News for Wednesday, November 15, 2000

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Sierra Club, Tri-State continue negotiations

The company that owns the Craig power plant and the Sierra Club have agreed to continue with negotiations instead of going to court. Lawyers from Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc., which owns the Craig station, and Sierra Club were supposed to argue in court on Oct. 16 if the power plant had broken environmental laws in the '90s.

West End Village goes before planning today

As laid out in the West of Steamboat Area Plan, the expansion of the city of Steamboat Springs will likely go west, as did the heady founders of this town more than a hundred years ago. The effectiveness of that plan, which was drawn up to try to address what some see as rampant uncontrolled growth in the city, will receive its first test tonight when the Planning Commission reviews West End Village, a 137-unit residential project.

Housing rules frustrate developer

All the recent hoopla about the lack of affordable housing has Ray Kulas a little frustrated. The local property manager has plenty of affordable housing, but most people in Steamboat Springs make too much money to qualify.

Tax credit offered to land jet program

The next time local business owners consider making a cash contribution to the winter jet program at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, they can contemplate a 25-percent tax credit along with it.

Side dishes sought for Thanksgiving Day meal

Green beans and yams are on the menu Nov. 23 when the Steamboat Springs United Way and Lift-Up food bank host the traditional free community Thanksgiving dinner.

Volleyball players earn all-conference honors

Steamboat's volleyball season came to an end at the state playoffs Saturday in Denver. But senior Jessica Fritz suits up one final time for the 2000 4A all-star game Sunday at Pomona High School. Fritz, who was selected to play in the all-star game with teammate Jessica Johnson, will suit for the red team, which will be coached by Deb Calhoun of Pine Creek High School. The game begins at 2:30 p.m. Johnson, a senior, will be unable to attend the event. She currently is in Italy.

Scholarship Day to benefit sports club set for Wednesday

Scholarship Day means something different to every skier. For some, the day is simply a chance to hit the runs at the Steamboat Ski Area for a reduced cost of $15. But to others, the day means the difference between skiing and not skiing. Former Winter Sports Club Director Roy Powell said the day has allowed some athletes, who may not have ever skied, to rise to the ranks of the U.S. Ski Team or the college level.

County planning looks at skyline rules for area

The Routt County Planning Commission will discuss how it is going to implement skyline regulations at a meeting today. Planner Allison Willets said the commission should have a good head start because it is something that has been in the works since the 1990s. She also said the city of Steamboat Springs already has rules in place.

Open government put to the test

Local officials typically eager to comply with law

Public officials in some Colorado counties it seems hold public records close to their vests like expert poker players. But state law, like the last few rounds of a harrowing game of strip poker, requires them to reveal almost everything, regardless of whether the request is made by a newspaper reporter or just a concerned citizen.