Sunday, September 30
Bill Van Ness
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??
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.
Cuffe joins SmartWool; Flanigan promoted
The raw statistics for home sales in the Hayden area during August are startling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joshua Kevin Lorimer, 19, Denver - DUI, careless driving, driving under suspension, minor in possession (Steamboat Springs Police Department)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer
Occupation: Sales, Judith Ripka Jewelry
Steamboat mountain bikers should take heed of the phrase adorning bumper stickers seen across the nation: "Ignore your rights and they will go away."
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.
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.
The Steamboat Springs School District met all 60 indicators for adequate yearly progress as set forth by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
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.
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
A struggle. A painful journey. An uphill battle.
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.
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.
Technically, Steamboat had already won the game.
It has been three years since the Steamboat Springs volleyball team has won a match against the Palisade Bulldogs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some kids dream of playing catch with John Elway, while others yearn to hoop it up with Michael Jordan.
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
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."
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.
Notes from around town
Sometimes it takes a trip out of town to learn something new about home.
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.
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.
Steamboat Art Museum in need of volunteers
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.
The Steamboat Springs volleyball team had its first true test this week. However, it came after facing an opponent on the court.
These are the types of games that will show Hayden High School football coach Shawn Baumgartner how good his team really is.
At 1,500 feet above Steamboat Springs on Thursday, helicopter flight instructor Drew Mitchell treated his passengers to a deluxe tour of fall colors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, Sept. 26
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.
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
The Soroco High School football team has the parts; now they need to be put together.
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.
Reading books and watching movies can only teach so much about other cultures.
1:45 a.m. A suspicious car was reported on Howelsen Parkway. Police said everything was fine.
The District Attorney's Office has dismissed charges against Steamboat Springs resident Gregory Kay Forney.
Retrial in 2001 Johnson case could take place in six months
Thomas Lee Johnson's second murder trial will take place in Fort Collins.
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.
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.
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.
Erik Blase didn't have much of a choice when it came to playing hockey.
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
Hundreds of dollars worth of electronic equipment and other items were stolen from at least eight unlocked cars last weekend.
People who want to know more about the Routt County Sheriff's Office can now access that information with the click of a mouse.
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, convicted in 2001 for killing Steam-boat Springs resident Lori Lyn Bases, has been awarded a new trial.
Moffat County had plenty of momentum but was short on the breaks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
It doesn't take more than the season's first dusting to fuel excitement for a Steamboat Springs winter.
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.
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 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.
12:30 a.m. An abandoned vehicle was reported on Nancy Crawford Boulevard in Oak Creek.
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.
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.
First Impressions of Routt County is sponsoring a free parenting class tonight with a simple message - children learn from making mistakes.
Monday, September 24
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
In reference to Deb Babcock's article on Sept. 14, I have a couple of observations and comments.
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
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.
Friday, Sept. 21
There have been many surveys regarding a new recreation center. Here are two questions I would like to see:
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.
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.
The season of autumn is upon us. I know this because the Sea Goat has entered our early evening sky.
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.
There are plenty of places to learn how to ride a horse. Dee Graves' workshop, "Horsemanship Fundamentals - Five Elements," isn't one of them.
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.
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.
Nobody would have blamed Jack and Keegan Burger if they had lost against Evergreen in the deciding tennis match Saturday.
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.
For all good things in life - such as skiing, beer tasting, theme parties and Halloween - costumes make things that much sweeter.
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.
Christine Krientz ran through an open meadow Wednesday swinging a butterfly net wildly through the air, trying to snag an insect.
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.
The Steamboat Springs boys soccer team has had every game this season (except ones with Battle Mountain) decided by a single goal.
The tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, touched the hearts and lives of all Americans.
A new era in real estate development is gradually taking hold at privately held Lake Agnes on the east side of Rabbit Ears Pass.
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.
Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer
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.
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
For the second consecutive match, the Hayden High School volleyball defeated its opponent in three games.
A $533,784 federal grant will help boost security measures at schools in the Steamboat Springs School District.
Hayden Mayor Joseph Schminkey resigns
Thursday, Sept. 20
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.
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?
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.
One wonders if legendary trapper Jeremiah Johnson ever had to worry about this.
The Soroco football team was hoping for some "total Ramination" against league opponent West Grand on Friday night in Oak Creek.
When the Hayden offense couldn't get it done, the Tigers' defense sure did.
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.
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
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.
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.
Hearing to unseal records continued
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.
Workshop to explain employee documentation law
Colorado's new employment verification law is the topic of a roundtable discussion at Howelsen Lodge on Monday.
Hearing to unseal records in murder case is today
It's often difficult to find regional variations in the age of mass media.
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.
Tuesday, Sept. 18
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.
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
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.
Football plays Paonia tonight
Maybe the best part of regular-season high school football is that there's always next week.
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.
Program at Arts & Crafts Gym makes creating even easier
Since it opened in January, the Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym has offered space and materials for visiting or local art fans to make projects ranging from finger painting to quilt making.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, Sept. 19
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.
Thursday, September 20
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.
Steamboat Springs High School volleyball coach Wendy Hall isn't ready to call her team one of the Western Slope League's elite.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Dog dies, but second pet saved in fire
A fire destroyed a 3,200-square-foot Hayden home Sunday night.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Steamboat Springs Orchestra (www.steamboatorchestra.org) 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.
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.
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.
Experienced district leader hired as interim superintendent
Sandra Smyser is the Steamboat Springs School District's new superintendent.
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.
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
A town known for exporting champions across the globe will be bringing the world's best to Steamboat Springs in 2009.
Sunday, Sept. 16
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mahogany Ridge wins People's Choice award
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
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.
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.
The Yampa Valley Team is seeking volunteers to join the "Walk to D'feet ALS" on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Denver.
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.
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.
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.
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
Any residual effects of Thursday's loss to Battle Mountain didn't show Saturday for the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team.
The Steamboat Springs High School softball team dropped a pair of games to the Eagle Valley Devils on Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Community Agriculture Alliance
If you read the Steamboat Pilot & 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most people would probably take a week off after running 100 miles.
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.
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, 2007.
Saturday, September 15
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.
Routt County United Way's 2007 fundraising campaign kicks off Monday with a donation goal of $600,000.
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.
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.
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.
3:49 a.m. A bear was reported in the 500 block of Anglers Drive.
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.
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.
The West Grand football team took the wind out of Hayden's sails Friday night in Kremmling.
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.
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
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.
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 & Club during this weekend's Celebrity Golf Classic, which benefits Tier 2 sports at Steamboat Springs High School.
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.
Giving a little helps a lot.
The temperature in the gym in St. Clare in Edwards when Vail Christian hosted Soroco on Thursday was just fine, thank you.
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.
Playing two sets, especially when you only have one record's worth of original material, can be a stretch.
Reviews of Kanye West, "Graduation," and Ann Wilson, "Hope & Glory"
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.
A recent resignation has opened a spot on the Yampa Town Board.
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.
Steamboat Art Museum presents its first international show, about apples
With its fourth full show, the Steamboat Art Museum is making a jump.
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.
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.
Betsy Kalmeyer has dreamed of bringing an ultramarathon to the area's prime mountain trails ever since she first moved to Steamboat Springs.
The outcome of today's Class 1A Western Slope League football opener for Soroco and Meeker might be determined on the first drive.
For six quarters this year, the Steamboat Springs High School football team has played well.
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.
On Saturday, Kristin Cronin will put her white chicken chili to the test.
3:34 a.m. A wild animal reportedly was in a woman's freezer in the 1800 block of Huckleberry Lane.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
People move to Routt County for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the relatively relaxed pace of life.
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.
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.
The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team has its most important game of the season, at least so far, tonight on its home court.
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.
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.
Yampa Valley Community Foundation's competitive grant forms are being accepted through Sept. 15.
"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.
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
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Customer service training Oct. 11
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
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.
After providing another successful year of dialogues on public policy, Seminars at Steamboat realized it was missing something: help.
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.
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.
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.
Do you know someone who spends countless hours volunteering or someone who has made major contributions to Routt County during his or her lifetime?
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.
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.
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.
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."
School officials interview three finalists for job Monday
The Steamboat Springs School Board could hire an interim superintendent Wednesday.
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
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.
Hayden football gaining respect
Two weeks and two wins into the season, the Hayden High School football team still has something to prove.
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.
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.
Today through Wednesday, the Colorado Open Space Alliance will hold its eighth annual conference at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.
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.
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.
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 dejÃ vu for the Steamboat Ski Area.
Three Steamboat area preschools have earned top ratings in state evaluations.
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.
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.
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.
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
The much-anticipated match-up with Steamboat Springs ended on a sour note for the Bulldogs.
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."
Hello, sports fans! Did you know there's a baseball game tonight up in the stars?
Golf Etc. opens in Central Park Plaza
Opening a golf shop in Steamboat Springs was a no-brainer for Blake Stansbery.
Judith Lopez knows how to dance.
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.
Evan Muldoon thought he had the game won.
Cross-country runners know they must take changes to weather and terrain in stride.
When fall arrives, and bow hunters and muzzle-loaders get the season's first shot at what lurks in the woods, size matters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, Sept. 7
Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer
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.
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.
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.
Sylvia Dennis is a petite woman with the melodic voice of a storyteller.
I have a strict and long-standing policy to never travel with luggage I can manage.
Football squad puts focus on defense
It's not hard to know what wins football games in the Western Slope League.
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.
Response to July 24, 2007, correspondence regarding county policies
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
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.
Steamboat's getting close.
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.
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.
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.
Gov. Bill Ritter to speak at Medical Society meeting
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.
Thursday, Sept. 6
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.
What began as an argument between a Steamboat Springs couple led to the suspected murder of their 1-year-old daughter.
Friday, September 7
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.
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.
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.
Matt Reinhold is doing everything he can to immerse the Steamboat Springs cross country team in the culture of running.
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.
The matchup had been on head coach Dave Cope's mind for the past year.
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.
The search for a new assistant manager at Yampa Valley Regional Airport is moving forward, an airport official said Thursday.
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.
Artists' Gallery opens new 'Vernacular' exhibit today
Laura Wait has an unusual interest in hay bales.
Ice hockey officials' seminars Sept. 15 and 16
Wednesday, Sept. 5
The walls at Leisure Mountain Studio Gallery Coffee are booked through September 2008.
Happy hours for Sep. 7
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.
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.
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
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.
Al White, current Republican state representative for Northwest Colorado House District 57, has announced he will run for state Senate District 8 in 2008.
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.
When the first five episodes of "Trapped in the Closet" debuted in summer 2005, R. Kelly was the smartest man in pop music.
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.
Ballot measure seeks property taxes for road improvements
The city won't be alone in asking for increased property taxes this November.
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
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.
Safehouse offers no-cost bilingual legal services
Tuesday, Sept. 4
The possibilities are endless for Michael Weston.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
12:20 a.m. A Steamboat Springs Police Department officer made a traffic stop on Routt County Road 36.
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.
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.
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: www.alsaco.org. Donations can be made at www.alsaco.org/teams/YampaValleyTeam 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.
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.
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.
Four-day weeks bring change to Hayden
Patrick Hunter said the best part about starting first-grade is that he has to study harder.
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.
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.
Deputy Kurtis Luster got a big raise Tuesday.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
After nearly three weeks on the road, the Steamboat Springs High School golf team finally gets the chance to play at home.
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.
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.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today Editorial Board includes two community representatives and five members of the newspaper staff.
12:31 a.m. A woman called to complain about noise on the 3200 block of Lincoln Ave.
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.
Jazz, local coffee houses, roasters, baristas and a live auction will highlight the inaugural fundraiser for Partners in Routt County.
Monday, September 3
As an elementary school teacher, Joni Moss of Clark never imagined that in retirement, she would still be helping children.
Sheepdog Classic begins Wednesday
Highly trained dogs from across the globe. Spirited competition with, in some cases, a national berth on the line.
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.
1:55 a.m. A bear was reported in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue.
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.
Bernie Boettcher has rounded the globe for the last 265 weeks, running - and often winning - a different race each weekend.
When the Professional Bull Riders' season kicked off at the beginning of October 2006, all was going as planned for Jake Booco.
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.
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.
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.
The Routt County Sheriff's Office is applying for a $5,000 state grant to beef up its drunken driving enforcement.
Sunday, September 2
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.
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.
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.
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.
After reading the Aug. 19 article in the Pilot & 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Occupation: Massage therapist; chairman of the Steamboat Springs Sierra Club
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.
Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for July 29, 2007.
Real estate transactions for August 23-28
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.
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.
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.
Yampa Valley SCORE extends services to Craig
Andy Caress will never forget the day he turned down Serena Williams.
Ten years ago, Steamboat Springs and Vail Mountain School battled fiercely for the 3A Slope's Northern Division title.
It's not every day that a person gets the chance to live out a childhood dream.
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.
Saturday, Aug. 25 Michael Franklin Boggs, 32, Steamboat Springs-Driving while ability impaired, defective tail lamps (Steamboat Springs Police Department)
They're still the Rams, just without all the ram.
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.
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.
Because it's Labor Day weekend, it seems only natural to write about labor, which means I can write about childbirth or jobs.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gina Zedeck said Friday that the first week of school is not only an emotional rollercoaster for children.
Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae said local police will have additional patrols in place for the holiday weekend, through Monday.
Events in Oak Creek and Steamboat Springs
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the big picture, Steamboat's 33-7 loss Friday night against Laramie doesn't necessarily mean a whole lot.
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.
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."