News for Monday, June 26, 2006

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Keeping color in your garden all season long - Gardening with Deb Babcock

The intense sun of our mountains seems to fade the color in our gardens as summer moves toward fall. With just a little planning, however, local gardeners can enjoy vibrant late summer/autumn color right up through first frost.

Fences offer function and decoration

Variety isn't a word that usually comes to mind when you're talking about fences.

Flight rescue crew remembered with memorial

Enthusiasm, passion, selflessness, commitment and camaraderie were just some of the words used to describe the lives of Tim Benway, Dave Linner and Jenny Wells.

Fire restrictions considered

Conditions call for bans on certain fires, officials say

Campers be warned: Routt County officials may approve a ban on open fires.

Swiggart nets tennis title

Rising Steamboat Springs tennis star Jamey Swiggart won the Colorado State Junior Tennis Open last weekend at the Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

Rainbow Family crowd reaches 4,000

U.S. Forest Service officials say door for permit 'may have closed'

The Rainbow Family of Living Light may no longer be able to get a special-use permit for its gathering on Routt National Forest land in North Routt County.

Energy efficiency makes money sense

It is possible for a homeowner to be energy efficient, save money and be conscientious of the environment at the same time by taking a few small steps to be energy smart.

Oh, deer. Managing conflicts with unwanted garden visitors

Most gardeners love to have visitors browse through their garden.

Countertops options vary according to taste

Today's countertop options include several materials as well as thousands of styles and colors.

Swap your old vanity for distinctive furniture

The quickest way to elevate the look of a master bath is to stop thinking of the vanity as a built-in cabinet that does little more than support drawers and a pair of porcelain sinks.

Concrete

Concrete is a composite building material made from the combination of aggregate and cement binder.

Composting is a form of recycling that yields blossoms

Gardeners in Routt County face adversity in the form of climate. A short growing season with cold nights common and July frosts that are not unheard of are factors beyond the control of gardeners.

Flooring makes a statement in home

Hardwood floors are popular in the kitchen and dining areas, but carpeting remains the consensus pick for the bedroom.

Deb Babcock: Luring butterflies to your garden

In order to enjoy a garden filled with colorful, graceful butterflies, you must be willing to put up with caterpillars, too. If that works for you, here are some ways to lure these lovely insects to your landscape.

Gunshots lead to two arrests

Two men were arrested in Hayden on Sunday after police said one of the men fired nine gunshots into the air by a downtown convenience store.

Local wins off-road triathlon

Buffalo Creek race part of USAT

Maybe it was the remote site or the fact that Penn Lukens got to bring out his mountain bike, but the 11-year-old enjoyed his first off-road triathlon.

In search of the perfect steak - Northwest Colorado climate demands durable grill surfaces

Kevin Ellis is convinced that Kenmore has come up with a new way to cook the perfect beefsteak -- the kind that's seared on the outside to seal the juices inside.

Save green by building green - Efficient homes can lower energy bills, improve health

Mark Steur almost died of kidney cancer in 1994. When his doctor told him the cancer's cause was environmental, he thought of his career in construction.

It's The Simple Things

These five simple tips can make your home-improvement process easier.

Fireplace options vary - City regulations limit types that can be used

Selecting a fireplace is all about personal choice.

Remodel basement home theater

Full basements are increasingly rare in new Steamboat homes --the increasing cost of concrete is part of the trend. But for those who have them, they make strong candidates for home theaters.

Briefs for June 27

Fourth of July parade entry forms are available for any person or group interested in entering a float in this year's parade. The theme of the parade is "Honoring our Hometown Heritage." For a parade entry form, stop by the Steamboat Springs Visitors Center or visit www.steamboatchamber.com. Call Evan at 879-0882, ext. 208.

The Record for June 27

12:04 a.m. Police received a report of a driver who drove onto a median on U.S. Highway 40. Police located the vehicle, and the 24-year-old driver from Craig was arrested for driving under the influence.

Man recovering after accident

A Steamboat Springs man whose pickup was struck by a train Friday as he tried to traverse a railroad crossing in his pickup is doing well, a family friend said Tuesday.

Park improvements may be on hold

$200,000 grant falls through, jeopardizing $800,000 phase

Hayden officials received some discouraging news last week. The town was not awarded a $200,000 grant to help fund major improvements to Dry Creek Park.

Sailors cruise to championship

Before last weekend, Steam�--boat Springs had never produced a youth baseball team that won a Triple Crown tournament title. Maybe that's because the 12 members of the Steamboat Sailors 9-and-under team had never played together in a Triple Crown event.

Aspens: a Steamboat favorite

Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) is probably the tree most coveted by homeowners in the Steamboat area. Aspens are fast-growing but relatively short-lived (20 years) trees attaining heights up to 50 feet.

Find your fishing hole

Guide serves dual purpose: Helping anglers, young entreprenuer

Molly Parsons, president of Streamside Publications LLC, has to keep a close watch on her staff -- they don't leave the office to go fishing as often as she would like.

City to revisit center debate

Council to revote on Stock Bridge site

The Steamboat Springs City Council tonight may renege on its earlier decision to build a community center at the Stock Bridge Transit Center area.

Teen triathlete at top

When Paul Rose raced in last year's Steamboat Springs Triathlon, he was a rookie with zero expectations. "I think it was more of just giving it a shot," Rose said. "I was on the swim team, so that helped. I do dry-land (training) for cross-country (skiing), so that helped. I actually got a road bike last year before the event, so I started road biking a month before. I had so much fun."