News for Tuesday, May 2, 2000

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Third-graders top state average in reading

Steamboat Springs RE-2 School District third-graders topped the Colorado average in the Colorado State Assessment Program reading test, according to scores released this week.

Real estate transactions

Real estate transactions for April 21-27.

'Seedy' secrets can extend your plant-growing season

It might be Heavenly Daze for Front Range gardeners right now, but for gardeners in the Steamboat Springs area, a little Voo Doo is needed to make things grow outdoors this month.

Incumbents voted off Morrison water board

Voters replaced all three Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District incumbent board members with new faces in a special district election Tuesday.

Rodeo school days return to fairgrounds

World champ teaches art of roughstock riding during two days of instruction in Hayden

Future rodeo stars will get a chance to learn the sport this week when the folks at Soda Creek Western Mercantile bring Stewart Sheldan's Rough Stock Rodeo School to the Routt County Fairgrounds.

Civil Air Patrol members offer help from above

Don Heineman has located "downed aircraft" in some unlikely places like the back of a flatbed truck traveling down Interstate 40 outside Albuquerque. He even located one "missing plane" in a trash dumpster.

No shortage of space

Commercial projects keep coming

Developers aren't waiting for the retail rental market to tighten before building more commercial space in Steamboat. Instead, they seem to be following the "Field of Dreams" maxim: build it and they will come.

Records fall at Battle Mountain

The Hayden track team is breaking records. At the Battle Mountain Invitation last weekend in Avon, the Hayden girls set new school records in the 800-meter relay and 800-meter medley relay.

'Hayden wheat' shows promise

Test plots regularly produce hardy crop

A winter wheat that has been genetically modified to grow strong in the Yampa Valley is showing solid results. The crop is a red winter wheat that was developed in Idaho and has been named "Hayden wheat."

Regional will spell out Sailors' future

Tennis team hoping for a title run

Several Steamboat Springs tennis players added top tournament finishes to their season records in Loveland at the Northern Colorado Tournament.

YVEA, union square off

Local 111 suing electrical co-op over employment of 'conspirators'

Yampa Valley Electric Association workers who are refusing to pay monthly union dues are in a heated legal battle with their union, and the judge's final decision in the case could mean they will lose their jobs.

Terrance Stevens 1919-2000

Terrance "Terry" Stevens died April 21, 2000, in Grand Junction. He was 80.

Chamber summer calendar includes big Fourth of July

With the mountain closed and spring in the air, residents are gearing up for one of the best times of the year in Routt County summer. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association staff has been putting together a summer events calender that they hope will not only invite tourists to the area, but will provide events residents will enjoy. The summer season will be kicked off in June and programs are schedule through September.

Incumbents ousted from Fire Board

The few Hayden residents who voted in Tuesday's West Routt Fire Board election resoundingly ousted incumbents Chuck Grobe, Charlie Epp and Richard "Festus" Hagins.

Demons demolish Sailors in pigtail game

Steamboat Springs head baseball coach John Aragon may have wished that Zach Chicione still lived in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday evening. The Glenwood Springs player, who used to live and play baseball in Steamboat, led the Demons hit parade in the district pigtail game at Simillion Field. The Demons won the contest 19-4 and will advance into the district playoffs to face top-seeded Moffat County on Saturday.

Soccer team will travel to playoff

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team will open the regional playoffs at 5 p.m. Thursday in Montrose.

Game-day decision

Cable viewers in Steamboat Springs should check Channel 19 for Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings tonight but there is no guarantee Steamboat will get the game.

Oak Creek tourney final stop for Peewees

The season will come to a close for the Steamboat Springs Peewee wrestling team this Saturday in Oak Creek at the Soroco Invitational.

Respected, 22-year veteran of building department enjoying private sector

Celeste Bacon supervised construction projects in the Routt County Building Department as it grew from a small office that handled approximately $2 million a year in the late 1970s to $400 million in annual construction in the late 1990s. And she did it with a smile, endearing herself to hundreds of contractors in the process.

John Willard Stees 1918-2000

John Willard "Jack" Stees died April 23, 2000, at the Extended Care Center in Steamboat Springs. He was 81.

School of Dreams: Whiteman students settle in

When the students at the Lowell Whiteman Primary school drew dream schools, they included a hot tub on the roof, a bungee jump, stables, an observatory, a spiral slide and a race track. While the new Lowell Whiteman Primary School is certainly not Elitch Gardens, it does include some of the simpler, yet no less important items the students asked for, like drinking fountains, a beautiful library and a skylight.

Local competitive soccer team piles up road wins

The Steamboat Springs U-16 boys competitive soccer team members are looking forward to playing their first games of the season at home this Saturday and Sunday.

Dolores County brings an end to Rams' season

After a great regular season, the Soroco High School baseball team played its last game last Friday afternoon, losing to Dolores County in Grand Junction, 6-5, in the first round of the 2A playoffs.

Construction trade fair scheduled

Colorado Mountain College's Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a construction trade fair May 13 in Glenwood Springs. The SBDC designed the fair to provide an opportunity for contractors to learn about the latest products, services and technologies available from suppliers all over the Western Slope and beyond.

Births

Margaret Summer 1911-2000

Margaret Summer died April 8, 2000, at the Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. She was 88.

Scott Robert Kirkland 1956-2000

Scott Robert Kirkland of Avon died April 26, 2000, in Gypsum. He was 43.

Earnings freedom means deeper employment pool

Like the rest of the nation, Routt County's tight labor market loosened a bit last month when some senior citizens were granted more freedom to make money without jeopardizing their social security benefits.

Girls relaxed as key regional playoff game quickly approaches

As the members of the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team calmly approach an all-important playoff game later this week, a new battle cry that brings back some bitter memories is being heard on the practice field.

Sailors hurdler hoping to break out in Craig

Steamboat Springs hurdler Darren Lucas continued to post impressive results at the Rifle Invitational track meet. "I feel good with where I'm at right now," Lucas said. "I'm going to put some pressure on myself to do well in Craig this week. If I have a solid meet there I like my chances of making it to state."

City Council remands FedEx back to planning

Federal Express can get your package to London overnight, no sweat. But taking a new building through the city permit process in Steamboat Springs has proven to be more arduous.

Steamboat to celebrate National Day of Prayer

No other country in the world has a national day of prayer, according to local organizers of just such a day.

Hooray for Hayden

Our hats are off to those residents of Hayden who are taking action to try to curb teen smoking in their town.

Working teen-agers earn more than money

Walking the Plank

The responsibility that comes from holding a job and the skills acquired at an early age are elements that stay with the child throughout life.

Young reader organizes writing workshop

When avid reader Jamie Gay picked up Kenneth Thomasma's books about Native American youth, she was hooked. "I didn't know I had this love for Indians and their culture until I bought 'Naya Nuki' at a sale," the Soda Creek Elementary third-grader said. In fact, she was so intrigued by Thomasma's work that she organized a writers workshop he will lead in Steamboat Springs.