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Friday, February 28

Former DA McLimans sworn in as district judge

Paul McLimans traded one legal hat for another Friday.

The golden child

Steamboat's Spillane brings home America's first-ever Nordic world gold

Steamboat's Johnny Spillane accomplished something Friday that no American has done before: He won a Nordic World Championship gold medal in the Nordic combined sprint at Val di Fiemme, Italy.

Elementary students having field day with language

Pilot program has teacher teaching Spanish to youngsters

With an "¬°Hola!" and a "¬°Buenos d-as!" Spanish teacher Ann Coon glided into Cindy Gantick's fifth-grade Soda Creek Elementary School class at 10:15 a.m. Friday and began a quick foreign language lesson.

Hayden obtains earlier time slot for tournament

With the cancellation of the annual Carl Ramunno Middle School Wrestling Tournament in Steamboat Springs, Hayden Middle School jumped at the opportunity to have its own tournament at the beginning of the season.

Storm whip past Blast, win two at Howelsen

The Steamboat Storm easily defeated the Breckenridge Blast in two games last weekend at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Some seeing red over fire station's bright color

Councilman hears concerns from residents

A handful of residents have raised complaints about the city's decision to paint its new fire station red.

The Record

Thursday, Feb. 27 1:01 a.m. An intoxicated driver was reported in the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza. Police could not locate the motorist.

Local teachers can gain nature education through workshop

Local early childhood teachers have an opportunity to be students for a day.

Sailors claw Bears 48-38, advance to finals

The third time was the charm for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team.

Lack of snow removal 'frustrating'

Councilwoman looks at creating special district to help

When Nicole Lentz looked out the window of High Country Furniture and Gallery this week, she gazed into 4-foot-high snow piles.

Thursday, February 27

Pipe dreams

Freeskiers up for challenge at Mavericks

The Mavericks Superpipe is not a stage in the traditional sense of the word, but then freeskier Aaryn Briggs isn't your average performer either.

So far, trial detox center deemed 'success story'

The county's trial detoxification program is a week old, and despite a few first-run kinks, officials are pleased with the changes it has brought to the old way of dealing with people who struggle with alcohol abuse.

Sailor girls win, earn trip to regionals

The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team defeated Montezuma-Cortez in the opening round of district play Thursday, assuring the Sailors of advancing to next week's regional tournament.

School officials attend mediation

Simms, DeVincentis meet with arbiter to improve relationship

Two months ago, Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Cyndy Simms and Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal John DeVincentis signed an agreement to undergo professional mediation.

Boys practice hard, win 61-56

Coach: Team played really well

For all those who believe practice is overrated, look no further than the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team.

Time to wake up those houseplants

Don't look now: Spring is on its way

According to the calendar, spring will arrive in late March. According to Mother Nature, Spring won't arrive in Steamboat until weeks, maybe months later.

Soroco coach sees progression

Girls basketball team ends season at 8-11

Few coaches are completely satisfied with a season, and Soroco girls basketball coach Bob Johnson is no exception.

The Record for Feb. 28

Wednesday, Feb. 26 1:49 a.m. An intoxicated man was lying in a snowbank at the corner of Mount Werner Road and Steamboat Boulevard. Police took the man to the hospital.

First-graders show compassion for astronauts

Soda Creek students create cards, drawings to send to NASA in light of Columbia disaster

As news of the space shuttle Columbia's explosion shocked people around the globe, Soda Creek Elementary School first-grader David Kissane reacted naturally to the tragic event. He cried.

Law enforcement supports bill

Plan would bring consistency to who gets weapons permits

A bill to bring more consistency to the way concealed weapons permits are issued in Colorado has local law enforcement approval.

Steamboat's Spillane wins world title

Steamboat skier is first American to win Nordic combined world title

Johnny Spillane of Steamboat Springs became the first American ever to win a gold medal at the Nordic world championships, drawing inspiration from a diabetic teammate's strong performance a week earlier.

Skiers focus on finale of Nordic Challenge

Steamboat Springs cross country skier Ben Barbier expects a fast race this Saturday.

Wednesday, February 26

Among the best

Sailor girls dominate at High School State Skiing Championships

Their bright eyes and wide smiles convey a sense of innocence that helps them blend in with the other underclassman wandering the halls of Steamboat Springs High School.

Homeland Security tops Oak Creek meeting

Board of Trustees will discuss resolution opposing USA Patriot Act

The Oak Creek Board of Trustees says Homeland Security has gone too far in its efforts to quell terrorism.

Growth tops Stamey's priorities

New planning director started Monday

A brightly colored city-zoning map hangs directly across from Steve Stamey's desk.

School board hires firm to perform audit

Seven-member committee will begin preparations

As the communications audit of the Steamboat Springs School District nears, the Board of Education has commissioned a subcommittee to help prepare for it.

Snowball will be Saturday

Benefit helps Steamboat Mental Health

It's billed as the Snowball, but Saturday night's semi-formal affair at the Steamboat Grand represents a chance to escape the drifts and go golfing in Florida.

Water debate nearing an end

City, Steamboat II district should reach agreement

The city and the Steamboat II Water and Sanitation District should reach an agreement on how much money the district owes the city by the end of the week.

Zimmerer commits to Mesa State

Steamboat Springs senior Will Zimmerer signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play football at Mesa State.

Hamilton steals boys' show

Aspen's Simi Hamilton stole the boys' show at last week's Colorado State High School Skiing Championships.

Hayden ends season with loss to Rangely

A 52-33 loss to Rangely on Feb. 22 marked the end of the basketball season for the Hayden boys basketball team.

Capital Commission recommends expansion

It's tough to be a middle school when you're meant to be a junior high school.

Tuesday, February 25

Girls look to rebound in postseason

The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team won 15 games so far this season, and coach Steve Moos doesn't want his squad to lose sight of that.

Steamboat enters tourney as No. 4

Had Kelly Meek been given the opportunity to call heads or tails, he would have called heads.

Group votes against pay for performance

Education Excellence Commission rejects funding for system

When the Educational Excellence Commission presents its 2003-04 funding recommendations to the Education Fund Board, pay for performance may not be among them.

The Future and Direction of Our Community

Almost a month has passed since we were greeted with the headline announcing the closure of Boggs Hardware after 60-plus years of service to this community.

Recent snowstorms help boost snowpack levels

Fish Creek Reservoir certain to fill this summer

The onslaught of snow in Steamboat Springs this week has made skiers and riders giddy and put smiles on the faces of water managers.

Nordic combined team finishes fifth

The members of the U.S. Nordic combined ski team quietly raced to a fifth-place finish at the Nordic Combined World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy Monday.

Finding a Better System

On Monday night, the Steamboat Springs Educational Excellence Committee took a preliminary step in eliminating a program it feels is not working: pay-for-performance teacher bonuses.

County OKs skyline rules

Regulations are not implemented countywide

The Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday put its final stamp of approval on restrictions that will influence the look of future homes built on certain ridges in the county.

Two local hockey teams battle for title

When the playoffs for the Continental Divide Youth Hockey League open this year, two local teams will be among the state's elite battling for a title.

Council does not approve snowmobile event

The City Council on Tuesday said "no" to a one-day, one-hour snowmobile event at Romick Arena.

Monday, February 24

Forest Service shows effects of 2002 drought

Government agencies, landowners working on ways to improve forest health

Images of charred trees and homes that did not survive the wildfires of 2002 flashed on a projector screen Monday morning for an audience familiar with the destruction.

DSL down for some Monday

TransEdge customers have service disrupted

A break in a fiber optic line between Silverthorne and Denver disrupted Internet and e-mail service for many Steamboat Springs subscribers Monday.

Helicopter company seeks hangar preference

John Witte of Zephyr Helicopters was at Steamboat Springs Airport Monday preparing to help look for a 25-year-old woman who got lost while snowboarding.

Input sought for school schedule

Timing of spring break at issue

Community input will decide if Steamboat Springs school calendar for the next two years needs to change.

Rescuers find lost woman

Snowboarder spends night in forest near ski area

Ann Vail lost her way in the backcountry Sunday without food, water or a way to call for help.

Five the hard way

Lower Long John is the snow-covered service road that winds up the steep pitches of Howelsen Hill.

Sunday, February 23

Bill could undo affordable housing work

Plan is scheduled to go to vote in state Senate on Monday

Counties and municipalities from around the state are urging the state Senate to shoot down a bill capable of undoing years of affordable housing work.

United we fall?

Resort leaders here have begun preparing for the possibility of life without United Airlines next ski season.

ASC resorts sign up with SoBe beverages

Deal will help fund improvements

American Skiing Company has formed an alliance with the hip subsidiary of giant soft drink manufacturer PepsiCo in a bid to upgrade and market terrain parks at three of its ski areas, including Steamboat. The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. announced this week that it has formed a three-year partnership agreement with SoBe beverages and its terrain park at Bashor Bowl will henceforth be known as the SoBe Terrain Park at Steamboat. Similar agreements are in effect for terrain parks at Killington, Vt., and The Canyons in Park City, Utah. SoBe was started in 1996 and created a new niche in the multibillion-dollar beverage industry with noncarbonated bottled juice blends that include vitamins and herbal ingredients believed to have health benefits. The name "SoBe" is also common vernacular for the South Beach district of Miami. SoBe beverages all have a distinctive logo of two lizards on their labels. A company slogan is "Grip it, rip it, drain it." SoBe was courted for purchase by Coca-Cola in 2000, but PepsiCo stepped in and grabbed the up-and-coming company for a reported $370 million. SoBe sold 30 million cases of its beverages in 2001 and surpassed $200 million in sales. The so-called "healthy refreshment" beverage category accounts for more than $11.6 billion in sales in the U.S. and represents about 18 percent of the $66 billion soft-drink industry. Steamboat Vice President of Marketing Andy Wirth said that under the agreement, SoBe will provide financial support enabling Steamboat's terrain park to challenge the elite in the industry. There are plans to add seven new rails, two new mailboxes and an amplitude barometer for the Mavericks Superpipe at Steamboat. SoBe sponsors snowboarders Keir Dillon and Torah Bright as well as Alpine World Champion Bode Miller. The company also sponsors a supercross motorcycle team with Suzuki. Rob Perlman, the new chief executive of Colorado Ski Country USA, gained the attention of the ski resort industry while at Mammoth Mountain, Calif., when he formed alliances with companies like Vans and Mountain Dew (another PepsiCo brand) to develop and promote that ski area's terrain park and market the resort to the youth market. In a September interview with the Steamboat Pilot & Today, Perlman said ski areas are very small companies in the greater scheme of things. Forming an alliance with much larger companies that are seeking to reach the same demographic is mutually beneficial, he said. The soft drink companies, for example, receive the benefits of associating their brand with cutting-edge sports. The ski resorts get to leverage their marketing dollars with the help of far larger companies. -- To reach Tom Ross call 871-4205 or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

Bill threatens affordable housing

On Monday, the state Senate will vote on a bill that would erase the critical affordable-housing measures Steamboat Springs and Routt County have spent years developing.

Paper sweeps awards

Pilot & Today wins General Excellence in annual contest

The Steamboat Pilot & Today swept the sweepstakes honors and received the General Excellence Award as the best newspaper of its size in the state Saturday night at the Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

Storm system brings much-needed snow to valley; more expected next few days

Whether it was possible to have too much of a good thing this weekend depended largely on whether you were trying to get somewhere or content to sit tight and watch the snow fall.

Health care workers form smallpox response team

A smallpox response team made up of local health care workers has been assembled, should there ever by an outbreak of the disease in Northwest Colorado.

Skyline measures get last look

Commissioners will make final decision Tuesday

At odds with the Board of County Commissioners over the stringency of proposed skyline regulations, county planning commissioners offered their opinions on the issue last month, but the Board of County Commissioners will have the last word on what those restrictions will look like.

New Ruralism a new planning concept

About a dozen first- and second-year graduate students have been challenged his students to explore the concept of "New Ruralism" by designing a housing development in rural Routt County.

Saturday, February 22

A growing population

More and more snowmobilers discover the snow of Routt County

It's not quite 9 a.m. Saturday morning on U.S. 40, and parking lots on the east side of Rabbit Ears Pass look more like a New York City traffic jam than Rocky Mountain open space.

Studying the season

Students spend day learning at Stagecoach State Park

CH C91/4ast, the 11 weeks between Christmas break and spring break meant bad things for the students of Soroco Middle School. As boredom rose, grades dropped. But 10 years ago, science teacher Kate Hayne came up with an idea to alleviate the winter blues.

LETTERS FROM THE RANCH

Dear Friends, I am sure that I already told you how we started each school day by carrying our flag outside from our classroom. The pupils take turns at carrying the flag out and securing the base of the flagstaff in the socket, which our cowboy friends had made and nailed to the corner of our schoolhouse. Then, we saluted while we pledged allegiance to the flag and sang "America."

TOWN TALK: HAYDEN

Pope catches limit at Steamboat Lake Marty Pope went fishing up at Steamboat Lake and caught his limit. He had a grand time fishing.

BIRTH

Thomas Owen Mewborn, son of Dierdre and Rick Mewborn of Steamboat Springs, was born Feb. 8, 2003.

THE WAY IT WAS

Editor's note: Longtime Pilot & Today columnist Jean Wren, who compiled The Way it Was, has died. Her contributions will be sorely missed. The Pilot & Today will be reprinting a selection of Jean's pr

Howelsen slide at Steamboat Springs, which has twice given a world's ski record, first by Ragnar Omtvedt and next by Henry Hall, produced a new record for the hill last Friday at the 10th annual Carnival of Mid-Winter Sports when Hans Hansen jumped 210 feet and made a perfect ride.

Ready, set, cook ...

Chef Dom Riggio opens his kitchen to the public, teaching people to prepare a 4-course Italian meal

It was a life breakthrough for most of us standing over the gas flame a ten burner commercial stove. There was a student at every burner smashing pans onto the stove like nervous zoo monkeys, trying to loosen the crepes we were making.

Surviving Colorado's winter

Students receive training preparing them for conditions

Last week, near the frozen shore of Pearl Lake, a dozen fifth- and sixth-graders hurriedly dug snow trenches.

Friday, February 21

Societies urge pet owners to have pets spayed, neutered

This time, the advice isn't coming from Bob Barker, but the message remains the same.

Sailors hockey team drops match

The Steamboat Springs hockey team fell to Pueblo County 8-6 in the opening round of the state hockey playoffs Friday night in Breckenridge.

Producing the best: Rowan's protege up for Grammy

Nichols' 'Man With a Memory' up for Country Album of the Year

Sunday night, as the best of the music business take their bows on stage at the 45th annual Grammy Award ceremony, Steamboat Springs residents might recognize one of their own in the crowd.

Owner refinances $84M loan

ASC acheives terms for more investment

American Skiing Co., parent of the Steamboat Ski Area, announced Friday it has refinanced more than $84 million in debt with terms that improve the possibility of making capital investments in its resorts.

Pilot & Today picks up 13 awards at ceremony

The Steamboat Pilot & Today won 13 awards -- including first place in editorial, sports and business writing -- Friday night at the annual Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters convention at the Brown Palace in Denver.

Sailor boys top Demons, 66-52

It's a good thing John Daschle's girlfriend dumped him a couple of nights before the Glenwood Springs game.

Sailors 'asleep' at the helm?

Girls fall to Glenwood, 60-52

It is amazing the Steamboat Springs girls scored 52 points in Friday night's 60-52 loss to Glenwood Springs, considering they were "asleep."

Airport will be closed 40 days in spring

Yampa Valley Regional Airport near Hayden will be closed for 40 days this spring beginning May 5 while construction crews complete a $4 million runway overlay.

Spillane, Lodwick have disappointing showings in Italy

Hometown Olympic Nordic combined skiers Johnny Spillane and Todd Lodwick had a disappointing day at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy, on Friday, finishing 24th and 14th, respectively. The day's event combined scores from K-95 ski jumping and a 15-kilometer cross country ski race.

State title on the line

Soroco's Iacovetto looking to repeat at tourney

Hayden's Kelly Bruchez believes Soroco's Whittier Gates has the toughness and talent to be a state champion -- just not this year -- because as far as Bruchez is concerned, as a senior, it's his turn first.

Thursday, February 20

Proper planning can reduce wedding costs

Want to save money on your special Steamboat Springs wedding?

Music selection can make wedding sing

The wrong music selections can have couples singing wedding-day blues.

About 12,000 visitors expected over the weekend

Tourism is expected to be off by about 1,000 people Saturday night as the ski season enters its 13th week. However, one local property manager is cautiously optimistic that lodging properties will see occupancy rates ahead of last year's pace for another month.

Outdoor ceremonies appealing to many

Many couples are going to a chapel to get married this summer, but many other brides and grooms will exchange vows in the great outdoors.

Dresses key to selection of flowers

Whether a bride's ideas on what flowers to incorporate into her wedding came from other ceremonies, magazines or dreams she concocted at the age of 12, area floral shops have the resources and personnel to give each bride the color and character she wants.

Developers speak to board again

Hayden officials: Group isn't taking correct steps for plan

Once again, the Sunburst Ranch developers came.

Four wrestlers advance

Soroco's Gates, Iacovetto and Hayden's Doolin, Bruchez win opening matches

Soroco coach Doug Gates and Hayden wrestler Jake Doolin made a bet.

From gifts to fashion, follow proper etiquette

Social etiquette at weddings has loosened up in recent years, but even at a barefoot wedding in the mountains, it's still possible to embarrass yourself and your guests, and generally ensure that you cringe for years to come when looking back on the big day.

Area florists can offer range of service, costs

Flowers add elegance and color to a couple's wedding day. There is a rich history behind the flowers that adorn the bride, groom and aisle of a wedding ceremony, but like many other wedding traditions, the flowers have changed from set requirements to whatever pleases the bride and groom on their special day.

Dresses reflect bride's elegance, style, tastes

The favorite part of Gale Loveitt's job is when a bride-to-be tries on her wedding dress.

Owners not deterred by lack of license

Residents come out for Chelsea's opening despite alcohol not being available

At Chelsea's Chinese Restaurant's opening night under its new owners, the tables were full but the bar was empty. The taps were untouched and the liquor bottles lining the shelves behind the cash register stayed capped.

North Routt school seeking GOCo funds

Group wants to upgrade playground

Though children everywhere may say it's impossible, future recesses could actually be more fun than they already are.

Multiply your plant collection

Propagation an inexpensive way to brighten up a home

Last summer, Claire Fraser gave me some cuttings from one of her houseplants as a thank you for a favor I did. This winter, I have been enjoying several pots of beautiful purple-leafed, pink-flowering begonias that grew from Claire's cuttings.

Freestyle team returns with top finishes

The members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's development freestyle team returned home last weekend with a car full of top finishes.

Junior Olympic Championships held in town

A group of more than 20 local skiers headed to Crested Butte this week with hopes of earning a berth to the Junior Olympic Championships, to be held in Steamboat Springs next month.

Squirt team's hopes squashed

The Weston Oil squirt hockey team came within one goal of winning a tournament in Fort Collins Feb. 17, but had its title hopes dashed by Pueblo's last-minute goal in the championship game.

Honeymoons can relieve the stress of weddings

A wedding can be the celebration of a lifetime. It can also take a lot out of a couple, between planning the event, making sure everything happens as scheduled, keeping the guests happy, and being the center of attention for a few days.

Craig photographer books year in advance

The most important day of a couple's life is just that -- one day.

Live bands can bring life to event, reception

Danny Griffith, a member of the local band DNA 318, admitted that disc jockeys are the entertainment of choice for many wedding receptions these days.

Playoffs begin for Premier Adult Hockey League

After years of playing adult hockey at Howelsen Hill, local player Peter Van De Carr has learned his lessons well.

Wedding site options abound in Craig area

Wedding ceremonies can be performed almost anywhere.

Korbel brings ultimate proposal to Steamboat

When Brad Moline proposed to Courtney Poynter at the Steamboat Ski Area on Jan. 23, television cameras were rolling and big fur-covered microphones on long polls were waving in front of Poynter's face.

Steamboat a popular wedding destination

The postcard images around Steamboat Springs have made the area a popular destination site for weddings.

Photographers work to capture moments

The bride and groom are locked in a passionate kiss while in the background a flower girl stands, her eyes locked on the couple as she dreams of the day she too will celebrate her own wedding day.

Location, food choice affect wedding budget

Imagine yourself and your dearly beloved clasping hands and saying your wedding vows next to a babbling brook high in the Colorado Rockies. Now imagine that your own private sylvan retreat cost less than $75 to book, and includes a covered picnic shelter and tables for your guests.

Take steps to get groom involved in the planning

Grooms have notoriously taken the back seat when it comes to planning a wedding.

The Record for Feb. 21

Wednesday, Feb. 19 1:31 a.m. Banging and shouting was reported in the 1300 block of Walton Creek Road.

Ring a symbol of ceremony, marriage

There is no greater symbol of a marriage than the bride's engagement ring.

Women share tales of the past

Three Routt County matriarchs tell their stories in series

It was at a kitchen table where Sherry Benson and Sally Breedlove gathered the wisdom of three older Routt County women.

Plan early to get the right cake and food

From mom-and-pop shops to corporate grocers, numerous catering and cake options exist for Craig weddings.

Footpath initially approved

County planners approve connecting state park, forest

A plan to give summer recreationists a footpath from Steamboat Lake State Park to the Routt National Forest got a preliminary nod from the county Thursday night.

Craig stores can meet many registry needs

Don't need a toaster? Don't want lawn art?

Wednesday, February 19

Boys basketball team sees signs of life

Kelly Meek holds his thumb and index finger millimeters apart to provide a sense of just how close he believes the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team is to its desired playing level.

District OKs school calendar

Graduation date still subject to change

With the exception of determining a graduation date and time, the Hayden School Board approved a complete 2003-04 school-year calendar Wednesday night.

Forest access planned

Trail goes before commissioners

A plan to give summer hikers and bikers a trail from Steamboat Lake State Park to the Routt National Forest comes before the Routt County Planning Commission tonight.

Skiing their way to state

Athletes prepare for competition Friday at Colorado State Skiing Championships

All that separates local skiers Kori Steitz and Sarah McCarthy from their first state titles is 5 kilometers -- and some of the best cross country ski racers in the state of Colorado.

Detoxification program begins

Local agencies join forces for trial project

Tuesday, February 18

Perricone continues podium trend

Three podiums in three days.

Girls seek improvement

With the postseason set to begin in a week, Steve Moos wants the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team to focus on constant improvement this weekend.

Yampatika still going strong

Nonprofit presents county with overview of organization

Yampatika seeks to educate visitors and residents of Northwest Colorado about the natural and cultural resources around them.

Arena phase nearly complete

Construction under way for new lobby, other amenities at Howelsen ice rink

A building permit has been issued for the final stage of Howelsen Ice Arena's $3 million improvement project.

Outstanding Showing

Belts are tightening everywhere, but in Routt County, people are still willing to reach into their wallets to help friends and neighbors in need. For that our community should be applauded.

Medicare bill could aid YVMC

A bill that would aid rural hospitals beleaguered by inadequate federal health care payments is moving through Congress.

Vos humble in win

Steamboat skier speeds through moguls to post win at Bump Bash

On a day where snow and flat light limited visibility, and on a course where steep rocky pitches tripped up more than one contender, it was local freestyle skier Scott Vos who found the will to succeed.

Council hears state's budget woes

Officials attended conference last week in Denver

Colorado's dire financial straits were the focus of Steamboat Springs City Council members last week during a statewide municipal conference in Denver.

Cash flows in for Oak Creek water

Town will be loaned $821,000 for improvements

Oak Creek has been chosen as one of two Colorado municipalities to participate in a pilot program that will loan the town more than $800,000 to improve its drinking water.

Water main breaks

Yampa mayor, other officials pitch in to help

About 10 p.m. Monday, Yampa Mayor Tom Estes noticed a lack of water pressure coming from the faucet at his home. Eight hours later, he found himself in the bottom of a ditch fixing the problem himself.

Berglund wins at Vail

Teddy Berglund's blazing second run in Saturday's slalom helped him slip past University of Colorado skier Brad Hogan a grab a coveted victory in the Rocky Mountain Trophy Series race.

Ross, Smith lead Sailors

Austin Ross and Marty Smith led the Steamboat Springs High School cross country team at the final regular-season meet of the year in Carbondale last weekend.

Farmers discuss water issues Monday in Hayden

Amid the realities of continued drought, the Northwest Colorado Farmers Union met Monday to discuss water issues.

Storm rally to tie at home

Local team answers in second period

After giving up a goal in the opening minutes of last Saturday's hockey game, the Steamboat Storm was forced to rally against the Westminster Cliffhangers in front of the hometown crowd in order to escape with a tie.

County officials say not to overreact to heightened warnings

The trip to the hardware store for duct tape and plastic sheeting can wait.

District, board haven't reached land agreement

Despite calls for continued negotiations from both sides, the Hayden School District and the Hayden Town Board have yet to reach an agreement over a 1.14-acre parcel of land needed to realign the Breeze Basin intersection.

East Coast snow affects YVRA

Travelers face delays because of storm

A blizzard that blasted the East Coast on Monday was wreaking havoc at Yampa Valley Regional Airport Tuesday, Alpine Taxi workers said.

Hayden holds on for win, playoff berth

The fourth time proved to be the charm for the Hayden boys basketball team.

Area wrestlers prepare for state

The numbers are staggering.

Hayden on top

Tiger girls stomp Cowboys

Most high school basketball games consist of four quarters, but the Hayden girls needed only one Tuesday night to slam the door shut on Plateau Valley's season.

Sunday, February 16

United Way contributions increase

Local businesses, individuals gave $365,000

Many of the local agencies that depend on United Way funding will see an increase in their share of 2003 contribution dollars.

Getting a little out of touch with history

Three days in the woods -- and the world keeps spinning

We took off for a hut trip over the weekend and as much as I was looking forward to it, I must confess a little nervous anticipation as we headed south to Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness.

Denning named to Wrangler team

Yampa's Cody Denning was recently named to the Wrangler High School All-Star Team, which honors the state's top high school cowboys and cowgirls.

Charges dropped in kidnapping, sexual assault

Charges against a Loveland man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an Oak Creek man last fall have been dropped.

Saturday, February 15

The way it was

Hot topic --ar with Iraq

The impending war in Iraq is hanging heavy on the minds of high school students right now. As 17-year-olds, about to graduate from high school, it will be their friends, boyfriends and maybe themselves who will take up arms.

Autism group hopes to raise awareness

Disorder 'bordering on epidemic' with increasing local diagnoses

Grayson Steur loves dinosaurs. Plastic models of the creatures from another time fill the bins and line shelves in his playroom. A pterodactyl hangs from the ceiling.

District's pay system questioned

Pay for performance examined

Everybody likes an end-of-the-year bonus, and Steamboat Springs School District teachers and staff are no different. But four years after a pay-for-performance system was adopted by the school district, one thing has become clear -- the system needs to change.

Sound off for Feb. 16, 2003

Sound off for Feb. 16, 2003

Romick plans large ranch development

A 1,117-acre ranch just west of Steamboat Springs could be divided into 39 homes, an 800-acre ranch and possibly a golf course.

Getting insurance assistance

Mini-med plan will help cover area's seasonal workers

Seasonal resort workers in the region now have a new option in the struggle to get and retain minimum health benefits.

Paying at the pump

Threat of war, Venezuela issues driving prices past $1.75 per gallon mark

Matt Voiland was standing under the canopy at the 7-11 on Steamboat's west side Thursday morning pumping $10 of the least expensive gasoline in town into his Suzuki Sidekick.

The magical Lizard Queen

Artist creates an illusion with each piece of stained glass

Leaning against the wall of Paul Rutledge's studio is a panel of bright blue glass. The blue dye in the glass seems to flow over the surface like a thick liquid, and out of it a pattern emerges like the outline of Horus, the Egyptian god with a falcon head, seated on his throne.

A story behind the story

Local author gives students new perspective on creative writing

He rides a Harley Davidson and sports a goatee, but that's not how he captivates a room full of children.

End the circus

It's time for the circus to leave town. The conflict between Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Cyndy Simms and Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal John DeVincentis has long since boiled over the bounds of professionalism -- as evidenced by the behavior at Monday night's school board meeting -- and the community's patience is wearing thin.

Private Retreats opens office

Company offers unique package of timeshare units

A company that says it revolutionized the business of timeshares has opened an office in Steamboat.

Museum board will go to voters to get stabilized income

Facing budget shortfalls and in need of a reliable source of income, the Tread of Pioneers Museum will ask taxpayers for help this November.

Letters from the ranch

Dear Friends Halden,

A whale of a time

Local shares knowledge of marine mammals in CMC course

People who experience a close encounter with a whale often come away feeling as if they've communicated with the giant mammals, Mike Braal said. "Imagine being on a boat and having six of them swim right underneath bow," Braal said. "After 18 years of doing it, it's still a thrill. They're an unbelievable presence and they're intelligent."

JAIL REPORT

Town Talk/ Hayden

What does a judicial district do?

Behind the headlines

Friday, February 14

Disappointing defeat

Steamboat loses 10-3 to Aspen in season finale

A lopsided defeat is not what coach Dave Strang wanted or expected from the Steamboat Springs hockey team heading into the postseason.

The Record for Feb. 15

Thursday, Feb. 13 12:13 a.m. A drug overdose was reported at Bear Claw Condominiums. Police and ambulance responded.

Hayden, Soroco wrestlers stay alive

Hayden and Soroco took 19 wrestlers to Grand Junction for the two-day regional tournament.

McInnis attending NATO forum

Congressman to discuss pending war with Iraq

Congressman Scott McInnis leaves today for Europe to emphasize the threat Saddam Hussein poses to global and national security.

Five Steamboat wrestlers advance

Five Steamboat Springs wrestlers advanced to the second day of regional competition after winning at least one match in Friday's opening rounds.

City requests funds for engine

Officials to present case to get new fire truck

The city of Steamboat Springs' proposal for a fire engine that could be used for both wildfires and structure fires is the only request coming from Routt County in this round of Energy Impact Fund grants.

Stay out of the sandwich's middle

Balancing needs of elderly parents, those of your own kids

If a family is like a sandwich, then it is incumbent upon all adult members to know whether they are the pastrami or the rye. That was the message, or something close to it, of Barbara Bronner, who spoke at Yampa Valley Medical Center Thursday night.

Thursday, February 13

Soroco, Hayden wrestlers aim for state

Two-day, double-elimination tournament held at Grand Junction High School

Wrestlers from Soroco and Hayden begin their quest for a berth into the 2003 State Wrestling Tournament today with the opening of the Class 2A regionals.

Following the brewer

Former resident making a name, new brews in Telluride

With Steamboat Springs now lacking a brewery of its own, locals have to search elsewhere for good Colorado microbrews.

City sees drop in building use tax

Decline is sign of rapid decrease in local construction

Sales tax for 2002 is down .83 percent from the previous year, but the biggest loss in city revenue came from a decrease in the building use tax.

Alborn gets his share

Special jumper edges Spillane

Special jumper Alan Alborn didn't seem to be hampered by a sore knee Thursday.

Great houseplants for our climate

Cacti easy to maintain

Succulents are plants that have thick, fleshy leaves or stems. They hold water, especially in adverse conditions. Cacti are succulents and grow all over the world. Of the more than 2000 known species of cacti, all but one grow in the Americas.

Fishbone forging ahead to the future

Fishbone's latest CD, "Live at the Temple Bar and More," is the soundtrack to a documentary about the band that has been crazy on stage since most of their fans were middle school skaters and misfits searching for music more interesting than Richard Marx.

Mad Creek bridge to be repaired

Drivers will have to endure one lane closed on C.R. 129

Motorists headed to Clark and Steamboat Lake State Park on Routt County Road 129 this summer will have to endure delays for a period of six weeks or more. Traffic on a short section of the road will be reduced to one lane while repairs are made to a bridge over Mad Creek.

Troopers net $15K in cash & drugs

Routine traffic stop leads to seizure

A Wednesday night traffic stop west of Hayden yielded more than $15,500 in cash, a small amount of marijuana and a wanted pot distributor.

Event to highlight peace through stories, songs, art

Group wants to show people its view of war

A group of Routt County residents wants the world to know they will not be jumping on the Iraq-or-Bust wagon to war.

Woman arrested for stealing ex's computer

Curiosity about an ex-boyfriend's new love interest landed a Steamboat Springs woman in jail Thursday.

Planners want closer look

Hayden commissioners hold off on subdivision decision

The Hayden Planning Commission requested a site visit and a consideration of open space possibilities and larger lot sizes before moving ahead with plans for a subdivision.

Wildlife world displayed at Wild Horse

When Shirley and Rich Galusha first opened the Wild Horse Gallery in 1998, they had a list of artists in their minds they wanted to represent.

NIGHTLIFE

Today The Steamboat Springs Community Players' production of "Shirley Valentine" opens at the Seventh Street Playhouse, on the corner of Seventh and Aspen street. Doors open at 7 p.m. and curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Latecomers will not be admitted. Tickets are $10 in advance at All That Jazz and $12 at the door. Call 879-3254.

A family affair

Wrestling is way of life for Iacovetto clan

Heidi Iacovetto loves to cook. Half-Italian, half-Polish, she's good at it, too, but currently the matriarch of the Iacovetto family is resigned to preparing stir-fry and salads in observance of wrestling season.

Jerome wins second title

Jessica Jerome probably couldn't hear the sound of cheering fans as she sliced through the air en route to winning her second national title of the week on Thursday afternoon.

a new beginning

On Sunday, Riverhouse Editions and van Straaten Gallery will open and reveal the giant press and internationally known prints that have been produced, unannounced, for years within our midst

Art keeps you young, said Bill van Straaten, art dealer and owner of Riverhouse Editions and van Straaten Gallery in Steamboat Springs.

EDGE OF STEAMBOAT

The silliness of Valentine's Day

Remember prom? It was my senior year. My date and I were rocking back and forth to Bryan Adams. My arms were wrapped around his neck and his were around my waist. We looked like a pair of those stuffed Velcro monkeys.

Hockey team wraps up season

Steamboat hosts Aspen at Howelsen today

The Steamboat Springs hockey team concludes its regular season with a home game at 5:15 p.m. today against Aspen at Howelsen Ice Arena.

The Record for Feb. 14

Wednesday, Feb. 12 7:48 a.m. Police arrested two men for drug possession on Routt County Road 36, one mile north of the city limits.

Oak Creek seeking funds for water-treatment plant

Oak Creek Mayor Cargo Rodeman and Town Clerk Nancy Crawford finished their first draft of a $300,000 Energy Impact grant request to be submitted by the Tuesday deadline for the current funding cycle, Rodeman said at Thursday night's town board meeting.

Wednesday, February 12

Judicial district facing shortfalls

Court administrator: Budget cuts mean fewer hands to help the public

More than 9,000 new cases are filed with the 14th Judicial District every year. But as the workload swells, the manpower to handle it does not.

Pilot & Today named nation's best newspaper

A newspaper organization has named the Steamboat Pilot & Today the nation's best newspaper in its circulation category.

Men arrested on drug charges

Agents spot duo smoking marijuana

Steamboat Springs police assisted drug agents in netting two Steamboat Springs men for illegal drug possession Wednesday morning.

Lodwick puts hurt on Spillane

Local skiers Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane had promised to give the hometown crowd plenty to cheer about Wednesday afternoon during the 2003 Chevy Trucks Nordic Combined Championships.

Steamboat Grand nears holiday sellout

On Wednesday, the Steamboat Grand Resort and Conference Center was within a half dozen rooms of selling out during Saturday night of the coming Presidents Day weekend.

Transportation for veterans creates concerns

State took $2.8 million out of Colorado's trust fund

The Routt County Veterans Affairs Office is concerned that funding for transportation to the Veterans Affairs Hospital is in jeopardy.

Disaster supplies remain

Despite terror warnings, stores still stocked

When Ty Stewart heard on the news that federal officials were recommending Americans stock up on duct tape and plastic sheeting, he couldn't help but think that could be good for business.

Chix split two-game home stand

The Chix with Stix split a two-game home stand against Ft. Collins.

Fighting for first

Spillane unleashes top jump of the day to stop stiff competition

Sitting at the top of Howelsen Hill's biggest jump, local favorite Johnny Spillane knew he needed to uncork the best jump of the day if he had any chance of prying the large hill title away from defending champion Alan Alborn.

Tuesday, February 11

Game slips away

Steamboat loses heartbreaker to Moffat Co.

Kelly Meek hates to lose. He just wishes more of his Steamboat Springs boys basketball team despised coming up short as much as he does.

Sorensen shoots for state titles

Steamboat ski team wraps up regular season

Later this month, the steep pitches of Beaver Creek's Centennial ski run will be used to separate the state's top high school skiers from the champions.

Truth or lies?

Is it better to establish laws in our country based on truth or on lies? The U.S. Supreme Court, on Jan. 22, 1973, made abortion "legal" in this country at any stage of a pregnancy. But it was all based on lies. How can we stand by and let lies govern the killing of innocent, helpless babies?

Exerting Proper Control

Steamboat Springs City Council members must be careful in broaching the subject of limiting commercial growth.

Girls winless against Moffat Co.

Laurel Mortensen's shoulders are broad and strong for someone 5-foot-4.

Despite recent precip, snowpack losing ground

Percent of snowpack on Buff Pass drops

Snowboarders and skiers found 4 inches of fresh snow to frolic in on Mount Werner Tuesday morning, and the snowstorm made a measurable difference on Buffalo Pass.

District policies examined

Board defends community group access to schools

The Colorado chapters of the Americans Civil Liberties Union and the Anti-Defamation League are investigating the Steamboat Springs School District's policies and how they're being interpreted.

Middle school student pleads guilty in harassment case

A student from Steamboat Springs Middle School pleaded guilty to harassment Tuesday in connection with a report of inappropriate conduct at the school last year.

Suspected attackers appear in court today

Off-duty Steamboat police officer, girlfriend injured in Jan. 26 incident

Two Denver men who allegedly attacked an off-duty Steamboat Springs police officer and his girlfriend Jan. 26 will hear a formal advisement from a Denver County judge today.

Monday, February 10

Arguelles comes back strong

Skier grabs two second places

After three weeks on the sidelines, local freestyle skier Jarrett Arguelles returned to competition last weekend with a vengeance.

First Impressions sponsors discussion

The future of young children is the focus of a public forum tonight in Hayden.

DeVincentis refutes Simms' accusations

Principal speaks at meeting

Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal John DeVincentis took control of a school board meeting Monday night, ignoring board President Paul Fisher who repeatedly told DeVincentis he was out of order.

Bringing it home

Local skiers hope to keep Nordic combined title in Steamboat

If you want to win the national Nordic combined title in Steamboat Springs, chances are you'll have to beat a hometown hero.

Patroller OK after avalanche in Utah

Steamboat woman was buried for nearly six minutes

A Steamboat ski patroller who was buried in a backcountry avalanche in Utah for nearly six minutes has returned home in good condition.

Sunday, February 9

2003 Winter Carnival wraps up

Nation's only ski band glides down Lincoln Avenue

With the roar of two snowcat engines, the dream of the Steamboat Springs High School Ski Band was realized -- a groomed Lincoln Avenue.

School board postpones action on Montessori

The fate of the proposed Montessori charter school will remain in limbo.

Council will lobby lawmakers

Officials will participate in legislature session

The Steamboat Springs City Council will not hold a council meeting Tuesday night. Instead, council members will lobby state lawmakers.

Local film critic wears coyote on his head

Tackling the biathlon the old-fashioned way -- with a muzzleloader

It isn't every day that I encounter a man with a coyote on his head. So, whenever the occasion arises, I always go out of my way to engage the gentleman in friendly conversation. You never know when the opportunity will next present itself. I spied just such a fellow in Steamboat Springs over the weekend, and if you read this column to the end, I promise to tell you what he said.

Saturday, February 8

Harmony's song

Stagecoach woman receives outpouring of support in battle of her life

On Oct. 26, Harmony Harris' longtime boyfriend proposed marriage with a song he wrote for her.

Oak Creek short on family homes

When affordability is key, small homes abound, but three- and four-bedrooms are hard to find

When Oak Creek Police Chief Tim Willert moved to the Yampa Valley this winter, living in the town he protected was not an option.

Local teams learn from league tourney

Hayden, Soroco wrestlers now anticipate upcoming regionals

Hayden's Kelly Bruchez and Soroco's C.J. Horn each captured a championship medal at Saturday's Class 2A Western Slope league tournament held in Hayden.

World-class showings

Amnerican favorite Bahrke can't quite edge Norway's Traa

Shannon Bahrke may have been wearing the yellow jersey that designates the World Cup points leader Saturday afternoon, but she learned quickly that if you want to win in Steamboat Springs, you have to get past Norway's Kari Traa.

Local property valuations rising more slowly

Routt County property taxpayers can expect to see the valuation of their property going up an average of 8 percent to 12 percent when letters from the county assessor appear in mailboxes in May. But that doesn't mean their taxes will necessarily go up. And it doesn't mean there won't be exceptions.

Townhomes tailored for baby boomers

The Eagles Overlook Townhome project is designed for the aging baby boomer with bad knees, Prudential Realtor Mark J. "Dutch" Elting said.

Building customer loyalty

Airline Summit speaker focuses on satisfaction

Steamboat business executives would do well to emulate the management team at Harley Davidson, in Roger Dow's view. And his recommendation has nothing to do with twin tailpipes.

Expert warns of West Nile virus threats

Elderly people, horses most susceptible to illness

Although West Nile virus has not appeared in Routt County yet, it is just a matter of time. That was the prediction given by the state's leading expert on the dangerous, mosquito-borne illness at a local forum Thursday.

TOWN TALK: HAYDEN

Jackie and Joe Boyd's son, Randy Circle, spent a three-day weekend with his friends Neil, Tom and Dean, in the Hayden area. For the past 13 years, Randy and a group of friends have come up to go skiing, snowmobiling and to do other festivities. They all work for Waste Management in Denver.

Officials mull commercial growth controls

Concern is with keeping storefronts occupied, longtime businesses intact and character of Steamboat unique

The Yellow Pages lists 12 liquor stores in Steamboat Springs.

Behind the headlines

How has the field-user policy changed?

Chris WIlson is the director of Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department. He discusses the issue of field-user fees and how the policy has changed.

Re-evaluate User Fee Positions

I have to take issue with your opinion regarding the implementation of user fees for Little League baseball and Steamboat Youth Soccer. It was not, as you described, a financially prudent decision and puts us one step closer to becoming another Vail or Aspen, neither of which now has a youth soccer or youth baseball organization to speak of.

THE WAY IT WAS

Steamboat's own train wreck

Steamboat Springs people today had an opportunity to view a Moffat road train wreck, and curiosity had led many people to visit the depot where one of the big locomotives is off the track.

Ground troops

Members of the federal government's Transportation Safety Administration work to keep airlines, airports as safe as possible

"War on Terrorism" seems like a television network catchphrase until you meet the people who are fighting it. Even on the homefront, the stories of civilians recruited to fight terrorism bear striking similarities to the war stories of husbands separated from wives and newborn babies.

Street events: Fun for all ages

Donkey jump just one highlight

Woe to the fools who do not raise their children in Steamboat Springs.

Overcoming obstacles

Sixth-graders conquer challenges at Outdoor Education Day

Sixth-grader Elizabeth Lyons refused to be intimidated by the giant wall of blue ice that rose before her.

BUSINESS FILE

Local gasoline 25 cents over statewide average

Gasoline prices in Steamboat were more than 25 cents above the statewide average this week, but they weren't the highest in the state. Unleaded regular was priced between $1.72 and $1.75 a gallon here.

Public funds not for Montessori

Last May, we voiced our opposition to a publicly funded Montessori charter school in the Steamboat Springs School District.

Men of the mountain

29th annual International Muzzleloading Biathlon draws competitors of all ages

A great Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival tradition was continued Saturday with the 29th International Muzzleloading Biathlon at Howelsen Hill.

BIRTHS

Jackson Stone Scott, son of Ginger and Michael Scott of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:36 p.m. Jan. 16, 2003.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

What a difference a year makes

One year ago, the world's attention was focused on Salt Lake City, Utah, and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

Arlene E. Truax

Arlene E. Truax, 1914-2003

Richard Carlton Harper

Richard Carlton Harper, 1956-2003

Adele Munson Hain

Adele Munson Hain, 1924-2003

Mary Ruth Dapper

Mary Ruth Dapper, 1912-2003

Bloom takes 1st as new-school tricks abound

For years, the University of Colorado football team has intimidated opposing teams at Folsom Field by being led onto the playing field by a stampeding buffalo.

Helen Mackey Klinger

Helen Mackey Klinger, 1918-2003

Friday, February 7

Sailor boys defense holds up in win over Battle Mountain

After three straight league losses, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team came up victorious Friday night, defeating Battle Mountain 45-34.

Ski area sale still in dispute

Triple Peaks challenges court finding

Tim and Diane Mueller of Triple Peaks LLC have appealed a recent court ruling that found in favor of American Skiing Co. in the legal dispute over the abandoned sale of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Reaching new heights

Aerialists soar above crowds Friday at Steamboat Ski Area

On Friday, Lowell Whiteman graduate Ryan St. Onge celebrated his 20th birthday by soaring to his best World Cup finish ever.

Camplin leads women jumpers

Kelly Hilliman is top American finisher

Australian aerialist Alisa Camplin said she couldn't remember where she finished the last time she was in town for a World Cup event.

Foundation expanding efforts

Group awarded more than $454,000 in 2002

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation is expanding its philanthropic efforts far beyond the borders of the Northwest Colorado counties it has long served.

Development plan gets initial nod

Subdivision would be northwest of Silver Spur

A plan to develop and still preserve agricultural land west of Steamboat Springs got a first- round nod from the Routt County Planning Commission.

Bonsai -- form of living art

Container gardening originated more than 2,000 years ago

Bonsai translates to mean "planted in a tray" or "potted dwarfed tree."

Girls blow out Battle Mountain

Despite easy victory, coach still looking for improvement

Coach Steve Moos couldn't fault the effort, but he felt as if the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team didn't play four quality quarters.

The Record for Feb. 8

Thursday, Feb. 6 12:32 a.m. Police arrested a motorist for driving while intoxicated on Apres Ski Way.

Elementary students learn about critter control

Children identify wildlife patterns, corridors across U.S. 40

A few times this fall, commuters on U.S. Highway 40 probably saw a group of 44 elementary school students, wearing safety-orange vests, walking along the side of the road and stopping to stare at roadkill.

Pay system gets teachers' attention

Staff gets update on new scale

Teachers teach; students learn. So goes a basic principle of education.

Thursday, February 6

Channel 10 keeping locals, guests tuned in

Kelly Anzalone was sitting at Subway three years ago, picking at the remains of his sandwich and talking to his then-fiance, now wife.

Proving themselves

Rankings mean little to wrestlers once they get on the mat

Meeker Cowboys wrestling coach Willy Theos isn't concerned about outsiders' opinions of his program.

Winter Carnival tradition starts taking shape

High school students create ice sculptures to line Lincoln Avenue

The temperature was well below zero Thursday morning, but the high school students of Steamboat Springs had work to do.

EDGE OF STEAMBOAT

The word is out on Mambo

It was a late night two weeks ago and I was standing on the steps of the Old Town Pub, passing a cigarette around with friends who usually become smokers at that hour. The band was winding down and we were looking for the next place to dance and talk and otherwise pass out our paychecks.

No one shows at meeting to discuss rate increases

Hayden closer to implementing plan

Despite concern from some county residents, it appears a five-year accelerated rate plan for Hayden water users is moving closer to implementation.

Jumpers, Nordic skiers compete for titles

The national spotlight will fall on Steamboat Springs next week when the top American jumpers and Nordic combined skiers come here to battle for titles.

Malcolm of the Mambo

Cook/singer Malcolm Goble is likely to belt out a few tunesas customers dine at Steamboat's newest Italian restaurant

Malcolm Goble was the star of the local theater company in Whitefish, Mont., two years ago when he walked into Billy Castronova's Italian restaurant.

City will return impact fees

Officials make decision to avoid legal ramifications

The city of Steamboat Springs has decided to return more than $40,000 in impact fees and forego the risk of a lengthy and expensive legal trial.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Search and Rescue members honored as heroes

A local group of volunteers got some airtime on national television Thursday morning for rescuing survivors of a Dec. 29 plane crash on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Police officer back on the job

Investigation still pending in Denver shooting incident

Assault and ethnic intimidation charges have been filed against two Denver men who allegedly attacked an off-duty Steamboat Springs police officer and his girlfriend on Jan. 26. The police officer, who was placed on administrative leave after the incident, returned to work Sunday.

Max to showcase 'Pop to Patriotism' exhibit

If you go to a Peter Max show and don't laugh, you've probably missed the point.

NIGHTLIFE

Today There is an art opening at the Wild Horse Gallery located in the Sheraton Resort Hotel from 5 to 8 p.m., showing the work of Johnson, Stroncek, Lillegraven and Valdez. Call 879-7660.

Tennis Center starting to raise funds for repairs

Surface of bubble has sustained damage over the years

When the tennis bubble was constructed in 1991, the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs and members of the community understood it had a lifespan.

Champions will play for bubble

Wimbledon titlists will raise money for local youth

Wimbledon champions David Pate and Scott Davis will be in Steamboat Springs over Valentine's weekend to help raise funds to replace the local tennis bubble.

Wednesday, February 5

Input on court facility taken

County gauges public sentiment about look, site and price tag of project

Determining the location of new courtrooms is key before questions about size, cost and funding are answered, a roomful of residents concluded Wednesday.

Fund board begins to see requests

Half-cent sales tax has created close to $1.9M in revenue

And they're off. Competition for the Education Fund Board's estimated $1.9 million in revenue from the city's half-cent sales tax began Wednesday night when the Technology Commission presented its first readings of funding requests to the EFB.

Up in the air

Aerial skiers reach new heights at freestyle complex

Jeret Peterson's body aches when he thinks about the future of aerials.

Hayden water open for comments

For the second time in as many town board meetings, Hayden residents are invited to comment on a proposed five-year accelerated rate plan for local water users.

Garth signs with California school

SSHS soccer player inks commitment

It's been her dream since she was in eighth grade, and on Wednesday, Steamboat Springs High School senior Nikki Garth signed the letter to make her vision a reality.

Commission studies development west of town

Proposed improvements to a North Routt business and a tentative plan to develop roughly 1,000 acres of agricultural land west of Steamboat Springs are on the county planning commissioners' agenda tonight.

Man forced to pay in snowboard accident

Carter served 10 days in jail as part of lesser charge

A Georgia man who hurt a local woman when he ran into her on the slopes last year was ordered Wednesday to reimburse her for medical expenses.

Making dough comes easy for elementary students

Class gets hands-on education in nutrition

Home economics classes aren't offered until middle school, but that didn't prevent a group of Strawberry Park Elementary School fourth-graders from receiving an early lesson in food preparation and nutrition Wednesday.

Team Volant takes first at California competition

In only its second year of existence, Steamboat Springs' synchronized skate team placed first in the 2003 Pacific Coast Sectional championships held in San Diego.

Housing project gets leeway

RALF asks city to subsidize $37,800 in fees

The City Council has given the West End Village project leeway in its efforts to foster affordable housing.

Tuesday, February 4

Possible tax questions for voters discussed

Tread of Pioneers Museum likely will seek mill levy for funding

Voters can expect taxes to support the city's fire and ambulance services and to fund the Tread of Pioneers Museum on November's ballot.

'Ski for DeSo' day in memory of resident

Justin DeSorrento was killed in car accident 5 years ago

Flowers are a rare sight on the February snow of DeSo's Descent.

SmartWool plans to stay

Despite sales of interest, executive says company will remain in Steamboat

The founders of one of Steamboat's biggest success stories have sold their interest in their company, but a top executive said Tuesday SmartWool isn't going anywhere.

Officials commit to housing authority funding

The City Council and county commissioners made a three-year commitment to fund a multijurisdictional housing authority Tuesday night.

The Record for Feb. 5

Monday, Feb. 3 2:07 a.m. An open door was reported at the Chieftain building. Police secured the building.

Singing the snow falling blues

Following a lackluster showing by his men's team at last week's NorAm event in Killington, freestyle coach Eric Skinner came back to Steamboat Springs knowing he has to motivate his skiers.

Water stored in snowpack about 78 percent of average

Officials hope for more precipitation to aid drought

Skiers at the top of Storm Peak were romping in 7.5 inches of fresh powder Tuesday afternoon, but for people focusing on Colorado's empty reservoirs, the return to a wintry pattern this week may represent too little too late.

Fighting between roommates leads to arrest

A 50-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Tuesday after an altercation with his roommate turned ugly.

Back home again

Local freestyler happy to be competing in Steamboat

Lauren Crawford gets to sleep tonight in her own bed.

Officials move on detox center

Agencies agree to help get program up and running

People who struggle with alcohol abuse will soon have a local site where they can sober up and receive counseling.

Monday, February 3

Judge tells former resident to trim suit

Sieverding names several local officials as defendants in 160-page lawsuit

A judge has given Kay Sieverding two months to trim her 106-page federal lawsuit against the Colorado Bar Association and several Steamboat Springs officials to 40 pages or less.

Local skiers fare well in races

Weather doesn't deter SSHS

The weather made it feel a little like spring, but that didn't stop the members of the Steamboat Springs High School cross country team from excelling at the winter sport they love.

Financial impacts of Montessori examined

School board, committee discuss revisions to charter application

The Steamboat Springs School District will face budget deficits in the coming years.

Officials seek public input on new courthouse

Judicial facility group's success depends on locals' discussion

Voters who felt their objections to a proposed $17.2 million court facility project were not heard last year have a second chance to speak out on the county's next push for new courts.

A world record day

Rolf Wilson the big winner over the weekend in a family of gelande jumpers

Several years ago, Montana skier Brent Wilson introduced his two younger brothers to the sport of gelande jumping.

Missed deadline leads to altered ASC trade symbol

American Skiing Co.'s inability to meet the deadline for filing its annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission means its stock is trading under a slightly different symbol -- AESKE -- for the next 30 days.

The Record for Feb. 4

Sunday, Feb. 2 12:10 a.m. Extra patrol was called to Howelsen Hill. People have been sledding and sliding down the ski jumps and causing damage. Those caught trespassing on the ski jumps can be arrested.

Airport authority revisited

City, county will present list of pros, cons for formation

The Steamboat Springs City Council and the Routt County commissioners will meet today to again discuss forming an airport authority.

County seeks federal aid for YVRA constraints

Yampa Valley Regional Airport is seeking federal assistance to expand its cramped terminal. YVRA Director Jim Parker requested funding from the Transportation Security Administration last week in a letter to TSA Federal Security Director Ray Krebs.

Winter Sports Club shines in Rocky Mountain events

Unstoppable was the word Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Garth Hager used to describe his skiers' performance over the weekend at the Rocky Mountain Division meet at the Monarch Ski Area.

Sunday, February 2

Tom Ross: My heroes have always been astronauts

Sifting through the mental debris of this frequently somber weekend, I cast my mind back to Miss Ollie Parkins' third grade classroom at Charles R. Van Hise Elementary School.

Community Alliance adopts 2003 strategy

The Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley celebrated its third anniversary Saturday night by electing new officers and announcing its strategy for the coming year.

Utes introduced to snowboarding

Agencies work together to bring program to Steamboat

Early Sunday morning as the wind blew on Mount Werner, 18 Ute Indian youths braved their way down Spur Run.

School Board to review policies, pay plan

The Steamboat Springs School Board has steadfastly supported policies allowing community groups to attend middle school lunch.

West End Village developers seeking exemptions

Developers of the West End Village project will come before the City Council Tuesday night to ask for concessions.

Saturday, February 1

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

A Look at Church and State

In the Jan. 13 issue of Steamboat Today, there is an AP news article titled "church-state separation questioned."

SOUND OFF

Thanks for giving back

I would like to thank Randall Hannaway and the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors for their generous donation to the Soroco Middle School girls basketball team.

Playing with density

Ninth-grade students teach fifth-graders newly aquired scientific knowledge

Like a bruised and battered quarterback after a hard-fought game, Soda Creek Elementary School fifth-grader Colton Harding gingerly eased himself into a gray, industrial-strength trash can full of water.

Houses on Oak Street not going anywhere

If the wind blew hard enough, it looks as though the three small houses along Oak and Ninth streets just might topple.

OUR VIEW

Not the answer

Colorado homeowners should be concerned about two bills before the state Legislature.

Steamboat tops Wasson on the ice

But Sailors didn't come out dominating as they expected

Despite a 6-2 win, the Steamboat Springs hockey team didn't have the precise, dominating performance it was seeking Saturday against Wasson.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

Admiring from afar the art of gelande jumping

If you have ever climbed to the top of the big hill at Howelsen, you would have an appreciation for what Rolf Wilson accomplished on Alpine skis.

Sailors on a roll

Girls top Rifle to keep league title hopes alive

Bailey Draper is annoying in practice, so teammate Jen Weber can't imagine what opponents are going through during games.

A home to play in

Montview house offers amenities, rental income

Near the base of the ski area sits a house that has its own indoor pool, ice rink and two home theaters. But perhaps the most attractive feature of the 8,000-square-foot home along Montview Lane is its track record as a moneymaker.

Full Belly Deli for sale

Three years ago, ankle deep in water that had collected on the concrete floor of a side-street Hayden warehouse, Robyn Boeckmann and Gerard Cina could only see a New York-style deli complete with the smell of hanging meat and the sound of folding butcher paper. Today, those smells and sounds are real, and Full Belly Deli owners Boeckmann and Cina are ready to sell their start-up business and move on to a new venture.

BUSINESS FILE

Steamboat Grand hires group sales executive

Steamboat Grand hires group sales executive Cindy O'Gorman, a 16-year hotel industry veteran, has been named director of group and conference sales for the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center.

County connections

Threat of war brings soldiers, families together

Steamboat Springs resident Denise Carhartt watches Dan Rather every night on the "CBS Evening News"; at work, she keeps the radio playing.

Routt County could see snow if temperatures cooperate

If you've been pressing glass for slush this past week, take heart. Mount Werner could see a foot of snow today.

Freestylers to compete in the 'Boat

Now that the World Championships have come to a close in Deer Valley, Travis Mayer and top freestyle skiers from around the world will turn their attention to Steamboat Springs.

Boys handed another tough loss

Rifle coach Chris Lowther waited for the run from Steamboat Springs.

The Record for Feb. 2

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.

TOWN TALK: OAK CREEK/PHIPPSBURG

Winners Elaine Gay, Lois Stefano, Cindy Porter and June Carr were winners at Bridge at the Community Hall on Jan. 22. The next meeting is Tuesday at the home of Cindy Porter.

BIRTHS

Eric Castillo Palacios, son of Yolanda and Guillermo Palacios of Craig, was born at 11:36 a.m. Jan. 11, 2003.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

What is the state of Partners?

Paul Bialek is the executive director of Partners in Routt County, a local nonprofit organization that pairs youth with adult mentors. Partners is losing $60,000 in state funding over the next 18 months.

Another town's treasure

What's New Rummage Shop brings community together

There is an old wooden dulcimer collecting dust on the shelf of the What's New Rummage Shop. There is a pair of 1970s-style, Swiss-made hiking boots that have sunken to the bottom of a box of shoes. There are old manual typewriters and an 8-track collection fit to throw anyone back a few decades.

Exploring Catamount

Touring center just south of town offers some of the best views for cross country skiers

The Yampa Valley boasts a half-dozen vital well-groomed cross country touring centers, from Vista Verde Guest Ranch in the north to Catamount Ranch and Club 10 miles south of Steamboat Springs.

THE WAY IT WAS

Stage set for big carnival

Feb. 7, 1923 The dates for the 10th Annual Carnival of Mid-Winter Sports has definitely been set for Feb. 22 and 23 in order that the Moffat road passenger train service will meet the convenience of the greatest number of visitors from other points.

On a roll

Routt County Woolens making a name for itself

Routt County Woolens LLC made a memorable first appearance at this year's National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, winning a vendors' Best in Show prize.

Doing business

In Ski Town USA, change is constant on Steamboat's main drag

Over the past 25 years or so, Rogers Israel had many occasions to run up the street and duck into Boggs Hardware to make a small purchase.

How much is that tractor in the window?

Bill Fetcher is spending part of his winter tearing apart an old self-propelled hay baler and putting it back together again. His family purchased the red New Holland on Lincoln Avenue in 1959. The implement dealer was named Boggs, as in Boggs Hardware.