Owner bids farewell to sushi, hopes 609 Yampa will bring good times at riverfront location
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A new name, a new menu and the same riverside location has restaurant owner Kier Delaney excited about what he is bringing to Yampa Street.
“Our menu is certainly similar to others in town, but nobody has this location,” Delaney said. “My goal is to give people value. There is not really an affordable place on the river, so I want to put out really good food for a good value.”
Delaney has changed the name of his long-running business Sake2U, which offered sushi and Asian-inspired foods, to 609 Yampa. Delaney said he would have loved to continue to offer the menu at Sake2U, but getting and keeping a sushi chef in Steamboat Springs proved to be too much of a challenge. Making it work financially during the slower season was always hard for the 120- to 200-seat restaurant.
“I just decided that it was time to make a change and stop stressing about where my next sushi chef was coming from,” he said. “It got to a point where I said, ‘I’m tired of this battle, and let’s just give this place what it deserves,’ which is to be a good time place on the river.”
The transition began a couple of weeks ago, and Delaney said
he held off on making a big announcement until after his chef, Josh “Puch”
Puchner had the menu dialed in a bit. Delaney said Puchner grew up in the
Chicago area, and that is reflected in the menu.
Now instead of California rolls, customers will find beer can chicken, a full rack of St. Louis-style ribs and a Sterling Farms filet. Sandwiches will include a pork tenderloin, a corned beef Reuben and a Chicago-style hot Italian beef sandwich topped with giardiniera relish.
The new menue will serve up a monstrous corned beef Reuben mac, that combines the Rueben with macaroni and cheese and candied bacon. Those with a smaller appetite can order a macaroni and cheese on its own or family style.
The doors of 609 Yampa will open during the week at 4 p.m., and the restaurant will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday for football specials. The specials also carry over to Monday and Thursday night football.
During happy hour and football games, Delaney said the restaurant will offer drink specials on draft beers, margaritas, well drinks, wine and more.
“It’s hard to think that anybody is doing a quarter-pound burger with fries for $5, but that’s what we are doing,” Delaney said. “There are endless drink specials at the bar.”
The Yampa Street restaurant will also continue to bring in live music as part of its 13-week concert series, which takes place Sunday during the summer. Delaney said he would love to see more live music in the future.
Last summer the Sapporo beer tent outside hosted the Rockin’ on the River concert series that included Eric Delaney and Friends, Buffalo Commons, Dream Feed, Alabaster, Jay Roemer Band and more.
“It was bittersweet, but it was time,” Delaney said of making the change. “It was time to give this building what it deserved.”
2020 census prep underway in Routt County: Here’s what to expect
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — With the New Year mere months away, Routt County is gearing up for the 2020 United States Census, which may mean some strangers with clipboards will be walking around neighborhoods.
They are helping to ensure the U.S. Census Bureau gets an accurate tally of local residents. The numbers generated during the count, which begins in the spring, will determine how the state allocates more than $675 billion in funding to states and communities for the next decade.
During the 2010 census, Colorado reported a lower response rate than in 2000, according to Jennifer Hilmann, a local media specialist for the Census Bureau. That meant less money for things like education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.
Hilmann warns that without a proper count, the state and communities like Steamboat could again lose out on vital funds.
“You will be missing out for 10 years worth of that $675 billion dollar pie,” she said.
That is why the Census Bureau, as well as local officials, are working to ensure each and every person in the county receives a census form and turns it in.
“There is always a feeling that we didn’t get everyone,” said Deputy County Manager Dan Weinheimer. “That isn’t specific to Routt County. That is across the country.”
To boost response rates, a group of about 20 people formed the Routt County Complete Count Committee, which so far has met only once. Led by County Commissioner Tim Corrigan, it features a broad membership consisting of city and county officials, as well as business owners, nonprofits, and library and education employees.
Weinheimer said that some people do not fill out the census because they are not familiar with the process or fear they may face consequences by participating.
This time around, concerns have centered around the Trump Administration’s calls for a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The Supreme Court blocked that move in July, meaning the question will not appear on the census. Many still fear the debacle will lead some people, particularly immigrants, to reject the count, leading to inaccurate tallies.
In 2010, only 71% of Routt County residents mailed back their census forms, according to data from the Census Bureau.
If people do not respond to the census — either by phone, mail or online — the bureau has to follow up with in-person interviews to try to get them to participate, which can be costly.
The local Complete Tally Committee plans to provide education and outreach to harder-to-count residents in Routt County, which also include those who do not live in traditional housing, highly mobile people and non-English speakers, among others.
The Census Bureau has begun address canvassing, according to Hilmann, which includes visiting neighborhoods to verify addresses are up to date.
If residents are unsure about a stranger near their homes, Hilmann said official census workers should have a nametag around their necks and carry either an iPad or a laptop.
By April 1, every home should receive a postcard with the census form enclosed. This also is the first year people can submit the form online, according to Hillmann.
The Census Bureau is continuing to hire people to help with next year’s census. Jobs typically pay $16 to $20 per hour, according to the bureau’s website. Those interested can apply at 2020census.gov/jobs.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — On the first play of the game, Steamboat Springs senior quarterback Tanner Raper ran 72 yards to the end zone. The extra point from senior Finn Russell put the Sailors up 7-0 just seconds into the road contest against Middle Park on Friday, Sept. 20.
The Sailors went on to win 21-7, bringing their record to 2-2.
Steamboat found the end zone twice in the second stanza. First, Raper connected with senior receiver Cole Gedeon with a 56-yard touchdown pass.
With about a minute left before halftime, Raper rushed 12 yards to pay dirt. Russell’s kick was good on both occasions.
Steamboat started the second half with a three and out, but Raper threw an interception to give the ball back to the Panthers.
Middle Park eliminated the shutout with an 8-yard touchdown run, but the Sailors kept them off the board the rest of the way.
Steamboat is on the road again Friday, Sept. 27 at Palisade where the team will face its first conference opponent of the fall.
Steamboat Springs 21, Middle Park 7 SS 7 14 0 0 MP 0 0 7 0
Glenwood Springs serves Sailors volleyball tough road loss
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Glenwood Springs Demons used a momentum-building 30-28 opening set win to propel them to a home sweep of the Steamboat Springs Sailors on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Winning by scores of 30-28, 25-22 and 25-16, Glenwood upped their overall record to 7-2, while remaining unbeaten in 4A Western Slope League play at 3-0.
Steamboat Springs High School looked strong to open the match as outside hitter Marcada Baker scored a kill to open up an early 6-3 lead for her team. The lead was short-lived though as Glenwood senior Emily Nilsson found an open spot in the backline of the opponent’s defense for a point, and fellow senior Shanik Zambrano smacked a hard shot to the floor as Glenwood came storming back to tie the first set at six.
Sophomore Kenzie Winder recorded a kill and senior Kaitlyn Johnson dug a shot out near the floor that ended up being an unlikely winner, and the Demons jumped ahead 15-12 in the seesaw affair. Steamboat then battled back to have a game point at 24-21, but Glenwood would regain the elusive momentum to tie the game and eventually record the 30-28 win on a kill by Zambrano.
Glenwood broke out to a 7-3 lead in set two, forcing veteran Steamboat coach Wendy Hall to use a timeout. The Demons came out of the break in play and continued to build on their lead when junior Kiah Larson had a nice run at the service line to put Glenwood up 11-5.
The Sailors, finding themselves in a big hole, did manage to fight back from a 22-14 deficit to come within 22-18 as senior Lauren Eck threw some hard serves at the Demons. Glenwood would regain their composure to close the game at 25-22 and look toward a 3-game sweep.
Johnson started off the deciding game for Glenwood with two big kills, and sophomore Charlotte Olszewski recorded a spike of her own for a 5-4 Demon advantage.
With junior Reese Goluba and senior Chance Balis providing some stellar backline defense for Glenwood, Winder and Olszewski combined for a block at the net to stuff any Sailor comeback hopes and put Glenwood up 20-14. Johnson would close out the Demon scoring on the afternoon, and the match, with a hard kill to keep Glenwood on the unbeaten track in league play.
Glenwood junior varsity coach Brittani Chilson, who was filling in as head coach on the day, was pleased with how the Demons came together after a slow start to the match.
“The way we started today, it seemed like there were six individuals on the court,” said Chilson. “We talked about that problem and we fixed it. Overall, we began to start setting the pace of the game instead of reacting to things.”
Following the match, Coach Chilson wasn’t so much focused on Glenwood’s sparkling early season record as she was on continued improvement and solid play.
“We’re not really caring that much about the record at this point in the season. Our team goals are just to stay tough, be consistent, set the pace of the game and focus on what we can do to get better,” said Chilson.
Steamboat is 4-6 overall and 0-2 against Western Slope opponents. The Sailors will host Palisade on Friday, Sept. 27.
Steamboat Springs volleyball schedule
Aug. 29: at Moffat County, W 3-0
Sept. 5-7: at Glenwood Springs Tournament, 2-2
Sept. 14: at Silver Creek Tournament, 1-3
Sept. 19: at Eagle Valley, L 3-0
Sept. 21: at Glenwood Springs, L 3-0
Sept. 27: vs. Palisade, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 28: vs. Rifle, 1 p.m.
Oct. 1: at Battle Mountain, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 3: vs. Summit, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 10: Eagle Valley, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 12: vs. Glenwood Springs, 1 p.m.
Oct. 18: at Palisade, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 19: at Rifle, 1 p.m.
Oct. 22: vs. Battle Mountain, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 24: at Summit, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 1: at Grand Junction, 6:30 p.m.
Fourth quarter surge earns Hayden football the win over Gilpin County
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter, the Hayden football team defeated Gilpin County 36-28 on the road Friday, Sept. 21.
Junior Liam Fentress opened the scoring for the Tigers with a 10-yard rush, helping Hayden outscore the Eagles 16-14 in the opening frame. However, the Eagles tacked on 14 more points in the second to hold a 28-16 advantage at the half.
Following a scoreless third quarter, the Hayden offense got back in it in the final frame.
Kern targeted junior Hunter Slowik with a 30-yard touchdown pass before running 40 yards to the end zone himself.
The defense kept the Eagles off the board, and even went the extra mile to turn their efforts into offense. After sophomore Israel Santos forced a fumble, junior Kyler Campbell picked it up and ran it in for a touchdown.
The Tigers are now 2-1 and next play on Friday Sept. 27, at home against Plateau Valley.
Hayden 36, Gilpin County 28 H 16 0 0 20 GC 14 14 0 0
From Chihuahua to Steamboat: A woman’s journey to becoming a US citizen
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — April 4, 2008, is like a birthday to Margarita Hernandez Burciaga. She remembers the day each year, reliving details with as much clarity as when they actually happened.
The date marks when Burciaga first arrived to the U.S., taking a Greyhound bus from her hometown of Chihuahua City, Mexico, to Colorado on a visit to see her brother, Carlos.
The bus arrived in Denver at midnight. Carlos picked her up at the station as a heavy storm flung snow over the streets. Burciaga had never seen snow before and stood on the sidewalk, letting the flakes sting her cheeks and nose.
They drove west along Interstate 70 at molasses speed, rarely exceeding 20 mph to avoid careening off the side of the snow-slick road.
“It felt like another world,” Burciaga remembers. “I was scared.”
After seven hours of driving, streetlights shone through the storm, then an illuminated face of a rabbit on the left side of the road. Carlos told her they had reached Steamboat Springs, the town where he worked.
Burciaga could not have predicted it then, but this strange, small town would become her beloved home.
A ceremony for new citizens
On Wednesday, she was one of 34 people to become a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony at the Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction.
Deborah Cannon, a public affairs officer with the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, described these ceremonies, which occur throughout the year and across the nation, as emotional moments for many of the immigrants.
“I’ve seen people kiss the ground, dance and sing in their native language, lots of crying and hugging, lots of joy,” she said in an email.
As Magistrate Judge Gordon Gallagher handed Burciaga her certificate of citizenship, she thought of all the freedoms and opportunities that humble piece of paper would bring her.
“I feel like now I am part of the U.S,” she said.
Last year, the United States knit 756,000 naturalized citizens into the fabric of this nation, according to statistics from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Many of them came to seek safety from atrocities like war, gang violence and persecution.
Burciaga was among those who came to the U.S. out of curiosity, not desperation. She meant to return to Mexico after just two weeks, but her brother’s roommate, Manuel, urged her to stay. The two had fallen into the lightning-fast sort of love that seems only to come true in movies.
Burciaga was still in college at the time, studying software engineering. She had goals to start her own company and become her own boss. But there was something charming about the young man begging her to be with him that she could not give up.
Burciaga decided to stay, dropping out of college and getting an American visa. She found work with a cleaning company in Steamboat that paid enough for her to support herself.
Though the work was not as meaningful as her studies, she kept telling herself, “God has something for me later.”
Far from home
But carving a life in a new country was not easy. Burciaga remembers the first time someone asked her to come over for Thanksgiving dinner, and she returned the invitation with a quizzical look.
“What do you need to do?” she asked, having never heard of the holiday.
Burciaga eventually applied for a green card to become a legal permanent resident, but the process took years. During that time, she said she was not allowed to leave the U.S.
Being so far from her family in Mexico exacerbated her homesickness. With nine brothers and sisters and many more cousins, uncles and other relatives, Burciaga always had a large, tight-knit group of loved ones to turn to.
“I was crying because I had no one here,” she said.
In 2012, she and Manuel got married. Shortly after, they had a daughter, McKenzie, now a third-grader at Soda Creek Elementary School.
She is a confident, curly-haired girl with her mother’s brown eyes. Occasionally, she translates for Burciaga or helps her mom remember particular American phrases.
“I’m used to speaking English more than Spanish,” McKenzie said.
This worries Burciaga, who wants her daughter to remain close to her Mexican heritage while also being an American.
“I feel like she doesn’t know how important it is to be bilingual,” Burciaga said.
But her daughter also motivated Burciaga to gain fluency with the English language, one of the requirements for naturalization, and to better understand American culture.
After getting her green card and establishing permanent residency in 2015, she had to wait an additional three years before she could apply for citizenship, according to federal regulations.
In that time, Burciaga was able to get a higher-paying job at the UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center, where she now works as a phlebotomist, collecting and testing blood samples.
She took English classes outside of work, learning new words and unusual idioms every day.
The test that determined her future
By April of this year, Burciaga was able to apply for citizenship. Officials scheduled her naturalization test for September, which gave her the summer to study 100 civics questions on American history and government.
She reviewed them obsessively. During her breaks at work, Burciaga quizzed herself, sometimes with the help of coworkers. At home, she posted notes around the house to remind her of answers particularly hard questions, such as in which war President Dwight D. Eisenhower served as a general. (It was World War II.)
Her strenuous hours of studying have allowed Burciaga to pursue the goals of independence she had as a college student. She wants to continue her work at the hospital and eventually return to school to become a nurse.
“I want to finish what I started in Mexico,” she said.
Until then, she continues to take English classes with the local nonprofit Integrated Community and at Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs.
Burciaga seldom has leisure time to herself, but she prefers the busy schedule. While much of her family remains hundreds of miles away, the U.S. — more specifically Steamboat — has become home to her.
Community Connection: Human Resource Coalition plan update
Twenty-four health and human service agencies work tirelessly every day to help Routt County residents to achieve and live their best lives in this valley.
As a coalition of health and human service agencies in our community, the Human Resource Coalition has a three-year plan to make progress on the most basic and dire issues in our county. We are currently halfway through the plan and would like to report to the community the progress being made, as well as some of the key issues we are focusing on.
We have five primary areas of focus:
Basic needs: Every resident has the basic need for food, housing and transportation.
Early childhood education: Children have the right to early childhood education.
Youth development: Children get access to positive youth development experiences.
Community safety: All residents should feel safe from domestic and sexual violence, suicide ideation and other safety issues.
Physical, behavioral and mental health services: Being healthy both emotionally, socially and physically leads to a quality life.
Multiple agencies engage people who struggle in the most basic of services such as transportation, housing assistance and food insecurity. Children, families, adults and seniors are all supported through agency shuttles, rent assistance, local food banks, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — or SNAP — and other emergency assistance. Many efforts, including the Routt to Work program, support residents through curriculum that has proven to have real success in helping individuals and families achieve financial self-sufficiency.
Early Childhood Education supports our young children in their critical learning years, to set them up to have a successful school career and life. The state has increased the Colorado Preschool Program and Child Care Assistance Program tuition assistance in Routt County so that more families can apply for assistance. Call First Impressions of Routt County for more information at 970-870-5270. To learn more about these issues, attend the screening of “No Small Matter,” at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Chief Theater with free dinner and child care.
A new initiative called “Communities That Care” involves several youth agencies in determining key risk factors for youth and developing a plan to minimize those factors and increase positive factors. Vaping, bullying and opioid abuse prevention are all high on the youth development agency’s after school and summer programming.
The collaboration produces high-quality summits for both parents and youth. Mark your calendar for the third annual Parent Connection Summit, featuring Dr. Laura Markham, a nationally known speaker and author, at 8:15 to 2:25 p.m. Nov. 15 at Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs.
Our community safety nonprofits are working tirelessly to provide innovative programs to increase safety for all residents. Advocates of Routt County has increased training for high school students, athletic teams and bartenders on sexual assault. Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide — or REPS — continues to provide key training in how to recognize signs of people considering hurting themselves. Court-Appointed Special Advocates has expanded their case load in Routt County.
There are also new trends in health care in our county to help residents live healthier lives. Phase Based Care, or the ability for a patient to see multiple providers at one visit, makes sense in a small, rural county. The annual Wellness Conference will be held at The Steamboat Grand on Nov. 1 featuring keynote Frank King, the mental health comedian. Contact REPS to register.
And each of these focus areas are not isolated. For example, when Northwest Colorado Health surveyed their clients, 40% said food insecurity was an issue in their household, illustrating how financial insecurity can be a determinant to health. Every cause is connected, and being able to look at the whole picture, while focusing in on identified issues, is very important. The Human Resource Coalition is supported by community, city and county dollars, and every dollar makes a difference in the lives of our residents through the good work of our health and human service organizations in Routt County.
Kate Nowak is the executive director of Routt County United Way and facilitates the Human Resource Coalition.
Theft suspect gives police false name: The Record for Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
1:15 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called about a suspicious vehicle at Third and Oak streets.
2:14 a.m. A man reportedly hit his dog along the 2300 block of Mount Werner Road. The caller then saw the man dragging the dog along the sidewalk. Officers were unable to locate the man or his dog.
4:09 a.m. An employee arrived at work to find a man passed out in the entryway to the business in the 600 block of Marketplace Plaza. Officers told him to leave.
7:07 a.m. The same man was found sleeping outside a building in the 1900 block of Pine Grove Road. Officers again shooed him away.
9:51 a.m. North Routt Fire Protection District firefighters assisted a trauma victim along Routt County Road 129 near Clark.
If you have information about any unsolved crime, contact Routt County Crime Stoppers. You will remain anonymous and could earn a cash reward.
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2:37 p.m. The suspect of a theft from Thursday returned to the business in the 1800 block of Central Park Drive. Employees observed him steal several phone cases some electronic items, concealing them in his pants and in a bag. Police contacted the man and found he had several warrants out for his arrest. They booked him into jail on suspicion of larceny, possessing drug paraphernalia and criminal impersonation for giving officers a false name.
5:59 p.m. Officers responded to a report of a man who was rude to an employee while checking out of a business in the 1800 block of Central Park Drive.
9:49 p.m. A security alarm was going off at a business in the 2600 block of Copper Ridge Circle. Officers found serious damage to a door of the business, but no evidence of any further criminal activity.
10:47 p.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called about a suspicious person along U.S. Highway 40 near Rabbit Ears Pass.
10:57 p.m. A resident complained to police about loud music and stomping coming from the unit above his at an apartment in the 10 block of Fifth Street.
Total incidents: 60
Steamboat officers had 36 cases that included calls for service and officer-initiated incidents such as traffic stops.
Routt County deputies had 19 cases that included calls for service and officer-initiated incidents such as traffic stops.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters responded to three calls for service.
West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters responded to one call for service.
North Routt Fire Protection District firefighters 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.