Stories for June 2008

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Monday, June 30

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Luke Graham: DeWolfe a great choice as coach

Acouple weeks back, when it became clear Kelly Meek was going to retire as head basketball coach at Steamboat Springs High School, it also became clear who Meek wanted to take the position.

Elissa Greene: Strings presents 4 shows this week

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Fourth of July brass band part of lineup

Here are 11 reasons to attend your first classical performance at the Strings Music Festival this week:

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Boy faces amputation

Tyler Johnson, 10, fights undiagnosed disease at The Children's Hospital

When a healthy 10-year-old gets sick, most parents don't expect it to change the child's life forever. But that may be the case for Tyler Johnson of Steamboat Springs.

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Father-son duo prepare for city's largest fireworks show

Tim and Scott Borden have a gift for understatement. "We like fireworks," Tim Borden said Friday while peering down two 40-foot-long containers that resemble railcars and hold the 3,000 fireworks that will make up the city of Steamboat Springs' Fourth of July fireworks display this year.

Monday Medical: Everyone needs a medical home

"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."

Steamboat briefs for June 30

Artists, sponsors sought for The Bust of Steamboat

The Record for June 28

12:07 a.m. A fight in progress was reported in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue. The alleged fighters were gone when police arrived.

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Steep climb highlights trail championships at Howelsen

Give them some credit - nearly every runner who sprinted away from the starting line of the U.S. Trail Running National Championship in Steamboat Springs maintained that pace as they started up the steep and unforgiving face of Howelsen Hill.

Aging Well: Good planning makes a safe, fun road trip

A well-planned road trip is a fun road trip, but for older adults, in particular, a bit of forethought can prevent the headaches and emergencies that plague the worst car excursions.

Jane McLeod: My gardening buddy

Work in a garden brings its own rewards, but there are many things that are important for a productive and enjoyable session - the right tools (cleaned and sharpened), gloves with all the finger ends intact, a durable shade hat, a long-sleeved top, sunscreen (especially for the back of your neck), one container for compost clippings and one for weeds, a kneepad of sorts and perhaps even a buddy.

Sunday, June 29

Omar. M. Campbell: Vote on 700

In response to the article "Developers want no 700 vote" (Steamboat Today, June 21):

Jack Trautman: Not about stripes

To Routt County commissioners Doug Monger and Nancy Stahoviak:

Best of the Web for June 29

C.R. 36 a gem

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Spinning passion into profit

Local weavers, quilters, jewelry makers enjoy freedom of craft work

When local leaders discuss the sorts of businesses they'd like to encourage, they tend toward terms such as economic gardening and location neutral.

Looking Back for June 26, 1958

Coordination between civic groups, Chamber sought

Chamber of Commerce Manager Bob Smith asked for coordination between civic groups - the Town Board and Planning Committee, the Winter Sports Club, the Bathhouse Association and the Chamber - at a meeting held in Hahn's Peak on Tuesday night.

Joel Reichenberger: A story for every mile

I spent much of last week talking to organizers, participants and former champions of the Great Divide and Tour Divide mountain bike races. By the time I was done, I had hundreds of photos, dozens of pages of notes and hours of recorded interviews. There was no way to fit it all in the story this week, so I'll use this space for a few more of the dozens of inspiring stories people shared.

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Tour Divide one of the most grueling bike races on the planet

Three cyclists descended Thursday from the rolling mountains above Steamboat Springs. The course they took wasn't unique, as they pedaled along the same highway into town as dozens of other riders.

On the Market for June 29

Colorado Group cultivates green clients

Sue Kimes: Detour signs?

I am a patient person by nature, but the traffic snarl downtown Thursday morning was unprecedented.

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Crazy Horse Ranch feels like home

The main residence at Crazy Horse Ranch houses some special touches that would be difficult to find anywhere else in the valley.

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Willow Point releases five-acre lots

Fifteen Elk River Valley plots priced lower than $500,000

A team of six local Realtors and three developers have worked together to bring a rare commodity to market this summer - 15 five-acre lots in the upper Elk River Valley, most of them priced lower than $500,000.

Real estate transactions for June 18 to 25, 2008

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Business File for June 29

Banking magazine ranks Alpine Bank in top 20

Experts: Volatile market shouldn't scare people away

Don't panic. That's the message coming from financial advisers in Steamboat Springs amid the U.S. economic slowdown and housing crisis. Instead, they suggest investors maintain diversified portfolios and make sure they have a long-term financial plan.

Doug Monger and Nancy Stahoviak: Re-striping of C.R. 36 a safety issue

We have received a number of requests via email from bicyclists to reconsider the decision made Tuesday, June 24, to re-stripe Routt County Road 36 from the existing 9-foot driving lanes and existing 5-foot identified shoulders to 10-foot driving lanes and 4-foot identified shoulders.

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Looking to the West

New York firm pumps $100M into Comet Ridge for oil exploration

The Australian oil exploration company hoping to find 200 million barrels of oil in underground shale beds between Steamboat Springs and Hayden has hit a gusher of cash.

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All That Jazz doing fine despite doom in music industry

For the past 10 years, music magazines have been flooded with articles about the death of the record store.

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'Taste' thrills in South Routt

Hundreds attend 11th annual event held in Decker Park

The Taste of South Routt was great in 1997, and as the years have gone by, the food and the people have only gotten better.

Jail Report and The Record for June 29

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.

John F. Russell: Goodbye to a friend of skiing

He was an unseen force in skiing, a good friend of the Nordic combined community and one of those guys who actually returned a phone call when you needed to talk with him.

Steamboat rugby falls, 47-21, in Breckenridge

Winless in its first three matches, it appeared a long day on the pitch loomed for the Gentlemen of the Blue Goose rugby squad when it took on the two-time defending Mountain League champion Steamboat Rugby Club on Saturday.

Our View: Housing flexibility needed

As the city's landmark affordable housing policies are enacted in new development projects, the Steamboat Springs City Council must be prepared to adapt those policies to existing market conditions. Without adaptation, the policies have little chance of achieving their desired and worthwhile result: the creation of attainable housing for our work force.

Class Notes for June 29

The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors is again awarding renewable college scholarships to past Board of Realtors scholarship recipients. Visit their Web site at www.ssbr.org for application guidelines, or call the board at 879-4663, ext. 11. The deadline to submit applications is Monday.

Daniel H. Smilkstein, MD: Time to pedal

As long as policy decisions in this community can be made based on a few individuals' concerns and without a clear vision for the future, we as a community are at risk of pedaling backward relative to other resort communities. The recent 2-1 vote by the Routt County commissioners to change the current bike lane width on C.R. 36 was definitely a move in reverse.

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Students travel to Zambia and teach at village school

At first, their parents rolled their eyes when a group of middle school students said they wanted to travel to Africa to work at a school for three weeks.

Jimmy Westlake: 'Planets on parade'

For the next couple of weeks, the evening twilight will serve as a colorful backdrop for a remarkable parade of planets, specifically, the Red Planet, Mars, and the Ringed Planet, Saturn. Throw in a bright star and a crescent moon, and the parade gets even better!

Watch out when visiting forests

Falling trees are always a danger when traveling in forests. That danger is much greater now that beetle-killed trees are falling.

Ski and Resort Corp. awards scholarships

Thirty-two local students were awarded a total of $77,000 in scholarships from Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. The program has awarded $235,000 to 108 students since it began 12 years ago.

Editorial cartoon for June 29

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for June 29, 2008.

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Experts give tips on helping Spanish-speaking workers

Presentation includes lessons in culture, history and language

Dave Slade has been asked what the difference is between a Hispanic and a Mexican. Sometimes, it's a joke. Other times, it's not.

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Steamboat soccer ties Craig

Pacific rallies for comeback against El Mexico

Sure, the Steamboat Pacific men's soccer team wanted to win Saturday's game against El Mexico, a desire made even more acute by the 4-1 beat down the Craig club put on the Steamboat Springs side in its first game of the season.

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Upward and onward

Rosanne Iversen summits Mount Shasta with Breast Cancer Fund

Most anyone would consider climbing a fourteener a success. But for Dr. Rosanne Iversen, the real success on Mount Shasta wasn't reaching the peak.

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Whitewater wellness

Disabled veterans kayak to help mend war wounds

It was hard to tell, anytime during the week, that Louis Stamatelos once spent a month in a coma or that doctors had pronounced him dead four separate times.

Two vie for GOP seat

Former cops contend for District 57 nod

Two Grand County men with police backgrounds are vying to become the Republican candidate to replace outgoing state Rep. Al White in House District 57.

Saturday, June 28

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Developer's concept a tall order

A proposed development at Burgess Creek Road and Storm Meadows Drive faced skepticism from the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission and neighbors of the property Thursday.

Outsiders urge housing push

Friday's affordable housing forum stretched on an extra hour, until the group was bumped out of the room to make way for a wedding party.

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A call for licensure

Gerber: Licenses would protect landlords and tenants

Jeff Gerber, the owner of the property where longtime Steamboat Springs resident David Engle died during a house fire June 15, said Friday that a rental licensing program for the city could be one way to ensure incidents such as Engle's death do not happen again and would protect landlords from potentially expensive lawsuits.

Rugby, soccer prepare for weekend

As things progress in the Rocky Mountain Rugby League, every game carries a bit more significance.

Forestry officials announce open trails

Forestry officials announced Friday they are about one month behind normal opening schedules for campgrounds and roads due to heavy snow during the winter, but many trails are ready for use.

The Record for June 26

3:12 a.m. A burglar alarm went off in the 24100 block of West U.S. 40. Everything was fine.

Steamboat briefs for June 28

Commissioners, riders respond to C.R. 36 striping

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Tom Ross: Save the planet and be safe yourself

Drink Colorado beer, reduce fossil fuel dependency

My fellow Americans, I bring you good news. The Independence Day holiday is almost upon us, and it's time for you to do your patriotic duty. Always drink responsibly and always drink beer brewed in Colorado, if not right here in Steamboat Springs.

Police Chief: Don't interfere

Oak Creek Town Board debates new complaint reviews

With months of back and forth arguing and not a whole lot of ground gained, the Oak Creek Town Board is looking at devising a new complaint-review process for the Oak Creek police and other town departments.

Friday, June 27

Lost mountain biker found, not injured

Rescue crews locate Steamboat Springs man in southern Park Range

Routt County Search and Rescue crews have located a Steamboat Springs man who spent last night lost in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area. The man is not injured.

Steamboat briefs for June 27

Helpers needed for 34th annual Art in the Park

CD reviews for Bowerbirds

"Hymns for a Dark Horse"

There are 10 achingly beautiful songs on the rerelease of Bowerbirds' debut album.

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Everybody get together

Folk singer Richie Havens brings generations closer with music

About once a year, VH1 Classic airs Michael Wadleigh's 1970 documentary, "Woodstock."

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Multiple hands, one big concert

Strings Music Festival opens new venue with gala piano performance

Alpin Hong and Jade Simmons have heard a lot about one another.

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Rob Douglas: C.R. 36 becomes Taylor Way

A year ago today, mountain biking and cross-country skiing champion Katherine Ingalls sped to a second-place finish in the Women's Expert Division of the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series.

Margaret Hair: Emmitt's got plenty of soul left

On Monday afternoon, mandolin player and Colorado music scene figurehead Drew Emmitt was attempting to navigate traffic, on his way out of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Fire Chief Bryan Rickman found not guilty

West Routt Fire Protection District Chief Bryan Rickman was found not guilty of sexual harassment charges Thursday. After only 45 minutes of deliberation, six jurors acquitted him of misdemeanor charges of unlawful sexual contact and harassment.

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Testing the best

Trail Championships coming to Howelsen Hill on Sunday

There's no doubt the course for Sunday's USA Track & Field 10K Trail Championships will test even the best.

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One night only

Perry-Mansfield faculty show off talents in annual variety show

It takes a certain kind of person to be on the faculty at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp.

Disc golf course opens this weekend

Steamboat disc golfers will be free to toss their way around the mountain starting this weekend, when the Thunderhead Disc Golf Course opens for public play.

Middle school to gain officer

Sheriff's Office seeks funds to hire additional resource deputy

It's not that the students at Steamboat Springs Middle School are unruly. It's not even that they need extra guidance.

The Record for June 25

6:13 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a person with an outstanding warrant in the 54000 block of Routt County Road 129.

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Stripes cause strife

Despite outcry, narrowed shoulders could be painted today

Road stripers could widen the lanes of traffic on Routt County Road 36 as soon as today, despite strong public opposition to narrowed shoulders on the popular recreation corridor through Strawberry Park.

On Scene: Monster Jam vs. Pro Rodeo

I have always wanted to go to a monster truck rally.

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Creekview homes may be done in August

Developers say they are moving forward on motel plans

The first section of Hayden's Creekview development should be finished by about mid-August, developers Stefanus and Louis Nijsten said.

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Chewing the food and the fat

Taste of South Routt event is for socializing as well as dining

The Taste of South Routt is good food, good fun and a great chance to catch up on the local rumor mill, South Routt Economic Development Council secretary Karen Tussey said.

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Paving projects wrapping up

Thursday work frustrates drivers caught in road detours

Crews working on paving projects in downtown Steamboat Springs plan to finish projects today, while crews at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area have extended road closures as improvement work continues.

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Meth questions voiced at COMA meeting

Funding for drug task force to decrease this year, officials said

The methamphetamine problem in Craig still is just that - a problem.

Saddle bronc Bay Rum worth every buck

Glenn Southwick will be back in Steamboat Springs tonight, the start of the third weekend in a row he's traveled to town for the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo series, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena at Howelsen Hill.

Race in search of new director

Thrasher to step down as coordinator

Four years of directing the Mount Werner Classic has made Tasha Thrasher one of the race's biggest fans.

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Craft collector

Artist, rancher Wayne Kakela has amassed trades throughout the years

There are three sheds on Wayne Kakela's property to hold all the tools, art supplies, works in progress, works in completion, picture frames, bits of wood and scraps of metal he has collected during the past 48 years.

Thursday, June 26

Downtown paving projects to end Friday

Morning traffic snarls, detours frustrate drivers

Downtown road-paving projects that frustrated drivers Thursday morning are scheduled for completion before the weekend.

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Steamboat triathlete shrugs off age

Herter, 62, to compete this weekend at Danskin Women's Triathlon

Bonnie Herter seems proud to say she is part of the "and older" of this year's field at the Danskin Women's Triathlon.

Wood, Hinder perform well at camp

Junior quarterback offered scholarship to Cal

Steamboat Springs High School football stars work toward successful fall campaign

Meek's successor named

Luke DeWolfe to take over for legendary Steamboat boys basketball coach

Luke DeWolfe, who coached the freshmen basketball team last year and served as the head track and field coach, said he's excited for the opportunity.

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Boniface, Robinson win Town Challenge race

Mountain bikers flock to Marabou for first event of season

Gretchen Sehler knew Wednesday's Town Challenge bike race, the first in a frustratingly weather-plagued season, would be one of the most popular the series had ever hosted.

The Record for June 24

8:43 a.m. A vehicle complaint was received from Colorado Highway 131 and C.R. 35, where a cyclist on the shoulder reported that a driver jumped out of their vehicle and yelled that it's unsafe to ride on the highway. Sheriff's Office deputies took a report.

News in Brief for Thursday, June 26

The Hahn's Peak Area Historical Society hosts an Arts, Crafts and Collectibles Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 31 in the Hahn's Peak Schoolhouse.

Police issues back on agenda

Oak Creek Town Board to focus on public complaints

Complaints against the Oak Creek Police Department again are at issue and will be discussed at tonight's Town Board meeting.

CMC's Hart takes Fort Morgan job

Alpine Campus dean moves into president's role at Morgan Community College

After two years in Steamboat, Alpine Campus dean accepts job as president at Morgan Community College in Fort Morgan.

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Cog Road repairs in works

Commissioners OK contract for slide study, design work

Routt County Road 76 slides nearly every year on a hillside about three miles north of Hayden.

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High river flow postpones tubing season

Expert warns against floating Yampa until after Fourth of July weekend

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Zabel pushes past tumor

Hayden girl fights on as chemotherapy treatment ends

More than a year after she spent her seventh birthday in the hospital, Hayden girl is finally done with chemotherapy.

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Airman Warner lives high-pressure life

2006 Steamboat graduate makes her mark as plane captain on aircraft carrier

The first opportunity Airman Justine Warner had to set foot on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. John C. Stennis came just moments after her first carrier landing.

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'Building crunching' nears

Ski Time Square demolition could begin July 1; will roll east to west

A liquidation sale is complete, asbestos abatement continues and the first buildings are set to come crashing down in Ski Time Square.

Wednesday, June 25

CMC dean named president at Morgan Community College

Kerry Hart will leave Alpine Campus to start new position in Fort Morgan on Aug. 1.

The Record for June 23

12:54 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 2900 block of West Acres Drive. Police gave a warning.

South Routt finalizes leader

Mader signs contract as new superintendent of schools

The South Routt School Board finalized contract negotiations to hire Scott Mader as superintendent of schools, board President Tim Corrigan said Tuesday.

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Chancellor gathers input

Flagship 2030 will prepare CU for global education

The University of Colorado at Boulder is trying to figure out how to prepare its students for jobs that don't exist and technologies that haven't been invented.

Principal interviews to start in July

Steamboat school officials looking within district to fill job first

Incoming Superintendent Shalee Cunningham intends to begin interviews for the new Steamboat Springs High School principal as soon as she begins working for the district July 10, it was announced at Monday's Steamboat Springs School Board meeting.

Marabou race to kick off Town Challenge

Gretchen Sehler is looking for a couple of successful firsts.

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Cyclists spurned

In split vote, commissioners decide to trim shoulders on C.R. 36

The broad shoulders enjoyed by cyclists and other nonmotorized users of one of Routt County's most popular recreation corridors are about to shrink.

Steamboat Briefs for June 25

Medical transportation available for veterans

Transportation to the Grand Junction and Denver VA medical centers and the clinic in Craig is available for veterans who are unable to drive and who have an appointment Monday through Friday at either hospital.

Our View: Ride a bike; obey the laws

The average price of a gallon of unleaded gas tops $4 across the county - and much of the country.

Cyclist recovering after being hit

A 19-year-old bicyclist who ran a red light and was struck by a truck was treated at the emergency room and released Monday.

Oak Creek outlines goals

Affordable housing, cleaner air and regional transit top list

While there's general consensus that Oak Creek wants to support affordable housing in the community, improve its air quality, support sustainability and create a regional transit system, reaching those goals is proving more difficult than creating them.

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Locals see top lacrosse competition

More than 10 local lacrosse players competed in the Warrior Vail Colorado Lacrosse Tournament last week.

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Rock Canyon's Connolly tops Haywhacker field

Brendan Connolly saved the flash for his grin and the consistency for the course.

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Joanne Palmer: Ditching 'Perfect Woman' in aisle five

Sharpen up that No. 2 pencil and get ready for a pop quiz. What is your worst nightmare?

Tuesday, June 24

Fatka pleads guilty

Sentencing in August for one of two alleged embezzlers

Terri Dawn Moody Fatka, one of two women accused of stealing more than $1.2 million from Alpine Bank account holders, pleaded guilty Monday to four counts each of felony theft and forgery.

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Tom Ross: Don't tell comic he passed away

Carlin deplored euphemisms

Even in death, comedian George Carlin resides in a little pad on my desk in the newsroom.

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Businesses opening soon

Two galleries, music store, restaurant plan to open downtown

A pack of downtown businesses are set to open in the next several weeks.

Administrator raises approved

Monday's meeting was last for Superintendent Smyser

The Steamboat Springs School Board voted Monday to give district administrators a pay raise of up to 3 percent, an amount equal to the average pay increase for teachers.

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Haywhacker tournament enters second day

On most days, Reid Howey and Austin Wertz are teammates on the Arapahoe High School golf team.

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Swapping wheels for pedals

Drivers encouraged to bike to work this week

Finding a parking spot around town might be a little easier than usual this week as some commuters swap their cars for bikes during Bike to Work Week.

Steamboat's practices typical

Complaint-based enforcement is the norm for secondary units

Other Colorado mountain communities take the same approach as the city of Steamboat Springs when it comes to policing what are commonly referred to as secondary or accessory dwelling units: Unless a complaint is made, they don't.

Steamboat Briefs for June 24

34th annual Art in the Park needs helpers

The Record for June 22

Sunday, June 22

Monday, June 23

City regrets disposal of dead dog

Steamboat Springs City Councilwoman Cari Hermacinski has drafted a condolence letter to the family of David Engle, including an apology from council for anything the city may have done to exacerbate the family's grief in the wake of Engle's smoke-inhalation death June 15 in an Old Town apartment.

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Whitetop weed invades again

It's invasive, and it erases everything in its path. It has pretty flowers, but it poses problems to gardeners and ranchers.

Local cowboy keeps coming back

Mitch Walz was an unassuming hero at Friday night's portion of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo series. Saturday night he realized he was an unappreciated one, as well.

The Record for June 21

Saturday, June 21

Luke Graham: How we selected athletes of the year

Sunday's Steamboat Pilot & Today sports section featured something new - for the first time, the newspaper selected Routt County Athletes of the Year.

Steamboat Briefs for June 23

Volunteers needed for Fourth of July in Yampa

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Interest in oil rising

Texas company pays $30.5 million for mineral rights west of Steamboat

Driving from Steamboat Springs west to Yampa Valley Regional Airport, it's difficult to envision the giant lake of oil beneath the surface of U.S. Highway 40 and the winding Yampa River.

Monday Medical: For your eyes, only the best will do

People wear sunglasses for a variety of reasons. Poker players use them to conceal their eyes and intimidate the opposition. Celebrities wear them to thwart the paparazzi. Those of us who are not famous at least hope we look cool in "shades."

Aging Well: Sun protection key to preventing skin cancer, early aging

Tamera Manzanares is on vacation. This column originally ran in the fall of 2006.

Cyclist hurt in collision with car

A 19-year-old man was seriously injured Monday afternoon after he was hit by a truck while riding a bicycle across Lincoln Avenue at 13th Street in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Rambling on

In its 16th year, Free Summer Concert Series covers new ground

Variety has been the goal of the Free Summer Concert Series for each of the 16 lineups it's presented.

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Horsing around

Event helps raise awareness of agriculture in Yampa Valley

Almost as many four-legged creatures as two-legged creatures turned out for the third annual Cayuse Classic on Saturday at Sidney Peak Ranch.

Season 21 kicks off with 8 hands, 2 pianos

What do you get when you mix a Fulbright scholar, skateboard champion, Grammy Award nominee and beauty queen?

Sunday, June 22

Foundation issues youth grants

Craig-Sheckman family distributes $130,000 to numerous local groups

From dental care to horse therapy, the Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation distributed $130,000 worth of grants last month to 16 different groups in an effort to help youths in Routt County.

Barn Village developers plan price increase

The three undeveloped lots closest to the historic More Barn in Barn Village at Steamboat have been tied up.

The Record and Jail Report for June 20

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.

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Talk of new skatepark has local riders buzzing

Skateboarders take part in contest at Howelsen Hill

Philip Johnston and Jon Casson's excitement is audible.

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Half-sock idea springs from dry heels

Part-time resident has high hopes for Pseudosocs

Arlene Austin couldn't find a solution to her problem, so she invented one.

Real estate transactions for June 11 to 17

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

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A battle for the bees

Local keepers combat disease, parasites and mysterious disappearances

In 2005, John Fetcher's five beehives produced 14 gallons of honey. In 2007, they produced zero.

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Colleagues praise Taylor

Steamboat Springs senator reflects on career at state Capitol

During 16 years at the Capitol in Denver, state Sen. Jack Taylor was the prime sponsor of 211 bills and 39 resolutions or memorials.

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Top of their games: Holli Salazar

Athletes dominated respective sports in 2007-08

Holli Salazar, now in the summer before her senior year at Hayden High School, knows plenty about rankings.

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Top of their games: Ramsey Bernard

Athletes dominated respective sports in 2007-08

In 20-plus years of coaching tennis, Steamboat Springs High School coach John Aragon has seen a lot at the state tennis championships.

John F. Russell: Sharing in Jay's struggle

When I was younger, I used to dream of what it would be like to be a quarterback in the National Football League.

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Rugby notches first win

Steamboat Springs club outlasts a tough Aspen side

In last summer's remarkable 15-1 campaign, the Steamboat Springs Rugby club accomplished plenty it never had before. High on the list was a victory over rival Aspen.

Class Notes for June 22

Rossi named Star in Agricultural Placement

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Performing arts convention challenges city to plan for future

On the final day of the National Performing Arts Convention in Denver, hundreds of arts delegates from across the country are having problems with technology.

Propane prices growing

Elk River, Ace charging more than $4 a gallon

Gas grill owners are feeling the burn of high propane prices.

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Cancer survivor Iversen summits Mount Shasta

Two weeks after undergoing heart surgery for a chemotherapy-induced arrhythmia last November, breast cancer survivor Dr. Rosanne Iversen already was pushing herself to get back outside and back in shape. After all, she had a mountain to climb in only six months.

Joel Reichenberger: Bull riding takes a back seat

By rodeo time, Jake Booco was able to compete a little more at ease.

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Mountain biking maniacs

Swarms of young riders hitting trails thanks to new program

Parents watched from a distance as Blair Seymour stood in the center of the storm Thursday morning.

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Phippsburg celebrates 100 years

South Routt community established by Sam Perry as mining camp in 1908

Elmer Mai became Clarice Reid's neighbor when he moved to Phippsburg in 1946. Although Mai now lives on the Front Range, he temporarily became Reid's neighbor again Saturday, joining her for lunch at Phippsburg's Centennial Celebration.

Editorial cartoon for June 22, 2008

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for June 22, 2008.

Best of the Web for June 22

Good luck, Lodwick

Diane DePersis: A personal choice

Personal beliefs about the subject of abortion seem as different and varied as the people who possess them. I feel strongly that all of us are very much entitled to express our opinion on this matter, including Mr. Hofmeister (Conservative Commentary, June 15 Pilot & Today).

Lynette Weaver: Good deed noticed

On Friday afternoon, June 20, a few young men performed a life-saving favor for a husky. At a home on Missouri Avenue near the park, a dog was heard crying in distress. These young men were driving by, saw the dog entangled in its backyard fencing, and proceeded to untangle this dog, not knowing whether he was friend or foe. The dog was successfully released, and although stressed, appeared to be OK.

Dustin Stratton: Can't please all

Stop trying to be too many things to too many people. You can't please everyone. It's a lesson most individuals learn at a relatively young age.

Our View: Time for code crackdown

If any good is to come from the death of Steamboat Springs resident David Engle, city officials must follow through on vows made Friday to review code enforcement priorities and thoroughly inventory Steamboat's stock of secondary residential units.

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Strings tuning up

Music Festival puts final touches on pavilion for opening night

Kay Clagett is keenly aware of what went into the new home for Strings Music Festival.

Jimmy Westlake: 'Jupiter nears opposition'

What's the brightest star-like object that can shine in our midnight sky? It's the planet Jupiter, the largest of the planets in our solar system. You might have noticed it recently, gleaming over the southern mountaintops late at night. The gap between Earth and Jupiter has been closing throughout the past few months and the two planets will be as close together as possible on the night of July 8. That is the night of Jupiter's opposition to the sun, when the Earth lies directly between the giant planet and the sun. Rising as the Sun goes down, Jupiter will remain in the sky all night long, setting at sunrise. After July 8, Earth and Jupiter will grow farther and farther apart. It then will be a constant companion in our evening sky throughout the remainder of the year, but it will not appear any bigger and brighter than it does for the next few weeks.

Sarah Hagenbuch: The conservation district thanks you

The Routt County Conservation District would like to thank all those who participated, volunteered or sponsored the 2008 Water Forum on June 6. We think it was a success, and we couldn't have done it without all the help. Thank you especially to: the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Community Agriculture Alliance, Hall and Hall, Mount Werner Water, Routt County Department of Environmental Health, city of Steamboat Springs, Routt County commissioners, The Nature Conservancy, Yampa Valley Electric, Yampa Valley Community Foundation, Klauzer & Tremaine, LLC, United States Forest Service, Yampa Valley Partners, Colorado River District, Routt County CattleWomen, Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District, Colorado State University Extension, Routt County Cattlemen's Association, Weiss and Van Scoyk, LLP, Marianna Raftopoulos and TwentyMile Coal Co.

Routt County Spotlight: Sonja Macys

Occupation: Executive director of Yampatika

Looking back for June 19, 1958

Body of missing man is found in Yampa River

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Deed-restricted affordable housing project struggles to hit mandate target

The developers of First Tracks deed-restricted affordable housing say they may not be able to sell the condominiums to the target market without the city's cooperation in changes to the project's approved housing plan.

On the Market for June 22

Colorado Group cultivates green clients

Saturday, June 21

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Rugby readies for Aspen

Steamboat Rugby Club captain Michael Hurley called it a good loss. After having a banner year in 2007 - the team lost only one game - Steamboat dropped its 2008 opener to Vail last weekend.

Football camps kick off

Every season brings something new, but the goal of summer football camps always remains the same for the Steamboat Springs High School football team.

Haywhacker event set for Haymaker

Junior golf tourney features field of more than 200

The premier Colorado Junior Golf Association tournament is coming to Haymaker Golf Course on Monday and Tuesday.

Oak Creek plans forum

Topics include air quality, transportation and housing

The Oak Creek Town Board is hosting a community forum next week to discuss issues that play a role in the town's future development, including air quality, transportation and affordable housing.

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Lake Village inching onward

Developers met with town to discuss issues this week

The Lake Village subdivision in Hayden took a couple of steps forward this week, a consultant for the developer said.

Developers want no 700 vote

Annexation planners say application will meet public needs

Supporters of Steamboat 700 said Friday that plans for their proposed 700-acre annexation will make a public vote unnecessary.

Steamboat Springs officials take action after fire in apartment

City Council members are calling for a review of code enforcement priorities, and city planners hope to inventory Steamboat Springs' stock of secondary residential units in the wake of David Engle's death last weekend in an Old Town apartment.

Steamboat briefs for June 21

Free HPV vaccinations are available to uninsured, low-income women ages 19 to 26, through the Merck Vaccine Patient Assistance program, at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association office at Yampa Valley Medical Center. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease and can lead to cervical cancer and other diseases.

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'This facility's going to get built'

The Memorial Hospital officials plan to begin construction early next week

Taxpayers could begin seeing the first fruits of their vote to fund a new hospital facility by early next week.

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Sales soaring for scooters

Steamboat nearly sold out of economical rides as gas prices rise

Businessmen are riding them. Hard-working women are forking over thousands for them. And even grandmothers can't get enough of them.

Festival at campus offers games and carnival activities

A bouncy house, giant slide, inflatable obstacle course and a cowboy on stilts will be on hand today for the second annual Free Family Fun Fest.

The Record for June 19

12:25 a.m. A noise complaint was received from West Colfax Street in Oak Creek. Everything was quiet when Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived.

Friday, June 20

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Local love

Singer-songwriter Trevor G. Potter supports Steamboat music

Steamboat Springs singer-songwriter Trevor G. Potter isn't trying to be the center of attention.

Business File for June 22

Moots hires former SmartWool VP

Multiple coaching positions still open

Steamboat Springs High School Principal Mike Knezevich said Wednesday that he hopes to have a new boys basketball coach in place next week.

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Engle had Steamboat spirit

Jack-of-all-trades remembered for love of the valley

Friends and family remembered David Engle as a "true Steamboat local" Thursday during a memorial held at the Yampa River Botanic Park.

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Ceramic exchange

Florida artist showing work in Steamboat through online connections

Ceramic artists Deb Babcock and Judy B. Freeman have never met. They live thousands of miles away from each other, and while their work coexists in pottery showcases and on artist-geared Web sites, the two women know each other only through their shared love of color and natural shapes.

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Easy access opera

Emerald City expands offerings, programs for a broader audience

"Cosi fan tutte" could be a romantic comedy screenplay, and it could have been written yesterday.

Successes and challenges of infill development examined

There are only two problems people have with development: density and sprawl, Glenwood Springs Mayor Pro-Tem David Merritt said Thursday.

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Apartment not up to code

City official: Units provide affordable housing

The apartment where longtime Steamboat Springs resident David Engle died in a kitchen fire is not a legal residence and had no smoke detectors, fire investigators and city officials have confirmed. A city official also said there hasn't been a widespread crackdown on illegal units because they often provide needed affordable housing.

Swim team continues hot start

For the second week in a row, the Steamboat Springs Team Lightning swimming team swam away with the overall title, this time winning in Aspen by more than 700 points.

Cayuse Classic features horse events, agriculture awareness

First and foremost, the organizers of the third annual Cayuse Classic want to make sure everyone who attends the daylong event has a good time.

Rough road for transportation funding

Financial shortages for road, bridge repairs common across Colorado, speaker says

The outlook is "doom, gloom and gloomier" for the state's transportation system, a speaker at the Colorado Municipal League's annual conference said Thursday.

On Scene: Comic book movies, to the max

Looking at the movie reviews for "The Incredible Hulk" - a remake of a staggeringly boring movie that was made five years ago - there's a lot of mention of comic book movie tricks being played out.

The Record for June 18

12:07 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 3000 block of Columbine Drive. Police gave a warning.

Steamboat briefs for June 20

Organizers of The Bust of Steamboat are accepting sponsors and artists to create unique bra designs for a live auction during this year's event, from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at Three Peaks Bar & Grill. To see past entries and auctions visit www.thebustofsteamboat.org. Sponsorships are a tax-deductible donation of $350 to the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project and include two tickets to the event. All the money raised stays in Routt and Moffat counties to help uninsured and under-insured women pay for mammograms and annual wellness exams and assist in breast cancer treatment costs. For more information, call Debbie Curd at 871-7907.

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Ritter plugs tax-credit repeal

Gov. Bill Ritter touted Thursday a proposed ballot measure that would repeal a tax credit enjoyed by the oil and gas industry in Colorado but has some local government officials worried about how the resulting tax windfall would be divvied up.

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An early summer night's scream

Shakespeare on the Green embraces the Bard's bawdy side

When Genah and Matt Burditt brought No Holds Bard to Steamboat Springs for the first time in August 2007, the production had about as much preparation and promotion as an authentic Shakespeare play - which is to say not very much.

CD reviews of Lil Wayne and Coldplay

It's clear on Lil Wayne's long-awaited and much-anticipated "Tha Carter III" that he's taken on the burden of saving commercial hip-hop.

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Natural gas prices hike bills

Atmos Energy says it's just passing on commodity cost

Natural gas rates increased 23 percent for the area's Atmos Energy customers as of June 1, Atmos Public Affairs Manager Kevin Kerrigan said.

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Rob Douglas: Engle's death demands answers

The untimely death of Steamboat Springs resident David Engle last Sunday was a preventable tragedy that raises questions concerning personal and public responsibility on the part of landlords, the city and tenants.

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Pro Rodeo is back in town

Steamboat kicks off series; $22,000 awarded during first weekend

The news after Week 1 of the 10-week Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series is good.

Margaret Hair: Lessons from NPAC

Last weekend in Denver, thousands of representatives from performing arts organizations and disciplines came together to share ideas at the second quadrennial National Performing Arts Convention.

Thursday, June 19

Ritter announces $10 million energy initiative

Program will allocate funds for energy conservation, economic development and climate efforts

Today in Steamboat Springs, Gov. Bill Ritter said the New Energy Communities Initiative will help communities with the "greening" of public facilities, downtowns and homes.

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Women's hockey camp hosts the best

When Shannon Miller was Teagann Yeager's age, there wasn't a women's hockey camp like this anywhere around.

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Lodwick plans comeback

Former Olympic, World Cup star taking a shot at Vancouver

Todd Lodwick found a simple way Wednesday to end rumors of his planned comeback: He confirmed the rumors are true.

Mader picked to lead schools

Former Hayden superintendent chosen for South Routt district

Former Hayden School District Superintendent Scott Mader has been tapped to lead the South Routt School District. Contract negotiations begin today.

Phippsburg centennial celebration

Saturday event highlights history of S

If mine owner Sam Perry hadn't had a beef with the town fathers of Oak Creek in 1908, Phippsburg as it's known today might not exist.

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Animal accidents prove costly

Wednesday morning outage third caused by animals in 5 weeks

Three small animals could cost Yampa Valley Electric Association more than $1 million.

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Disappearance of a memorial

Craig resident seeks return of 'Don't Drink and Drive' sign

When he went to bed on the night of June 6, Craig resident Bill Rowe disregarded barking coming from outside, from his dog, Shiloh. The next morning, he discovered what the Labrador/husky mixed breed had been trying to tell him.

School Board finds no violations in Knezevich contract decision

Steamboat Springs School Board members decided Wednesday that no ethical violations occurred in the ouster of high school Principal Mike Knezevich.

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An early summer night's scream

Shakespeare on the Green embraces the Bard's bawdy side

When Genah and Matt Burditt brought No Holds Bard to Steamboat Springs for the first time in August 2007, the production had about as much preparation and promotion as an authentic Shakespeare play - which is to say not very much.

FAA continues YVRA incident study

Possible runway incursion in March could result in pilot penalty

The Federal Aviation Administration still is investigating a March 1 incident at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden.

The Record for June 17

12:22 a.m. A disturbance was reported in Hayden, where a mother and her adult son were fighting. The son was transported to the hospital with a possible broken arm.

Steamboat briefs for June 19

The LIFT-UP of Routt County offices in Hayden, Oak Creek and Steamboat Springs are distributing USDA commodities for the second quarter of 2008 through the federal Emergency Food Assistance Program. Each eligible household may receive food from the program once per quarter. The quarterly distribution ends June 30. Call 870-8804, from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, to inquire about income eligibility and hours of operation for each office.

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Best municipal dog parks rotate 'crops'

Successful dog park managers think like farmers - farmers who rotate their fields in and out of production to give the soil and grass a rest.

Wednesday, June 18

Magpie suspected in morning power outage

About 6,400 YVEA customers lost power for about 45 minutes Wednesday

A YVEA spokesman said a bird likely caused a power outage that lasted for less than an hour in the mountain area Wednesday.

700 negotiations continue

The city and Steamboat 700 developers agreed Tuesday night to allow the annexation process to move forward without a completed environmental assessment - a study that could take 18 months or longer to complete.

Milner Landfill fire safely contained Tuesday

Monday night blaze suspected to be caused by improper disposal of combustible materials

A fire that broke out Monday night at the Milner Landfill is suspected to be caused by the improper disposal of combustible materials and was safely contained by landfill employees early Tuesday morning.

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Ready to mend

Shalee Cunningham set to step in as new superintendent

Incoming Superintendent Shalee Cunningham, in town for her third visit before she begins full-time duties July 10, said she has the experience and skills to heal a divided School Board and hopes to focus on the needs of the Steamboat Springs School District.

Steamboat briefs for June 18

Hayden to conduct aerial mosquito spray Friday

The Record for June 16

8:57 a.m. A horse and donkey were reported loose on the road near mile marker 51 on Colorado Highway 131, just south of Oak Creek. The animals were back in their pasture when Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived.

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Hayden library launches buddy reading program

In the spirit of a longtime Hayden couple, the Hayden Public Library is hiring teens to help younger kids learn to love reading.

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Preservation recognized

Kendall home among oldest occupied homestead cabins here

When Jim Kendall and his late mother, Nell, moved into their log cabin on Yellowjacket Pass in 1962, it needed a little attention.

Vandahl, DeLine shine at All-State games

It didn't take long for Steamboat Springs High School senior Michael Vandahl to get acquainted with new teammates at the Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State game Saturday.

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Celtics win 17th title

Boston claims easy 131-92 victory against L.A.

On a new parquet floor below aging championship banners, the Boston Celtics won their 17th NBA title and a first one - at last - for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen - their Big Three for a new generation.

Security funding discussed

Routt County to continue with northwest management region

The Routt County Board of Commissioners and area first responders decided to continue their support for the Northwest All Hazards Emergency Management Region on Tuesday, and agreed to work toward an intergovernmental agreement between the region's 10 member counties to better guide future priorities and procedures.

April sales tax collections down

Numbers down 3.3 percent, figures attributed to early Easter

An early Easter holiday probably contributed to a decrease in April sales tax collections, said Sandy Evans Hall, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association executive vice president.

Sports briefs for June 18

Earp, Garth make All-State team

Our View: DeVincentis strikes again

Steamboat Springs School Board member John DeVincentis has penned yet another chapter in his unfortunate history of unprofessional and unethical behavior. At the minimum, he once again owes the public and his fellow School Board members an apology.

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Joanne Palmer: Gentlemen, start your engines

Writer Henry James once said the most beautiful words in the English language were summer afternoon.

Tuesday, June 17

Fire crews respond to Milner Landfill blaze

Area fire crews responded to a fire at the Milner Landfill on Monday evening. The blaze was thought to be contained late Monday night.

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Ethanol debuts at Southside Station

When a representative of the Mustang Roundup convention called the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association last week to find out whether E85 ethanol fuel was available in Steamboat, the answer was "yes." It would have been a different answer just a week earlier.

The Record for June 17

Sunday, June 15 12:16 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported on Valley View Court.

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'Fulfilling a dream'

Cancer survivor to trek across America to raise funds for research

Eastbound U.S. Highway 40 shimmered in the mid-afternoon sun as Rick Hammersley strode down its shoulder Monday.

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Tom Ross: Save the planet: Ski on Dad's rock skis next Father's Day

When my former college ski racer came home for summer vacation this year, he brought "Big Blue" with him.

Snowpack delays road openings

All Forest Service routes tentatively scheduled to open by July 4

Eager adventurers will have to wait one or two weeks to head to higher elevations.

Mount Werner trails could open soon

Hiker, Ski Corp. officials differ on status of hiking conditions

Richard Sanford has been hiking in Steamboat Springs for 13 years, and he was annoyed this past weekend to find trails on the ski mountain still closed.

Steamboat briefs for June 17

Art museum seeks to train new volunteers, docents

Ski group had planned ad cuts

An advertising pullback already was planned for Colorado Ski Country USA when Vail Resorts left the group last month, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President Chris Diamond said.

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Fire death questions linger

Officials: No smoke detector in apartment; permit status unclear

There were no smoke detectors in the Old Town apartment of a man who died early Sunday morning after a small fire broke out in his kitchen, Steamboat Springs fire officials said Monday.

Monday, June 16

Steamboat briefs for June 16

A Steamboat Springs man died Sunday in an early-morning house fire at 705 Pine St., where police say he fell asleep with the stove on.

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Scouts earn their eagle badges

Five local Boy Scouts have earned their eagle badges after completing community service projects in Steamboat Springs ranging from a 16-foot-tall signboard to a park bench at a preschool.

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Deb Babcock: Compost for the environment

Do something good for your garden, pocketbook and Steamboat

Julie Niemi at Spill the Beans Espresso is helping me improve my garden soil by recycling her coffee grounds and used teabags. Each week, I switch out a 5 gallon bucket with her and take home to my compost heap a nice bucket-load of material. Other coffee shops in Steamboat, Oak Creek and Yampa are certain to welcome your offer to cart away their used grounds.

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The real McCoy history

Old-timers come from near and far to talk about town's past and present

From 96 to 2 years old, the old and young alike turned out for the 40th annual McCoy Father's Day and Old-Timers Picnic on Sunday at the McCoy Community Center.

The Record for June 14

12:31 a.m. A motor vehicle accident was reported in Toponas.

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Aging Well: Taking fitness from land to water

Most of the time, exercise makes us feel good. Other times, exercise can be more painful than pleasing.

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Monday Medica: Surgical teams take a 'timeout' for patient safety

Eight seconds are on the clock. The team down by one point calls a timeout, discusses a plan and gets everyone on the same page so everyone knows what to do. Without the timeout, the team could lose the game.

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Awards galore

Winners chosen at The Ninth Annual Whittle the Wood

Amid the many wooden sculptures that already fill Craig City Park, 11 new carvings reached completion Saturday.

Sunday, June 15

Jail Report and The Record for June 15

The Jail Report and Record for June 15, 2008.

Editorial cartoon for June 15

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for June 15, 2008.

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Farmers Market kicks off summer

Vegetable vendors sprout sales after long winter

Kelly Victory is back in Steamboat Springs for the summer - and so is the Farmers Market.

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Yampa Valley growth sparks electricity concerns

Projected growth in the Yampa Valley and across the Western Slope could strain local electricity infrastructure in the not-so-distant future.

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Climbing past cancer

After battling breast cancer, Iversen prepares to summit Mount Shasta

From the moment Dr. Rosanne Iversen found a lump in her breast in January 2007, she was convinced it was cancer. It was a secret she kept for more than two months, afraid to find out the truth.

Joel Reichenberger: Not in Kansas anymore

It still happens almost every day. Driving around, biking around, walking around, sitting and drinking margaritas around - the circumstances change, but no matter what I'm doing, almost every day at some point I ask myself "do I really live here?"

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Bud Werner Memorial Library's annual program grows in popularity

A massive expansion isn't the only thing Bud Werner Memorial Library is building in the coming months. With a summer reading program themed "Building Excitement, Building Readers," library staffers also hope to inspire students to pick up a book every day of the summer.

Mike Knezevich: I will miss you

I want to send out a personal thank you to all of the staff members, students, parents and community members who have supported me during the situation regarding my retention at the high school. I have loved my time working at the high school and particularly will miss my daily interaction with all of the students.

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Father, friend and coach

Steamboat Springs' Meek created success on and off the court

It's the day before the Moffat County game and Kelly Meek is holding court in the gym named for him.

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Coaches still jumping with joy

All-season K-68 jump living up to promises for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

The day seemed perfect for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic director Todd Wilson. The June sun had started to warm the crisp morning air Friday as skier after skier flew past him, barreling down the all-weather porcelain ski jump at Howelsen Hill to launch high above a brilliantly green downtown Steamboat Springs.

Housing Authority open to relationship with Steamboat 700

The board of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority expressed tentative enthusiasm Thursday for continuing discussions about how it might collaborate with the developers of Steamboat 700 to deliver work force housing to the community.

Dan Jongeling: You saved my life

I cannot express all the gratitude I have for the wonderful people of Steamboat Springs who helped me through this incident ("Quick response saves life," June 6 Steamboat Today). We had received many of the details from Rob Powers, the race announcer my wife had met at an earlier race, so we were aware of most of what had happened as was reported in the June 6 story.

Real estate transactions for June 5-10

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Conservative commentary: One dead, one injured

I have always had a visceral distaste and horror of abortion. I am also a Christian. But I firmly believe you can have one without the other.

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Charter school takes shape in McCoy

Old schoolhouse gets new life, will serve students from Toponas to Wolcott

Although its halls have been devoid of students for years, the former McCoy Public School will get a new life as a charter school next fall, serving young minds from Toponas to Wolcott.

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Rugby squad drops season opener

A pair of long, second-half runs Saturday solidified Vail's 31-13 rugby victory against Steamboat Springs at Steamboat Spring High School's Gardner Field.

Dan Hudspeth: More than a Coach

Some 30 years ago, I was a wayward kid who desperately needed a swift kick in the pants and mentor to look up to. Coach Meek was there for me then as he has been for more than a thousand kids on the basketball team and in the school system at Steamboat Springs High School since.

Jimmy Westlake: Summer's Swan

Vega, Deneb and Altair. These are the three bright stars marking the corners of the Summer Triangle, the most prominent star pattern of summer. Although not an official constellation, the Summer Triangle is our guide to many real constellations of summer.

Historic Routt County holds annual meeting

Awards, presentations and the introduction of a new executive director made Historic Routt County's 2008 annual meeting an exciting event. Typically held in May, to coincide with the celebration of Historic Preservation Month, the annual meeting was moved to June 12 this year to make it possible for the introduction of HRC's new Executive Director Towny Anderson.

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Getting ready for spring - in June

Gardening experts share tips for planting after the last frost

For local garden-lovers, it's been a long and arduous spring.

Business File for June 15

Moots hires former SmartWool vice president

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Young entrepreneur makes a splash

Parsons' company makes fishing map

Molly Parsons enjoys bossing her dad around.

Routt County Spotlight: Genah Burditt

Genah Burditt Age: 33 Occupation: Nonprofit coordinator/educator Place of birth: Iowa City, Iowa

Class Notes for June 15

Steamboat Springs resident Max Bomberg, son of Bryan and Karen Bomberg, has completed a gap year at Dynamy Internship Year in Worcester, Mass. Max's year included professional internships, an Outward Bound adventure challenge, community service, college accredited seminars, life coaching and other mentoring relationships.

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Men's soccer misses chances, loses, 4-2

Playing one of the premier club soccer teams in the state, Steamboat Pacific fell to Pepe's of Vail, 4-2, on Saturday at the Christian Heritage School field.

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Job market still solid

Despite national trends, unemployment low, construction booming

By most accounts, the national job slump hasn't slammed Routt County.

On the Market for June 15

May permit valuation surpasses that of 2007

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Historic Light home for sale

Pioneer retailer's home listed on historic register

The 1909 Edwardian home of pioneer Steamboat Springs retailer Francis Marion "F.M." Light goes on the market this week for $2.2 million.

Our View: Thanks, Coach Meek

Kelly Meek's on-court accomplishments speak for themselves.

Luke Graham: The Meek way

Kelly Meek's always done it his way.

Best of the Web for June 15

What a great story. I have seen Kandu and Ken at the hospital, and they bring such joy and happiness to patients, families and all the staff. Nuts For Mutts - what a hoot! Big congratulations to Kandu, Ken and all of the Heeling Friends teams. And thank you Margaret for writing such a nice piece.

Saturday, June 14

Changes at Kustom Kuts, Quintero's

Recent graduate buys Hayden hair salon; Mexican restaurant opens bakery

Two businesses are going through some changes on Hayden's Jefferson Avenue.

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Revving to race

Mustang Roundup allows drivers a lap on the course

It's hard to hear anything over the rumble of the '66 Ford Mustang GT 350 poised at the starting line.

Chief's review postponed

Oak Creek committee to recommend pay increase for Caterinicchio

The Oak Creek Town Board postponed discussing the results of police Chief Russ Caterinicchio's six-month review at its meeting Thursday, opting to revisit the matter when he returns from vacation.

Steamboat briefs for June 14

Steamboat Art Museum seeking volunteers

The Steamboat Art Museum is in need of volunteers for two- or three-hour shifts, Tuesdays to Sundays.

The Record for June 12

2:35 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported at Howelsen Hill.

Iowa speaker touts innovation at Economic Gardening Gathering

Who knew that little Fairfield, Iowa, was a national leader in a form of entrepreneurship known as economic gardening?

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Tom Ross: Grieving children will come to Poogie's Place

Selbe family lends new significance to Hospice Celebration

The former home of Anne Selbe and her late husband, Keith, occupies one of the truly special spots in Steamboat Springs.

Sailors set for team camp

Big turnout for high school off-season

Judging by the attendance at the last day of the Steamboat Springs High School football team's camp Thursday, the program is starting to see the results of three straight playoff appearances.

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Rodeo rides in

Fans flock to Steamboat series' first event of 2008 season

While the future of Triple Crown certainly is a controversial subject in Steamboat Springs, rodeo announcer John Shipley was pleased to hear from the legions of softball players in the stands of Brent Romick Rodeo Arena on Friday night.

Friday, June 13

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Rodeo series returns to Steamboat Springs

It's been a wild week for stagehands behind Routt County's signature summer show.

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Cowboy cartoons

Steamboat Art Museum exhibit examines rural life

In three generations of ranch cartoons, a lot has changed. But then again, it hasn't really.

Steamboat briefs for June 13

Adult hockey registration extended through today

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Keeping it fresh

New Works Festival preserves the lifeblood of American theater

To start its summer 2008 season, Perry-Mansfield will take on rockets, songwriting careers and the truck-driving life as part of a New Works Festival that challenges playwrights, actors, dancers and choreographers to develop their works-in-progress for the stage.

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Get out

Yampatika offers summer courses

For those looking for outdoor, nature-intensive entertainment this summer, or for those who would like to have lunch with a llama, Yampatika is expanding its adult education offerings with a series of field classes.

Chamber backs Hayden airport mural idea

A new idea at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport had Gene Bilodeau nodding his head.

ACET makes arrests in connection to burglaries

The All Crimes Enforcement Team concluded an investigation Thursday into a "series of burglaries" that allegedly occurred in Moffat and Routt counties, Garrett Wiggins, ACET task force commander, reported in a news release.

SSWSC members skiing with best at camp

For 25 young Alpine skiers, this month's U.S. Ski Team National Development System camp at Mammoth Mountain in California might just be their start. The camp offers a shot at not only making the U.S. Ski Team, but also possibly competing in the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics.

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Rob Douglas: We all live in glass houses

Steamboat Springs High School students have crossed a formal classroom threshold for the last time this school year, but life's lessons continue. Unfortunately, the education they're receiving from some of us is nothing to be proud of.

On Scene: Living like a tourist

After living in the Yampa Valley for 10 months, you would think it wouldn't be so hard to get around to the things visitors to Steamboat get done in 10 days.

Country isn't cowboy

Yampa Valley Boys concentrate on stories, not look

To the Yampa Valley Boys, there is a big difference between a country star wearing a cowboy hat and someone who sings cowboy music.

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Local park to be restored

Eagle Scout's wildlife refuge project faces improvements

A wildlife refuge built as an Eagle Scout project and impacted by ongoing construction at Sixth Street and Yampa Avenue will be restored, a city official said Thursday.

CD review for Weezer, "Weezer" (Red Album)

There are people who say "Pinkerton" is Weezer's best album. At least as far as songwriting goes, those people are right.

Man recovering after construction accident

A local construction worker injured last week when he was pinned beneath heavy equipment is recovering well, according to a co-worker.

Margaret Hair: New Works, new ideas

I have no idea what the songs in "What's That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling," will be like.

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Cowboy cartoons

Steamboat Art Museum exhibit examines rural life

In three generations of ranch cartoons, a lot has changed. But then again, it hasn't really.

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Two-legged dog takes top honors at mutt contest

The annual Nuts for Mutts dog show in Woodland Hills, Calif., isn't quite on the same level as The Westminster Kennel Club.

Board to review conduct

School official DeVincentis may have violated policies at Monday meeting

In the wake of Monday's contentious Steamboat Springs School Board meeting, questions remain about the ethical behavior of board members and how that behavior could impact the school district.

The Record for June 13

Wednesday, June 11 12:22 a.m. A passing motorist reported seeing sparks at the Mount Werner substation. Everything was fine.

Thursday, June 12

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Meteorologist warns of another freezing night

The cold front that brought snow to Steamboat Springs on Wednesday morning has moved on, but that doesn't mean it won't be cold tonight.

Police chief up for review

Oak Creek's Caterinicchio rated positively by committee

Oak Creek's police commissioners will give their evaluation of Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio to the Town Board at tonight's meeting.

Tourism to double in the next week

Summer tourism shifts into full stride this weekend with the arrival of the traditional Rocky Mountain Ford Mustang Roundup classic car convention. And Steamboat will gain valuable exposure next week when the 86th convention of the Colorado Municipal League brings more than 750 people to town June 16 to 21.

Focusing on entrepreneurship

Technology to be discussed at economic gardening forum

Business experts from across the globe are visiting Steamboat Springs this week for the National Economic Gardening Gathering.

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4-H judging team takes No. 1

Routt County senior group to compete at state in two weeks

Routt County 4-H members edged out Elbert County to win the senior division of the livestock judging contest Saturday at the Routt County Fairgrounds. It was the team's first victory and seventh contest of the year.

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School Board honors retiring Steamboat staffers

Nanette Waneka knows just what she's going to do now that she's retired. After spending 25 years as a teacher - most recently as a Spanish teacher at Steamboat Springs Middle School - she's ready to do all the "someday things" she had put off before, such as painting, writing and traveling.

Running series races shape up

Leidigh, Freeman hold leads through two events

Two scored races into the 2008 Steamboat Running Series, one thing is clear: it's a marathon, not a sprint. In the men's and women's divisions, there are plenty of races to go before a favorite for the title emerges.

Local swimmers blow away competition in Rangely

The Steamboat Springs Lightning Swim team came away from its first swim meet of the year with high expectations for the season.

Rugby, soccer facing tough teams

As far as Western Slope rugby goes, it doesn't get much bigger than Saturday's match between Steamboat and Vail.

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Base area needs boost

Draft study shows redevelopment is right remedy for slumping sales

Planned redevelopment is on the right track to meet future lodging and commercial demands at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, which a study states is "not performing at industry standards" and is lagging behind downtown retail sales, even in the winter.

The Record for June 12

Tuesday, June 10 7:07 a.m. Obscene phone messages were reported in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat briefs for June 12

Collapsed 10K runner out of hospital, recovering

Wednesday, June 11

Tonight's Town Challenge race postponed

Weather again delays mountain bike race

Tonight's Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series race scheduled for Howelsen Hill has been postponed due to adverse weather. The race is tentatively rescheduled for July 16.

Town Challenge set to start mountain bike series

Here it goes again. After a postponement and a cancellation, the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series finally is set to begin today at Howelsen Hill.

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Boniface wins Teva event

Steamboat rider not expecting mountain bike victory in Vail

Kelly Boniface called it one of her more surprising days. She wasn't planning on racing in the cross-country mountain bike race at the 2008 Teva Mountain Games in Vail on Saturday, but she's sure happy she did.

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Joanne Palmer: The beer is behind the jelly, dear

Just in time for Father's Day, I'd like to announce my latest invention.

The Record for June 9

Monday, June 9

Steamboat Briefs for June 11

Volunteers needed for Fourth of July in Yampa

Paige Boucher: Don't waste free house

As I perused the paper last Sunday, I saw that the ad for a "free house" still is running. It is too early to call the owner and see if it still is available, but since it still is in the paper, I assume it is.

Our View: Mainstreet worth funding

Private development is fueling unprecedented redevelopment in downtown Steamboat Springs.

City explores urban renewal expansion

The city's advisory committee for public improvements at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area has unanimously recommended a boundary expansion of the urban renewal authority.

Anderson tabbed for new role

Former City Council member is leader of Historic Routt County

The new executive director for Historic Routt County is counting on the past to promote growth in the future.

Charges upped in embezzlement case

Two Routt County women charged with stealing more than $1.2 million from Alpine Bank accountholders are facing additional felonies and one of the accused plans to take her case to trial.

Council picks Lincoln layout

The Steamboat Springs City Council wants to have its traffic light and build one, too.

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Future uncertain

Knezevich undecided about taking legal action to save his job

One day after his contract was not renewed for the 2008-09 school year, Steamboat Springs High School Principal Mike Knezevich said he was unsure what, if any, legal action he might pursue to save his job.

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Runoff levels not near record

Yampa's apparent 2008 peak well shy of highest recorded flows

If snowmelt in the Yampa River through Steamboat Springs has reached peak flows for 2008 - and that's no sure thing - then the river's peak would have fallen well short of a record.

Tuesday, June 10

The Record for June 8

Sunday, June 8

Defense: A plot against Wall

A disgruntled former deputy and a concerted effort by area law enforcement officers to frame Gary Wall led to the Routt County sheriff's arrest last year on suspicion that he drove under the influence of alcohol, defense attorney Ron Smith suggested Monday.

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Tom Ross: Buck the Wonder Dog was built for the Rockies

Buck the Wonder Dog was never happier than when he was dashing through a frigid mountain stream, unless he was retrieving a piece of lodgepole pine from an Alpine lake.

Knezevich ousted

Divided School Board votes to not renew principal's contract

Steamboat Springs High School Principal Mike Knezevich was ousted Monday night when the School Board voted 3-2 to not renew his contract.

Steamboat Briefs for June 10

Methodist Church offers Bible school

One more look

Council revisits options for Lincoln Avenue reconfiguration

Less than a month after they informally agreed to stick with the status quo, Steamboat Springs City Council members once again will consider a major reconfiguration of U.S. Highway 40 through downtown.

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Air travel trimmed

Ski season flight program navigates industry turbulence

Slightly fewer airplane seats will be available to Steamboat Springs visitors next ski season.

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Stores react to tomato scare

Salmonella outbreak linked to certain types of raw tomatoes

A nationwide health warning has some local grocers and restaurants pulling tomatoes off shelves and menus.

Monday, June 9

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Mainstreet asks city for cash

Group wants funding match of up to $100K, talks on garages

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is asking the city for up to $100,000 a year in matching funds.

Monday Medical: MRI upgrade improves images

Every time I take a group on a tour through Yampa Valley Medical Center, I pause at the Radiology area and say, "Here's where hospitals spend the big bucks. This is the most expensive department in almost every hospital, because equipment is constantly being replaced or improved."

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Taking a shot at robotics

High school students design training device for local police

Some problems can't be solved with textbooks.

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Weekend tourney a success

Pair of Steamboat residents win titles at Senior Sectionals competition

She's lost a little off her serve and probably can't cover the same ground when returning a volley, but that didn't prevent Kitty Gwathmey from making her annual trip to Steamboat Springs, nor did it slow her on the court Sunday.

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Aging Well: Volunteers educate, help preserve wilderness

Many older adults enjoy more of the activities they love, such as hiking, during retirement.

Luke Graham: The year that was

The school year is done. Prep sports are done. But we'd be remiss if we didn't look back at the year that was for high school sports in Routt County.

Steamboat Briefs for June 9

Library starts teen reading program

The Record for June 7

Saturday, June 7

Deb Babcock: A flower for night owls

One of the first and showiest wildflowers to bloom in the springtime here is the evening primrose (Oenothera caesitosa). It's prolific along hot, dry expanses such as the Mad Creek and Red Dirt trails off Routt County Road 129 in early spring.

Sunday, June 8

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SSHS alumna reflects on UCLA, playing pro overseas

Even Katie Carter admits she may never have an answer about what she eventually wants to do.

Demand for water on rise

Forum addresses future impacts to Yampa River

While the Yampa River is meeting Routt County's needs for now, future increases in water demand and the predicted effects of climate change may make protecting the resource an uphill battle in the future.

John F. Russell: Riding for Kasey Jo

When you first hear Kasey Jo Walker Warner's story, it will make you sad and then mad. I wish the story was uncommon, but unfortunately it's all too common.

Editorial cartoon for June 8

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for June 8, 2008.

Best of the Web for June 8

Thanks, Coach Meek

Our View: City should share school tax

It would be difficult to overstate the impact Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education has had on the school district in the 15 years since voters first approved it. From major capital projects to technology in the classroom to an increased number of teachers for the purpose of reducing class sizes, the sales tax undoubtedly has improved the quality of education for thousands of local students.

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High corn prices hit hard locally

Costs expected to affect price of cattle and hay supply

Most cattle ranchers don't pump pounds of corn into the bellies of their beasts. But by all accounts, the record high price of the grain is having a negative impact on the ranching industry.

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'I guess I was destined'

Man who survived plane crash as infant now soars above valley himself

Matt Kotts eases the single-engine Cessna 182 onto the Steamboat Springs Airport runway.

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Athlete swayed by success

Third at Steamboat Marathon, Mallams hopes to keep racing

The experts say it takes a bare minimum of three months.

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South Routt girls off to D.C.

Routt County 4-H members Hatfield, Rossi to attend citizenship event

Two South Routt County girls will head to the nation's capital this week with a delegation of 4-H members from across the state.

Jail Report and The Record for June 8

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.

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Saying goodbye to Strawberry Park

The Lowell Whiteman School honors its 51st graduating class

As they accepted their diplomas Saturday, The Lowell Whiteman School graduates were honored for academics, athletics and - in some cases - achievements as varied as stylistic telemark skiing and being a dorm's undisputed champion of Dance Dance Revolution.

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Not just another number

Last weekend's Steamboat Marathon was more than just 26.2 miles for one participant

Dave Bell woke up early Saturday morning and tied his faded blue-and-white running shoes tight, just as he has done 200 other times in the past 13 years.

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Gearing up for fire season

Responders, officials attend incident management training

As wildfire season bears down on the Western Slope, more than 700 people from Colorado and 24 other states attended the Colorado Wildland Fire and Incident Management Academy at Western State College last week, including several Yampa Valley officials.

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Trapp wins Cog climb

Moffat County coach earns podium spot again

Six days after sweeping through the streets of Steamboat Springs, the Steamboat Running Series packed up and headed west Saturday for the third event of the season.

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Jimmy Westlake: Summer's Triangle

There are few sights in nature any more beautiful than the starry summer sky. When the sun goes down and the summer stars come out, three of the first ones you see high in the northeastern sky will be the trio of bright stars that forms the corners of an unmistakable asterism called the Summer Triangle. Although it is called the Summer Triangle, it first becomes visible during the early evening in late spring and hangs on in our evening sky until early winter.

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Hayden High School alum takes time to relax while home from Iraq

During lunch at Village Inn Restaurant on Friday, Tim Taylor got to indulge in one of the foods he missed most while serving for 15 months in Iraq.

Routt County Spotlight: Keith Zimmer

Keith Zimmer Age: 56 Occupation: Owner, Cartridge World of Steamboat Springs Place of birth: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Longtime chef puts idea in motion

Drunken Onion may open this month

Ben Stroock has spent years forming the concept for his Drunken Onion Get & Go Kitchen.

Joel Reichenberger: Runners can't stop smiling

There have been several difficult parts of this job since I started it more than three months ago.

On the Market for June 8

Local developers Jon Peddie and David Josfan confirmed this week they have begun moving dirt at Boulder Ridge, a new residential estate subdivision representing the final phase of the larger Mountain View Estates subdivision.

Real Estate transactions for May 29 to June 4, 2008

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

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Edgemont produces $45 million day for Atira Group

The mood around The Atira Group offices on Oak Street in downtown Steamboat Springs was decidedly upbeat this week after the developers of the slopeside Edgemont condominiums tied up $45 million in sales at their May 30 selection event.

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Average prices grow despite volume downturn

The number of sales of single-family homes, condos, townhomes and building lots are significantly down in the first four months of 2008. However, average price per sale is up substantially in all three categories.

Business file for June 8

Wells Fargo has hired Jeffrey Minotto and Kristine Heiner, the bank announced in a news release.

Looking Back for June 8, 2008

First grads from Whiteman-Gaylord to receive diplomas

Save the date for the Cayuse Classic

The third annual Cayuse Classic is June 21 at Sidney Peak Ranch. This family event celebrates the western heritage our valley treasures while raising funds for the Community Agriculture Alliance. Whether you participate, observe or just stop by for some barbecue and festivities, this event holds something for everyone.

Saturday, June 7

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Steamboat tv18 wins 6 awards

Station's honors include best morning show for market size

Steamboat tv18 is the winner of six RSN Arc Awards, including market-size wins for best morning show, best morning show host and best morning show set.

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Tom Ross: New generation processes rapid changes in Steamboat

I was reminded this week that change is constant. My lesson came at the hands of a group of iPod-wielding fourth-graders.

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Recreational rights enforceable

Irrigators urged to install water flow measuring devices

Colorado Division 6 water engineer Erin Light urged irrigators in the Upper Yampa Valley on Friday to put headgates and flow measuring devices on their ditches lest they find themselves in a jam someday.

City employees pushing their pedals

Staff to compete in alternative transportation competition

A rivalry could be brewing on 10th Street.

Hayden addresses Hospital Hill curve

Plans to decrease speed limit, improve visibility on Hospital Hill

Hayden leaders want to drop the speed limit and trim trees to make a curve on Hospital Hill safer.

Locals vie for South Routt superintendency

Four candidates remain in the running to become the new superintendent of the South Routt School District.

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Final bell signals field day celebration, construction for schools

Final bell signals field day celebration, construction for schools

Children gearing up for summer weaved through boxed-up classroom supplies at Strawberry Park Elementary School on Friday as teachers finished up a month-long packing effort for summer construction.

Smyser: No Knezevich renewal

School Board to vote Monday on high school principal's contract

Interim Superintendent Sandra Smyser is recommending that the Steamboat Springs School Board not renew the contract of high school principal Mike Knezevich, according to documents released Friday.

The Record for June 5

1:27 a.m. A drunken person was reported in the middle of the road at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Steamboat briefs for June 7

Steamboat's only outdoor handball court is open for the season. The court is behind McGill Professional Law Corp. at 1107 Lincoln Ave. Games often are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Call Randy Salky at 879-620, ext. 13 for game schedules and further details.

Friday, June 6

Margaret Hair: ArtWalk going strong, hoping for more

Going into their sixth First Friday ArtWalk, event organizers and contributors are eager to see how the event will fare in fair weather.

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Lowell Whiteman honors 18

Class of 2008 wreaks good-natured havoc before graduation

When The Lowell Whiteman School's Class of 2008 tagged all the cars on campus with grease paint, everyone thought the senior prank was over.

Quick response saves life

Responders reflect on man's collapse, recovery at 10K race

While announcing last weekend's Steamboat Marathon, Rob Powers watched as a runner collapsed about 100 yards from the finish line. "I was watching him come in like everybody else, and his legs just went to rubber," Powers said. "He looked like Joe Frazier had just clocked him in the head. Just a total knockout fall."

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Steamboat rugby club opens season Saturday in Boulder

The Steamboat Springs men's rugby club took to the Colorado Mountain College fields Thursday evening despite a day of rain.

Armstrong moving to SSWSC

Gold medalist to lead sports club's Alpine program

Former Olympic gold medalist Deb Armstrong has been named the new Alpine program director for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

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Local author reflects on Robert Francis Kennedy

On this, the 40th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy's death, my own favorite memories of this special man have to do with the genuine kindness and compassion he always showed the "little," everyday people around him.

Oak Creek, Steamboat hold cleaning day

Old West Sanitation will donate its services during Saturday's annual Oak Creek Clean-Up Day to help clean up the South Routt town and bring it into compliance with nuisance ordinances on trash accumulation, tall weeds and grass, and other conditions on private property.

Steamboat briefs for June 6

CMC dean Kerry Hart eyeing other locales

The Record for June 4

1:10 a.m. A vehicle complaint was received from the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive, where a car was parked in a handicapped space

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Ski Corp. plans improvements

Revegetation, work on snow-making machine on the agenda

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has started its summer improvements to Steamboat Ski Area, but spokeswoman Heidi Thomsen said nothing major is in the works.

AprÃs Ski Way to close as redevelopment continues

Construction of a roundabout at Mount Werner Circle and AprÃs Ski Way is 30 percent complete and should be finished by Sept. 15, project coordinator Joe Kracum said Thursday.

Rob Douglas: A paper a day keeps ignorance away

Congratulations! If you're reading this column, you're probably better informed than most Americans.

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Rescue workers

Wood artisans use beetle-killed, other salvaged timber for art

In the years since Laramie, Wyo., woodworker Mark Sauer began crafting furniture for his start-up business, making the most of reusable wood has been key to his raw materials and to his finished product.

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Art unleashed

Humane Society fundraiser lets dog statues loose on town

A collection of uncommonly stoic guard dogs will sit in front of downtown businesses this summer as part of a fundraiser for the Routt County Humane Society.

On Scene: New lunch options

On Tuesday, about half a dozen members of the Steamboat Pilot & Today editorial staff decided to go in a group for the soft opening of Big House Burgers and Bottle Cap Bar.

CD reviews for Al Green

"Lay It Down"

Last week, Al Green did a radio interview with NPR's Michele Norris. They talked about Green's new album, his journey from being the most soulful man in music to being a gospel pioneer (a soulful one), and his choice of new blood for production on "Lay It Down."

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Make you want to holler

Lion Vibes packs an energetic show with a message

Michael Hartman is a little jumpy.

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On the road

Holden Young Trio shares tour stories that have become band classics

For a band that's been together for about 2 1/2 years, playing as many live shows as possible is crucial to survival.

Thursday, June 5

Late-night shuttle to begin Friday

In an effort to simplify its operation during tough staffing times and better serve late-night local traffic, Alpine Taxi is launching its new Steamboat Shuttle service this weekend.

Fund Board eyes ballot

City Council must approve tax renewal question

The Education Fund Board is ready to move forward with a November vote to extend Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education. Now it's up to the Steamboat Springs City Council to approve such a ballot measure.

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Steamboat skier commits to the University of Colorado

When the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association nominated 48 athletes for the 2008-09 U.S. Alpine Team in May, Steamboat Springs High School senior Jenny Allen found her name off the list.

The Record for June 3

7:28 a.m. A Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of driving under revocation and speeding during a traffic stop near mile marker 142 on U.S. Highway 40.

Steamboat briefs for June 5

Volunteers are needed to judge entries in the 20th annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup, including more than 400 classic Mustang cars, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 14 on Lincoln Avenue. No experience is necessary. All volunteers receive a free 2008 Mustang T-shirt. Call Kristi at 875-7006 or visit the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's Visitors Center at 1255 S. Lincoln Ave. to sign up for a judging position.

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Mission trip to help in Mexico

Volunteers, supplies, donations sent to Chihuahua after drought

There are three vans leaving Steamboat Springs tonight headed for Chihuahua, Mexico, to help victims of drought, famine and poverty.

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Rivers' peak still could come

Flood watch in effect for Elk and Yampa as snowmelt slows

The rain showers that fell on the rivers of Northwest Colorado on Tuesday afternoon weren't a factor in pushing the rivers over their banks. But the sullen skies were enough to keep a flood warning in place on the Elk and Yampa.

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Routt County child welfare worker wins statewide award

When children are at risk, there isn't much caseworker Tina Harlow won't do to protect them.

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Hayden buzzing this weekend

Cog Run, Huck Finn Day, 4-H event planned for Saturday

Hayden is set to see a flurry of activity Saturday, with the Cog Run, Huck Finn Day and a 4-H contest on the calendar.

YVRA's impact worth millions

Managers happy to see economic benefit

Results from an economic impact study put wind beneath the wings of managers at Routt County's two airports.

Wednesday, June 4

Tonight's Town Challenge race canceled

Rain soaks bike trails; June 11 Town Challenge event still scheduled

Race Director Gretchen Sehler said the showers that have blanketed Steamboat Springs most of the day have made biking trails too wet for riding.

Town Challenge ready to go after delay

After postponement for a week, the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series opens today with the Howelsen Hill Circuit.

U.S. 40 work continues

Rocks installed to shore up eroding riverbank west of town

Emergency repairs to U.S. Highway 40 just west of Steamboat Springs will continue through Monday, as the Colorado Department of Transportation works to prevent further erosion of the riverbank that caused damage to the road's shoulder.

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Fort Collins company buys SpringSips

Fort Collins-based FRII has acquired local Internet provider SpringSips. Officials from FRII, Front Range Internet, said they do not plan to change SpringSips fees or customers' e-mail addresses.

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Sports briefs for June 4

Youth lacrosse ends season

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Meek retires after 34 years as SSHS head basketball coach

After 36 years as a coach - including the past 34 as head boys basketball coach at Steamboat Springs High School - Kelly Meek has announced his retirement.

Steamboat briefs for June 4

Today's golf tournament benefits local education

The Record for June 2

3:42 a.m. Harassing phone calls were reported in Steamboat Springs, where a woman was receiving sexually explicit calls from a stranger. Police took a report.

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Season of abundant water

Casey Clapsaddle spent part of Monday in the field, struggling to measure streamflows in Trout Creek where it flows through coalmine country west of Steamboat Springs.

Joanne Palmer: Press 3 to send me to Fiji

I just had the worst fight of my life. Not with a family member, co-worker or a stranger. Oh, no. That would have been easy. Instead, I pitted myself against an automated phone answering system. I yelled at a robotic voice. Railed against technology. Went toe-to-toe with option number two. The annoying voice asked me what seemed to be the problem and I snapped, "You are the problem. You are driving me crazy!"

Iron Horse remains under city's management

The city of Steamboat Springs will continue to manage the Iron Horse Inn throughout the summer instead of turning it over to a private management company June 1, as was planned.

Our View: Nuisance bears a solvable problem

Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas have seen a marked increase in bear encounters during the past couple of years, with the sad result often being the removal or destruction of the animals.

Teacher contracts approved

School Board unanimously supports 1 percent raise for faculty, staff

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Saturday voted, 5-0, to accept the 2008-09 contracts for faculty and staff. Sporting a half-percent raise, a new insurance policy and incentives for further education for staff, the contracts stretched limited funds as far as they could, according to negotiators.

Tuesday, June 3

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Tom Ross: Have the 'right stuff' if you float the Yampa

Veteran kayak instructor Barry Smith couldn't believe his eyes this weekend. Floating down the Yampa River toward him were two young men on watercraft that didn't come close to passing the "really right stuff" test.

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Chamber angles for Front Range visitors

Marketing director plans promotions

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is casting its line into the Front Range for what is expected to be a competitive summer tourism season.

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Middle school students create art for Spring Creek bridge

Middle school students create art for Spring Creek bridge

The bridge spanning Spring Creek soon will be decorated with coyotes baying at the moon, columbines in bloom and moon and stars cut from sheet metal.

Officials plan new courthouse security

There is an opportunity to address an old problem, Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said.

Public meeting on energy rules tonight

History is being written. What happens with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission's rulemaking process this year could affect Colorado for generations, Luke Schafer said.

Bears face sturdier trash cans

City tries to discourage conflicts with receptacles in public parks

Hungry bears will have a tougher time filling up on trash in Steamboat Springs city parks.

The Record for June 3

Sunday, June 1 12:24 a.m. Vandalism was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. The individual reported a group of about five people who broke lawn furniture in the area. No report was taken.

Steamboat briefs for June 3

Methodist Church offers vacation Bible school

Yampatika hosts fundraiser dinner Wednesday

Feasting on indigenous fare

Deer browse, elk forage and friends of environmental education graze the Yampa Valley.

Monday, June 2

Lake Village showing little progress on crumbling roads, finances

The people involved in the Lake Village subdivision asked the Hayden Town Board on Thursday for more time to fix the roads. They got it.

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Luke Graham: Boston fans, various notes

Boy, it has to be good to be from Boston right now. Even if the Patriots lost in the Super Bowl, having the Red Sox - my vote for the best team in baseball - and the Celtics play as well as they have helps soften the blow a little. It's really an unprecedented run for a city.

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Running through the 'Boat

Jason Saitta wins again, adds eighth title

Some started fast, and some slow. Some ran every step, and some walked most. Some talked with friends along the way, and some broke out and ran alone.

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Housing forum addresses future needs in the Yampa Valley

Two of the valley's leading affordable housing experts addressed the question: "Will your children be able to afford to live here?" before an audience of 40 at an affordable housing forum Friday.

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The importance of the past

Moffat County group strives to record history

Living in the new millennium involves adjusting to continually changing technology, endless alterations to the landscape and more.

The Record for May 31

12:23 a.m. A traffic stop was made in the 35700 block of U.S. Highway 40. A ticket was issued.

Steamboat briefs for June 2

The Steamboat Art Museum is in need of volunteers for two- or three-hour shifts, Tuesdays to Sundays. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Training will be provided and volunteers can train to be docents of upcoming exhibits. Call Nancy at 846-0504 or the museum at 870-1755.

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Deb Babcock: Petunia 'Dreams'

If you're starting to think about ways to add color to your garden, patio containers or window-boxes, think about a beautiful flower that really caught everyone's attention last summer. Hanging baskets around town, the annual beds at the Lincoln Avenue Post Office and the flowers at the entrance to the Depot Art Center all were overflowing with the annual Petunia "Dreams" pink grandiflora.

Monday Medical: Cancer survivors celebrate

I became a cancer survivor on Feb. 16, 2000. My husband, Bill, and I were still feeling the glow from our candlelit Valentine's Day dinner date when we heard the numbing news that he had colon cancer.

Aging Well: Safe at home

Program helps older adults pinpoint injury risks

Ever since having her knee replaced, Yolanda Critchlow of Oak Creek has walked with a cane to stabilize her sometimes unsteady feet.

Sunday, June 1

Hundreds gather to mourn Mark and Levi Klapperich

The overflowing bleachers and bright sunshine at the Hayden High School football field would have made Mark and Levi Klapperich smile.

Home sales slump on the slopes

First quarter real estate transactions down across Rocky Mountain towns

Real estate data released by the Rocky Mountain Resort Alliance indicates Steamboat wasn't the only mountain resort market that saw declines in dollar and transaction volume during the first quarter of 2008.

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Saitta looking for win No. 8

Runner aiming to continue Steamboat Marathon dominance

Those looking to wriggle out of Jason Saitta's stranglehold on the Steamboat Marathon are in for some bad news. Saitta, who has won the men's marathon seven times in the past nine years, said Friday that he's feeling possibly the best he has before any Steamboat Marathon.

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Yampa yearning

Hamilton finds everything she is looking for amid waves, water

The phrase "come for the winter, stay for the summer" is thrown so casually around Steamboat Springs it might as well be painted on the city limit sign. It's a mantra that proves only half true for Sarah Hamilton. She came for the summer, and after three years in Steamboat - the vast majority of which was spent on the area's raging creeks and rivers - she still lives for it.

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Steamboat Springs High School's largest class graduates

In sharing his "geezer wisdom" with the Steamboat Springs High School Class of 2008, class-selected speaker Jim Bronner urged the graduates to ignore everyone's expectations and follow their own dreams, with the help of a few choice words from Mark Twain that were "destined" to be read for the graduating Sailors.

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Concealed weapon permits on the rise

Routt County Sheriff's Office seeing marked increase in training registration

High demand for concealed weapon permits, in part prompted by large-scale acts of violence across the country, means the Routt County Sheriff's Office is offering more training opportunities than ever before.

The Record for May 30

Midnight: A Yampa man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, careless driving and minor in possession of alcohol during a traffic stop at Mount Werner and Pine Grove roads.

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City sees future west of town

Trip to Denver gives eye-opening look at urbanist design

An ice cream truck jingles in the distance as young couples ride bikes, push strollers and walk dogs past ultramodern architecture, through extravagant roundabouts and over brick crosswalks on their way to outdoor sidewalk cafes below vibrant banners proclaiming, "Spring has sprung."

Vandahl accepts walk-on spot

Steamboat basketball star to test talent at University of Denver

All Michael Vandahl wanted was an opportunity to play Division I basketball.

John F. Russell: Lalive weighs her options

Caroline Lalive doesn't want to sound bitter. She doesn't want to be angry, and she doesn't want to feel cheated.

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A never-ever marathoner's guide to joining the race

Maybe you'll watch today, maybe you won't. Maybe the streets closed for today's Steamboat Marathon are just a nuisance and the crowds that run into town are nothing more than people to wait behind in the grocery store line.

Joel Reichenberger: Locals up to pro standards

It isn't that I seek to go in with preconceived notions, but before I go to cover an event - especially one with which I'm not overly familiar, such as last week's Paddling Life Pro Invitational - I ask around. I try to do a little research but also try to figure out what some of the off-the-record story lines might be.

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South Routt Velosport rides again

Bike shop opens at new location after one-year hiatus

After a one-year hiatus, South Routt Velosport is back in business in Oak Creek, solving flats for local cycling enthusiasts and outfitting riders with everything from beach cruisers to top-of-the-line road and mountain bikes.

Editorial cartoon for June 1

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for June 1, 2008.

Michael Malone: Game disgusting

The news is filled with stories about tornadoes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, cyclones and tsunamis - just a few natural disasters that can change our lives and take our lives. Imagine that we could prevent these catastrophes simply by not allowing them to take place.

Best of the Web for June 1

Kudos to YVMC

Conservative commentary: Dare your graduate to read

It was a graduation to remember. Our grandson and his classmates looked great in their blue mortarboard caps with gold tassels. Parents beamed and cameras flashed. The speaker was brief, taking his text from Psalms: "Children are a gift from God." Ian's dad caught the whole thing on video.

Harriet Aspegren and Eunice Dorr: Memorial flowers

Friday before Memorial Day has been the traditional American Legion Auxiliary "Poppy Day" for many years. Several members of our family are members of the organization, and someone from those members has distributed poppies each year since 1946.

Bob Enever: Strike out fields

I hope the City Council will not seriously contemplate building fields for Triple Crown. Consider:

Our View: Housing study needs responses

Of the many issues raised by the proposed Steamboat 700 development, the need to accurately identify the specific housing needs of our community shoots to the top of the list.

Jimmy Westlake: 'Lyra and the Plunging Vulture'

What's that bright star rising in the northeastern sky as darkness falls this month? It's the star Vega, and its arrival is a sure sign that summer is just around the corner.

Agriculture should be valued

At an economic discussion this winter, agriculture in the valley was considered level; it wasn't growing economically, but it wasn't declining, either. Theoretically, this is a bad thing. Many economists think that anything stable has no value to the local economy. I beg to differ. Agriculture has much to offer economically and otherwise.

Routt County Spotlight: Bill Doyne

Age: Old enough to know better, young enough not to resist Occupation: Practicing hedonist Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio (the mistake by the lake)

Looking back for June 1: ASC committee has many duties

Three men represent 90 percent of the farmers and ranchers in Routt County on the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation policy-forming committee.

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Steamboat on the cheap

Live like you're on vacation, for little to no cash

Things, as you probably have noticed, are expensive. But as the financial picture gets uglier, most everything else in the Yampa Valley gets prettier with the onset of summer. We offer a few suggestions to making the most of your time off in Steamboat Springs by stretching your dollar as far as it will go:

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Curves fights roadblock

Women running gym as co-op struggled to find

The women of Curves say they have a good thing going.

The Jail Report for May 24 to May 30

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.

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Rocky Peak poised to break ground this week

When Peter and Kim Kreissig of Kreissig Homes purchased the site of Rocky Peak Village complete with city approvals and much of the design work in place, Kim knew there was at least one thing she would never change. "The cupolas," said Kreissig, a Realtor with Prudential Steamboat Realty. "That was the first thing I got excited about."

Car dealerships' sales mixed

Soaring gasoline prices having bad, good, little effect on Steamboat businesses

Steamboat Springs car dealerships are reporting a scramble of effects from steadily climbing gasoline prices.

On the Market for June 1

Records at the Routt County Regional Building Department reflect that

Real Estate transactions for May 21 to May 28

- SOMERVILLE, JAMES D and SOMERVILLE, ROBIN J To TRIDLE, DAVID R and TRIDLE, SHANNON B For FAIRWAY PLACE FILING NO 2 LOT 11 - $2,515,000