Stories for September 2007


Sunday, September 30

Best of the Web for Sept. 30

Did the public really need to know the details of this little girl's death? Wasn't it enough just hearing about an innocent life being taken??

Cheryl Flagg: Donate stem cells

In April 2003, I became a stem cell donor. My sister, Elaine, was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrom (MDS), a life-threatening pre-leukemia disorder. A bone marrow transplant from my stem cell donation replaced her own diseased bone marrow. Because of this miraculous process, Elaine is able to live a full life and see her daughter graduate from college. In fact, she will be in New York City this weekend to hear her favorite tenor at the Met.

Business File for September 30

Cuffe joins SmartWool; Flanigan promoted

Housing market soars in Hayden

The raw statistics for home sales in the Hayden area during August are startling.

Hunt of the Week for Sept. 30

Bill Van Ness

Market hits record $1.156B

Dollar volume blows by 2006 with four months remaining

One quarter remains in the 2007 business year, and the Steamboat Springs real estate market has already surpassed last year's record $1.12 billion in transactions. The new record was accomplished with only 54 percent of the unit volume, or transactions, needed to set the old standard.

Anne Barounos: Represent majority

At a recent function, several City Council candidates were asked their opinion of the proposed recreation center. Some candidates made polite but noncommittal replies, while others heartily endorsed the project.

Class notes for Sept. 30

Rotary Club names student of the month

Nicole Rende, a Steamboat Springs High School Senior, was honored this week by the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club as the student of the month.

Editorial cartoon for Sept. 30

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Sept. 30, 2007.

District looks to identify more Gifted and Talented students

The mention of a Gifted and Talented student may conjure up images of math team competitors and chess prodigies, but Steamboat Springs High School teacher Lisa Ruff said to do so is to pigeonhole kids.

The Jail Report and the Record for Sept. 30

Joshua Kevin Lorimer, 19, Denver - DUI, careless driving, driving under suspension, minor in possession (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Soroco High School sophomore names donated bronze sculpture 'Roco'

As Soroco Middle and High School Principal Dr. James Chamberlin pored over dozens of suggested names for the school's new mascot, one stood out above the rest.

Our View: Consider all uses for surplus school revenue

Increasing salaries for school staff is a vital goal. But as the Steamboat Springs School Board considers what to do with more than $400,000 in unexpected state revenue from rising student enrollment, we hope that other needs of the Steamboat Springs School District won't be left out of the discussion.

Jimmy Westlake: Planets light up October skies

October is one of my favorite months for sky watching. Clear, crisp autumn evenings are perfect for scanning the skies before the winter snows chase us inside. This October, the planets are the newsmakers as they meander through the stars of the zodiac.

Rich Tremaine: The need for an inventory of farm or ranch assets

Whether for one's peace of mind, for business planning or for estate planning, a full and complete inventory of assets is a critical first step. For a farmer or a rancher, this effort can be especially challenging, because of the nature of some of the assets that are held. The preparation of an inventory that includes the "living" assets such as animals or crops may highlight the fact that there needs to be a contingency plan for someone to take over an agricultural operation on very short notice. An inventory can help.

Breast cancer awareness project offers local support

Karen Schulman, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in April, has taught photography for 30 years as a tool for personal growth and self-discovery.

Coffee shop the buzz in Hayden

October ribbon-cutting ceremony will welcome three new businesses

When Hayden police last week asked a barefoot 3-year-old boy what he was doing running down Jefferson Avenue unattended, he told officers that he wanted to check out the new coffee shop in town.

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Rebuilding a life

Hayden couple picks up pieces after devastating fire

Kay and Brett Brooks were driving home from celebrating their seventh anniversary in Steamboat Springs on Sept. 16 when Kay noticed smoke coming from their 3,200-square-foot log cabin home off Routt County Road 37.

Steamboat volleyball files balanced win against Delta

If the Steamboat Springs volleyball team's win against Palisade on Friday - one where Sailors struggled to block at the net - left head coach Wendy Hall with a sour taste in her mouth, then a refreshing four-game "team win" against Delta on Saturday cleansed her palate.

Cyclist returns home, reaches 'halfway' in epic quest

The children outside the elementary school in Tishomingo, Okla., didn't quite understand the guy cycling through their town on his blue LeMond Alpe D'Huez. But they made sure to extend a hand and find out.

Real estate transactions for Sept. 20-26

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Routt County Spotlight: Paula Pepper Salky

Occupation: Sales, Judith Ripka Jewelry

Dave Shively: Don't be a user loser

Steamboat mountain bikers should take heed of the phrase adorning bumper stickers seen across the nation: "Ignore your rights and they will go away."

Steamboat tennis falls to Kent Denver, 6-1

There's always two ways a team can take a loss like the one the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team suffered to Kent Denver.

Sailors turn tables on Demons

Last year, the Steamboat Springs-Glenwood Springs boys soccer rivalry saw each team take home a win on its opponent's pitch. This year, the home field ruled.

Routt County schools meet requirements in Adequate Yearly Progress report

The Steamboat Springs School District met all 60 indicators for adequate yearly progress as set forth by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Traffic concerns grow

Emerald Mountain bypass option gaining steam

John Fielding never meant to become famous - or infamous - by nature of his proposal for a bypass over Howelsen Hill.

DJ Chotvacs: A helpful outline

I confess. I don't attend every City Council meeting, and I don't read the meeting minutes. But I hope to help clear up misconceptions about the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission.

Saturday, September 29

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Veterans Affairs clinic open for business

A struggle. A painful journey. An uphill battle.

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'You are a priority'

Gov. Ritter addresses gamut of questions, concerns

Business leaders, political leaders and community members from Moffat and Routt counties didn't let Gov. Bill Ritter come to Craig without asking tough questions.

Black widow bites teen

Family hopes incident will raise awareness

Being from the South, Susie Makens didn't think much of it when she noticed a black widow spider on her porch recently. That all changed when her son Mike was bitten by one of the spiders Monday.

Sailors call it a win in bizarre suspended game

Technically, Steamboat had already won the game.

Sailors volleyball defeats Palisade for first home victory

It has been three years since the Steamboat Springs volleyball team has won a match against the Palisade Bulldogs.

School official says Strawberry Park bus route may return Wednesday

School bus service to Strawberry Park Road will return next week - at least part-time - after requests from parents moved Steamboat Springs School District officials to reinstate the route that was cut two years ago.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 29

In recognition of National Public Lands Day, fees will not be charged today for use of campgrounds and picnic areas on the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland.

The Record for Sept. 27

12:44 a.m. Six people on skateboards reportedly were being pulled by a car on Walton Creek Road. The group was gone when officers arrived.

State delay hurts county

No additional voting machines for Election Day

Despite authorization to purchase 20 new electronic voting machines for the 2007 election, Routt County will work with the same number of machines it had in 2006, when hours-long lines at polling locations landed the county on the state's Election Watch List.

Family rallies behind Hayden man injured in motorcycle accident

When Oak Creek resident Trenton Kochenower heard his older brother, Tyrrell "Tye" Kochenower, had been involved in a motorcycle accident in Weld County, he immediately rushed to his side.

Middle school students take on Torreys Peak

Some kids dream of playing catch with John Elway, while others yearn to hoop it up with Michael Jordan.

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Sailors' offense brilliant

Steamboat football scores on first 6-of-7 possessions

If every great football player has a signature game in which he introduces himself to the state, Friday's game against rival Moffat County might have been that game for Steamboat Springs sophomore quarterback Austin Hinder.

Friday, September 28

Governor to stop in Craig today

Gov. Bill Ritter is scheduled to make his second formal Craig visit of the year today, when he hosts a community event as part of a statewide "Outreach Tour."

Provocative platters

Gallery show pairs fine china, taboo topics

With their ceramic work in "Jinah China," Jonah Skurky-Thomas and Micah Bell want to be provocative. At least, a little.

On Scene: They use wax for what?

Notes from around town

Sometimes it takes a trip out of town to learn something new about home.

Police investigate high school bomb threat

All Routt County high schools notified of ambiguous call

Steamboat Springs police are investigating a high school bomb threat that was called in to Routt County Communications on Thursday morning.

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Affidavits cite threats

Police: Cisneros repeatedly spoke of killing baby, herself

The mother of slain 1-year-old Brianna Simon had threatened to kill herself and her daughter in the weeks leading up to the Sept. 6 incident that left Brianna dead in her Steamboat Springs home, according to police affidavits made public Thursday.

Briefs for September 28

Steamboat Art Museum in need of volunteers

Margaret Hair: Good as new

Last week, while I was interviewing late '70s and early '80s Steamboat country rock staple Bandanna, I had a conversation that I've had at least 35 times.

Steamboat volleyball looks to establish itself with two-game home stand

The Steamboat Springs volleyball team had its first true test this week. However, it came after facing an opponent on the court.

Hayden looking to repeat against Dolores

These are the types of games that will show Hayden High School football coach Shawn Baumgartner how good his team really is.

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Helicopter aviation program visits Hayden to drum up interest

At 1,500 feet above Steamboat Springs on Thursday, helicopter flight instructor Drew Mitchell treated his passengers to a deluxe tour of fall colors.

Swinging for a state title

Broadlands course will challenge Steamboat golfers in two-day tourney

High school golfers hoping to be in the hunt for a state title should take some advice from Jay Anderson, general manager of the Broadlands Golf Club.

Open seats for school boards

Hayden, South Routt voters face few choices on ballot

The Hayden and South Routt school districts each have only one contested school board race in this fall's election, despite a total of seven open seats.

Choreographing a vision

Steamboat Dance Theater to hold concert auditions

The producers of the Steamboat Dance Theater's annual concert don't know from year to year what's going to come together.

New grass

Head for the Hills mixes improv and tradition

Adam Kinghorn, who plays guitar and banjo for the progressive bluegrass band Head for the Hills, is quick to point out geographic differences.

Court system expands hours

County officials continue to tackle 'glitches' at Justice Center

Moving to the new Routt County Justice Center was just what the court system needed to expand its hours.

The Record for Sept. 26

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Steamboat-Moffat game loaded with playoff implications

As Steamboat Springs High School football coach Aaron Finch marches into the Sailors' contest with Moffat County, at 7 p.m. today at Gardner Field, it's fair to say he's found his equilibrium as an offensive play-caller.

Deb Babcock: Collecting, storing and planting a garden from seed

One of the most beautiful flowering displays in my garden each year is a swath of Shirley Poppies started from seed given to me by friend and fellow Master Gardener Carol Fox.

Thursday, September 27

Rams try to fall back to winning

The Soroco High School football team has the parts; now they need to be put together.

Friends turn out to dedicate Gloria Gossard Park

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Gloria Gossard recalled horseback rides and impressing family friends with the views from Emerald Mountain, as about 40 community members came together on the mountain in Gossard's honor Wednesday.

Rotary Club invites students to see world

Reading books and watching movies can only teach so much about other cultures.

The Record for Sept. 25

1:45 a.m. A suspicious car was reported on Howelsen Parkway. Police said everything was fine.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 27

The District Attorney's Office has dismissed charges against Steamboat Springs resident Gregory Kay Forney.

Fort Collins to hold murder trial

Retrial in 2001 Johnson case could take place in six months

Thomas Lee Johnson's second murder trial will take place in Fort Collins.

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City likely ending tie with county building department

The looming departure of the city of Steamboat Springs from the Routt County Regional Building Department was the topic of a tense special meeting of the department's users' board on Wednesday.

Vowing to manage growth

Forum highlights tough times for working families

Candidates for the Steamboat Springs City Council agreed Wednesday that local government should do more to help families cope with the rising cost of living in Steamboat.

How to help children learn

School Board candidates discuss all-day kindergarten options

Candidates for the Steamboat Springs School Board all pledged support for all-day kindergarten Wednesday, but differences emerged about when to implement such a program and how to fund it.

New youth director, private facility push hockey buildup

Erik Blase didn't have much of a choice when it came to playing hockey.

Now playing

Steamboat's small market impacts local theaters' movie choices

Fall is a busy season for movies. Catching heavy traffic for family releases starting around Thanksgiving and attention from critics to get buzz going before the Oscar deadline, it's a time for studios big and small to play the hand they've been holding through the spring and summer.

Wednesday, September 26

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 26

Hundreds of dollars worth of electronic equipment and other items were stolen from at least eight unlocked cars last weekend.

Sheriff's Office launches redesigned Web site

People who want to know more about the Routt County Sheriff's Office can now access that information with the click of a mouse.

Haven groundbreaking nears

Fall date possible for community center addition to home

Much-anticipated plans to add a community center to The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden could move closer to fruition this fall as the owners seek qualified contractors to bid on the project.

Thomas Lee Johnson's case will be reheard, possibly in Routt County

Thomas Lee Johnson, convicted in 2001 for killing Steam-boat Springs resident Lori Lyn Bases, has been awarded a new trial.

Steamboat soccer team shuts down Moffat County

Moffat County had plenty of momentum but was short on the breaks.

Seniors urged to look at colleges that match their learning style

Gayle Dudley is quick to remind Steamboat Springs High School students that college isn't a prize to be won, but a match to be made.

The Record for Sept. 24

6 a.m. Officers scared off a bear from the 1200 block of Lincoln Avenue for a woman who was afraid to go outside because the bear was eating trash. Officers also issued someone a ticket for not having a wildlife-proof trash container.

Our View: Mine citation causes concern

Last week's federal citation of Twentymile Coal Co. is cause for immediate concern and demands a strong, clear response from mine officials, especially in light of recent coal mine-related tragedies elsewhere in the country.

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Council discussion highlights difficulty of solving traffic issue

If anything was learned during Tuesday's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting, it's that solving the city's transportation issues will be an arduous process.

Hayden contracts for own building department

Citing an inability to reconcile problems with the Routt County Regional Building Department, the town of Hayden has signed a contract with SAFEbuilt Colorado to provide its building department services.

Tuesday, September 25

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Xcel plan all but official

Commissioners put conditions on rail spur

Barring an enormous change of heart from the Routt County Board of Commissioners, Xcel Energy's long sought-after rail spur will be approved.

Propane tank explodes in Hayden

No injuries and little damage reported from morning blast

A small propane tank explosion shook Hayden on Monday morning, but little damage and no injuries were reported.

Officials: Hayden mayor's resignation presents minor challenges

Like any decision in life, Hayden Mayor Joseph Schminkey said his decision to resign came with pros and cons. But in the end, Schminkey said it was the ethical choice to make.

Early-season snow fall dusts top of Mount Werner

It doesn't take more than the season's first dusting to fuel excitement for a Steamboat Springs winter.

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City Council to talk about transportation issues

Spurred by the increase of downtown traffic congestion this summer and the imminent development of west Steamboat, the Steamboat Springs City Council will discuss transportation issues tonight, including alternatives for a bypass through the city.

Moffat County, Steamboat tied for second

It was hard to hear inside the gym after Monday night's high school volleyball match between Steamboat and Moffat County, but it wasn't the home team making all the noise.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 25

Steamboat Springs Cotillion is accepting registration for fall classes for fifth- through ninth-grade students. Participants will learn social etiquette and dances, including waltz, swing, Latin and other styles. The four sessions culminate in a theme party for fifth and sixth graders and a dinner party for seventh through ninth graders. Classes are held at the Steamboat Grand on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, 11 and 18, from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. for fifth and sixth grades and 7 to 8:30 p.m. for seventh to ninth grades. Call Jeanne Parsons at 879-5866 or Kelly Wilson at 870-6085.

The Record for Sept. 23

12:30 a.m. An abandoned vehicle was reported on Nancy Crawford Boulevard in Oak Creek.

Increased student enrollment may fund staff salary raises

Attracting and retaining educators in Steamboat Springs has been an uphill battle due to the area's high cost of living. But the Steamboat Springs School Board's decision Monday night to set aside more than $200,000 in funds to increase teacher salaries may better position the district to compete for staff.

Tom Ross: World War II a tough time for honeymooners

Watching Ken Burns' documentary about World War II on public television Sunday, I was reminded of a story my late father-in-law Ed Gawronski once told me.

Class tells parents to let kids learn from mistakes

First Impressions of Routt County is sponsoring a free parenting class tonight with a simple message - children learn from making mistakes.

Monday, September 24

Small propane tank explodes in Hayden

No injuries, little damage reported in morning blast

A small propane tank explosion shook Hayden this morning, but little damage and no injuries were reported.

Coming to Search and Rescue's aid

Randall Hannaway, president of Routt County Search and Rescue, figures his group of 50 rescuers puts in as many or more volunteer hours as any organization in the county.

Steamboat residents work together to save injured pet

When Dancy St. John got home from picking up her children at school Tuesday evening, she heard yelping and barking coming from her backyard, where the Elk River runs at the bottom of a 40-foot drop.

Johnson uses winter driving skills to win Production GT

There wasn't a driver with a bigger smile on his face than Matthew Johnson when the conditions for Sunday's Rally Colorado turned overcast and gloomy.

The Record for Sept. 22

1:50 a.m. A woman reported two or three drunken men in the street yelling near the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue. The men were gone when Steamboat Springs police officers arrived.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 25

Sections of Routt County Road 16, also known as Lynx Pass, will be closed to traffic today through Friday for bridge replacement. The closed section is 10 miles south of the intersection of C.R. 212 and C.R. 16. A different section of C.R. 16 will be closed Oct. 1 through 5 for another bridge replacement. Motorists who need to head south over Lynx Pass must use Colorado Highway 134 via Gore Pass. Call the Routt County Road and Bridge Department at 870-5308 for more information.

Monday Medical: Register to become a bone marrow donor to help others

Imagine you or someone you know needed a bone marrow or stem cell transplant to treat a deadly disease or immune system disorder. One of the first questions you'd ask is, "How hard is it to find a match?"

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Rail spur nears next hurdle

Planning commissioners to consider Xcel's application tonight

After receiving hesitant approval from the Routt County Planning Commission, Xcel Energy is approaching its potentially final hurdle in receiving county approval for a proposed rail spur east of Hayden. The project has been in the works for four years.

Adult day service for seniors will add to long-term care options

As older adults make up a growing segment of the U.S. population, there is an increasing emphasis on services that help keep seniors independent, living with families or living with caregivers instead of in skilled nursing or assisted-living facilities.

Luke Graham: Enough with all the coach-speak

Football lends itself to predictions. While coaches preach "one day at a time, one week at a time," it's always more fun to look ahead.

Sunday, September 23

Sailors softball team struggles, drops two games

When a team is as young and inexperienced as the Steamboat Springs High School softball team, coaches look for small steps to show the program is improving.

Rollover suspect arrested

Charges include negligent homicide, leaving the scene

A 42-year-old Yampa man was arrested in Moffat County on Thursday on suspicion of leaving the scene of a Sept. 16 accident that killed a Mexican sheepherder.

Hunt of the Week: Michael Sisk

Michael Sisk

Class notes for Sept. 23

The Steamboat Springs Optimist Club is now accepting applications for its Teen of the Month program. Area high school students can pick up applications from school counselors or call Rob MacCarthy at 871-7179. The Teen of the Month program culminates in a recognition dinner in May for all of the teens and their parents, and a scholarship is awarded to the student chosen as Teen of the Year.

Sandy Moore: U.S. facilities better

In reference to Deb Babcock's article on Sept. 14, I have a couple of observations and comments.

Kathy Cain: 'Team' raised funds

I am writing in reference to the recent Monday Medical article (New camera boosts cancer diagnosis) that ran in the Steamboat Today on Sept. 17. While I greatly appreciate the recognition that was given to me for donating the amount needed to purchase the camera, I would like to make it clear it couldn't have happened without the generous support of friends and family who sponsored me in the 2005 Chicago Marathon to raise the funds in memory of Pat "Cowboy" Nugent. As a "team" we were able to accomplish much more than any of us as individuals could have. Not only did we raise the funds, but it brought the topic of cancer awareness to the forefront of many of our conversations.

Best of the Web for September 23

Best of the Web for September 23

Business File for Sept. 23

Ferguson, Diehl earn GRI designation

Rebecca Ferguson and Michelle Diehl of Century 21 Ski Town Associates in Steamboat Springs recently earned their Graduate Realtor Institute designation.

The Jail Report and Record for Sept. 21, 2007

Friday, Sept. 21

Bob De Vries: Survey native-born

There have been many surveys regarding a new recreation center. Here are two questions I would like to see:

Conservative commentary: Voters scammed by Referendum C shuffle

Two years ago, lawmakers asked voters for a "timeout" from the spending restrictions of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights in order to allow the state budget to rebound from the recession of 2001-02.

Sarah Hagenbuch: Routt County Conservation District seeks board members

The Routt County Conservation District is looking for people interested in serving on its board. If you would like to have more involvement in your community, in agriculture issues and in rural life in Routt County, let us know. The RCCD board meets once a month on the first Thursday at the Pine Grove Center. The Board is looking for people representing all areas of Routt County. Call us for more information or to attend a Board meeting.

Jimmy Westlake: The strange Capricornus

The season of autumn is upon us. I know this because the Sea Goat has entered our early evening sky.

Steamboat prices at modest end of ski-town real estate tape measure

The average price of a single-family home in Steamboat Springs has increased 30 percent in two-and-a-half years. However, that average price - $813,000 - is less than in several other mountain resort communities.

Workshop teaches the basics of horsemanship

There are plenty of places to learn how to ride a horse. Dee Graves' workshop, "Horsemanship Fundamentals - Five Elements," isn't one of them.

Football fans give bars, restaurants a mud-season boost

With the summer tourism season fading like evening sunlight, Steamboat Springs businesses are now competing for a small selection of customers. In that fight, winning over local football fans is a major strategy for many bars and restaurants.

Routt County Spotlight: Kerry Hart

Kerry Hart

John F. Russell: It's the athlete, not the medal

Skiers can spend their entire career chasing the gold medal. It's the symbol of all that's good about sports. It's a source of national pride, and its value can't be measured simply in dollars.

Young players aid Sailors tennis team in victory

Nobody would have blamed Jack and Keegan Burger if they had lost against Evergreen in the deciding tennis match Saturday.

Tax-increase questions to come before voters in November

A small 2007 ballot will be loaded with various tax-increase questions, with several government entities claiming a state statute limiting the growth of property taxes has prevented them from keeping up with costs.

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Steamboat Brewers' Festival showcases good beer, perfect weather

For all good things in life - such as skiing, beer tasting, theme parties and Halloween - costumes make things that much sweeter.

Chicks with boomsticks

Division of Wildlife reaches out to those eager to learn a sportswoman's skills

Karen Donnel tried to have her husband teach her to golf. Her brothers have taken her under their wings. But none of it ever seemed to help her master the skills she was after.

Sixth-graders learn about environment at science school

Christine Krientz ran through an open meadow Wednesday swinging a butterfly net wildly through the air, trying to snag an insect.

Editorial cartoon for Sept. 23

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Sept. 23, 2007.

Steamboat offense has its day with Palisade

The Steamboat Springs boys soccer team has had every game this season (except ones with Battle Mountain) decided by a single goal.

Oak Creek's new police chief comes with impressive background

The tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, touched the hearts and lives of all Americans.

Lake Agnes pops up on the radar

A new era in real estate development is gradually taking hold at privately held Lake Agnes on the east side of Rabbit Ears Pass.

Our View: The proof's in the plan

The city's purchase of the Iron Horse Inn for the purpose of providing affordable rental housing is, on its surface, a smart deal. But until taxpayers see a business plan for its successful operation, we're hesitant to offer our full support.

Real Estate Transactions for Sept. 12-19

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

School districts strain with enrollment

The South Routt and Hayden school districts are not enjoying the growth in student population that is filling classrooms in Steamboat Springs - and the loss of students is costly.

Dave Shively: A different drive

I couldn't get the thought of racing my vehicle out of my head as I pulled into Friday's Rally Colorado practice stage, my '01 Subaru humming with new transmission fluid after its 30,000-mile, manufacturer-recommended service.

Saturday, September 22

Tigers volleyball wins in three games

For the second consecutive match, the Hayden High School volleyball defeated its opponent in three games.

Steamboat schools benefit from $530K police grant

A $533,784 federal grant will help boost security measures at schools in the Steamboat Springs School District.

Briefs for September 22

Hayden Mayor Joseph Schminkey resigns

The Record for September 20

Thursday, Sept. 20

D.A.R.E. vehicle given away

Sheriff's Office donates drug education car to Moffat County

The Routt County Sheriff's Office gave away one of the last remnants of its Drug Abuse and Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E., program Thursday.

Tom Ross: Silly Rabbit stands test of time

What's 7 feet, 6 inches tall, has orange glowing eyes, prefers carrots to hamburgers and represents one of the best remaining examples of roadside Americana in Steamboat Springs?

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VIDEO: Christie gets a lift

Heavy-duty chopper installs towers at ski area

The giant mechanical dragonfly that buzzed back and forth over the lower slopes of Steamboat Ski Area on Friday afternoon made short work of installing the 18 towers for the new Christie Peak Express high-speed, six-seat chairlift.

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Ammo more expensive; hunters bearing burden

One wonders if legendary trapper Jeremiah Johnson ever had to worry about this.

Mustang offense blanks Rams

The Soroco football team was hoping for some "total Ramination" against league opponent West Grand on Friday night in Oak Creek.

Hayden's defense leads to win against Paonia

When the Hayden offense couldn't get it done, the Tigers' defense sure did.

Citizens grill City Council candidates on issues

For two hours Friday afternoon, the public had an opportunity to approach Steamboat Springs City Council candidates with concerns, ask candidates what they stood for or just enjoy some free Steamboat Smokehouse barbecue and root beer floats.

Eagle County Republican considers run against White

A Republican primary could be in the works for the state Senate District 8 seat being vacated by term-limited Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs.

Friday, September 21

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Widow of soldier 'sick' over anti-war T-shirts

A former Hayden resident and widow of a soldier killed in Iraq has sharp words about a Flagstaff, Ariz., T-shirt distributor she believes is dishonoring the name of her late husband.

Gunman threatens Rio Blanco deputy

Criminal charges are pending against a 21-year-old Meeker man who was arrested Thursday after he allegedly pointed a loaded assault rifle at a deputy's head, the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office reported.

Briefs for September 21

Hearing to unseal records continued

Great Paint Out showcases plein air works

Painting outdoors comes with its challenges - namely, that light changes, and so will the painting if it's not finished in three or four hours.

Center offers hiring help

Workshop to explain employee documentation law

Colorado's new employment verification law is the topic of a roundtable discussion at Howelsen Lodge on Monday.

Briefs for September 20

Hearing to unseal records in murder case is today

On Scene

It's often difficult to find regional variations in the age of mass media.

Happy hours

Happy hours

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Day of atonement

Jewish community reflects on past year for High Holy Days

Throughout the years, the Jewish community in Steamboat Springs has shifted from its role as a gathering place for the High Holy Days to a place for communal worship and learning.

The Record for September 18

Tuesday, Sept. 18

Margaret Hair: 'Dinner and a Movie' is back

Dori Weiss won't tell me what five movies she plans to show in her "Dinner and a Movie" series, which will be held at the Steamboat Smokehouse for the next five Thursdays.

Tough-luck Rams prep for Mustangs

It's not exactly how Soroco High School football coach David Bruner drew it up. In his first year at the helm - and with an offense designed to make the scoreboard flicker like a firecracker - Bruner has had to take a different approach with a small and inexperienced team.</p

Golf in sixth straight state tourney

Playing on a big stage with big stakes, the Steamboat Springs High School golf team shot its lowest score of the year at Thursday's regional tournament in Cortez.

Hayden looks to get on track

Football plays Paonia tonight

Maybe the best part of regular-season high school football is that there's always next week.

Ready to rally

Fast course, high stakes highlight Rally Colorado

There's not a huge margin for error for the top drivers in this year's Rally America Championship tour.

Craft gems

Program at Arts & Crafts Gym makes creating even easier

Since it opened in January, the Steamboat Arts &amp; Crafts Gym has offered space and materials for visiting or local art fans to make projects ranging from finger painting to quilt making.

Poppin', funky Latin

ONDA combines tight horns with Afro-Cuban rhythms

Mixing Latin rhythms with American song forms isn't anything new - Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo did it popularly in the 1940s, and without that collaboration, Latin jazz might have come a lot later to the scene.

Twentymile Coal Co. cited

Emergency response plan fails to meet federal standards

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited Twentymile Coal Co. for a failure to file an acceptable emergency response plan for its Foidel Creek Mine in Routt County. Out of 455 underground coal mines in the United States, Twentymile is the only one without an approved emergency response plan, the MSHA said.

The wild and wooly days

Bandanna's reunion show a relic from the way music was

As a way of explaining what live music was like in Steamboat Springs 30 years ago, Rick Bear slides a yellowed bar tab across the table.

Jane McLeod: Too good to be forgotten

Parsley is undoubtedly one of the most familiar herbs - maybe even too familiar to generate much excitement. Some of us dismissed it as a garnish that was perched (often with a slice of orange) on the side of every restaurant entree we ordered. Little did we know, or probably care, that the little clump of ruffled leaves was packed with vitamins, minerals and antiseptic chlorophyll, making it a beneficial as well as attractive garnishing herb.

Crunching the numbers

More information needed for Oak Creek annexation move

After a lengthy and impassioned Oak Creek Planning Commission meeting Wednesday, developer Heather Kline was left with two options for her Darling Annexation proposal: come back with current construction costs and make another presentation to the Planning Commission, or leave nearly two years of work behind.

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Company training

Emerald City Opera teaches singing, acting in workshops

Holding your own on an opera stage goes beyond singing - you also have to be able to stand up and sit down in a hoop skirt.

The Record for September 19

Wednesday, Sept. 19

Thursday, September 20

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Golf team makes state tourney

Sailors shoot 230 to finish second

The Steamboat Springs High School golf team qualified for the state tournament Thursday after finishing second at the regional tournament in Cortez.

Sailors volleyball prepares for two weeks of league play

Steamboat Springs High School volleyball coach Wendy Hall isn't ready to call her team one of the Western Slope League's elite.

Sailors open ski season, still waiting for snow

The first winter storm still could be weeks away, but that hasn't stopped several Steamboat Springs High School athletes from getting a jump on the ski season.

4-H grand champions' projects include heritage

It's not just about raising cattle - at this year's Colorado State Fair, 4-H members from around Routt County competed in categories ranging from rocketry to leather carving.

Project manager says construction of schools on schedule

The foundation for a new Soda Creek Elementary School has been laid, but building officials say what's even more exciting is that the project is on schedule and under budget.

Steamboat producers cross the globe to push snowmobile limits

When people push themselves on snowmobiles - whether dropping a 120-foot cliff on Rabbit Ears Pass, launching into the record books over a 260-foot gap or backflipping to gold medals in front of an internationally televised audience - Chris Brown and Clayton Stassart are often the ones behind the camera to catch the action. Of course, they often find themselves in the driver's seat, performing these stunts on their own.

Resort execs hoping for Lynx flights

Steamboat Springs resort officials still hope for a Lynx sighting at Yampa Valley Regional Airport this ski season, but they acknowledge that with every week that passes, opportunities are slipping away.

Officials eye local regulations

Routt County Planning Commission to review 1041 draft

County officials tonight will discuss policies that would increase local regulations on projects of state interest, such as a proposed pipeline to carry Yampa River water to the Front Range.

Drug task force renamed

GRAMNET broadens scope of work, changes name to ACET

The Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team, or GRAMNET, is no more. In its place is the All Crimes Enforcement Team, or ACET.

Smyser pledges better communication

Sandra Smyser said her first task as the Steamboat Springs School District's interim superintendent is to facilitate communication within the district, particularly among groups with differing viewpoints.

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Slide issue gets muddier

Broken water pipe likely contributed to mudslide

A broken water pipe could be at least partly to blame for a mudslide in the Tree Haus neighborhood Sept. 6.

Wednesday, September 19

Flames destroy home in Hayden

Dog dies, but second pet saved in fire

A fire destroyed a 3,200-square-foot Hayden home Sunday night.

Gene Cook: Enough is enough

Are you concerned about the appearance of Howelsen Hill and the north side of Emerald Mountain? From the Lincoln Avenue canyon it may look OK, but have you looked at it from the higher viewpoints north and east of downtown?

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 19

The LIFT-UP of Routt County Donation Center will be closed until further notice in order to process the large amount of donations it has received from the community.

The Record for Sept. 17

7:11 a.m. A truck ran into a utility pole near Third Street and Lincoln Avenue, knocking out cable service to thousands of Steamboat Springs residents for nearly eight hours. No injuries were reported. Comcast crews later repaired the utility pole.

Our View: Let the healing begin

The Steamboat Springs School Board's hiring of interim superintendent Dr. Sandra Smyser on Tuesday was the first step in a process we hope will improve relationships and trust in a school district and community that need help with both.

Bill Dring: Oppose rail spur

I urge the citizens of Routt County to make their voices heard in opposition to the Xcel rail spur proposal before the Board of County Commissioners' meeting Sept. 24.

Orchestra's performance proves growth

The Steamboat Springs Orchestra ( has become increasingly professional under the able direction of Ernest Richardson. At this point, about 20 of the orchestra's 30 musicians are paid to perform, a number that will increase as more meet professional standards. Such standards include getting it right the first time, and last weekend's concert came close - it required only three rehearsals.

Candidates picnic to provide informal setting

Voters get first organized chance to interact with most Council hopefuls on Friday

Steamboat Springs voters will have their first organized opportunity to meet candidates for City Council on Friday at the City Council Candidates Picnic. Organizers say the picnic, as opposed to a forum or debate, will give the public a relaxed opportunity to chat with the candidates.

Soroco homecoming features food, fun, football

Already three days into homecoming week, South Routt School District students, staff and parents have been "preparing for total Ramination" beginning with tonight's much-anticipated 18th annual Soroco Ram Fan Booster Club Chili Cook-off.

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Board selects Smyser

Experienced district leader hired as interim superintendent

Sandra Smyser is the Steamboat Springs School District's new superintendent.

Council passes reduced moratorium

Demolition ban in effect until March

Almost one month after enacting a ban on demolitions and exterior alterations of historic structures, the Steamboat Springs City Council has significantly reduced those restrictions.

Another state appearance on the line for Sailor golfers at regionals

Before the best high school golfers in the state can tee off at Broomfield's Broadlands Golf Course in search of a state title, they must prove themselves at regionals.

Tuesday, September 18

Steamboat awarded world mountain-running championships

A town known for exporting champions across the globe will be bringing the world's best to Steamboat Springs in 2009.

The Record for September 16

Sunday, Sept. 16

School to upgrade energy

Hayden district to receive new boilers at minimal cost

A work crew toiled in the Hayden High School and middle school boiler room Monday, tearing out asbestos insulation and prepping the room for new high-efficiency boilers.

Nearly two inches of rain falls in county

A strong series of storms that moved through the region Sunday and early Monday dropped massive amounts of rain and hail, but managed to cause only minor problems for city and county officials.

Accident takes out Comcast

About half of Comcast's cable TV and Internet customers in Steamboat Springs were without service for eight hours Monday after a truck collided with a downtown utility pole, disrupting the above-ground fiber optic cable that is critical to the service.

Peruvian dies in wreck near Yampa

Man faces possible vehicular homicide charge in accident

Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle who fled the scene of a one-car rollover accident Sunday morning in the Routt National Forest.

Moratorium faces scale-back

Demolition-only ban may reconcile some council differences

The absence of Councilwoman Karen Post at tonight's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting could mire the council in a deadlock when it considers an ordinance that would extend and modify an emergency moratorium that bans demolitions and exterior alterations of historic structures.

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City close to Iron Horse deal

Officials also considering affordable housing on Bear River parcel

The city of Steamboat Springs is close to finalizing a $4 million purchase of the Iron Horse Inn. City officials say they hope to convert the inn into affordable rental housing for city employees beginning next fall.

Briefs for September 18

Mahogany Ridge wins People's Choice award

Tom Ross: Steamboat's shy weatherman would want to know

Snow dusts Sand Mountain after all-night downpour in valley

The snow arrived right on time. It just didn't arrive at the correct address.

Monday, September 17

Peruvian dies in wreck near Yampa

Driver faces possible vehicular homicide charge in Sunday wreck

A man was killed Sunday morning in a one-vehicle rollover accident in the Routt National Forest east of Yampa.

The Record for Sept. 15

1:42 a.m. A Steamboat Springs police officer apprehended an intoxicated male who was suspected of stealing a mountain bike. No charges were filed and the individual was sent to detox.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 17

The Yampa Valley Team is seeking volunteers to join the "Walk to D'feet ALS" on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Denver.

Soup-er supper

Babcock: This year's event raises money for Mental Health Clinic

No two snowflakes are exactly alike, and the adage holds true for the soup bowls created by the Steamboat Clay Artisans for Tuesday's Soup Bowl Supper.

New camera boosts cancer diagnosis

As much as we depend on technology to diagnose and treat cancer, the human eye still plays a key role. At Yampa Valley Medical Center, that vision belongs to Dr. William F. Cox Jr., a pathologist with 33 years of experience in his specialty.

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Severe storms pound region

Funnel cloud reported near Craig; hail falls on Steamboat

An unofficial report of a funnel cloud was reported east of Craig on Sunday as part of a severe weather system that moved through the region, dumping half-inch-sized hail in Steamboat Springs.

Aging Well: Strong bones need more than calcium

My paternal grandmother was frequently the recipient of teasing by family members who pointed out that she seemed to be shrinking as time went by. Grandma graciously accepted the teasing, and neither she nor others seemed to think anymore about it until the next family gathering provided another opportunity to pester her.

Sunday, September 16

Steamboat downs Eagle Valley in four

Any residual effects of Thursday's loss to Battle Mountain didn't show Saturday for the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team.

Softball drops a pair

The Steamboat Springs High School softball team dropped a pair of games to the Eagle Valley Devils on Saturday.

Routt County Spotlight: Janna Marxuach

Janna Marxuach

Downtown rebound

Despite construction projects, sales end four-month skid in July

Downtown sales managed to rise in July, despite various construction projects, reduced lodging, the loss of two convenience stores and a 25 percent reduction in the number of Triple Crown teams in Steamboat Springs that month, compared to last year.

Tennis rallies to win

Sailors come out on top with string of close matches

When two undefeated boys tennis regional powerhouses meet, you can expect some close matches. Class 4A Northern Colorado perennial regional champion Greeley West was already warmed up after dispatching a talented 5A Boulder team, 4-3, Saturday morning.

Steamboat falls to Glenwood in OT

As players walked by rubbing his head and giving him pats on the back, Travis Whitman unlaced his shoes and removed his shiny, golden shin guards. The Glenwood Springs soccer player's equipment directly reflects his recent play, as the sophomore scored the golden goal in overtime, lifting the Demons against Steamboat, 2-1, on Saturday.

Last minute key for Sailors football against Eagle Valley

It's possible the Steamboat Springs High School football team turned the tide of its season during the last 32 seconds of Friday's 34-27 win against Eagle Valley.

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Western culture celebrated in downtown Saturday

There was no need for a photo finish at the 20th Annual Rubber Ducky Race on Saturday as the first-place, little yellow bird won by 150 feet and beat the last-place duck by almost an hour.

District moves to credit system for lunch payments

Once the aim of schoolyard bullies, lunch money is disappearing in Steamboat Springs schools for an entirely different reason - the district is moving toward electronic payments for its students.

The Record for Sept. 16

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

Hayden's Vocational Education Facility to undergo 8,000-foot expansion

Some students at Hayden High School finish their day with paint-covered hands from art class, but Chase Salazar's often are grease-stained after time spent in the school's shop facility.

Noreen Moore: A 'real town' era

We are a region that has been engaged with one economic love at a time. We are loyal to our industries and often turn a blind eye to many things because the prudent response in this remote region was to embrace and be grateful to any economy that came and created jobs, even if low-paying and even if for a short time.

Best of the Web for Sept. 16

Fair market value may defeat park's purpose

Are the trailer owners being given the opportunity to buy the land underneath for fair market value or below market value? If it's fair market value, then I have no quibbles, but it may be more than they can reasonably afford, which sort of defeats the purpose. If it's less than market value, then the community is subsidizing the transaction. I'm okay with this because I support affordable housing any way we can get it, but the last thing I'd want to see is someone getting the land at below market value now, then selling it at market value sometime in the future. If they are getting a special deal at the public's expense, I'd expect some sort of deed restriction put in place to ensure that it stays affordable over the long haul.

Evie and Larry Freet: Who's in control?

At this point in time, your home, your refuge, your dreams and your investment in Old Town, Fairview and Brooklyn are under a moratorium on home demolitions and alterations to the exterior of a 50-plus-year-old home. The historic groups in our city and county, which feel we are losing our community character and heritage, instigated this moratorium. They think now is the time for mandatory historic designation and compliance on historic residences, and the process has begun.

Harriet Freiberger: Something happened

A few weeks ago, one of our local columnists wrote about a most interesting idea. He said he didn't want to become the town grouch, complaining about traffic, construction and waiting in lines. Instead, Tom Ross decided to begin a new way of approaching his days with "random acts of kindness." From the looks of things, folks have been practicing what he suggested, and it's working: a driver stops to let another car into a line of traffic, a man picks up a bit of trash left on the Post Office floor, a woman talks to a stranger at the grocery store.

Paul Epley: The ethanol myth

Unfortunately, many governments - the U.S. government in particular - have emerged as the driving force behind one of the most environmentally and culturally destructive policies ever promulgated in the name of environmental and cultural sensitivity - the addition of ethanol to motor fuels in the name of environmentalism. While ethanol's addition to gasoline is touted as an environmental boon and a savings of fossil fuels, the truth is that it is environmentally unsound, economically unwise, and little more than a direct subsidy to major corporate agricultural interests.

Our View: End county turf war

We can't help but be a little mystified by Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall's insistence on skirmishing with the Board of Commissioners about such innocuous issues as motor pool policies.

Looking Back for Sept. 16

New prep school starts classes, 26 kids enrolled

Colorado's newest preparatory school, dedicated to giving a solid education background to those planning to enter college, has started its first term at Steamboat Springs.

Tapping back in

Reinvented festival targets beer fans

After a year's hiatus, the Steamboat Springs Brewers' Festival is a new event with a new image: "It's not meant to be a guzzlefest. It's meant to be a beer tasting," event organizer Jody Anagnos said.

Patrick Delaney: Clarifying the moratorium

Community Agriculture Alliance

If you read the Steamboat Pilot &amp; Today, you are most likely aware of the emergency moratorium regarding buildings more than 50 years old in downtown Steamboat Springs that was recently passed by the City Council. Historic Routt County has received numerous phone calls and e-mails regarding this important historic preservation issue. In addition, we have been incorrectly named as the organization that is spearheading this moratorium.

Jimmy Westlake: A planet by any other name

The very thought of having to utter the name of the seventh planet in public is enough to send chills up the spine of even a veteran reporter. Imagine choking on embarrassing headlines like, "Astronomers announced today the discovery of five dirty rings around Uranus," or, "This week, NASA scientists probed Uranus for the first time."

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GOP at odds about White

Brenner considers state Senate run

After state Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, bought a townhouse in Hayden a year ago, carpetbagger allegations were perhaps to be expected from Democratic rivals. But its some local Republicans, including White's former campaign manager, who are making the accusations.

Selbe land may be mixed-use

Kreissigs acquire Fish Creek property, envision arts neighborhood

The husband-and-wife development team of Peter and Kim Kreissig have acquired the 3-acre Selbe property on Fish Creek for $5.75 million.

Resort Group adds CRS

Property management consolidated

After 25 years spent working in both the trenches and the executive suites of Steamboat Springs' property management industry, Renea Cowman and Kathy Connell found a unique way to celebrate their silver anniversary in the business.

Former resident goes head-to-head with Pastrana on Rally tour's fastest course

There's just no race out there that lets the country's best drivers go as fast and take as many chances as Rally Colorado.

First-time ultra runners top inaugural 50-miler

Most people would probably take a week off after running 100 miles.

Dave Shively: 'Tis the season

I knew seasons were changing two weeks ago at our final attempt at a summer lacrosse practice. As I walked to the parking lot with Big John, he stared up at the woods of Mount Werner longingly, and I noticed it looked like the clean-shaven professional was starting to let himself go a little.

Toponas community rallies to restore historic building

Pat and Jim Woodcock's longtime romance budded in the one-room, white building that has served as Toponas' "heart and soul" and meeting place since 1924.

Real estate transactions for Sept. 5 to 11

Real estate transactions for Sept. 5 to 11, 2007.

Saturday, September 15

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Base area development on time, under budget

Mountain mobility issues become major focus

Public infrastructure projects at the base of Steamboat Ski Area are under budget and on schedule for a Nov. 15 completion, project coordinator Joe Kracum told the city's advisory committee for the projects Friday.

United Way sets 2007 goal

Routt County United Way's 2007 fundraising campaign kicks off Monday with a donation goal of $600,000.

Tom Ross: Ponder the purpose of the two-seater privy

Water main break underscores how much we take conveniences for granted

I know of an abandoned old homestead in Northwest Colorado with a fascinating collection of log and frame buildings, all of them in outstanding condition with the exception of the privy.

School Board close to hire

Connelly: Agreement reached with superintendent candidate

Steamboat Springs School District officials said Friday they reached a verbal agreement with one of their candidates for interim superintendent.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 15

Kenneth Muhme of Craig was found not guilty Thursday night of careless driving causing death, in a charge related to a February accident that resulted in the death of Steamboat Springs resident Amy Flint.

The Record for Sept. 13

3:49 a.m. A bear was reported in the 500 block of Anglers Drive.

Vets band together to save wounded Great Pyrenees

The past four weeks of Maxwell's life have all the ingredients of a great tale of survival. Left for dead with a gunshot wound to the mouth, the 10-month-old Great Pyrenees wandered for almost a month in the Routt National Forest before he was found Sunday by a group of hunters outside of Hayden.

Steamboat Springs High School's resource officer plays many roles

School Resource Officer Debra Funston described her job at Steamboat Springs High School as one part cop, one part educator - with most of her time serving as a counselor.

Hayden offense stumbles, loses to West Grand

The West Grand football team took the wind out of Hayden's sails Friday night in Kremmling.

Sailors singles hang tough

Tennis team gains confidence in contest against visiting Boulder

Steamboat Springs High School tennis team singles players Ramsey Bernard, Matt Gadbois, Jeff Lambart set the tone for Friday's contest against Class 5A Boulder. But at the end of the tournament, it was the doubles team of Mirko Esparmer and Vladen Chase that slammed the door on the visitors.

Last-second Sailors TD seals wild win

Wow. What else can be said about a game in which the Steamboat Springs high school football team allowed Eagle Valley to close within two points on a 79-yard touchdown play - on a fourth-and-16 as the clock wound down in the fourth quarter - and the refs first waved off the tying two-point conversion, then waved it back on to tie the game at 27, before Steamboat's Austin Hinder hit Nigel Hammond for a 67-yard touchdown pass to seal a 34-27 win.

Friday, September 14

Transition in store for park

Housing Authority hopes for changes for mobile home owners

After closing on its $3.2 million purchase of the Fish Creek Mobile Home Park two weeks ago, the Yampa Valley Housing Authority has turned its sights to future plans for the park.

Tourism up this weekend

Retired ballplayers offered multisport mulligans at tourney

World Series-winning pitcher Tom Browning and former Chicago White Sox slugger Ron Kittle will test the fairways at Catamount Ranch &amp; Club during this weekend's Celebrity Golf Classic, which benefits Tier 2 sports at Steamboat Springs High School.

Officials lift water-use ban

Tests show no signs of contamination after pipe break

A ban on water use in west Steamboat Springs was lifted Thursday afternoon after tests on nine water samples showed no signs of contamination. City officials made the announcement at about 1 p.m., almost 48 hours after the ban was implemented.

Community donations equal nonprofit support

Giving a little helps a lot.

Vail Christian bumps past Soroco in three

The temperature in the gym in St. Clare in Edwards when Vail Christian hosted Soroco on Thursday was just fine, thank you.

Deb Babcock: Slow food movement

Last month at the Strings in the Mountains tent, Steve Schroeder, former president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, talked about health care and the critical issues facing Americans as we try to live healthy lifestyles.

A mash-up of musical styles, people and beer

Playing two sets, especially when you only have one record's worth of original material, can be a stretch.

CD reviews

Reviews of Kanye West, "Graduation," and Ann Wilson, "Hope & Glory"

Finding Americana

Kort McCumber combines roots rock, bluegrass and country

Since he last played Steamboat Springs in June, Kort McCumber - peddler of Americana and player of many stringed instruments - has finished up a sixth record and won a songwriting contest at the Founders Title Folk and Bluegrass Festival in Utah.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 14

A recent resignation has opened a spot on the Yampa Town Board.

Vanishing point

The Depot's "Points on a Compass" looks at past, future

The three bodies of work in the Depot Art Center's "Points on a Compass," contributing artist Phoebe Fulkerson said, have a common theme: they all convey a sense of disappearing.

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Fruits of labor

Steamboat Art Museum presents its first international show, about apples

With its fourth full show, the Steamboat Art Museum is making a jump.

Mudslide cleanup continues

Electric company investigating cause of River Road slide

The Yampa Valley Electric Association is investigating the cause of last week's River Road mudslide amid allegations from a property owner that the electric company's recent trenching in the area is to blame.

Margaret Hair: Preserving culture by the spoonful

On Saturday, the second annual Chuckwagon Chili Challenge (part of the third annual Downtown Hoedown) will go back-to-back with the fourth annual Festival of the Americas.

Steamboat's first 50-mile 'ultra' kicks off Saturday

Betsy Kalmeyer has dreamed of bringing an ultramarathon to the area's prime mountain trails ever since she first moved to Steamboat Springs.

Soroco, Hayden football open league play tonight

The outcome of today's Class 1A Western Slope League football opener for Soroco and Meeker might be determined on the first drive.

Steamboat looks for complete game against Eagle Valley

For six quarters this year, the Steamboat Springs High School football team has played well.

Battle Mountain beats Steamboat at the net, wins, 3-0

The last time the Battle Mountain girls volleyball team visited Steamboat Springs, they rolled over the Sailors, outscoring them, 75-31, in an emotional final home game last year.

Race, chili and Festival highlight Saturday events

On Saturday, Kristin Cronin will put her white chicken chili to the test.

The Record for Sept. 12

3:34 a.m. A wild animal reportedly was in a woman's freezer in the 1800 block of Huckleberry Lane.

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Courthouse renovation, expansion to come online in October

Wednesday's dedication of the new Routt County Justice Center, and a massive move to the new facility this weekend, clear the way for county officials to renovate the downtown Routt County Courthouse and Courthouse Annex.

Turning pro

Steamboat Springs Orchestra launches its first full season Saturday

For the first concert of its first full season, the Steamboat Springs Orchestra will rehearse only four times.

Thursday, September 13

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Water ban lifted: All areas of west Steamboat cleared for use

City officials say test results showed no contamination

The water ban in West Steamboat has been lifted for all areas, as city officials confirmed Thursday that test results showed no contamination in city water supplies after a broken pipe two days ago.

Officials, residents dedicate new Justice Center in ceremony

In the early 1920s, fourth-generation Steamboat Springs resident Jim Zulevich's great-grandfather was said to have supplied the stones used to build the original Routt County Courthouse.

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Baby Brianna laid to rest

Police not releasing additional information in suspected murder

The message Father Ernest Bayer delivered during Wednesday's memorial service for 1-year-old Brianna Simon was simple: love one another.

School Board, candidate negotiating

Interim superintendent could be named as early as today

An interim superintendent for the Steamboat Springs School District could be named as early as today.

Brent Boyer: Get the news when it breaks

People move to Routt County for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the relatively relaxed pace of life.

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Water order still in effect

Library construction site supervisor apologizes for incident

A ban on water use in Steamboat Springs homes and businesses west of 11th Street to the city limits will remain in effect at least until this afternoon, when city officials expect to get the results of bacteriological tests.

Golf team finishes first as regionals approach

The Steamboat Springs High School golf team had the kind of performance it needed Wednesday as the squad looks ahead to next week's regional tournament.

Sailors volleyball prepares for Battle Mountain

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team has its most important game of the season, at least so far, tonight on its home court.

Hayden's Jake Booco earns state bull riding title

Since Jake Booco began competing six years ago at Colorado Pro Rodeo Association events, a state bull riding title had been the one itch he just couldn't scratch. Five trips to the state finals yielded a pair of second-place finishes and three other top-five finishes.

The Record for Sept. 11

9:57 a.m. Hayden officials reportedly smelled natural gas at the Hayden Town Hall. West Routt Fire Protection District and Atmos Energy officials checked out the building. Everything was fine.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 13

Yampa Valley Community Foundation's competitive grant forms are being accepted through Sept. 15.

Middle school program looks to intervene before punishing

"Knowing the code" at Steamboat Springs Middle School isn't about unlocking a new video game level or deciphering the complex social code of school life.

Water ban affects businesses

Line break, water use restrictions force restaurants to close

A water line break and resulting ban on water use on the west side of Steamboat Springs forced the closure of numerous businesses Wednesday. Many local workers became part of the effort to respond to the water ban.

Wednesday, September 12

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No water use until test results

State and county health departments meeting with city today

A ban on water use remains in effect today for Steamboat Springs water customers west of 11th Street to the city limits. City officials are meeting with state and county health departments and developing recommendations for people who may have used or consumed potentially contaminated water.

County opposes 4-H program

Letter takes issue with proposed premise identification

Leellen Koroulis wouldn't sign a bank loan without reading the fine print first. Similarly, she says she wouldn't want her children and grandchildren, who participate in Routt County's 4-H programs, to be forced to participate in a premise identification program that would require all 4-H members to register their livestock with the state.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 12

"Foundations of Steamboat: The Kemry Family," has opened as a new exhibit at the Tread of Pioneers Museum at Eighth and Oak streets in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Pipe break limits water

No-drink order for west end

A broken water main at the Bud Werner Memorial Library construction site has left Steamboat Springs residences and businesses west of 11th Street without water, possibly until Thursday.

Steamboat shuts down Eagle Valley offense for first victory

The boys on the Steamboat Springs soccer team knew Eagle Valley had the talent to go on offensive tears. Devils striker Cesar Castillo has notched 11 of his team's past 14 goals, including a pair of five-goal games.

Our View: Justice Center overshadows process' flaws

Perhaps it's fitting that it took a failed ballot initiative, a court order, a reversal of that court order, two years of public debate, a decision by a federal agency and a dismissed lawsuit to build the new Routt County Justice Center - where similar legal battles will be fought long into the future.

Steamboat ladies tennis team repeat as state champs

Last year, the women on the Steamboat Red tennis team weren't expecting much when they qualified for the U.S. Tennis Association's Colorado District Championships. They walked away with a state title, but opted out of the sectional championships because of conflicting schedules.

Council puts Steamboat Art Museum lease on hold

City asks for more analysis before agreeing to long-term commitment to downtown location

The Steamboat Springs City Council told supporters of the Steamboat Art Museum that the city can't make a long-term commitment to the museum's downtown location until a number of details are worked out.

County vows downtown funds

Business improvement district finds support on board

The Routt County Board of Commissioners pledged more than $14,000 worth of support Tuesday for efforts to improve downtown Steamboat Springs.

Trial program could offer dogs leash-free time

A trial program to allow dogs to romp off leash during specific times in some city parks will be considered tonight by the Parks and Recreation Commission.

School construction cut back to get under budget

The Steamboat Springs School Board agreed to cost-cutting measures Monday to reduce more than $300,000 in excess construction costs for projects at Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools.

Briefs for September 12

Customer service training Oct. 11

The Record for Sept. 10

12:56 a.m. A bear was spotted in the 40000 block of Routt County Road 36. The bear was gone when officers arrived.

Tuesday, September 11

Officials: Water could be off-limits until Thursday

Pipe break at construction site leads to no-use order

A broken water main at the Bud Werner Memorial Library construction site has left Steamboat Springs residences and businesses west of 11th Street without water, possibly until Thursday. City officials sent out a reverse-911 alert late Tuesday afternoon warning residents not to drink or use city water because of potential bacterial contamination. Public Works Director Jim Weber said the no-drink order means residents should not use tap water to brush their teeth, wash dishes, shower or for any other purpose.

Seminars at Steamboat seeks program director

After providing another successful year of dialogues on public policy, Seminars at Steamboat realized it was missing something: help.

Steamboat soccer team hopes to pick up first win of season against Eagle Valley

There is no question that controlling Eagle Valley's Cesar Castillo is a key to tonight's soccer game at Steamboat Springs High School's Gardner Field.

The Record for Sept. 9

12:32 a.m. A car reportedly hit a cow near Routt County roads 27 and 33. The cow was "severely injured," law enforcement said, but the driver was fine.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 11

Portions of River Road north of the Mount Werner Road intersection will be closed periodically during the next few weeks as crews work to repair an area that was damaged in a mudslide Thursday.

Museum accepting nominations for prestigious awards

Do you know someone who spends countless hours volunteering or someone who has made major contributions to Routt County during his or her lifetime?

Lesson plans bring wilderness to North Routt classroom

The educational experience at North Routt Community Charter School may not be survival of the fittest, but Head of School Colleen Poole says the school's mission of expeditionary learning does make for "hearty" students.

Art Museum looks for long-term lease

City Council to discuss facility's future at meeting tonight

Supporters of the Steamboat Art Museum will ask city officials tonight for a long-term commitment to the museum's downtown location.

Tom Ross: Kicking used to be a side job

Blanda would have been a fantasy football sensation

Broncos veteran Jason Elam and Green Bay Packer rookie Mason Crosby reminded us Sunday why the game that preoccupies so many of us on autumn weekends is called "foot ball."

Woman dies on Rabbit Ears in semitrailer rollover

Husband cited in accident Sunday night

A Colorado Springs woman died Sunday night on Rabbit Ears Pass after the Safeway semitrailer she was riding in rolled over and burst into flames.

Superintendent choice close

School officials interview three finalists for job Monday

The Steamboat Springs School Board could hire an interim superintendent Wednesday.

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Justice Center to open with ceremony

The trees have been planted, the parking lot has been paved and the courtroom furniture has been polished. The railings are in, the terrazzo flooring is down and the windows have been washed.

Monday, September 10

Colorado Springs woman dies on Rabbit Ears Pass

Husband the driver of semitrailer that rolled over Sunday night

A Colorado Springs woman died late Sunday night on Rabbit Ears Pass after the Safeway semitrailer she was riding in rolled over and burst into flames. Her husband was driving the vehicle.

Eyes on the Tigers

Hayden football gaining respect

Two weeks and two wins into the season, the Hayden High School football team still has something to prove.

Luke Graham: Lock 'em up

The last time the Buffalo Bills made the playoffs, I didn't have my driver's license, I was still trying to figure out girls and Bill Clinton was president.

The Record for Sept. 8

12:09 a.m. An officer was requested in the 1400 block of Conestoga Circle. A juvenile couple was reportedly arguing. Police turned the male over to his mother.

Briefs for Sept. 10

Today through Wednesday, the Colorado Open Space Alliance will hold its eighth annual conference at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

Trail designers seek Howelsen input

Four-season trail users have an opportunity to contribute to the vision for Howelsen Hill's future at a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Olympian Hall Fireplace Room.

New pool, slides taking shape

Hot Springs renovation aims for Christmas-week opening

The construction site at the Old Town Hot Springs is looking more and more like the final product. A mechanical room has been constructed, the walls of a new, curving activity pool are being built and two new waterslides are nearly complete.

Steamboat hangs onto top 10

SKI magazine reader's poll rates resort ninth, same as last year

When it comes to the SKI magazine annual reader's poll, it's a case of dejà vu for the Steamboat Ski Area.

High quality of care noted in Steamboat preschools

Three Steamboat area preschools have earned top ratings in state evaluations.

Pressing charges slide in

Mudslide property owner considering legal action

The property owner of land involved in a Thursday night mudslide does not believe the slide was caused solely by natural occurrences, and is considering legal action against both the Yampa Valley Electric Association and Routt County.

Monday Medical: You can cut the risk of stroke

There are many myths surrounding the topic of stroke. Many people believe stroke is unpreventable. This is false. Stroke is largely preventable by following healthy lifestyle habits and possibly using medical treatment.

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Driver crashes into home

Accident causes no serious injuries

An allegedly drunken Steamboat Springs man drove his speeding car into the living room of a Walton Pond apartment early Sunday morning, injuring only himself and leading law enforcement on a brief chase that ended in his arrest.

Aging Well: Music to the ears

Upcoming concert an opportunity for seniors to reap auditory pleasures

Exaltation, triumph, grandeur. Most of us experience little of this in our everyday lives. Yet, Ira Dubinsky feels these and many other powerful emotions while listening to classical music.

Sunday, September 9

Girls volley to beat rival Bulldogs

The much-anticipated match-up with Steamboat Springs ended on a sour note for the Bulldogs.

Wall won't compromise 'integrity' at county's request

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall announced Friday that he would not respond to the Routt County Board of Commissioners' request to clarify his policies in a letter, saying that to betray his personal philosophies would "sacrifice the integrity of the Sheriff's Office."

Jimmy Westlake: The big game at Pegasus Park

Hello, sports fans! Did you know there's a baseball game tonight up in the stars?

Fitting for your game

Golf Etc. opens in Central Park Plaza

Opening a golf shop in Steamboat Springs was a no-brainer for Blake Stansbery.

Traditional Mexican folklore defines history, tradition

Judith Lopez knows how to dance.

Community Agriculture Alliance: NRCS prioritizes conservation planning

The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Colorado is encouraging farmers and ranchers to develop comprehensive conservation plans. Many landowners are interested in enhancing the condition and productivity of their natural resources and reaping greater returns from their efforts.

Bow hunters and muzzle-loaders take the first cracks at healthy herds

When fall arrives, and bow hunters and muzzle-loaders get the season's first shot at what lurks in the woods, size matters.

Hayden junior scores four TDs in game against JV Sailors

If Saturday's 47-20 win against the Steamboat Springs junior varsity team had been a baseball game, rather than football, Hayden starting halfback Coy Letlow would have batted at a .750 clip.

Alternative Yampa Valley High School carries mission into second year

The 15 students enrolled in Yampa Valley High School enjoyed a sense of solitude last year on the third floor of the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street.

John F. Russell: I need a hero

Last Thursday night, as I watched the Indianapolis Colts clean the New Orleans Saints' clock, I just couldn't get the lyrics from that 1980s Bonnie Tyler song out of my head.

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Steamboat looks to Hayden, South Routt as models for all-day kindergarten

Steamboat Springs School Board President Denise Connelly addressed a former School Board six years ago in the hopes of getting a full-time, district-wide kindergarten program implemented in Steamboat.

Frances C. Wither: Preserve courthouse

I read in the paper some time ago they had a woman discussing changes to be made in downtown Steamboat. I hope there will never be any changes made to the yard in front of the courthouse.

Best of the Web for Sept. 9

I believe both parents in many households are working two jobs to maintain a home here in Steamboat. This isn't about parenting, it is about giving children an earlier start, making Steamboat more affordable for families with children, and trying to keep children in one location all day to reduce stress, cost, and need for transportation.

Irene Nelson: Style a gray area

It seems that a very large can of worms has been opened in regard to the "teardown" ordinance enacted by the City Council last week. This action surely was prompted by the good intentions of both the Council and the historic preservationists. But somehow I feel that the main problem is not addressed and the truly important issues not faced. And telling anyone what they can or cannot do with their own property is offensive.

Editorial cartoon for Sept. 9

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Sept. 9, 2007.

The Record for September 9

Friday, Sept. 7

Sailors net a tie against Rifle

Evan Muldoon thought he had the game won.

Real Estate Transactions for Aug. 29 to Sept. 4

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Rec center committee begins campaign

There's no rest for the weary when it comes to the supporters of a proposed $34 million recreation center at Ski Town Fields, the fate of which will rely on voters' appetite for increased property taxes come this November's election.

Steamboat boys hang tight to win home cross-country meet

Cross-country runners know they must take changes to weather and terrain in stride.

Presidential details

Former Air Force One whets auto detailer's appetite for aircraft

When Travis Benzing traveled to Seattle last month to help restore a collection of airplanes at the Museum of Flight, it wasn't just an opportunity to preserve history. It also was a smart business decision.

Barn Village buyers line up

Sales hit $36.14 million in building lot reservations at site

Buyers got in line Aug. 31 to reserve new building sites in the figurative shadow of the historic More Barn and put refundable deposits down on more than $36 million in real estate.

South Routt hires new library director with big plans in new direction

Sylvia Dennis is a petite woman with the melodic voice of a storyteller.

Routt County Spotlight: Linda Laughlin

Linda Laughlin

Joanne Palmer: Travel policies

I have a strict and long-standing policy to never travel with luggage I can manage.

Sailors look to step up game

Football squad puts focus on defense

It's not hard to know what wins football games in the Western Slope League.

Harmon O. "Buck" Buckland: Consensus is the absence of leadership

From the replies and comments to this Conservative Editorial Series, it is clear that many do not understand the relationship of conservatives to the Republican Party. While it is true that the large majority of conservatives are Republicans, it is also true that not all Republicans are conservatives.

Sheriff Wall's Sept. 6 letter to the county

Response to July 24, 2007, correspondence regarding county policies

Our View: Approve rail spur

The Routt County Board of Commissioners should approve Xcel Energy's request to build a rail spur from the east end of the Carpenter Ranch to the Hayden Station power plant.

Saturday, September 8

Soroco squad conquers Hayden in five

The girls on Soroco High School's volleyball team seem to have conquered the confidence issues that plagued them in the past. A win against 2006 District 5 champ Rangely, last week in Grand Valley, was the tipping point.

Welcoming in another session

Lowell Whiteman students prepare for new school year and new travels

In three years at the Lowell Whiteman School, senior Brady Findell has waded in the coastal waters of Buton, trekked through the rural edges of Siberia and strolled through the cobblestone streets of Lisbon.

Mudslide blocks River Road

Road may not reopen today

A mudslide forced the closure of Routt County Road 14, or River Road, from the Brooklyn neighborhood in Steamboat Springs to Mount Werner Road, after a mudslide reported at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday. There was no detour or route for traffic to move through the slide area Friday, and county officials were unsure when the road might reopen.

Tom Ross: Desert ghosts making a comeback in Dinosaur

Eight gray ghosts slipped silently through the sage and blooming rabbit brush, heading directly for us. They made not a sound, but gazed at us unblinking. The desert bighorns made their approach with the wind in their favor, and the dogs were oblivious.

Briefs for September 8

Gov. Bill Ritter to speak at Medical Society meeting

Qdoba, Mother's Deli slapped with liquor license suspensions

Qdoba Mexican Grill patrons craving a Corona with their giant stuffed burritos had to settle for Dr Pepper on Friday, as the business served a one-day suspension for failing an alcohol compliance check in June.

The Record for September 6

Thursday, Sept. 6

Murder rare in Routt County

Last homicide in area was of Lori Bases back in 2000

Thursday's suspected murder of 1-year-old Brianna Simon would be the first homicide in Routt County since 2000, and only the seventh in nearly 30 years.

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Mom arrested for murder of 1-year-old daughter

What began as an argument between a Steamboat Springs couple led to the suspected murder of their 1-year-old daughter.

Friday, September 7

Sailors bump up to take out Tigers

It's too early in the high school volleyball season for the Summit Tigers to hit the panic button, even if they have been swept in both of their home matches.

Soroco takes on Saratoga

Rams football looking for another win tonight

Despite all the excitement of Soroco High School football opening up its offense last week against Glenwood Springs' junior varsity squad, Rams head coach David Bruner was most impressed with the other side of the ball.

Steamboat tennis facing a challenge

Top teams expected at Grand Junction tournament

Through the first two tournaments of the year, it's hard to tell where the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team stands in the state.

New coach inspires cross country team

Matt Reinhold is doing everything he can to immerse the Steamboat Springs cross country team in the culture of running.

Sailors looking for win in league opener

Winning nonleague games is great - they build confidence, show how a team compares statewide and can help a team knock off any of the rust that wind sprints and power cleans didn't fix in the summer.

Fast-paced Huskies' offense come out ahead to shut out Sailors at home

The matchup had been on head coach Dave Cope's mind for the past year.

Getting over the hump

Steamboat Springs' boys golf team places third

A day after finishing third at a home tournament in Steamboat Springs, another third place finish had head Sailors coach Steve Dodson disenchanted with his team's Thursday performance at the Moffat County High School boys Invitational Golf Tournament at the Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig.

New YVRA assistant manager to take broader job

The search for a new assistant manager at Yampa Valley Regional Airport is moving forward, an airport official said Thursday.

Business File for Sept. 9

Six join ownership team at Colorado Group

Bridget Asbury, Kelda Combs Wall, Joyce Hartless, Dave Hartley, Chris Paoli and Cindy Ptach have been named owners of Colorado Group Realty. Its sales associates equally own the independent real-estate company, Steamboat Springs' largest.

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Art in layman's terms

Artists' Gallery opens new 'Vernacular' exhibit today

Laura Wait has an unusual interest in hay bales.

Briefs for September 7

Ice hockey officials' seminars Sept. 15 and 16

The Record for September 5

Wednesday, Sept. 5

Leisure Mountain Studio keeps walls full of local work

The walls at Leisure Mountain Studio Gallery Coffee are booked through September 2008.

Happy hours for Sep. 7

Happy hours for Sep. 7

American Relay releases blues, rock CD to 'Boat

American Relay's first goal for its hometown CD release party on Saturday is to bring some rock 'n' roll to Steamboat. The next step, jokes guitarist/vocalist Nick Sullivan, is to conquer the world.

Cooking for a cause

Six kitchens on display for Strings in the Mountains fundraiser

There are a lot of ways to dress up a kitchen: extra counter space, extra ovens, extra sinks, extra freezers, designer spice racks.

My first - and last - night at Dos Amigos

I've only been in Steamboat since June. Before Sunday's closing, my only familiarity with Dos Amigos in Ski Time Square came from writing articles about its impending closure. I won't pretend for a second to be wistful about it. But I will say this: My first and only night at Dos Amigos was a hell of a lot of fun.

CD reviews for Sept. 7

CD reviews for Sept. 7

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Police: Woman killed her infant daughter

A 33-year-old Steamboat Springs woman has been charged with the murder of her 1-year-old daughter. Luz Devina Cisneros was arrested Thursday after police said she killed her infant daughter, Brianna Simon, in her Walton Ponds apartment.

White to run for Senate in 2008

Al White, current Republican state representative for Northwest Colorado House District 57, has announced he will run for state Senate District 8 in 2008.

Deb Babcock: Propagating perennials through division

Every few years, my irises and tulips seem to come up smaller and shorter, with some shoots never developing flowers at all. This summer, one of my groundflower beds reminds me of my bald Uncle Dale with its bare center and leafy fringe.

Margaret Hair: Why R. Kelly is brilliant, Ch. 2

When the first five episodes of "Trapped in the Closet" debuted in summer 2005, R. Kelly was the smartest man in pop music.

Rail spur moves forward

It was anything but an enthusiastic endorsement, but the Routt County Planning Commission recommended for approval Xcel Energy's application for a rail spur near Hayden.

County to ask voters for funds

Ballot measure seeks property taxes for road improvements

The city won't be alone in asking for increased property taxes this November.

Interim superintendent interviews Monday

Steamboat Springs School District officials plan to interview three interim superintendent candidates Monday in hopes of having someone in place in the next two weeks.

Thursday, September 6

Scanner: Mother threatened to stab baby

Police investigating incident that resulted in child's death

A Steamboat Springs infant died Thursday morning at Yampa Valley Medical Center of what appears to have been a knife-inflicted wound.

Briefs for September 6

Safehouse offers no-cost bilingual legal services

The Record for September 4

Tuesday, Sept. 4

Michael Weston's round paces Sailors in golf tourney

The possibilities are endless for Michael Weston.

McCoy woman dies in accident near Eagle County border

A 91-year-old McCoy woman died Tuesday afternoon after her vehicle collided with a Yampa Valley Electric Association truck just north of the Eagle County border on Colorado Highway 131.

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Livestock inspections return

Sheriff's Office reinstates part of Ranch Watch program

Motorists on U.S. Highway 40 had to hit the brakes Wednesday near the turnoff for Colorado Highway 131, but not because they were being pulled over.

Xcel rail spur up for discussion

Xcel Energy's application for a controversial rail spur from the Union Pacific mainline to the Hayden Station power plant will go before the Routt County Planning Commission tonight. Xcel's application is the only item on the commission's agenda.

Keen cab driver phones in taggings; two arrested

What began as a slow Tuesday night for Alpine Taxi driver Rod McCormack ended with two men facing felony charges on suspicion of tagging signs and windows in the Ski Time Square area.

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Little common ground in historic preservation debate

While Steamboat's historic preservation debate rages on, the issue is evolving into a conversation about how to confront the issue in a Steamboat-specific way.

GOP looks to bounce back

Local Republicans focus on Routt County issues, candidates

With election season just around the corner, the Routt County Republicans are hoping to distance themselves from the national political climate and improve their fortunes from a year ago.

Dogs kill pet at Dumont Lake

Officials: Be aware when hiking in national forest

Rob Shoaf was hiking near Dumont Lake on Labor Day with his dog, Pepper, when the 5-year-old Labrador retriever-pit bull mix trotted over a hill and toward a band of sheep.

Wednesday, September 5

The Record for Sept. 3

12:20 a.m. A Steamboat Springs Police Department officer made a traffic stop on Routt County Road 36.

Rec center up to voters

City will request up to $3.4 million property tax increase

The construction, operation and maintenance of a $34 million recreation center at Ski Town Fields would cost Steamboat taxpayers up to $3.4 million in additional property taxes next year, according to ballot language passed by the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday.

Gianetti completes 15 states in cross-county biking quest

With each stack of flapjacks and bowl of pasta, Steamboat's Gary Gianetti is knocking each of the 50 states off his list - 8,000 calories and 100 miles at a time.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 5

The Yampa Valley Team is seeking volunteers to join the "Walk to D'feet ALS" on Saturday, Sept. 29, in Denver. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Register on the Web at: Donations can be made at or by mailing to: Stevensons/ALS Walk, P.O. Box 772524, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Call Eileen Stevenson at 879-5664 to learn more about an effort to honor numerous Yampa Valley residents who are fighting this disease, or who have lost the battle.

Humble Ranch to host fundraiser Saturday

Annual event benefitting education and therapy center includes barbecue, auction, games for children

A local nonprofit organization that helps the community throughout the summer months is asking for a little help in return this weekend.

Program offers new families help in getting started

Two-year-old twins James and Zakk Leftwich bounded for the jungle gym. Their parents, Chris and Rachel, were close behind, ready to help the energetic boys over precarious spots but giving them space to explore.

Our View: Funding hurdles are worth overcoming

The idea of bringing all-day kindergarten to the Steamboat Springs School District certainly isn't new, but we were nonetheless pleased to see the School Board discuss the possibility during a recent meeting. It's an idea we think could benefit local families and, most important, children.

Genah Burditt: Spur countywide issue

An important date for our community is quickly approaching. On Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Routt County Courthouse Annex, the Regional Planning Commission will hold a special use permit hearing to discuss whether or not it is in the best interest of the Routt County community to allow Xcel Energy to build a railroad spur consisting of two solid concrete retaining walls, 3,000 feet long and 27 feet high, across the nature preserve at Carpenter Ranch in Hayden.

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Tigers bound into new school year

Four-day weeks bring change to Hayden

Patrick Hunter said the best part about starting first-grade is that he has to study harder.

County approves deputy pay jump

Deputy Kurtis Luster got a big raise Tuesday.

Strawberry Park announces traffic plan

New fixes for campus congestion to start Monday

Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal Brenda Barr has been on the job less than a month, but she already has heard a chorus of complaints about the school's congested parking lot.

Tuesday, September 4

City Council faces rec center deadline

Tonight's meeting is last chance to finalize ballot issue

Tonight's meeting of the Steamboat Springs City Council includes potential adoption of ballot language asking voters to fund a new recreation center, and the first reading of an extended moratorium on building and demolition permits involving historic structures.

Season Nordic passes on sale

Touring Center looks forward to changes for skiing operation

The staff of the Steamboat Ski Touring Center is preparing for a new season, highlighted by a pair of Fish Creek projects that could change the look of the cross-country skiing operation that occupies the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Course in winter.

Chamber member wants more voice in board elections

Cindy Looper, Elk Run Inn owner and Craig Chamber of Commerce member, has an issue with the Chamber, and Chamber leadership thinks it's a good point.

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Symptoms of sharing

CMS teacher hoping support group makes lives easier

Awooden placard hangs above the doorway of Nicole Beckum's second-floor classroom at Craig Middle School. The phrase on the board reads a simple, but apt, message: "Find the good in every day."

Taxes a hard sell in Dinosaur

Residents 90 miles from schools and hospital in Craig

When Moffat County voters head to the polls in November, they will be asked to increase taxes in exchange for improvements to Craig schools and a new hospital on the west side of town.

Resort Group expanding

Office building under construction on Snapdragon Way

Construction is under way on a three-story office building at 675 Snapdragon Way in the Central Park business district, just east of the Taco Bell/Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.

Golfers return home after road tournaments

After nearly three weeks on the road, the Steamboat Springs High School golf team finally gets the chance to play at home.

Public input sought for economic study

Steamboat Springs officials hope most of the 3,500 Routt County residents who were mailed a survey last week will complete and return it promptly. The survey is part of an economic development study for the city and will help consultants analyze the retail and shopping patterns of local residents.

Donations aid newspaper preservation

An effort that began more than a year ago to digitize and make available on the Web all of Routt County's historical newspapers finally has the funding it needs to proceed. The $45,500 project is being conducted by the Bud Werner Memorial Library and was made possible through organization grants and private donations.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 4

The Steamboat Pilot &amp; Today Editorial Board includes two community representatives and five members of the newspaper staff.

The Record for Sept. 2

12:31 a.m. A woman called to complain about noise on the 3200 block of Lincoln Ave.

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Labor Day, centennial give Oak Creek reason to party

As rain threatened and Oak Creek's annual Labor Day celebration hit mid-afternoon Monday, about 75 people gathered at the edge of Decker Park to watch several men and boys try to climb a greased pole.

Inaugural fundraiser to benefit Partners in Routt County

Jazz, local coffee houses, roasters, baristas and a live auction will highlight the inaugural fundraiser for Partners in Routt County.

Monday, September 3

Retirees volunteer and see the world

As an elementary school teacher, Joni Moss of Clark never imagined that in retirement, she would still be helping children.

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Sheep, dogs ... and monkeys

Sheepdog Classic begins Wednesday

Highly trained dogs from across the globe. Spirited competition with, in some cases, a national berth on the line.

Fitness class aims to help seniors with arthritis

Living with arthritis can be incredibly painful. But local health officials say that with a little stretching and movement, relieving arthritis pain has become easier than ever.

The Record for Sept. 1

1:55 a.m. A bear was reported in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Air Fest entertains pilots-to-be

Denver museum teaches aviation with models and candy

Not far from the antique planes and classic cars on display for the third annual Wild West Air Fest on Sunday, potential future pilots turned their eyes to the sky.

Boettcher caps race journey with record for reversed course

Bernie Boettcher has rounded the globe for the last 265 weeks, running - and often winning - a different race each weekend.

Hayden High School alumnus saddles up in Bull Bash

When the Professional Bull Riders' season kicked off at the beginning of October 2006, all was going as planned for Jake Booco.

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Meetings ease construction concerns

Business owners and contractors work out traffic issues

Weekly meetings to discuss concerns about downtown construction are improving relations between contractors and downtown business owners, city staff and a downtown organizer said last week.

Monday Medical: Color your diet

Eating healthy foods isn't so black and white

Everyone prefers the bigger box of crayons; a color printer to black and white. Color adds more to life, and it's just, well, natural. It's also an easy way to better balance your diet.

School Board ballot set

No additional candidates emerge; two contested elections

Two of the three open Steamboat Springs School Board seats will be contested in the Nov. 6 election.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 3

The Routt County Sheriff's Office is applying for a $5,000 state grant to beef up its drunken driving enforcement.

Sunday, September 2

Rick Akin: Who should decide issues?

This is a question that is not asked nearly enough in the case of government action, particularly, it seems to me, in the case of Steamboat Springs city government. As each new issue arises, the City Council, the newspaper, and most of the populace seems to immediately consider the question of how the government should act to address the issue. We seem to have forgotten to analyze the initial question, which is who should be deciding the issue.

Best of the Web for Sept. 2

NO on the rec center. Until there is a fair and equitable method of paying for these things, I have had enough. Don't want it, don't need it, don't want to pay for it. Join health and rec and work with the other members to get the services you want.

Michael Turner: Water questions

Wednesday's Steamboat Today contained a letter by Omar Campbell that was right on the money. If you did not read the letter, I suggest that you obtain a copy of Wednesday's paper or look it up in the archives.

Todd Hagenbuch: Role confusion

In a recent letter to the editor written by Steve Lewis concerning the city's recent enactment of a moratorium on historic structure alteration and demolition, the implication was made that Historic Routt County is the primary driving force behind the new ordinance. Because this information is inaccurate, it is necessary to clear up any confusion and misconceptions about HRC's role in this process.

Troy Brookshire: Right to choose

After reading the Aug. 19 article in the Pilot &amp; Today informing us of the city's intent to leave the future of your property in the hands of the city (historic preservation ordinance), I am outraged.

Towny Anderson: Memo clarifies stay

The emergency moratorium putting a stay on permit applications for demolition of historic buildings has caused quite a bit of confusion and outcry, particularly among residential property owners. Most of the concerns have been addressed by a clarification memo accepted by City Council on Aug. 28, which resolved the issues surrounding non-demolition and non-historic building permit applications.

Our View: Historic discussion must be inclusive

The Steamboat Springs City Council has a legitimate concern about historic preservation in Old Town. But passing a revamped preservation ordinance without significant involvement from downtown property owners would be a step in the wrong direction.

Dave Shively: Cave man cometh

Mike Frazier was caving in Williams Canyon 10 years ago when the ceiling collapsed. The 25 feet of cavern below instantly filled and buried him up to his waist in rubble.

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Turn your eyes to the skies

A passion for flying brings pilots, planes to Steamboat Air Fest

Don't let the body of Mike Forney's vintage 1965 Cessna Skylane 300 fool you. Inside lies a few modern amenities, including a NEXRAD radar-equipped GPS unit that keeps Forney in the air 200 hours a year.

South Routt calendar

- The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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South Routt's best-kept secret

Bear River Corridor offers scenery, serenity, opportunity

From the clang of the cattle guard, it's a bumpy but breathtaking 17 miles up Forest Service Road 900 to Stillwater Reservoir.

Myriad county events offer variety to celebrate Labor Day weekend

The best way to prepare for a busy Steamboat Springs weekend is to fill up your car with gas, stash a granola bar and a bottle of water in your pocket and have a plan.

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Schools filling fast

Rising enrollment leads to new classrooms, tight spaces

At Steamboat Springs High School, creative scheduling and using nontraditional classrooms is helping educators manage rapid enrollment growth.

Routt County Spotlight: Richard Levy

Occupation: Massage therapist; chairman of the Steamboat Springs Sierra Club

Man dies in rollover wreck

A 26-year-old Hahn's Peak man died Friday night after being thrown from a van during a rollover accident on Routt County Road 129 south of Hahn's Peak Village.

Class notes for Sept. 2

The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Medical Institute and Colorado Mountain College have partnered to offer nationally recognized wilderness EMT certifications to medical professionals already certified as EMT-Basics and higher. This course counts as 36 hours of Category 1 CME for Physicians, and an EMT Refresher for certified EMS personnel. The course runs Oct. 18 to 22. Register at the Colorado Mountain College campus in Steamboat Springs.

Editorial cartoon for Sept. 2

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot &amp; Today. This is the cartoon for July 29, 2007.

Local nonprofits awarded grants

Realtors' housing foundation pitches in at Fish Creek park

When the goal is to preserve an entire subdivision of affordable homes, cash contributions are vital.

Real estate transactions for August 23-28

Real estate transactions for August 23-28

Atira submits broad, preliminary Ski Time Square site plans

The development team hoping to transform Ski Time Square at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area has entered the city approval process with plans for seven new buildings with a combined 1 million square feet of space.

New ideas for Old Town

Meetings focus on downtown improvements

As private developers give Lincoln Avenue a facelift, public officials are also working to define the future of downtown - and hoping more of the public gets involved.

Business File for September 2

Yampa Valley SCORE extends services to Craig

New Tennis Center pro brings elite skills to the area

Andy Caress will never forget the day he turned down Serena Williams.

Steamboat soccer team loses to rival Vail

Ten years ago, Steamboat Springs and Vail Mountain School battled fiercely for the 3A Slope's Northern Division title.

John F. Russell: Living out a dream

It's not every day that a person gets the chance to live out a childhood dream.

South Routt school officials asking voters for more money

In the dark recesses of Soroco High School, Superintendent Kelly Reed said the dirty, coal-fired boilers that heat the high school and Soroco Middle School are crumbling.

The Record for Sept. 2

Saturday, Aug. 25 Michael Franklin Boggs, 32, Steamboat Springs-Driving while ability impaired, defective tail lamps (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Soroco debuts new offense in win against Glenwood

They're still the Rams, just without all the ram.

Jim Haskins: Hunting season has begun

I want to start this column with a "thank you" to all of the people who have stopped by, called or e-mailed to congratulate me on my recent promotion to area wildlife manager. Filling the void left at the DOW by the retirement of Susan Werner will be a task in itself. I appreciate the support I have received so far. To all of you all in advance, thank you for working with me as I enter this new phase of my career.

Jimmy Westlake: The giants of summer

A large chunk of the late-summer sky is taken up by two very large constellations, Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer and Hercules the Strong Man. We see them standing head to head, high up in the southern sky as darkness falls.

Joanne Palmer: Labor pains

Because it's Labor Day weekend, it seems only natural to write about labor, which means I can write about childbirth or jobs.

Sheraton shift may hurt tax revenues

When announced last month, a planned reconfiguration of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort was hailed not only as a smart business decision but also a benefit to Routt County finances.

Sports briefs for Sept. 2

Sailors volleyball bounces back

Steamboat Springs girls volleyball coach Wendy Hall was impressed with the resolve the Sailors showed in earning third place Saturday at the Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs.

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A century of ranching in Steamboat

In the past 100 years, the biggest change in running a Yampa Valley ranch, says Jim Stanko, is being able to just run the thing. "The biggest thing is that ranch income just doesn't keep it going," says Stanko, whose 640-acre deeded plot on Twentymile Road has been around since 1907. "Almost 90 percent of working family-owned ranches do something off the farm to make it pay for itself."

Saturday, September 1

Hayden blanks Coal Ridge

Not many people in Hayden would expect to chalk up as a success a game that featured a scoreless second half and starting running back Coy Letlow with less than 50 yards.

Reversal at Rabbit Ears

10K race switches directions Sunday

For 22 years, Labor Day weekend runners racing at Rabbit Ears Monument and along the Continental Divide have tackled the same challenging course of rolling service roads and mountain singletrack.

The Record for August 30

1:34 a.m. A man complained about a barking dog in the 3400 block of Stone Lane. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were unable to find the dog.

Steamboat briefs for September 1

The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Medical Institute and Colorado Mountain College have partnered to offer nationally recognized wilderness EMT certifications to medical professionals already certified as EMT-Basics and higher.

Whiteman Primary students celebrate return to school

Gina Zedeck said Friday that the first week of school is not only an emotional rollercoaster for children.

DUI patrols still out in force

Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae said local police will have additional patrols in place for the holiday weekend, through Monday.

Labor Day weekend events

Events in Oak Creek and Steamboat Springs

Cement plant argument gets sticky

CEMEX denies claims by citizen group canvassing Steamboat

As members of the Colorado Citizens Campaign canvass Steamboat Springs to drum up opposition to CEMEX, a global cement manufacturer with a plant in Lyons, a CEMEX official Friday questioned why the group is taking action far from the Front Range.

Oak Creek firemen honored

Growing district celebrates its past, present with displays

A lot has changed since Chuck Wisecup began fighting fires in Oak Creek more than 20 years ago.

Tom Ross: In defiance of stereotypes: Veteran pilots reunite

Editor's note: This column originally published Sept. 4, 2005, after renowned member of the Tuskegee Airmen Charles McGee and pioneering military flight instructor Ethel Meyer Finley visited the Wild West Air Fest in Steamboat Springs. Meyer Finley died Feb. 4, 2006.

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Ski area projects on schedule for Nov. 21 opening

Improvements to the Steamboat Ski Area will become more visible in coming weeks, as Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials say on-mountain improvements - at a cost of $16 million - are on schedule for the Nov. 21 opening of the 2007-08 season.

Steamboat flat in loss to Laramie

In the big picture, Steamboat's 33-7 loss Friday night against Laramie doesn't necessarily mean a whole lot.

Bull Bash weekend

Top riders hoping for smooth rides at Sunday event

After suffering a shoulder injury in January, bull rider L.J. Jenkins has a new appreciation of the Professional Bull Rider's U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Challenger Tour.

See old movies in new way

Mountain Theater to show classics beginning tonight

If you've taken a film class or have an interest in old flicks, you've probably seen many of what movie buffs refer to as "the classics."