News for Sunday, September 28, 2008



Hayden volleyball drops 2nd in a row

After a blazing start to the season, the Hayden High School volleyball team will have to see how it responds to something a little different.

Ballot fires up local groups

Teachers' union, Chamber speak out

As labor groups and businesses in Denver brawl over proposed amendments to the state constitution, parties across the state are lending sharp eyes to issues packing this year's ballot.

Business File for Sept. 28

Kelda Combs Wall has bought Felix & Fido, the dog and cat accessories boutique in Old Town Square at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. Combs Wall said she took over from Kira Hambley on Labor Day weekend.

Real estate transactions for Sept. 18 to 24

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

On the Market for Sept. 26

Sales hit 5-year low despite condo sales

Community Agriculture Alliance: Whose water is it?

The Yampa River, from its beginnings in the rugged Flat Tops Wilderness Area to its convergence with the Green River in the desert region of the Colorado-Utah border, often is referred to as the life-blood of the community, as well as many biologically diverse ecosystems. Widely considered one of Colorado's last free flowing rivers, the Yampa is able to support a diversity of native life through seasonal flooding that perpetuates a so-called "river dance," thus facilitating the establishment of new streamside forests and wetlands.

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Fourth quarter too much for Soroco

Cowboys corral Rams with 22-point final frame

It appeared several times that Soroco might be ready to run away with Saturday's football showdown against Plateau Valley.

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TIC aims to ease concerns about Nebraska merger

TIC Holdings and Kiewit Corp. issued assurances last week that their merger won't mean upheaval in TIC's Steamboat Springs headquarters.

John F. Russell: Americans stronger than ever

He's been to the Olympic Games four times, his consistent finishes on the World Cup made him a standard in the sport of Nordic combined and his self-assured personality made him a favorite quote for reporters around the world.

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Finch rallies team

Sailors focus on positives after loss

If you look at trends and the past four years of Steamboat Springs High School football, there is always one loss early in the season that pops up.

Best of the Web for Sept. 28

Susan Koehler is a gifted asset and a blessing to our schools and our community. We really needed someone like her. She has a heart for the kids and what she teaches, and it shows. Thank you.

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Lodwick eyes return

Nordic combined skier comes out of retirement to try for Olympic gold in 2010

The golden trees lining Strawberry Park hillsides last week served as a reminder for Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick as he continued to train for his return to the world stage.

Ken Collins: Election no game

Here's what we have: A country in two wars. A major financial crises. The biggest government and debt in history. High unemployment and foreclosures running amok. Jobs going overseas as factories close. Twentieth century automobiles.

Paul Mauro: Entitled to opinion

Ms. Schubert-Akin's column in the Steamboat Pilot & Today ("Grits, guts and determination," Sept. 14) attests to the fact that everyone in our great country is entitled to his or her opinion. That is the spirit of discourse that long has been so alive in America. But this spirit does not entitle one to his or her own facts.

David Goldberg: The costs of a lie

When the Bush administration finally admitted that no WMD were in Iraq and when the bipartisan 9/11 Commission finally determined that there was no Iraq involvement in the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration shifted the blame to faulty intelligence. This I can tell you was a deliberate falsehood. The intelligence information produced by the intelligence community was massaged by a group in the Pentagon called the Office of Special Plans whose sole purpose was to ensure that information passed to the White House only supported the case for war. This is borne out by the Pentagon's Inspector General's report which concluded that the intelligence supplied by the OSP and used to buttress the White House case for invading Iraq, was "reporting of dubious quality or reliability that supported the political views of senior administration officials rather than the conclusions of the intelligence community."

Conservative commentary: It's not the economy

The recent "bailouts" of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and AIG, as well as the failures, sales and restructuring of virtually all the country's major investment banking houses have caused a lot of concern and misunderstanding.

Our View: Exercise your right to vote

There is perhaps no single greater responsibility for citizens of a democratic country than casting a ballot on Election Day. In the midst of an economic crisis, an ongoing war and countless other issues of local, regional, national and international importance, it can be argued that this November's general election is as important as any in recent memory.

Class Notes for Sept. 28

The Western Slope College Fair is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Aspen High School. The fair is free and open to all students and parents. About 180 college admissions representatives will be present to meet with parents and students. No registration is necessary. For more information, visit

Routt County Spotlight: Michael David

Q. When did you move to Routt County, and what brought you here? A. May 4, 1998. A friend suggested I get past the Front Range and see the "real" Colorado. So far, so good.

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Study suggests vanpool transit

South Routt team to discuss draft report's recommendation for 2-route service

Given the logistical and ridership constraints involved in developing transit between Steamboat Springs and South Routt County, the subscription-based commuter vanpool has been identified as the preferred service plan by the ongoing South Routt Transit Needs and Feasibility Study.

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Devils sink Sailors with 2-1 win

Cesar Castillo leads Eagle Valley past Steamboat with pair of goals

With so many soccer teams battling for a Western Slope League title, Saturday's Eagle Valley-Steamboat Springs game was set up to tender a little clarity.

Lynn Abbott: Outraged

Aren't you angry? Aren't you outraged? I am. My husband and I have spent 43 years saving to buy what we need, salting away money for a rainy day, paying the total balance on credit card bills every month even when it hurt, and paying off our mortgage early in order to own our home free and clear. We haven't borrowed money to buy a car since our kids were in elementary school. If we didn't have the cash, we kept driving the car we had. We have lived within our means. I imagine most of you have, too.

Editorial cartoon for Sept. 28, 2008

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Sept. 28, 2008.

Jimmy Westlake: What's up with the sun?

There are few things in our lives that seem as constant and dependable as the sun. Day after day, it provides the warmth and energy that we must have to survive on this planet. Without it, Earth would be in an unimaginable deep freeze near absolute zero.

The Record and Jail Report for Sept. 26

Christopher David Bonner, 40, Steamboat Springs - Violating bail bond conditions (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

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Indiana Jones would be proud

Steamboat outdoors enthusiast travels to unexplored canyon

Call it "Eugene Buchanan and the Search for Inca Gold," or maybe "Eugene Buchanan and the Death-Defying Canyon." Midway through his amazing Indiana Jones-esque adventure in Peru's Colca Canyon, Steamboat Springs' Eugene Buchanan was sure only that he wanted to be somewhere else.

Joel Reichenberger: I'm a Broncos fan, really

It's a rough life being a Denver Broncos fan here in Broncos territory. Who knew?

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Steamboat library comes to life

Children's area brings color, inviting spaces to the new building

Gone are the days of a shush-filled library filled with dusty volumes and dim lighting. In its place is the Bud Werner Memorial Library's bright, new building with space designed to fit the needs of children and teens: space that is active, high-tech and, occasionally, loud.

Jon Quinn wants property tax

For about a year, first-term Steamboat Springs City Councilman Jon Quinn periodically has raised the issue of a city property tax. The suggestion is often met with a cool response, if any. But now might be the time for Quinn to find some allies.

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Affordable a stretch

Teachers struggle to buy deed-restricted housing

A new cooperation between First Tracks at Wildhorse Meadows and the Steamboat Springs School District is attempting to create housing opportunities for school staff and increase teacher retention rates.

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Solandt hospital board to raise funds for improvements

Honey-colored autumn sunshine slipped over the windowsill in Solandt Memorial Hospital's sunroom Wednesday, spreading across the space where tuberculosis patients once convalesced.

Looking Back for Sept. 28

50 years ago

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Owners flow with their creeks

Water features add serene quality to Meadowbrook ranch

Everywhere they've lived in Colorado, Heidi Henry and her family have prized their privacy and also looked for the opportunity to live in close proximity to a live creek.

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Veteran Realtor views market in contrast to crises of the '70s, '80s

Steve Downs tells the story of a colleague at Steamboat Village Brokers who was showing resort condominiums to a cash buyer last week.

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Online learning under way in McCoy

Rock Creek Academy enrolls 7 students in 1st year as charter school

During the summer, Kendra Thompson went from having dozens of classmates at Soroco Middle School to being the sole eighth-grader at Rock Creek Academy.

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War of the words

Poetry slams give local writers dramatic voice

When she's preparing to read her poems to a coffee shop crowd, Janel Moore likes to recreate the store's ambience at home.