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Parent harasses school staff: The Record for Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

8:09 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called about a suspicious incident in the 1400 block of Pine Grove Road. 

8:55 a.m. Police received a report of a bear in the 2900 block of Village Drive. 

9:04 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters assisted Steamboat Ski Patrol with an injured guest at Steamboat Resort. 

2:58 p.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified of a man who lost his wallet at Strawberry Park Hot Springs.  

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3:16 p.m. A mother was harassing staff at a school in the 39600 block of Amethyst Drive. They were asking her to move her vehicle to avoid congestion, but she refused. Deputies responded, but the woman was gone by the time they arrived. 

Total incidents: 48

  • Steamboat officers had 30 cases that included calls for service and officer-initiated incidents such as traffic stops.
  • Routt County deputies had 10 cases that included calls for service and officer-initiated incidents such as traffic stops.
  • Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters responded to six calls for service.
  • Yampa 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.

Tales from the Tread: Museum hosts 25th annual Festival of Trees

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Need to rest your legs from a long day of skiing and riding? Look no further than the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s 25th annual Festival of Trees. This locals’ favorite holiday tradition transforms the museum into a sparkling forest of beautiful holiday trees and runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 to 25 daily. The event and the museum are always free for all Routt County residents.

Twenty-five local organizations, artists, clubs, classes and businesses decorate the trees to create a magical holiday wonderland. This year the event showcases the talents of Emerald Mountain School, Yampatika, local Girl Scout troops, the Ladies Recreation Club and more. New this year are four trees that received decorating help from four kindergarten classes from Soda Creek Elementary School.

“This popular holiday event offers something for everyone,” said Candice Bannister, event organizer and museum executive director. “From toddlers, to preschoolers, to families, to seniors, and everyone in between, people of all ages will enjoy the creativity and uniqueness of the trees. And it’s always free for Routt County residents.”

Yampa Valley Bank and Steamboat Ace Hardware are the event’s longstanding primary sponsors who underwrite all of the event’s costs. Another 23 sponsoring businesses and individuals “buy” the trees, and proceeds fund the museum’s preservation and educational activities. In total, 50 groups comprised of hundreds of individuals, join the museum’s staff and volunteers to make this a true community event.

During your visit, vote for your favorite tree in the tree decorating competition. Kids can win prizes if they find the three “antique gold keys” hidden within the trees. Adding to the event’s charm, the historic Zimmerman house is decorated with Victorian holiday décor.

All local families are invited to Pioneer Christmas Story-time for Kids at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Museum staff dressed in period attire will share pioneer and Victorian holiday traditions and local Christmas stories in the museum’s parlor. While you are here, you can take your holiday photos for your Christmas cards. All senior citizens are invited for cookies, cider and live music at the Senior Tea at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.

If you go

What: Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Festival of Trees
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 to 25
Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.
Cost: The Festival of Trees and all of associated special events are free for all Routt County residents.

The Festival of Trees is a great opportunity to get your holiday shopping finished early in the Museum Store, where you’ll find locally-made products, prints of local historical photographs, jewelry, artwork, regional books, and historical toys and books for children.

After the Festival of Trees concludes at the museum Nov. 25, the spirit continues with the trees on display all around town at the sponsor locations throughout the entire holiday season. Don’t miss the magic and creativity of the Festival of Trees.

Community Ag Alliance: Introducing the Yampa Valley Conservation Partnership

As of Oct. 1, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust and the Yampa Valley Land Trust officially merged organizations, combining their resources to further their conservation work. The Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust is excited to have Yampa Valley Land Trust join our conservation family in support of a mission we’ve long had in common.

Looking ahead, we hope to:

  • Build on our shared mission to protect and conserve Colorado’s natural gifts and agricultural heritage for current residents and future generations
  • Strengthen conservation efforts in northwestern Colorado
  • Create a more powerful and united voice for the conservation community

Following the merger, operations and conservation easement oversight shifted to the management of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust. To honor Yampa Valley Land Trust’s significant contributions to conservation in Northwest Colorado, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust created the Yampa Valley Conservation Partnership, which operates as a program of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, headquartered in Steamboat Springs.

The program is working to further solidify our shared values and to provide an avenue for historical Yampa Valley Land Trust donors to earmark funds for use in specific projects located in northwestern Colorado. In addition to the establishment of the Yampa Valley Conservation Partnership, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust also created the Yampa Valley Conservation Advisory Committee, which is made up of former Yampa Valley Land Trust board members, conservation supporters and community members to ensure that Routt, Rio Blanco, Jackson, and Moffat counties continue to have a powerful voice in conservation efforts in Northwest Colorado. 

The committee will advise the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust board on regional conservation projects and continue to maintain and expand the local partnerships cultivated by Yampa Valley Land Trust over the last three decades.

Bryce Hinchman, who had been with Yampa Valley Land Trust since 2014, joined the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust staff and is continuing on in his role as a conservation manager. Hinchman is joined in Steamboat by Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust’s Stewardship Director Megan Knott and External Relations Coordinator Amber Pougiales, a Steamboat Springs native. Two members of the Yampa Valley Land Trust board — Orlando Gonzalez and Adonna Allen — joined Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust’s board of directors and will serve on the newly established Yampa Valley Conservation Advisory Committee.

This proactive and exciting partnership will bring more resources dedicated to safeguarding the scenic landscapes, rushing rivers, trout-filled streams, clean mountain air, and working ranch lands that we all cherish. Together, Yampa Valley Land Trust and Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust are planting the seeds for a more beautiful, more wondrous, more awe-inspiring Colorado. And that’s a future worth working toward together.

To learn more about the Yampa Valley Conservation Partnership, please visit www.ccalt.org/yvlt.

Creekside set to reopen, introduces new dinner menu

STEAMBOAT SPRIGS — A renovated interior, featuring an updated bar and refreshed bathrooms, will greet customers at the Creekside Café & Grill when it reopens next week. But the biggest change will come in December, when the restaurant, well known for breakfast and lunch, will unveil a new dinner menu and expanded hours.

“I think we’re shooting for Monday (Nov. 25),” owner Rex Brice said of a reopening date. “I think that we would have done these changes whether we were doing dinner or not.”

Creekside, which was bought by Rex’s Family of Restaurants in August 2018, had remained relatively unchanged since its purchase. However, at the end of October, the doors of the popular restaurant were closed, and crews inside got busy pouring a new floor, rebuilding the bar and adding some tile to give the space an updated feel.

The upgrades were needed, according to Tod “JJ” Johnson, senior general manager at Rex’s Family of Restaurants.

“We just want to utilize the potential of this space to a greater degree,” Johnson said. “It is such a beautiful building, and it just kind of made sense to add dinner service.”

Johnson said the new dinner menu will give customers a chance to enjoy the new space inside, and when summer rolls around, an opportunity to have dinner outside on the patio while sitting next to the bubbling waters of Soda Creek.

“I can’t think of a better place to sit and have breakfast and lunch,” Johnson said. “Now, it’s also going to be a great place to have dinner.”

The dinner menu will reflect Creekside’s long-established tradition of sourcing local products to create quality food.

Creekside will offer small plates like shrimp nachos, mac-n-cheese, chicken and waffles and pigs in the blanket. Entrees range from the 16-ounce ribeye to a buttermilk fried chicken. There is also a chili-braised bison chuck roast, a cheese-stuffed lamb meatloaf and a lemon-poached salmon on the menu. The meals will include a pre-dinner biscuit and family-style sides.

Brice said, when considering dinner, he wanted to make sure that Creekside and The Laundry, which he also owns, would retain their unique identities despite being located next door to each on 11th Street in downtown Steamboat Springs.

“In doing dinner, we really want to stay true to the Creekside’s philosophy about using local products,” Brice said. “One of the main things for me is selling food that people understand.”

Creekside will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for breakfast and lunch. In December, when it opens for dinner, the restaurant will be also be open from 5 to 9 p.m.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.

Steamboat swim team qualifies first swimmer for state

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Following a strong weekend of competition, one Steamboat Springs swimmer qualified for the state meet.

At just 11 years old, the bottom of her age group, Zoe Anfang became the team’s first 2020 Colorado State swim meet qualifier when she won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:54.08 at the Pikes Peak meet on Nov. 11.

“Qualifying for state is difficult. The times have gotten tougher and tougher,” head coach Patti Worsley said. “She works hard all the time. She’s tiny, small, but boy is she mighty. She just works really hard. It’s exciting to get the first qualifier.”

Zoe will represent Steamboat at the state championships in Thornton the weekend of March 1.

Zoe was not alone in her greatness. Kelsey Bryant also had phenomenal performance at Pikes Peak. Competing for the first time in the 13-14 age group, Kelsey continued the success she saw at the 11-12 level.

She won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.63 seconds and the 100-yard freestyle in 56.88 and also trimmed off time in seven of her eight events.

“I don’t think she expected to do as well as she did,” Worsley said. “It was pretty exciting to drop time from last meet in seven of eight events … quite an accomplishment … She’s got confidence when she goes up to the blocks. She swims her heart out.”

Members of the Steamboat Springs Swim Team partake in a cheer ahead of a meet at Pikes Peak the weekend of Nov. 9 to 11.
Courtesy Photo/ Patti Worsley

Andy Madden, 12, also improved across the board. He put up eight personal-best times and finished in the top eight in all but one of his events.

Ivy Ladrow, 12, also cut time in seven of her eight events. She took fifth in both the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle with respective times of 2:19.18 and 1:02.62. 

“She was never a breaststroker, and all of a sudden, she stepped up the plate and raced breaststroke,” Worsley said. “I think she took almost 10 seconds off her 50-yard time.” 

In her second meet ever, 8-year-old Isla Ladrow earned fourth in the 100-freestyle with a time of 2:07.4.

Hours away in Glenwood Springs, Coach Carson Keller was with the younger swimmers at the Sopris annual Deep Freeze Invite.

“He was really happy, because he had to take care of 19 swimmers just by himself and not one of them missed an event,” Worsley said with a laugh.

Naki George, 10, finished third in the 100-yard free. In the 8-and-under 100-yard freestyle, Alexandra De Feyter earned first, while Amelia Girard took second. Millie Kasara, 8, won all four of her events, earning a personal-best time in the 25-yard breaststroke. 

Longtime team member Kaden White took second in the 25-yard backstroke. 

“He’s been on the team a long, long time. To get second in an event was fantastic,” Worsley said. “He works really hard.”

The team is now in a month-long gap leading up to the next meet, the Fort Collins Area Swim Team mid-season finale in Fort Collins on Dec. 13. A record 21 Steamboat swimmers are headed to the meet, which features a prelims-finals format.

“We’ve never had this many kids attend that meet,” Worsley said. “We usually have maybe, maximum 10. The interest is just growing in swim team. We’ve got a great group of coaches and really enthusiastic parents, and kids that want to swim and have fun.”

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

Steamboat senior runner competes in Argentina

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Maggi Congdon, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, has been running for years, but in 2019, it her sport has brought her to two new continents.

In August, she traveled to Italy to compete with the USATF Youth Mountain Running Team, helping the females from the United States place third.

Last weekend, she and her teammates traveled to Villa La Angostura, Argentina, to compete at the World Mountain Running Championships. 

The course was technical and was made difficult and muddy thanks to a thorough rain. 

Congdon completed the course in 44 minutes, one second, which was good for 23rd overall. 

Samantha Blair, of Eagle, finished eighth, while Joslin Blair took 15th. Pennsylvania native Lydia Russell rounded out the American women with a 27th-place finish. 

Together, they helped the U.S. take fifth, while Italy won the day. As for the American men, they took sixth out of 10 teams. 

Tyman Smith and David Cardenas, both of Grand Junction, earned sixth and 20th, respectively. 

World Mountain Running Championships
Friday, Nov. 15
Villa La Angostura, Argentina
Female Team scores: 1, Italy 17. 2, Turkey 26. 3, Czech Republic 27. 4, France 28. 5, USA 46. 6, Argentina 85.
Individual finishers: 1, Angela Mattevi, Italy, 37:12. 8, Samantha Blair, USA, 39:49. 15, Joslin Blair, USA, 40:30. 23, Maggi Congdon, USA, 44:01. 27, Lydia Russell, USA, 47:47.
Male team scores: 1, United Kingdom 10. 2, Turkey 29. 3, Italy 38. 4, Mexico 39. 5, France 41. 6, USA 52. 7, Czech Republic 58. 8, Slovenia 89. 9, Argentina 99. 10, Canada 110. 
Individual finishers: 1, Joseph Dugdale, GBR, 32:44. 6, Tyman Smart, USA, 33:09. 20, David Cardenas, USA, 34:38. 26, Michael Hancock, USA, 35:50. 31, Anthony Hancock, USA, 37:02.

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

Soroco student arrested for allegedly threatening to bring gun to school

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A student from Soroco High School in South Routt County was arrested Sunday after allegedly making threats to bring a gun to school. 

At 9:16 a.m. Sunday, the Oak Creek Police Department and Routt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of some threats the student made on the social media site Instagram, according to Undersheriff Doug Scherar. It appears multiple students saw the threat, and a school staff member reported the incident.

Following the report, law enforcement notified school officials and took the student into custody.

“It’s hard to tell if they actually were planning to do it,” Scherar said. 

The identity of the student is not being released because the student is a juvenile. 

An email about the incident was sent to parents across the South Routt School District on Sunday night, according to Superintendent Rim Watson. It notified them that the school had implemented its crisis and safety plan, which involves an increased focus on security at the school. 

“There is no current threat against the district schools, students or employees,” the email said. “We are making sure we are informed at every step of this process and are ready to respond to any other developments.”

The email added that school would run as usual on Monday but with added security-monitoring measures. That included expanded law enforcement presence throughout the district’s schools, according to Watson.

“We are continuing to implement our standard safety procedures we have in place,” he said.

If you go

What: Yampa Valley Student and Staff Safety Summit
Where: Yampa Valley Regional Airport, 11005 Rout County Road 51A in Hayden
When: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4
Register for the event: Visit /bit.ly/SSSteamboat.

According to Oak Creek Police Chief Ralph Maher, Soroco High School has a dedicated school resource officer to protecting students and staff. That officer was off Monday, so Maher filled in. 

He added that his agency has been developing more safety measures to prevent school violence. Those include monitoring social media and strengthening relationships with students so they are more comfortable alerting law enforcement or other authorities about safety concerns.

According to District Attorney Matt Karzen, the student has since been released to his family but remains under tight supervision as mandated by a pre-adjudication release plan. The student also will face punitive action from the district, but the specifics of the punishment have not yet been determined.

On Dec. 4, the Colorado School Safety Resource Center is hosting a free Safety Summit for middle and high school students and staff at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden. The five-hour event will help attendees develop solutions for various school safety topics, including substance use, mental health and violence prevention. Officials from the FBI will give a keynote presentation.

To reach Derek Maiolo, call 970-871-4247, email dmaiolo@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @derek_maiolo.

Steamboat named to ‘best family ski resorts’ list

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Resort added another honor to its list of ski industry recognitions.

Family Skier recently named the resort to its list of Best Family Ski Resorts for 2019-20.

“We like Steamboat best of the Colorado resorts because it doesn’t have the traffic of places closer to Denver,” the publication said. “It feels a bit more removed and quiet, and that gives it a better family vibe in our opinion.”

Family Skier has been a provider of family skiing and snowboarding content since 2007. Its readership tends to be North American skiing families and parents, with its “Best” list beginning in 2007.

The list was compiled based on input from a panel of skiers, parents and ski bloggers, according to Family Skier. Key criteria included having a variety of terrain, great kids programming and lessons and options for non-skiing family activities.

What sets Steamboat Resort even further apart from the others, according to the public, is its great ski school, which has been operating for years and is known as one of the best in the West.

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

Our View: Kudos to the council

Rather than waiting to take action until bear season rolls around again in Steamboat Springs, the City Council took the first steps to revamp the city’s trash ordinances with a focused eye toward preventing bears from breaking into dumpsters and trash cans, which puts both bears and humans at risk.

As City Manager Gary Suiter was quoted as saying in a Nov. 14 article in the Steamboat Pilot & Today, “it’s kind of sneaky, but we need to talk about this while the bears are asleep,” and we agree. The city’s proactive approach will ensure revised ordinances are in place well before the bears wake up this spring after a winter of hibernation and start searching for food.

In July, we published an editorial asking the council to consider adopting stricter trash ordinances, including a requirement that all city residents be required to use wildlife-resistant containers for their trash, so we’re glad to see City Council addressing this issue.

Council’s goal of making sure there are zero dead bears due to human trash is a good one, and we think the city is headed in the right direction. The city is also hoping to see a reduction in bear-related calls that require a response from the Steamboat Springs Police Department or Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Part of the city’s review of its current trash ordinances will include presentations from two bear researchers who study conflicts between humans and bears in Durango — insight that we think will be helpful for council members to hear as they make changes to local code.

At its most recent council meeting when the subject of bears and trash was raised, City Council heard from CPW Area Wildlife Manager Kris Middledorf, who recommended the city require all refuse be kept in containers that are certified as bear-resistant by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. This is something many other resort towns, like Aspen and Vail, require, and we think it’s time Steamboat follow suit.

Public comment at the meeting was supportive of the council’s decision to review current ordinances in an effort to minimize human-bear conflicts that are caused by trash. We applaud the council for dealing with this issue proactively, and we look forward to more action in January.

At a glance

At issue: City Council has begun work on revising city trash ordinances to mitigate the problem of bears getting into trash.

Our View: Council members are wisely taking a proactive approach to an issue that creates a safety risk for humans and bears, and they are working ahead to ensure a solution is in place before the bears are out of hibernation.

Editorial Board

  • Logan Molen, publisher
  • Lisa Schlichtman, editor

Contact the Editorial Board at 970-871-4221 or lschlichtman@SteamboatPilot.com.

And while we’re handing out compliments, we’d also like to commend the city on completing the underpass that allows pedestrians to cross U.S. Highway 40 at Pine Grove Road. The Fish Creek Underpass now links sidewalks near the Yampa Valley Housing Authority’s new development near Walgreens to the southwest corner of the Safeway parking lot.

The intersection is a busy one and posed safety issues for pedestrians trying to navigate across the highway. The new route provides a safe alternative for crossing the highway and creates an easier connection to the Yampa River Core Trail for those who wish to stay off the roads and travel through town by foot or on bikes.

It was also nice to learn that the underpass will be lighted 24 hours a day, and in the spring crews from Rocky Mountain Youth Corps will be beautifying the route by planting native trees along the banks of Fish Creek where vegetation had to be removed during the construction process. There is also talk of a mural being painted on a concrete wall near the underpass, which is another idea we love.

And finally, we’d like to thank Scott Ford for his six years of service on the Steamboat Springs City Council. Ford wasn’t afraid to take stands on issues even when they proved controversial and put him at odds with other city leaders, but he stood by his convictions. He also made himself available to his constituents, hosting monthly Coffee with Council gatherings, manning the council tent during Farmers Markets in the summer and riding the free bus.

Ford modeled how an elected official should engage in civil public debate, which in this day an age can seem like a lost art, and you never had to wonder what Ford’s position was on any issue. He made himself available to our reporters over the years and didn’t shy away from answering tough questions. We appreciate his candidness as well as his commitment to conducting city business openly and transparently.

Obituary: Douglas (Doug) Boggs

November 16, 1938 – November 11, 2019

Douglas Warren Boggs, age 80 of Litchfield Park, AZ died November 11, 2019 in Litchfield Park, AZ. He was born November 16, 1938 in Burlington, CO and was raised in Steamboat Springs, CO by Harold and Sylvia Boggs. Doug graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Education. He worked as a ski instructor to pay his tuition, and he married Jan Wilkinson in 1961. Doug taught for several years, then moved back to Steamboat Springs to run the family’s hardware store, Boggs Hardware, with his brother Gerry. Doug had a strong work ethic and was a successful businessman. He was highly respected in Steamboat Springs. His family had lived and worked in the community for generations. He was elected as a Commissioner on the Board of County Commissioners for Routt County, CO from 1980-1984. Doug loved Colorado and enjoyed all the outdoor activities that the beautiful state afforded. A vibrant man with a free-spirit, he was passionate about the mountains. Each weekend was spent with his family on the ski slopes, camping, or hiking. He was a kind and loving father who taught his children to take responsibility for their actions while showing mercy for their mistakes. He enjoyed traveling with his wife Jan, especially to the warmth of Mexico. Doug loved his dogs and spoiled them nightly with bowls of ice cream. He lived with Multiple Sclerosis for 35 years, but his kindness, quick wit and love for his family never wavered. His caring and loving wife Jan, remained by his side, through it all. Doug is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jan Boggs; daughter Carlynn Boggs; son, Greg and Tami Boggs; and three grandchildren, Bryce, Jack and Cole Tanner. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Sylvia Boggs; brother, Gerry Boggs; and an infant son, Van Boggs. Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.