Stories for August 2004


Tuesday, August 31

Poll: Big 3rd District lead for Salazar

A poll commissioned by the campaign of 3rd Congressional District candidate John Salazar shows the state representative from Manassa cruising toward an Election Day victory.

Winter rec comment deadline not extended

The U.S. Forest Service has decided not to extend the deadline for public comments on plans to manage winter recreation on Buffalo Pass and Rabbit Ears Pass.

Growth group criteria picked

After discussing what the focus of a growth management advisory group should be, City Council members and county commissioners decided who the group should represent.

Our View: Stagecoach school site would pay off

South Routt School District officials are taking the right step by pushing to identify a new elementary school site in the Stagecoach area.

Man arrested in unlawful telephone calls case

A 21-year-old Hayden man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of illegally making more than $900 worth of international telephone calls from a Sheraton Steamboat Resort Hotel room.

Facelift begins at skatepark

With school back in session, it was a fairly quiet early afternoon Tuesday at the skatepark near Howelsen Hill. Give it a couple of hours, Jon Casson said. When school lets out, the local skateboarders will make their way to the park.

Radio station changing hands

KBCR to be acquired by Illinois-based COOL Radio

Steamboat Springs' first radio station is changing ownership.

Stahoviak suffers setback

Routt County commissioner's final knee surgery delayed

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak's fourth and final knee surgery has been delayed because doctors found an infection in her leg.

Audrey Enever: Clarification

I write in response to your editorial Sunday concerning the Tax Advisory Policy Board and the Local Marketing District proposal for a 2 percent lodging tax.

New phone service in Routt County

Like 911 and 411 before it, creators of 211 foresee the new number becoming a household name.

Scott L. Ford: View disrespectful

I am writing because the editorial, "Our View" that appeared in the Sunday edition of the Pilot & Today was disrespectful to the members of the Tax Policy Advisory Board. To accuse this group of a "laggardly pace" is uninformed and inappropriate.

7 teachers welcomed to schools

With shiny new paint, tile and carpet, Hayden schools are clean and ready for another school year. But even more important is the crop of new teachers ready to greet students and inspire young minds.

CHSAA seeks members for selection committee

The Colorado High School Activities Association is taking applications for knowledgeable basketball fans interested in helping determine the postseason fate of prep teams.

Monday, August 30

Man pleads guilty to endangering kids

A man who spent three nights lost in the Medicine Bow National Forrest with his family has pleaded guilty to endangering children.

Briefs for Aug. 31

A traffic stop Friday resulted in the arrest of 44-year-old Craig man on charges of the possession and distribution of methamphetamine.

Busy bull rider

Utah athlete squeezes in Steamboat

Steamboat will mark the end of a busy week for bull rider Tony Mendes.

Commission walked 'tightrope'

General counsel of Sept. 11 investigators speaks of group's work

The path that eventually led to the unanimous and bipartisan report on the circumstances surrounding the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, wasn't always a smooth one.

County gets partial funding for road

Routt County will receive $1 million from the state to reconstruct a portion of Twentymile Road, just more than two-thirds of the $1.4 million it requested from the Department of Local Affairs.

Balloonist spots accident

23-year-old man arrested on charges of domestic violence

A hot air balloonist spotted an abandoned vehicle in a ditch early Sunday morning.

City to start undergrounding utilities

The city of Steamboat Springs and Yampa Valley Electric Association are ready to start work on undergrounding utility lines between 10th and 13th streets in the Yampa Avenue alley.

The Record for Aug. 31

12:32 a.m. Loud music was reported coming from a bar in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. The Steamboat Springs Police Department asked that the back door be closed.

A day of firsts for kindergartners, parents

School year kicks off Monday

After months of practice Madelin McPeak arrived at Soda Creek Elementary School ready for her first day of kindergarten.

County expects tight budget

Routt County is bracing itself for another tight budget year, and county commissioners already have told departments to keep budgets at or under what was spent in 2003.

Sunday, August 29

BLM asking groups for management update help

The Bureau of Land Management is asking local governments and other agencies to join in two separate processes to update management plans for Emerald Mountain, as well as for their 1.3 million acres of land in this area.

Briefs for Aug. 30

Sheriff's department aids people in broken vehicle Two people whose vehicle broke down on Farwell Mountain north of Steamboat Springs were aided by the Routt County Sheriff's Department on Thursday.

Brew Glass Boys call it quits

The lyrics carried extra weight Thursday night as the Brew Glass Boys played its final public gig after years as a staple of Steamboat Springs nightlife. The band played for the last time Saturday night at a private party.

Summer sales-tax revenues up

Weekly events, Triple Crown tournaments and improved consumer confidence have contributed to good sales for many area businesses this summer, with some seeing a noticeable jump in business over last year.

Derby most likely heading to Oak Creek

The Soap Box Derby could be moving to Oak Creek, and the Oak Creek Town Board is welcoming the event with open arms.

The Record for Aug. 30

Saturday, Aug. 28 12:00 a.m. A noise complaint was reported in the 400 block of Tamarack Drive.

Saturday, August 28

Drop a line, grab a club

Yampa River the real winner at unusual sporting event

The third-annual Golf Trout Tournament on Sept. 10 to 12 has little left to prove as it enters its third season at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. The sportsmen who are fortunate enough to be added to one of the four-person teams are certain to catch some fine trout, and the Sheraton golf course always delivers.

Missing 2-year-old found

A 2-year-old boy was found in good condition in a home in the Copper Mountain Estates subdivision about an hour after he was reported missing late Saturday afternoon.

A getaway without the drive

Anglers Court home has a country feel and a great location

An out-of-town feel close to town -- that's one of the biggest advantages of a spec home recently completed on Anglers Court.

Horseback offers building options

Platted more than 20 years ago, the Horseback at Stagecoach subdivision is slowly becoming what original developers may have hoped for: a place where residents can meet their dreams of quiet mountain living.

Sound Off for Aug. 29

I think someone should clarify that the proposed 2 percent tax has nothing to do with the Steamboat Springs Airport. This is for airline subsidies for Yampa valley Regional Airport.

Stuart Orzach: County not serving public

Routt County Commissioners' stubbornness is not serving the public interest.

Steamboat starts with setbacks

Team's early injuries shake up rotation

Seniors don't belong in casts or on crutches. They belong on the volleyball court, especially when they are the only returning starters for a team counting on them to get back to state.

Winter rec alternatives out in public

Five alternatives for managing winter recreation on Buffalo Pass and Rabbit Ears Pass, where more and more backcountry skiers and snowmobilers are coming each year, have been out for public review since late June.

Melinda Mawdsley: See you at the Olympics

Somewhere a little girl is twirling atop a park bench, pretending the wooden plank beneath her is a 10-centimeter balance beam, and she is seconds away from gold.

Focused on the future

Last year's success inspires Steamboat

Last year is done and gone. But the disappointment of a close semifinal loss to Florence in the November snow lingers and inspires the Steamboat Springs football team, particularly its seniors, to go one step further this season.

WSL toughest in 3A

The good news for the Steamboat Springs football team is if it starts the season 4-0, it is likely headed for the playoffs and will have earned it. The bad news is there is a realistic chance the Sailors could open 0-4 and be left fighting for one of four playoff berths given to the 3A Western Slope League this year.

New coaches on board

Sailors staff chosen with players in mind

In football, more than any other sport, a head coach needs a strong staff. Once Aaron Finch was hired as the new Steamboat Springs coach in April, he set out to find assistants who shared his beliefs as he embarked on his first season with the Sailors.

1930-2004: Eugene A. 'Gene' Kayser

Former Routt County resident Eugene "Gene" Kayser passed away July 21, 2004, at his home in Lakewood. He was 74.

The Record for Aug. 29

Friday, Aug. 27 8:02 a.m. A car reportedly slammed into the back of a vehicle, which hit the back of another vehicle waiting in a line of traffic at the traffic signal at U.S. Highway 40 and Elk River Road. Three people reportedly were taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center with minor injuries.

Chad Bedell: Decision unfair to Mountain West

I find it hard to understand how the Routt County Planning Department and Board of County Commissioners can condemn Mountain West Landscaping for materials stored on its property that have not contaminated the Yampa River in any way when just last month both governing bodies allowed the Willow Creek subdivision to dump its sewage into the Elk River.

South Routt Calendar for Aug. 29

n The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. n The Toponas Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gail M. Garneau: Let residents vote on area airports

In response to Cindy Maddox's letter on Aug. 25, the city's proposed 2005 budget includes $379,000 transferred from the general fund to the Steamboat Springs Airport. Also, there will be an additional $1 million in taxpayer dollars for airport capital improvements with the possibility of more.

The Arrest Record for Aug. 29

Saturday, Aug. 21 Chase Fouquet Davis, 20, Steamboat Springs -- Driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI per se, weaving, speeding, minor in possession of alcohol (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Class Notes for Aug. 29

Rodney Beall, a senior majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was named to the dean's list for the spring semester of 2004. Beall has a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 and has made the dean's list every semester.

Fresh faces entering high school

Link Crew program helps freshmen feel comfortable in new surroundings

Hip-hop music and cheering upperclassmen greeted nearly 200 incoming freshmen at Steamboat Springs High School last week.

Our View: Driven by the market

When residents of Hayden gathered Thursday to discuss how to manage pending growth, Boulder consultant Bob Perletz had some advice. "The purpose is to not let the market drive the community," Perletz said, "but let the community drive the market."

Ladies club celebrates 75 years in Steamboat

The Ladies Recreation Club celebrated its 75th anniversary Saturday at the Scott Center on Rollingstone Drive. In that room, over tea and cookies, almost 40 women discussed the decades they have spent together.

Oak Creek prepares for Labor Day

Festivities include pancake breakfast, parade, soap box derby and more

Earlier this summer, there were two things Becky Wisecup knew she could expect for August: late nights and a steep cell phone bill.

A helping hand

Local police officer volunteers to help change history in Iraq

Dwight Murphy compares his life in Iraq to the movie "Groundhog Day," where Bill Murray wakes up repeatedly to the same song and the same day.

Friday, August 27

Understanding hunting unit information can enhance success

Each year the hills and valleys in this region attract thousands of hunters to Northwest Colorado.

Time for immunizations

Keeping up with the latest trends in clothes and gear is the popular back-to-school approach for many students.

4-H projects take top honors

Routt County 4-H students earned top honors at the Colorado State Fair for exhibit projects they first presented to judges at Soroco High School earlier this month.

County receives security study

Routt County has received the first of three studies county commissioners hope will bolster their position that the new justice center should be built west of downtown Steamboat Springs.

CWD Study: Environmental transmission possible

A recent study shows chronic wasting disease may prove especially slippery to eradicate. Scientists discovered that CWD, a disease affecting elk, white-tale and mule deer, can be passed on to uninfected animals up to two years after sick animals are gone. The June paper appeared on-line in the journal "Emerging Infectious Diseases" published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

High expectations for Soroco volleyball team

Expectations are hard to assess when a team already thinks it is behind. Between full-time jobs and preparations leading up to the Routt County Fair, the Soroco volleyball team has been unable to put everyone on the floor for early season practice during the past several weeks.

Meyers wins age group at cycling event

Bill Meyers may have gotten a late start in cycling, but the success he's having on the national scene is proof his decision to begin competing was a wise one.

Variety of hunting experiences available

From self-guided hunts on private land to a full-service trip with guides, posh lodges and gourmet food, there are a variety of options available to hunters looking for an exclusive hunting experience.

Big herds make Colorado ideal for big-game hunting

Hunters flock to Colorado from all over the world during hunting season. They come to harvest pronghorn antelope, bears, mountain lions, deer and turkeys. They take in the legendary Rocky Mountain scenery and the ample stock of outfitting opportunities.

Opportunities abound for youth hunters

Age doesn't have to be a barrier to fun, safe and successful small and big-game hunts in Colorado.

Building on 2003

Rams ready to capitalize on last year's success

The price of having a senior-dominated team is the holes the graduates leave behind. Last year, the Soroco football team enjoyed its finest season in more than a decade, earning a playoff spot for the first time since 1988.

Putting in the hours

Employers study impact of new federal overtime rules

Political candidates and labor union officials are debating the true impact of new federal overtime pay rules that went into effect last week.

Transactions for Aug. 16-23


Drop a line during your hunt

Big-game hunters traveling to Northwest Colorado in October don't arrive looking for trout. And that's a darn shame.

Proper field preparation key to processing

For many hunters, the prized deer, elk or antelope means more than a mount on the wall of their home; it means a year's worth of hard-earned steaks, sausages and jerky.

Camouflage requires more then clothing

Fading into the shadows, blending with the trees and dissolving under the brush are crucial to a bow hunter's success.

Grocery contracts looming

Area grocers may be affected by decision

Workers in three grocery stores in Northwest Colorado are paying close attention as contract talks for their fellow workers on Colorado's Front Range get under way with major grocery chains.

Business Briefs for Aug. 29

Tourism was down this weekend compared to the same weekend in 2003, but the outlook for the coming Labor Day weekend is brighter.

Permits for Aug. 9-13

Michael Barinelli & Timothy Rossi 2739 Abbey Road Owner/Contractor Single-family residence $381,921

Outlook good for elk herds

Elk hunters who are more intent on putting meat in the freezer than they are on putting a trophy on the wall and don't mind the prospect of hunting in winter conditions, have much to look forward to in Northwest Colorado this fall.

The Record for Aug. 28

Thursday, Aug. 26 10:33 a.m. Steamboat Springs police responded to a report of a disturbance at Colorado Mountain College. When located, the suspect was issued a verbal warning for trespassing.

Crawford Avenue homes razed

Not even a pile of rubble remains at 722 Crawford Ave., where Bill Padgett's home stood for more than 50 years.

Snow makes early appearance on Storm Peak

Don Markley never goes into the high country on horseback without his winter jacket. So it came as no surprise to him that there was fresh snow on the high mountain peaks surrounding Steamboat Springs and Routt County on Friday, the 27th day of August.

Follow laws to avoid fines

It doesn't pay to kill big game illegally, Division of Wildlife Officials say, and it really doesn't pay to kill trophy big game illegally.

Elk numbers look strong for season

Imagine a time when there were less than 2,000 elk in Colorado. Colorado Division of Wildlife records show the elk population shrank dramatically because of market hunting and the settlement of the West a century ago.

Calling can bring elk into sights

Deep in the woods a bull elk calls. The sound will draw a cow elk. It also will bring other bulls in defending their territory from the challenge.

Technology: Rangefinders can be key to hunt

The days when big-game hunters had to rely entirely on dead reckoning to determine the distance to a trophy bull elk are long gone. Affordable laser rangefinders have taken much of the guesswork out of one of the most critical judgments a hunter needs to make.

Be prepared for variety in weaher conditions

If current weather conditions continue, fire danger shouldn't be a worry for hunters in Northwest Colorado this fall.

Care in handling key to taxidermy

As a lifelong hunter, Bob Reinier had made his fair share of trips to the taxidermist. But it wasn't until he saw an advertisement for taxidermy school that he ever considered joining the profession.

Follow code o ethics in the field

Sports would not exist without rules. It seems simple, but consider playing tennis with no out-of-bounds line or hockey with steel sticks.

Take precautions to ensure a healthy hunt

Hunting in Colorado is relatively safe compared to other popular recreation activities in the state.

Take care during hunt to prepare meat for cooking

A good wild game meal starts long before the chef tosses a steak on the grill. Skillful hunting can add to the quality of a meal, said local hunter Karl Hoffman. If the goal is to eat the meat, preparation for the hunt is the key, Hoffman said.

Right decisions are key to survival

Most hunters have enough experience in the backcountry to keep from getting lost. They know the basics, such as being familiar with an area before setting off on a big trip and keeping fresh on their orienteering skills.

Elk not the only game in town

Most hunters come to Colorado with visions of trophy elk in their eyes. But elk isn't the only game in town.

Required hunter education classes offered

So, you remembered the extra batteries, disposable gloves and toilet paper, but when were you born? If you were born after Jan. 1, 1949, the State of Colorado requires you to have hunter education card.

Get outfitted in style for your hunt

The fashionable crowd this season will show up at hunting camp wearing "scent blocking" camouflage over their "Got Elk" T-shirt and toting a Hoochie Mama elk call. The hot color will be blaze orange, of course.

Spirit of the West lives on in Meeker

The "Hunters Welcome" signs are more than just advertising in Meeker. This town, long known as a premier spot for Colorado hunting, exists for the hunter and goes out of its way to prove it.

Outfitters can improve chances for trophy

Hunters new to Northwest Colorado often opt to use a guide to familiarize themselves with the area's mountainous terrain. But many times that's the beginning of a long-term relationship that brings visitors back to hunt with the same outfitter year after year, said Tom Bowers, owner of Colorado High Lonesome Outfitter and Guides in Yampa, who sees repeat clients as the bulk of his hunting business outfitters these days.

Lots of leftover licenses available

The Colorado Division of Wildlife could issue more elk hunting licenses in 2004 than ever before.

Accident delays commute

A three-car accident slowed rush-hour traffic and sent three people to the hospital Friday morning.

Hunting has major impact on area economy

Hunting and fishing combined generated almost 4 percent of Moffat County's economy in 2002, according to a study sponsored by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Hand loading can reduce potential for error

When hunting big game, a fraction of an inch can mean the difference between a clean kill and a near miss.

Bow hunting gains in popularity

More and more hunters, weary of crowds and cold nights or looking for a new challenge, are trading in their rifles and muzzleloaders for bows and arrows.

Hunters offer input on five-year plan

In February, the Colorado Division of Wildlife started conducting town hall-style meetings to discuss possible changes to its five-year big-game season structure.

Briefs for Aug. 28

Bust of Steamboat sponsorships available

What to do when the hunt is over

Just because you're not out hunting this fall doesn't mean you have to miss out on Northwest Colorado's plethora of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. With cooler weather, smaller crowds and the vibrant turning of the leaves, spectacular chances to hike, bike and visit local attractions in the fall is one of the region's best kept secrets.

Thursday, August 26

Resident helps in Florida

Emergency Services Manager volunteers after Charley hits

Routt County Emergency Services Manager Chuck Vale met a Florida woman this week who has a large hole in her roof thanks to Hurricane Charley.

Briefs for Aug. 27

Snowboard art competition A prospectus will be available Sept. 1 for participants in the third annual Ride Snowboard's Graphic Arts Competition. Entries are scheduled for exhibition in February 2005. The deadline for entries is Jan. 15, 2005. For more information, visit

Smith concedes win to Walcher

State Rep. Matt Smith, a 3rd Congressional District candidate, conceded to fellow Republican Greg Walcher on Thursday, but the Grand Junction lawmaker refused to say whether he would support Walcher's bid to replace retiring Rep. Scott McInnis.

Nightlife for Aug. 27

Worried Men plays at 10 p.m. at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Free. Call 879-3773.

In the right hands

Hahn's Peak Cafe gets new owners who will carry on with tradition

When Dana Morton opened Hahn's Peak Cafe 3 1/2 years ago, her business plan was simple: Run the place for three to five years, and then find the right people to buy it. When the three-year mark came, Morton quietly started looking for buyers. She ran a cryptic ad in the newspaper advertising the sale, but didn't mention the restaurant by name. She was looking for a certain kind of buyer, she said. Someone who would run Hahn's Peak Cafe in the same local, friendly, come-as-you-are tradition she had established.

Arts festival an exploration

John Sant'Ambrogio came to Steamboat Springs for the first time in the mid-1980s to start a small music camp with Kay Clagett and Betse Grassby. The camp was called Strings in the Mountains.

A sampling of emotion

Full of effect pedals and synthesizers, Transcendental Hayride is the perfect music to accompany a late-night laser light show.

The Record for Aug. 27

8:54 a.m. A vehicle complaint was made about how tow trucks were parked on 13th Street.

Autumn Phillips: Adventures at sea

You spend so many hours daydreaming about the trip you are going to take or the mountain you are going to climb. You bore your friends with the details of your plans. You watch your savings account. You mentally pack and repack. When an adventure is on the horizon, you live in the future. I quoth thee this, the old saying, "There is no greater happiness than that felt while thinking about future happiness."

Hayden has experience, talent to compete in Western Slope League

Hayden senior Evan Hilling remembers his first days of freshman football practice. Everything was fast and complicated, but he needed to play. The Tigers, like many small schools in Colorado, had to use underclassmen to field a competitive varsity team.

Tax board debates lodging tax

Members think tax could set an 'unfortunate precedent'

The city of Steamboat Springs' Tax Policy Advisory Board thinks the 2 percent tax on lodging to pay for airline flight guarantees could set an "unfortunate precedent."

Seminars discussion Monday

Sept.11 commission attorney to speak in Steamboat

The lead attorney for the Sept. 11 commission will make an appearance in Steamboat Springs on Monday to discuss, among other things, the commission's findings and recommendations.

Possibility of snow tonight

Snow. For days, that word has been a rumbling undercurrent in Routt County conversation, soliciting groans from some and cheers from others.

Man arrested in shroom growing case

A 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of growing psilocybin mushrooms in a condominium on Burgess Creek Road.

District buys out part of Mader's contract

The Hayden School District bought out a portion of former superintendent Scott Mader's contract as part of a separation agreement.

New member on School Board

AlidaLee Gingerich is the newest member of the South Routt School Board after being appointed last week to fill the seat vacated by Dawn Ford.

Former city planner in private practice

Former Steamboat Springs city planner Scott Woodford has returned to work in a private planning practice.

Hayden volleyball squad has winning attitude

Seniors Jamie Waugh and Lauren Branstetter yelled out instructions, sending more than 30 Hayden volleyball players to the floor for warm-up laps Tuesday.

Creekside wins adult coed soccer title

Most people who frequent the Creekside Cafe and Grill are aware of its famous eggs benedict, but few know that the popular restaurant has built a soccer dynasty of sorts in Steamboat Springs.

Hayden weighs growth options

Hayden residents want the town to plan now for moderate to fast growth.

Oak Creek hires second police officer

The Oak Creek Town Board hired a second full-time police officer Thursday to help keep the department functioning in the absence of a police chief.

Airport commission determined

Members pursue finding terminal financing solution

Members of the Yampa Valley Airport Commission received encouragement from County Manager Tom Sullivan on Thursday night to pursue financing options for the next phase of terminal improvements at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Wednesday, August 25

South Routt continues search

School district officials look for Stagecoach school site

South Routt School District officials are looking for a school site in Stagecoach, where some estimates suggest 150 school-aged children will reside in several years.

Lomas chosen to manage Steamboat Grand Resort

Longtime Steamboat hotelier Mike Lomas has been named as the vice president and general manager of the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center.

Reading the unwritten word at Tread of Pioneers

Museum curator will help explain collection of Navajo weavings on Friday

Those with a pen and the means to publish may have written history, but those who could not leave behind a written record also have stories to tell.

News in Brief for Aug. 26

Applications for Routt County Historic Designation are due at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Routt County Commissioners' Office. Blank applications can be obtained at the commissioners' office or call Dee Bolton at 879-0108, ext. 314 for an e-mail application.

Steamboat tennis team handles Denver East

Before the tennis season started, Steamboat Springs High School senior Jonathan Solomon predicted the success of this year's boys tennis team would rest on the play of its doubles teams.

County considers increasing traffic fines

The Routt County Sheriff's Office is considering raising traffic fines by an average of about $15 per ticket. Lt. Richard Wood said the increase would bring the county's fine schedule in line with the state's fine schedule. While the average increase would be about $15 per ticket, a couple of the fines would decrease.

Bus safety a big concern

With a daily ridership of nearly 800 students, safety is a full-time concern for employees of the Steamboat Springs School District's transportation department.

Smokey skies not from nearby fires

The smoke filling Routt County skies has traveled a long way.

Growth group not selected

Despite the 17 applications the city and county have received for a growth management advisory committee, the entities have yet to select members.

The Record for Aug. 26

12:23 a.m. A two-vehicle, noninjury accident was reported in the 2600 block of Riverside Drive.

Lodwick, Spillane atop Summer Grand Prix standings

The Nordic combined Summer Grand Prix may be taking place on European soil, but Steamboat Springs athletes Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane are dominating the summer series.

Neish case sent to District Court

The case of a 59-year-old Steamboat Springs man who was arrested after allegedly ramming his vehicle into his brother-in-law's pickup has been bound over to District Court.

Airport commission meeting

Group will weigh design fees for terminal project

The Yampa Valley Airport Commission will be asked tonight to consider more than $1 million in architectural and engineering fees for the second and third phases of a terminal expansion project at the Hayden airport.

Annexation comes before board

Twenty years after a few residents living off South Arthur Street in Oak Creek first talked about getting their homes annexed to the town, they are presenting a petition for annexation to the Oak Creek Town Board.

Tuesday, August 24

Hayden seeking input

Community will host forum Thursday

Ever wonder what Hayden might look like with 13,000 more people?

Hellyer Letter: Residents urged to attend forum

I would like to encourage all residents of the Hayden community to be a part of the town meeting, "Defining Hayden's Future Alternatives," from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Hayden Town Hall.

Briefs for Aug. 25

Two burglaries were reported in Steamboat Springs over the weekend. Sunday afternoon, a report was made that a $1,250 mountain bike and a $400 humidifier were stolen from a residence in the 700 block of Pine Street, Steamboat Springs Police Sgt. Nick Bosick said. Another $300 worth of damage was done to the home's drywall. Bosick said holes were punched in the wall.

Randolph wins national cycling event

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Cycling Club wasted little time putting its name on the national map. On Sunday in Deer Valley, Utah, 16-year-old club rider Bo Randolph won a national title in the 15-16 Junior National Criterium Championship.

Steamboat golfers blow away competition

Team shoots under par, wins by 19 strokes

Steamboat Springs golf coach Steve Dodson believes in solid preparation. He holds team meetings to discuss holes and pre-tournament routines.

Coal-mine fan has residents upset

When Margot Gasch was recovering from hip-replacement surgery last year, she couldn't sleep in her own bedroom because it was too noisy.

Maddox letter: Brenner mistaken about Steamboat Airport

The article regarding Councilman Ken Brenner's comments on the airport have me rethinking my investment policies.

Girls softball team on track

School Board gives support to Tier II sport

Bolstered by the support of the Steamboat Springs School Board and the efforts of a dedicated parent, a high school fastpitch softball team appears closer to fruition.

New water commission proposed

The remaining members of the water focus group have developed a proposal for a Steamboat Springs Water Commission.

Legacy Education Foundation grants awarded

For the past decade, Don Schwartz and his fourth-grade students at Strawberry Park Elementary School have spent one day each month of the school year visiting residents of the Doak Walker Care Center.

County ducks the fray

Commissioners won;t get involved in winter recreation debate

The U.S. Forest Service's plan to manage winter recreation on Buffalo Pass and Rabbit Ears Pass does not go far enough to "balance the playing field" between motorized and nonmotorized users.

Steamboat runners finish 100-mile race

Most people would call the idea of running a 100-mile race crazy. Lisa Barbour used to be one of them.

DA still undecided on charges against deputy

The District Attorney's Office still has not decided whether to file charges against a former Routt County sheriff's deputy who was fired more than four months ago on allegations that he had sex multiple times with a 17-year-old girl.

The Record for Aug. 25

1:44 a.m. College students in the 2900 block of AprÃs Ski Way reportedly were being loud.

Steidtman letter: Teepen got it wrong

Tom Teepen gives an excellent example of former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli's charge that there are "lies, damned lies and statistics" in his editorial piece in the Steamboat Today of Aug. 17, 2004.

Longtime employees promoted at Ski Corp.

Two longtime employees of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., Doug Allen and Mike DeGroff, have been named vice presidents with the company.

Our View: Sustaining summer success

As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, it is important for us to reflect on the economic success we have enjoyed and recommit ourselves to sustaining that success.

Forest Service plans for major prescribed burn

The U.S. Forest Service could begin prescribed burns in an area along Routt County Road 129 this fall.

Monday, August 23

County says no to meeting

Routt County commissioners said they do not want to schedule a meeting with the Steamboat Springs City Council to discuss the location of the new justice center, despite a councilman's request to do so.

Hayden boy injured in hurricane

A 15-year-old Hayden boy was seriously injured in a vehicle accident that occurred in the midst of Hurricane Charley.

Early numbers say 90th fair was a big success

There's no official way to document how successful the Routt County Fair is, but the number of hamburgers sold, the plates used during the 4-H barbeque and the amount of money spent at the livestock sale all point to a good year.

Subdivision proposed at ski lake

Steamboat Springs excavating contractor Ed MacArthur is seeking annexation of a 90-acre parcel just outside the city's southern boundary. He hopes to build an eight-lot subdivision on the south side of an existing private water ski lake.

Colo. 131 could be wider by next fall

Cars stopped along Colorado Highway 131 between Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek soon could be a familiar site, but one associated with long-awaited benefits.

2 district officials get raises

Two Steamboat Springs School District officials now have higher salaries to match their new job responsibilities.

Sunday, August 22

Fair closes with ranch rodeo

Got milk? That was the question announcer John Centner kept asking contestants during Sunday's wild cow milking event, part of the annual ranch rodeo at the Routt County Fair.

Exercise is good for brain and body

I think we all agree that exercise is good for our health and longevity. The physical benefits are endless. Exercise lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and risk of heart disease, diabetes and most cancers. It strengthens muscles, increases bone density and helps control weight. In addition, people who exercise seem to have a better self-image, feel better, have more energy and are tired less often.

YVCF names new director

Although the Yampa Valley Community Foundation received more than 90 resumes from across the nation, the organization did not have to go far to select its new executive director.

Tom Ross: My unlucky friend Pat deserves a break today

Yesterday was a real up-and-down day for my new friend, Pat. You could say that Pat went to heck and back on Sunday.

Saturday, August 21

The Record for Aug. 22

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.

Dakota Eugene Kemry

Dakota Eugene Kemry, son of Katlyn Grace and Daniel Lewis Kemry, was born at 10:15 p.m. Aug. 11. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 inches long. His grandparents are Ivan and Sandie Carns of Hayden, and Delbert and Debbie Kemry of Steamboat Springs.

Book-lovers in hog heaven

Bank raising money for literacy programs with swines

Alice Klauzer is in hog heaven -- or at least surrounded by it.

Log homes -- fast

Company introduces home kits

When it comes to homes in Steamboat, those of the luxury log variety seem to best capture the area's mountain essence, buyers and builders say.

Wake up to views of Steamboat Lake

More than a century ago, miners hungry for their chance to strike it rich staked their claims at Lucky Camp near Hahn's Peak.

4-Hers reap rewards of work

For her last year in 4-H, 19-year-old Janey Montieth of Hayden decided to do something different.

John Spezia: LMD wrong answer

As I review the Local Marketing District proposal, I am reminded of other such proposals -- such as the DDA and 3-2-1 -- to push forward a poorly thought out plan to generate new taxes that benefit a narrow segment of the community. Once again, the public has not been involved, they have little knowledge of the details and there is a philosophy of "Trust us, we know best."

Our View: Ranching a shame to lose

Today we conclude our five-week series on the status of agriculture in Routt County -- a topic one might expect to reach a glum conclusion given the seemingly insurmountable challenges facing ranchers.

Forging ahead

Next generation of ranchers sees future in agriculture

Almost 100 years ago, George Rossi dreamed his South Routt ranch would pass from generation to generation, providing his family with a means to make a living for decades, maybe centuries, to come.

Fisher -- Staepel

Wes and Wendy Fisher of Steamboat Springs announce the engagement of their daughter, Crystal Fisher, to Daniel Staepel, son of Jim Staepel of Chesapeake, Va., and Patricia DeLarm of Bolton Landing, N.Y.

Sound Off for Aug. 22

I think I have found the perfect solution to the Steamboat justice center issue: Because everyone here in Steamboat is so wishy-washy and everything needs to be debated to the nth degree, why don't we build two courthouses: one for criminal cases and one for civil cases. We have two airports, one for commercial and one for pleasure flights. Why don't we build two skateparks because the existing one isn't good enough? Think of all the jobs that would be created, because everyone works two jobs anyways Because we're all for convenience, how about two dog parks? Two elections, a primary and a runoff? Anything else you want to double up on?

A balancing act

Trials rider Gina Grether fits family, work, training into winning formula

Gina Grether is packing her bicycle and heading to France in a couple of weeks. She's flying across the Atlantic to compete in the world championships in "observed trials," a bicycle competition of precise, technical maneuvers over and around obstacles such as piles of logs and stacks of jagged rocks.

Bottling vacation

Wine festival lures guests from afar

The Steamboat Wine Festival proved to be a noteworthy vintage for first-year tourism events.

Briefs for Aug. 22

Steamboat officials want air service to match the early season powder the ski area has enjoyed the past few ski seasons.

Class Notes for Aug. 22

Michael Herbert, a graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, received an academic scholarship, engineering award and a Lutheran Heritage Award from Valparaiso University in Indiana. Herbert was awarded the academic scholarship for his exceptional high school achievement; the engineering award for his demonstration of special talents and intent to enroll in engineering courses; and the Lutheran Heritage Award for being an active member of a Lutheran congregation.

William Frederick Weber (1924-2004)

Former Steamboat Springs resident William Frederick Weber passed away Aug. 9, 2004, in Mesa, Ariz. He was 79.

Matthew James Baumgardner

Matthew James Baumgardner, son of Lori A. and Randy Baumgardner, was born at 3:56 a.m. Aug. 10, 2004. He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20 inches long. His siblings are Elizabeth and Michael Gramm and Richard Baumgardner.

Payton Alexa Blair

Payton Alexa Blair, daughter of Angela and Emmett Blair of Oak Creek, was born at 4:06 p.m. Aug. 8, 2004. She weighed 10 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her grandparents are Chris Hokanson of Troy, Idaho; Leon Jensen of Orofino, Idaho; and Mike Blair and Linda Blair of Colfax, Wash.

Christopher Andrew Faunce

Christopher Andrew Faunce, son of Stephanie Petra and William Andrew Faunce III, was born at 2:38 p.m. July 23, 2004. He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20.75 inches long. His sibling is Thomas Addison Faunce. His grandparents are Joan Siracusa of New Jersey and Helma and Stephen Bloomberg of California.

Team gets new coach

Four days after cross-country practice officially started, Steamboat Springs High School hired Glen Light as the team's new coach.

New season, new look

Sailor soccer team sets high goal despite core of younger players

Each fall when the boys soccer season starts, coach Rob Bohlmann knows there is only one thing that is certain:

Coal Queen to reign again

Labor Day tradition being revived in Oak Creek

Roll out the tiaras, the royal parade floats and the huge chunks of coal. Oak Creek is reinstating the town's traditional Coal Queen and Coal Princess contest for Labor Day this year.

South Routt Calendar for Aug. 22

n The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A rescue on Thunderbolt Peak

Steamboat mountaineers come to aid of fallen climber on California fourteener

Brick Root and his son Bridger, 15, were already veteran mountain climbers when they set out in early July from Steamboat Springs to climb all 15 of California's 14,000-foot mountain peaks. They achieved their goal and are also veterans of a harrowing rescue effort on 14,003-foot Thunderbolt Peak.

Dennis Kinney: Unfriendly fees

Our son attends the University of Colorado and, subsequently, we are frequent visitors to the state of Colorado. During our recent visit in early August, we decided to spend several days in Steamboat Springs.

Dewey & Julie Whitecotton: Triple Crown good

With summer winding down and the last Triple Crown event this weekend, as new business owners in Steamboat, we would like to say thank you to Triple Crown Sports. Once again they have made Steamboat and the Yampa Valley home this summer. It is good to see so many families enjoy our area.

Players attend tourney

About 300 athletes compete at the Tennis Center

A high level of competition, friendly players and a love for tennis have drawn almost 300 players to the Tennis Center for this year's Steamboat Springs National Tennis Ranking Program Championships.

Branding downtown

Main Street committee to seek local perceptions

Members of Main Street Steamboat Springs hope to distill the essence of downtown into a catchy phrase and a trademark that has the ability to stand the test of time. But before they choose a brand image for the city's downtown shopping district, they'll get help from university graduate students and a wide variety of community organizations.

John F. Russell: I want to be a cowboy

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS He knows the odds are against him, but he just doesn't care.

CDOT looking at bus options

Greyhound may be replaced

Greyhound bus service through Northwest Colorado rolled to a stop Tuesday, leaving state and local officials looking for ways to replace it.

Rick Dowden: Not listening

What arrogance for Nancy Stahoviak to say, as you quoted her in talking about the justice center: "We feel like even though we continue to repeat and repeat our resolve, people out there aren't listening to the commissioners."

Tennis team enters season with new competitive edge

The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team has been back on the courts for only a week, but from the tone of its practice sessions, it is going to be a very competitive year.

Friday, August 20

Triple Crown winds down

More than 750 teams took part in games this summer

Living in Northwest Colorado, youth baseball coaches and players find it difficult to schedule top-level competition without traveling across the Continental Divide.

Llamas make showing at Routt County Fair

Llamas are making a comeback at the Routt County Fair. For the first time in several years, two 4-H members showed the long-haired, South American relatives of the camel.

Transactions for Aug. 9-15


Commuters to ride buses in style

Two new coach buses should have commuters from Craig to Steamboat Springs riding comfortably this winter. Officials hope the new, more luxurious buses also will encourage more people to use public transit.

Democrats stop at Molly's

Jay Fetcher, John Salazar make campaign stop at coffee shop

Jay Fetcher and John Salazar planned to meet at Mocha Molly's in downtown Steamboat Springs on Friday and then head out onto Lincoln Avenue to greet sidewalk sale shoppers. They never got away from the late breakfast crowd at the coffee shop.

The Record for Aug. 21

12:09 a.m. An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Rains boost Yampa flows

The gentle showers that broke two weeks of dry weather in the Yampa Valley this week have boosted streamflows and lowered water temperatures in area rivers.

Permits for Aug. 9-13

Michael Barinelli & Timothy Rossi 2739 Abbey Road Owner/Contractor Single-family residence $381,921

Briefs for Aug. 21

Check-in for all students attending Steamboat Springs High School will be Wednesday. Students should report at the following times: Seniors -- 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., juniors -- 9:30 to 11 a.m. and sophomores -- 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Freshman orientation and check-in is from 1 to 6:30 p.m. A meeting for parents of freshmen is at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 19

City is 'disappointed'

Hughes: County should wait for justice center parking study

City Manager Paul Hughes said city officials are "deeply disappointed" with Routt County commissioners' decision to hold steadfast with building a judicial facility west of downtown.

Planning: No to zone change

Planning Commission recommends denying Mountain West's request

The Routt County Planning Commission on Thursday told a landscaping business to clean up its site before requesting to expand.

Children dress their animals in costumes at fair

Heavy rains left the Routt County Fairgrounds wet and sloppy Thursday, providing an appropriate contrast to the primping that went on in the dry confines of Exhibition Hall.

Nightlife for Aug. 20

Worried Men plays at 10 p.m. at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Free. Call 879-3773.

Crossing the Divide

Trail run goes from Fish Creek Falls to ski area

The popularity of the Steamboat Springs Running Series stems largely from the variety of races it offers.

Board OKs Hayden rezoning

An odd parcel of land on the east end of Hayden next to the old windmill will now be open to commercial uses.

Asleep at the Wheel swings into Strings

Asleep at the Wheel is no stranger to the Grammy Awards ceremony, the recording studio or Steamboat Springs.

Big weekend at the Routt County Fair

Routt County's 4-Hers' animals are at the fairgrounds, the home arts exhibits are judged and displayed, and the carnival is up and running. With three days to go, the Routt County Fair is in full swing this weekend.

'Music on the Green' features local bluegrass

Bluegrass band County Road 41 used to live and play in Steamboat Springs.

Irish pipes play exotic music

Since Gary Burman was a child, he has played the piano, guitar, trombone, harmonica, recorder, mandolin, mandola and several other instruments.

Art Car staying in 'Boat

Your eyes do not deceive you -- that really was a giant, sparkling lizard-mobile you saw on Lincoln Avenue.

Cabaret comes from the big city

Legendary cabaret diva Marcovicci will lead workshop at Perry-Mansfield

Cabaret is a big city thing, said Andrew Levine, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp musical theater department director.

Jennie Lay: Olympic obsession

It's hard to find anything more entertaining than the Summer Olympics.

Marc Cohn comes to Strings

With the impending release of his fourth album this fall, singer-songwriter Marc Cohn makes an appearance at Strings in the Mountains tonight.

Communities go head to head in the horseshoe pits

If carnival rides turn your stomach, farm animals aren't your gig and the mysteries of canned vegetables don't send you running for the exhibit hall, the Routt County Fair has a new and different opportunity to put you into the action this year.

Mexican culture celebrated

Food, song, visit by consul general all part of festival

A mixture of English and Spanish flowed through Centennial Hall Thursday as residents came out to celebrate the Northwest Colorado Mexican Cultural Festival and welcome the Mexican consul general.

Hayden parents' input invited

Luppes wants feedback on elementary school leadership

Hayden students have more than two weeks of summer left before they return to school, and it's a good thing because the Hayden School District has a lot to do.

The Record for Aug. 20

Wednesday, Aug. 18 4:44 a.m. An officer was requested in the 1700 block of Brome Drive to take a person to the detox center.

Briefs for Aug. 20

Humble Ranch Benefit begins with barbecue The fourth-annual Humble Ranch Benefit will begin with a barbecue, square dance and silent auction with sculptor Jeff Wolf from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 10. A benefit Trail-a-Thon will be from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 11 with a horseback ride, run and hike over Emerald Mountain. RSVP for one or both events at Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center at 879-3443.

Historical societies unite

Groups come together to promote cultural, heritage tourism

A presentation about cultural and heritage tourism brought together historical societies from Yampa to Hahn's Peak, and various tourism advocates in between Thursday at the historic Hahn's Peak School.

Free 'fish head music' from The Radiators

The Radiators started out as a three-man band playing background music for strippers on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. The band grew to a quintet during an impromptu garage jam session Jan. 28, 1978.

Wednesday, August 18

Bacher leads Sailors

Steamboat golfers win in Grand Junction

Golf coach Steve Dodson and player Hans-Peter Bacher sat side by side in a golf cart as they made their way to the 18th hole of the Tiarra Rado golf course Tuesday for a sudden-death playoff.

Mader resigns

Mike Luppes will be superintendent of Hayden schools

Hayden superintendent Scott Mader has resigned, and Hayden Valley Elementary School Principal Mike Luppes has been hired to replace him.

Transit services may be cut

Facing budget restraints, buses will run less in shoulder season

City Transportation Director George Krawzoff has proposed reducing bus service during the shoulder season while providing more service during the peak of winter.

Board to consider rezoning

The Hayden Town Board tonight will consider rezoning a parcel of land on the east end of town from residential to commercial.

District may add softball

Sparked by interest from a group of high school girls and their parents, the Steamboat Springs School District may authorize the creation of a fast-pitch softball team to begin play this fall.

Pigs take center stage at fair

Tate Tellier said the secret to winning first in the swine showmanship competition was "just to smile and have fun."

Adding to the challenge

Bikers deal with weather during Buff Pass Climb

Cold, windy and wet. Wednesday evening was the perfect time to sit back and watch a favorite movie, the Olympics or reruns of sitcoms now in syndication. Conditions weren't ideal to climb seven miles and a couple of thousand feet on Buffalo Pass Road atop a mountain bike.

Steamboat rodeo titles on the line

There is just one rodeo performance left, but the lure of a commemorative rifle and a $2,000 paycheck will draw Andy Kurtz and other riders to the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena this weekend, hoping for at least one more good ride.

The Record for Aug. 19

8:45 a.m. Extra patrol was called for in the Steamboat Boulevard and Meadowbrook Circle area to monitor traffic.

Arts director stops on 'listening tour'

Sharp declines in Colorado's funding for the arts have forced arts organizations to think differently, said Elaine Mariner, the newly appointed executive director of the state-funded Colorado Council on the Arts.

Briefs for Aug. 19

A staffer for U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard will hold senate office hours from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. today in Centennial Hall's Crawford Room, 124 10th St. The office hours are an opportunity for residents to voice opinions, complaints, questions or any other issues they might have for Sen. Allard.

Tournament bringing 305 tennis players

With 305 players, this weekend's National Tennis Rating Program tournament will be one of the biggest of the summer.

Showers provide some relief

Voluntary recreational closure remains in effect on Yampa River

The cool weather and rain showers that came through the valley overnight Tuesday eased drought conditions, but not enough to change the city's voluntary closure of the Yampa River for recreational activities.

Tuesday, August 17

Briefs for Aug. 18

Police investigating possible sex assault case

Collaboration key to change

School Board, district staff say work, cooperation necessary

Years of work and cooperation between the Steamboat Springs School Board and district staff are necessary to implement numerous recommendations made in a curriculum-management audit of the school district, board members and district officials said Monday.

Council debates Steamboat airport

During a review of the Steamboat Springs Airport on Tuesday night, some council members asked for a philosophical discussion on whether the airport should remain open.

Council supports lodging proposal

A 2 percent lodging tax to pay for airline guarantees got initial support from the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night.

Buff Pass Climb to challenge bicyclists

Tonight's Town Challenge mountain bike race includes no tricky corners, single track or technical descents. Once riders depart the start line, they only thing they need to focus on is getting themselves and their bikes up a seemingly never-ending hill.

Contest begins for fair queen hopefuls

For the next five days, all eyes, especially the eyes of the Routt County Fair Board members, will be on fair queen hopefuls Cortni Denning, Kylie Hawes and Kimberlie Williamson.

Lodwick, Spillane finish 1-2

Steamboat Springs' Todd Lodwick shook off the frustration of being disqualified about 40 hours earlier and came back Sunday to win the second Nordic combined Summer Grand Prix event. Teammate Johnny Spillane, also of Steamboat, finished a whisker behind in second place.

Our View: Fair has something for everyone

Whether you've been to more fairs than a 4-H parent or you've never seen a steer in your life, a trip to Hayden should be on your must-do list this week.

Girls vying for crown

Routt County fair queen to be named Sunday

For the next five days, all eyes, especially the eyes of the Routt County Fair Board, will be on fair queen hopefuls Cortni Denning, Kylie Hawes and Kimberlie Williamson.

Houston flight will return

Yampa Valley Regional Airport lands busiest July in five years

United Express and Continental Airlines combined last month to lift Yampa Valley Regional Airport to its busiest July in five years. The two airlines brought 4,824 passengers to the airport on planes that typically were at least three-quarters full.

Hayden weighs Triple Crown

Whether in liquor stores, T-shirt shops, grocery aisles or condominium units, the money Triple Crown softball and baseball players pump into Steamboat Springs' economy is readily apparent.

Cyclists headed to Utah

Winter Sports Club squad competing at junior nationals

Bo Randolph, Derek Nickum and Marsh Gooding have proven themselves on the ski slopes.

Community bands together to help Scott Rouse

For three years, Scott Rouse, who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, depended on his Ford Taurus for trips to his doctor's office in Steamboat Springs and shopping trips to Kmart and other stores in Craig.

Town Board to look at revitalization plan

The Hayden Town Board on Thursday will consider creating plans for downtown business development as well as parks, trails and open space.

Hayden Community Calendar

Free consultations for age-related vision loss will be offered at noon Thursday at the American Legion Hall. Call 736-2412.

Hayden School Board to review CSAP

Hayden Valley Elementary School principal and acting superintendent Mike Luppes will present Hayden School Board members with the results of the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests tonight.

Commissioners approve flood maps

After waiting six years for a federal agency to complete new and updated floodplain maps, Routt County commissioners plan to act more quickly to revise the county's floodplain building regulations.

CMC hosts 2 student parties

Colorado Mountain College was nowhere to be found on the Princeton Review's recently updated list of the nation's top party schools.

Playoffs set in soccer league

The one thing that's certain in this year's adult soccer playoffs is that a new champion will be crowned.

The Record for Aug. 18

Monday, Aug. 16 7:05 a.m. A cell phone was reported stolen at a restaurant in the 1900 block of Ski Time Square Drive.

Jonathan Wheby: Please don't sell my public lands

I bought a leftover hunting license yesterday for area 15 public lands. The parcel I plan to hunt on is one of those "landlocked" parcels of BLM that has been proposed in the trade for Emerald Mountain. I have friends who own land that borders that parcel and allow me to pass through whenever I wish (under the condition that I stop by and share some friendship). The argument that these "landlocked" parcels aren't accessible to the general public can be argued, but the people bordering each of these parcels and presumably everybody they are on good terms with have access.

Hayden Police Blotter

6:47 p.m. A car turning right reportedly was hit by another vehicle that was trying to pass on the left on U.S. Highway 40 near Sixth Street. There were no injuries.

Monday, August 16

County preparing studies for Army Corps

Studies will cost $15,000

Three studies that could help determine whether a new Routt County justice center is built west of downtown Steamboat Springs are expected to be completed and submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the next week or two, county commissioners said Monday.

Dogs test cattle-herding skills at fair

Border collies can't help themselves -- they have to give in to their instincts and exert their will on cattle and sheep.

Bike the Vote reaches the 'Boat

It all started on June 20, in New Haven, Conn. Fifty-seven days, 2,264 miles and 1,178 newly registered voters later, the four Bike the Vote participants -- Ally Brundige, Chris Fondulas, Vanessa Herald and Jessie Hoyt -- rode into Steamboat Springs on Monday morning for an overnight stay.

City, county to discuss plan priorities

The Steamboat Springs City Council and Routt County commissioners will work on prioritizing action items in the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan today.

Teachers raise concerns wiith School Board

Lack of communication fuels mistrust, union laders say

Pay raises for Steamboat Springs School District teachers and support staff were finally approved Monday, but not before a discussion between School Board members and leaders of the local teachers union revealed a strained relationship between the teachers and the board.

Checkpoints lead to DUI arrests

A Steamboat Springs Police Department sobriety checkpoint that stopped more than 200 drivers netted two arrests for drunken driving.

Brees leads Sailors to tournament title

Senior Ryan Brees shot even par at the Bookcliff Country Club Monday helping the Steamboat Springs High School golf team pick up its first tournament win of the young season.

Triple Crown Summer Nationals this weekend

Softball teams from all over the country to compete

Teams from around the country will again come to Steamboat Springs this weekend hoping to earn a title.

The Record for Aug. 17

1:09 a.m. A party was reported in front of a building in the 1000 block Lincoln Avenue. The group was given a verbal warning and told to break up.

Sunday, August 15

The Record for Aug. 16

Saturday, Aug. 14 1:08 a.m. Steamboat Springs police responded to a burglar alarm in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue. The alarm proved to be false.

Teachers to question system

Education association member to appear before School Board

One scrapped plan deserves another, or so thinks a leading member of the Steamboat Springs Education Association.

New fair events begin today

Few things in Northwest Colorado are as constant as the Routt County Fair and Rodeo.

Briefs for Aug. 16

Soda Creek Bridge to close to one lane

Realtors award scholarships

Christine Hands of Alpenglow Properties Inc. and chairwoman of the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors scholarship program, announced that 20 Routt County college students were awarded Tyler Gates Gooding Memorial Scholarship funds.

Man leads officer on short car chase

A suspected drunken driver led a Steamboat Springs police officer on a brief car chase early Sunday morning before being apprehended and arrested.

Tom Ross: Anyone for international dodgeball?

Did you notice all the empty seats at the Olympic sports venues during the weekend? Clearly, something is out of whack. The International Olympic Committee needs to add some new sports to the Summer Olympics to spark things up.

Saturday, August 14

Carl West: Visitor opposed to lodging tax

The lodging tax article was of great interest to me as I am a perennial visitor to Steamboat.

Teen driving deaths a constant problem

Learning to drive can be one of the most exciting experiences of a young person's life.

Making it work

Ranchers adjust to survive in Routt County

By 8 o'clock on a quickly warming July morning, a group of out-of-towners, regular cowhands and horses started gathering at the Saddleback Ranch.

Airport budget studied

Review: Should city spend more on airport?

A budget review of the city's transportation department, which includes the Steamboat Springs Airport, could go beyond the numbers Tuesday and to the debate of how much more money, if any, the city wants to spend on its general aviation airport.

Ski Corp. begins annual hiring process

Trish Sullivan was looking for 250 outstanding personalities in the ballroom of the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel last week.

Charles 'Ike' Eisenhauer (1921-2004)

Longtime Craig resident Charles "Ike" Eisenhauer, owner and operator of Ike and Son Transmission, passed away Aug. 6, 2004, at his home. He was 82.

John F. Russell: Olympics more than just a phase

On Friday, Annie Kakela sat on her couch in Corvallis, Ore., watching the opening ceremonies for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games on television.

Home arts serious competition for participants at the Routt County Fair

Angelo Iacovetto figures he has been the king of Routt County garlic since about 1970.

Horses, handlers open county fair

Washing, trimming, painting and shining.

Getting ready to go back

Experts offer advice on steps to take to get children prepared for start of school

Where did the summer go? It will be an oft-asked question in Routt County and across the country over the next couple of weeks as parents and students prepare for another school year.

Gerald Rudolph: Spend on food, not on war

Early in the 1960s, Rwanda gained its independence from Belgium. The largest and most popular tribe in the country was the Hutus. An ethnic minority tribe of Rwanda was the Tutsis.

Chloe Chavarria

Chloe Chavarria, daughter of Tara and Buck Chavarria of Steamboat Springs, was born at 3:07 p.m. on Aug. 3, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 9 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Her siblings are Hunter and Courtney Chavarria. Her grandparents are Sue Means of Buffalo, Wyo., Frankie Chavarria of San Marcos, Calif., Nancy Miskam of Menifee, Calif., and Ken Miskam of Murrieta, Calif.

Luxury townhomes proposed

One of the few remaining multi-family housing parcels at the base of the ski area has re-entered the city planning process.

'This is my Steamboat'

Ski area unveils new ad campaign

Everyone who has formed an emotional attachment to Steamboat Springs can spin a different version of their own personal Steamboat. That includes natives, longtime locals, five-year locals, second-home owners and even vacationers.

Soundoff for Aug. 15

Dumb question That's one of the dumber questions I have ever heard. The thing is a fire whistle, not a toot for Steamboat. Give me a break. The answer to the question is no.

Our View: Primary runoff system needed

There are still provisional ballots to sort out, but it appears that Greg Walcher, Colorado's former natural resources chief, will be the Republican nominee for the 3rd Congressional District. On Tuesday night, Walcher emerged from a five-way race with 32 percent of the vote, 285 votes ahead of state Rep. Matt Smith, who netted 31 percent. Smith has not conceded, noting there are hundreds of provisional ballots throughout the 29-county district still to be reviewed and counted.

When fear pays off

Not heading back across Devil's Causeway offers great surprises to hikers

There I was, crouched, shaking and clutching a sharp rock in front of me with one hand while grasping the hand of a my much bolder companion with the other.

Ian Walter McCollom

Ian Walter McCollom, son of Loni and Patrick McCollom of Craig, was born at 8:26 a.m. on Aug. 4, 2004. He weighed 6 pounds and 13 ounces, and was 19 inches long. His sibling is Max McCollom. His grandparents are Mick and Nancy Tucci of Craig, and Terry and Kay McCollom of Chicago.

Lenore 'Lenny' McClelland Rauscher (1925-2004)

Former Steamboat Springs resident Lenore D. Rauscher passed away Aug. 9, 2004, at her home in Grand Junction. She was 78.

The Record for Aug. 15

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.

High school sports practices bring end to summer's lazy days

The lazy days of summer will give way to two-a-day practices at Steamboat Springs High School starting Monday.

Gail Heins: Dogs off leash are safety concern

The two big dogs were happy and wanted to play. My 90-year-old Mom was walking her little dog, Sweetie, to the cluster mail box to get her mail. It was a beautiful Steamboat summer day that was shattered, along with my Mom's right hip and arm, when she fell.

Steve Rummler: Don't believe the partisan hype

It is my feeling that most partisan arguments, whether conservative, liberal or other, are efforts to formulate and promote solutions for honest, heartfelt concerns. We would do well to listen to these concerns. They need to be addressed if we are to be "one nation, indivisible."

Class Notes for Aug. 15

Corinne K. Hands, a 2000 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, recently graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies. She majored in communications and business. Hands was named to the university's honor roll in each of her eight semesters there. She now works for Champ Systems in Portland, Ore.

Robert Ernest Ferguson (1947-2004)

Former Steamboat Springs resident Robert Ernest "Fergie" Ferguson passed away Aug. 9, 2004, at his home in Arvada. He was 57.

South Routt Calendar for Aug. 15

The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sarah Mead: Revisit justice center site

In following the recent articles and opinions in the Steamboat Pilot & Today surrounding the location for the new Routt County Justice Center, I become increasingly alarmed at the unveiling facts and the obstinate stance of the county commissioners.

Horse property ready for year-round living

Down-home living with privacy, access to the Elk River, plenty of elbow room and just 15 minutes to downtown Steamboat: It's all wrapped up in Chris and Tracy Alexander's home, which is for sale and sits on 35 acres above Mad Creek and the Elk River.

High hopes for season

Golfers focus on team goals, making it to state tourney

The idea of winning a state golf title lingers in the minds of Steamboat Springs High School seniors Ryan Brees and Kenton Gamache.

Alternative building takes off

Construction in South Routt includes homes using straw bales and solar energy

These days, a drive through the neighborhoods of Oak Creek, Stagecoach and other rural reaches of South Routt County reveals that something alternative is going on. There are innovative new straw bale homes going up in Oak Creek and entire neighborhoods in Stagecoach using solar electricity.

Friday, August 13

Charter law won't apply here

A new law that allows groups seeking charter schools to bypass their local school districts and ask for state approval won't apply to Steamboat Springs, much to the chagrin of charter school advocates.

Steamboat Springs takes in piece of history

It may be summer vacation, but 11-year-old Kyle Kouvonsky received an American history lesson Friday.

Man in stabbing case awaits ruling

District Court Judge Michael O'Hara postponed an arraignment hearing for a man accused of stabbing a Yampa resident three times.

Golfers swinging in start of season

The Steamboat Springs High School golf team opened its season Thursday at the Battlement Mesa Golf Course with a second-place finish.

Briefs for Aug. 14

Colorado Mountain College is inviting all youths ages 8 to 13 to join the Children's Chorale. Highlights will be Christmas music, Christmas caroling, a collaborative concert with the Youth Orchestra, and participation with the Oak Street Performing Arts Company's Jolly Holidays performance in December.

The Record for Aug. 14

1:30 a.m. Juveniles were reported trespassing at the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center.

Waiting advised on terminal

Fate of '05 terminal expansion tied to wetlands permit

The difficulty of borrowing money for an airport terminal expansion and a new justice center in close succession could push construction on the second phase of improvements at Yampa Valley Regional Airport beyond 2005, Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan said.

Hunter won't take plea bargain

The 44-year-old Wisconsin man charged with criminally negligent homicide turned down his last chance to accept a plea offer Friday, sending the case to trial.

Thursday, August 12

Steamboat welcomes Mexican consul general

With the installment of Mexican Consul General Juan Marcos Gutierrez in Denver last year, rural Western Colorado found a renewed link to a bordering country's culture and heritage.

Paul Potyen plays cool jazz piano

Pianist Paul Potyen likes salsa, symphonies and music from Brazil. But what he really loves is jazz, he said.

Briefs for Aug. 13

Strategic planning forum to be held in Hayden

Solas plays contemporary traditional Irish music

Solas has undeniably deep Celtic roots, but when the band delves into its repertoire of Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake and Dan Fogelberg, it's hard to pigeonhole the sound as "traditional Irish." Still, alongside the Chieftans, Solas carries the torch as one of the oft-cited finest Celtic-folk ensembles around.

The Record for Aug. 13

Wednesday, August 11 6:54 a.m. A gas skip was reported in the 2000 block of Curve Plaza.

Brief Points for Aug. 13

ArtWalk features regional fine artists and entertainers from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Torian Plum Plaza on the mountain. Painting, jewelry, sculpture, handcrafted furniture, photography, glassblowing, pottery and a farmers' market will be accompanied by live jazz at the outdoor event.

Historical Society denied grant request for town hall

Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman found it hard not to cry in late July when the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg learned it did not receive a $235,000 grant to renovate Old Town Hall.

Political columnist talks to 250 in town

E.J. Dionne makes no bones about where he stands politically.

Officials fear hazards

Landscaping business raises environmental concerns

City and county officials fear operations at a landscaping business next to the Yampa River and the city's water supply could be an environmental hazard.

Fires break out in W. Routt

High winds and dry vegetation kept the West Routt Fire Protection District busy Thursday while crews fought a structure fire and a brush fire.

Focusing on the details

Photographer Epperson points his camera toward patterns

Whether it's a cityscape or a Yampa Valley landscape, Dave Epperson's photography captures crisp, fleeting images of people and places that draw you in and make you want the details of their unfolding stories.

Five-ring circus brings exotic animals to 'Boat

When the Carson & Barnes Circus rolls into Steamboat Springs on Thursday, it promises "more than 100,000 pounds of performing pachyderms," "fearless feats on the flying trapeze," "aerial ballet at the apex," "hurricane hula hoopery" and, of course, "clowns, clowns, clowns."

Plans for downtown performance theater go to city

Terry and Susie Koch of rural Steamboat Springs have submitted a conceptual plan to the city for a small performing arts theater on Yampa Street.

Hayden rezoning request draws criticism

Despite residents' objections, the Hayden Planning Commission on Thursday recommended that the Town Board approve a request to rezone to commercial a residential parcel on the east end of Hayden.

Oak Creek to study floodplain

To bring Oak Creek into compliance with Federal Emergency Management Agency floodplain restrictions and protect the town's certification for the National Flood Insurance Program, the Oak Creek Town Board approved a bid Thursday night to spend about $2,000 to have Landmark Consultants engineer a floodplain study for the Arthur Avenue neighborhood.

Mushroom-lovers unite at Colorado festivals

It's mushroom season in the Rocky Mountains and after a damp summer, this fall has prospects for a mother lode of gourmet fungi bursting through the forest floors.

Independence declaration in town today

American history buffs will have a rare opportunity to view an original copy of the Declaration of Independence today at First National Bank of Steamboat Springs.

Salazar campaign rips GOP foe

Democratic 3rd Congressional District candidate John Salazar wasted little time in taking his first shots at presumptive Republican challenger Greg Walcher.

International dance stars on stage in Vail

Three days, four big performances and one intriguing lecture are left for dance aficionados at the Vail International Dance Festival.

Steamboat ranked No. 2 ski town

A lot of skiers dream about moving to a ski town, but not everyone wants to give up a challenging profession to live ski-bum style.

Little League team's dream season ends

An amazing run came to an end earlier this week in Grand Junction.

Nightlife for Aug. 13

Worried Men plays at 10 p.m. at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Free. Call 879-3773.

Top pianist to play at Strings

Every four years, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition brings together young musicians from around the world to compete for cash prizes and concert engagements. The competition in Fort Worth, Texas, is regarded as the most prestigious classical piano contest in the world.

Jennie Lay: Summer girl

So there I was, lounging aimlessly on my couch last weekend.

Wednesday, August 11

Galactic plays free concert

Galactic is a New Orleans-based band that melds jazz, funk, rock, blues and a whole lot of imagination into its notably organic jam sessions. The sextet plays cool, modern music with a groove that the New York Times called "some of the most danceable music on Earth."

Aljanich's future is bright

First-time candidate undaunted by loss, eager to serve

The man who calls Steamboat Springs home as often as his busy schedule allows finished last in Tuesday's five-way Republican primary race for the 3rd Congressional District.

Town Board will set donation policy

The town of Hayden will develop a policy governing donations to nonprofit organizations.

4-Hers show off their skills

In the process of making a felt vest, 9-year-old Abbey Horn of McCoy learned that people in Tajikistan, on the other side of the globe, use felt to make yurts and line irrigation ditches.

New events add ranch flavor

Working horse, cattle dog competitions among fair's new events

The Routt County Fair and Rodeo, which starts Saturday and runs through Aug. 22 at the Routt County Fairgrounds, will celebrate its 90th year with new entertainment and new events focused on the ranch.

Town wants floodplain study

Following up on discrepancies over floodplain designation, the Oak Creek Town Board will consider approval of a contract to conduct a flood plain study for the Arthur Avenue neighborhood.

DUI check is planned

The Steamboat Springs Police Department will hold a sobriety checkpoint this weekend as part of the statewide campaign to reduce drunken driving.

'Boat biker wins state title

At the beginning of the summer, Tom Davis, director and coach of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's cycling team, hoped his group would build the foundation for a nationally ranked program.

VIP treatment for soap box racer

Eleven-year-old Megan Rae got the VIP treatment during the All-American Soap Box Derby World Championships, including a police escort to whisk her to the front of every line, as a reward for building a perfectly conforming race car.

Healthy Forest Act earns praise

The Healthy Forests Restoration Act is giving federal agencies more options to improve forest health, according to a recent report.

Creek restoration idea on hold

The town of Hayden needs to prioritize desired trail and open space projects before deciding whether to proceed with a proposed restoration project on Dry Creek, Town Manager Russ Martin said.

Planning to see subdivision sketch

The Hayden Planning Commission on Thursday will see sketch plans for a 62-home subdivision proposed east of the Routt County Fairgrounds.

Primary turnout strong

Almost 40 percent of active Republicans voted Tuesday

Compared to past primaries, this year's turnout was good.

Woman airlifted to Denver after crash

A Steamboat Springs woman was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon in a head-on collision that closed Colorado Highway 131 for about two hours.

The Record for Aug. 12

Tuesday, August 10 7 a.m. Glass reportedly was shattered in a bus shelter in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Briefs for Aug. 12

Marijuana-growing case sent to District Court

Yampa diversion discussed

Sending water to Front Range would be fraught with difficulty

The possibility of a major effort to divert water from the Yampa River to the Front Range is remote, but it can't be discounted entirely, water attorney Tom Sharp said Wednesday night.

Tuesday, August 10

Briefs for Aug. 11

A 28-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after flipping his car on Steamboat Boulevard.

Routt County backs Aljanich

But local contestant loses in field of five for 3rd Congressional District

In a race widely considered a toss-up, there was little doubt who Routt County voters wanted representing them in Congress.

Our View: Lodging tax should take off

Give the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's Lodging Committee credit for creativity.

Steamboat child-care providers recognized

Routt County's strong support of early childhood education programs puts it at the forefront of the state when it comes to child advocacy, some child care experts say.

Stahoviak sweeps primary

Veteran wins District 1 race by more than 2:1 margin

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak received overwhelming support from Republican voters, beating challenger Bea Westwater by more than 2:1 in the Republican primary election.

Sales tax heats up in June

Summer sales tax revenue got off to a hot start in June with an 8.73 percent increase from the year before.

Fry to face Monger in general election

In a battle of political newcomers, Jeff Fry beat Mark Marchus in the Republican primary election for a county commissioner seat representing West Routt County.

Man in stabbing given 15 months

Damien Poot-May was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in jail for stabbing a 34-year old man and ordered to pay more than $20,000 for the victim's medical bills.

Clint Jones jumps to 19th place in France

Special jumper Clint Jones' 19th place finish in last Saturday's Summer Grand Prix event in France wasn't a podium, but it was a positive sign for an American team trying to gain momentum for this winter.

Tennis tourney a success

Event raised money for junior, high school programs

Jim Swiggart and the organizers of the STA Ore House Singles and Doubles Championships have 18,000 reasons to call last weekend's tournament at the Tennis Center a success.

Deborah MacIntyre: Retain public land

I ask the people of Routt County, residents and visitors, and the BLM to consider what open spaces mean to our nation and our heritage. "Are they commonwealth, or a mere commodity, a resource? Is it right to use public land as currency? Are they a permanent legacy to protect and expand upon, or an asset to be liquidated, bartered, disposed of?

Loretta Van Norstrand: Center's location

The Steamboat Pilot & Today's article on preliminary denial of the courthouse location by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made it clear that our county commissioners are committed to having "their way" at any (and every) cost to taxpayers and with little regard for environmental protection regulations.

Monday, August 9

Children's chorus assists notable performer

Norman Foote got his musical start on a guitar from the Sears catalog. He got his sense of humor from the fate of his given name: Norman Mervyn Barrington-Foote. Born with a name like that, Foote said, he was forced to develop a sense of humor at an early age -- and by the time he turned 20, he was pursuing comic theater full time.

Rescued man still at YVMC

A man who spent three nights in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forrest was in fair condition Monday at the Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Candidates report spending

More than $3,100 has been donated to the campaigns of four Republican candidates for two county commissioner seats.

Columnist to discuss election

The increasingly popular Seminars at Steamboat lecture series continues this week with an appearance by a nationally syndicated political columnist and award-winning author.

Every vote counts in primary

The primary election is today, and Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland has one message for residents: "Don't forget to vote."

State budget talk Wednesday

With a ballooning deficit, no proposed solutions to the budget crisis on the November ballot and the strictest limits on taxation in the country, Colorado faces a stiff challenge in funding social services.

Future of river on the table

The last of four meetings in Northwest Colorado called to explore ways in which the state can meet its future water needs will take place Wednesday afternoon and evening at Howelsen Hill's Olympian Hall. The public is welcome at all of the sessions.

Regatta a sailors' favorite

When last year's Steamboat Scowboy Regatta came to a close, the first thing most of the participants wanted to do was rent a cabin so that they could take part in this year's event.

Sunday, August 8

4-Hers exhibit a multitude of skills

In the process of making a felt vest, 9-year-old Abbey Horn of McCoy learned that people in Tajikistan, on the other side of the globe, use felt to make yurts and line irrigation ditches.

Young artist finds herself in major league

Imagine being called up from a minor-league team to pinch-hit in the World Series. Shift the analogy to the classical music world and it's akin to what happened to 25-year-old violinist Cristina Lixandru last week in the Strings tent.

County pursues western court site

Routt County commissioners are following through with three more studies requested by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The studies should help the Army Corps decide whether to give the county a permit to fill 1.4 acres of wetlands at the proposed site of a new justice center.

Hey bud, watch who you're calling an oenophile

Steamboat Wine Festival expands mountain-dwellers Cabernet vocabularies

White wine could disappear from the face of the earth tomorrow and I wouldn't miss it. But I think I'm rapidly becoming a red-wine fanatic. The Steamboat Wine Festival 2004 did nothing to slow my fermentation process. Still, I'm no oenophile, and don't you dare call me one unless you're prepared to prove it.

Events celebrate early education

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation's special initiative for youth and early childhood education is coming to a close this year, after setting aside $60,000 to improve the quality of early childhood education.

Prostate cancer tests, treatment advancing

If you are a man -- or a woman who loves a father, brother, husband or male friend -- you need to know about prostate cancer. Sooner or later, this disease is likely to have an impact on your family or circle of friends.

Saturday, August 7

Lyman Orton: Ask right question

I read in Steamboat Today about the preliminary denial by the Army Corps of Engineers to allow the Routt County commissioners to fill in a wetland west of town to construct the now infamous, but not yet built, justice center.

John F. Russell: Where have all of our heroes gone?

As a child growing up in Denver, finding a sports hero was as easy as turning on the television on a Sunday afternoon.

Shea R. Pepin

Latest attraction

Technology changing the way movie-lovers rent

Just as rentals and sales of DVDs have changed the business model for Hollywood film production companies, methods of marketing and delivering entertainment on DVD are drastically changing the way consumers access movies.

The Record for Aug. 8

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.

South Routt Calendar

The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Weathering the market

Ranching a slow-changing business in fast-changing world

At the Centennial Livestock Auction, prices change in a single breath. With a lift of the finger, the nod of a head or the wink of an eye, buyers sitting in rows of wooden bleachers determine what will be paid for the livestock in the ring below. Auctioneer Wayne Kruse's voice mirrors their movements.

Festival a treat for 5 senses

Beaux Arts on the Mountain serves up music, art, activities

Drawn by the energetic drumming of the New York Street Boys, the soulful serenades of Carrie Elkin and a 15-foot-tall puppet, visitors meandered through an array of attractions Saturday at the Beaux Arts on the Mountain festival.

Spicin' things up

Little girls are made of "sugar and spice and everything nice," according to the Mother Goose nursery rhyme. Apparently, Mother Goose never met Vicki Stahl.

Big-league trading

Michael Loseke, 14, got his fill of baseball when his team, the Arvada Knights, played in the Triple Crown World Series July 27 to Aug. 1. But instead of heading home afterward, he stayed in Steamboat Springs. Sure, his younger brother, Marcus, 13, was playing with the Colorado Thunder in the next week of tournaments -- but that wasn't the real reason Michael decided to hang around.

Our View: Digging a hole

Routt County commissioners' handling of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' initial ruling on a wetlands permit for the new justice center demonstrates that the issue is being guided more by political emotion rather than pragmatic policy.

Tent Talks for music literacy

'We want people to come and feel not intimidated or threatened'

As chairman of the music department at Trinity University in San Antonio, Dr. Ken Greene is accustomed to working with aspiring musicians.

Choices for GOP in Third District

Five battle for shot at seat in Congress

Bo Harmon, a spokesman for the National Republican Campaign Committee, quietly watches from his desk in Washington, D.C., as the race nears its conclusion.

Alec John Tucker

Second-quarter sales nearly reach record

The second quarter of 2004 was almost the best quarter ever in real estate sales volume, continuing the upward trend in real estate activity in the area covered by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service.

Subdivision filling

Developers plan to break ground Monday on Sierra View

After just a couple of months of advertising, almost two-thirds of the available lots in the planned Sierra View subdivision in Oak Creek have been reserved.

Winemaker relies on taste buds

Is the production of fine wines a business or a compulsion? It's a fair question. In the case of David Hunt, the answer is "both." But there are times when his unwillingness to compromise on the qualities that distinguish cabernets, zinfandels and syrahs from one another borders on the obsessive.

Record crowd turns out for 10th anniversary of race

A pair of USA Mountain Running Team members ran off with the 12-mile titles at the 10th annual Mount Werner Classic, held Saturday at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Missing family rescued

Hypothermic man found in Hog Park

A Baggs, Wyo., family of five that was reported missing Thursday was found in the Hog Park area of the Routt National Forest, just south of the Colorado-Wyoming border.

15-year-old girl injured in Wednesday accident dies

A 15-year-old girl critically injured in a rollover accident Wednesday near Walden has died.

Robert 'Bob' Carrick

Former Steamboat Springs resident Robert "Bob" Carrick passed away July 27, 2004, because of complications from surgery. He was 76.

Jean Bryer Travis

Jean Bryer Travis passed away July 28, 2004. She was 79.

Playing with an international cast

South Routt residents join opera stars on stage in production of "La BohÃme"

Emerald City Opera's performance of Giacomo Puccini's "La BohÃme" is headlined by opera singers from such illustrious international companies as the Metropolitan Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Cairo Opera and New York Opera. It is complemented by a chorus of area singers and musicians who auditioned for their roles and have spent grueling weeks preparing for them.

NCAA ski event in 2006

The world-class cross-country trails at the base of Howelsen Hill and the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area will play host to the best college ski racers in the country in 2006.

Maynard Scott: listen to bias

People of Routt County, once again, you are being filtered from relevant information by the bias of the local newspaper. The BLM/Colorado State Land Board SWAP of Routt County BLM acreage for Emerald Mountain program hit a milestone last week. The BLM feasibility study was approved at the national headquarters of the BLM. This feasibility study approval then starts the process whereby there are to be public awareness meetings by the Emerald Mountain Partnership and the BLM to the residents, so that a fair and informed decision can be made.

Jerry Craig: Enron lesson not made

Do I detect that our commissioners have a problem with the definition of when a preliminary decision has been issued? Technical definitions aside, our elected officials have admitted knowing for many weeks that the site application would be "preliminarily" denied, but continued to tell the public that no decision had been received.

Omar M. Campbell: Curtis disappointing

Mr. Anthony Curtis: Regarding your preliminary decision to deny Routt County's request to fill a small wetland, I am disappointed that you apparently are influenced by the City Council and businessman cabal to show preference for the Sixth Street location.

Arthur Houk: Thank you, patrol

While there, the U.S. Border Patrol had stepped up the apprehension of illegal immigrants who have crossed the border from Mexico into the United States. The U.S. Border Patrol is to be commended for stepping up the enforcement of the U.S. immigration laws.

Soundoff for Aug. 8

No-brainer on president

An overnight jaunt

A backpacking trip when you have only one night

A credible backpacking trip involves five days, three lakes and about 30 miles. However, it is possible to cram many of the benefits of backpacking into an overnight wilderness jaunt that doesn't begin until noon Saturday.

Friday, August 6

Artists get creative with Art Car designs

Most people use caulk to seal cracks in their homes.

Church, residents rallying

Fund-raisers being held for local man with cerebral palsy

Jon Allee turns 22 on Aug. 18. The Steamboat Springs man who has cerebral palsy and is known for his humor and joy could get a big birthday present this year: some independence.

Wine festival fun, casual event

The secret's out: Billy Kidd doesn't take his hat off at the dinner table. Kidd, in his cowboy hat, along with Jim "Moose" Barrows and Jenny O'Farrell, judged the Steel Chef culinary competition that was the entertainment highlight of the Steamboat Wine Festival's "Wine on the Mountain Grand Tasting" Friday night at the top of the gondola. The winner of the 2004 Steel Chef competition was Kate VanRensselaer and Aaron Thompson from Cafe Diva, taking the honors with kung pao shrimp over a forbidden rice cake, sauteed shrimp with mole verde and seafood crepes.

Policy speaker packs house

American presidential elections typically are decided on "pocketbook issues" such as the economy and health care, but not this year. That was the message a former deputy secretary of state told a standing-room-only audience at Centennial Hall.

Business Briefs for Aug. 8

Managing broker/owner Mike Woolverton of Elk River Realty has announced Joyce Moulton has rejoined his staff as a broker associate.

Early voting forecasts big primary

If early voting numbers are any sign, this primary election is going to be a busy one.

Briefs for Aug. 7

When CBS television rolls out coverage of The International PGA tournament from Castle Pines Country Club this weekend, area golf fans shouldn't be surprised if they recognize the video the network uses to promote the Rocky Mountains. The golf course is more than 150 miles away, but the fishing, mountain biking and golf footage should look familiar because they were taken in the Yampa Valley by Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. videographer Tom Baer.

The Record for Aug. 7

12:55 a.m. A loud party was reported in the 700 block of Pine Street. Police responded and warned and advised the party.

Building permits for July 26-30

Steamboat Springs Mountain Valley Bank 2201 Curve Plaza KHB Construction Services Tanant Finish $40,000

New tax district proposed

The resort lodging community will go to the Steamboat Springs City Council on Aug. 17 and ask to go to the voters for a 2-percent lodging tax.

Meeting on Dry Creek restoration

The town of Hayden will explore the possibility of restoring Dry Creek at a meeting with river restoration experts Monday night.

Transactions for July 27-Aug. 2


Thursday, August 5

Art Cars parade through Steamboat

Lynne Masters is on a mission to rid Steamboat Springs of its "blah cars."

Jennie Lay: The art business

In case you haven't noticed, there's a whole lot of great cultural stuff going on in town right now. That's an enormous testament to our flourishing visual and performing arts community.

Wild neighbors worry city

In-town predator sightings cause some concerns

Steamboat Springs city officials are concerned about recent wildlife sightings in the city limits and urge residents to take precautions to discourage animal visitors.

Sluggers off to World Series

Doug Wood has spent the past week trying to convince the 10 players on his 14-and-younger Little League baseball team that Sunday night's contest against West Texas is just another ball game.

Sidewalks to get vibrant splash of color

Artists to decorate Torian Plum Plaza in the tradition of Michelangelo's apprentices

In the tradition of the Italian masters, area artists will take their inspiration to the Torian Plum Plaza sidewalks this weekend.

International opera singers take stage for "La BohÃme"

There's a lot of comedy, tragedy and passionate emotion to be had when you mix a poet, an artist, a philosopher and a musician who are leading free-spirited lives undaunted by cold, hunger or the misadventures of poverty. Add a couple of girlfriends and the story only can be enriched by the promise of romance, jealousy and heartache.

Wildflowers heart of photographer's exhibit

Steamboat Springs photographer Steve West's home is filled with brilliant images of white bog orchids, wild geraniums and high alpine columbine. The images of petals and leaves are magnified tenfold and more, yet they retain the most minute botanical details.

Accident victim not expected to survive

A 15-year-old girl from La Salle was critically injured, and three others were taken to the Yampa Valley Medical Center in a one-car roll over accident on Colorado Highway 14, about six miles west of Walden.

Sending gifts to Iraqi children

When Oak Creek resident Julie Spitzley read in her high school alumni newsletter about soldiers from her hometown in Ohio being in Iraq, she decided she wanted to do something.

White endorses Rippy for 3rd District

State Rep. Al White has thrown his support to one of the candidates in the crowded field of Republicans vying for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District seat.

Arts camp hosts dance diversity training

Since JoAnne Tucker created the Avodah Dance Ensemble in 1974 in New York, the experimental dance company has delved deep into intercultural education programs for prisons, schools and professionals.

Galactic continues Free Summer Concert Series

During a Galactic show, it's hard to pinpoint whether the New Orleans-based band is playing jazz, funk, rock, blues or some other eclectic musical manifestation. But rest assured, there's always a whole lot of groove going on.

Grass-roots festival kicks off

Zimbabwean thumb piano featured in festival

The Colorado Grass Roots Music Festival features more than 20 Colorado bands and solo performers playing "unplugged" at State Bridge Lodge this weekend. The lineup includes rock, blues, alternative, folk and Celtic -- and the melodic sounds of the Zimbabwean thumb piano.

Beaux Arts on the Mountain like mini Art in the Park

Beaux Arts on the Mountain will be like a mini Art in the Park, said Steamboat Springs Arts Council Executive Director Nancy Kramer.

Burning Spear playing

In 1969, Burning Spear, aka Winston Rodney, consulted with his neighbor, Bob Marley, about how to get started in the music business. Thirty-one years and more than 30 albums after Marley gave Spear his personal advice while sauntering along a country road in St. Ann's Parish in Jamaica, Spear won a Grammy for best reggae album.

City: Stay out of the Yampa

The city of Steamboat Springs is asking tubers and other river users to stay out of the Yampa River until water levels increase.

Today is last chance to vote early

Today is the last chance to vote early in the primary elections or pick up an absentee ballot for the primaries.

Triple Crown finals to air on TV

The final week of Triple Crown youth baseball tournaments is here, and event organizers are planning to end in grand style.

Steamboat fares well at JO event

Cole Worsley took fourth in the 50-meter freestyle, and the 400-meter medley relay team finished 14th to lead the contingent of Steamboat Springs swim team members that qualified and competed in last weekend's Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs.

Rodeo offers show 'on the side'

Flash back more than a century before women wore chaps or straddled their saddles and you'll have a taste of what to expect from the Frontier Belles Sidesaddlers who will perform at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena tonight and Saturday.

Expanding on success of Lupine Loop

The Routt County Riders and the city Parks and Recreation Department have a dream of building new singletrack mountain bike trails from the base of Howelsen Hill to the quarry on Emerald Mountain.

Campfire the likely culprit behind Daisy Fire

An escaped campfire is likely the cause of a recent fire in the Browns Park area.

Nightlife for Aug. 6

Burning Spear plays at Levelz in Ski Time Square. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance at All That Jazz, Lupo's and Wired. Call 870-9090.

Town to set donation policy

The town of Hayden will develop a policy governing donations to nonprofit organizations.

Wednesday, August 4

Wine festival begins Friday

More than 1,000 people and 300 to 400 types of wine are expected to descend on town for the inaugural Steamboat Wine Festival, which begins tonight.

Rain doesn't hinder de Wardt

Think of your worst rainy-day driving experience and multiply it by five. Racecar driver Winston de Wardt said that is the only way he can compare racing in the rain to driving in it with a regular road car.

County buoyed by study

In five years, Routt County's offices will have grown to almost fill the space available in its downtown campus -- assuming court facilities have been moved off site. If the courts moved to a new justice center downtown, the county would come up a few thousand square feet short in five years.

Candidate stresses water issue

Water is the most important issue in the race to replace Rep. Scott McInnis in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, Republican candidate and state Rep. Matt Smith said at a Routt County Republicans meeting Wednesday.

School Board tables teacher pay raises

Steamboat Springs School District teachers and support staff will have to wait another week and a half for their raises to be approved by the School Board.

Planners get final look at updated regs

The Routt County Regional Planning Commission will take what should be its final look at updated zoning and subdivision regulations tonight.

Bus center cost puts projects on hold

A higher-than-expected bid for the expansion of the Steamboat Springs Transit Center will cause the city to look for alternative funding for rehabilitating the Craig regional transit center and delay purchasing a bus.

Club aims high

Steamboat Springs shooter Pete Schroeder compares sporting clays to golf with a shotgun.

Fund Board eyes changes

Five months have passed since a bill threatening the Steamboat Springs School District's half-cent sales tax was defeated in the Colorado General Assembly's House Education Committee.

Young Perry-Mansfield campers share their talent

Students at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp are spreading their wings on stage at the Julie Harris Theatre during the next two evenings.

Tuesday, August 3

Foreign policy expert to speak

Talbott will discuss 'Foreign Policy in an Election Year'

Strobe Talbott's professional career has taken him around the world and into the top levels of U.S. government and journalism.

Pastor offers comfort over the airwaves

After his mother died, Tom Palmer, general manager of KBCR, began a grieving process that turned into a path to spirituality.

Vogelaar at Mountain Valley

Senior vice president leaves position at Community First

Dean Vogelaar has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer of Mountain Valley Bank, which opened Monday in the Elk River Crossing commercial center on Steamboat Springs' west side.

CSAP results are mixed

Hayden School District students scored at or above state averages in the reading portion of the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests but had more problems with the writing and math portions, according to results released by the Colorado Department of Education on Monday.

Council likes housing project

The City Council strongly supported preliminary plans for an affordable housing project on Hilltop Drive, despite objections raised by neighboring landowners.

Restoring a classical note

To play an authentic Mozart opera, Vivaldi, Bach or Handel's "Messiah," you must have a harpsichord, Hayden piano tuner and restorer Kathleen Allen said. This was a realization many musicians made in the 1950s, at the start of the harpsichord revival movement.

Walcher stumps for Hayden during visit

Separately, Hayden and small communities like it may not produce a lot of voters, but collectively, they are the fabric of Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, Republican candidate Greg Walcher said recently during a campaign stop in Steamboat Springs.

Brees blows past field to take junior title

After winning the Haymaker's 2004 Junior Championships on Tuesday afternoon, high school senior Ryan Brees retreated to the clubhouse deck to celebrate his victory over lunch.

Young Life hosting tournament

With the help of his Young Life committee, Lucas Adams is undertaking the arduous process of putting together his first fundraising golf tournament.

Yampatika plans new exhibit

Ski Corp. fund awards grants to environmental groups

Yampatika will use a $5,000 grant from the Ski Corp. Environmental Fund to help build a hands-on nature exhibit featuring a 150-gallon freshwater aquarium and a replica bear hibernation den that youngsters can crawl inside.

Briefs for Aug. 4

Man arrested in dispute with his brother-in-law

Dog Days of summer are here

Tonight's Town Challenge race is the final one on Howlsen Hill

When Gretchen Sehler is out and about on the trails of Howelsen Hill and Emerald Mountain, her mind is designing courses constantly.

Fire Department requests 3 firefighters

Assistant Fire Chief Bob Struble asked the City Council to hire three additional firefighters next year, during a discussion Tuesday about his department's 2005 budget.

Woman bitten by two dogs in two places Sunday

A 23-year-old woman was bitten by two dogs at two residences while doing door-to-door sales Sunday.

Board gets first look at subdivision plan

A developer wants the town of Hayden to annex about 20 acres of land east of the Routt County Fairgrounds so he can build 62 single-family homes.

The Record for Aug. 4

Monday, Aug. 2 12:49 a.m. A noise complaint was reported in the 1000 block of Blue Sage Circle.

School Board calls special meeting

Several time-sensitive issues will be the focus of a special meeting of the Steamboat Springs School Board tonight.

Committee OKs DOW's North Pit plan

The Capital Development Committee of the state Legislature on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for an agreement between the Colorado Division of Wildlife and city of Steamboat Springs to conserve and manage the north Lafarge gravel pit site.

County: No support letter

Commissioners concerned about proposed Emerald Mountain land swap

Routt County commissioners voiced concerns about the proposed Emerald Mountain land swap Tuesday during a presentation by the Emerald Mountain Partnership, which is facilitating the swap.

Monday, August 2

Happneings for Aug. 3, 2004

Soroco Sports Physical Day is from 4 to 7 p.m. at the South Routt Medical Clinic. Sponsored by Soroco Booster Clubs.

Triple Crown boosts some summer businesses

Steamboat Springs was jumping with more than 13,400 visitors last week. It was like the busiest week of the ski season, only with more cars and minivans.

Hayden girl released from hospital

Girl was struck by a pickup in Hayden

An 8-year-old girl was seriously injured Friday when she was struck by a pickup while riding her bike in Hayden, police said.

The record for Aug. 3, 2004

12:23 a.m. A fight in progress was reported in the 700 block of Mountain Vista Circle. People reportedly tried to get into an apartment, but then left. Police took a report.

Tournament sparks Lacrosse revival

Lacrosse returned to Steamboat Springs last weekend for the two-day Steamboat Invitational Lacrosse Tournament at the Christian Heritage School fields. It was the first time since 1992 that Steamboat Springs has hosted a full-scale lacrosse tournament.

Suspects in Sunday vandalsim arrested

Two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of committing criminal mischief early Sunday morning after holes were knocked in drywall at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and the Snowflower condominiums.

Motorcyclist dies in wreck

A Craig teenager returning home from a church camp in a sport-utility vehicle crossed the centerline of U.S. Highway 40 and struck a motorcycle head-on Monday, the State Patrol reported.

News in Brief for Aug. 3, 2004

The North Routt Fire Protection District has hired its first full-time fire chief. Bob Reilley, a seven-year volunteer with the district, began work Monday as fire chief. Reilley is a trained emergency medical technician. In addition to his work with the Fire Protection District, Reilley has worked in North Routt as chief wrangler and snowmobile guide for Steamboat Lake Outfitters. He also has worked at Steamboat Lake Marina.

Results mixed for Hayden, Soroco

South Routt and Hayden school district students scored at or above state averages on Colorado Student Assessment Program tests in most subject areas and at most grade levels, though both districts struggled with math at the middle school and high school levels.

Steamboat CSAP scores slip

Steamboat Springs School District students continue to score well above their peers around the state on Colorado Student Assessment Program tests, according to results released Monday by the state Department of Education.

County gets 'no' on justice center site

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a preliminary decision denying Routt County's application for a permit to fill wetlands at the site of the new justice center.

Children get taste of bluegrass at camp

Few people know the differences between a mandolin and a guitar, could locate a fret or play a strumchuck.

Sunday, August 1

City looking at liquor tastings

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday will look at the first reading of an ordinance that will allow free wine, beer and spirit tastings at liquor stores.

The Record for Aug. 2

Saturday, July 31 1:26 a.m. An intoxicated man with a blood alcohol content of 0.46 percent was transported from a hotel in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue to the detox center.

Schaffer, Coors very different

U.S. Senate hopefuls battling in race that has turned ugly

On many levels, Bob Schaffer and Pete Coors, the two Republican candidates running for U.S. Senate, are a lesson in contrasts.

Briefs for Aug. 2

City starting 2004 paving projects Tuesday in town

Competition heats up at chili cook-off

Three chefs sat Saturday at a long table with small bowls of rival chili stretching before them. Carefully, they inhaled the aroma of each chili, took a bite, chewed thoughtfully and scored it for texture, color, spice, aroma and taste.