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Letter: Thanks for supporting science fair

The Soda Creek Elementary Science Fair would not have been possible without the help and donations of many. Special thanks to Soda Creek Pizza that, for the last four years, has generously donated pizzas for the event.

And thanks go out to all the parent volunteers who helped run the bake sale and make the day go smoothly, as well as provide feedback to our young scientists. Without our parent volunteers the fair would not be possible. 

Finally, thanks to the Soda Creek staff and all the parents who supported students’ efforts. We truly appreciate all our community does to make the Science Fair a continuing success year after year.

Sincerely,

Soda Creek Elementary Science Fair Committee

Sen. Bob Rankin: Other people’s money

I saw this title on the spine of a book in the office of a governor whose name I won’t reveal. It’s the right message to keep in mind for Colorado state government and the Joint Budget Committee as we construct the budget, my sixth as a member of the Joint Budget Committee, that will control spending from July 2020 to June 2021 and make corrections to the 2019-20 budget.

We’ll plan to spend about $34 billion. Colorado’s budgeting process has been called the most complex in the nation, and we work hard to make it as visible and accountable as possible. It will be tighter this year. After growing spending at about 6% in previous years, we will only have about 3% for this budget. We clearly cannot fill all the requests and suggestions that we’re reviewing.

Meanwhile across the street, bills by individual legislators and interim committees are being introduced, and the partisan battle lines are forming. As a member of our Senate caucus leadership, I’m sure I’ll be in the thick of it to defend personal freedom, free markets and keep government small. 

Nevertheless, I intend to stick to my objective of getting some good and important things done despite late nights, chaos, media and excessive verbosity. Education, transportation funding and health care costs are truly bipartisan issues. 

I’ll be introducing a bill that will call for broad cooperation across all stakeholders to reduce the total cost of health care and achieve statewide goals through transparency and commitments from providers. I’ll continue to work for education reform and sensible education funding as the co-chair of the Education Leadership Council. And I want to work with the Budget Committee to reduce the waiting list for services to those individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

What the public doesn’t often see are the hundreds of bills that don’t rise to the level of discord and ideological disagreement that the press loves to report. As rural and western legislators, those few of us are outnumbered but not forgotten. We have a particular task of reviewing every bill introduced by our Front Range friends for its impact on our communities.  Our regional interests are often worthy of amendments and influence our votes.

The Tri-State announcement last week that the Craig mines and power station will close earlier than expected is a major blow to Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, the counties that I represent. I’ll be advocating and sponsoring legislation that will do everything possible to support the impacted people in those communities. If our state is to be a leader in transition to renewables, let’s also be a leader in helping struggling communities.

And the campaign season is upon us. I’ll be on the road and knocking on doors. In my earlier days as an engineer and corporate executive, I never would have imagined that I or anyone else would actually enjoy such personal exposure and sometimes criticism. But I do. 

I look forward to meeting and talking with more of my constituents of rural and resort communities in Colorado. I plan on continuing to represent you.  But until then, keep the encouragement and criticism flowing. 

Sen. Bob Rankin represents Garfield, Rio Blanco, Moffat, Routt, Grand, Jackson and Summit counties. 

Routt County in photos: Jan. 19 to 25, 2020

Steamboat Springs City Council finalizes 2020 goals

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs City Council finalized their five priority goals for the 2020 adopted budget during their Tuesday, Jan. 14 meeting. They worked to identify and narrow down their legislative priorities during their December retreat.

The goals are intended to provide policy guidance. Each goal will have a fiscal impact with various sources of revenue, which will be further discussed as they make progress on each individual goal.

The first goal deals with transportation and mobility and covers things like improving safety and infrastructure for bicycles and pedestrians and bringing the Bustang to Steamboat. The inter-regional express bus service may expand into the Yampa Valley by January 2021.

As the city moves forward with their Multi-Modal Transportation Plan, council will be working on considering everything from traffic congestion and downtown parking to improving sidewalks, the gondola transit center and other pedestrian infrastructure.

“Pursuit of a multi-modal approach to providing transportation mobility in the area is and will be a vital directive of community leaders and the city to preserve quality of life, alleviate congestion issues and avoid costly, if not prohibitive, infrastructure projects,” according to the city’s website.

The transportation-related goal also includes partnering with private and public entities, such as the creation of a regional transportation district in partnership with the county. 

The second involves building a new fire station. Council plans to select a site downtown, which at an October meeting they narrowed down to two options: the current location of city offices, plus a parking lot at 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue, or the station at 840 Yampa St.

The plan right now is to renovate and enlarge the Mountain Fire Station, at 2600 Pine Grove Road on the east end of Steamboat. That would require the construction of a smaller satellite station in one of the proposed locations.  City Council also plans to work out the financials and break ground in 2021.

Voters approved a 2-mill property tax last November to fund fire and emergency services, marking the first property tax the city has levied in 40 years. It is expected to generate $1.4 to $1.5 million in annual revenue.

The third goal relates to bears and trash and seeks to minimize the number of bears euthanized. The council opted to replace the goal of “zero” bear killings with the word “minimize” after hearing a presentation in which a wildlife expert suggested it was an unrealistic goal, in that there will always be some bears requiring removal — which did not mean relocation. Council kept their goal to maintain, “zero human/bear conflicts that result in harm” and are already working on an ordinance requiring bear-resistant trash containers for residents and businesses.

Sustainable funding is the fourth goal, which includes exploring a new agreement with the Steamboat Springs Chamber regarding a new source of funding for destination marketing, which may involve the creation of a tourism improvement district.

They will also be exploring a “lift tax,” and the possibility of enlisting Steamboat Resort to take over operations of Howelsen Hill Ski Area while the city would maintain ownership. Other goals for ensuring funding is sustained include support for the Human Resource Coalition, through which the city provides funding for various community nonprofits and programs. 

The council set affordable housing as their final priority goal, focusing on pursuing public/private partnerships, such as with the West Steamboat Neighborhoods annexation. They also plan to “consider innovative funding models.”

In July 2019, the council repealed inclusionary zoning, the long-dormant city code that required developers to create affordable housing within a project or pay a fee to the city. Revenue from the fee was used to build affordable housing.

They also plan to use their measurements set in Oct. 2019 to create an index to indicate its success in meeting those goals and “finish policy discussion on city’s role in providing housing opportunities.”

City Council will vote at a meeting in coming weeks to approve their goals through a resolution.

To reach Kari Dequine Harden, call 970-871-4205, email kharden@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @kariharden.

Steamboat, Hayden wrestlers combat at Rumble in the Rockies

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — At Rumble in the Rockies, a dual style tournament, the Steamboat Springs and Hayden high school wrestling teams had highs and lows. 

Hayden went 3-2 in its five duals, defeating Basalt, Grand Valley and Grand Junction, while losing to Glenwood Springs and Central. 

Junior Wyatt Murphy went 2-2, pinning his Grand Valley opponent in three minutes and one second and earning a technical fall over his Grand Junction opponent. Freshman Cody Hawn also went 2-2, with all four of his matches being decided by fall. 

Senior Hunter Planansky wrestled in all five duals, winning four matches by way of fall. He lost his first match 6-2 against Amos Wilson of Glenwood Springs. 

Junior Payton Planansky won all three of his bouts by fall, while junior Kyler Campbell went 2-0 with a fall and a major decision.

The Sailors also went 3-2, falling to Rifle and Meeker while defeating Central, Coal Ridge and Glenwood Springs. 

Senior Tucker Havel wrestled in all five duals, dropping just one contest as Rifle’s Bryce Rowley won by ultimate tie breaker. Senior Spencer Mader endured four matchups, losing by sudden victory to Connor Blunt of Meeker. Senior John Slowey also lost to his Meeker challenger, as Colby Clatterbaugh won 7-5. Slowey won his other three bouts. Meanwhile, senior Caleb Anderson went 5-0. 

Juniors Ivan Reynolds and Cole Moon both went 2-2 over the tournament. 

Two Rams place at Wiggins Invite

As he has all season, Soroco High School junior Kody Logan continued to be perfect as he went 3-0 in the 152-pound weight bracket to collect first. 

In the 138-pound B bracket, freshman Gavyn Salberg went 2-2 to take third. He opened the day with a loss to Lochlan Osborne of Lyons but came back to win 14-7 over Silas Nowlin of Longmont. With just 18 seconds left in his next match, he was pinned by Jake Hewes of Fort Morgan. Salberg ended the day with a dominant win, pinning a Greeley Central grappler in 25 seconds. 

Also at 138, Zack Clyncke went 2-2, while junior Darrel Ebaugh won one of his three bouts at 145 pounds. At heavyweight, senior Tristan Singer collected two wins and a pair of losses, all of which were decided by fall. 

Clark earns second at Take the Crown

Soroco freshman Makenzie Clark finished second at the Take the Crown Invitational in Denver. The Ram won her quarterfinal and semifinal by fall, which put her in the championship at 147 pounds.

In the final minute of the match, Alissa DuBois of Bennett pinned Clark for the victory.

Rumble in the Rockies at Rifle
Saturday, Jan. 18
Glenwood Springs 36, Hayden 24
106: Kodi Ingols, H, fall Isaac Lepe, GS, 0:19
138: Erik Krauth, GS, dec. Wyatt Murphy, H, 2-0
160: Elo Garcia, GS, fall Cody Hawn, H, 0:19
182: Amos Wilson, GS, dec. Hunter Planansky, 6-2

Hayden 42, Basalt 18
120: Kyler Campbell, H, fall Fisher Mitchell, B, 5:15
160: Cody Hawn, H, fall Brady Samuelson, B, 1:26
182: Hunter Planansky, H, fall Jose Castorena, B, 2:47

Hayden 37, Grand Valley 36
106: Kodi Ingols, H, fall Teagan Jacobs, GV, 2:44
138: Wyatt Murphy, H, fall Conner Ostermiller, GV, 3:01
145: Payton Planansky, H, fall Yancy Cose, GV, 5:45
160: Conrad Demann, GV, fall Cody Hawn, H, 0:37
182: Hunter Planansky, H, fall Brayden Harper, 2:30

Central 43, Hayden 28
113: Dagen Harris, C, dec. Sabyn Hager, H, 13-8
120: Kyler Campbell, H, maj. dec. Nick Matthews, C, 15-2
138: Jaysten Sanchez, C, maj. dec. Wyatt Murphy, H, 13-2
145: Payton Planansky, H, fall Jace Abbott, C
182: Hunter Planansky, H, fall Devin Bresako, C

Hayden 35, Grand Junction 30
113: Colton Romero, GJ, fall Sabyn Hager, H, 2:00
138: Wyatt Murphy, H, tech. fall Anthony Keeler, GJ, 16-1
145: Payton Planansky, H, fall Peyton Harris, GJ, 2:00
160: Cody Hawn, H, fall Ethan Guy-Bowen, GJ, 4:00
182: Hunter Planansky, H, fall Zach Johnson, GJ

Steamboat Springs 48, Central 30
113: Dagen Harris, C, fall Kaleb Young, SS
120: Nick Matthews, C, fall Archer Bosick, SS
132: Spencer Mader, SS, Louis Grasso, C
138: Tucker Havel, SS, fall Jaysten Sanchez, C
145: Kirby Reeves, SS, fall JAce Abbott, C
152: Caleb Anderson, SS, fall Bryce Jacobson, C
182: Cole Moon, SS, fall Devin Bresako, C
195: John Slowey, SS, fall Dominick Vaughn

Steamboat Springs 54, Coal Ridge 18
113: Emjai Holder, CR, fall Kaleb Young, SS
138: Tucker Havel, SS, fall Jared Richel, CR
152: Caleb Anderson, SS, fall Landon Brewer, CR
170: Ivan Reynolds, SS, fall Ronin Rockey, CR
220: John Slowey, SS, fall Kaden Lord, CR

Rifle 43, Steamboat Springs 18
106: Hunter Bercher, R, fall Cole Muhme, SS, 1:18
113: Chris Archulata, R, tech. fall Kaleb Young, SS, 17-1
120: Caleb Gieselman, R, tech. fall Archer Bosick, SS, 19-2
132: Spencer Mader, SS, dec. Talon Cordova, R, 3-0
138: Bryce Rowley, R, UTB, Tucker Havel, SS, 5-4
145: Kirby Reeves, SS, fall Uriel Gonzalez, 3:05
152: Caleb Anderson, SS, fall Justin Hednerson, R, 5:35
160: Dillon Tiffany, R, fall Ivan Reynolds, SS, 3:26
182: Grant House, R, fall Cole Moon, SS, 3:07
195: John Slowey, SS, dec. Alex Guardado, R, 4-3

Steamboat Springs 51, Glenwood Springs 18
106: Cole Muhme, SS, fall Isaac Lepe, GS, 1:53
132: Spencer Mader, SS, fall Kodiak Kellogg, GS, 3:55
138: Tucker Havel, SS, dec. Erik Krauth, GS, 8-4
152: Caleb Anderson, SS, fall Caden Howe, GS, 2:57
160: Ivan Reynolds, SS, fall Elo Garcia, GS, 3:00
182: Amos Wilson, GS, fall Cole Moon, SS, 0:34

Meeker 51, Steamboat Springs 16
106: Ty Goedert, M, fall Cole Muhme, SS, 3:13
113: Owen Hannemann, M, fall Kaleb Young, SS, 0:58
120: Kaden Franklin, M, fall Archer Bosick, SS, 4:39
132: Connor Blunt, M, SV Spencer Mader, SS, 8-3
138: Tyson Portwood, M, fall Brodie Bosick, SS, 4:00
145: Tucker Havel, SS, fall Dagon Dade, M, 1:14
152: Caleb Anderson, SS, maj. dec. Elijah Leblanc, M, 14-2
160: Dax Sheridan, M, dec. Ivan Reynolds, SS, 13-11
182: Cole Moon, SS, fall Chase Callahan, M, 0:36
195: Colby Clatterbaugh, M, dec. John Slowey, SS, 7-5

Wiggins Invite
138: Cons. 2:Zach Clyncke, S, injury default Kimberly Morales, Sterling. Cons. 3: David Keller, Fort Morgan, fall Clynchke, S, 3:43. Jake Hawes, Fort Morgan, fall Gavyn Salberg, S, 5:42. Salberg, S, fall Christian Ramos, Greeley Central, 0:25.
145: Cons. 2: Darrel Ebaugh, S, maj. dec. Louis Arenas, Greeley Central, 14-3. Cons. 3: Eddy Loya, Littleton, fall Ebaugh, S, 1:52.
152: semi: Kody Logan, S, fall Justin Lovato, Greeley Lovato, Greeley Central, 2:00. 1st: Logan, S, fall Cameron Wood, West Grand, 3:35.
285: Cons. 3: Tristan Singer, S, fall Justin Sanger, Longmont, 1:37. Cons. semi: Lars Sims, Yuma, fall Singer, S, 1:00.

Take the Crown Invite
147: Quarter: Makenzie Clark, S, fall Lily Steinbach, Douglas, 5:44. semi: Clark, S, fall Gillian Ward, Arapahoe, 1:48. 1st: Alissa DuBois, Bennett, fall Clark, S, 5:04.

To reach Shelby Reardon, call 970-871-4253, email sreardon@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @ByShelbyReardon.

Loitering elk: The Record for Saturday, Jan. 18

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020

12:30 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot at the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area.

7:08 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters responded to a fire alarm at a residence in the 35000 block of Country Green Road.

7:28 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a dog-at-large in the 1700 block of Medicine Springs Drive. Officers were unable to locate the dog.

8:12 a.m. Officers received a complaint of criminal mischief at a condominium complex in the 2700 block of Village Drive. A car’s back window had been broken out. Officers are still investigating whether the incident was criminal.

10:46 a.m. West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters responded to a unknown injury motor vehicle crash near mile marker 110 along U.S. Highway 40 in Hayden.

11:25 a.m. Deputies and Steamboat firefighters responded to a report of a skier crash at Steamboat Resort.

12:37 p.m. Yampa Fire Protection District firefighters were called to a seizure in the 300 block of Clifton Avenue in Yampa.

2:15 p.m. Officers were called to assist Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers with an elk that was lingering around residences in the 1800 block of Burgess Creek Road. The elk eventually went on its way.

7:06 p.m. Officers responded to a vehicle hit by another vehicle in a parking lot in the 800 block of Oak Street. Officers were unable to locate the car that had struck the other vehicle.

7:23 p.m. Officers and deputies responded to an animal complaint at Loggers Lane and Lincoln Avenue.

8:48 p.m. Oak Creek Fire Protection District firefighters responded to a report of bleeding in the 100 block of Oak Ridge Circle.

9:16 p.m. Officers responded to a disturbance in Gondola Square. An intoxicated man was yelling at people and causing different issues. A sober friend took the man home.

10:06 p.m. Officers were called to a report of trespassing at a condominium complex in the 500 block of Ore House Plaza. The reporting party claimed people who were not supposed to be were in the hot tub. The people left before officers arrived.

11:01 p.m. Officers were called to a business in the 500 block of Marketplace Plaza for a suspicious incident. A man was inside the business and making people uncomfortable.

Total incidents: 44

  • Steamboat officers had 23 cases that included calls for service and officer-initiated incidents such as traffic stops.
  • Sheriff’s deputies had eight cases that included calls for service and officer-initiated incidents such as traffic stops.
  • Steamboat firefighters responded to nine calls for service.
  • West Routt firefighters responded to one call for service.
  • Oak Creek firefighters responded to one call for service.
  • Yampa firefighters responded to one call for service.
  • Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers responded to one call for service.

The Record offers a glimpse of police activity and is not a comprehensive report of all police activity. Calls such as domestic violence, sexual assaults and juvenile situations typically do not appear in The Record.

Northwest Colorado Health: Helping women achieve their best health

Diana Hornung, MD, is a family medical physician and chief medical officer for Northwest Colorado Health.
Courtesy photo

For many women, having a medical provider that they are comfortable discussing sexual and reproductive health with can be a barrier to receiving comprehensive care. Establishing a trusted medical home with a provider that you can be open with is vital to not only preventing sexual health issues, but also supporting your overall health and well-being. 

At Northwest Colorado Health, our low-cost, integrated health services help women achieve their best, whole-body health at any age.

The first step to overall health is to establish your medical home. This is your home base for essential medical care — where you go when you are sick, need a physical or health screening or have health concerns. Patients at our clinics are always seen by the same provider team. Your care can include behavioral health support and dental care, if needed.

You can also get help with health insurance enrollment, resources to help pay for prescriptions and health services and arrangements for specialty care. Having a medical home can make you more confident in seeking healthcare especially for sometimes uncomfortable topics, and improve your chances for good health in the future. 

Important screenings for women

Annual well-woman visits are crucial for testing for potential health problems. The American Cancer Society recommends that all women receive cervical cancer screenings with a Pap test starting at age 21. Pap tests can detect abnormal or precancerous cell changes in the cervix and have helped make cervical cancer — once the leading cause of cancer death in women — one of the most preventable and successfully treated cancers. 

In addition to the Pap test, when medically appropriate we offer HPV screenings, a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause cervical cancer, sexually transmitted infection and HIV testing, breast exams and pregnancy tests. 

Prevention

Beyond testing, we also support the prevention of medical conditions. We offer important immunizations, including the human papillomavirus vaccine to help prevent cervical cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends girls and boys receive the HPV vaccine between ages 11 to 12 and anyone up to age 26 should receive the vaccination. 

When appropriate, we offer both women and men PrEP, medicine to lower risk of getting HIV; PEP, medicine to prevent HIV after possible exposure; and birth control, including low or no cost long-acting reversible contraception LARCS. 

Treatment

We know that medical conditions can affect our emotional health. When you establish our clinic as your medical home for primary care, you also have access to behavioral health support. Behavioral health providers work hand-in-hand with medical providers to promote the health of patients who may be struggling with chronic medical problems, stress, sadness, substance use, sleep problems and weight management. Patients often work with both medical and behavioral health providers during the same visit. By working together to treat the whole patient, we help you achieve your best health. 

Additionally, our patients have access to integrated dental care, including cleanings and screenings.

We know that caring for the whole person extends outside of our clinic walls. You’ll have access to low-cost programs and services that can support women of all ages with the tools and resources to prevent disease and injury and live as healthy as possible.

These include tobacco cessation, access to health insurance enrollment and nutrition assistance, support for first-time moms and parents of young children, fitness and health programs for seniors, diabetes and cardiovascular disease screening and education, and home health to recover from an illness or injury.  

Take control of your health. Make an appointment at one of our clinics. Call 970-879-1632 in Steamboat Springs or 970-824-8233 in Craig. Visit northwestcoloradohealth.org to learn more. 

Jaclyn McDonald is marketing coordinator at Northwest Colorado Health. She can be reached at jmcdonald@northwestcoloradohealth.org or 970-871-7642.

Wiggins to lead state’s sheriffs as new president of organization, aims to work closely with police chiefs

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Routt County law enforcement will be well represented at the state level with the recent election of Sheriff Garrett Wiggins as president of the County Sheriffs of Colorado organization.

Starting his 10th year as sheriff, Wiggins was elected by his peers during this month’s County Sheriffs of Colorado conference.

“As the president, I work hand-in-hand and side-by-side with the executive director to carry out the goals for 2020,” Wiggins said. “It really is an honor to serve our citizens. Serving as president is something I look forward to this year.”

The organization’s mission, according to its website, is to provide education and professional assistance and promote unity to enable the sheriffs to best serve and protect the people of the state of Colorado.

This month’s conference was unique as it was held jointly with the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police conference.

Wiggins said he worked closely with Steamboat Springs Police Chief Cory Christensen to include the state’s police chiefs as part of a commitment for all Colorado law enforcement to work more closely together. Christensen is set to become the president of the Association of Chiefs of Police later this year.

“When you really look at what we do, there’s not a whole lot of difference in what police chiefs and sheriffs do other than sheriffs have a jail to run,” Wiggins said. “The big difference is that sheriffs are elected, and chiefs are appointed, but overall, when it comes to enforcing the law, issues that affect police departments also affect sheriff offices.”

It was a goal for Wiggins to work better with police chiefs, and he has been leading by example. A big step in that direction was the creation of the Combined Law Enforcement Center in Steamboat, which houses both the sheriff’s office and police department. It officially opened last summer.

“I believe we have a lot more in common than we have not in common,” Wiggins said of sheriffs and police.

Another important goal for Wiggins is a focus on legislation, something that’s been on the agenda for the sheriff’s organization for the last few years.

The goal, according to Wiggins, is to work with the state legislature to help form bills that are friendly to law enforcement and the communities they serve.

“The legislative issues have been problematic for law enforcement in general for the last few years,” Wiggins said.

Wiggins mentioned the recent red flag bill, which went into effect Jan. 1, as a piece of legislation not specifically in tune with law enforcement.

“The red flag (law) has definitely got some issues with it,” he said. “Last year, we were working right toward the end of the legislative session to make some modifications to the red flag bill, and it didn’t appear that the bill drafters or legislators wanted to take the time to come up with a bill or law that really made sense.”

It was passed as it was, he said.

“We want to be more proactive,” he explained. “We would like to get in on the drafting of some of these bills, so it doesn’t always look like we’re in opposition.”

It’s better to work together to find solutions to societal problems rather than making it into a partisan political issue, he said, “and passing bills that are going to be problematic.”

To reach Bryce Martin, call 970-871-4206 or email bmartin@SteamboatPilot.com.

Thoughtful Parenting: Reading with your child

One thing that professionals who work with children agree on is that reading to your child is important. Reading to your child gives you time to be close and connect. But what are you helping your children learn when you make time to snuggle up and read together?

At different ages, children are learning a variety of skills when you read to them. Many of the skills that are beginning to develop at one stage continue to develop as your child grows. Included below are some tips for reading with children at different ages. The most important part to remember is that reading together should be fun and enjoyable for you and your child.

Babies (0-12 months)

  • Learning about language
  • Read books with pictures of baby faces and brightly colored objects
  • Talk about what you see in the books. For example, when there is a picture of a boat: “That is a shiny boat! It floats in the water.”
  • Read books that babies can put in their mouth; this is how they learn about their world at this age

Toddlers (1-2 years)

  • Developing print awareness: knowing that letters on a page represent words that have meaning
  • Developing book knowledge: how to hold a book, start at the front, and turn pages
  • Ask your child questions to engage in the book. For example, in a book about colors: “Can you find everything that is red on this page?”
  • Don’t worry about finishing whole books; they may only want to read for a few minutes at a time

Preschoolers (3-4 years)

  • Building vocabulary: the words and sentence structure used in books are more complex than our everyday speech
  • Developing rhyming skills
  • Read books with repetitive text and let your child read the repeating parts
  • Read stories with more detailed plots and talk about what is happening in the story

Beginning and fluent readers (4 years and older)

  • Understanding stories with more complex plots and learning from nonfiction books
  • Hearing what a fluent reader sounds like
  • Share what you are thinking about as you read. For example: predictions about what will happen next or your own connections to the story
  • Read books that they are not able to read on their own yet but are interested in reading

For parents who are dyslexic or struggle with reading aloud, audio books are a wonderful way to enjoy a book with your child.

Even after children can read on their own, spending time reading to them on a regular basis is valuable. Finding time to read each day with your child is helping develop many important skills and most importantly, a love of reading.

Kim Schulz is the executive director and part of the team of reading experts at Steamboat Reading. Visit steamboatreading.org for more information.

Routt County real estate sales total $9.8M for Jan. 10 to 16, 2020

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Routt County real estate transactions totaled $9,815,000 across 10 sales for the week of Jan. 10 to 16.

Address: 700 Yampa St.
Seller: Joe Gregory and Mignon Vandevoir Stetman (trustees of the Gregory and Mignon Stetman Revocable Trust)
Buyer: James C. Brainard
Date: Jan. 10, 2020
Price: $1,350,000
Property Description: 1,425-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath condo, Unit A403 at Howelsen Place.

Address: 2700 Village Drive
Seller: Angela J. and Frank Pitale III
Buyer: Cynthia Dudziak
Date: Jan. 10, 2020
Price: $428,000
Property Description: 1,041-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath condo, Building B, Unit 210 at Lodge at Steamboat condominiums.

Address: 1486 Blue Sage Drive
Seller: Margaret and Richard Cascarino
Buyer: Michael W. and Vickie A. Ludlow
Date: Jan. 13, 2020
Price: $950,000
Property Description: 3,059-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bath, single-family residence on 0.92 acres of land, Lot 1 at Highlands Pointe. Last sold for $960,000 in 2018.

Address: 312 Blackberry Lane
Seller: Ronald K. and Sharon A. Spangler
Buyer: Eric J. Connor
Date: Jan. 13, 2020
Price: $900,000
Property Description: 3,088-square-foot, four-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath, single-family residence on 0.3 acres of land, Lot 5 at Fox Hollow subdivision.

Address: 1224 Clubhouse Circle
Seller: Cheri and Mark E. Scully
Buyer: Brian and Nancy Jackson Trust
Date: Jan. 14, 2020
Price: $1,805,000
Property Description: 3,388-square-foot, three-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath, single-family residence on 0.25 acres of land, Lot 13 at Graystone on the Green. Last sold for $1,708,886 in 2017.

Address: 23045 Schussmark Trail, Oak Creek
Seller: Anna A. Owen and Robert V. Goeddel
Buyer: Bryan and Kathleen Bellamy
Date: Jan. 14, 2020
Price: $225,000
Property Description: 1,416-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath townhome, Block 12, Lot E at Project I & II townhomes, second replat.

Address: 1805 Walton Creek Road
Seller: Barbara J. Williams and Williams Family Partnership LLLP
Buyer: Sunscope LLC
Date: Jan. 15, 2020
Price: $550,000
Property Description: 0.65 acres of vacant, commercial land, 27-6-84.

Address: 2700 Eagleridge Drive
Seller: Alycia M. and David R. Fulcher
Buyer: Adam B. and Julie M. Brink
Date: Jan. 15, 2020
Price: $362,000
Property Description: 874-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath condo, Building North Tower, Unit N14 at Terraces condominiums.

Address: 2670 Copper Ridge Circle
Seller: Dennis M. and Olivia P. Kimmeth
Buyer: North Forty Fence Co. LLC
Date: Jan. 16, 2020
Price: $445,000
Property Description: 958-square-foot warehouse, Unit 8 at Wescoin Meadows Commercial condominiums.

Address: No address, near Northwest Routt County
Seller: Colorado Haven LLC
Buyer: Dakota Missouri Valley and Western Railroad Inc.
Date: Jan. 16, 2020
Price: $2,800,000
Property Description: 1,797.59 acres of grazing, agricultural land, 9-8-87, 10-8-87, 11-8-87, 14-8-87 and 15-8-87.

Total sales: $9,815,000