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Stories for March 4, 2011


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U.S. Nordic combined closes out World Championships without a medal

The Americans couldn’t overcome a 1:04 deficit after the jumping portion of today’s final World Championships event in Norway, finishing sixth as a team and ending the weeklong competition without any team or individual medals.

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Pentathlon returns to Steamboat today for 20th anniversary

Registration closed for 20th annual event in downtown Steamboat

The popular Steamboat Pentathlon event — a multi-sport test that requires running in some form for about 50 percent of its grueling length — returns at 10 a.m. today to the base of Howelsen Hill for its 20th anniversary with a field considerably larger than it’s recently seen. Nearly 260 competitors have registered.

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Ericksen Cycles wins award at homemade bike show

Steamboat shop earns win for 3rd year

Kent Eriksen never makes a specific bike for a show. So as the 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show drew closer and Eriksen needed a bike to show, he turned to something unique, and most important, functional.

New rules to protect trout in Yampa River

Rainbow trout spawning areas, or redds, in a stretch of the Yampa River below Stagecoach Reservoir are protected under new regulations that went into effect Jan. 1, the Colorado Division of Wildlife reported this week. Posted spawning areas in the Yampa are closed to fishing from the Stagecoach Dam downstream to Lake Catamount.

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Steamboat artist Michelle Ideus uses bold colors to bring horses to life

Local painter Michelle Ideus' work will be on display at Colorado Group Realty this month, and a reception is being held from 5 to 8 p.m. today during First Friday Artwalk. Ideus uses acrylics, paper and other mediums to add dimension and texture to her horse portraits and landscapes.

Annual Moonshine Wine & Dine fundraiser March 12

Event to benefit Yampa Valley Science School

Longtime Rocky Mountain Youth Corps Board of Directors member Cathy Wiedemer said there’s never been a better time for the annual Moonshine Wine & Dine fundraiser. Proceeds from the fifth annual fundraiser benefit the organization’s Yampa Valley Science School.

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Strawberry Park student wins Steamboat Ski Area safety poster contest

Sarah Heineke recognized for urging skiers and riders to stay in bounds

Strawberry Park Elementary School fifth-grader Sarah Heineke was awarded the grand prize in the 11th annual Steamboat SlopeWise Safety Poster Contest — a free ski pass for next season.

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Cody Heartz: 'Hell's Bottom' a textured portrait of family life

Author Laura Pritchett grew up on a ranch in Northern Colorado, and you can tell she’s called on firsthand experience to write her collection of short fiction, “Hell’s Bottom, Colorado.” The stories chronicle the separate experiences of each member of the extended Cross family as they try to sustain themselves as ranchers in present-day Northern Colorado.

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Routt County events calendar for March 4 to 10

Back in Steamboat by popular demand, this award-winning documentary, "Mzungu," by local filmmaker Shane Gilbert explores the journey of four Coloradans who set out for Uganda to “save the world,” and instead, unite a community to work together for authentic, meaningful change, while also changing themselves forever.

First Friday Artwalk listings in Steamboat

First Friday Artwalk listings in Steamboat