News for Tuesday, May 23, 2000



Businessmen chosen to invigorate airport board

Eight people from Routt and Moffat counties with an interest in aviation issues will join the three remaining members of the Yampa Valley Regional Airport Advisory Board.

Pamela Lane needs a break, City Council

We were encouraged to learn that the Steamboat Springs City Council is going to revisit its decision about Pamela Lane. It's imperative that our city leaders have the guts to make tough decisions. But it is equally important that they be tough enough to admit when a decision was the wrong one or at least didn't produce the desired outcome. Such is the case on Pamela Lane.

Are we too busy staying busy?

Walking the plank

It's summertime. Those words used to bring my mother to her knees when I was younger and may have been one of the biggest reasons she returned to work by the time I was in junior high school. Back in those days, once the final school bell rang, the kids in my class would race home for roughly three months of fun and sun. Well, the sun usually lasted all summer, but by the end of the first week my mom was well prepared for that two-word sentence that would ring in her ears for the next 10-weeks.

Choices, choices

Lacking priorities, 'wish list' comes with big price tag

If residents in and around Steamboat Springs indulged in all the things on the "community wish list," the tab would come to about $201 million. The trouble is the community can only come to the table with about $139 million. That means $62 million needs to be trimmed from the bill, or somebody is going to have a serious stack of dishes to wash.

Adult summer rec season looks strong in Steamboat

There will be a few more softball players legging it out to first base this June as the adult summer leagues gear up for the 2000 season. "Every league is full with the exception of the Men's A League," said Christina Freeman, Parks and Recreational Services adult league coordinator.

Hot Springs to challenge runners

Last weekend, Jim Harkness of Steamboat Springs covered 8.2 brutal miles faster than any of his fellow competitors to win the annual Cog Run. Harkness beat other local hard-core runners Paul Sachs and Rich Hager to the finish line in a time of 49 minutes, 32 seconds. The mostly uphill race makes athletes overcome the steep climbs of the Cog Road as it leads out of Hayden.

Good resigns position after first year

Business is good for Jeff Good, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's director of marketing and public relations real good.

Christian school hosts multimedia art show

The Christian Heritage School will become a multimedia gallery Thursday night as its students present the second annual "An Evening of the Arts."

Board questions city hall materials change

Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will ask for more details before it gives its blessing to a plan to change a portion of the exterior building materials on Centennial Hall.

Sailors girls hoops star signs with UNC

Steamboat Springs basketball standout Alyssa Simon's high school career came to an end this week. It wasn't with the swoosh of a net, but instead the slash of the pen. Simon made the transition from the Steamboat Sailors high school ranks to the University of Colorado Bears ranks by signing a letter of intent to play with the Bears next fall.

Steamboat Stars shine in Meeker

Gymnastics a year-round dedication

The members of the Steamboat Stars will tell you that the sport of gymnastics is a year-round love.

City trolling for solution

Airport a drain on public coffers

City Council President Kevin Bennett said this week the city isn't looking for a gleaming knight to ride in on a white Lear jet and rescue its airport. It just wants to find a creative entrepreneur interested in forming a successful business arrangement.

Alpine ski coach resigns after 15 years

Steamboat Springs ski coach Werner Schnydrig has the skill that comes from 15 years with the same club. That is why the news that the long-time coach will step down from his position at the top of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine program saddened his former skiers and the staff members.

Lori L. Bases 1968-2000

Ski Town Inn developers told to repay bank $6.3M

Future of vacant U.S. 40 hotel still up in the air

The three principals who developed the vacant Ski Town Inn have been ordered by a judge to pay Vectra Bank at least $6.3 million for defaulting on a loan. But before Vectra sees any of that money if at all the claims of a handful of other companies will have to be dealt with by the former owners of the failed hotel.

Cluster subdivision rules under review

Several developers with successful cluster subdivision projects say they'd go through the county process again, but planners who created the regulations say the land preservation subdivision option is not being used the way it was intended. Land preservation subdivision, or LPS, was developed to encourage landowners, particularly ranchers, not to sell off their land in 35-acre chunks.

Mortarboards start flying Thursday

Seniors at four of Routt County's five schools will be stepping up to the platform and stepping down to a new stage of their lives this weekend. Graduation ceremonies for the Hayden, Lowell Whiteman, Soroco and Christian Heritage high schools begin Thursday and continue through Sunday. Steamboat Springs High School's graduation ceremony is still more than a week off, set for 2 p.m., June 3. The gowns and diplomas are ready, but they are only a small part of the pomp and circumstance planned for this weekend.

Branch president: New name, same bank

Norwest now officially Wells Fargo

The biggest change Norwest customers will see now that their bank has merged with Wells Fargo are the new red and yellow signs that went up Friday, the local branch president said. The Wells Fargo-Norwest merger was actually completed in November of 1998, but is just now being seen in the signs outside former Norwest banks, like the one at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs. Interestingly, it was Norwest that bought out Wells Fargo but Norwest accepted the name change, said Thomas Hopp, president of the erstwhile Norwest branch downtown.

Ag Alliance names its first executive director

After more than a year in existence, the Community Agricultural Alliance is taking its first step out of infancy by hiring an executive director.

Elsie A. Goranson 1918-2000


Community code far from finished

Rewrite of document meant to guide development in Steamboat Springs begun more than 4 years ago

The long process of rewriting Steamboat Springs' Community Development Code could come to an end this year. However, city government made the same prediction as long ago as September 1998.

Ranchers greet high court grazing ruling with a yawn

Little will change in Routt County since most permits are for Forest Service land

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last week that upheld a rangeland reform initiative is not expected to change the way the Bureau of Land Management issues its grazing permits. But it could change the way ranchers view the land they use for grazing.

Speed thrills

Tracksters take home lasting memories from state meet


Passion for science rewarded

Steamboat teacher finalist for presidential award

The botanical drawing above Cindy Gay's desk at Steamboat Springs High School could easily be overlooked. She is a biology teacher after all. But the drawing becomes more interesting when you find out that Gay is the artist who created it. Gay is a science fanatic, no doubt, but she also loves art. In fact, she almost chose a career in art before following her true calling.