Stories for February 2006

Subscribe

Tuesday, February 28

Our View: Walking the line

The U.S. Forest Service is right to step up efforts to educate snowmobilers about new boundary regulations in the Routt National Forest.

Hayden Valley Press grabs awards

The Hayden Valley Press won seven first-place awards at the Colorado Press Association Convention. The awards were presented Saturday during a ceremony at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver.

Eighth-graders above .500

Paul Draper, coach of Steamboat Springs Middle School's eighth-grade girls basketball team, thinks of the sport as a balancing act.

On the way up

Dierdorff, Ladley on USASA team

Mick Dierdorff and Matt Ladley are two of North America's top young snowboarders.

Sailors succumb

Steamboat downed by illness, injury, Indians

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team fell victim to bad timing last weekend. After playing its best ball of the season Feb. 17 and 18 in road wins at Rifle and Glenwood Springs, the Sailors succumbed to injuries and illness in the opening-round of the state tournament Friday.

Helping adults help youths

Workshop will focus on encouraging children to succeed

The Routt County Human Resource Coalition on Thursday will present an informational session for community members about encouraging youths.

News in brief for March 1

Teens on Tour program outing March 10 and 11 The city of Steamboat Springs' Teens on Tour program is holding its next outing March 10 and 11, when teens will take a shuttle to Denver. In Denver, they will shop at Colorado Mills mall, eat dinner at Fat City and have the opportunity to play laser tag, bumper cars, roller skate, bowl or play miniature golf, among other activities. On March 11, the teens will swim in the hotel pool and visit the Denver Aquarium.

From Stockholm to Steamboat

Swedish students visit for three weeks through exchange

Oskar Nygren walked carefully -- with jittery, dancing steps -- down a hallway Tuesday at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Sean P. Colgan: Olympic whiner

Todd Lodwick's comments denigrating his teammate on the Nordic combined squad were despicable. Apparently, Lodwick has learned nothing in his four Olympic teams about sportsmanship. Unfortunately, he is just another professional Olympic whiner.

The Record for March 1

Monday, Feb. 27 1:11 a.m. Someone reported a suspicious-looking vehicle in the 800 block of Dougherty Road.

Pamela Burwell: Stop wasting money

Until recently, I had assumed the City Council was a fair and unbiased body that was interested in upholding legal standards previous councils had implemented. After a year of watching continuing building moratoriums placed on targeted property at the request of a minority of vociferous neighbors with personal agendas, I begin to wonder.

New planning employee sets goals

When he was selecting his next job, Brian Berndt looked all over the West.

Chamber may hand off events

Volunteers on the Hayden Chamber Association are "burned out" and there is no consistency or tangible organization to the group, according to minutes from the Feb. 21 meeting.

County assessor wants planning job

A vacancy on the Hayden Town Planning Commission soon may be filled.

Changing the way we vote

New machines will eliminate paper ballots, traditional polling places

Routt County is one step closer to changing the way people vote. The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to purchase 34 new voting machines from HART Intercivic.

Lender to get most in auction

Textron Financial will claim 85 percent of Grand proceeds

When the remaining ownership fractions in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel go up for auction March 18, Textron Financial Corp. will claim 85 percent of the gross proceeds.

Fund Board to set budget

Amount will determine education spending from sales tax

Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board members will have money on their minds tonight.

Seventh-graders finish third in league

With limited experience and a more limited schedule, Steamboat Springs Middle School's seventh-grade basketball team feels as if it's playing catch-up.

Seniors, bring your input Friday

Planners interested in ideas about community center

Hayden seniors should bring their imaginations at noon Friday at The Haven Assisted Living Center to let planners know how they would like to use a new community center.

Monday, February 27

Forums will focus on change

Yampa Valley Partners hosting series dealing with growth

Yampa Valley Partners is hosting a series of forums aimed at helping the Yampa Valley deal with changes brought on by growth.

Briefs for Feb. 28

Human resources policies workshop at noon Thursday The Nonprofit Excellence Project is hosting a workshop on human resources policies for nonprofit organizations from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday in the Crawford Room of Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. The workshop is free, but participants must RSVP; to do so, call Winnie DelliQuadri at 871-8257 or e-mail her at wdelliquadri@ steamboatsprings.net.

The Record for Feb. 28

Sunday, Feb. 26 2:03 a.m. A person reported noise and music coming from a house with a large group of people gathered outside in the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle.

Boy survives snowslide

Three-year-old buried for four to eight minutes

A 3-year-old boy was buried for several minutes Monday beneath three feet of snow that fell off a roof at The Lowell Whiteman School.

Welcome back, teachers

Staff lounge renovated during break

Staff at Strawberry Park Elementary School may have a hard time forgetting that winter break is over.

Rural schools to air views

Caucus will get 10 minutes before education board

Paula Stephenson will have to get a lot out of 10 minutes.

Alpiner Lodge sold for $2.2M

Remodeling anticipated in spring after developers buy motel

A family-owned Branson, Mo., company has purchased the Alpiner Lodge in downtown Steamboat Springs for $2.2 million.

Sunday, February 26

Tom Ross: Deal or no deal? You bet your Olympic medal

Winter Games could learn a few things from reality television

The Olympic flame had barely been extinguished in Torino, and desperate NBC executives had already begun scheming how to give the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver some of the appeal of reality TV.

Officials warn about phone scam

Routt County officials are warning residents to be wary of calls in which telemarketers sell pesticides.

John F. Russell: My words taste good

Journalists don't just cover the Winter Olympics -- they live them

I still remember the first thing I said to my wife when I got back from Salt Lake City in 2002 after covering the Winter Olympics for the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Parking violators targeted

People with outstanding tickets could face repercussions

Outstanding parking ticket holders, beware. The city of Steamboat Springs is targeting people who are on its "scofflaw list," which includes the names of those who have three or more unpaid parking tickets. A "scofflaw" is someone who habitually violates laws.

Saturday, February 25

Life is a highway

Just watch out for the bus drivers

It's snowing lightly on a winding mountain road somewhere between Cesana and Oulx, Italy, as I make my way -- by bus -- back to my hotel after another day of covering Nordic combined skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Our View: Political posturing on immigration

Marc Holtzman last week became the latest politician to grandstand about illegal immigration. Holtzman, a Republican candidate for governor, gave a stump speech Wednesday in Steamboat Springs in which he praised the work of the volunteer Minutemen on the border between the U.S. and Mexico, said illegal immigration has created a state of emergency in Colorado, decried the hundreds of millions of dollars the 400,000 illegal immigrants are costing the state and fretted that our insecure border would allow Mideast terrorists to "shave their beards" and enter the U.S.

Pilot & Today wins fourth straight excellence award

The Steamboat Pilot & Today won the General Excellence Award on Saturday as the state's top newspaper in its circulation category.

John F. Russell:The gold standard, sans medal

It wasn't the ending Todd Lodwick deserved. What he deserved would have been taken straight from the plot of a Walt Disney movie, with Lodwick coming from behind in the final 50 meters of the Nordic combined sprint to win gold. Finland's Hannu Manninen would have been right on his heels.

Nordic combined team turns the page

Lodwick, coach look past skiing

For more than 12 years, Todd Lodwick has refused to let the U.S. Nordic combined team fail. "We can all be struggling, and Todd is the guy who can wake up in the morning, get pissed off and go out and kick some butt," teammate Bill Demong said. "I realize that it is time for one of us, or both of us, or all of us, to step up and do that for ourselves."

Riding through winter

The first thing a novice rider notices about winter horseback riding is the silence.

Moving on

Olympian Caroline Lalive recovering from skiing accident

Caroline Lalive's nightmare began Jan. 25, when she heard a pop and found her left kneecap halfway up her thigh. Sitting in shock on the side of a downhill course in Cortina, Italy, Lalive thought about her childhood dream -- an Olympic gold medal.

Election may decide school funding

A national organization is asking Coloradans again to make a weighty decision about how the state should spend money on K-12 education.

Ritter visits voters

Candidate stops in city to build Democratic base

The greatest threat to the environment would be Gov. Bill Owens and President Bush working together.

Small steps in a global effort

Expert emphasizes individual, community work to reduce energy use

Renewable energy and appeasing gas-guzzling Americans are hot issues -- apparently hot enough to trigger the Olympian Hall fire alarm after Randy Udall's talk Saturday night.

Time flies in the not-so-friendly skies

Mesa CEO angry over assertions about on-time flights, service

A dispute about Mesa Airlines' United Express service to and from Yampa Valley Regional Airport doesn't appear to be going away.

Madeline Merrifield, 1913-2006

Former Steamboat Springs resident Madeline Merrifield died Feb. 16, 2006, in Longmont. She was 93.

Alice Keith Welles, 1926-2006

Former Steamboat Springs resident Alice Keith Welles died Feb. 19, 2006, in Greenwood Village. She was 80.

Jane Bonnie Dulin Jane Bonnie Dulin, 1931-2006

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Jane Bonnie Dulin passed away Feb. 16, 2006, in Steamboat. She was 74.

Hats of a different color

Yampa resident taps creative side to start her own business

She's lived in Yampa for three and a half years, but Karen Tussey still gets emotional when she tells the story about what first brought her to the quiet South Routt town and what she saw when she got there.

Learning to take a stand

Hayden Middle School students present History Day projects

Given a little freedom, it's often amazing what students can come up with.

Routt County Spotlight: Maggie Berglund

Age: 31 Occupation: Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley staff member Place of birth: Nashville, Tenn.

Real Estate transactions for Feb. 24

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer ORNARE, RENEE TO SAGER, GEORGE A. FOR PROJECT I & II THS SECOND REPLAT SEC 6-T3N-R84W SW1/4SW1/4 -- $296,500

Building permits for Feb. 26

L. HOLLAND/A. DEL GUERCIO 41735 ASPEN HOLLOW LANE CRYSTAL PEAK COMBINED SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE $243,494

A niche at the mountain's base

Chadwick Estates will have 16 luxury homes in development

Construction of the first single-family luxury home development of its kind continues near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area adjacent to Burgess Creek.

Business briefs for Feb. 26

Regional forum at Carpenter Ranch On March 9, Yampa Valley Partners will host the first of several forums aimed at developing a strong, focused and flexible approach to the challenges brought by growth in the Yampa Valley.

Heart of Steamboat

Downtown leaders question cookie-cutter businesses

Local business leaders are actively weighing the proper balance of formula stores and independent retailers and restaurateurs in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Friday, February 24

Time runs out on Tigers

Grand Valley escapes with 40-39 win in district game

The Hayden boys basketball team had a list of things it had to accomplish if it hoped to upset Grand Valley in Friday's district tournament game.

Sailor girls end season with loss to Summit

If they were going to go out, the Steamboat Springs Sailor girls basketball players wanted to be able to say they gave their best effort.

Yet another adjustment for Mayer

Travis Mayer's skiing career has been predicated on his ability to make adjustments.

Building a career in building

TIC offers summer camp to teach youths about construction

At some summer camps, children and teens learn how to build s'mores. At the Summer Construction Institute put on by The Indust�--rial Company, or TIC, teens learn how to build careers in the construction industry.

Pilot named best newspaper of its size

The Steamboat Pilot & Today won 20 awards, including General Excellence, at the annual Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters banquet on Friday night at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver.

Transit director heads to D.C.

Krawzoff lobbies Congress to fund Colorado transportation

A city of Steamboat Springs official recently took a trip to Washington, D.C., to lobby Congress for more funding for transportation in Colorado.

Woman cuts hair for charity

Resident parts with seven years' growth for Locks of Love

For the past seven and a half years, Amanda Halder never cut her hair beyond a simple trim. She was in middle school the last time her hair was chin-length.

Visitors keep pouring in

Strong season expected to continue into the weekend

Visitors continue to flock to Steamboat Springs this winter, and this weekend will be no exception.

Thursday, February 23

'Garage band' emerges

Local rockers In-Cog-Nito release debut CD

Stringed instruments of all kinds hang on the walls and lie on the floor. Recording equipment, amps and speakers are piled in corners, topped with crushed Coors cans beneath vintage concert posters and a hip-swinging Elvis cutout.

Music calendar for Feb. 24

Tonight ¤ Steve Boynton When: 4 to 7 p.m. Where: Chaps in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free Call: 871-5500

Police: Drug deal nets six arrests

Suspected methamphetamine transaction involved armed robbery

Two Craig men were arrested Wednesday night after they used a gun to rob a Steamboat Springs man of 10 grams of methamphetamine, police said.

On Scene for Feb. 24

Center of the universe Trudging through snow on the slopes of Howelsen Hill on Sunday with a camera slung over my shoulder, I saw children everywhere.

Nordic Junior Olympic team diverse

It will be a mix of event veterans and rookies when the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club J2 Junior Olympic Team travels to the Northeast.

Arts calendar for Feb. 24

Art opportunities ¤ The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is accepting entries for "The Printed Image," a national juried printmaking exhibition, juried by Susan Hover Oehme, master printer and director of Riverhouse Editions.

Unlock your inner performer

Residents participate in 34th annual Steamboat Dance Theater show

The Steamboat Dance Theater has allowed local men and women to unlock their inner performers for more than three decades.

Jugglers, not clowns

New venue to host juggling, music show

Steamboat Springs audiences will get a free taste of vaudeville Saturday night, when the Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater hosts an evening of dazzling juggling interspersed with musical sets of jazz, funk and classic rock.

Briefs for Feb. 24

Humane Society offering $30 off spayings, neuterings The Routt County Humane Society is promoting Tuesday's Spay Day USA with $30 discounts on pet spayings and neuterings. A limited number of slots are available, and the Humane Society encourages pet owners to call their veterinarian to schedule an appointment. People who qualify as low-income can receive additional discounts. Call 879-RCHS.

The Record for Feb. 24

9:24 a.m. A Florida woman reported that her purse was stolen at a business in the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue. The woman told police she had about $1,000 in her purse, making the theft a felony. A report was taken.

Last laps on the ski loop

Hayden students finish cross-country program

Young voices carry far on packed snow.

Forest service cites riders

Officers remind area snowmobilers to remain in-bounds

U.S. Forest Service officers cited about 20 snowmobilers, warned 75 others and attempted to serve six arrest warrants to those who were caught violating new boundary regulations on Rabbit Ears and Buffalo passes last weekend.

Residents assist hurricane victims

Local groups donate crops, manpower to help livestock owners

Several Routt County residents are planning trips to the Gulf Coast to help people and livestock affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Staff picks for Feb. 24

Tonight ¤ Performance by rock, blues, funk, punk jam band Hard Poor Corn When: 10:30 p.m.

Winter Sports Club skiers off to nationals

Five Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine skiers qualified for next month's 2006 J2 National Championships.

Oak Creek questions police presence

The recent funeral of a longtime Oak Creek resident has caused many residents to feel as if police were targeting Oak Creek residents during and after the funeral.

Expo focuses on environment

If you're feeling green, two environment-focused events today and Saturday could satisfy your itch.

Base-area lodge evacuated for fire

The Eagle Creek Lodge near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area was evacuated Thursday afternoon after a fire broke out in a third-floor condominium.

Taking the edge off

Gorgone, Shaw fail to make parallel giant slalom final, but stay upbeat

Luckily for Johanna Shaw, it was hard to stay upset when there were a couple of goofy Italian guys at the bottom of the women's parallel giant slalom course who were wearing top hats and funny tuxedos and waiting to take a picture with her.

Fletcher ignores pressure, grabs bronze

American snowboarder Rosey Fletcher seemed on track to win a gold medal Thursday in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd at the Melezet Ski Area in Bardonecchia, Italy. But she insists she wasn't thinking about the final result.

Sailors on high

Steamboat plays Montrose fresh off two road wins

In retrospect, the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team probably didn't need to beat Rifle and Glenwood Springs on the road to make the 2006 4A Men's State Tournament.

Wednesday, February 22

CMC hosts championships

Skiers will use See Me, Concentration for slalom competition

The U.S. Collegiate Ski As�--�--sociation's Western Regional Championships will take place on the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area this weekend.

Skiers unite in hopes of Nordic gold

Optimism abounds for U.S. combined athletes

The 2006 Olympics have come down to one competitive jump and a 7.5-kilometer race for the members of the United States Nordic combined team.

Alborn goes airborne again

Special jumper overcomes injury, makes Olympic return

A love of flying brought Alan Alborn back to the ski jumping hills after leaving the sport in 2004. It has been hard work that helped him climb back to the top of the American team after a knee injury last season nearly ended his jumping career.

Olympics wrap up for special jumpers

Clint Jones and Alan Alborn wrapped up their Olympic experience Monday night with strong individual efforts in the special jumping team event.

Alborn only American jumper to survive cut

It will not take gold, silver or bronze to put a smile on Alan Alborn's face today in Pragelato. He is just hoping for two good jumps.

All abroad for Olympics

Local families provide home away from home for athletes

They come dressed in red, white and blue, and the minute Steamboat Springs ski jumper Tommy Schwall slides onto the start bar, they begin chanting, cheering and waving flags.

Lodwick's career at end

Steamboat star finishes final Olympics without medal

In his mind, Todd Lodwick has been on an Olympic podium 100 times. But on Tuesday, the goal he has chased since he first strapped into a pair of jumping skis eluded him a final time.

Women's aerial event postponed

Jana Lindsey was ready to ski Sunday night at the top of the aerial hill in Sauze d'Oulx. But the falling snow wouldn't cooperate.

St. Onge learns from Turin experience

Former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier gunning for Vancouver in 2010

Practice makes perfect. At least that's what The Lowell Whiteman School graduate Ryan St. Onge was saying to himself after failing to make the finals of the Olympic men's aerial event Monday night in Sauze d'Oulx, Italy.

Riders gear up

Local snowboarders competing in men's giant parallel slalom

Canadian Philippe Berube is trying to look at Wednesday's parallel giant slalom in Bardonecchia, Italy, as simply another opportunity to race.

John F. Russell: How to order pizza in Italian

It's 10 p.m. in the Pizzeria Birreria Ristorante just across the street from the train station in Bardonecchia, Italy, and I'm starving.

Holtzman declares 'emergency'

GOP candidate wants tighter borders, tougher immigration laws

Marc Holtzman does not mince words about illegal immigration.

Public art board gets good review from City Council

Group would oversee city funds for projects

The Steamboat Springs City Council has given the go-ahead for the formation of a public art board.

Town Board to hire treasurer

Oak Creek expected to approve interim employee tonight

The Oak Creek Town Board will officially hire an interim treasurer and appoint election judges during its meeting tonight.

Routt County Crime Stoppers

The Steamboat Springs Police Department wants to question Jose Garcia Ramos regarding an incident that occurred Jan. 7. Ramos is thought to be a 24-year-old Hispanic man who stands about 5-foot-4 and weighs about 145 pounds. He has dark hair and eyes. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Garcia Ramos, call Routt County Crime Stoppers at (970) 870-6226.

Homegrown beef for sale

Rancher uses 4-H calves for his all-natural beef

Homegrown natural beef could soon find its way into Yampa Valley freezers.

Resident's dad to appear on CBS News

Jack Weil, 104, is thought to be oldest active CEO in U.S.

A lesser man might have retired decades ago, but not Jack Weil. The 104-year-old still punches in every day at his business, Rockmount Ranch Wear of Denver.

More green to play greens

City approves small increases to Haymaker user fees

Golfers who use the Haymaker Golf Course will have to pay a little more to play this season.

Steamboat Pentathlon turns 15

The Steamboat Pentathlon celebrates its 15th birthday this year.

Scott Stanford: Seeking fairness in crime reporting

The most common request I get as editor is to withhold names from the arrest report published every Sunday in the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Mader 'not typical' in Noram wins

Steamboat Springs' Cate�--rina Mader wasted no time making a name for herself on the national freestyle skiing scene.

An Olympic dream fulfilled

Tyler Jewell's hopes met at Turin -- just by competing in games

Tyler Jewell knew long before he stepped into the starting gate that Wednesday would not be an ordinary day. "It's been a very difficult road, and that's what makes it so special to be here now," Jewell said. "If everything had happened so easily, this would just be another day ... I followed my heart through thick and thin, and it all worked out."

Tuesday, February 21

Walgreens developers present changes

Developers of a proposed Walgreens pharmacy presented tweaks to their plan to the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday.

'Festus' in race for mayor again

Richard "Festus" Hagins wants to be Hayden's next mayor -- again.

Briefs for Feb. 22

Karrie Littman resigned from her position as Oak Creek's treasurer last week.

Little League changes age guidelines

The Steamboat Springs Little League Association has created new age divisions for the upcoming season to promote balanced competition among 13- and 14-year-old players. It also established a new 15- and 16-year-old team. The new 13- to 14-year-old age group (junior league) has been established to allow players to continue to develop skills before entering the senior league (15- and 16-year-olds). Age divisions will consist of senior league (15-16), junior league (13-14), major league (11-12) and minor league (9-10).

Six skiers headed to Junior Olympics

The U.S. Senior Nationals Cross-Country Skiing Champ�--ionships is the elite competition for special Nordic skiers within the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Olympics wrap up for special jumpers

Clint Jones and Alan Alborn wrapped up their Olympic experience Monday night with strong individual efforts in the special jumping team event.

Going, going, gone

Sanctuary home sells for $1.3M at absolute auction

It wasn't a Presidents Day sale, but about a dozen bargain hunters had their sights set on a good deal Tuesday. Eleven people bid on a 4,600-square-foot house in the Sanctuary subdivision during an absolute auction Tuesday in Steamboat Springs.

Stagecoach to see bigger water bills

The Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water & Sanitation District will bill customers on a tiered block rate instead of a base rate.

Pit proposal gets first OK

Gravel production increase may depend on nearby trees

The operators of the Camilletti Milner gravel pit are one step closer to boosting production at their pit 11 miles west of Steamboat Springs.

Snowy winters mean dangerous railroad crossings

Take it slow over the train tracks. Although that sounds like a common-sense statement, a review of vehicle-train collisions on Routt County railroad crossings throughout the past 30 years shows that most of the collisions occurred during winters such as this one, when snow or fog, darkness and freezing temperatures are prevalent.

Inclusionary zoning OK'd

Developers required to make 15% of residential units affordable

From now on, developers whose residential projects are approved in Steamboat Springs will have to provide affordable housing within the city limits.

Tigers set sights on nemesis

Hayden eyes rematch with Grand Valley

After a 54-35 win against West Grand on Saturday, the Hayden High School boys basketball team will get another crack at Grand Valley, the team that handed the Tigers three of their five losses this season.

Lodwick's career at end

Steamboat star finishes final Olympics without medal

In his mind, Todd Lodwick has been on an Olympic podium 100 times. But on Tuesday, the goal he has chased since he first strapped into a pair of jumping skis eluded him a final time.

Can Twigbucket keep his gold?

Veteran director stages melodrama at Steamboat Mountain Theater

Booing, hissing and general catcalling will be encouraged Thursday night, when Steamboat Mountain Theater hosts the melodrama, "The Secret of Yonder Mountain."

Timothy Maxwell: Why Walgreens?

The Today asserts that Walgreens should be approved for the simple fact that the developers have successfully negotiated the "big-box" ordinance review and done as the Steamboat Springs City Council asked. In short, the Today is arguing that because the developer correctly checked off the boxes of the planning process, thus empowering the City Council to have it built "our way," then it should get the thumbs up.

Our View: Tipping our hat to Todd Lodwick

Todd Lodwick's Nordic combined career came to an end Tuesday in Italy when he finished ninth in the sprint event. Like so many times before, Lodwick finished ahead of every other American but short of his elusive goal -- an Olympic medal.

Lupo's reopens, Levelz remains closed

The Levelz nightclub remained closed Tuesday, two days after it was evacuated because of suspected structural problems. Lupo's, the bar underneath Levelz, reopened Tuesday night.

Ski Corp. sues ex-employee

Man says allegations that he gave illegal lessons are untrue

The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is suing a former employee who officials think has been teaching ski lessons illegally since he was fired from Ski Corp. in 2001.

The Record for Feb. 22

11:26 a.m. A man on the Yampa River Core Trail reported two cars parked on the trail blocking the path. The man told police he had seen people sledding in the area and said the cars might belong to the sledders.The sledders and cars were gone when officers arrived.

Hayden residents New Orleans bound

In March, five members of the Hayden Congregational Church will head to New Orleans to assist in Hurricane Katrina disaster recovery efforts.

Monday, February 20

Riders gear up

Local snowboarders competing in men's parallel giant slalom

Canadian Philippe Berube is trying to look at Wednesday's parallel giant slalom in Bardonecchia, Italy, as simply another opportunity to race.

St. Onge learns from Turin Olympic Games

Former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier gunning for Vancouver in 2010

Practice makes perfect.

Local skier named to Junior World team

Marsh Gooding came a step closer to realizing his goal of making the U.S. Alpine Ski Team on Sunday, when he was named to the 2006 U.S. Alpine Junior World Championships team.

The Record for Feb. 21

Sunday, Feb. 19 12:23 a.m. Police and firefighters responded to a report of a building with structural damage in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. Two bars were evacuated.

Hayden students take science to next level

Six Hayden Middle School students could be at the start of something big.

TV show to be filmed here

Project New Wave, a Colorado Springs-based production company, will shoot the first episode of its new TV series in Steamboat Springs.

GOP takes stand

Immigration bills to be heard today

Call it a day in court for immigration law.

Two bars closed indefinitely

Structural engineers to inspect Lupo's, Levelz building today

Two popular nightspots in Ski Time Square will remain closed until structural engineers can inspect the building they share and necessary repairs are made.

City looks at housing rules

Developers may be required to include affordable options

Affordable housing could become a requirement in Steamboat Springs tonight.

Sunday, February 19

Sea Dogs hit the slopes

Soda Creek Elementary School fundraiser earns $1,500

Some campaign promises do come true. Keegan Weekslynn, a fifth-grader at Soda Creek Elementary School, told his schoolmates in November that if they elected him president of student council, the school would have a skiing and snowboarding fundraiser in the winter.

Skiers unite in hopes of Nordic gold

The 2006 Olympics have come down to one competitive jump and a 7.5-kilometer race for the members of the United States Nordic combined team.

Women's aerial event postponed

Jana Lindsey was ready to ski Sunday night at the top of the aerial hill in Sauze d'Oulx. But the falling snow wouldn't cooperate.

The Record for Feb. 18

12:43 a.m. A man reported a fight in progress in the 500 block of Ore House Plaza. Police were unable to locate any of the parties involved.

News in brief for Feb. 21

Winter Sports Club holds Tuesday night jumping The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Tuesday Night Recreational Jumping series is Tuesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. through March 7. Registration is from 5:30 to 6 p.m. on jumping nights.

Tom Ross: Snowblower repairman is everyone's best friend

Steamboat Springs man measuring life one small engine at a time

Jim Pavlik is one of the most popular people in Steamboat Springs this winter. By my count, he has more than 1,000 good friends who depend heavily on him. Yet, he carries their burdens easily and always has a smile on his face.

Airport seeks new partnership

Yampa Valley looking to break relationship with Mesa Airlines

Community leaders in Northwest Colorado are seeking an estrangement from Mesa Air-lines and are courting SkyWest.

City handles record crowds

Airport, law officers say weekend ran smoothly

Fourteen thousand extra people apparently is just another winter day in Steamboat Springs.

Saturday, February 18

Oak Creek utility worker honored

Stan Gale earns Colorado Water Operator of the Year award

While most people look forward to driving home after a long day at work, Stan Gale looks forward to walking 20 feet from his office to the door of his motor home.

Bueford E. Huffstetler (1917-2006)

Former Yampa resident Bueford Eugene Huffstetler died Feb. 14, 2006. He was 88.

Betty More (1926-2006)

Former Steamboat Springs resident Elizabeth L. (Betty) Wright More passed away Feb. 10, 2006, at the home of her daughter, Teresa Pollard, in Silt. She was 79.

Mary Lenore Ball (1931-2006)

Former Hayden resident Mary Lenore Ball passed away Feb. 8, 2006, at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas. She was 75.

Tigers advance after beating Mustangs

After a 54-35 win against West Grand on Saturday, the Hayden basketball team might get another crack at Grand Valley, the team that handed the Tigers three of their five losses this season.

John F. Russell: How to order pizza in Italian

It's 10 p.m. in the Pizzeria Birreria Ristorante just across the street from the train station in Bardonecchia, Italy, and I'm starving.

Soroco brings home silver, bronze

The wrestling legacy of the Iacovetto family at Soroco High School is now one wrestler deeper.

Rule must be done right

The Steamboat Springs City Council is weighing one of the most important documents in recent history -- the inclusionary zoning ordinance.

Sound Off for Feb. 19

Should the city rename the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge?

Bringing the Steamboat dream in reach

City Council poised to approve a major affordable housing ordinance

Willie Samuelson and his wife, Debbie Duncan, were having such a hard time finding an affordable house in Steamboat Springs that they almost moved away.

Alborn goes airborne again

Special jumper overcomes injury, makes Olympic return

A love of flying brought Alan Alborn back to the ski jumping hills after leaving the sport in 2004. It has been hard work that helped him climb back to the top of the American team after a knee injury last season nearly ended his jumping career.

House majority leader makes Steamboat stop

Alice Madden meant what she said. A Democrat from Boulder, Madden is the majority leader in the state House of Representatives. When she announced Wednesday that she will not run for governor to replace term-limited Bill Owens -- ending speculation that heated up after Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper decided not to run two weeks ago -- Madden cited a need to spend time with her family as a reason for the decision.

Rolling blackout hits area

Bitter cold forces Xcel to reset power grid

A shortage of natural gas forced Xcel Energy to impose controlled outages early Saturday in Steamboat Springs and other communities across the state.

All abroad for Olympics

Local families provide home away from home for athletes

They come dressed in red, white and blue, and the minute Steamboat Springs ski jumper Tommy Schwall slides onto the start bar, they begin chanting, cheering and waving flags.

The Record for Feb. 19

Friday, Feb. 17 12:15 a.m. A woman in the 1300 block of Walton Creek Road reported a large group of people screaming and possibly fighting. When officers arrived, the people were gone.

Mustering clusters

Third-grade students participate in hands-on group learning

Tomorrow afternoon, third-graders at Soda Creek Elementary School might think something is missing.

Hot Topic: How much security is too much?

With all the joys of travel that the Teen Style staff described for this month's issue, it seemed only natural to talk about what can be one of vacation's biggest hassles: airport security checks.

Lily Grace Frinks

Lily Grace Frinks, daughter of Alison and Russell Frinks of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:10 p.m. Feb. 9, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 8 ounces and was 19 inches long. Her grandparents are Sue Fraser and Geoffrey Henson of Kirkby Mallory, United Kingdom; and Donna Frinks and Marshall Frinks of Tallahassee, Fla.

Alpenglow construction to begin

Most of retail, residential space already taken in downtown development

Demolition of the Nite's Rest motel is expected to begin in the next month to make way for a 33,500-square-foot multiuse building and six townhomes.

Business briefs for Feb. 19

Hoostal named bank's investment sales manager

Developers eager to begin

Wildhorse Meadows could add 600 residential units within 10 years

The developer of 600 planned residential units near the Steamboat Ski Area base would like to begin site preparation in Wildhorse Meadows by late summer.

Transactions for Feb. 4 to 13

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer DETTWILER, RICHARD A. AND DETTWILER, JUDITH A. TO MANLEY, WILLIAM S. FOR CRAWFORD ADD TO SS W1/2 LOT 35, ALL OF LOTS 36, 37 & 38, BLOCK 4 - $650,000

Friday, February 17

Morrison man in fair condition

Craig resident died Thursday in accident near Hayden

A 36-year-old Morrison man was listed in fair condition Friday afternoon after he reportedly fell asleep while driving near Hayden on Thursday. The resulting accident killed a Craig man.

Schmid back at school

Former principal signs on as substitute

The students brought him back. Dave Schmid, former principal at Steamboat Springs High School, has returned to the public school system as a substitute teacher. The Steamboat Springs School Board hired Schmid during its Monday meeting, and he already has taught shop class at the high school for one day.

Proud in defeat

Sailors wrestlers out of state tourney

Andy Morell and Houston Mader walked off the mats at the Colorado State Wrestling Championships with their heads down after going two and out.

Simmons misses finals

Steamboat boardercross racer's medal hopes fade

Erin Simmons tried to put on her game face as she talked with reporters after the second round of qualifying in the women's Olympic snowboardcross event Friday, but she could not hide her disappointment.

Tigers' weaknesses exposed

On Friday night, Coy Letlow and Tim Taylor were lying on their backs within several feet of each other, taking deep breaths with shirts over their heads. Within five minutes, the two Hayden wrestlers ended their season at the Colorado State Wrestling Championships.

Alborn only American jumper to survive cut

It will not take gold, silver or bronze to put a smile on Alan Alborn's face today in Pragelato. He is just hoping for two good jumps.

Steamboat hosts 14,000 guests

Steamboat Springs' prep cooks were up bright and early this morning to prepare for one of the busiest tourism days in the past decade.

Simmons misses finals

The Record for Feb. 18

Thursday, Feb. 16 4:39 a.m. A person in the 200 block of Old Fish Creek Falls Road reported a loud group of people partying and fighting. When officers contacted the group, they cited two people for underage drinking and arrested two 20-year-old men on failure to appear warrants.

Briefs for Feb. 18

Nonprofit Excellence Project hosts roundtable The Nonprofit Excellence Project is hosting a free funders roundtable from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. Participants will hear from local funding agencies about their grant and loan-funding programs, and will have the opportunity to discuss a potential loan- or grant-funded project or program. To RSVP, or for more information, call Winnie Delliquadri at 871-8257 or e-mail wdelliquadri@steamboatsprings.net.

Sales tax revenue increases

Big snows and a green summer brought the bucks to Steam�--boat Springs last year.

North Routt school charting the future

During a school year characterized by an increase in student enrollment, a new teacher and a new yurt, North Routt Community Charter School officials are beginning to plan for the future.

Carmen Louise Anarella

Carmen Louise Anarella, daughter of Kate Krautkramer and John Anarella of Yampa, was born at 6:01 a.m. Feb. 9, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 12 ounces and was 21 inches long. Her siblings are Sarvis and Truman Anarella. Her grandparents are Bob and Cathy Krautkramer of Steamboat Springs and Carol Anarella of Rochester, N.Y.

TV Olympics schedule

TV Olympics schedule Today NBC 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- Women's cross country relay final; men's biathlon pursuit final; men's hockey USA vs. Slovakia (LIVE); momen's short track speed skating 1,500 meter semifinals.

Woman dies in crash near Kremmling

Steamboat resident sustains minor injuries in vehicle collision

A Silverthorne woman died and a Steamboat Springs man sustained minor injuries Thursday morning when their cars collided about nine miles south of Kremmling.

Thursday, February 16

Education board weighs money swap

Next year, Steamboat Springs education sales tax could be used more directly to pay for smaller class sizes.

County lists 2006 priorities

Online services, airport plan are at the top of agenda

Creating online services and drafting a plan to improve the airport are among county officials' top objectives for 2006.

Iacovetto, Schlegel win openers

The mats smelled of fresh disinfectant when Soroco freshman Justin Iacovetto stepped into the center circle for his opening match at the 2006 Colorado State Wrestling Championships.

Nordic combined team fails to break through

Americans ski to seventh place

Headed into the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, the biggest question about the U.S. Nordic Combined team was how competitive it could be in the team event.

Lodwick vents frustration

4-time Olympian says teammate 'dragged down' U.S. squad

Steamboat Springs native Todd Lodwick, competing in his fourth and final Olympics, vented his frustrations Thursday after the U.S. finished a disappointing seventh in the Nordic combined team competition.

Staff Picks for Feb. 17

Tonight ¤ Comedic drama "Shirley Valentine" Where: The Paradigm Theater, 116 Main St. in Oak Creek When: Show begins at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, and Feb. 24 and 25 Tickets: $10, purchase in advance at Bonfiglio Drug in Oak Creek or at the door. Call: 846-5137

Melinda Mawdsley: The scenic route

Table legs. That is the affectionate moniker my three best girlfriends and I were given in high school.

Middle-aged drama combines humor, truth

Nina Rogers discovered Shirley Valentine on a whim. Rogers was performing with a troupe in Steamboat Springs when she ordered a variety of scripts in hopes of finding a play that would spice up the group's performances.

Check your coat for this show

A truly legendary front man and a front man who -- at least for now -- just calls himself legendary will share a Steamboat Springs stage Monday night.

On Scene for Feb. 17

As a recent Steamboat transplant, this was my first Winter Carnival. I didn't catch as much of the events as I would have liked, but in some ways, I saw all that I needed Saturday morning.

In blink of an eye, Simmons is out

Steamboat snowboarder just misses quarterfinals cuts

Erin Simmons tried to put on her game face as she talked with reporters after the second round of qualifying in the women's Olympic snowboardcross event Friday, but she could not hide her disappointment.

Hayden prepares for celebration

Town's 100th birthday marked with stamp, fireworks display

Final plans are being made to celebrate and pay tribute to the town of Hayden, which will turn 100 years old March 13.

Benefit, silent auction honor Milner man

Bill Doyne remembers Ron Ellis as more than Milner's "Mayberry repair man."

'Crafting the Earth'

Native American Masterpieces from the Pleasant Collection

The elegant design of the Pima woven basket, with its repeating lizard design, is stunning at first glance. But it takes a deeper understanding of the skills that went into the creation of the basket to fully appreciate it as a work of art.

Arts Calendar for Feb. 17

¤ An artist's reception with Thomas D. Mangelsen is from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Images of Nature Gallery, 730 Lincoln Ave., in downtown Steamboat Springs. The reception will feature collections of work from Mangelsen's trips to Antarctica and Alaska as well as photos from the Rocky Mountains, the Tetons and the Hudson Bay area in Canada. Mangelsen also will talk about some of his most recent travels. Call 871-1822.

Frozen in time

The emotions Sandy Phillips has gone through during the past eight months are now cast in bronze.

Airport upgrades parking, service

The airline traveler emerged from the passenger terminal, spied the official emblem on the door of David Ruppel's car and waved to get his attention.

Man killed in head-on crash

A Craig man died and a Morrison man was seriously injured Thursday when two trucks collided near Hayden.

Steamboat wrestlers first for school in four years

There, amid a sea of maroons, blues, blacks and golds were Steamboat Springs wrestlers Andy Morell and Houston Mader.

Tiger trio falls in first round

Hayden wrestlers Haskins, Letlow, Taylor in consolations at state tournament

Sitting in the top row of section 120, Hayden wrestlers Isaac Haskins, Coy Letlow and Tim Taylor sat and waited.

Virus 'a good-sized epidemic'

Doctors report explosion in local RSV cases

It's a great time of year to wash your hands. Winter is the season for influenza, the common cold and RSV, a related illness that, if unchecked, can be very harmful to infants and toddlers.

Briefs for Feb. 17

Hayden High School is holding parent-teacher conferences from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 276-3761.

Preschool decision delayed

South Routt School Board will choose a site in April

The South Routt School Board plans to select a site for the South Routt Early Learning Center in April.

Music Calendar for Feb. 17

¤ Steve Boynton When: 4 to 7 p.m. Where: Chaps in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free Call: 871-5500

Wednesday, February 15

Winter Olympics TV schedule

Today NBC 3-4 p.m. -- Women's 10K final; Women's speed skating team pursuit; men's speed skating team pursuit. 7 to 11 p.m. -- Men's figure skating free skate final; men's snowboardcross final; women's speed skating team pursuit final; men's speed skating team pursuit final; women's skeleton final.

Scott Stanford: Back in the saddle

Last fall, I headed to Texas. I thought I was going home -- back to the place where people dress like I dress and talk like I talk, y'all.

Team event postponed by weather

High winds prompted Oly�--mpic officials to postpone the Nordic combined team event after the first round of competition Wednesday afternoon.

Mayer turns in his turns

Steamboat freestyle skier ends career without another medal

Four Americans qualified for Wednesday night's freestyle skiing mogul finals at the Sauze d'Oulx venue, but there would not be a golden finish for any of them, including Steamboat Springs' Travis Mayer.

Nordic combined team struggles, finishes seventh

Lodwick vents frustration about team selection

Headed into the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, the biggest question about the U.S. Nordic Combined team was how competitive it could be in the team event. On Thursday, that question was answered, and it wasn't the response many hoped for.

City explores district taxes

Money would fund improvements in three target areas

Steamboat Springs City Council members think special taxing districts could be used to fund improvements in specific areas of the community.

Police welcome three new officers

The Steamboat Springs Police Department has hired three new police officers.

District faces fund decisions

This year's initial requests to the Education Fund Board total nearly $3 million, well over the $2.3 million the board allocated last year.

Tuesday, February 14

Our View: Big boxes on our terms

The proposed Walgreens development on U.S. Highway 40 near Steamboat Crossings is an example of how the planning process can and should work in our community.

Drivers increase whistle-blowing

Parking lot ice a growing issue

Like ice across town, concerns about the Strawberry Park school complex parking lot keep getting thicker. At a meeting of the Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night, three school district bus drivers -- along with Michael Loomis, a former School Board member and bus driver -- reiterated their concerns about the icy, snow-packed, "chaotic" parking lot between Strawberry Park Elementary School and Steamboat Springs Middle School. Loomis said the area is "an accident waiting to happen."

Today editor returns

Scott Stanford has returned as editor of the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Dispute turns into standoff

Hayden man faces abuse, weapons charges after 3-hour incident

An argument between a married couple escalated into a three-hour standoff with police Tuesday morning in Hayden.

City, county change boundary rules

City and county officials agreed Tuesday to allow more flexibility in the criteria for land to become part of the Urban Growth Boundary.

Briefs for Feb. 15

The city of Steamboat Springs is looking for applicants to serve on the Historic Preservation Advisory Com�--mission. The commission meets from 5 to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. The commission provides guidance, education, resources and review to preserve, protect and restore the elements of the built, natural and cultural environment that define the character of Steamboat. The commission needs applicants in professional positions such as architects, historians, archaeologists and architectural historians. Other interested applicants also should apply. For more information or an application, call 871-8215. Applications also are available at www.steamboatsprings.net.

The Record for Feb. 15

10:47 a.m. A 19-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of driving with a defective tail lamp, driving with expired temporary tags, not having registration or insurance for the car and driving without a valid driver's license near Walton Creek and Whistler roads.

Man convicted in meth deal

A jury on Tuesday convicted a 23-year-old Steamboat Springs man of selling methamphetamine near Soda Creek Elementary School.

Woman gets probation in stabbing

A 35-year-old Canadian woman was sentenced to three years of supervised probation for the stabbing of a Steamboat Springs man on Thanksgiving.

Schools could power up

Hayden district considering computer system upgrade

The time could be right for the Hayden School District to upgrade its computer system.

Pit operators want rule lifted

The operators of a gravel pit that inspired 11 months of public debate in 2000 and 2001 are asking the county to remove restrictions dictating how much gravel they can mine.

No sleep, no worries

Americans confident heading into Nordic combined team event

Less than 24 hours before the start of the Nordic combined team event, the American team appeared relaxed and carefree.

Steamboat U12 girls crowned champions

The Steamboat Springs U12 girls hockey team won its division of the Adele Dombrowski Girls Tournament on Sunday at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Tiger girls advance in the district

Neither the Hayden nor West Grand girls basketball teams played well Tuesday, but the Tigers will advance to Saturday's first-round district game after a 37-23 win in Hayden.

Sailors to host playoff hockey

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team is hoping to build on momentum gained from a Saturday win against Kent Denver when the playoffs begin Friday.

2006 Winter Olympics TV schedule

3 to 4 p.m. -- Women's speed skating team pursuit competition; women's short-track speed skating 500-meter semifinal.

Big night looms for Bloom

Jeremy Bloom has stood inside the 20-yard line waiting for a punt so many times, he can't imagine nerves being a problem when he's in the starting gate.

Ligety upstages Miller for gold

Not that long ago, Ted Ligety was everything Bode Miller is not: unknown, unsponsored, unaccomplished.

Injuries leave more questions in downhill

The biggest question heading into the women's downhill today isn't who'll win -- it's who'll race.

Cattle auction in April

The date still is a couple months away, but Marsha Daughenbaugh of the Com-munity Agriculture Alliance wants to remind area ranchers that the Northwestern Colorado Bull Sale is April 8.

Centennial celebration on its way

Final plans are being made to celebrate and pay tribute to the town of Hayden, which will turn 100 years old March 13.

U.S. responds to Finland with poise

A big scare for the U.S. women's hockey team turned into a laugher -- and a lesson.

Monday, February 13

Schools support Steamboat jumpers

Olympian Tommy Schwall of Steamboat Springs doesn't have to worry about winning a ski jumping medal in Pragelato, Italy, this week because he already received a bag full from South Lakewood Elementary School in suburban Denver.

2006 Winter Olympics TV schedule for Feb. 14

NBC 4 to 5 p.m. -- Cross-country women's team sprint final; luge women's singles competition.

U.S. snowboarders dominate

Hannah Teter and Gretchen Bleiler took an unusual path to the Turin Games. They skipped the X-Games -- the premier showcase of the world's greatest snowboarding for nearly a decade -- so they could rest and prepare for the Olympics. Such a move would have been unheard of eight years ago, but it paid off handsomely Monday: Teter won a gold, and Bleiler won a silver in the halfpipe competition.

Tennis Center swings into gear for public

Karen Bryden's dreams have been saddled, filled with visions about tennis courts with no access.

The Record for Feb. 13

Sunday, Feb. 12 1 a.m. Police arrested a 36-year-old woman on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol on James Street.

Council, board to meet

The Steamboat Springs City Council will meet with the Routt County Board of Commissioners tonight to discuss an issue that they decided to review in September.

City poised to take big step

Urban planner recommended for ski base revitalization

The same urban planning firm that recently redesigned pedestrian plazas in Vail Village has the inside track to tackle the transformation of the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

City analyzes Riverwalk

Line by line, Steamboat Springs City Council members expressed their support or disapproval of aspects of the Riverwalk project Monday.

Mayer plans to retire

When Travis Mayer steps to the top of the Sauze d'Oulx mogul course Wednesday, it will be in the shadow of gold medal favorites such as Jeremy Bloom.

School Board OKs transition

The 138 members of next year's senior class can breathe a little easier. At its meeting Monday night, the Steamboat Springs School Board approved a plan that will provide more ways for students in the Class of 2007 at Steamboat Springs High School to adjust their schedules and fulfill graduation requirements now that the Senior Odyssey program is an elective.

Drug sting CD played at trial

In the first day of trial for a Steamboat Springs man accused of selling methamphetamine near Soda Creek Elementary School, jurors listened to two hidden wire recordings of the alleged transactions.

Lodwicks making most of Olympics

She may only be six weeks old, but Charley Lodwick has already enjoyed the experience of a lifetime.

Nordic combined skiers get ready for team event

The members of the U.S. Nordic combined team will head into the team event Wednesday with high hopes for a medal.

Briefs for Feb. 14

Funder's round table from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23 The Nonprofit Excellence Project is hosting a free funder's round table from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. Participants will hear from local funding agencies about their grant and loan-funding programs, and they will have the opportunity to discuss potential loan- or grant-funded projects or programs. To RSVP or for more information, call Winnie Delliquadri at 871-8257 or e-mail wdelliquadri@steamboatsprings.net.

Sunday, February 12

Public radio still found at 88.5 FM

The future of public radio broadcasting in Steamboat Springs is more secure thanks to the recent success of a fundraising effort on behalf of KUNC radio based in Greeley.

Carnival comes to a close

As some people were taking advantage of the 94-inch base at the summit of Mount Werner, others were having a great time watching the action on the eight inches of packed power on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Tom Ross: Every second counts for future Olympic racers

Spirit of 2006 Winter Games thrives in Steamboat's local athletic contests

On a perfect Winter Carnival Sunday in Steamboat Springs, when the blue of the Colorado sky surpassed even that of the Italian Alps, it was a tough call on where to spend the afternoon. I found a good dose of the Olympic spirit at the Steamboat Touring Center, where the Sweetheart cross-country ski race was under way.

Second suspect arrested

Police say two men committed robbery Saturday night

Police arrested a second Steam�--boat Springs man Saturday night in connection with an armed robbery at the Westland Mobile Home Park.

Paradise for a price

Weddings are about family and friends. Honeymoons are about the newlyweds.

Couples more decisive about music options

Longtime local disc jockey Kip Strean is seeing a clear trend when it comes to music at weddings, particularly receptions: Couples are making the decisions.

Budgets important when planning receptions

Whether it's planning the rehearsal dinner or the reception, there is one pervading consideration: cost.

Nontraditional dresses gaining popularity

The days when brides wore only billowy white dresses have passed. "Anything goes this year," said Gale Loveitt, a custom dressmaker at Sew What in Steamboat Springs. "There are a lot of tans, off-whites and colored waist bands on white dresses. Anything is fair game this year, so it's pretty interesting."

Tuxedos are all about the options

Every January, catalogues featuring the year's newest wedding fashions reach retailers across the country. When it comes to tuxedos, new colors and designs always are featured in the catalogues.

Gift registries make shopping less stressful

Rhonda Corriveau knows the worst gift she ever received: a fondue set. It was the 1970s, and the trendy crockery sets were all the rage. But despite the popularity of fondue sets, Corriveau didn't want one.

Ideal hairstyles take planning

If you're planning a wedding, you won't want to forget to consider the hairstyle and makeup that will make your look complete. Sometimes, people forget that they need to take care of hair and makeup, said Kim Johnson, owner of the Steamboat Springs salon Hair's to You.

Diamonds are still forever

Jewelry trends can change faster than Steamboat Springs weather. But when it comes to engagement rings, a local jeweler says diamonds are as timeless and unchanging as the Sleeping Giant.

Flowers as diverse as the couples

Wedding flowers range in styles, florists say, but the end result depends on personal preference and budget limits.

Your wedding in digital slow motion

Sophisticated video-editing equipment, broadcast-quality portable cameras and easy-to-burn DVDs are among the developments that have elevated the craft of shooting wedding videos. And Northwest Colorado is home to seasoned professionals who have the skills and experience to bring a story-telling quality to your nuptials.

Plan on a planner

In the months before your wedding, the planner you hire will witness everything from family fights to last-minute jitters, making the choice of wedding planners one of the most important decisions you will make while putting together your special day.

Invitations for every personality

It used to be that wedding invitations were standard fair, with little variation. But with technological innovations, soon-to-wed couples are able to personalize their invitations while choosing from hundreds of varieties and styles.

A place unlike any other

It is hard to come to Steamboat Springs and not make a return trip. With its gorgeous scenery and warm hospitality, Steamboat is more than a desirable vacation destination. For many couples, it's the perfect spot for a fairytale wedding.

Wedding Fair will be bigger than ever

Nikki Knoebel is busy organizing Steamboat's annual Wedding Fair, which this year will be bigger than ever.

Icing on the cake

When it comes to planning a wedding, brides and grooms even have to pick the icing on the cake. There are hundreds of combinations of cake, filling and icing flavors available from local bakeries to customize the nuptial dessert. Local bakers said they can make nearly any design a customer can dream up.

Remembering the day through photography

Most brides dream about their wedding day for years, but when it finally arrives, the moment is gone in the blink of an eye.

Ranches, mountaintops and valley meadows

Couples looking for a special spot to exchange their wedding vows needn't look any further than the Steamboat Springs area.

Saturday, February 11

South Routt Calendar for Feb. 12

The South Routt Medical Center is open for physical therapy with Dr. Tom Collins from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments.

Lodwick left out in the cold

Steamboat star finishes eighth in first Nordic combined

Todd Lodwick had Nordic combined skiing in his heart Saturday, but football seemed to be the only thing on his mind.

Battle Mountain keeps lead

The Steamboat Springs basketball team was not going to let Connor Drumm and Trent Beckley dictate Saturday's game.

Seniors end with a win

The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team isn't the Western Slope League's best. When it comes time to honor a senior class, however, it's hard to think another school could compare.

Moving on to Denver

Wrestlers head to state

Three Soroco and three Hayden wrestlers advanced to next weekend's 2006 Colorado State Wrestling Championships with strong performances Saturday during regional competition.

Store crowned retailer of the year

F.M. Light & Sons in downtown Steamboat Springs celebrated the beginning of its 101st year with news that it had been named the 2005 Stetson Retailer of the Year.

Meeting housing needs

Stagecoach's Red Hawk division may give county needed results

It may not be the only solution, but Routt County Planning Commissioner John Ayer thinks the Red Hawk development in Stagecoach is an example of one of the tools the county can use to address the need for affordable housing.

Community center efforts progress

Several months ago, the Steamboat Springs City Council promised users of the Steamboat Springs Community Center that they would have a replacement center before the old one was torn down.

U.S. gets hot start on the ice

Tricia Dunn-Luoma scored a 5-on-3 shorthanded goal and captain Krissy Wendell added two of the Americans' four third-period goals, leading the U.S. Women's Hockey Team to a 6-0 win against Switzerland.

Man's hand stabbed

A 24-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Sat�--urday on suspicion of breaking into a home to commit a robbery that resulted in a resident being stabbed, police said. Another suspect was at large Saturday night.

Just two quiet guys named Bode, Apolo

It's not unusual to find two guys in Italy with vowels at the end of their names. There's something a little different, though, about Bode and Apolo.

Business briefs for Feb. 12

Colorado Group Realty has announced that Izabela Banas has joined the firm. Banas earned her MBA from the University of Colorado and has been a resident of Steamboat Springs for 10 years. She is a co-owner of the Nordic Lodge Motel. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Main Street Steamboat Springs.

Condo room damaged in morning fire

A small fire caused significant damage to a room in a Meadowlark Condominiums unit early Saturday morning.

Official: Gretzky story won't be a distraction

The buzz surrounding Wayne Gretzky and his reported knowledge of a gambling ring will not be a distraction to Canada's high-powered hockey team, Canadian Olympic Committee president Michael Chambers vowed Saturday.

Our View: A path to success for all students

It's no secret that many Routt County high school graduates never pursue four-year degrees. It's also no secret that some local students leave their respective high schools without receiving a diploma.

Ken Rogers: One issue of many

After reading the recent editorial in the Steamboat Today, I thought I would add my observations. Although the editorial correctly identified the current parking problem at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, and its proposed solution does have some historical basis, I think the overall airport management has a more systemic problem that goes beyond the "Parking Gate" scandal.

Henri E.tetter: Threat at home

The radical threat to the United States is at home.

One frosty festival

Winter Carnival street events continue

Only in Steamboat Springs can you find people dedicated enough to stand in sub-zero temperatures to watch ski-clad children being towed down Lincoln Avenue by horses and listen to a skiing high school band.

Name changes add touch of mythology

In Roman mythology, Egeria was a goddess. She was a water nymph who hailed over healing springs, human laws and death. She was the queen of oak and wisdom.

Yours truly

Three Steamboat relationships endure through the decades

The search wasn't for buried treasure, but it was equally intriguing and arguably more priceless. In a world in which "irreconcilable differences" can end vows, what is the secret to making a marriage last?

Benjamin Grey Barbier

Benjamin Grey Barbier, son of Anne and Ben Barbier of Steamboat Springs, was born at 4:38 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2006. He weighed 7 pounds and 15 ounces and was 19.25 inches long. His sibling is Sidney Barbier. His grandparents are Gil Barbier of Steamboat Springs; Joanie Barbier of Salida; Gloria Smelker of Albuquerque, N.M.; and Charles Smelker of Ruidoso, N.M.

Evan Keanu Ellis

Evan Keanu Ellis, son of Jason and Renee Ellis of Stagecoach, was born at 5:49 p.m. on Feb. 3, 2006. He weighed 7 pounds and 5 ounces and was 19 inches long. His sibling is Jadyn Ellis. His grandparents are Catherine and Ron Ellis of Glen Haven, Colo.; Louise Howe of East Haven, Conn.; Bill and Diane Russell of Houston; and Keith and Laurie Sutherland of Gaylordsville, Conn.

Noah James Pike

Noah James Pike, son of Justin and Michele Pike of Craig, was born at 8:21 a.m. on Feb. 1, 2006. He weighed 5 pounds and 14 ounces and was 19 inches long. His sibling is Bailey Nichole Pike. His grandparents are Dianna and Mike Murphy of Hayden and Jim and Patty Pike of Fruita.

Steamboat jumpers fall short in normal-hill competition

Alborn, Jones and Schwall look ahead to large-hill event

Alan Alborn felt as if he should have gotten 2 percent more out of his legs Sunday night during the finals of the Olympic special jumping finals in Prageloto, Italy. The extra boost would have helped.

2006 Winter Olympics TV schedule

Today NBC 2 to 5 p.m. -- Women's speed skating 3,000-meter final; women's cross-country pursuit; men's cross-country pursuit; men's luge singles.

Local wins slalom state championship

It was Saturday morning, but Steamboat Springs High School Alpine ski coach Chad Bowdre said Kathleen Lyon was slalom skiing as if she were on a Sunday afternoon drive.

Sailors end drought

Mader, Morell qualify for state wrestling tournament

Don't roll up the mats yet. For the first time since the 2001-02 season, the Steamboat Springs High School wrestling room will not be empty the week before the state tournament.

Making connections

Directory assistance company dials in to lucrative niche

Consumers rarely give it a thought, but telephone directory assistance is a $5 billion industry. Tom Miller-Freutel would love to grab even 1 percent of that action.

Honor Council students curb cheating

After handing down its first verdict in fall 2003, the student-run Honor Council at Steamboat Springs High School has seen its caseload drop each year.

'The Exception' wins 1st U.S. gold

Chad Hedrick cut through the ice in his first Olympic race -- arms swinging furiously, body gently swaying, mouth hanging open. When he crossed the line, flipped back his hood and caught a glimpse of the scoreboard, it was time to let out a Texas-sized yell.

Downhill opens U.S.-Austria showdown

Maybe this is the team and the time. Up in the Alps, the superpower everybody wants to knock off is Austria. And as improbable as it would have seemed just a few years ago, the United States is the popular choice to do it.

Friday, February 10

People-mover gondola explored

If built, a proposed people-mover gondola from the Meadows Parking Lot to the base of the Steamboat Ski Area would differ significantly from the gondola that ferries skiers and snowboarders to the summit of Thunderhead.

Police use Taser gun on arrested man

A 31-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Thurs�--day night after police said they shot him with a Taser gun for refusing to comply with police orders during an altercation.

Tutoring service accepting students

A new tutoring service is helping local students with unconventional schedules keep up with their schoolwork.

Lodwick can't overcome illness

Steamboat star finishes eighth in first event

Todd Lodwick had Nordic combined skiing in his heart Saturday, but football seemed to be the only thing on his mind.

Teachers fine-tune methods

Students think and learn in different ways, so they sometimes need to be taught in different ways to succeed, district teachers learned Friday during an in-service work day.

Crash on Rabbit Ears injures four

Four people suffered minor to serious injuries in a car crash on Rabbit Ears Pass on Friday afternoon, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Caldron heralds Olympics

The 2006 Winter Olympics have begun.

Man convicted of assault

Sybrandt faces punishment for array of other charges

One year and one day after a 31-year-old Clark man was arrested on suspicion of breaking into a Steamboat Springs office and fondling a woman, a jury of eight men and four women found the man guilty of unlawful sexual contact, second-degree burglary, false imprisonment and violating a protection order.

Area school parking lots: a slippery situation

Excessive amounts of snow and ice have turned the high-traffic parking lot between Strawberry Park Elementary School and Steamboat Springs Middle School into a potentially dangerous area, school bus drivers and district officials say.

Alborn, Jones qualify for jumping final

Schwall just misses cut

Americans Alan Alborn and Clint Jones jumped well enough Saturday to qualify for today's Olympic normal hill individual event in Pragelato, Italy.

Texan wins America's first gold of 2006

Chad Hedrick cut through the ice in his first Olympic race - arms swinging furiously, body gently swaying, mouth hanging open. When he crossed the line, flipped back his hood and caught a glimpse of the scoreboard, it was time to let out a Texas-sized yell.

Sweetheart cross-country race on Sunday

Bill Philip has a sweet race for cross-country skiing enthusiasts.

Thursday, February 9

Fueling the Olympic spirit

Community cauldron for athletes to be lighted tonight

Nelson Carmichael, Steam�boat Springs' first Olympic medalist, will light a community cauldron tonight during a ceremony to kick off the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

And so they begin: Benvenuto! Welcome to the Winter Games

A dazzled, cheering audience danced on their chairs in the winter cold Friday night and the opening ceremony of the Winter Games became one giant house party.

Elk attacks rare, but experts encourage caution

He's been bumped a few times and wears a flak jacket during the rutting season, but Tom Cox never has been attacked or otherwise feared for his safety when working with the elk on Routt County's M&M Ranch.

Man dies after elk attack

A 9-year-old bull elk that had been raised in captivity since it was a calf killed a ranch worker Thursday morning.

Men work behind scenes to prepare Olympians

Scott Blair was asked to bring home chocolate and souvenir T-shirts from the Olympics, but one interesting request made the Steamboat Springs physical therapist laugh.

'We need more'

Commissioners say Walgreens plan should have greater public benefit

A proposed residential and commercial development that would include a Walgreens drug store needs to provide more public benefit, Steamboat Springs planning commissioners said Thursday.

Hayden evaluates development plan

The town of Hayden and its Planning Commission are making sure they get all the details before approving the biggest commercial development in town history.

Buses take carnival detours

Winter Carnival street events taking place Saturday and Sunday will affect traffic and bus routes on Lincoln Avenue.

Hearing set for medical center changes

Routt County Commissioners have delayed until March 7 a public hearing about South Routt Medical Center officials' plan to place a mill levy on the May 2 ballot.

Decision made in alcohol case

Dan and Kim Bonner went into Rout County Court on Thursday morning prepared for a trial. So did the District Attorney's Office.

Landscapes of color

Susan Schiesser thought she should make her new art gallery's first show conservative, but the death of a mentor and close friend changed her mind.

Arts calendar for Feb. 10

Art event ¤ An opening reception for "Elements of Landscape," an exhibit at Studio Gallery 27, is from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The reception is preceded by an all-day open house. The exhibit closes March 5. Call 879-6114.

Staff picks for Feb. 10

Tonight ¤ The Yampa Valley Boys and Brad Fitch perform songs by John Denver When: 7 p.m. today and Saturday Where: Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater Cost: $15 Call: 846-0578 Why you should go: There are so many puns here. I'll go with the basic and just say to experience that good ol' Rocky Mountain high.

Two nights of John Denver

This weekend could produce the first impromptu wedding ceremony in the short history of Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater.

Music calendar for Feb. 10

Tonight ¤ Steve Boynton When: 4 to 7 p.m. Where: Chaps in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free Call: 871-5500

Grammy nominees stop by the 'Boat

In less than a week, De La Soul will go from the stage at the 48th annual Grammy Awards to the stage at Levelz nightclub in Ski Time Square.

An Irish jig

Every Thursday is St. Patrick's Day at Jade Summit Restaurant and Pirate's Pub in Ski Time Square.

On Scene for Feb. 10

Bye Autumn, hello spring Thursday was the official goodbye to Autumn Phillips and the return of Ladies Night at Mambo Italiano.

Wednesday, February 8

Walgreens build considered

Public benefits must outweigh environmental concerns

Steamboat Springs planning commissioners will look tonight at a project that would bring a Walgreens drug store to Steamboat.

Vacationers arrive for carnival

Steamboat resorts benefit from increased travel

Steamboat Springs' resort lodging properties will be more than 85 percent full for Winter Carnival this weekend, when 13,300 visitors are expected to arrive. After a projected mid-week slump Wednesday, mountain condominiums will be more than 90 percent full for Presidents Day weekend, from Feb. 18 to 20.

Town Board to discuss flood prevention

The Oak Creek Town Board tonight will discuss how to prepare the town for what could be record flooding when the winter snow beings to melt.

The Record for Feb. 9

Tuesday, Feb. 7 9:04 a.m. A 27-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with expired plates near Elk River Road and Curve Court.

News in brief for Feb. 9

Historic designation applications due Wednesday Applications for the Routt County Register of Historic Properties are due to the county commissioners' office (second floor of the courthouse annex) by Wednesday. The applications will be reviewed by the Routt County Historic Preservation Board at its quarterly meeting March 8. Call Dee Bolton at 879-0108.

Residents alerted to scams

Two Routt County women -- one from Hayden and one from Steamboat Springs--recently were confronted by a common telephone scam.

Several Steamboat Springs wrestlers have shot at state

For the first time in four years, several Steamboat Springs wrestlers head to the Region 3 tournament with realistic hopes of advancing to the 2006 Colorado State Wrestling Championships.

Rams, Tigers head to regionals

Top four at each weight advance to state

The Hayden High School wrestling room has undergone a transformation with the addition of freshmen and assistant coach Dallas Robinson.

City may institute safety program

The city of Steamboat Springs is asking walkers and drivers to be safe. The city's Public Works Department is working to inform people about walking and driving with care. The informational effort may develop into an organized program, said Jim Weber, the city's director of public works.

Chariots provide pulse for Winter Carnival activities

If the street events represent the heart of Steamboat Springs' storied Winter Carnival weekend, then the chariot racing provides the beat -- hoof beats, that is.

Torch-carrying cowboy is this year's button

It's not easy to combine the rustic ambience of a Colorado mountain town with the tradition and competitive drive of the Olympic games, but Melissa Walsh found a way.

Knowledge team finds marbles, victory

The Knowledge Bowl team at Steamboat Springs High School earned a victory on Friday at Moffat County High School in Craig.

Fueling the Olympic flame

This month, the best skiers and snowboarders Steamboat Springs has to offer will arrive in Turin, Italy, prepared to write the latest chapter in our town's legendary Olympic history.

Snowboarding: U.S. poised for medal haul

The U.S. Olympic Snowboarding Team may win the most medals of any American team in Italy.

Alpine skiing: Lalive's Olympic hopes dashed

"Medal hopes" aren't words used when talking about the U.S. Olympic Alpine Ski Team. It's more like " medal expectations."

You be the judge

What to look for in Turin

A look at the sports featured in the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Freestylers finding their place

It's hard to believe that freestyle skiing has been an official Olympic sport since only 1992, when Nelson Carmichael and Donna Weinbrecht grabbed the hearts, and more important the attention, of a new breed of skier in Albertville.

Special jumping: Jumpers look to close gap

In the life of a special jumper, the difference between making the podium and just making the cut for the finals is measured in terms of meters and points.

Talented skiers face uncertainty

A quick glance suggests the U.S. Nordic combined team should be fully loaded in Italy this month and ready to claim the Olympic medal it so narrowly missed in Utah in 2002.

'One of the greatest spectacles'

The invisible leather belt tightened around Billy Kidd's chest, choking his breath and momentarily paralyzing the legs that eventually would lead him to a silver medal in the slalom.

Quiet city to host the world

It has been Turin's fate -- curse? good fortune? -- to be depicted not by foreigners (who gravitate south) but by transplanted Italians (Calvino, Cesare Pavese) and native sons and daughters (Primo Levi, Natalia Ginzburg).

Tuesday, February 7

Rural schools oppose requirements

Tougher admissions standards for Colorado's four-year public colleges and universities could create problems for rural high schools, a local education official said this week.

Man accused of exposing self

A 52-year-old Phippsburg man was arrested on suspicion of exposing himself to a 20-year-old woman in Yampa on Sunday night.

Council tables project decision

A project that has been in the works for a couple of years will have to wait a little longer for approval or denial. The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday voted 6-1 to table making a decision on the development plan for the Riverwalk project along Yampa Street, which would have 72 residential units, 11 deed-restricted affordable units, 35 hotel rooms, more than 32,000 square feet of commercial space and 108 underground parking garage spaces.

Hayden seeking mayor, trustees

Three people have expressed interest in running for mayor, but Hayden officials still are wondering who wants to be a trustee on the Town Board.

Sorting out nerves, lines

Schools' production of 'Hansel and Gretel' this weekend

Everyone hopes that Taylor Munden's dream -- or nightmare -- does not become reality.

Town wants details about center, hotel

The Hayden Planning Com�--mission will be presented with more details about two proposed hotels and a home center at its meeting Thursday, but plan approvals aren't likely until additional engineering is complete.

New liquor store opens

People in Hayden now have a choice when it comes to purchasing alcohol.

Board recommends commissioner

The Hayden Town Board voted unanimously last week to recommend Jeff Fry for the Routt County Planning Commission.

State trip on the line this weekend

The Hayden High School wrestling room has undergone a transformation with the addition of talented freshmen and assistant coach Dallas Robinson.

The Record for Feb. 8

Monday, Feb. 6 8:28 a.m. A Dalmatian was running loose in the 1000 block of Merritt Street. Neighbors said the dog had been running around the area for two days. The dog was gone when officers arrived.

News in brief for Feb. 8

Two exhibits opening at Depot Art Center The Steamboat Springs Arts Council presents two art exhibits that will run through March 12 at the Depot Art Center. One of the exhibits, "Locations of Consciousness," is by three Eagle Valley artists and printmakers who explore the experience of place, in themselves and in relation to their environments. The second exhibit features paintings by new artist member Amanda Adare.

Officials agree on expansion

County moving forward to improve communications system

The Routt County Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday to move forward with plans to use a state grant to help expand the county's communications system.

School Board to study accelerated classes

The lengthy to-do list for the Steamboat Springs School Board got longer Monday night.

Timothy C. Baldwin: Ambulance service worth more than money

I am writing in response to the recent and past news articles concerning the Yampa Valley Air Ambulance service. First, I thank the Steamboat community for the support and compassion I have been given during the past year. I am grateful to be alive and recovering from my injuries. I was the sole survivor of the fatal air ambulance crash that killed my partner and flight director Dave Linner (RN); pilot Tim Benway; and Jennifer Wells (RN). After the past 12 months of anguish, loss, grief and therapy, I am putting my life back together -- literally and figuratively.

Our View: Fix it or lump it

Commercial jet pilots routinely make approaches to Yampa Valley Regional Airport relying only on their cockpit instruments, yet collecting parking fees remains an insurmountable challenge at our airport.

FBLA students get down to business

Routt County high school students turned in a strong performance at a recent regional business competition.

Snowmobiler's heart failed

Twenty-three-year old died from an aortic aneurysm

A 23-year-old Michigan man died of an aortic aneurysm while snowmobiling near Dumont Lake on Saturday, according to autopsy results.

Monday, February 6

Legendary couple named Carnival marshals

Annabeth Light Lockhart grew up attending the Winter Carnival every year, and she still can remember how exciting she found the annual celebration of winter in Steamboat Springs.

'Steamboat's Own Winter Games'

The theme is perfect. In honor of the community's Olympic tradition -- past and present -- the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club selected "Steamboat's Own Winter Games" as the theme for the 93rd Winter Carnival.

Biathlon one of unique events

The International Muzzle Loading Ski Biathlon, one of the most unusual events of the Winter Carnival, is the only competition of its kind in the country, event said coordinator Paul Yonekawa

Street events keep spectators coming

For many Steamboat adults, the Winter Carnival shovel race is a rite of passage. And it's only one of many unique and entertaining street events held on Lincoln Avenue each February.

Sculpting the snow

Getting a day off from school is not the only reason local high school students participate in the Winter Carnival's annual snow sculpting contest.

Retail kiosk going away

Downtown commercial center poised to expand

The owners of Fifth Street Marketplace have plans to expand their downtown Steam�boat Springs commercial center, where a small retail kiosk stands at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Land trust to present annual report

The Routt County Board of Commissioners will review today annual reports regarding conservation easements and other protected lands.

News in brief for Feb. 7

Comunidad Integrada seeking volunteer treasurer Comunidad Integrada is looking for a volunteer advisory board member to serve as treasurer of the organization.andidates must have at least three years of board management experience, three years of ac�--�--counting or financial management experience and a passion for intercultural exchange and understanding. panish-speaking skills are not necessary. Call 846-5521 for more details.

The Record for Feb. 6

Saturday, Feb. 4 12:08 a.m. Extra patrol officers were dispatched to Routt County Road 200 and Routt County Road 200A.

A Nordic queen

Sarah MacCarthy will accept her crown as 2006's Winter Carnival queen knowing she represents "the other side of skiing."

Carrying on a lighted tradition

More than 60 years ago, Claudius Banks started the tradition of skiing down Howelsen Hill with flares strapped to his ski clothes.

Sports club continues to thrive

It's a rare municipality in the United States that counts a multisport ski area among its city parks. In Steamboat, we have Howelsen Hill.

Ski band glides to a tune

To participate in the Steamboat Springs High School band, you have to do more than play an instrument -- you have to play that instrument on skis.

Welcome to Winter Carnival

Beginning as the organizing committee for the first Winter Carnival, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) has maintained the Winter Carnival as a service to the community since 1914.

A great tradition lives on

Traditionally, February was when people fought cabin fever during the long winters that help define Northwest Colorado.

Schools get PC 'direction'

Members of the Steamboat Springs School Board gave an unofficial go-ahead Monday night to a transition plan for school district computers, but they raised several concerns about the plan's effectiveness.

Feeling at home

Buffaloes take advantage of Howelsen's hospitality

The University of Colorado Buffaloes ran wild during the Laura Sharpe Flood Memorial Ski Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Steamboat Springs, but that didn't stop a pair of local skiers from riding high in the slalom.

Giving students more options

Group looks at regional collaborations for vocational training

The idea of pooling resources at high schools in Routt and Moffat counties to offer students a wider range of vocational classes has a great deal of local support.

The Record for Feb. 7

Sunday, Feb. 5 1:02 a.m. An officer was requested in an alley near the 500 block of Grand Street to investigate a possible car accident. Police said an accident did not occur.

Taylor bill clears Senate

A bill by Republican state Sen. Jack Taylor of Steamboat Springs passed unanimously through the Senate on Monday at the state Capitol in Denver.

Riverwalk up for review

The Steamboat Springs City Council will consider tonight two parts of a proposed 10-building development project along the Yampa River between Third and Fifth streets.

Sunday, February 5

City mulls historical rule

Buildings older than 50 may get extra protection

The city of Steamboat Springs is working on an ordinance that would require developers to have a historical structure assessment completed before submitting plans for certain projects.

News in brief for Feb. 6

Blowing snow prompts officials to close pass Severe weather conditions led to the closing of Rabbit Ears Pass most of the day Sunday. The pass, which was closed from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m., was affected by high winds and zero visibility, especially on the east side, said Jeff Snyder, the Colorado Department of Transportation's supervisor for Grand and Jackson counties as well as part of Routt County. Snyder said snowdrifts were piled across U.S. Highway 40 near mile marker 55, on the east side of the pass.

Tom Ross: You are beautiful just the way you are

Super Bowl commercials teach valuable social lessons

The most valuable player in Super bowl XL wasn't wearing shoulder pads and a helmet. The most valuable player was an aging rock star clad in black jeans and a black shirt with sequins. Mick Jagger stole the show from Big Ben and the Bus.

Airport manager addresses concerns

In light of recent complaints, a Yampa Valley Regional Airport official is asking travelers for their patience.

Saturday, February 4

Homes go to highest bidders

On Feb. 21, a house in the Sanctuary subdivision will be going, going and gone.

One wild ride

Snowboardcross makes Olympic debut with Simmons, Smith

If snowboardcross wasn't extinct, it certainly was endangered.

John F. Russell: Never too old to learn

I've always been told that you never are too old to learn something new.

Routt, Grand showdown: Regular seasons end

Houston Mader's season changed Jan. 19. The Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team was hosting Palisade and Eagle Valley in a triangular, and Mader's mindset that night -- and for the rest of his sophomore year -- flipped.

Too much snow?

Is there such a thing as too much snow in Ski Town USA? If it dawned on you this week that your No. 1 form of outdoor recreation is snow removal, you may have arrived at that point.

Zimbabwean teen flees to Steamboat

When Nicola Jane Reynolds thinks about her home city of Chiredzi, Zimbabwe, she remembers the sunsets. "Life is so much slower there," said Reynolds, 18, as she recalled climbing hills in undeveloped bush land to watch the sky. "It makes you count your blessings so much more."

Officials: SlopeWise program effective

Skiers and snowboarders seem to be getting the message. Despite increased vigilance on the part of the Steamboat Ski Area ski patrol, the number of skiers and riders stopped for reckless skiing this winter has decreased by about one-third from previous seasons.

A change for votes

County considers system upgrade

Routt County voters should see big changes by the time the August primary election arrives.

Suicide threats tie up police

Four-hour standoff ends peacefully

A four-hour standoff ended peacefully Saturday night when a suicidal Steamboat Springs woman was taken into custody by Steamboat Springs police officers.

Loretta Van Norstrand: Drop the intimidation tactics

This letter is regarding Sunday's editorial in support of Main Street Steamboat Springs. The Main Street concept is a good one, but when Steamboat's Main Street group uses intimidation, as it has, to accomplish its goals -- that is very bad.

Our View: SlopeWise off to a good start this winter

The report this week that a 52-year-old Littleton man was arrested at the Steamboat Ski Area on suspicion of assaulting a teenage girl after a mild collision on the slopes underscores the importance of the ski resort's "SlopeWise" safety program.

Ramona Celia Matlock, 1943-2006

Former Phippsburg resident Ramona Celia Matlock passed away at her home in Glenwood Springs on Feb. 1, 2006. She was 62.

Leland O. Harms, 1929-2006

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Leland O. Harms slipped quietly from our lives Jan. 24, 2006, in Grand Junction. He was 77.

South Routt Calendar for Feb. 5

The South Routt Medical Center is open for physical therapy with Dr. Tom Collins from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments.

The Record for Feb. 5

8:37 a.m. A fire destroyed a maintenance building in the 31000 block of East U.S. Highway 40. The building was on a residential property east of the base of Rabbit Ears Pass. A 62-year-old man who had been working in the building before the fire was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, including burns to his face, minor cuts and smoke inhalation. He was released later that day. Investigators with Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue are investigating the cause of the fire.

When being a '10' isn't enough

Socoro High School's 11s Club teaches leadership, philanthropy

Soroco High School's five-year-old philanthropic 11s Club has changed the format of its annual community recognition ceremony to reward more than just one outstanding community volunteer.

Class Notes for Feb. 5

Wren Lovett, an English as a Second Language teacher for the Steamboat Springs School District, commended Alpine Bank this week for its donation of $500 for the purchase of language learning books for Steamboat Springs High School.

It's not about the money

Volunteers give teens time, energy, fun

Cold air and hot springs make for a great water slide. "It's so steamy, you can't see anything when you're inside it," Mirko Erspamer said this week at the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center, moments after rocketing down the tubular slide into a hot pool. "You don't know where the end of the slide is until you're in the water."

Seeking a storybook ending

Lodwick prepares for his final Olympics

It wasn't the Olympics that inspired Jeanne Lodwick to enroll her four sons in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Cade Michael Salyer

Cade Michael Salyer, son of Alison and Mike Salyer of Steamboat Springs, was born at 11:17 p.m. Jan. 28, 2006. He weighed 7 pounds and 7 ounces and was 21 inches long. His grandparents are Foy and Colleen Salyer of Loveland and Frank and Carol Allen of Havana, Fla.

Jace Dean Gregory

Jace Dean Gregory, daughter of Marcia and Jody Gregory of Oak Creek, was born at 11:57 p.m. Jan. 26, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces and was 19.25 inches long. Her grandparents are Don and Elsie Fast of O'Neill, Neb.; Tom Gregory of Oak Creek; Judy Eskridge of California; and Charlie and Lorraine Gregory of Oak Creek.

Kalob Wade More

Kalob Wade More, son of Amanda and Leslie More of Hayden, was born at 7:40 a.m. Jan. 24, 2006. He weighed 6 pounds and 15 ounces and was 21.25 inches long. His grandparents are Becky and Wayne More of Steamboat Springs and Sharon and John Warner of Steamboat Springs.

McKayla Kaylynn Kiniston

McKayla Kaylynn Kiniston, daughter of Chad and Crystal Kiniston of Craig, was born at 8:05 p.m. Jan. 17, 2006. She weighed 7 pounds and 4 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Her siblings are Junior, Brandon and McKenzie. Her grandparents are John and Monique Martin of Hayden, Charlie Russell of Lamar and Lita Russell of Arizona.

Elaine and Ernest Anderson

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. Anderson of Grand Junction will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Feb. 9.

Harelik-Tseng

Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Harelik of Steamboat Springs announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Harelik, to Ted Tseng of Berkeley Heights, N.J., son of Dr. and Mrs. James Tseng of Walnut, Calif.

Transactions for Jan. 25 to 30

VILLA, GABRIELE L. AND VILLA, HELEN TO STERN, RICHARD FOR TORIAN PLUM CONDO, PHASE I, UNIT A-505 -- $515,000

Building Permits for Jan. 30-31

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ROBIN AND HEATHER CRAIGEN 2758 BURGESS CREEK ROAD DOBELL CONTRACTING DUPLEX -- LEFT UNIT $681,010

Advance on Web, collect hundreds

Resorts trying to top lists, grab attention on search engine

Ron Braet has found a way to compete with the big boys.

Come along for mah jongg

As the tile landed on the table with an audible click, Cyd Pougiales knew she had won.

Friday, February 3

School Board in the eye of the storm

The snowstorm is briefly letting up for the Steamboat Springs School Board.

District bargaining continues

New negotiation method improves communication

The Steamboat Springs School District's collaborative bargaining team is making progress.

Not just a bump on a log

Champion athlete brings sport to Steamboat

Judy Hoeschler was a teenager when she became a world champion logroller.

Fire destroys workshop

A fire destroyed a maintenance building near Rabbit Ears Pass on Friday morning and sent a local man to the hospital with minor injuries.

Steamboat skates past Marauders

Sailors take 5-2 win on senior night

Senior Sam Gary's empty-net goal with two seconds left was an exclamation point in Steamboat Springs' 5-2 win against the Mitchell hockey team Friday.

The Record for Feb. 4

8:58 p.m. A man reported his neighbor harassing him by pounding on his walls, throwing snowballs at his house, revving his car's engine and playing loud music in the 3400 block of AprÃs Ski Way.

Briefs for Feb. 4

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is presenting two new art exhibits that will run through March 12 at the Depot Art Center. One of the exhibits, "Locations of Consciousness," features three Eagle Valley artists who explore the experience of place in themselves and in relation to their environments. The second exhibit features paintings by new artist member Amanda Adare.

Passport fair at downtown post office

The Steamboat Springs Post Office is holding a passport fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at its downtown location, 200 Lincoln Ave. The post office also accepts passport applications on weekdays throughout the year.

Teams flaunt brilliant minds

Several Steamboat Springs High School students hope to hear ovations after their orations this weekend.

Thursday, February 2

Something different

Railroad Earth defies classification

Something about the way Railroad Earth wanders from one musical genre to another makes the band an easy target for comparison. Because the members cannot be quickly slipped into one category, it's easier to point out who they sound like, which changes with every song.

On Scene for Feb. 3

Gypsy punks perform I first read about the band Gogol Bordello in a New York Times feature article about how cool it is to be Russian in Manhattan these days. There was one line about a Ukrainian gypsy punk band, and it stuck with me forever. Ukrainian gypsy punk ... it sounded so, well, me.

Society's anxiety

Amanda Adare explores drama, loneliness of human experience

When you look an Amanda Adare painting in the eyes, it's hard to look away.

City endorses water settlement

Recreational rights proposal reaches final draft

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a settlement between the city and the Colorado Water Conservation Board about a recreational water right application.

Burglaries in South Routt

Officers advise residents to remain alert

ack Tail Estates subdivision in South Routt County has police officers warning residents about the importance of locking doors and being aware of suspicious activity.

Local snowpack nears record

Vacationers flock to enjoy prime conditions

Andy Wirth couldn't resist showing off in front of an audience of airline executives gathered in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel ballroom this week.

Officials approve pilot program

Routt County should adopt a pilot program to preserve open spaces, planning commissioners agreed Thursday.

South Routt School Board fills vacancy

The South Routt School Board no longer has a vacancy. Gary Miller, a small-business owner and member of the Routt County Planning Commission, will fill the District 5 spot left open by the resignation of former School Board president Hank deGanahl, who left his seat in November.

Top college racers take on Buffs

Some of the top college ski racers will be chasing Buffaloes down the slopes of Steamboat Ski Area and Howelsen Hill this weekend.

Ranchers share their heritage

Barbi Bonfiglio grew up listening to the ranch stories her grandparents told. In Oak Creek, the ranching lifestyle is a part of daily life for many -- and a lifestyle that is passed down from generation to generation.

Local kids named to All-Stars

NBC is kicking of its Winter Olympics coverage with a one-hour highlight show previewing, perhaps, America's next generation of Olympians.

Worsley qualifies for event

Steamboat Springs freshman Cole Worsley qualified for the Junior Olympics during a weekend club swim meet in Denver.

Liquor hearings proceed

The Steamboat Springs City Council voted unanimously Thursday to accept police allegations that six local businesses sold alcohol to a minor in December. The vote sets the stage for upcoming show-cause hearings, during which each business presents its case before the council determines appropriate punishment.

Man convicted of vehicular assault

A jury convicted an Idaho Springs man of felony vehicular assault Tuesday at the Routt County Courthouse in Steamboat Springs.

Waiting, watching, wide-eyed

Three days at Sundance Film Festival

Park City, Utah -- My new friend Tom is lying on his back with his feet in the air, wearing a black suit with a Hawaiian-style purple shirt and expensive shoes.

Meet: Great American Taxi

Great American Taxi is such a new band, it hasn't released a CD, and you probably haven't heard of it.

Music calendar for Feb. 3

Tonight ¤ Steve Boynton When: 4 to 7 p.m. Where: Chaps in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free Call: 871-5500

The art of being alone

Joel Johnson paints more than landscapes. He paints moments.

Arts calendar for Feb. 3

Tonight ¤ The opening reception for work by Jay Moore, Al Krnc, Rick Jackson and Barry Eisenach is from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wild Horse Gallery in the lobby of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Call 879-7660.

Snapshots of the cowboy

Sculptor Rick Jackson spent most of his life working on ranches in Texas, and the American cowboy, as form and symbol, fills his art.

Wednesday, February 1

County treasurer seeks third term

Projects are never finished. Rather, they are constant works in progress. That's the work philosophy of Jeanne Whiddon, Routt County's treasurer and public trustee.

Businesses face City Council

Alcohol compliance hearings set to begin today

The Steamboat Springs City Council will meet today to begin a two-part process regarding the prosecution of six local business owners whose establishments failed a December alcohol compliance check.

Tipton talks tough on issues

Candidate wants meth crackdown

Congressional candidate Scott Tipton said Wednesday that his opponent is not doing enough to fight methamphetamine use in western Colorado. "We have a plague of methamphetamine," said Tipton, a Cortez businessman who is campaigning for Congress aga-inst U.S. Rep. John Salazar, a Democrat from Manassa.

Ski towns to benefit from new gadget

A new era in aviation is arriving at Colorado's Western Slope, and airports in Northwest Colorado will be at the forefront of the change.

Kent Denver goalie holds off Sailors

Tate Maris has fun before hockey games. He jokes around. He listens to music. Anything really, as long as it's loud.

Labor heads to Regis University

Steamboat senior joins Rangers soccer program

Regis University coach J.B. Belzer started recruiting Steamboat Springs senior Kelly Labor more than a year ago.

The Record for Feb. 2

Tuesday, Jan. 31 12:51 a.m. Police officers warned a man in Gondola Square to leave his intoxicated girlfriend alone. The man's girlfriend reportedly wanted to leave the area, and the man would not let her go.

Briefs for Feb. 2

Steamboat hires two new planning employees

Commission examines land-use amendment

The Routt County Planning Commission tonight will review plans for a pilot program intended to preserve open space south of Steamboat Springs.

Winter storms get new names

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has developed a new naming system for winter storms, but Routt County residents will haveto continue to rely on existing, descriptions for storms such asthe one passing over the area today.

Police find meth in Hayden

Two Craig residents were arrested in Hayden on Tuesday night after police said they found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during a search of their car.

Man pleads guilty to possession

Marijuana, other drugs found in vehicle

In a plea agreement reached with the District Attorney's Office, a 22-year-old Wheat Ridge man pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing less than 1 ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.