News for Thursday, November 16, 2000

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Ski area plans big opening day

Officials of the Steamboat Ski Area promised one week ago they would open four days early on Nov. 18, with skiing on 18 trails. Don't believe it. Instead, Steamboat will open Saturday with 54 trails and 964 acres of skiing.

'Today' had little trouble obtaining public records

As a recent Associated Press Freedom of Information Project in Colorado showed, not all government agencies are willing to hand over public records. In Routt County, the Steamboat Today reporters who participated in The AP's project had varying degrees of difficulty getting the documents they requested.

Sailor soccer players honored for play

Six Steamboat soccer players recently were given all-league honors for their play during the 2000 season, in which the Sailors strode to the state quarterfinals.

Simon earns Player of the Year honor in conference

Sailors defenseman J.J. Simon capped off his senior season by winning the 2000 Player of the Year award in the 4A Western Slope Conference.

Sailors girls anticipate 2000 opener

Their season scheduled to start Dec. 1, the Steamboat Springs girls basketball players are still battling for starting positions on the 2000 squad.

Man has apparent seizure while driving

A Steamboat Springs man suffering from a medical condition nearly drove his sport utility vehicle into the Yampa River after driving off the road Wednesday.

Charter school application delayed

An application for a charter school in north Routt County expected to be reviewed by Wednesday will be delayed yet again so the charter school board can further work out its proposal to the Steamboat School Board.

Tennis Center teams up with city for expansion

The good news is that tennis in Steamboat Springs is growing at a breathtaking pace.

Additional Nordic skiing area proposed

Dan Smilkstein of the Steamboat Nordic Council previewed a tentative plan Thursday to add almost four additional kilometers of groomed cross county skiing on Howelsen Hill.

Wildland Fire Council asks county for funding

The Routt County Wildland Fire Council will ask the Board of County Commissioners to come up with $1.7 million over a 5-year period to help suppress wildfires.

Proposed budget calls for reserve supplement

Routt County's finance director has come up with a budget that is about $1.5 million over projected revenue. That means the county will have to dig money out of its cash reserves to meet its financial obligations.

West End Village passes first test

After Chuck Donley of the Orton Family Foundation gave a virtual-reality presentation of what it would be like to walk through the West End Village project, or to fly over it in an airplane, or to drive by it on U.S. 40 at 40 mph in a red convertible, the excitement in the room grew palpable.