Stories for May 2004


Monday, May 31

Kayakers throng to new whitewater park

Kayakers in Steamboat are keeping a close eye on the "D-Hole" this year, one of the newest wave features along the Yampa River in town.

Tubing the Yampa a summer tradition

A warm spring could have the tubing season starting and ending earlier than usually this year.

Running Series offers variety of courses

Whether you are a competitive racer or someone who simply likes to raise the heart rate, Northwest Colorado is the perfect place to get outdoors and run.

Hayden sets busy summer schedule

The small town of Hayden has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years, now offering a multitude of summer activities, including festivals, concerts, a nationally televised rally car race, the Routt County Fair, a stock car racing series and a town-wide garage sale.

Botanic Park alive with color

The Yampa River Botanic Park is off of Pamela Lane in downtown Steamboat. It is accessible by the Yampa River Core Trail as well.

Pitch in to beautify city on Saturday

Volunteers sought for 15th annual Green Up-Clean Up Day

The next time you enjoy the flowers outside the Routt County Courthouse, you can thank 11-year-old Jeffrey Gay and 12-year-old Jamie Gay. The two helped plant the flowers last year as part of the annual Green Up-Clean Up Day.

P'burg leaving dry behind

Liquor store plans elicit mixed reactions from residents

Pam and Jack Huston sit on the porch of their blue and white home off a dusty road in the middle of Phippsburg.

Steamboat's Fish Creek Falls a wondrous site

It is little wonder why thundering Fish Creek Falls is one of Routt County's most popular attractions every summer and fall.

Drop a line while you're away

The mountains and valleys of Northwest Colorado offer countless opportunities to fish for trout, and in many cases, the farther you are willing to walk down a wilderness trail, the better your chances of catching lots of fish.

Steamboat Springs boasts premier tennis facility

With four indoor and six outdoor hydrocourt clay tennis courts, four outdoor hard courts and a nationally recognized professional staff, the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs is Northwest Colorado's premier tennis facility.

Northwest Colorado features miles of hiking trails

More than 900 miles of trails are available for use in the Routt National Forest, an expansive area of beautiful foliage, mountain streams and diverse wildlife that blankets Northwest Colorado.

Kremmling: Gateway to variety of attractions

Like so many small communities in the rural West, Kremmling came face to face with the specter of economic ruin when the town's primary employer closed the doors to its plant. The closing of Louisiana-Pacific's waferboard mill sent shock waves through this natural resource dependent community.

Craig: Big fun in a small-town atmosphere

Craig boasts a rural town atmosphere filled with small shops with unique wares and hometown service, sites embroiled with old West history and recreational opportunities for all ages.

Strings in the Mountains

This is an exciting year for the Strings in the Mountains Music Festival. After 17 years, the festival finally has a permanent home.

Pitch your tent close to home

There are many camping opportunities on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest outside of Steamboat Springs. From developed sites with picnic tables and fire grates to primitive camping both inside and outside Mount Zirkel Wilderness, visitors have many choices.

Be cool in Health and Rec pool

Nothing beats the heat like a day at the pool.

Phippsburg: Tracking Routt County's Railroad History

The unincorporated town of Phippsburg is a reminder of the importance the railroad business had in the county's past.

Pedaling the peaks: Northwest Colorado's best bicycle trails

On paved roads and dusty single track, bikes are guaranteed to be a fun and fast way to see Northwest Colorado.

Big-box law goes to council

Two weeks before a 90-day moratorium on big-box retail expires, the City Council is expected to approve permanent regulations for large retail stores.

Performing arts camps meets its match

Perry-Mansfield raises $500,000 to meet challenge grants toward $2M renovation

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp has met its match. Just 10 days before a critical June 1 deadline, Perry-Mansfield finished raising $500,000 to match three challenge grants from the Gates Family Foundation, the Boettcher Foundation and an anonymous donor.

Honoring the greatest generation

World War II Veteran Lloyd Lockhart had tickets to go to the dedication of the new World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. this weekend. He decided not to go.

Gym offers less crowded summer programs

Summer registration is under way at the Steamboat Gymnastics Center. Classes are available for youth of all ability levels and will run from June 7 to Aug. 26.

Concerts will benefit teen center

Oak Creek will have its own free concert series this summer.

Rain doesn't stop weekend shoppers

A cool, damp Memorial Day didn't scare tourists, or residents, away from spending time downtown Steamboat Springs this weekend.

Tread of Pioneers Museum revisits the past

From mining to skiing to ranching, Routt County has a rich heritage.

Hot Springs a hot attraction

The Strawberry Park Hot Springs is one of the Yampa Valley's staple attractions that draws visitors during all seasons.

City sponsors adult leagues

Enjoy your summer evenings in Steamboat by playing in this town league with divisions for Men's, Women's and Co-ed teams.

Oak Creek: A small town with lots to see and do

This town of less than 900 people offers some of the best dining opportunities in Northwest Colorado. Some of its major restaurants, including Chinese, American, and Italian fare, draw visitors from across the state. The town also has a Main Street with several fun stores, including The Mugshot coffee shop with homemade pastries and a thrift store.

Craig: Hunting is a big draw

Even when Shawn Hansen lived in Oregon, he was aware of the reputation of hunting in Northwest Colorado.

Step back in time at the Museum of Northwest Colorado

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is a fine starting point to uncover the history of Moffat County.

Concert series offers great music at an unbeatable price

The Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series has become a staple of the town's summertime allure.

Activities on the mountain

The Steamboat Ski Area isn't just a hub for winter activities. It has an even wider variety of activities in the summer with hiking, biking, gaming and dining.

Rifle: A new destination for rock climbers

With its location at the junctions of I-70 and Colorado Highway 13, Rifle is developing as a popular stop for tourists and visitors to the Northwest Colorado area, said Rifle Chamber of Commerce manager Patty Lambert.

Meeker: Fishing the White River

The upper White River boasts some of the finest fishing waters in Colorado. Much of the best fishing is on private land, owned by people who are committed to protecting spawn beds and fish habitat. If you want to fish in a private stretch you must have permission and should expect to pay for the privilege. There is still plenty of good fishing along the public access area.

Dinosaur offers stunning views

Dinosaur residents insist visitors do one thing: Check out the Dinosaur National Monument.

Stagecoach State Park

Stagecoach State Park draws visitors from across the state for boating, hiking and camping. Its 770-acre lake offers opportunities for water sports that are not available anywhere else in South Routt County. Combine that with the park's 1,600 acres of land and visitors find a place to enjoy all of their favorite summer recreational activities.

South Routt: Flat Tops Wilderness

For sheer, natural scenery there are few trips that can top a visit to the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.

Meeker: From shopping to sheepdogs

You can find it all in Meeker --peace and serenity, breathtaking views, plenty of fishing, hiking and other outdoor options, really good restaurants, unique shops and a variety of accommodations.

Steamboat Springs is quickly becoming Golf Town U.S.A.

Steamboat Springs has long been known for its champagne powder in the winter and its friendly laid-back Western lifestyle in the summer.

Catch the thrill of professional rodeo events every weekend

Rodeo is a tradition that stretches back more than 100 years in Steamboat Springs.

Explore earth's wonders in Rangely

Would you like to visit somewhere that you can see Earth tell her history? Experience high desert sunsets? Be where native peoples cooked more then 12,000 years ago? Gaze on herds of wild horses? Ride four-wheelers and dirt bikes from daylight to dark? Float on the White River to the confluence of the Green?

Snowboard charity sends SOS out to bike riders

Through the Snowboard Outreach Society, youth in Routt County who may not otherwise have the opportunity to snowboard have learned to ride. In addition, because of SOS, snowboarding members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club have found a well-run series close to home that gives them a chance to compete at a high level.

Sunday, May 30

Dogs shine at challenge

Dog-handler Florence Wilson stood on a field near Lake Catamount and waited for the judge to signal the start of the round. Her dog Cap crouched at her side, muscles tense and ears alert.

News in Brief for May 31

Lava Lava Island Vacation Bible School program for ages 3 through sixth grade will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., June 7 through 11, at the Yampa Bible Church in Yampa. Registration is free and takes place at 8:30 a.m. today at the church. Call 638-4411.

The Record for May 31, 2004

2:54 a.m. An animal complaint was reported in the 23000 block of County Road 16.

Montessori to expand preschool program

A group of Steamboat Springs parents who battled the school district to bring public Montessori education to local students has merged with the Yampa Valley Montessori Education Center to expand the preschool and kindergarten program.

Ranches earn CWD-free status

Many Colorado elk ranches have been monitoring their herds for Chronic Wasting Disease for eight straight years this month, according to the Colorado Elk Breeders Association.

'Thank you veterans'

Dutch wooman recalls U.S. liberation of her town

Flora Wolf remembers waving the American flag while riding on a U.S. Army tank through the streets of her Dutch town. It was the first taste of freedom the 3-year girl ever had.

Two die in wreck near Hayden

Craig man and his son injured

Two Aurora women died and a Craig man and his son were seriously injured Sunday in a collision on U.S. Highway 40 near Hayden, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

Tom Ross: Lessons of the WWII generation

Even a modest honeymoon trip to Cranberry Lake was a bit problematic when Ed Gawronski and Alice Grzybowski married on July 22, 1944, in Buffalo, N.Y.

Saturday, May 29

The Record for May 30

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

Kay Sandra Chambers

Kay Sandra Chambers passed away May 17, 2004, at St Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, surrounded by her family. She was 65. Kay, who had been diagnosed with cancer in 2001, had been in remission until recently.

Routt County Spotlight: Scott Stanford

Scott Stanford Name: Scott Stanford Age: 38

Offering Wisdom

Summit speaker advocates self-help

Before undertaking economic development, people in rural Colorado should take more than a passing glance in the looking glass, then turn to their neighbors, Mike Wisdom advised attendees of the Economic Summit 2004.

jane lea snyder

Routt County resident Jane Lea Snyder passed away May 19, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center after a long illness. She was 51.

Nordic Lodge's new look

The Banas family has begun a multi-year project to upgrade the Nordic Lodge in downtown Steamboat Springs and create new leased office/retail spaces on the building's Lincoln Avenue frontage.

Koile finally finds her niche

Oak Creek code enforcement officer puts herself through police school

Linda Koile said she likes unconventional jobs and loves Oak Creek.

Extreme makeover

Steamboat style

Just because a person works on a ranch, doesn't mean he or she can't have pearly white teeth, finely sculpted eyebrows and a stylish hairdo.

Letters for May 30

Thanks, from Iraq

Jimalyn Bartholomew

Steamboat Springs resident Jimalyn Bartholomew passed away in her sleep the morning of May 24, 2004, at Doak Walker Care Center. She was 86.

Family selling 'dream home'

North Routt property features 6,900-square-foot house on 20 acres

For years Joe Klimovitz, a freelance TV cameraman, visited Steamboat on ski trips and envisioned someday calling the area home.

Dundee Realty to partner with Ward on condos

Wildhorse developer Whitney Ward is within 120 days of revealing plans for two of the key development parcels remaining at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

The city's role in the justice center

Nancy Kramer is executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and a member of the Steamboat Springs City Council. She also is an advocate for building a new justice center downtown.

Busy summer for baseball

About 125 more teams expected for Triple Crown tournaments

Sean Hardy of Triple Crown Sports says Steamboat Springs can expect to see more baseball and softball teams in 2004.

Teaching them young

Haymaker's first Little Chippers program a success

Bridger Boyd had a decision to make. When he accepted his medal from golf instructor Nina Krats he could either shake her hand or bend his head so he wouldn't have to put down his new golf ball and chocolate cookies.

Briefs for May 30

The Steamboat Pilot & Today has announced the hiring of an advertising sales representative and two new reporters.


Sam and Suzanne Graham of Steamboat Springs and Bruce and Karen Collins of Ogden, Utah, are pleased to announce the engagement of their children, Samantha Graham and Chaz Kindred, both of Steamboat Springs. They will be married July 10, 2004, at The Ore House at the Pine Grove. Attorney Randall W. Klauzer, Graham's "honorary" uncle, will preside. The bride and groom will honeymoon in Las Vegas.


Bill and Sue Petrillo of Steamboat Springs announce the engagement of their daughter, Jenny Petrillo, to Todd Patterson, son of Sam and Karen Patterson, also of Steamboat Springs.

Births for May 30

Nathaniel Solomon Blehm, son of Benjamin and Jessica Blehm of Grand Junction, was born at 4:53 p.m. on May 1, 2004. He weighed 9 pounds and 3 ounces, and was 21.25 inches long. His grandparents are James and Elizabeth Marshall of Grand Junction, Carol and Pete Klismet of Grand Junction, and Darrel and Karen Blehm of Grand Junction. His great-grandmother is Wilma Marshall of Steamboat Springs.

Young tennis players face off

Tourney brings out the best

Standing water forced matches inside the Tennis Center on Saturday, but the rain and cold temperatures did little to dampen the spirit of the youths gathered in Steamboat Springs for the 2004 Intermountain Tennis Association's 12-and-under Memorial Day Championships.

John F. Russell: Sure signs softball season is back

The softball season officially will begin Tuesday night at Howelsen Hill.

Sacrifice and solidarity

Three veterans tell their tales of World War II

Among the piles of letters and photos of Lewis Kemry skiing in the Swiss Alps with other members of the 42nd "Rainbow" Division are more ghastly images of World War II.

Expert: Forget big-box

Technology will allow national chains to better compete with small businesses

The chances that true big-box retailers will come to Routt County are zip, zilch, nada, Carl Steidtmann said at last week's 2004 Economic Summit.

Steamboat sends off 154 seniors Saturday

Physiology teacher Lynda Stahl stepped to the podium during Saturday's graduation ceremony at Steamboat Springs High School and said she could offer no sage advice or words of wisdom.

Soroco grads ready for next step in life

Commencement speaker Bryan Fiese had a simple message Saturday for the 29 seniors graduating from Soroco High School in Oak Creek.

County not inclined to change justice center locale

Routt County commissioners are moving ahead with plans to build a new justice center west of downtown Steamboat Springs despite pleas from City Council members and downtown business owners to reconsider.

Building permits for May 17-21

Dennis & Joyleen Swanson 315 Anglers Drive Ajak's Addition $144,248

South Routt Calendar

Monday, May 31 n Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Helen Rehder

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Helen Rehder passed away May 9, 2004. She was 87.


Former Routt County resident Donald M. Rhodes passed away May 1, 2004. He was 68.

Transactions for May 18-23, 2004


Edemia Gallegos Rooks

Edemia Gallegos Rooks died May 14, 2004, at her home after a long bout with cancer. She was 86.

Our view: There's time for a vote

The Colorado Court of Appeals' decision to vacate an order to build a new judicial facility buys Routt County commissioners time to re-examine their justice center plans and gives them the opportunity to let the voters decide, once and for all, where to build the center.

Guest column: In memory of Spc. Daniel Unger

This is in memory of Army Spc. Daniel Unger, who died Tuesday at the age of 19.

Nordic Lodge's new look

Longtime Steamboat motel undergoing remodeling, expansion

The Banas family has begun a multi-year project to upgrade the Nordic Lodge in downtown Steamboat Springs and create new leased office/retail spaces on the building's Lincoln Avenue frontage.

Family selling their dream home

For years Joe Klimovitz, a freelance TV cameraman, visited Steamboat on ski trips and envisioned someday calling the area home.

Business news in Brief

The Steamboat Pilot & Today has announced the hiring of an advertising sales representative and two new reporters.

Transactions for May 18-23

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer EGAN, KEVIN TO MILLER, MICHAEL D. AND MILLER, COLLEEN FOR UNIT 25, MOUNTAIN VISTA TOWNHOMES -- $259,500

Steamboat scholarships announced

Steamboat Springs High School's graduating seniors earned 134 scholarships totaling almost $103,000 to continue their educations. Scholarships, dollar amounts and recipients follow.

Take a hike

Jump the gun on summer hiking this weekend

Seedhouse Road opened all the way to Slavonia and the trailheads on the edge of the Mount Zirkel wilderness this week. But Memorial Day hikers will find it's difficult to travel very far into the mountains.

Sound off for May 30

Dying trees Why doesn't someone do something about the trees along Mount Werner Circle? The trees all look like they are dead or dying.

Friday, May 28

City to buy open space

Purchase includes 101 acres at north Lafarge gravel pit

The city of Steamboat Springs plans to purchase the north Lafarge gravel pit site, which would set aside 101.55 acres for open space.

Summer school programs offered

Summer school. Those two words paired together are an oxymoron to some students. For others, they represent an exciting opportunity to continue learning once the traditional school year ends.

News in Brief for May 29

Wapiti Bowmen 3-D shoot is today at Dean Acres

The Record for May 29

May 27, 2004 1:59 a.m. A man was arrested after being stopped by officers for a traffic violation at the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and Midvalley Drive.

Stahoviak has knee replacement

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak has been at county meetings in her dreams, literally.

Spirit Challenge raises $7K for education

More than 100 area children helped raise $7,000 at the May 8 Spirit Challenge running race to benefit, in part, their own educations.

Oak Creek approves contract

Engineering pact is for ongoing infrastructure renovations

Oak Creek is looking for its missing manholes. As part of an ongoing effort to upgrade the town's aging water and sewer system, Oak Creek will be using modern Geographic Information System technology to map and locate the town's waterlines, sewer lines and manholes. The most recent maps they have are from the 1970s, said Oak Creek Mayor "Kathy" Cargo Rodeman.

Making a splash

Skiers, boarders can practice skills this summer at new jump facility

Summer has arrived in Steamboat Springs, but thanks to the four new aerial jumps at the Bald Eagle Water Ski Lake east of Steamboat, freestyle skiers and snowboarders will not have to stop training.

Thursday, May 27

Jennie Lay: Small-town enlightenment

There are small towns and then there are small towns.

S. Routt man hurt in assault

A South Routt County man suffered severe injuries in an assault earlier this month at Trapper's Lake Lodge.

The Record for May 28

May 26, 2004 7:50 a.m. A driver reported being almost run off the road by a blue-and-white pickup on Colorado Highway 131 near mile marker 52.

USC student film captures legend of Buddy Werner

As rancher Ray Heid was making his way toward a late spring "six-hour horse ride, two-hour hike and five-minute ski" on Sand Mountain in North Routt County two weeks ago, an unlikely crew skied past him as he tied his horse.

Irish society to kick up heels

If you're inspired by "Riverdance" but daunted by the thought of attempting such fast, tricky Irish step dancing, the Yampa Valley Ceili Society has a solution that will teach almost anyone to jig, sidestep and promenade.

Routt 4-H receives $5K award

For more than 70 years, the Routt County 4-H program has provided area youths a wealth of educational opportunities, all the while helping the Yampa Valley and its communities maintain their character and traditions.

Steamboat on right track

Cultural and heritage tourism fundamental in community

Heritage tourism makes up 81 percent of the national tourism market, said Anne Pritzlaff, executive director of Colorado Preservation Inc., during her presentation about developing art and cultural tourism during Economic Summit 2004 on Thursday.

Auxiliary honoring veterans with poppies

"In Flanders fields the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row," wrote Colonel John McCrae in 1915 after seeing the sea of red poppies blooming on the battlefields of World War I.

About 600 sheep will graze Orton Meadows

Residents asked to control dogs

There's a new reason for residents to keep their dogs leashed on Blackmer Drive and the Emerald Mountain area.

Water board defies city

State recommends denying request for recreational water right

The Colorado Water Conservation Board on Thursday recommended that the city of Steamboat Springs' request for recreational water rights on the Yampa River be denied.

Briefs for May 28

Whiteman students will share stories from travel Lowell Whiteman School students will present images and stories of their foreign travel experiences at a gathering at 7 tonight in the school's Krautkramer Theater. Among the places students traveled are Peru, Mongolia, Vietnam and Bhutan. Foreign travel experiences have been part of The Lowell Whiteman School's curriculum since it opened nearly 50 years ago. The trips emphasize cultural, historic, artistic, service and recreational opportunities for students, as well as humanitarian responsibilities. All are welcome to attend tonight's presentations.

Steamboat man summits Everest

An exhausted but relieved Dr. Eric Meyer phoned his friend Kevin Kolvereid on Wednesday night and filled him in on the news: Meyer, a Steamboat Springs resident, had successfully summitted the world's tallest mountain earlier that day.

Middle school lacrosse to host tourney

Lacrosse is a growing sport in Colorado and in Steamboat Springs.

Roadwork kicks off for summer

Blooming flowers and quickly disappearing snow means it's time for summer roadwork. The county has started projects it has planned for the spring and summer, said Road and Bridge Director Paul Draper.

There's nothing stock about these dogs

Comparing "stock dogs" to "ranch dogs" is like comparing cutting horses to working ranch horses, said Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge organizer Marianne Sasak.

'Fearless Simplicity'

Tibetan Buddhist in town to give talk at Olympian Hall

Tsoknyi Rinpoche, a renown Tibetan Buddhist teacher and author, will share his insight about "Fearless Simplicity" during a public talk Saturday evening at Olympian Hall. This will be a kickoff event for the new Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs.


Music Tonight

Graduates bid final farewell

There are perks to having a small graduating class.

County seeks to move Marchus case

Routt County wants former building official's case heard in federal court

Routt County is seeking to move a case involving the termination of former chief building official Mark Marchus from district court to federal court.

Wednesday, May 26

Choirs take first in California

Finishing in first place was an afterthought for most of the Steamboat Springs High School students who traveled to California last week for a choral competition.

Mandatory plan upgrade surprises Oak Creek officials

Order: $1M in upgrades needed at wastewater treatment plant

Oak Creek received a state order to upgrade its antiquated wastewater treatment plant nearly three years ago -- but it appears to have fallen through the town's administrative cracks until about a month ago.

Lessons learned from plow

Summit speaker advocates pioneer spirit in info-tech world

The salvation of the plains states may be to return to the lessons of John Deere, Jane Leonard told an audience at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center on Wednesday.

Water hearing has many sides

Board has all-day hearing on city's recreational water rights filing

The many layers of the city's recreational water rights filing were peeled away Wednesday during an all-day hearing before the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

Stansbery hired as Montessori teacher

The Steamboat Springs School District's search for a Montessori teacher ended Tuesday when Arkansas elementary teacher Linda Stansbery accepted the newly created position.

Briefs for May 27

Information sought on homeschool graduates To ensure complete coverage of Routt County's graduating high school seniors, the Steamboat Pilot & Today is seeking information about homeschooled students who are graduating this spring. Please submit a photograph along with any information about scholarships received, college plans and graduation ceremonies by Friday to education reporter Brent Boyer at

The Record for May 27

Tuesday, May 25 11:05 a.m. A complaint was filed against a man who entered an office building in the 1100 block of Lincoln Avenue trying to sell tools. Officers determined that the man was operating a legitimate business.

Full field, familiar faces

Town Challenge brings a record number of riders to Howelsen Hill

Familiar favorites Barkley Robinson and Katherine Zambrana topped the results of the largest opening race for the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series on Wednesday night at Howelsen Hill.

SSWSC picks up Ski Team awards

For Rick DeVos' life to get any better, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's executive director would have to win the lottery.

Sailors land five on league teams

At the beginning of the season, when the members of the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team set their individual goals, everything somehow came back to the team.

Tuesday, May 25

Children touch ranch heritage

Ranch Days gives students window into area's agricultural roots

Texas Longhorn cattle originally escaped from Spanish herds hundreds of years ago.

Summit speaker is part-time resident

Retail analyst will discuss importance of 'Boat independents

"Big box" has been the biggest buzzword on the Steamboat Springs retail scene this year, and Karl Steidtmann, chief economist for Deloitte Research, will talk Thursday about how national trends and brands are affecting the Yampa Valley.

Reading Olympics program helps students soar

In a town where many children grow up dreaming of Olympic gold, a group of third-grade teachers is using medals to reward a different sort of achievement.

The Record for May 26

May 24, 2004 2:35 a.m. A man complained about noise from semitrailers outside B&K Distributing Inc. in the 1100 block of 13th Street. He says the semitrailers wake up his son, but B & K says it is conducting standard business. The case is going to court.

Busy tennis season set to begin

There will be 48 players in this week's 2004 Intermountain Tennis Association's 12 and under Memorial Day championships.

Briefs for May 26

Information sought on homeschool graduates To ensure complete coverage of Routt County's graduating high school seniors, the Steamboat Pilot & Today is seeking information about homeschooled students who are graduating this spring. Submit a photograph along with any information about scholarships received, college plans and graduation ceremonies by Friday to education reporter Brent Boyer at

Diane White-Crane: For clarity

For clarity An article in the May 22 Steamboat Today, "Lost hiker found in good condition," states that the lost hiker told searchers "she had used a hiking guidebook to find a trail ... which she thought was a 1.5 mile loop, but it led to nothing but a series of confusing cattle and game trails ... most likely used by hunters."

Our View: Airport Commission has an agenda

The Yampa Valley Airport Commission's decision to launch a study into economic, social and safety issues at Steamboat Springs Airport makes sense, given the political divide over the airport and its future.

Marchus hands in petition

Mark Marchus could be on the Republican primary ballot as a candidate for the District 2 county commissioner seat.

Third time is the charm

Steamboat Springs lacrosse finds success in third season

Building lacrosse programs has become sort of like a hobby for Bob Hiester.

Recreational water rights hearing today

The city of Steamboat Springs will make its case for recreational water rights on the Yampa River before the Colorado Water Conservation Board today.

Developer has resident projects in the works

Charles Sher, a California developer who is preparing to build a residential condominium project here, has added a commercial development to his lineup.

County to plan wastewater meetings

Routt County commissioners are planning a round of public meetings to discuss wastewater concerns in Hahn's Peak Village.

Crews will work under Third Street

Public works crews will complete necessary waterline work beneath Third Street this summer to pave it this fall, the Hayden Town Board determined Thursday.

Students headed to United Nations

Seventeen-year-old Chantal Gregory didn't know much about the United Nations.

WWII veterans to be honored with ceremony

Hayden's World War II veterans will be honored at a special ceremony hosted by the Benjamin J. Hofstetter Post 89 of the American Legion on Memorial Day.

Monday, May 24

Getting in gear

Bikers prepare for first of eight races in series

The mountain bike trails at the base of Howelsen Hill have spent several months hidden beneath several thick layers of snow.

County moving on update

Routt County will update the recreation section of its plan for the North Routt area this summer, even though the U.S. Forest Service has put its analysis of the North Routt area on hold.

Briefs for May 25

Drug arrest made early Sunday in Steamboat A Steamboat Springs man was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, and several other charges.

Main Street Project about value

Burnes advocates self-help to revitalize downtown Steamboat

The Main Street Program goes beyond enhancing the profitability of downtown merchants and property owners, Kent Burnes told his audience at Centennial Hall on Monday night. It's about building a stronger community through private/public partnerships.

The Record for May 25

Sunday, May 23 2:34 a.m. A man was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol in the 1800 block of Kamar Plaza.

Police: No attempted abduction

A May 13 incident in which a 10-year-old girl came in contact with a member of a religious organization at Riverside Plaza has worried area parents, but it is not being considered an attempted kidnapping, according to the Steamboat Springs Police Department.

Bus stops to change in downtown

The location of bus stops on the west end of Lincoln Avenue will change to make it easier for passengers to find them.

Surprises abound in Pueblo

Surprises come in all sizes. That could have been the slogan for the weekend's state Democratic convention in Pueblo, where Colorado Springs educator and political novice Mike Miles stole headlines with his defeat of state Attorney General Ken Salazar.

High-flying motorcycles

Riders head to Moffat County Fairgrounds

The first time Toby Whittington saw a freestyle motorcycle event, he was hooked.

Hahn's Peak wastewater up for talks

County commissioners today will discuss concerns about wastewater in Hahn's Peak Village with a Fort Collins company that requested the meeting.

Sunday, May 23

CHS class of 12 graduates

When Christian Heritage School valedictorian Daylee King was writing her graduation address, she called her mother, who was in Georgia helping King's grandmother, for advice.

The Record for May 24

Saturday, May 22 2:22 a.m. A fire in a structure in the 40000 block of Steamboat Drive was reported. The Sheriff's Department and Steamboat Springs Fire Department responded; an investigator is looking into the event.

Sixth-grader wins poster contest

A lifetime of ski jumping, ski racing, snowboarding and plain old skiing around the Steamboat Ski Area gave Devin Wilkinson, 12, the creative edge in this year's national Kids' Safety Poster contest. Her poster won "Most Creative" in a contest sponsored by the National Ski Area Association. It will be featured in the October 2004 issue of Ski Magazine.

Routt at No. 2 for coal, 2nd year in row

Both Routt and Moffat counties, which have led the state in coal production for nearly 40 years, have taken a back seat for the past two years to Gunnison County in coal production per state.

Briefs for May 24

Yampa Valley Recycles seeks volunteers for event Help Yampa Valley Recycles and Whistle Pig Willy save the West from waste. In 2002 there were 30 million obsolete computers. This year, that number is projected to rise to about 150 million. Please do not throw your computers in the landfill. YVR will be co-hosting a computer recycling event June 5. Volunteers are needed to make this happen. Call 870-7575 to volunteer. Volunteers will be given complimentary YVR bike bottles.

Tom Ross: Summer tourism events I'd like to see happen

First mountain bike fox roundup and neutering spectacular -- and other things to think about

I was glancing at the calendar of resort events for June this weekend and noticed that there are three full days during which no events have been planned for the amusement of visitors to our fair town. This concerns me to no end, and I'd like to propose forming a task force to correct this deplorable situation.

Saturday, May 22

Not a 'skeet shoot'

Thanks for the cover photo and publicity you gave our organization May 17, we think!? While we appreciate Tyler Arroyo visiting and taking a pretty picture for the paper, we'd like to point out some misinformation accompanying the photo and a few additional facts about the Routt County Rifle Club.

Runners race to hot springs

'This is a local's race; you've got to get out and scout it'

Thirteen-year-old Laura Zirkle's goal in Saturday's Hot Springs Short Cut Run was to not stop running.

BARBARA LEWIS: 1918 -- 2004

Former Oak Creek resident Barbara Lewis passed away May 6, 2004, in Chicago. She was 85.

Letter to Monger

Dear Commissioner Doug Monger:


Ruby Haywood Neill

Ruby Haywood Neill, daughter of Erin and Jeff Neill of Steamboat Springs, was born at 11:20 a.m. May 17, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her sibling is Mazie Neill. Her grandparents are Barbara and Patrick Haywood of Parker, and Anna Jean and Marvin Neill of Elk Grove, Calif.

Behind the headlines: Tom Ptach Steamboat's Main Street Project

Q. We understand your group is setting out to revitalize and focus Steamboat Springs' downtown commercial district within specific geographic boundaries. Within that broader goal, the Main Street Project describes four essential points or goals. The goal of "Economic Restructuring," calls for "increasing the economic value of downtown by diversifying it with the right mix of current and new businesses suitable for the given marketplace." Given that there are many independent property and business owners in downtown Steamboat, how do you hope to accomplish that goal?

DeGanahl unbeatable

Soroco sprinter snags four state titles Saturday

There was no beating Soroco sprinter Andy deGanahl on Saturday at the Dutch Clark Stadium in Pueblo.

Striving for more

Sophomore takes sixth, vows to improve

Don't tell Tara King she should be satisfied with a sixth-place finish just because she's a sophomore and is still learning how to run the 800 meters.

Rural economy; big-box reality

Economic Summit '04 opens Wednesday

Real estate professionals in mountain resort towns should be more concerned with the stock market than with the possibility of a short-term increase in mortgage interest rates, Jeff Thredgold said this week.

Spring building season bodes well

Construction activity heading into summer appears to be steady, continuing an upward trend in business that some contractors and building supply companies say is a big improvement from this time last year.

Townhomes would offer live-work space

If approved, live-work and entry-level townhomes in the planned Majestic Valley subdivision south of Steamboat could be available as early as spring 2005.

In the Gutter wins at battle

"If you're going to mosh, mosh responsibly," pleaded Matthew Craig, industrial arts teacher at Steamboat Springs High School and emcee for Friday night's High School Battle of the Bands in the Steamboat Grand Resort Ballroom. "We don't want anybody smooshed."

Airport study

Economic study to look at benefits of Steamboat airport

The Yampa Valley Airport Commission's newly adopted mission statement makes clear that the commission thinks the Steamboat Springs Airport should remain open well into the future.

Molding artists

Workshop curriculum grows at Ceramic Design Group

Ceramic Design Group isn't just for pot throwers any more.

Routt rates high on livabilty report

Routt County is among the most vital and livable "micropolitan counties" in the Rocky Mountain region, according to the findings of a new study produced by Colorado College.

Luce -- Anderson

Al and Dee Luce of Steamboat Springs announce the engagement and impending marriage of their daughter, Katie Luce, to Nate Anderson, son of Tom and Kay Anderson of Steamboat Springs.


William "Billy" Crosson Jr. of Margate, N.J., died April 26, 2004, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Business briefs

David M. Waite left his position as chief deputy district attorney with the 14th Judicial District on Monday to join the law offices of Ralph A. Cantafio, P.C. The office is at 676 Yampa Ave., in Craig. Waite will begin his new position Monday.

CHS graduating its largest class

Ceremony for 12 seniors is today

There will be mixed emotions for Betty Lockhart today when she watches students in Christian Heritage School's Class of 2004 walk across the auditorium stage and collect their diplomas.

Hayden seniors ready for their commencement

Growing up and attending school in a small town has plenty of advantages -- just ask Hayden High School's graduating seniors.

P'burg railroaders to be honored

When Dutch and Neva Ebaugh were married, their first home was an outfitted boxcar on a spur track.

A world gone mad

I was raised in America during the 1950s. "The Land of the Free." "The Home of the Brave." "Leave it to Beaver." "The Brady Bunch."

Sound off

Do your jobs

Routt County Spotlight: Roberta Gill

Roberta Gill Age: Almost all grown-up! Occupation: Dietitian


Steamboat Springs Steamboat Reservation & Travel 306 Oak Street

Hayden relayers capture second

Tigers' future looking bright

It wasn't the finish the members of Hayden's 400-meter boys relay team had hoped for, but it was good enough to help the team take second at the 2A High School State Track and Field Championships at Dutch Clark Stadium on Saturday.

John F. Russell: State meet brings end to season

For many of the athletes at Dutch Clark and Jefferson County stadiums, the State Track and Field Championships marked the end of the high school season. Football, basketball and wrestling have passed with the chilly weather of fall and winter. This day is fittingly hot -- a sure sign that summer has arrived and another school year is in the bag.


Elmer Paul "Pete" Thiemann passed away May 9, 2004, in his home. He was 94. Pete was born Sept. 10, 1909, in Louisville, Ky., to Herman and Mary Algeier Thiemann. He was the last of 10 children.

BERNICE ST. CLAIR: 1904 -- 2004

Longtime Oak Creek resident Bernice St. Clair died May 6, 2004, at the Doak Walker Care Center. She was 99.

The Record for May 23

2:35 a.m. An officer found a computer and keyboard in the street behind Soda Creek Elementary School.

RUBY LOUISE CORK: 1932 -- 2004

Former Routt County resident Ruby Louise Cork died May 7, 2004, at her home in Craig. She was 71.

Derrick Scott Victor Alicea

Derrick Scott Victor Alicea, son of Chris and Brian Alicea of Steamboat Springs, was born at 5:36 a.m. May 4, 2004. He weighed 6 pounds, 9.5 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. His sibling is Ashlan Alicea. His grandparents are Dean and Charly Denton of Steamboat Springs, and Karen Clark of Tennessee.

Izabell Ann Sanchez

Izabell Ann Sanchez, daughter of Alisha and Gerald Sanchez of Phippsburg, was born at 2:50 p.m. May 15, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19 inches long. Her sibling is Taylor Marie Sanchez. Her grandparents are Bill and Susan Schaffner of Oak Creek, and Ernie and Rosanna of Yampa.

Our View: Lodging tax makes sense

A proposed tax on lodging to pay for airline flight guarantees makes sense and would have direct benefits for the community.

Educators attempt to 'master' agreement

Steamboat Springs School District teachers aren't looking for a fight, just some respect and trust from their employer, Brad Kindred says.

Thanks, Hospice

The family of Ruby L. Cork of Craig and formerly of Oak Creek would like to express sincere thanks and gratitude for the services of all the nurses and nurses' aides at Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice. Your care helped all of us through a sad and difficult time.

Friday, May 21

Athletes focus on performance

For some athletes, the state track and field meet is all about winning. For others, such as Steamboat Springs' Tyler Johnson, success isn't measured by finishing first but by running the way he envisioned.

Hospital buys CT scanner

As Dr. Frederick Jones, diagnostic radiologist at Yampa Valley Medical Center, looks through X-ray images of a patient's trunk on a computer screen, he is visually traveling inside a body to see the patient's spine, kidneys and more.

Briefs for May 22

Fund-raiser held for volunteer going to Africa

Lost hiker found in good condition

Search and Rescue teams found a lost hiker in good condition Thursday night, about four hours after she used her cell phone to report she had gotten turned around on a trail near Clark.

Chronic wasting disease clusters the big question

As state officials release more details on their strategy to deal with chronic wasting disease at the Motherwell Ranch, larger questions loom as to the significance of clusters of animals across the state that have tested positive for the disease.

Learning lessons

Lowell Whiteman conducts community service day

Just two weeks ago, Dustin Surprenant, 17, of Steamboat Springs was making new friends in Africa with his classmates from the Lowell Whiteman School. On Friday morning, he was brought back to Earth, literally, picking up rocks on the out-run of the ski jumps at Howelsen Hill.

Knight's co-worker leaves jail

Toxicology tests on Max Knight, the Steamboat man found dead in a tent near State Bridge on Monday morning, are expected back by next week.

Tigers hoping to get the best of Telluride

The opening day of the 2A High School Track and Field Championships brought good and bad news to the members of Hayden's 400-meter relay team.

The Record for May 22

Thursday, May 20 5:07 a.m. Loud noise from a street sweeper was reported on the 1200 block of 13th Street.

Planners take look at updated regs

The County Planning Commission took a first look at the proposed comprehensive update to the county's zoning and subdivision regulations Thursday night.

A time for no regrets

Jessica Peters is used to pain. But Friday, the Steamboat Springs sophomore decided winning a state title was more important than possibly breaking her left foot.

Rams come out hot at state finals

Not even the late afternoon cloud cover, which dropped temperatures at Dutch Clark Stadium from unbearable to just plain hot, could cool off the red-hot Soroco Ram's track team Friday.

Thursday, May 20

Young musicians showcase their talents

Two years ago, a group of Yampa Valley music teachers put their heads together to create a new performance opportunity for their hundreds of students. The music teachers were looking for a different kind of exposure for their young artists -- something bigger than the separate recitals they were holding.

Thermodynamic heats up Depot

Chance brought them together. A fever gave them an identity.

Sean Murphy ends season with several awards

Steamboat baseball team hands out postseason honors

The Steamboat Springs baseball team ended its 2004 season with a series of postseason awards from the state and the coaching staff.

Bands prepare for battle

High school students from Steamboat Springs and Craig will be rockin' the Steamboat Grand Ballroom tonight during the High School Battle of the Bands. Local groupies can look forward to a strong punk rock and heavy metal presence, according to musical influences cited by members of the seven competing bands.

Autopsy: Knight died of seizure

Max Knight, the man found dead in a tent near State Bridge on Monday morning, died from a seizure caused by either a rare heart condition or toxins in his body, an autopsy report states.

The Record for May 20

5:39 a.m. Loud noise from construction was reported near the intersection of Sky View Lane and Whistler Road.

Ski corp. establishes new fund

The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. has established a new fund to stimulate environmental initiatives and projects in Routt County.

Honor society helps community

Lizzie Stoll wasn't interested in student council; she worried it might not provide her the opportunities to do good deeds for the school and the community.

Briefs for May 21

Lowell Whiteman hosting a rummage sale May 29 The Lowell Whiteman School is holding a rummage sale to benefit the school's foreign travel fund. If weather permits, the benefit will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 29 in the parking lot of the Lowell Whiteman School. In inclement weather, it will be held in the gymnasium. Donations of sporting goods, clothes, household items, books, art work and other goods are needed. Call Margi Missling-Root at 879-1350, ext. 27.

Prepare to laugh at artist's work

Go ahead and "laugh your head off" at Jill Bergman's colorful monoprints.

Nightlife for May 21

Worried Men plays at 9:30 p.m. at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Free. Call 879-3773.

Runners expected to cut corners

After 19 years, it's getting more difficult to find a creative way to win the Hot Springs Shortcut race.

Rae named police captain

Joel Rae has been named captain of the Steamboat Springs Police Department's patrol division. He will replace Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing.

Jennie Lay: Roadside confessions

I have an entertainment confession to make.

No order to build justice center

Routt County no longer has a court order to build a justice center by Sept. 1, 2006.

Motherwell Ranch decision reached

Marking ag department policy shift, entire herd likely won't be killed

State officials are using a new strategy to deal with chronic wasting disease at an elk ranch southwest of Hayden where a bull elk tested positive for the disease early this year.

Wednesday, May 19

City files water right rebuttal

The city has filed a 20-page rebuttal to concerns raised by opponents to its recreational water right filing. The rebuttal, filed with the Colorado Water Conservation Board, is a precursor to the arguments to be heard during a Wednesday hearing on the city's water rights application.

Rams take confidence to Pueblo

During Tuesday's warm-ups, Soroco track coach Gary Heide reminded his athletes there was no time for slacking and complacency because everyone at state will be just as good as the Rams.

Sierra View subdivision gets first OK

The Oak Creek Planning Commission gave its OK to the proposed Sierra View subdivision, contingent on the Town Board's consideration of several issues brought up by residents during Wednesday's meeting.

Speedway opens Saturday

Danny Quinn has no idea what it's like to sit behind the wheel of a racecar, but he's about to find out.

Board, principal agree to survey

Hayden moving closer to all-day kindergarten

An all-day kindergarten program for the Hayden School District is one step closer to fruition.

Sailors set for Jeffco

State track meet kicks off Friday

Becoming a morning person isn't always easy, but Hannah Bowers, Missy Chotvacs, Patricia Henderson and Jessica Peters have learned. As members of Steamboat Springs' 800-meter medley relay team, they have to be at the track early to prepare for the first event of every track meet.

Tigers' eyes on the prize

Young Hayden runners confident heading to state meet

All season, Jesse Drennan, Tyson Letlow, Kenny Gehrman and Evan Hilling have known they would be racing in this weekend's Class 2A State Track Meet in Pueblo.

Close finishes in Cog Run

Hillclimb just a weekend workout for Olympic marathoner

For most runners, the steep climb up Hayden's Cog Road is a demanding jumpstart to the summer running series.

Planners look at Motherwell request

The ranch where a bull elk tested positive for chronic wasting disease in late January is coming before the Routt County Planning Commission tonight to ask for a permit for a recreational resort.

All-day K to be discussed tonight

The future of an all-day kindergarten program for Hayden students should be clearer Wednesday, when Hayden Valley Elementary School Principal Mike Luppes makes his recommendation to the School Board.

Wilson: No evidence of homicide

The Eagle County Sheriff's Office has no intention of pursuing homicide charges against the 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man connected to the death of Max Knight.

The Record for May 20

Tuesday, May 17 12:23 a.m. A suspicious vehicle reportedly was parked next to a vacant house in the 1300 block of Indian Trails. A man reportedly got out of the vehicle and walked around the house. The vehicle was gone when Steamboat Springs Police arrived.

Tigers ready for state

Runners do well at regional meet

With all due respect to the rest of the Class 2A regions statewide, the Hayden track and field team is certain the region it just competed in is the best, particularly on the boys' side.

Tight-knit senior class parts ways next week

Growing up and attending school in a small town has plenty of advantages -- just ask Hayden High School's graduating seniors.

Boys to train with police

Mark Dunn and John Yager want interesting, adrenaline-pumping jobs.

Town cleanup day is Saturday

Hayden residents can get rid of everything from yard waste and old furniture to computers and appliances at the Chamber of Commerce's annual Hayden Cleanup Day on Saturday.


Dalton Eugene Duncan, son of Sarah and Jeff Duncan of Craig, was born at 9:16 p.m. on May 7, 2004. He weighed 7 pounds and 5.5 ounces, and was 19 inches long. His grandparents are Larry and Cheryl Dalton of Craig, and Ken and Mary Duncan of Craig.

Briefs for May 20

Yampa River streamflow rising, still below average The streamflow in the Yampa River at the Fifth Street Bridge in Steamboat Springs was stair-stepping up again at midday Wednesday after dipping to 880 cubic feet per second Saturday. The river was back up to 1,450 cfs overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. The flow remains below the historic average for the date of 1,700 cfs.

Fry makes ballot

Businessman supported by Republicans

Hayden resident Jeff Fry, owner of Bears Ears Excavation Inc., will be on the Republican primary ballot as a candidate for the board of county commissioners; he secured 63 percent of the vote at the Routt County Republican Assembly held May 8.

Balance key to Hayden growth

Achieving fiscally balanced and compact growth while preserving Hayden's small-town charm was the focus of a Town Hall forum Wednesday night -- the second in a series of meetings to revise the town's comprehensive plan.

4-Hers earn back-to-back wins

Like young NBA prospects, some members of Routt County 4-H are being recruited by the pros.

Tuesday, May 18

Council passes big-box rules

The Steamboat Springs City Council adjusted the wording of a big-box ordinance before approving it in the first of two readings Tuesday.

New bank is coming to town

Small chain to open branches in Steamboat, Hayden, Meeker

A subsidiary of a small banking chain in Western Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming has announced plans for branches in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Meeker.

Be a part of the game

Free clinic offered for softball umpires

Three years ago, Steamboat Springs resident Greg Hughey arrived at the softball field looking for a summer job to make some extra cash.

Medical Center finds partner

South Routt facility talks to Yampa Valley Medical Associates

South Routt Medical Center is working on a partnership with Yampa Valley Medical Associates to provide services two days a week at the clinic.

Our view: The parking predicament

The Steamboat Springs City Council finally has found a way to ensure the success of the Stock Bridge Transit Center -- build a justice center downtown without adequate parking.

News in Brief

LIFT-UP Donation Center has moved to Lincoln

County approves P'burg liquor store

Routt County commissioners approved Phippsburg's first retail liquor license Tuesday.

Teacher won't have Montessori experience

The Steamboat Springs School District will ask a teacher without Montessori experience to lead its new program this fall.

Free clinic to address bicycling, coaching

A car is useless without keys, gas or a driver who can operate it.

The Record

Monday, May 17 7:58 a.m. A car window was smashed in the 3000 block of Hiawatha Court. There were no suspects.

Sierra View meeting is tonight

Final plans for the proposed 70-unit Sierra View subdivision will be presented to the Oak Creek Planning Commission tonight.

Autopsy: Knight wasn't strangled

Co-worker's statements conflict with coroner's preliminary report

Max Knight lived to go to concerts. He traveled across the country to listen to jam bands -- Widespread Panic, Phish, the Grateful Dead.

Special sound off: Readers react to front-page photo

We chose to publish a photo on the front page of Tuesday's Steamboat Today that showed Eagle County authorities removing the body of a young Steamboat Springs man who died Sunday night at a campground near State Bridge. This photo shocked and offended some of our readers.

Knight loved music, travel

The night in October 1973 when Susie Hadden delivered a premature baby by emergency Cesarean section two months early, she wasn't certain he would survive the night.

Monday, May 17

Dunham doubly honored

Instructor named Teacher of Year for second time

After nearly 30 years in education, Celia Dunham still learns something new each day. That alone may be the reason why the Strawberry Park Elementary School teacher is still so passionate about her job.

Steamboat man found dead

Man identified as longtime resident Max Knight

Max Knight, 30, a longtime local resident and cook at Mambo Italiano, was found dead in a tent near the State Bridge Lodge on Monday morning.

City to look at big-box ordinance

The Steamboat Springs City Council will get its first look tonight at the ordinance intended to go into effect when a 90-day moratorium on big-box retail expires.

$20 physicals help students, Booster Club

If you've filled your gas tank, shopped at the grocery store or gone to a movie recently, you know $20 doesn't go far in today's world. But this week Dr. Jim Dudley and a group of physicians and physicians' assistants from Steamboat Medical Group will help middle school and high school students stretch their dollars a little farther.

Land-use forums scheduled

Two informational forums are being offered to help South Routt residents understand land-use regulations.

Council to honor WWII veterans

The Steamboat Springs City Council will honor World War II veterans tonight as part of a countrywide celebration of the dedication of the National War World II Memorial.

County tackles funding courts

In an important step toward building a new justice center before a Sept. 1, 2006, court-ordered deadline, county commissioners are expected to choose today underwriting and bond counsel firms for the certificates of participation that will fund the project.

Master contract demanded

Tired of what they call the School Board's failure to live up to negotiated policies, representatives of the Steamboat Springs Education Association demanded a master contract for district employees and extra pay for teachers who spend extra time working on committees.

Cool weather slows runoff

The amount of water flowing through Routt County waterways has dropped significantly in the last seven days, but people who watch the Yampa River on a daily basis aren't ready to say it has reached its seasonal peak.

Sunday, May 16

Choir members to roadtrip

'We actually get to go somewhere and sing,' Dye says

Choir is a family affair in the Steamboat Springs School District. That's one reason why some of the district's middle school students have spent time and energy raising money for a trip they won't go on -- at least not this year.

Briefs for May 17

The National Weather Service is looking for a volunteer weather observer to take and record daily weather readings in Steamboat Springs; specifically, in the area to the northeast of U.S. Highway 40 at an elevation about 6,770 feet.

Historic preservationists recognized

The trains stopped coming to the Steamboat Springs Depot in 1969, and it didn't take long for the old building to fall into disrepair and eventually be condemned.

The Record for May 17

12:39 a.m. A fire alarm sounded in the 3,000 block of Village Drive. Police responded to the scene and determined it to be a false alarm.

Tom Ross: Fox redefines musical realities with 'Idol'

Fallen 'American Idol's dominate television for three consecutive weeknights

Help me comprehend all of this reality TV ruckus. Do I understand correctly that Boston Rob is the sole "Survivor" and now he's going to marry Paula Abdul on a desert island, and they hope to make beautiful music together. What's that? You say I'm confusing two distinctly different TV shows? Good heavens!

Saturday, May 15

First-timer takes Soap Box Derby

Megan Rae sat at the top of Rockies Way in her light blue derby car, wished her opponent good luck and tucked her head. Then she waited for the metal stopper to drop and her car to start rolling.

Running away with the title

Steamboat girls claim first ever 4A regional title

In February, at the beginning of the track and field season, Steamboat Springs coach Andy Reust said he thought his girls team had the talent to win a regional championship.

Pizza shop owners toss in the dough

Taylor family ready to retire; looking for new owners to take reins at Dinty Moore's

When Clare and Charlie Taylor bought Dinty Moore's Pizza in 1996, they added Taylor Made to the name, but tried to keep the recipes and the atmosphere more or less the same.

Jean Fritz: No to median art

I don't think sculptures on the median strip is a good idea. I would think they could be a distraction to drivers, and also what happens when someone plows into them and causes damage? Who will foot the repair bill?

Rams rewrite record books

Five school records fall; Soroco leaves mark in Junction

Go ahead and take a red pen to the Soroco track and field record books because somewhere between Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon the Rams broke five school records by turning the Stocker Stadium surface into their own personal speedway.

Competition tight for Hayden runners

With all due respect to the rest of the Class 2A regions statewide, the Hayden track and field team is certain the region it just competed in is the best, particularly on the boys' side.

Behind the Headlines: What does the zoning update mean?

Chad Phillips (pictured) and John Eastman are staff planners in the Routt County Planning Department.

Water debate rages

Opponents not willing to negotiate with city

When the city of Steamboat Springs goes before the Colorado Water Conservation Board on May 26, it will have both the comfort of history and the threat of the unknown.

Our View: Budget needs to be fixed

State Senate President John Andrews' comments on a possible special session are emblematic of the partisan political stubbornness that brought the legislative session to an end without a plan to address the state's budget woes.

Close finishes in Cog Run

For most runners, the steep climb up Hayden's Cog Road is a demanding jumpstart to the summer running series.

Plan to boost accommodation tax being formulated

A tentative proposal for a 2 percent increase in city accommodation tax is just one piece of what could become a permanent funding solution for year-round air service at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. The other pieces of the funding puzzle are not in place and may not be known for another six weeks, chamber lodging committee members said this week.

Heather Yeager: Teen pregnancy

May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Teen pregnancy can have dire consequences to teen mothers and fathers.

Lessons from a dinosaur

Sara the Safety-Saur-Us stopped in Steamboat to teach kids

Jeff Brown is used to the stares. You could even say the retired firefighter enjoys the attention -- so much so that he'll pull out a video camera and stare right back.

Rafting is good -- for now

Early runoff could mean short season for whitewater businesses

Early spring runoff is creating an excellent month for rafting, but it could mean a short season. The fun rapids are providing memorable experiences for rafters -- what few are around to enjoy them, said Kent Vertrees, owner of rafting company Buggywhips at Blue Sky West.

Lloyd Monger (1916-2004)

Routt County has lost another of its pioneers. Lloyd Phillip Monger peacefully passed away on May 6, 2004, at his home of 57 years on the Lower Elk River. His caring family surrounded him.

Sally J. TeStrake: Pro-choice march

It was an exciting and most memorable occasion to join with my sister and her husband in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, April 25, to walk the National Mall, past the White House and down Pennsylvania Avenue with nearly a million like-minded citizens.

Michele Burns: Support water rights

The city of Steamboat Springs and dedicated river lovers have taken the first step toward protecting the Yampa Valley's water resources and economic opportunities.

Sound off for May 16

I take exception to last Saturday's headline, "Coors enters race as moderate." There is nothing moderate about his platform. Peter Coors is a right-wing conservative, and it is onerous that your paper would attempt to portray him otherwise.

Buff Pass lots offer 'increasingly rare' opportunity

Of six lots left near the top of Buffalo Pass, four 35-acre parcels are being offered for sale.

Steamboat to send trio of boys to state

It was slated to be Tyler O'Leary and the girls, but Steamboat Springs senior Tyler Johnson and sophomore Walker Hammond responded to the regional challenge and placed high enough in their respective events to qualify for next weekend's state meet.

The Record for May 16

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.

Class Notes for May 16

The following individuals living in Routt County completed the requirements for their respective degrees and/or certificates and graduated from the college during a ceremony held April 30:

Buddhists find a new home

New center provides permanent space for growing group

It seems a strange path to enlightenment -- down the long, high-traffic, carpeted hallway of an office building -- but to the members of Steamboat Springs' Buddhist community, it's perfect. And it's home.

Soroco runner has personal best in 1,600

Soroco sophomore Kieran Corrigan picked the perfect time to have the race of his young track life.

South Routt calendar for May 16

The Oak Creek preschool story hour is at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Call 736-8371.

Chadwick builder ready to resume

The developer of a six-story luxury condominium tower across the street from the Steamboat gondola said he expects construction to resume within 60 days. In the meantime, two subcontractors have filed liens against Richard Friedman's Chadwick project.

Claire Ann Hoffman

Claire Ann Hoffman, daughter of Bethany and Barry Hoffman of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:03 p.m. on May 8, 2004. She weighed 8 pounds and 1 ounce, and was 20.5 inches long. Her grandparents are JoAnn and Richard Meaney of Maui, Hawaii, and Linda and Marty Hoffman of Springville, N.Y.

Grace Elissa Schoen

Grace Elissa Schoen, daughter of Dianna and John Schoen of Steamboat Springs, was born at 10:51 p.m. on May 7, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 9 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her grandparents are Roger and Marian Westra, and Ray and Arden Schoen.

Dalton Eugene Duncan

Dalton Eugene Duncan, son of Sarah and Jeff Duncan of Craig, was born at 9:16 p.m. on May 7, 2004. He weighed 7 pounds and 5.5 ounces, and was 19 inches long. His grandparents are Larry and Cheryl Dalton of Craig, and Ken and Mary Duncan of Craig.

Lance Eldridge: The actions of a few

Surprisingly, two important aspects of the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal remain unexplored in the media's lemming rush for higher ratings.

Delta may add Cincinnati flight

Carrier contemplates weekly, nonguaranteed 757

Delta Airlines is considering flying a Boeing 757 between Cincinnati and Yampa Valley Regional Airport next ski season.

Nancy Irene Dillingham

Former Oak Creek resident Nancy Dillingham passed away March 26, 2004, at her home. She was 67.

Friday, May 14

Kindergarten program up in air

The future of an all-day kindergarten program for Hayden students should be clearer Wednesday, when Hayden Valley Elementary School Principal Mike Luppes makes his recommendation to the School Board.

The Record for May 15

Thursday, May 13 1:26 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported at 7-11. A girl called police requesting to talk with an officer, and then the phone was disconnected. Police could not locate the girl.

Briefs for May 15

Volunteers needed for 23rd Steamboat Marathon Volunteers are needed to help June 5 and 6 for the 23rd annual Steamboat Marathon. Volunteers will receive an official event T-shirt and lunch on race day. Call 879-0882, ext. 203.

Impact fees up for discussion

To fund road improvements, emergency services and other necessities in areas such as Stagecoach and Steamboat Lake, the county may implement impact fees. Residents will have a chance to comment on the proposal at a meeting scheduled for Monday evening.

Oak Creek asks for planning volunteers

The town of Oak Creek is asking residents who want to serve on the town's Planning Commission to submit letters of interest so new members can be chosen by June 10.

Steamboat takes off at regionals

Steamboat Springs junior Jennifer Hooper was wondering where Moffat County junior Emily Sperl had gone.

Thursday, May 13

The Record for May 14

Wednesday, May 12 10:16 a.m. A gas skip worth $10.16 was reported at a gas station in the 500 block of South Lincoln Avenue.

Big-box ordinance OK'd

Planning Commission gives first approval to law managing retail growth

The City Planning Commission gave the first nod Thursday to a big-box ordinance that, if approved, would limit any commercial or retail store built south or east of 13th Street to 20,000 square feet.

Mills named to select team

Steamboat Springs freshman Katie Mills was named to the Rocky Mountain Region's High Performance Team this week. As a member of the team, formed in conjunction with USA Volleyball, Mills will represent the RMR at the Volley Classic Tournament to be held July 21 to 24 in Austin, Texas.

City offers to nix garage

If the Routt County Board of Commissioners decides to build a judicial facility downtown, it would not have to put in a parking garage, according to the City Council.

Briefs for May 14

Steamboat Rural Fire district election stays same

Planting a container garden

Window-box and container gardening are exciting ways you can experiment with different plant combinations on a manageable scale while adding blooms and greenery to your surroundings.

Dance instructor needs help

People interested in learning the cowboy cha-cha while helping a longtime dance instructor get back on his feet are invited to attend a benefit for J.W. Morgan at 7 p.m today at the Center for Movement Arts.

Let's Dance students take the stage

After a year of ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop dance classes, students of the Let's Dance studio in Oak Creek will perform at the 11th annual Let's Dance recital.

Regional meet opens

Track teams hoping for fast finishes

Steamboat Springs senior Tyler O'Leary had no plans to graduate this spring. He earned enough credits to leave school after the first semester, but he changed his mind because the coaches at Western State College, where O'Leary is running cross country next fall, had different plans for their recruit.

Telemedicine: Less driving, more help

Residents of rural Northwest Colorado who are dealing with severe mental illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia will soon find it a little easier to get the medicine they need.

Lincoln overlay means weekday traffic delays

Downtown Lincoln Avenue will be restricted to two-lane traffic next week as it gets repaved.

Thundersnow booms, falls over Steamboat

Golfers, bikers, runners and climbers needn't worry. The mixed bag of weather that passed through Routt County on Wednesday and Thursday will quickly yield to higher temperatures and sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service.

Nightlife for May 14

Music Tonight Brewglass Boys plays at 9:30 p.m. at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Free. Call 879-3773.

Bela Fleck to open summer series

The internationally renowned banjo player Bela Fleck will kick off the Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series.

Sailors ready to face off

Lewis-Palmer High School may have an enrollment more than double that of Steamboat Springs High School, but Rangers soccer coach Reid Wiecks said that means nothing at playoff time.

Wednesday, May 12

Oak Creek Planning Commission could change

One in every three or four Oak Creek Planning Commission meetings has to be canceled because not enough planning commissioners show up, Planning Commission Chairman Gerry Greenwood said. He hopes to change that.

Track team has season of records

As coaches for the Steamboat Springs Middle School track and field team, Ken Brenner and Alexa Slaunwhite emphasized the importance of the team aspect of the sport even in individual events.

Water district seeks backup

Upper Yampa asks others to oppose Flattops project

The Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District has indirectly asked five local entities, including the city and the county, to oppose the Flattops Water Company's recent filing for 1,250 acres of return-flow rights.

Caring residents get their hands dirty

More than 100 volunteers participate in Routt County United Way's Day of Caring

Sometimes it is the little things that count. Small jobs such as weeding a garden bed or replacing a light bulb can have a big impact on the lives of senior citizens and the operations of local human-service organizations.

It's all a state of mind

Five tennis players hope to play well in first trip to state

The honor of riding down to the state tennis tournament with country-music lovers John Aragon and Don Toy went to Sailors players Britt DeGroff and Rebecca Timmerman. Well, it was an honor except for the whole country music thing.

4-Hers win judging event

Like young NBA basketball prospects, some members of Routt County 4-H are being recruited by the pros. Business people in the agriculture industry took notice of the Routt County 4-H Livestock Judging Team when it took first place out of 25 teams at the Weld County Livestock Judging Competition on Saturday.

March sales best in 3 years

City sales tax revenues up 2.71 percent from 2003

March was the highest sales-tax generating month the city has seen in three years, despite unseasonably warm weather.

ASC appeals to state Supreme Court

American Skiing Co. on Wednesday officially asked the Colorado Supreme Court to review a decision to reinstate Triple Peaks LLC's lawsuit against the company.

Man arrested after pot found in car

A 19-year-old Steamboat Springs man was charged Wednesday in Routt County Court with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Tuesday, May 11

Bruce Amundson: New leadership

An article in the April 23rd issue of the Steamboat Today reported that the Steamboat Medical Group will soon "pull out of its partnership with the South Routt Medical Center." SMG has been providing clinical coverage and a receptionist through an informal agreement that has allowed them to use the building in exchange for part-time staffing of the clinic.

A moment in time

Second-graders build time capsules to open graduation day

Hayden Valley Elementary School second-graders know what they want to be when they grow up.

Our View: Shaming the United States

Photographs of Iraqi prisoners suffering at the hands of American soldiers are extraordinarily offensive.

Winter rec plan to debut in June

Draft will affect users of Buffalo, Rabbit Ears passes

A draft of a plan that will affect snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and other winter recreation activities in the Buffalo Pass and Rabbit Ears Pass areas likely will be released by the U.S. Forest Service in mid-June.

Lodging group volunteers for tax

The Steamboat Springs lodging community has agreed to impose upon itself a 2-percent accommodation tax, 1 percent of which would go toward supporting a year-round flight program.

November ballot develops

After the recent Republican and Democratic county assemblies, the list of candidates for the November ballot is shaping up. District 1 incumbent Nancy Stahoviak, a Republican, and District 2 incumbent Doug Monger, a Democrat, will be on their respective primary ballots. Jeff Fry, a Republican running for the District 2 seat, also will be on his party's primary ballot after receiving 63 percent of the vote at Saturday's Republican assembly.

Intersection landscaping upsets property owners

Earlier this week, a bulldozer began spreading the piles of dirt left behind from the realignment of Third Street, Poplar Street and Breeze Basin Boulevard. To many this was an aesthetic relief. To others, it was not.

O'Leary, Hooper join Steamboat state field

Expectations for the Steamboat Springs girls track and field team must be high when a second-place finish at the largest meet of the season is a little disappointing.

Soroco boys run away with league title

The Soroco boys track and field team surprised few people when it won the Western Slope League championship running away.

Dwight Murphy: Fiebing brings professionalism, humor

I am writing in regards to the resignation of Art Fiebing as the Steamboat Springs assistant police chief. I have had the privilege of knowing Art for the past 10 years. I am saddened by his resignation and more so because I cannot be in Steamboat to see him off. But also because he will be gone upon my return in one year.

Residents are invited to speak at basin roundtable

Members of the public are invited to comment today at a meeting in Craig that is part of a statewide effort to forecast future water needs and identify ways to meet those needs.

School district revises its districts

Revised boundaries for the Steamboat Springs School District's five director districts won't affect its current School Board members or student placement, but will bring the school system into compliance with state law.

Water vendors worry city

The City Council does not want more water vendors in town, fearing they could set a dangerous precedent. The decision came during an almost three-hour discussion on water issues at Tuesday night's council meeting.

The Police Blotter for May 12

Wednesday, May 5 3:08 p.m. A broken window was reported at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Police determined the window had been broken from the inside, possibly because of heat.

Dr. Arthur Houk: Disagreement

In the commentary page of our Steamboat Today newspaper on Dec.14, 2002, Paul Krugman and Bob Herbert of the New York Times News Service, write in an uncomplimentary way about Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC.

CSAP scores earn state recognition

Hayden Elementary School third-graders have accomplished something unique to third-graders in the Yampa Valley.

Store offers antique, unique

New business carries home furnishings and collectibles

People who want to furnish their homes on a budget -- or find rare Perry Como records and antique tea sets -- now have a place to go in Hayden.

James Michael Sena Sr.: 1959- 2004

Former Hayden resident James Michael Sena Sr. passed away April 18, 2004. He was 44.

Hayden athletes set records at league meet

The Hayden girls and boys track squads each placed fourth out of 11 teams at the Western Slope League meet held Saturday in Kremmling.

Monday, May 10

Early irrigation portends dry season

Unseasonably warm May temperatures have reservoir managers scratching their heads while farmers and ranchers turn on the irrigation water early.

Volunteer group wants to beautify median

From sculptures to trees, five conceptual drawing City Council will see for ways to improve a 1.8-mile stretch of median on U.S. Highway 40 range the beautification gamut.

P'burg water project put out to bid

Routt County is seeking bids for the construction of a new Phippsburg water treatment building this week after Routt County formally buying the property for it Friday.

Vehicular homicide plea made

A 20-year-old Eagle County man pleaded guilty Monday to vehicular homicide and driving while ability impaired for a June 29 accident that killed a 24-year-old Gypsum man.

Officials ask for beetle comments

After six years of relatively stability, the mountain pine beetle population in the Gore Pass area increased roughly 20-fold last summer. If nothing is done in the next five years, impacts from the beetles could be very severe, U.S. Forest Service representative Andy Cadenhead said.

Landowner looks for help

A longtime Steamboat Springs resident who agreed last year to sell his land to the school district is now asking for its help in relocating his family home.

Sunday, May 9

Briefs for May 10

Steamboat Springs man arrested on DUI charges A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on charges of driving under the influence after driving his vehicle off the road and over an embankment Saturday morning.

Water topics up for discussion

The list of water items slated for discussion at Tuesday night's City Council meeting could turn up the heat on issues that already have placed the city into hot water.

The Record for May 10

Saturday, May 8 1:34 a.m. A one-vehicle accident was reported on Fish Creek Falls Road. A person was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Tom Ross: Are you my mother?

A brief survey of the history of Mother's Day

Are you my mother? I didn't think so. Did you call your mother yesterday to wish her happy Mother's Day? I hope so.

Soap Box Derby, activities set for Saturday

Activities targeted for middle school children will be offered at this year's Youth in Motion event Saturday.

Saturday, May 8

Wetland permit in process

West-of-town justice center opponents say permit only 1 problem

Nothing catches the eye at the propsed site of the county's new justice center adjacent to the county jail.

Eat ice cream -- it's for a cause

South Routt students to sell handmade bowls filled with sundaes Tuesday

Brandon Allen, a senior at Soroco High School, tried making clay pots in eighth grade.

Veteran pilot takes leadership role with Mountain Flight Service

Darren Zehner made the transition from flying Boeing 757's out of New York's John F. Kennedy Airport to driving a yellow International school bus in Hayden and considered it a step up. Now, he's found a way to get back in the cockpit and remain in his hometown of Hayden. He couldn't be happier.

Session closes

Taylor, White have mixed feelings on accomplishments

State Sen. Jack Taylor walked out of the state Capitol late Tuesday night with his head hanging low.

Area plan has long road ahead

As city and county officials approved the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan Update on Monday, it was with a sigh of relief after two years of work, controversial decision-making and more than 130 public meetings.

James Michael Sena Sr.:1959-2004

Former Hayden resident James Michael Sena Sr. passed away April 18, 2004. He was 44.

Mike Smith: Clarifying KSBP

As a teacher who has worked on the Knowledge and Skills Based Pay evaluation and the multi-year compensation committees, I would like to clarify several misconceptions in your Wednesday editorial.

Republicans choose Fry, Stahoviak at county assembly; Marchus not on ballot

Former Routt County Building Chief Mark Marchus will not be on the Republican primary ballot as a county commissioner candidate; he received only 27 percent of the vote at Saturday's Routt County Republican Assembly.

So long, Longmont

Defense key in Sailors' triumph

When Kirsten Ryan moved to Steamboat Springs from California before her freshman year, she came with the intention of playing in net and on the field.

No place like home

Lacrosse team wins 2nd game at Gardner

Maybe the Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team should get to play at home more often.

Behind the Headlines: Donna Howell: What happened, what's next for KSBP?

Q. Voters approved a couple of years ago a $773,000 tax increase to help pay teacher salaries as needed for the Knowledge and Skills Based Pay system. What happened to those funds and why aren't they sufficient to fully fund KSBP?

Briefs for May 9

Liz Falcone named to ASU dean's list Liz Falcone, a 2003 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, made the dean's list at Arizona State University for the fall semester of 2003. Falcone, a freshman, is a nursing and biology major. She is the daughter of Judy Wiesner.

Sound Off for May 9

It is difficult to justify a $4 million clubhouse and tying up a tax for so many years to serve a few residents and many non-residents. The city should build a large indoor recreational facility such as APEX in Arvada. This facility would serve the community with indoor swimming, gym, workout facilities, a kids club and activities for families year round. Maybe more families would come to Steamboat to use this fitness facility than the few who come to play golf.

John Whittum: Object to a giveaway

With the administration's current energy bill stalled again in the Senate, the oil and gas industry is seeking to grab another $2 billion in tax credits through passage of the upcoming JOBS Act, to which a rider, "Section 29," is attached, that gives most of that money to the coalbed methane companies. The energy group hopes the Senate will pass this bill because its primary purpose is jobs creation.

Bill Whittemore: New OT rules wrong

I want to let you know what President George W. Bush did to all American workers during the evening of Monday, April 19.

Scott Wedel: Voters understood

The 2002 election campaign regarding the bonds for the justice center included fliers posted across the county arguing against the bond measure, noting the cost of building it downtown and, in particular, the cost of the parking garage.

The Record for May 9

Saturday, May 1 Scott Earl Cruson, 24, Oak Creek -- Driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving (Colorado State Patrol). Jasper Dwayne Grubbs, 19, Hayden -- Fugitive of justice (Hayden Police Department)

Carlyle V. Perry Jr.: 1950-2004

Former Steamboat Springs resident Carlyle V. Perry passed away May 4, 2004, in Columbus, Ohio. He was 53.

Michael J. Moody: Michael J. Moody

Former Steamboat Springs resident Michael J. Moody died April 30, 2004. He was 52. Michael was born July 25, 1951, in Lockney, Texas, to Kenneth W. and Viola Peel Moody.


James Dougherty Ent. 350 Oak Street Owner/Contractor Tenant Finish $16,900

Real Estgate Transactions April 27-May 3


Business news in Brief for May 9

Steamboat Springs photographer Karen Schulman placed three images among 18 winning photographs in the 12th annual American Society of Media Photographers Colorado Photo competition. Schulman's images, which are part of a series of Polaroid manipulations, were published in Advertising and Marketing Review, and included the cover image.

Judy Duncan: Enforcement overkill

On my daily drive to work at 25 mph through the Sanctuary on Steamboat Boulevard, I ran the stop sign and was pulled over by two police officers.

Calendar for May 9

Monday, May 10 n The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Preschool story hour is at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. For more information, call Wendy at 736-8371 or 638-4654.

Salvaging timber

Bonn turns beetle-infested trees into valuable wood products

Joe Bonn has found a business model that allows his clients to rid their property of beetle-infested conifers and recoup a little money in the process.

'Most rewarding thing out there'

Students find satisfaction in Partners program

Alicia Belford, like many high school juniors, doesn't have a lot of spare time.

Our View: Update is a tool to be used wisely

The update of the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan is complete.

Awesome views and stunning amenities offered at Fox Haven

The Chrisman family can watch almost any activity on Mount Werner without leaving their living room.

Anglers Retreat progressing

Subdivison on Fish Creek has been well received by buyers

In 2001, developers and engineers began investigating a way to build a subdivision that while inside city limits, felt like it was in the backcountry.

Friday, May 7

Stagecoach woman seeks District 1 seat

On Friday, Stagecoach resident Bea Westwater became the third person to announce candidacy for South Routt's District 1 county commissioner seat.

Briefs for May 8

Fish Creek was pumping at three times its typical streamflow for the date late this week, helping to propel the Yampa River in downtown Steamboat Springs close to 1,600 cubic feet per second overnight Thursday into Friday.

Sailors still in the hunt

Five Steamboat tennis players in regional finals

The Steamboat Springs girls tennis team is still in the running for a regional championship. One singles player and two doubles teams are in the finals, to be played today in Grand Junction.

A fresh look at tourism

Economic Summit 2004 to be held May 26, 27

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and the Economic Development Council will ask the community to contemplate redefining the notion of tourism during Economic Summit 2004, to be held May 26 and 27 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

School district still faces budget cuts

Steamboat Springs School District officials are in the process of determining additional spending cuts to present a balanced preliminary budget to the School Board later this month.

Landscape upsets property owners

Earlier this week, a bulldozer began spreading the piles of dirt left behind from the realignment of Third Street, Poplar Street and Breeze Basin Boulevard. To many, this was an aesthetic relief. To others, it was not.

Hayden High awarded $45K

School's technology program draws Steamboat students

Hayden High School's welding technology and automotive mechanics classes are getting a $44,500 boost from a trio of grants awarded during the past couple of weeks.

Hunter's trial set for Sept. 13

Man charged with killing lifelong friend pleads innocent

A four-day trial for a 44-year-old Wisconsin man charged with criminally negligent homicide has been set for Sept. 13.

Trial set in attempted murder case

A 36-year-old Steamboat Springs man charged with second-degree attempted murder and second-degree kidnapping will go to trial Oct. 25.

The Record for May 8

2:26 a.m. A 19-year-old man was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and being a minor in possession of alcohol. He was pulled over near the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and Hilltop Parkway.

County hopefuls to gather

Republican assembly to be held today

Four Republican county commissioner candidates, two for each open seat, will discuss their views and goals at the Routt County Republicans County Assembly today.

Rippy makes campaign stop

Republican aims to take Scott McInnis' Congressional seat

Congressional candidate Gregg Rippy stopped in Steamboat Springs on Friday morning as part of a whirlwind tour of the western half of the expansive 3rd Congressional District.

Thursday, May 6

Autumn Phillips: Goodbye -- for now

There's a movie starring Richard Gere that opens with him in a bar, throwing darts and watching his column deadline rush toward him on a nearby clock.

Cabaret gets political

Be careful what you ask for

Feel free to sing along and hope that the song gets stuck in your head. Otherwise, you'll be late, late, late as your old habits drive you straight to the dark and empty Depot Art Center.

Brief Points for May 7

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is seeking new members for its Visual Arts Committee. Committee members are expected to be involved in all aspects of exhibit production, participate in focus groups to enhance existing visual arts programming and attend quarterly meetings. The council is looking for people who have ideas for exhibits or visual arts programs at the Depot Art Center and are willing to make them happen. Call Beth Banning at 879-9008 or e-mail The deadline is Monday.

Learn about wood's many uses

Billions of beetles are eating through spruce and pine trees in Routt County, while serious drought is leaving other trees parched.

Diving right in

Special Olympians ready to compete in Craig

Jaimee Sexton is already nervous. The aquatic competitions at the Special Olympics Colorado-Western Area Summer Games begin Saturday in Craig, and this year's competition will be the South Routt swimmer's first attempt at such an event.

Students work past snags

Lindsay Koehler has a long repertoire to describe how she is feeling the week "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" is set to open.

The Record for May 7

9:50 a.m. A complaint was made that someone could be sleeping in the upstairs portion of a building in the 1900 block of 13th Street, which would violate city code.

Police to address domestic violence

Domestic violence might occur behind closed doors, but it only takes a look at the number of victims helped by Advocates Against Battering and Abused to know the crime exists in Steamboat Springs.

Locals still support troops

But televised photographs don't sit well with residents

There are few people more patriotic than Marci Valicenti. She spent a recent family vacation at Ground Zero in New York City and, for the past six months, spent a lot of her free time gathering and mailing gifts for the troops in Iraq.

Wanted: Montessori teacher

School district struggles to find experienced candidate

Recruiting teachers to the Yampa Valley doesn't tend to be difficult for the Steamboat Springs School District, but finding qualified candidates to lead its new Montessori program is proving harder than usual.

Growing up, starting to mellow

The four members of Mum's Cowboy grew up together in Winter Park and became a band in order to write their high school's graduation song, "Vincent Sandy," for the Class of 2000.

Briefs for May 7

The streamflow in the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs surged back to historic average this week, peaking above 1,200 cubic feet per second Thursday.

Proposed liquor store sparks debate

For the 79 years Louise Iacovetto has lived in Phippsburg, the tiny town with a big railroading history has never had a liquor store.

Nightlife for May 7

Kip Strean plays from 8 to 11 p.m. at Geeks Garage, 730 Lincoln Ave. All ages. $5. Call 879-2976.

Builders propose 23 units at Eagleridge

A 23-unit townhome project is being proposed in the Eagleridge subdivision near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Wednesday, May 5

Kien to run for county commissioner

Oak Creek resident Mike Kien has announced his candidacy for the Routt County Commission's District I seat.

EPYCS to grant $40,000

Five area high schools participate in philanthropy program

Students from five area high schools will present $40,000 today to local nonprofits that each school thinks is most worthy of financial assistance.

Council to hold trailer meeting

For months, Bobbi Hodge has been on a tireless, one-woman crusade, repeatedly appearing before the City Council to urge it to look at a more stringent mobile-home ordinance.

State tennis berths on line this weekend

The Steamboat Springs girls tennis team will go after its first regional title when play opens at the two-day tournament in Grand Junction on Friday.

Peewee wrestlers wrap up season

In the past six weeks, Kindergarten wrestler Cole Higgins has set the standard for Peewee wrestling in Steamboat.

Water election brings three new faces

For the third election in a row, no incumbents were re-elected to the Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District board of directors.

Hayden earns CSAP honor

District is first locally to top 90% for three consecutive years

Hayden Elementary School third-graders have accomplished something unique to third-graders in the Yampa Valley.

Woman pleads guilty to theft

Ex-employee must repay more than $7,000 stolen from Go-Fer

A former Go-Fer Foods employee pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing more than $7,000 from the convenience store.

DA: Prison in best interest of unborn child

A 21-year-old Kremmling woman was sentenced to one year in prison for violating bail bond conditions under a plea agreement the district attorney said was in the best interest of her unborn child.

The Record for May 6

7:12 a.m. A dispute between neighbors was reported in the 1500 block of Meadow Lane. A Steamboat Springs Police officer was called to talk to the neighbors.

Fund Board talks real estate

Members debate purchase of N. Routt Community Charter School

Speculative real estate has made fortunes for some and bankrupted others.

Sailors seal opener

Steamboat triumphs over Englewood in home debut

Turns out bad habits are hard to break, but all the nasty tendencies the Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team picked up by spending weeks practicing in a gym are starting to wear off.

Briefs for May 6

Two Steamboat Springs boys were arrested last week, suspected of being involved in church vandalism that occurred more than a year ago.

Tuesday, May 4

Council OKs extra ski jump funding

The City Council agreed to pitch in $144,000 to help upgrade the Howelsen Hill ski jumps. The money will make up the difference between what the Colorado Ski Heritage Project had raised in donations and a new estimate of the project's cost.

Legislators pursue tourism funding

Northwest Colorado's representatives at the state Legislature are confident they will have permanent new funding for tourism promotion in place by tonight.

Students' interests on display

Open house highlights high school program

The list seems endless. Fashion shows, music recordings, film production, tennis and basketball tournaments, auto shows, car manuals, picture books and nature kiosks. And it goes on.

Gary headed to California

Hannah Gary was rewarded for her academic and athletic reputation when she signed a national letter of intent Tuesday to play volleyball for the University of California at San Diego next fall.

Fire board members maintain their seats

All incumbents on the Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek fire protection district boards of directors were re-elected Tuesday, a signal that the boards are doing a good job, they said.

Briefs for May 5

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Steamboat Springs High School. The play is directed and produced by Lia Kozatch and Lyndsey Koehler. Tickets are on sale for $5 at All That Jazz, Celebrations and Off The Beaten Path Bookstore. All profits will benefit the Animal Assistance League. Call 846-2244.

City, county partner on plan

Goal is $10.75M grant to protect Yampa River landscape

Routt County will join the city as a co-applicant requesting a $10.75 million grant to help protect the Yampa River landscape in the Steamboat Springs area.

Steamboat celebrates National Day of Prayer

At noon Thursday, people across the country will gather at flagpoles to pray. Routt County residents will be among those with heads bowed during the 53rd annual National Day of Prayer.

The Record for May 5

12:19 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 700 block of Pine Street. A loud group of people was going in and out of a house. A citation was issued.

First cycling meeting tonight

Tom Davis is ready to return to the world of road racing and wants to bring interested cyclists with him.

Sweeping W. Slope

Soccer team undefeated in league play again

Twenty-four. That number took on new meaning for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team Tuesday night at Dudley Field. The Sailors capped another perfect season in the Western Slope Conference with a 7-2 win over second-place Battle Mountain. It was the squad's 24th straight league victory for a team that went 13-1-1 overall this season.

Monday, May 3

Steamboat dominates Delta

The Steamboat Spring High school girls soccer team is 10-0 in league play this season, the undisputed champion of the Western Slope for the second year and already assured of a home playoff game Saturday.

Marchus sues county

Ex-building official claims his due process rights were violated

Mark Marchus, ex-chief building official, has filed a civil case against Routt County challenging the county's decision to fire him and stating the county has violated his Constitutional right of due process.

City, county OK area plan update

After four hours of fast-paced discussions and public comment Monday night, city and county elected officials unanimously approved the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan Update.

Soroco leads way in CSAP

100 percent of third-graders score proficient or better in reading test

It's difficult to improve upon 100 percent, but that's exactly the challenge South Routt Elementary School Principal Troy Zabel and his staff will face next year.

Teachers: KSBP is dead

The Knowledge and Skills-Based Pay system died Monday night -- at least in the eyes of a couple of the teachers who've spent years working on it.

Base project goes to council

Steamboat Springs City Council will hear a proposal to develop six duplexes and four triplexes near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area during its regularly scheduled meeting tonight.

County to update zoning regulations

For the first time since 1972, Routt County has a proposed comprehensive update to its zoning and subdivision regulations. Over the past 30 years, more than 50 amendments have been made to the regulations.

Sunday, May 2

Register for summer camp Thursday

Ginny Glass knows the summers can get boring for local children, especially those with working parents.

How nonprofits get donations

Workshop to teach organizations to receive lifelong donations

When people feel like they are part of your organization, they are more likely to give donations. That's the simple message Sharon Ervine of Raising More Money will present May 14 as she walks nonprofit organizations through a systematic model for cultivating lifelong donors.

The Record for May 3

12:14 a.m. A fight reportedly was in progress in the 1800 block of Steamboat Blvd.

Briefs for May 3

"SKILLS," Supporting Kids In Learning Life Skills, a six-hour training session open to parents, child-care providers and others who work with children ages 8 and younger, will be offered by the Colorado Family Education, Resources and Training Institute. The class will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Colorado Mountain College's Bogue Hall Room 300 and registration is $15. Topics include neurobiological, social and emotional development; age-appropriate activities, limit-setting and coping strategies, and fostering assets and resilience. Call Deb Alpe at 879-0825 or Sharyl Ritschel at 879-7330.

Stallions paraded Sunday

Horse owners check out studs at Saddle Mountain Ranch

According to the textbooks, evolution may be a matter of survival of the fittest, but in the world of horse breeding, beauty can keep you alive just as long.

Emergency status lowered

Hospital CEO: Quality of care won't change

Yampa Valley Medical Center has informed the Colorado Department of Public Health it will give up its status as a "Level 3" trauma center and step down to the Level 4 designation. However, hospital CEO Karl Gills offered assurances this week the change in the status of the emergency department will not have a negative impact on patient care.

Tom Ross: Even on vacation, I just can't stop taking notes

While driving home from Oregon last month, I saw Steamboat in other small towns

Driving homeward through Idaho last month, I realized that I was under a curse. No, not the Steamboat Springs curse, though I suffer from that one, too. This one is more specific to the trade in which I labor. After you have worked as a newspaper reporter for more than two decades, it becomes impossible to stop taking notes -- even when you are on vacation. Now that's a curse.

Saturday, May 1

It's a kids' thing

Strings in the Mountains' Youth Touring Program teaches and entertains

The group of first-graders rushed to the stage and surrounded musician John Fisher last week.

Building costs soaring

Steel, lumber prices have risen 50 to 70 percent in past year

China's economy is heating up -- and the indirect result is an increase in the cost of building a home in Routt County.

Will Hayden boom bust?

Thousands of new homes are planned, but existing units are selling slowly

It's happening in Basalt. It already happened in the Eagle Valley.

Caroline Rose McLaughlin

Caroline Rose McLaughlin, daughter of Lauren and Donald McLaughlin of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:20 p.m. on April 21, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 9 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her sibling is Cosette McLaughlin. Her grandparents are Sylvia Gemmill of St. Augustine, Fla., John Beversluis of Indianapolis, Ind., and Donald and Mary McLaughlin of Ramsey, N.J.

Taking the leap of faith

Women searching for those perfect jobs decide to create them for themselves

Tamara Bereznak moved to Oak Creek with her husband in 1977 and started working at a ski shop in Steamboat Springs.

An oasis

When the weekend hits and the weather doesn't cooperate with your plans, hop in the car and head west for a mud-season getaway to Utah

The weather forecast indicates the temperature will just get into the 60s in Steamboat Springs today, and that makes residents gaze west to the red rock canyons of southeastern Utah for a mud-season getaway.

Real Estate Transactions for April 19-26


Hayden boom slow to take off

It's happening in Basalt. It already happened in the Eagle Valley. Following the trend of small towns near ski resorts, Hayden is now beginning to see people moving its way. Hayden is being eyed for major growth with several subdivision proposals, including a major 2,000-home, golf-course development. Some say a population explosion is imminent, while others are unconvinced.

Waiting for W. Nile

Routt County bracing for disease's outbreak

West Nile Virus was detected in 2,947 people in Colorado last year -- by far more cases than in any other state.

In the service for May 2

Army Reserve Pvt. Andrew S. Bixby has graduated from the heavy-wheeled vehicle mechanic advanced individual training course at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Our View: URP deserves consideration

Surely there will be critics of the new Urban Renewal Plan proposed by a group of business leaders to improve the area near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area. But we would challenge those critics with a simple question -- what's the alternative?

Hands-on experience, high school credit

On Friday, the hoods were up and a crowd was gathering.

New life for old base area?

Urban Renewal Authority sought to fund improvements

Amidst the tangle of buildings and strange street intersections at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, there is no truer ski-in, ski-out condominium project than the Thunderhead Lodge. Yet, its owners hope to demolish it in favor of a more contemporary building some day.

Van Fletcher: No to raising taxes

As I understand it, the city government has asked voters to approve a city property tax -- not once but twice -- in past elections. Both times, the voters turned down the requests. Some voters remembered the city promised not to promote a property tax if voters approved an additional sales tax in the early 1990s. Now, the city has formed a committee to help determine how they can obtain more revenue or reintroduce a city property tax again.

Steamboat sees record-setting first-quarter median sales

The first quarter of 2004 marked a record high median price for real estate sales in the area covered by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service.

Building Transactions for April 19-26


Rob, Denise and Kirt Whitney: Thank you for Rob

We wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped us through Rob Whitney's encounter with cancer.

Routt County Spotlight: Debbie Gooding

Debbie Gooding Age: 51 Occupation: Director of Admission and Student Services at Lowell Whiteman Primary School

Cassidy Dru Wall

Cassidy Dru Wall, daughter of Kelda Combs Wall and Michael Wall of Steamboat Springs, was born at 9:55 p.m. on April 23, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces and was 20.75 inches long. Her sibling is Tatum Combs Wall. Her grandparents are Marian and David Combs of Steamboat Springs, and Mary and Elmer Wall of Omaha, Neb.

Business briefs for May 2

Erik Preusse, who has served as the investor relations and media relations officer for American Skiing Co., has left the company.

Dan R. DeLacy: Having it backward

The Routt County Board of Commissioners recently has suggested using the old downtown courthouse for county offices and constructing a new (less prestigious) building to house courtrooms in the light industrial area at the west end of town.

Briefs for May 2

Student to attend national conference Steamboat Springs

Long day, fast finishes

Records broken at 10-hour Clint Wells Invitational

It isn't uncommon for Soroco track coach Gary Heide to be rendered speechless by the1,600-meter relay team. But on Saturday, he was so nervous after watching the quartet of Trevor Ellis, Kory Babcock, Carl Remick and Andy deGanahl run that he couldn't do simple math.

Luther Leon Wilson (1923-2004)

Yampa resident Luther Leon Wilson died March 29, 2004. He was 80.

The Record for May 2

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.

Democrats gather for assembly

At the Routt County Democratic Party's county assembly Saturday, local liberals continued to show their support for the Salazar brothers' Congressional campaigns.

Voters return to polls

Oak Creek race brings up

Two years after voters in the Oak Creek Fire Protection District doubled a property tax that supports the district, they will return to the polls to choose three board members from four candidates.

Lynne Heilbron: 'Passion' letters

Mr. Blau, What I wrote concerning the film "The Passion of the Christ" (March 3, 2004) is certainly not "dangerous" unless you draw lines where none exist. I look beyond the conspiring high priests, the spineless Pontius Pilate, the cruel Roman soldiers and all in the crowd yelling, "Crucify him," those who happened to be living at that time.

Business news in brief for May 2, 2004

Erik Preusse, who has served as the investor relations and media relations officer for American Skiing Co., has left the company. Senior financial analyst David Hirasawa has assumed responsibility for those functions.

Steamboat enjoys record-setting first-quarter sales

The first quarter of 2004 marked a record high median price for real estate sales in the area covered by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service.

Sound off for May 2

Construction to resume Rising prices in steel and other materials caused the developer and general contractor to value engineers and subsequently renegotiate their construction contract. This being accomplished, it is expected that construction will resume about May 15.

Building costs soaring

Lumber, steel prices drive cost of construction up

China's economy is heating up -- and the indirect result is an increase in the cost of building a home in Routt County. The industrialization of the world's most populace country is demanding more and more steel, causing precipitous cost increases in the international marketplace. Suddenly, everything from 16-penny nails to sheets of corrugated roofing material cost 50 percent to even 70 percent more than they did in 2003.

John F. Russell: It's about more than ski jumps

Ever stop for a moment and wonder what Steamboat Springs would have been like without the likes of Carl Howelsen or the jumps that are named after him?