The Ramen Epidemic: Part 1, How it Began

By Colter Christensen

At the beginning of the year the school Yampa Valley High School did something that has never been tried here before. They gave the kids something incredibly generous, RAMEN!!! The ramen was a hot topic in the beginning of the year as the school was selling it like crazy. The kitchen quickly became the place to be. People were constantly waiting for the microwave.

Time became a big issue with the whole thing. School wasn’t the priority any more. People were fixated on the ramen. They didn’t care if they didn’t got to class on time. All they cared about was fulfilling their noodle craving. By the time they were finished with the delicious, salty dish they didn’t have time to clean up the mess they had created. Walking into the kitchen and seeing what was left was disturbing. The remains of the chaos that took place the class break before left a chilling image. You could only imagine what had happened moments before.

This continued for months. The Crew (YVHS’s Home Room) who cleaned the kitchen were in a rage every afternoon for the mess they were forced to clean up. One of the problems was that kids who didn’t have to clean up the kitchen didn’t care what kind of mess they left because it wasn’t theirs to clean up.

The kitchen crew had had enough and so did the teachers, the last mess had been the straw that broke the camel’s back. All the students came to school thinking it was going to be a regular school day. During the first class period we heard a bloodcurdling scream from the halls. Despite warnings from the teachers, we all ran out of the classrooms to see what had happened. A young student screaming outside our counselor Allison’s office. 

“What happened,” said one of the students at the front of the massive horde of people that had built up.  

With fear in her voice, “Its gone… its all gone,” she exclaimed!

“Whats gone?”

“The ramen,” said a loud booming voice from far in the back. It was Chuck Rosemond, our Dean of Students. 

The crowd let out a huge gasp.

Next, on the Ramen Epidemic: Part 2, protests in the school, and finding the solution.  

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Winter Fun Away from the Slopes.

By Ian Baca

What is there to do in a ski town in winter if you don’t ski or board? Are you just doomed to drown in the boredom of a small town? Well not quite. In the day you can do outdoor activities and the night relax.

Hot Springs 

The Old Town Hot Springs has several hot tubs, a cold pool , lap pool, a kiddie pool and regular pool. They also have a snack bar, Mountain Brew, to get snacks and drinks. Mountain Brew is open:

Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

Pool wise they have a slide, diving board and climbing wall. If you do not have a swimming suit you can rent suits and towels at the front desk.

If you want a more naked experience you can go to Strawberry Park Hot Springs where clothes are optional at night( I recommend going in the day). During the day you must wear a bathing suit! Under 18 years of age is not allowed in park after 9:30 p.m. on Sunday thru Thursday, 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 10:30pm

Friday – Saturday: 10am – 12am

Snowmobiling

Another outdoor activity for the day time is snowmobiling. Steamboat offers great snow and a few businesses that will take you out. Saddleback Ranch, Steamboat Snowmobile Tours, and Elk Mountain Adventures are a few of them.

Tubing

Saddleback Ranch offers tubing day and night. They have a sick run setup for you to enjoy. They are located 15 miles west of Steamboat and reservations are required.

Prices are:

$20– 1 hour

$28 – 1 ½ hours

$32 – 2 hours

They also offer a free shuttle to get there. It will only pick up and drop off if you are going to tube for one and a half hours.Saddleback is closed Tuesday and Thursday.

Winter Fishing

If you are an outdoor person check out one of many lakes near Steamboat. Stagecoach Reservoir offers fantastic ice fishing and river fishing . The tailwaters at Stagecoach stays thawed for a good portion of the winter. Steamboat Lake is another place that offers ice fishing in the winter months. If you are not up to leaving Steamboat the Yampa river is great for fly fishing. You can pick up gear at Steamboat Flyfisher, Bucking Rainbow ,and Straight Line (All of these stores offer guided trips and outfitting)

Music

At night if there is a concert you can go to the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra. They have many talents that play . It is made up of music loving locals who want to share their talents. Schmiggity’s is a local bar that holds karaoke, and live music. They are located in between 8th and 9th street on lincoln. Schmiggity’s happy hour is at 7-9 o’clock and is open depending on what events are going on . The popular hours are between 9 pm to 12 am. If you are looking for CD’s and vinyl record head to All That on 6th street . They also have an assortment of clothes, glass, and steamboat related gifts. If you want to enjoy good food and live music you can head to Old Town Pub and eat while listening to good music. The music calendar is located on their website www.theoldtownpub.com. They are located on 6th street across the street from All That. They are open 12pm to 2am, 7 days a week.  The mountain offers a variety of music and restaurants at the ski base. Call the base for more information on shows and food choices at http://steamboatmountainvillage.com/.
Steamboat is a small town known for their skiing and boarding, but their are  other activities to do. You just need to look into what to do whether it’s hiking, fishing, going out to dinner, etc. You can still make your day and night full of fun activities.

Ups and Downs of Working as a Teen

By Kyle Case

Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is known for its amazing views, great skiing, top notch food, and of course the champagne powder. All that stuff is great, but what is it like being a teenager and working in this small tourist town few people are lucky enough to call home? I will share some of my personal experiences in the matter. Growing up in Steamboat is great. There’s tons of stuff to do and since it’s so small it’s easy to meet up with your friends, but working as a teenager here is another story. I was born here and started working at 11. In those five years since I started working I’ve had both good and bad experiences. We will start with the good.

Currently 4.7 million teens are working (CNN money). Some got the job by their own choice, while others might have been forced to start working by their parents. I believe that working as a teenager is good. I think it builds character and shows the teen what the “real world is. But that’s not just me, the Washington Post agrees, in an article published in November of 2015 they stated, “That teens who work can manage their time better and have better grades.”

I currently am employed at three business in Steamboat, but I’m only actively working at two of the three. The two jobs I currently work at are the best jobs I’ve ever had. I’m treated well,  have great coworkers, decent hours, and pretty good pay. The first one is a newer restaurant in town and I’ve worked there for 5 months.  I love going into work there. The other is a lifeguard job that I’ve had for a little over a month and just like restaurant I love every second there because the people I work with and work for are incredibly nice. I also used to work at a bar and grill as a dishwasher and it was a really nice job. I only left because I had a better opportunity. I believe you should always leave on good terms with bosses just in case you need that job again.

Not all jobs will be good jobs, let alone great. Just ask literally anyone that’s held a job. Some places will discriminate against you because of your age (which is in fact illegal). Other places just aren’t good employers and have constant staff turnover.

Here are some not so great work experiences that I’ve had. I started working at a restaurant in early 2015 and was there until mid 2016. At first this job was great. The people were very nice, I got a ton of hours and it was fun. After a year I was still at $9 an hour while everyone else was at at least  $11 an hour and some of them were lazy and worked less than I did. The difference was I was under 18.

I went to my boss for a raise in pay and got shut down. Since everything but the pay was still great I just passed it off and forgot about it. Eventually the people stopped being so nice and the job overall stopped being fun, so I left.

Another bad experience I had was at a different bar and grill, but it was kind of the same thing, age discrimination for the most part. The part that was different here was the kitchen staff would leave me alone in the kitchen for anywhere between 20-40 minutes. This left me to do the dishes, run food, sometimes cook the food, and since the front of house staff is lazy, I was also serving.

YVHS student, Jack Ringer, has had a positive experience working so far at his restaurant. Work experience has helped Jack learn how to deal with money.  Also, he has  gotten better with interpersonal communications.

In conclusion teens who work are most likely going to be more prepared for what life throws their way. Even though not all working experiences are good the lessons learned will help them forever.

Floating to Tranquility

By Porter Schweikert

In a thriving community of unique individuals we find our mountainous bodies achy and sore from outdoor activity and laborious high altitude work. Our brains seem to be worn out as well thanks to the seasonally changing natural surroundings that isolate us and our small town issues. Sometimes all we crave is some deep relaxation and time to experience the astounding complexity of our ourselves. Although a good night’s sleep is essential to our body’s ability to function, it’s easier and more enjoyable to achieve wellness, physical / mental recovery, and meditative a state in the form of sensory deprivation. But what exactly is sensory deprivation, and how does such a simply profound practice benefit us to such a great extent?

 Sensory deprivation is a process by which someone is deprived of normal external stimuli such as sight and sound for an extended period of time, typically 30-90 minutes a session. Here in Steamboat Springs a family owns a float spa called Neptune Float Spa which welcomes the community to experience its profound measures of healing, wellness, and consciousness using sensory deprivation.  

To elaborate, a series of completely private float chambers shaped like other worldly pods contain mineral rich waters including zinc, salts, and skin healing qualities that are heated to your body’s temperature to provide a zero gravity like environment. This in turn relieves stress from ligaments, muscles, and bones.

According to Valerie, “Mentally you can expect a break from reality and mental stressors as sight and sound are completely eliminated allowing your brain’s creativity and complexity to explode, causing a feeling of well being or mild fear.”

However, overall a float will heal your mind and body to a remarkable extent all the while leaving you in a peaceful daze like dreamstate.

 When entering the premises of the spa itself expect to find a cozy,aromatic, and nicely decorated body of space with a relaxing touch of ambient light. All ages are welcome 7 days a week to take advantage of floating and gong immersion therapy at Neptune Float Spa.  “All body shapes and sizes are welcome as the float pod fits all sizes,” said Valerie McCarthy.

A business run on passion with the intent to earn a dollar or two makes this business a fundamental place in the community that can be appreciated by all.

Overall Neptune Float Spa coexists bodily healing with different levels of mental consciousness not normally experienced which in turn brings us happiness and relief. Likewise Neptune fits very well in the community seeing as how literally anyone can take advantage of the vast array of beneficial values if committed. Whether you’re in need of genuinely caring, and passionate  people or relief from reality and the stresses that come along with being human  Neptune Float Spa will certainly get you the right treatment for a dollar well spent.

Teenage Places to Hangout.

By Seth Caldwell and Kaylene Alberty

Snow Bowl

Snow Bowl is one of the greatest teenage hangouts. It’s located on 2090 Snow Bowl Plaza. What makes Snow Bowl such a great place for teenagers? Well, for one it offers a friendly environment for all ages. They really strive for excellence in customer service with fun bowling, good food and great friends. Open bowling is about $3 to $4 dollars per person and per game. There is also special nights like cosmic bowling from Friday to Saturday nights.

Sk8 Church

Another great spot for teenagers is Skatechurch. If you love God and you love skateboarding this is the place for you. It’s located on 2851 Riverside Plaza. Every Thursday at 7:00p.m. High School and College groups get together and enjoy a nice warm meal, relax and talk a little about God. On Monday nights middle students come over. Monday through Friday you can go in and enjoy indoor skating. They also have these Skate Church missions,which is really fun. It’s also free if you were wondering. This system was especially made for kids who go through a rough time and need some encouragement and to have a good time.

 

Bud Werner Library

If you are a teenager looking for a good place to hangout in Steamboat then you’re in luck. One great place in Steamboat is the Bud Werner Memorial Library. The Library is a great, free place to hang out and even get work done. On weekdays it is open 9a.m. to 8p.m. and on weekends it is open 10a.m. to 5p.m.  There is a section just for teenagers which is a really good place to meet people. They also have many computers for you to use for free so you can game out or get all your homework done.

 

Old Town Hot Springs

One of the best places to hang out in Steamboat is the Old Town Hot Springs. The pool costs $18 for adults $11 for kids under 18. Seniors and children 2 or under are free. There are many activities and things to do there including a rock wall, two water slides, and a diving board and pool. During the summer there is even an obstacle course and you can compete with people and your friends. It’s a blast. There’s also a gym on the second floor if you want to enjoy a really good workout.The age restriction for the gym is minimum of 15 years old. They have classes like yoga if you are interested and they also have a little picnic area if you wanted to enjoy your lunch there.

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