Off Roading In Colorado

By Tatum Wall

Off-roading in Colorado can be a lot of fun, but knowing where, how, and when is huge in this hobby. I picked a few of my favourite places in Colorado that range in different difficulty levels.

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The first is an easy entry-level road, named Baxter Pass, located by Dinosaur Park. It is recommended to have a 4X4 vehicle because there are some rocks and all dirt. Also, it isn’t necessary to have a lift kit, but it is recommended to have. A lift kit is a bigger suspension that gives you more clearance of obstacles and to give you more room to get bigger tires.  It is open from June to October, but some areas of the trail may be blocked off between that time due to road work or weather.

The next area is Trough Trail, located by Kremmling, CO. It is rated as a very difficult trail due to the very steep incline in the 1.1 mile trail including big rocks. It was man-made back in 2002 created for extreme off-road vehicles. It will take about three hours to go through the main trail. It does require a permit. You can get one of these permits at the in the city of Boulder. There is going to possibly be body damage and internal damage to the vehicle due to the terrain of the roads.

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Green Ridge Road is the third and longest trail on this list. It is located by the Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado.   It is rated as a difficult trail to get through. It is a long trail with deep mud holes and embedded rocks to surely give you trouble and fun. Most of the trail goes through dense trees with the occasional openings to beautiful meadows. Anyone in a dirt bike or ATV will be covered from head to toe in mud.  It is typically open from July 1st to November 20th, but opening day is commonly delayed due to deep mud holes from winter melting. There are some camping places at the beginning of the trail. This is not a trail for stock SUVs, and don’t travel alone nor without another vehicle. The worst of the mud is in the beginning.  

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Imogene Pass is located in Telluride, CO. It is the second highest drivable trail in Colorado.  At Savage Basin, you’ll pass through Tomboy Townsite, it was one of most active mining towns in Colorado. A great deal of mining debris is still scattered about. Most are on private property. The pass is blocked by snow until it is ploughed, usually in early July. Unlicensed vehicles are not permitted on the lower half of Southside and you must start the trail from Camp Bird Road. The road is rocky, steep and narrow in places and passing can be dangerous. Stock SUVs should have low-range gearing, 4-wheel drive, high clearance and skid plates.

I called the Forest Service and I asked them how they feel about off-roading. They said, “It is a great opportunity to have fun with their 4wd vehicle but stay on the trail.  causes resource damage to road and life when the vehicles go off the trail. A good place to get more information on this subject is www.staythetrail.org.”

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The Search for Steamboat’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie.

By Seth Cadwell

I, personally am a cookie fanatic and eat cookies basically every day. So, naturally, I wanted to find the best tasting cookie for a good price. I narrowed it down to the best chocolate cookie in the bakeries in Steamboat. I went to four different bakeries in Steamboat including Freshies, Mountain brew, Smell That Bread, and Off The Beaten Path.

I decided to have a few categories for rating these cookies. The first one is the most important, which is softness of the cookie. Whether I can bite into it and have it melt into my mouth or does it break into a bunch of pieces and leave crumbs everywhere. The next category is the amount of chocolate, which goes into the next one which is the type of chocolate. The last one is the size of the cookie.

The first place I went to was Mountain Brew at 427 oak street. I went around 3:00 P.M.  in the afternoon so, the cookies were made a while ago. The cookies were a little brittle, but still pretty soft. They put a lot of milk chocolate in them which I appreciate a lot. The cookies were pretty large, but not too big, about the size of my palm.  I would say that the overall taste of the cookie was a 7/10. It was a little brittle, but it would have been better if I went earlier in the day.

The second place I went was Off The Beaten Path 68 9th St. This one was one of my favourites for sure. I showed up earlier than I did with Mountain Brew and these tasted just like they came out of the oven. Really warm and the chocolate would melt in your mouth. It was dark chocolate. They did not put too much chocolate in it but it was still pretty good

The third place I went to was Freshies Restaurant 595 S Lincoln Ave. I thought that this cookie was especially soft.  It was milk chocolate and they put just the right amount of chocolate to cookie ratio.  This was definitely the bigger cookie, but the cost was higher so it evens itself out. All in all, I give this cookie a 9/10.

The last place I went to was Smell That Bread, which is located at 135 11th St.  Their cookie was a little pricey for what I was expecting. The cookie wasn’t warm so it was pretty dry, but wasn’t super crumby which was a plus. It was milk chocolate which they put a pretty good amount of into the cookie.  This one was about the size of the Mountain Brew Cookie. It is a little hard to give a good size comparison. I would give this one a 7/10.

After going to most of the bakeries in Steamboat I have come up with the best cookie.  It was hard to find the best cookie because they were all different prices and sizes, but I think I figured it out. Tied for third is Mountain Brew and Smell That Bread. Both of these cookies were not bad I just thought they were a little dry for how expensive they both were. In second place was Freshies cookie. The price was a little expensive, but the cookie was fantastic. And now what we have all been waiting for,  the best cookie in steamboat is, Off The Beaten Path! This cookie was by far the softest cookie, right when I sunk my teeth into the soft dough there was an explosion of dark chocolate straight to my taste buds.

Moving On: Graduating Senior Ezra Tebbenkamp

By Hayden Entress

Senior year is a time of reflection and preparation. The future can be an intimidating thing to think about for seniors, but, it can also be exciting and motivating.

Ezra Tebbenkamp, an 18 year old senior at Yampa Valley High School, is planning the next steps in his life after graduation. He has realized that this means embracing new responsibilities and challenges. Millions of high school seniors have to go through this process of letting go, moving on, becoming an adult and realizing what is important to them. For Ezra, although he wishes he would have started thinking about these things earlier, he still has goals and ambitions for his future.

Ezra´s high school experience shows that there is more than one way to go through high school. He has had different experiences at several schools that have helped shape who he is today.

Ezra started high school at Steamboat Springs High School.  He then did a year of online school, but after realizing that those were not a good fit for him, he willingly decided to give Yampa Valley High School a try.

¨ I started out at the public high school and that wasn’t going so well. So, I left in the second semester of my sophomore year and started doing homeschool. I did homeschool for my sophomore year and the beginning of my junior year, but I was not doing well so. Since I was not doing well, my mom had the idea to put me in the alternative school. So far it has been a really good experience. It was my own choice to Yampa Valley High School even though my Mom brought it up first,” said Ezra.

Yampa Valley High School has helped Ezra to see the potential in his future.

“They (YVHS) have reminded me that I can do well in school. When I was a freshman, I just messed around a lot and didn’t care about school. And I skipped lots of classes. Now I am realizing that it is important to go to classes and try to get good grades. And YVHS makes that possible,” said Ezra.

Ezra´s plans after he graduates include going to the New Mexico Firefighting Academy and getting his own apartment, which he will be able to pay for himself.

¨I am going to have some new responsibilities like paying rent and buying my own food. I think I am going to realize all of the things I should have known once I am totally independent,” said Ezra. After he graduates from the academy, he is going to find a department to work at.

Some other goals that Ezra has are to have a steady and reliable income and be able to have money to retire with. Ezra knows that goals are an important part of staying focused and for succeeding after he graduates.

Ezra said, “If I don’t have goals I will just mess around and do pointless stuff.”

In his earlier high school years, Ezra did not know what he wanted his life to be like after he graduated.

When asked when he started thinking about what life was going to look like after high school, Ezra replied,  “It took me longer than it should have. At the end of my junior year, I was thinking I about how I should probably figure out what I am going to do. I wish I would have thought about it sooner.”

Ezra is looking forward to being able to go out into the world to accomplish his goals and make them a reality. He wants to be able to look back at his hard work in high school and feel accomplished.

Other than his friends and family, Ezra will not miss high school.

“It will be nice to create my own schedule. I’m ready for something new,”  said Ezra.

Ezra hopes that his story can motivate, inspire or help students who are getting ready to graduate.

Some words of advice from Ezra to other students are, “I would say to think about what you are going to do after high school before your senior year. I think I waited too long and now it is a lot more stressful.”

Ezra is ready to accomplish his goals and to move on to new, exciting things. One of the most important things that Ezra has learned in high school is that procrastination does not work. It is better and easier to just do your work and to not get behind.

“Being a senior puts the steps I need to take to accomplish my goals into perspective. It makes them more clear because the future is becoming a reality.”

Moving On: Graduating Senior Hayden Entress

By Ezra Tebbenkamp

All adults remember the feelings of their senior year coming to an end and having to began to think and provide for themselves and survive in the real world. Some people transition smoothly from high school and others have trouble. I think that the idea of transitioning from high school to the real world can be scary and overwhelming, so I sat down with a fellow student, Hayden Entress, who is also graduating this year and asked how she felt high school had been for her, and what she’s been feeling as we reach our second semester.

Hayden Entress is a student currently finishing her high school education as a senior attending Yampa Valley High School(YVHS).  Ms Entrance has many big goals for her life as an adult, and as the end of her final year comes steadily closer she is beginning to realize the steps she will have to take to achieve these goals. Hayden has enjoyed her high school experience for the majority, but it’s time for her to leave her home, memories and family to start her own adventure.

As a freshman Hayden attended the Steamboat Mountain School for the purpose of pursuing her love for ski racing. After two years of this, however, she suffered a severe knee injury.

“I was frustrated and upset after my accident,” Hayden told me.

A combination of realizing that she wouldn’t be able to ski the next year and the strenuous amount of time needed to complete classes at the Mountain School soon had Hayden looking for a new school.

“At first I looked into both the alternative school (YVHS) and the regular public high school. In a follow-up appointment she was told by her doctor she would have to undergo an important surgery which would have her missing too much school to successfully attend the Yampa Valley High School or Steamboat Springs High School (SSHS).  With the only other real option for Hayden being online school, she completed her junior year at home on a computer.

After finishing her junior year at home Hayden decided the come to the Yampa Valley High School.

When I asked why, She answered, “I like the way the YVHS is run with their curriculum and schedule, along with the small classroom environment.” Now that Hayden is attending YVHS and has had time to experience it firsthand for herself she says that she enjoys, “No homework and the personal time to think about what I want to do after high school. It also frees up more time for activities I enjoy doing.”

Hayden shared with me that after high school she would like to become apart of the medical field including, specific interests in bio and neuroscience.

When I asked her how her parents had influenced her decision making regarding plans after high school she replied, “”They have been very supportive in my decision making, but has felt some pressure to look at certain colleges.”

Hayden told me she knows things will change when she no longer lives under her parent’s roof and realizes that there will be new challenges that she must face.

When I asked Hayden what she felt she was most excited and worried about for the future without the parental guidance she answered, “I’m definitely worried about finances and the responsibilities of being on my own, but also excited for the chance the manage my own schedule and time”

If Hayden could go back and give herself any advice at the beginning of her high school adventure she said, “I  would tell her- don’t doubt yourself because if you doubt yourself then you won’t accomplish your dreams, set the bar high.”

Hayden still has a long adventurous journey ahead of her, but with her continued hard work and dedication she can reach any goal she sets. This will all continue at BYU-Idaho pursuing what life has planned next.

Where to Find Teen Fashion in Steamboat Springs!

By Avery Anderson

Finding clothes in small towns is hard when there are no major clothing outlets. It is especially hard when you are a teenager looking for the newest trends in young women’s fashion. Steamboat is one of these small towns, but we have a variety of boutiques that can fit a teenage girls clothing needs. Steamboat has boutiques that vary in uniqueness, price and style, all found downtown.

Each one of the boutiques has unique qualities that others don’t. Kali’s boutique for instance opened in 1997 on the mountain then soon moved downtown where the store could gain more popularity. The owner travels to shows to keep up with the trends and see what will best fit the store. The store has pre-priced clothes and negotiable clothes, it is on the higher end of clothing. “We keep up with the trends, but don’t want to be too trendy,” said Megan the store manager. Kali’s selects clothing that is trending and things that are a bit different from popular styles. Nothing that is sold out will re-enter the store, so nothing will be the same when customers come back.

Ruby Jane’s Boutique is fairly new to Steamboat and brings a nice mountain chic style for all ages. This boutique opened in June 2017. This is the sixth to open in Colorado. The owner has different selections for the store’s prices ranging from high to low. The inventory the owner chose for Steamboat is mountain chic. The manager Ashley states that one of the best parts of the job is, “seeing mothers and daughters come into the store and both leave with something.” The store also carries a variety of jewellery which has been a unique quality compared to other stores.

Chrysalis building has had a history in women’s clothing for about forty years with different names for each store. The styles are selected by a buyer who sees what fashions will target women in Steamboat, but unlike some stores, the buyer does not like to get anything that is too radically different. One of the nice things about Chrysalis is that when the buyer gets a good deal than that gets passed on to the customers. The store has a big local following with support from a variety of ages.

Fringe opened in December 2015 and has gained popularity more each day. The selection of clothing has a wide variety of prices, but you can find deals among the wide range of clothing. Prices are given, but if the online clothing prices drop the store likes to immediately follow; the same goes for the company store. Fringe also has a play area which is distinctive to there store, and nice for mom and big sister.

Urbane opened 11 years ago at the time the store was tailored toward snowboard equipment, but then it evolved into the skate/clothing store seen in Steamboat today. The owner goes to a lot of trade shows and tries to bring back the stiles from big cities so that Steamboat is not left out of the fash world. Urbane is geared to a younger crowd, but whole families can come in and find something they love. People can walk out of the store with something the might not buy, but with help, they can find something that fits their desires and expands the wardrobe. The manager Apple said, “Steamboat is kind of behind the times and Urbane helps to bring in the new trends.”

When searching these classy boutiques it can seem hard to find well-priced clothing, but I assure buyers that there are well-priced clothes that will fit your style in one of these boutiques. When shopping in Steamboat also remember clothing is unique to each of the stores, so there is no need to worry about having the same shirt as someone around town. Overall each of the stores has an amazing staff and great clothing at affordable prices and not so affordable prices.

Healing With Music

By Noah Bacenko

Music With Vision is an organization that wants to connect with teens and adolescents. It aims to help them heal and grow through music. Music With Vision tries to help people with problems and addictions of any kind.

Music With Vision was made in collaboration with multiple non-profit agencies that share a desire to help at-risk teens and adolescents. They want to give the kids the opportunity to connect with other people by creating bonds and giving resiliency training through music. Music With Vision is not only a music program, it also addresses the root cause of addiction, depression, and other serious health issues in our community.

There is science to back this up. According to psychologist Daniel J. Levitin and his postgraduate research fellow, Mona Lisa Chanda, music improves the body’s immune system function and reduces stress. Also, according to people at Harvard, music therapy can help with people who are recovering from a stroke or a traumatic brain injury that has damaged the left side of the brain which is responsible for speech.

Music With Vision is about helping create a place of safety, and the opportunity to raise teens and adolescents self confidence with music. By utilizing music, Music With Vision is able to develop trusted relationships that lead to connectivity and other resilient traits. They’re there to help people with depression and addictions, but they are also there to teach people to play instruments and jam out.

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Henery Howard introducing the Music With Vision ideas to YVHS students at the St. Paul Episcopal Church

Music with Vision’s main location is at St Paul’s Episcopal Church on the corner of 9th and Oak St. in Steamboat Springs, CO, but they also use the stage at Sk8 Church as another resource. It’s mainly used for lessons and recording. People can contact Program Director, Henry Howard, personally, by going to www.musicwithvision.org/application, or they can go to events that are held by Music With Vision.

Music With Vision picked music to connect with teens and adolescents because everyone loves music and the connection that comes with it. It is a universal language and music doesn’t ever lose value. Henry brought up how Bob Marley once said, “you never feel pain when music hits you.”

Henry also said ¨Its a community resource opportunity for collaborations with both young and old generations¨

Henry became part of Music with Vision because of his passion for music and he has had people he has known have had trouble with depression and/or addictions. Music With Vision has connections to Sk8 Church, Routt County, Ohana, the faith community, and they have a partnership with North West Health. They are also hoping to eventually have connections with the Boys and Girls Club.

Music With Vision is an overall great place to go for help if you need it, or even just to have a place to go just to jam out and have fun. People go there just to learn guitar, piano, drums, any instrument really that people want to learn and they try their best to help out and teach them.  

Let’s Grab a Slice

By Lauren Schneegas

I know how hard it is to find the perfect place to grab a slice of pizza, especially if you are on lunch break at school. To make life a little easier for the student who just wants to know where to grab a slice in Steamboat Springs without getting disappointed, I have investigated the two most popular pizzerias: Brooklyn’s Pizzeria and Blue Sage Pizza. I have visited both of these restaurants and compiled a list of 5 things that I wanted to investigate. Those 5 things are: price, size, crust, greasiness, and flavor.

The first pizzeria I went to was Blue Sage. The price of the pizza was $4.00. Investigating further, I noticed that Blue Sage has a wide variety of slices to choose from. From just cheese all the way to a deep pan margherita pizza. The slices were very large and satisfying. The crust was fluffy, but the pizza itself was really greasy. Personally, I do not like a lot of grease but some people do, and if you like the grease, this is the perfect place for your grease needs.

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A few days after checking Blue Sage out, I figured I needed another pizza fix. So, I went over to Brooklyns. They only had two slices to choose from: cheese and pepperoni. One slice is $3.00 and was not very big. The crust was a classic brooklyn pizza crust and was also very greasy. I would say 2 of Brooklyn’s slices would amount to one of Blue Sage’s. Despite the grease and the size, the pizza itself was pretty darn good.

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Overall, my investigation was a tasty success. I would highly recommend Blue Sage if you are hungry and want to have more choices than the classic cheese and pepperoni. The slices are bigger so if you have $6.00, you can get one slice at Blue Sage rather than two at brooklyn’s and feel the same amount of satisfaction. However, I would recommend you still try both pizzerias and pick what your personal favorite is.