of their pieces.

A place to call his own

Jonathan Wheby, a former Peace Corps volunteer, is building a life in Oak Creek

Jonathan Wheby stood on the porch of his new home in Oak Creek. The papers were signed and he was alone in a new town.

Friday, July 12

Oak Creek officials to decide on police force

Oak Creek residents won't vote on how big the Oak Creek Police Department should be.

City collecting traffic data

Information will be used for community plan update

People driving through Steamboat this week had their trips count for something.

Fire erupts in North Routt

Blaze jumps from 115 acres to 500 acres Friday

A fire sparked by lightning is burning in northern Routt National Forest and had consumed about 500 acres as of 8 p.m. Friday.

Community market set to benefit Horizons

Bob Larson is not sure where the idea came from to host Horizons Community Market on the 15 acres of undeveloped land his family owns.

Faux painter wins top honor

Stagecoach resident nets first place for design

Her style of painting may mean "fake" or "false" in French, but when it comes to being a faux painter, Jayne Taylor is the real thing.

Rainbow Weekend features activities for everyone

Balloon Rodeo, Art in the Park and performing arts part of annual event

Steamboat Springs' Rainbow Weekend offers a diversity of arts and entertainment for all ages to enjoy.

Race against time

Ten men compete in run across America

Ten men racing across America left Craig yesterday at 6 a.m. and made it into Steamboat Springs by the afternoon.

Galactic kicks off concert series

Having funked up the stages of such see-and-be-seen venues as New York's avant garde Knitting Factory, the New Orleans JazzFest and last month's first-ever Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee, Galactic played for free last night in front of a less known but just as grateful Howelsen Hill audience.

Thursday, July 11

D.C. concertmaster brings talent to Strings Tent

Nurit Bar-Josef's face glowed while searching her memories to recall the first violin she saw. She said it was in a Boston public school in the early '80s, and she was 5 years old. There was a demonstration of different instruments, and the violin was one of them. In retrospect, Bar-Josef concluded she was drawn to the instrument because of its nature.

A new take on Shakespeare

P-M gives 'Midsummer Night's Dream' a Southwest flair

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp's production of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" transforms the story into a southwestern fable.

Reliability of air service improves

Local travel agents say commercial air service at Yampa Valley Regional Airport this summer has been significantly more reliable than last summer. However, the number of passengers flying in June might have been limited by the late departure time of the first plane headed for Denver each morning.

Potyen, the piano man, follows his dreams

Paul Potyen had to make a decision about his music when he graduated from Stanford University with an engineering degree.

Rainbow Weekend

Art in the Park, Balloon Rodeo highlights of Steamboat tradition

Many people identify Rainbow Weekend with hot-air balloons. For 22 years, people have come to Steamboat Springs from all over to fly, or watch the flight of, hot-air balloons, in one of the most beloved rallies around. They get up early to watch the balloon inflation and stick around for the balloon rodeo launch.

Mountain Madness hits Steamboat Springs

In addition to hot-air balloons, concerts and rodeos, another staple of Steamboat Springs' Rainbow Weekend is the Mountain Madness Half Marathon, 10K and 2 mile Fun Run held Sunday morning.

Trustees cancel vote on police force

Oak Creek board will decide what to do in work session

Oak Creek residents won't vote on how big the Oak Creek Police Department should be.

Officials OK Hayden development

The Routt County Planning Commission gave a preliminary nod to a proposed development southwest of Hayden Thursday night.

Chamber agrees to pay fee

Triple Crown contract will go to fields' upkeep, maintenance

The Chamber Resort Association has agreed to pay Triple Crown $75,000 annually to host the organization's summer tournaments in Steamboat.

Local author's new book spreads message of faith

Margaret Feinberg penned her first work of fiction 18 years ago.

Officials create new strategy plan for handling fires

Federal agencies now have an official strategy in place for dealing with wildland fires on federal lands in Northwest Colorado.

Dawgs face tough decisions

The Pioneer Materials Dawgs have some tough decisions to make, following their fourth-place finish in the Triple Crown Men's Slow-Pitch Tournament held in Steamboat Springs over the Fourth of July weekend.

EDGE OF STEAMBOAT

Taking the plunge

"It leads to a stagnate life." I think that was my favorite. "The first guy to leave in the band is always the married guy." That one might be my second favorite. I hear it every other week or so by a guy in my band.

NIGHTLIFE

Saturday Ray's Music Exchange opened for Galactic at the free concert and stops in to play at the Wolf Den Tavern, 703 Lincoln Ave. downtown. No cover before 10 p.m. 21 and older only. Call 871-0008 for more information.

Event brings women together

Local women of the arts shared their stories through their paintings, literature and dance during the Women about Transformation fund-raiser Thursday night at Comb Goddess.

Don't let weeds crash your party

Garden weeds, I find, are sly little buggers.

Wednesday, July 10

Grasshoppers on the move

Infestations of insects creating concerns for local landowners

Grasshoppers are continuing to spread around Steamboat Springs and Routt County and now dense patches of the insects can be found around at least a 200 square mile area, local agriculture extension agent C.J. Mucklow said.

Mount Werner Circle upgrades on hold

City has until July 19 to accept bid

With a little over a week left, the city is waiting for a $600,000 commitment from the Steamboat Grand before starting improvements on Mount Werner Circle.

Black meets blue

Yampa Valley Baseball League finals are set

Things will be a little black and blue, with maybe some red and orange at Vanatta at Howelsen on July 17.

Cowpie Classic enters 28th year

Twenty-eight years ago the Steamboat Springs Rugby Football Club shared a field at Howelsen Hill with grazing cattle.

Council receives history lesson

Brown bag lunch heads to Tread of Pioneers Museum

City Council members will get a history lesson this afternoon as they tour the Tread of Pioneers Museum during their monthly brown bag luncheon.

Powderkeg volleyball tournament this weekend

Competition draws 175 teams from Colorado, other states

It was just a few years ago that making it to the finals of the open division at the Powderkeg volleyball tournament was a regular occurrence for locals Paul Cook and Reed Stephenson.

Balloons blow into Steamboat

Rainbow Weekend will bring tourists to town

Rainbow Weekend will be busy, but probably not quite as busy a tourism weekend as the July 4 holiday. Local resort officials expect more than 10,400 people in town Saturday night.

Tuesday, July 9

Council postpones water vote

Several concerns lead to city delaying consolidation plan

Former City Council members helped convince the current council to hold off on supporting the consolidation agreement with Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District.

The horse traveler

Middle school student spends her summers riding the circuit

When Katie Mills' parents took their 6-year-old daughter on a horseback ride at Steamboat Lake seven years ago, they had no idea what they were starting.

Yampa will not yet close

Wildlife commission hopes peer pressure will limit river use

The Colorado Wildlife Commission decided Tuesday at its meeting in Durango to hold off on closing the Yampa River to fishing.

OUR VIEW

Working Together

The second Independence Incident has come and gone. It remains to be seen if there will be a third.

Openings remain at golf camp

Director of Junior Golf Jason Deigert said a few openings remain in the younger division of Haymaker's upcoming Playing Camp.

Weed Tour today

Learn about native, non-native plants

The thought of hopping aboard a bus to brush up on Weeds 101 may sound somewhat amusing to those who pay little attention to the loathsome plants that invade Routt County.

City discusses putting property tax on ballot

The City Council decided Tuesday night if it were going to ask city residents to approve a property tax, it wanted to ask only once.

Rider fair after slide accident

A 30-year-old Walden man who hit his head while riding the Alpine Slide in Steamboat Springs is in fair condition at Denver Health Medical Center, said Johanna Ladis, a hospital spokeswoman.

Softball team ends season undefeated

When the season began earlier this summer, Oak Creek softball coach Bill Babcock could only dream that it would end the way it did.

Survey: Youths need more physical activity

Nearly half of females surveyed at SSHS believe they are overweight

Figures from a 2002 Steamboat CARES survey conducted at Steamboat Springs High School indicated local youths are not as active in aerobic-conditioning sports as our community may think.

Two local sites receive historical designation

Two sites that represent the unique character of Routt County have joined the list of buildings and properties that officially hold historical meaning in the county.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Concert concerns I am outraged about the article in Saturday's paper about the concert. The only thing I feel was reported correctly was how many arrests were made and how frustrating it was for our law enforcement.

Monday, July 8

Tennis tournament has 'huge' impact

It only takes two words for high school tennis coach Beccy Brane to sum up the impact the Steamboat Tennis Association's Ore House Championships has on her team.

Merger could save money

Savings would be in the hundreds of thousands

If the city merges with Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District, more than $500,000 in capital and operation costs and $100,000 in annual operating expenses could be saved.

The hills of Steamboat

Mountain bikers offered challenges in this week's race

It's not the longest race in the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series, but this week's cross-country course will offer enough mileage to test even the most accomplished cyclist.

Fire a hot topic at special session

Lawmakers may introduce increased penalties for wildfires

State lawmakers returned to Denver Monday for a special session to address recent wildfires and the ongoing drought.

Water use jumps

Conservation requests making

Despite the city's request for residents to voluntarily conserve water, citywide usage in June jumped nearly 5 percent from last year.

Sunday, July 7

Don't fear the grasshopper

Insect infestation leads to spiritual journey

I had a bizarre experience this weekend that I would like to share with you.

Ski passes will see increase

Steamboat Ski Area raises prices for second straight year

The Steamboat Ski Area has announced that for the second straight year, the cost of an unlimited season pass would increase by $20. However, this year value cards will go up by a bigger margin.

Excise tax may go before voters

Council may include issue on ballot

The community Impact Fee Committee has determined that a one percent excise tax is the best alternative to impact fees.

Saturday, July 6

TOWN TALK: HAHN'S PEAK

Look here! Look here! There are great bunches of our state flower, the blue columbine, in bloom, especially in the aspen groves. In the boggy places are the long-stemmed little purple elephant heads.

THE WAY IT WAS

The sheep troubles

Government men, state rangers and all kinds of officers have been in Moffat County this past week and, as a result, the sheep are this morning entering the White River Forest on which they have grazing permits. The cattlemen have been out in force but were not armed and the situation did not become critical.

LIFE ON A STRING

The followers of the String Cheese Incident go to many lengths to attend shows

Being pregnant last spring and summer didn't stop Deirdre Schafer, 22, from following the String Cheese Incident, a Colorado jam band that headlined July Fourth concerts in Steamboat Springs last week.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

What are the effects of the infestation?

As most people know, grasshoppers have infested areas of Routt County, which could likely lead to the devastation of farmers' and ranchers' fields. We asked C.J. Mucklow, Routt County agriculture extension agent, what caused the infestation, what kind of damage the grasshoppers can do and how residents can combat the problem.

Attendees get unique garden experience

Strings' annual High Country tour offers green thumbs new, creative ideas

In addition to having a chance to walk through six breathtaking gardens with music playing in the background, people who went on this year's High Country Garden Tour, organized by Strings in the Mountains, also picked up tips for landscaping their own outdoor spaces.

Evacuation plan should be prepared

Know what to get, where to go in case wildfires threaten area

Chances are, if you ask the average locals walking down Lincoln Avenue, they could not tell you what to do if they had to evacuate their homes in 15 minutes.

THE RECORD

JAIL REPORT The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Learning about themselves

Four-day camp offers students opportunities to test limits

Partners in Routt County and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition organized a retreat for Craig and Steamboat students ages 11 to 15 with the hope of developing ways to combat the social pressures of school during a four-day camp in June.

Part 1: How a single mom made it happen

Dawn Mayhew doesn't have a sport utility. She doesn't have a snowmobile. There are a lot of things she doesn't have. What she does have is a home of her own.

LETTERS FROM THE RANCH

Dear friend Bertha, Well, in my last letter, I told of Will Bowie, my father, leaving Scotland to seek employment in the coal mines of Cincinnati, Iowa; and upon hearing of his father's death in 1886, how he wrote to his mother, telling her to prepare the six family members including herself, remaining at home in the Peace and Plenty Cottages to move to America for he had saved the cost of fare by steamship.

Program lets students, teachers get WILD

Local teachers who participate in Project WILD will be ready to take their students outside to learn about the local environment.

Tax break for seniors

Assessor wants residents 65 and older to know about exemption that could cut tax bill in half

Some Routt County seniors will be able to take advantage of a property tax break that could reduce tax bills by more than $400.

BUSINESS FILE

New hires named at Catamount Catamount Ranch & Club has named Jim Miller its director of golf and club operations.

WEDDING: Serkin and Spitzley

Karina R. Serkin, daughter of Wendy Julius of Bedford Hill, N.Y., and Peter Serkin of New York City, was married June 29, 2002, to Nathaniel S. Spitzley, son of Heather Stirling of Hayden and James Spitzley Sr. of the central coast of California.

ROSS A. SESSIONS

Ross Anthony Sessions died July 3, 2002, from injuries resulting from an accident. He was 14. Ross was born June 10, 1988, in Lodi, Calif.

WEDDING: Scott and Simone

Jody Scott of Steamboat Springs and David Scott of Lakewood are proud to announce the marriage of their daughter, Emily, to Pat Simone, son of Marvelle Kleiser of Madero, Calif., and Pasco Simone of Fresno, Calif.

TOWN TALK: HAYDEN

Jason Walker was home from Laramie, Wyo., last weekend to visit his mother, Sylvia, his siblings and their families.

LETTERS

Omit 'under God' I was 15 years old when the government required the words "under God" be included in the "Pledge of Allegiance."

BIRTHS

Grace Annabelle Herman, daughter of Jamie and Dave Herman of Steamboat Springs, was born at 9:21 p.m. June 24, 2002.

DELBERT SCOTT

Delbert Scott of Hayden died June 4, 2002, at the Colorado State Nursing Home. He was 78.

KENT VON FLETCHER

Kent V. Fletcher, 35, died June 26, 2002, at his home in North Routt County.

PHYLLIS JEAN WARNER

Phyllis Jean Warner of Marble Falls and Steamboat Springs died July 1, 2002. She was 70.

ENGAGEMENT: Newkirk and Houston

John and Devonna Simpson would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Allison Newkirk, to Todd Houston.

Part 1: Chasing the Steamboat Dream

Home ownership

Shawn and Audrey Zwak met in Steamboat Springs more than 15 years ago. They were married here. They've made their careers here. Their three children were born here.

Energy from honey

Steamboat's EN-R-G Foods hopes to tap into fitness market

Ask any bear honey has always been the most natural of quick energy foods. But it took a little company in Steamboat Springs and some honey wizards scattered around the country to give it new life.

Panda Challenge is no bull

It was hard to tell from the roar of the crowd Thursday night if the fans were rooting for or against one of Steamboat Springs' most successful athletes.

Local Dawgs move closer to title berth

If you thought this weekend's Triple Crown slow-pitch softball tournament was a bunch of glorified beer league games, you were sadly mistaken.

The alternative summer sport in Steamboat

Chariot racing adds a little flair to Romick Arena

Ghost and Goblin were bred to race, so they grow a little restless when owner Sarah May tries to braid their manes and spray glitter stars on their flanks.

Cowboy Christmastime

Riders get chance to win much cash in a short span

The dollar dictates where Scott Laramore rides.

Golfers will aim for success in the water at new tournament

The typical duffer avoids the water at all costs. But even the golfers with the lowest handicaps in the 2002 Golf Trout tournament can be expected to immerse themselves at least knee-deep in local lakes and rivers.

The trail less traveled

Hiking to Hooper and Keener lakes

An hour and 20 minutes south of Steamboat Springs is a mountain range that is very different from the Park Range, which dominates views to the east and north from downtown.

Working together to overcome autism

Family comes together while coping with son's disability

If it is true that love becomes a love story once the couple has overcome an obstacle, then Denise and Darin English have enough material for a short novel.

OUR VIEW

The best interest

The City Council made the right decision in approving the first reading of a new five-year contract with Triple Crown.

Real estate transaction law should help public

A new Colorado law will allow real estate agents and brokers to advocate the rights of their clients through the entire real estate transaction, even if the buyer and seller are using the same agency.

How a single mother made it happen

Dawn Mayhew doesn't have a sport utility. She doesn't have a snowmobile. There are a lot of things she doesn't have.

Friday, July 5

Nurse selected for prestigious fellowship

Sue Birch, R.N. of Steamboat Springs, has a vision for the nation's current health-care system in which people receive more cost-effective and beneficial service.

Music fest gets mixed reviews

Retailers thrive on business; police have backlog of arrests

The strains of bluegrass and jazz that filtered through the air in Steamboat Springs Wednesday and Thursday was music to the ears of local businesses. The sound wasn't so pleasant to law enforcement agencies.

Who let the Dawgs out?

Steamboat team dominates opponent, continues qwest for title

Steamboat Springs' lone representative in this weekend's Triple Crown adult slow-pitch softball tournament came away with two victories on Friday.

Trash or treasure

Donators asked to sift through items

Residents are being asked to recognize what is junk and what is a donation when considering items to bring to LIFT-UP of Routt County.

Sessions memorial fund created

A memorial fund has been established in memory of Ross A. Sessions, a Steamboat Springs teen-ager who died Wednesday.

Strings' Gala Concert today

In its 15th musical season, Strings in the Mountains has evolved to have many faces when it comes to the music it brings to Steamboat Springs in the summer.

Thursday, July 4

EDGE OF THE BOAT

Something to be proud of

Don't ever underestimate teen-agers with a dream. Though the stereotype of the lazy, think-they-know-more-than-you-do teen-ager still lingers in American culture, and in some cases is proudly represented, to say that it completes a teenager's psyche is off.

Fund-raiser meant for locals to learn about community

Even the quaint culture of the Yampa Valley tends to have small communities that don't intermingle that often.

Steamboat's patriotism shines during parade

Since he was only 2 years old, Jonathan Milne, 8, has participated in the Fourth of July parade in Steamboat Springs.

Lights, camera, action!

It might have never been done before: The filming of a feature-length movie with actors and a crew (except for the director and producer) all under the age of 20. All were from the Yampa Valley and the film was shot completely in and around Steamboat Springs.

High Country Garden Tour offers a 'melody of color'

It looks as if plants and flowers in Steamboat Springs will be in full bloom this weekend when the seventh annual High Country Garden Tour takes place, Camille Fisher said.

Entertainment abounds at Summerfest

Rob Walker strolled onto the grass of the Hayden Town Park with a straightjacket in his hands. He lifted it and smiled.

James Brown rocks the Independence Incident

Dancers raised a cloud of dust around the stage at the Tennis Meadows Thursday while the String Cheese Incident, James Brown and Corey Harris brought the crowd funk, bluegrass and blues tunes.

Concert series begins Sunday

The only thing better than good live music outdoors is free good live music in the outdoors. Fortunately for people in Steamboat Springs, there is a lot of free music to choose from.

NIGHTLIFE

Today Geoffrey Halford, a melodic singer-songwriter playing bluesy roots rock and roll, plays at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.

Chariot racing revs up on Saturday

For some ranchers, possessing a chariot is sort of like having a boat or a motor home. Each provides some pleasure and enjoyment for its owner when times or business is slow.

Wednesday, July 3

Soccer madness

Craze takes hold of Steamboat adults

By the time John Cardillo had reached his sixth birthday party, he already knew that he loved everything about the game of soccer.

Concerts get under way

Weather doesn't dampen spirits at two-day event

The wind blew dust that would sting eyes and the sky sprinkled rain on the crowd at the Independence Incident Wednesday, but it didn't dampen the good spirits or phase the bluegrass music on the first day of Steamboat Springs' largest music festival.

Oversight delays courthouse planning process

The planning process for a Routt County Courthouse Complex totaling more than 100,000 square feet has been delayed two months.

City asks people not to use Yampa River

Council supports voluntary suspension because of record-low water levels

The city of Steamboat Springs is asking people to stop using the Yampa River within city limits.

Tests determine substance involved in wreck

An Arkansas teen-ager is in serious condition after he lost control of his sport utility vehicle Wednesday on Colorado 131 and was ejected from the vehicle.

Steamboat teen dies of injuries

Boy struck by vehicle while riding bike across U.S. 40

The Steamboat Springs teen-ager who was struck by a vehicle on Tuesday while riding his bike across U.S. 40 died in a Denver hospital on Wednesday.

Artists bring their works to Gondola Square

Art on the Mountain part of Fourth of July celebration

It may be cowboy sacrilege. At first the paintings look like traditional Western art lone horse posed in front of a ranch house.

Police chase down leads on burglaries

Local police continued Wednesday working the eight burglaries that hit Steamboat Springs early July 1.

Residents could face fines

Mayor says water restrictions are serious

Hayden residents who ignore water restrictions will face heavy fines and even jail time.

Tuesday, July 2

City OKs TC contract on 1st reading

Steamboat saw some early fireworks Tuesday night as local residents, council members and Triple Crown founder Dave King voiced opinions on a five-year renewal contract.

NWS: Monsoons on horizon

Rains could come as early as July 4

Steamboat residents could finally see rain after experiencing the fourth driest June since 1893. The downpour is predicted to begin on the Fourth of July, ushering in the beginning of an early monsoon season, said Joe Ramey, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

C.R. 14, 14F intersection being repaired

Front Range boy killed at site last year after vehicle failed to maneuver turn

Construction crews hope to complete repairs to the dangerous intersection of two county roads as soon as Aug 1.

Taylor to introduce bill to aid ranchers

Dried-up water holes, poor grazing land and high-priced hay are forcing some ranchers across the state to sell off livestock.

Siegal memorialized on Fourth

When Warren Siegal arrived in Steamboat Springs back in 1967 he was hoping to find a bronco he could win some cash on during a Fourth of July stop.

Triple Crown action

Local team looks to capture another division title

Most of the more than 140 teams in this weekend's Triple Crown softball tournament will be from out of town but not all of the teams will hail from another zip code.

Range Rider Pivots visit Steamboat

Dona Vold Larsen recalled the most amazing of events. At last year's Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame inductions in Colorado Springs, the horses representing the Pikes Peak Range Rider Pivots were the best behaved members of the bunch.

Indoor arenas being examined

New structures must now abide by building codes

Some of the largest buildings in Routt County haven't been subject to building codes until now.

Campers ignite illegal fire

Visitors cited for campfire near Rabbit Ears Pass

Despite plainly visible warning signs, six out-of-town visitors lit an illegal campfire in the Meadows Campground on Rabbit Ears Pass Monday night. One of the six has been summoned to appear in court on Aug. 20 and could face up to a $5,000 fine and a six-month stay in jail, forest service officials said.

Teen flown to hospital after being struck by car

A 14-year-old boy is in critical condition after riding a bicycle into a U.S. 40 intersection and being struck by a sport utility vehicle Tuesday.

Steamboat sprint to showcase true colors

Creativity may not help competitors win the Steamboat Sprint, but it certainly won't go unnoticed.

Monday, July 1

Oak Creek police officer temporarily dismissed

Sergeant Dave Miller of the Oak Creek Police Department has been temporarily dismissed.

Police identify Porsche owner

Authorities without witnesses in hit-and-run accident

The driver of a 1983 maroon Porsche convertible believed to have been involved in a June 23 hit and run may never be charged with hitting and abandoning a pedestrian.

Fire in Dinosaur National Monument jumps river

The Bear Fire burning in Dinosaur National Monument gathered enough fury over the weekend to jump the Yampa River and threaten private land.

Burglars hit Steamboat

Eight businesses broken into Sunday night

Thieves made off with four safes from Steamboat Springs businesses Sunday night and early Monday morning after eight local establishments were broken into in what police are calling the largest one-night wave of local burglaries in memory.